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Movoto – 15 Best Kansas City Restaurants

Updated: 2022

By: Kristin Norton
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1. Dine Like A Fairytale Come True At Novel

Novel Restaurant in Kansas City, MO
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Novel Restaurant
815 W 17th St
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 221-0785
Yelp: 5 stars, 122 reviews
There’s only one rule when dining at Kansas City’s Novel: Make reservations. Word has long since spread about this classy fine-dining spot, so you won’t be the only one here, not by a long shot. So, make your plans ahead of time if you don’t want to wait in a really long line. The scallops are a must-try and anything off of the specials is sure to be a hand-crafted masterpiece, so come hungry.

2. Head To Happy Gillis To Put The Biggest Smile On Your Face

Happy Gillis Café & Hangout in Kansas City, MO
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Happy Gillis Café & Hangout
549 Gillis St
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 471-3663
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 266 reviews
Happy Gillis has an amazing way of making you smile and not just because they have “happy” in their name. From the charming décor to the energy of owners and locals, Josh and Abby-Jo, and most importantly, the food which isn’t just great but also uses and supports local farms. Any of their sandwiches are sure to delight but if you’re having trouble, go for the BLT with egg salad or the corned beef with pickled cabbage when it’s seasonal. Happy Gillis also doubles as a great spot to grab brunch.

3. The Vietnam Café 39 Is Pho Real

The Vietnam Café 39 in Kansas City, MO
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The Vietnam Café 39
522 Campbell St
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 472-4888
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 301 reviews
Whether you’re looking for a great soup or the best banh mi in KCMO, The Vietnam Café 39 is the place to go. With consistently good, authentic dishes and fast service that doesn’t sacrifice quality, they’ve become the shining star of Vietnamese cuisine in the city.

4. Enjoy You Stay At The Rieger Hotel Grill Like You’re On Vacation
The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange in Kansas City, MO
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The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange
1924 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 471-2177
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 207 reviews
You don’t have to be visiting Kansas City to enjoy the food at The Rieger Hotel. This classic style American Grill serves a little something for everyone with a menu that reflects their fresh ingredients and attention to detail. Make sure to start with the pork soup which is a crowd favorite.

5. Grunauer Will Have You Yelling “Oh, Schnitzel!”

Grunauer in Kansas City, MO
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101 W 22nd St
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 283-3234
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 289 reviews
This Austrian gem of KCMO brings something unique to the city with their wonderfully traditional cuisine and authentic flare. From the décor to the brats, you’ll feel like you’ve been magically transported to Germany. Located in the historic Freight House, this is actually the second restaurant of the same name to open under mastermind Peter Grunauer’s son, keeping the namesake Viennese Gasthaus alive and adding just a little bit more delicious culture to the area.

6. You’ll Be Going Mad For Empanadas Soon, Too

Empanadas Madness in Kansas City, MO
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Empanadas Madness
906 SW Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 503-6931
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 97 reviews
Empanadas Madness does so much justice to Spanish cuisine, you’ll wish all of Kansas City was this crazy. The empanadas are crispy and delicious, filled with all of your favorites from ground beef to shredded beef and even avocado chicken salad.

7. Find A Diner The Way Your Grandma Would Do It At The Mixing Bowl Noshery

The Mixing Bowl Noshery in Kansas City, MO
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The Mixing Bowl Noshery
520 Southwest Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 283-8238
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 141 reviews
The Mixing Bowl Noshery will kind of remind you of the place that you always wished your grandmother’s house had been like. It’s fun, it’s charming, but it’s also incredibly delicious. Whether you come for breakfast or a late lunch, you’re always in for something great here. And no matter what time of day, don’t miss out on a slice of their peanut butter pie.

8. More Brunch Awaits At Genessee Royale Bistro

Genessee Royale Bistro in Kansas City, MO
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Genessee Royale Bistro
1531 Genessee St
Kansas City, MO 64102
(816) 474-7070
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 156 reviews
If you ever find yourself hungry in the West Bottoms section of town, head to Genessee Royale Bistro on, you guessed it, Genessee Street. The weekends get busy for their amazing breakfasts, so come early if you want to avoid crowds and a possible wait. Try the chicken and waffles or the quinoa pancakes for an early meal you won’t regret. If you come for lunch, definitely indulge in a burger, seared just right and juicy in all the right places, making this cousin of Happy Gillis another local gem for KCMO.

9. Q39 Knows How To Raise The KCMO Barbeque Bar

Q39 in Kansas City, MO
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1000 W 39th St
Kansas, MO 64111
(816) 255-3753
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 239 reviews
Now comes the time when we get into the Kansas City debate of all debates: barbeque. While there are places in the city that are much more famous or have a bigger reputation, anyone who has ever eaten at Q39 will tell you that bigger doesn’t always mean better. The barbeque here is always on point, with highlights ranging from their burnt ends to their chicken. If you don’t believe me, come see for yourself.

10. Find The Best Slice At Johnny Jo’s

Johnny Jo’s Pizzeria in Kansas City, MO
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Johnny Jo’s Pizzeria
1209 W 47th St
Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 401-4483
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 110 reviews
From the best garlic knots in town to the perfect pies, Johnny Jo’s Pizzeria is the go-to spot in KCMO for a slice. Come on Monday’s or during Happy Hour for really good deals on prices for an added bonus to an already awesome pizzeria in town.

11. Head To Pierponts’ For Steak And Beyond

Pierponts at Union Station in Kansas City, MO
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Pierponts at Union Station
30 W Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 221-511
Yelp: 4 stars, 198 reviews
At a steakhouse this great, it seems almost silly to talk about anything but their cuts of beef. But Pierponts does everything so well, it’s hard not to talk about everything. Picking a favorite is near impossible, so just do yourself a favor and go. Whether you’re craving a steak or want to keep it lighter with a salad and perfectly plated ahi tuna, you’ll be glad you came.

12. Go To Jasper’s For The Lasagna, Stay For The Cannoli

Jasper’s in Kansas City, MO
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1201 W 103rd St
Kansas City, MO 64114
(816) 941-6600
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 115 reviews
There are plenty of places to go in Kansas City when you’re looking for Italian. But when you want traditional Italian that really shines, then you need to go to Jasper’s. The lasagna is some of the best you’ll ever try and the cannoli are so good, it’s highly probable you’ll be having dreams about them for weeks to come.

13. Eden Alley Café Is A Vegan Paradise In Kansas City

Eden Alley Café in Kansas City, MO
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Eden Alley Café
707 W 47th St
Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 561-5415
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 182 reviews
The difference between a happy vegan and a miserable vegan is their dining options. Luckily for the KCMO crowd, they have Eden Alley Café to depend on to consistently serve them amazing vegan food that is healthful, fresh, and delicious. Packed with flavor, each meal shows the attention to detail, even plated beautifully to make your dining experience truly enjoyable. Appetizers through dessert are always on point, but don’t miss out on the hummus which is ultra-fresh and some of the best you’ll find in the city.

14. The Beer Kitchen Delivers On Both

The Beer Kitchen in Kansas City, MO
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The Beer Kitchen
435 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 389-4180
Yelp: 4 stars, 515 reviews
If you hear a name like The Beer Kitchen and automatically envision a place with a great beer selection and some burgers, then you’re half right. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised at the menu here, with dishes that show a true passion for the culinary arts. Don’t miss their deviled eggs, honey-bacon glazed brussel sprout, parmesan truffle fries, and the hogtied sandwich, all sure to have you talking about The Beer Kitchen for days to come.

15. It’s Always Taco Tuesday Thanks To Los Alamos Market y Cocina
Los Alamos Market y Cocina in Kansas City, MO
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Los Alamos Market y Cocina
1667 Summit
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 471-0450
Yelp: 4 stars, 66 reviews
Real taco lovers know that the most unassuming taco spots are always the best of all. And that’s exactly what you get at Los Alamos. You can come here during one of the city’s famous taco crawls or just come to grab a few whenever. No matter when you visit, this place will always stand out as your favorite.

By: Kristin Norton

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