2014 Restaurant Week’s Fine Dining Options

By | January 9, 2014 at 9:32 pm | No comments | Entertainment & News, Restaurant Events, Restaurants + Bars | Tags: , ,

With Restaurant Week 2014 starting up again next week, now is the time to start your planning. This year over 130 Kansas City restaurants are participating and will make it the biggest event yet.  As the culinary scene in Kansas City continues to evolve and grow, more and more exceptional restaurants are opening every year.

Some of Kansas City’s finest restaurants are showcased during the 10 days of Restaurant Week.  Below are a handful of the crème de la crème of our city’s fine dining scene.  Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to try some of these restaurants at a more wallet-friendly price point.

 The American Restaurant – Crown Center Area

As the former home of chefs such as Michael Smith, Celina Tio, and Debbie Gold, The American has been widely regarded as part of the Mount Rushmore of Kansas City restaurants for over 3 decades.    With a 3 course meal normally costing about double the Restaurant Week price, this is a great opportunity to enjoy the stunning ambiance and amazing cuisine. New chef Michael Corvino has arrived and is ready to make his own mark at this Kansas City landmark.

Bluestem – Westport

After years of being nominated, Chef Colby Garrelts finally took home the prize for Best Chef Midwest from the James Beard foundation in 2013.  His cuisine is on display at one of Kansas City’s true dining meccas.  Located in an intimate space on the outskirts of Westport, Bluestem features progressive American cuisine that focuses on local ingredients and tremendous service.

Le Fou Frog – River Market Area

Featuring four star traditional French cuisine in a causal and fun atmosphere, Le Fou Frog has been rated year after year as one of the best places for fine French food in the city.

Michael Smith – Downtown / Crossroads

As former chef of The American Restaurant and winner of a James Beard award for Best Chef Midwest, Michael Smith has opened his namesake in the Crossroads and continues to serve some of the best food in the city.  With sleek and contemporary décor to accompany the innovative cuisine, Chef Smith has solidified his place as one of the rock stars of the Kansas City restaurant scene.

The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange – Downtown / Crossroads

In just over three years, Chef Howard Hanna has established The Rieger as one of Kansas City’s best dining destinations.  With an almost obsessive focus on local produce and proteins, the food here exhibits the connection between where the food comes from and the people who have produced it.  Located inside the stunning hundred year old Rieger Hotel building, this establishment offers one of the best combinations of food, drink, and ambiance in the Midwest.

Room 39 – 39th Street & Mission Farms

Opened in late 2004, the flagship restaurant on 39th street just blocks from KU Med quickly established itself as a destination for amazing food in the midtown area.  Chefs Andrew Sloan and Ted Habiger continued their run opening their second location in Leawood a few years later.  With a focus on seasonal ingredients along with a warm and inviting atmosphere, Room 39 should be on every diners bucket list.

Story – Prairie Village

After spending years under the tutelage of Michael Smith, Chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen ventured out on his own by opening Story in 2011.  Serving upscale American cuisine in a sleek, modern, and contemporary location, Story has quickly become one of Johnson County’s best restaurants.  To bolster it’s reputation, Chef Thorne-Thomsen was the 2013 winner of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chef: Midwest.


For a complete list of the 130+ restaurants participating in this year’s Restaurant Week, click here. 


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