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Blue Bird Bistro

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

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

Bluebird Bistro and it’s bright yellow door is one of the original restaurants on Summit Street on the Westside. They make Mid American cuisine with locally sourced organic foods, most of... — On the Grid

“Wonderful” farm-to-table cuisine is matched by an “excellent” selection of organic wines at this Westside Eclectic run by “folks who really care”. — Zagat

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

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. Open... — Where

The American Restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

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Bluestem

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

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

“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

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

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The dining room is simplicity itself, and the exquisitely beautiful food by husband-and-wife chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts consistently elicits rave... — Where

Lidia's Restaurant

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

“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

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

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

Located in a historic railroad house near the Union Station, this outpost for TV chef Lidia Bastianich’s cuisine is expansive and inviting. Menu offerings include an unlimited pasta... — Where

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

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Le Fou Frog

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

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

This “quirky” River Market French provides “marvelous” dishes in an atmosphere “so Parisian you expect Edith Piaf to jump onto a table and begin a chanson”. — Zagat

The over-achieving menu reflects the French pedigree, but the atmosphere is relaxed. Highlights include steak au poivre and filet mignon with lobster. Fans like the mussels, steak frites... — 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

Arthur Bryant's BBQ

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

You're probably already planning a visit to Arthur Bryant's, KC’s most famous BBQ joint. If not, put it on the agenda. Yes, there will be lines, but that's what you get when you visit a... — Where

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

Housed in a historic building (that no longer functions as a hotel), The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange is redefining Midwestern cuisine. Chef/owner Howard Hanna is dedicated to using... — Tasting Table

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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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Plaza III The Steakhouse

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

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

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Prime aged meats and fresh seafood form the basis of the menu at this classic KC steakhouse, along with a lighter lunch menu. Open for lunch M-Sa, for... — Where

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

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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Classic Cup

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

This European-style bistro offers a wide-ranging menu of creative dishes and crowd-pleasing appetizers. There's alfresco dining on the back deck. Open for breakfast M-Sa, lunch and dinner... — Where

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

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

The Cup is one of the last independents in Kansas City's Country Club Plaza. Despite being outnumbered by big eateries with bigger budgets, it remains a hometown favorite for power... — Gayot

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Grunauer

82 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

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

After finding success in Vienna, the Grünauer family chose Kansas City's historic Freight House building in the Crossroads Arts District for the second iteration of their eponymous... — Tasting Table

Handsome, airy, brick-and-timber restaurant serves classic German/Austrian fare, including a full line of sausages, in the Crosssroads Arts District. Open for lunch and dinner daily, for... — 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

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Room 39

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

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Simple, seasonal ingredients undergo a transformation in the kitchen, and come out in sensational, flavorful salads, fresh soups, frittatas, and... — Where

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

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

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

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Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que

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

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

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

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

This family-friendly spot offers all the barbecue hits. The ribs, and especially the sauce, get rave reviews. The sides, including the potato salad and cole slaw, are also popular. Do not... — Where

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Trezo Mare

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

“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

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Italian-kissed specialties in this very handsome restaurant include wood-fired meats, pasta classics, seafood and pizza. Open for lunch and dinner daily. — Where

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

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Succotash

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

This determinedly funky spot just east of Crown Center jams them in on the weekends. Huge pancakes, Monte Cristo (ham and cheese stacked between layers of French toast), and smoked salmon... — Where

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

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Cafe Sebastienne

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

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

Inside Kemper Musem of Contemporary Art, great as a sightseeing oasis. The seasonally changing menu, hailed as one of KC’s best, utilizes local organic produce. Open for lunch Tu-Sa,... — Where

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

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Michael Smith

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

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The award-winning titular chef presents a sophisticated, oft-changing menu: a foodie’s paradise. During happy hour, appetizers are half price at the... — Where

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

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

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Fud

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

Tiny vegan restaurant in the Westside neighborhood uses locally sourced organic ingredients in its inventive raw and cooked dishes. Open for lunch and dinner Tu-Sa, brunch Su. — Where

Vegan comfort food is actually a thing, and Füd delivers the best of the best. — On the Grid

This casual West-side restaurant makes a BBQ sandwich that is unbelievably vegan. — Afar Magazine

A welcome alternative in a meat-mad city, cozy Fud specializes in reinterpreting American classics as organic, gluten-free vegan food. Try the jackfruit BBQ on sourdough or the mac 'n'... — Lonely Planet

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Westside Local

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

Seasonal rustic cuisine takes advantage of local ingredients and craft beers. The menu includes vegetarian options in this Westside neighborhood eatery near the Crossroads District. Open... — Where

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

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

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

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Pot Pie

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

“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

Potpie keeps the rotating menu small, but that allows the kitchen to produce flavorful, well-prepared dishes. The seared scallops and pan-roasted chicken have gotten high marks. Sometimes... — Where

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