Best Restaurants in Kansas City

May 19, 2018

Ciara Corcoran


The best restaurants in Kansas City, MO offer more than just barbeque (though there’s a number of standout options in this regard on the list as well). When deciding on your next dining destination at this Missouri hot spot, you’ll have countless options at your fingertips. Longtime favorites include Bluestem and The Rieger, and several newcomers worth trying include the likes EJ’s and Corvino as well. Wondering where to get started on your culinary adventures? We’ve narrowed down the best restaurants in Kansas City, MO to a few top spots to try off the bat, to give you a variety of places with varied atmosphere and price points to pick from. But do keep in mind they all have one thing in common – all are great places to eat at, and you won’t leave any hungry.


10 Best Restaurants in Kansas City, MO





Multiple Locations

You haven’t tasted barbeque until you’ve sampled the savory smoked meats of Q39. The homemade meals here are made from scratch in their open kitchen. You’ll find award-winning BBQ at both Q39’s Midtown and South locations.

Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room

1830 Walnut St

Two restaurants in one, Corvino is a newcomer to the KC dining scene. The powerhouse duo husband and wife have secured a AAA Four Diamond rating with their globally-inspired comfort food.


900 Westport Rd

Bluestem has elevated KC cuisine and captured national attention with its James Beard Award-semifinalist chefs, easily placing this spot on the list of the best restaurants in Kansas City (and the nation). The prix fixe menu changes regularly, so be sure you don’t skip dessert.

Jack Stack Barbecue

Multiple Locations

Jack Stack is a KC staple. They’ve been serving the tastiest burnt ends and lamb ribs for over 50 years. You can’t go wrong with any of the hickory-smoked BBQ, but make sure you get the Cheesy Corn Bake as your side.

The Rieger

1924 Main St

The welcoming vintage feel of this 1910s building adds the perfect ambiance to your happy hour or dinner. Their ever-changing daily specialscapture the season perfectly. 


Joe’s Kansas City BBQ

Multiple Locations

Jeff and Joy started as competition BBQ smokers before meeting Joe. Joe and Jeff went into business together and thus Joe’s was born. Their KC-style BBQ has won dozens of awards, and quickly become one of the best restaurants in Kansas City, MO. Don’t believe the hype? Get some ribs and brisket and taste for yourself.

West Bottoms Kitchen

1623 Genessee St

Quaint, cute, and all-around Southern, West Bottoms Kitchen is dishing up fresh comfort classics in a tavern atmosphere. The Blackened Meatloaf Sandwich is a favorite, as is Shrimp N Grits.

The Antler Room

2506 Holmes St

The Antler Room’s tempting selection of international-inspired small plates beg you to order more than enough to share for the table. Paired with a bottle of wine? Sounds like the perfect evening.

Town Topic

2021 Broadway Blvd

This modest burger joint serves up the beefiest, juiciest burgers in KC. Ideal for late-night munchies or a meal on a budget, their menu is affordable and guaranteed to satisfy all your burger cravings.

EJ’s Urban Eatery

1414 W 9th St

Southern comfort has never tasted so good. EJ’s is great any time of day, but weekend brunch is where you’ll try some unconventional offerings like Breakfast Ribs and their Three Meat Skillet. And if you’re getting meat, make sure you get the White BBQ Sauce too.

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