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Blue Bird Bistro

French 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bluebird Bistro and it’s bright yellow door is one of the original restaurants on Summit Street on the Westside — On the Grid

Charming neighborhood spot with a focus on fresh, local, organic foods: everything from ciabatta Frencgh toast and ribeye steak to wild-caught Sockeye salmon and black bean burger — Where

A West Side mainstay, the Blue Bird continues its commitment to organic, all-natural fare. — Gayot

Up a small hill in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood, you’ll know the Blue Bird Bistro by the blue front with the yellow door on the corner of 17th and Summit. — Afar Magazine

The rich bison burger melts in your mouth, as does the signature Blue Bird Salad, with its crumbled Maytag blue cheese, toasted pine nuts, candied red onions, and house–prepared blueberry vinaigrette. — Fodor's

The American Restaurant

Indian 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of Kansas City's top fine-dining establishments for more than 35 years, this contemporary, high-ceilinged, glass-enclosed restaurant features the best in regional fare. — Frommer's

The kitchen staff, led by executive chef Michael Corvino (a veteran of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas), prepares American fare using local seasonal produce. — Forbes Travel Guide

Tip fuses contemporary technique with traditional American cuisine; try the olive oil–poached halibut, or horseradish–encrusted rib-eye steak. — Fodor's

Contemporary cuisine served in a sumptuous, glass-enclosed room in Kansas City. — Gayot

This is “what New American food is about” say fans of this “jewel” in Kansas City's Crown Center that's “stood the test of time” with its “fantastic” seasonal menu and “excellent” service. — Zagat

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Bluestem

American 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“Complex” New American “culinary surprises” await at this Westport “gem” offering multicourse tastings, “sensational” wines and “stellar” desserts. — Zagat

Multiple-award-winning Bluestem has a casual elegance that extends from the bar to the dining room. — Lonely Planet

Known for being one of (if not THE) the best restaurant in KC, Bluestem really doesn’t disappoint. — On the Grid

Chef Colby Garrelts delivers contemporary American fare to his chic Westport restaurant. — Gayot

The lounge, which also got a redesign, is a fantastic place to grab a quick, affordable dinner as an alternative to the more refined (and pricier) tasting menus in the dining room. — Tasting Table

Lidia's Restaurant

86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

When the weather is nice, diners can sit on the patio and watch the trains pulling in and out of the station. During the winter, a massive fireplace warms the bar. — Gayot

Locals flock to Lidia's for Sunday brunch, which features an antipasti course, entré menu, and dessert buffet. — Fodor's

“Luscious” cooking is matched by an “outstanding” wine list at this upscale Northern Italian “gem”, the Crossroads Arts District outpost of Lidia Bastianich's Northern Italian empire. — Zagat

Located in a historic railroad house near the Union Station, this outpost for TV chef Lidia Bastianich’s cuisine is expansive and inviting — Where

Try the three-pasta sampler, delivered to your plate straight from the kitchen via a frying pan (you can have as much as you wish) or the very popular veal shanks. — Frommer's

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Le Fou Frog

French 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The over-achieving menu reflects the French pedigree, but the atmosphere is relaxed — Where

The fine dining menu at this come-as-you-are River Market area eatery offers a daily entrée chalkboard and two pages of hors d'oeuvres. — Fodor's

Take a trip to Paris without leaving the prairie at this small bistro that's authentic right down to the at-times brusque service. — Lonely Planet

One of the most romantic restaurants in Kansas City, Mano and Barbara Rafael’s French bistro in the River Market brings Paris to the Paris of the Plains. — Afar Magazine

Some of the dishes are traditional: steak au poivre with pommes frites, bouillabaisse, brandade, foie gras, escargots and the like. Other dishes are more global. — Gayot

Arthur Bryant's BBQ

Barbecue 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A few blocks east of 18th and Vine, this unpretentious self-serve restaurant, with origins stretching back to the early 1920s, is the most famous -- and, some swear, the best -- barbecue joint in town. — Frommer's

Although there are more than 100 barbecue joints in Kansas City, Bryant's—low on decor but high on taste—tops the list for locals, who don't mind standing in long lines to order at the counter. — Fodor's

Everyone “bows to what comes out of the pit” at this “hole-in-the-wall” “Smithsonian of smoke” in Downtown's Historic Jazz District...serving some of the city's“finest BBQ”. — Zagat

Not far from the Jazz District, this famous institution serves up piles of superb BBQ in a somewhat slick setting. The sauce is silky and fiery. — Lonely Planet

You're probably already planning a visit to Arthur Bryant's, KC’s most famous BBQ joint — Where

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The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange

American 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Former hotel building now houses this handsome restaurant that focuses on regional ingredients. The menu offers a nice variety of innovative dishes. Open for dinner M-Sa. — Where

Fans call this “inventive” Crossroads New American an “amazing”, “meat-centric” “delight” that's “helping remake” the city's culinary reputation. — Zagat

Housed in a historic building (that no longer functions as a hotel), The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange is redefining Midwestern cuisine — Tasting Table

Today it's been spiffed up to match the creative fare on Howard Hanna's seasonal menu. (Note the bathroom plaque pointing out where Al Capone once sought release.). — Lonely Planet

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Stroud's Restaurant & Bar

83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Meals are served family-style, complete with bowls of mashed potatoes, cream gravy, bacon-studded green beans and baskets of homemade cinnamon rolls. — Gayot

In northeast Kansas City, not far from Worlds of Fun, this casual family restaurant is located in an expanded 1829 log cabin and farmhouse. — Frommer's

“Wait times can be hell” at these traditional Americans famous for “sinfully” “outstanding pan-fried chicken” (“only outdone by the gravy!”) that's “fit for kings but affordable for families". — Zagat

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Classic Cup

Seafood 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A long-running classic that has thrived even as upscale chains have muscled into the Plaza. — Lonely Planet

There's “something for everyone” at this Country Club Plaza American offering an “enormous” menu of “enjoyable” eats. — Zagat

This European-style bistro offers a wide-ranging menu of creative dishes and crowd-pleasing appetizers — Where

Despite being outnumbered by big eateries with bigger budgets, it remains a hometown favorite for power breakfasts, quick lunches and romantic dinners. — Gayot

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Room 39

82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Simple, seasonal ingredients undergo a transformation in the kitchen, and come out in sensational, flavorful salads, fresh soups, frittatas, and entrées. — Where

Fans applaud the “craftsmanship” at these “offbeat” New American bistros where the “imaginative”, locally sourced menu “never feels contrived”. — Zagat

Breakfasts are sturdy affairs --- bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches; brioche french toast with bacon, and the like. The menu changes frequently. — Gayot

The local provenance of the food at this excellent restaurant is listed at the top of the menu. — Lonely Planet

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Trezo Mare

Italian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The kitchen crafts a menu of fresh, wood-fired seafood plus a lighter menu of salads, soups, bisques and sandwiches during the day. — Gayot

“Fresh, inventive” seafood, “glam” decor (including a terrace with a view) and “impeccable” service are reasons this “outstanding” Northland Italian is “always a treat". — Zagat

Italian-kissed specialties in this very handsome restaurant include wood-fired meats, pasta classics, seafood and pizza. — Where

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Plaza III The Steakhouse

Seafood 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Open since 1963 and an icon in Country Club Plaza, this steakhouse is renowned for its USDA prime cuts of Midwestern beef, aged in specially designed, temperature-controlled lockers for up to 28 days. — Frommer's

Honored with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, this Plaza steakhouse prepares double-cut lamp chops that are just as succulent as its menu's many beef selections. — Fodor's

Prime aged meats and fresh seafood form the basis of the menu at this classic KC steakhouse, along with a lighter lunch menu. — Where

Locals know they can count on finding both a USDA Prime steak and local jazz. We recommend the tenderloin tartare, a classic rendition made with chopped filet mignon and sprinkled with caviar. — Gayot

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Grunauer

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A “spectacular setting” in the Crossroads Freight House provides a striking complement to the “authentic” Austrian-German fare and “impressive service” at this moderately priced “hidden gem”. — Zagat

The menu offers authentic house-made schnitzels and wursts, as well as fantastic classics like Hungarian beef with spaetzle. — Tasting Table

Handsome, airy, brick-and-timber restaurant serves classic German/Austrian fare, including a full line of sausages, in the Crosssroads Arts District — Where

The biggest area selection of German and Austrian beers on tap (plus housemade sausages, sauerkraut and other authentic bites from the Austrian owners) keeps us coming back. — On the Grid

Grünauer is an authentic Viennese gasthaus, located in the historic Freight House. — Afar Magazine

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Cafe Sebastienne

Fast Food 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Food is art at this eatery in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. — Gayot

The seasonally changing menu, hailed as one of KC’s best, utilizes local organic produce. — Where

There's “art on the plate and on the walls” at this “hidden gem” inside the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, where the “superb”, “ever-changing” New American menu “won't bust your budget". — Zagat

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Michael Smith

American 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Crossroads New American (sib to the adjacent Extra Virgin), a “metropolitan” standout where “daring” yet “refined” dishes are all the rage. — Zagat

The elegantly rustic fare includes fat shrimp in a fragrant tomato and chickpea stew; chunks of duck confit piled on marble bread, slathered with fig jam and pressed into a panini; and seared ahi. — Gayot

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence — Where

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Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que

Barbecue 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Ribs & fixings served in a gas station — Zagat

Still housed in a building it shares with a gas station, this is Kansas City's most iconic barbeque joint. — Lonely Planet

This family-friendly spot offers all the barbecue hits — Where

Beyond the shamrock gas station’s pumps and past the racks of Hostess cakes, a warren of tables and booths makes up this barbecue joint. — Travel + Leisure

Brisket is served sans sauce on a bun; diners can add as much or as little of the spicy, fruity sauce as they want. Beans are thick and loaded with bits of meat, while french fries come well-seasoned. — Gayot

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Westside Local

80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Turning out “creative” American plates worth “dreaming about”, this Westsider is declared “fit for foodies”; a “helpful but not hovering” staff adds to the “laid-back atmosphere”. — Zagat

Seasonal rustic cuisine takes advantage of local ingredients and craft beers — Where

Talk about local: Once near closing time, Chef Nina Gann came out of the kitchen to offer the table a honeysuckle ice cream she just whipped up using flowers picked from across the street. — Afar Magazine

The menu is full of locally sourced fare that is just so delicious. The Localities (small bites meant to be shared) are a perfect way to start, especially the deviled eggs. — On the Grid

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The Farmhouse - Kansas City

French 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Classically creative comfort food utilizing the “tip-to-tail” philosophy and lots of local ingredients, including the amazing Green Dirt Farm cheeses — Where

The “innovative”, farm-to-table fare reveals a “phenomenal take on local flavors” at this “cheerful”, “reasonably priced” River Market American. — Zagat

Nestled into a corner building just off the historic City Market, The Farmhouse specializes in farm-to-table, mostly organic ingredients in classic American dishes. — Afar Magazine

The perfect farmers market spot to truly eat local and Farm to table food — On the Grid

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Succotash

Pizza 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The food is as imaginative as the space, with items such as monstrous pear-pecan pancakes with smoky bacon; a BLT fattened up with a fried egg; and an array of salads loaded with toppings. — Gayot

“Pancakes as big as pizzas” are typical of the “hearty” American eats at this Downtown breakfast-and-lunch standby, a “hole-in-the-wall” that's deemed a local “treasure”. — Zagat

This determinedly funky spot just east of Crown Center jams them in on the weekends — Where

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Pot Pie

French 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Potpie keeps the rotating menu small, but that allows the kitchen to produce flavorful, well-prepared dishes — Where

“Fabulous” comfort food with a French twist dominates the “limited” yet frequently changing blackboard menu (“much more than pot pies”) at this “unpretentious” bistro in Westport. — Zagat

The temptation is well deserved as these glorious pots of beef, mushrooms and gravy (or chicken and vegetables) are nearly the size of a football and topped with a light and flaky crust. — Gayot

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