Kansas City, renowned for its vibrant food scene, offers a unique dining experience that goes beyond the palate. This article will take you on a culinary journey through the city's most adorable and themed restaurants. From whimsical decor to menus that transport you to another world, these establishments provide a feast for the senses. Whether you're a local or a tourist, a foodie or someone looking for a fun dining experience, these cute and themed restaurants in Kansas City are sure to leave a lasting impression. So, get ready to explore the charm and creativity of Kansas City's dining scene.
Rustic-contemporary space for wines & bistro-style New American fare with an international touch.
Ate the pommes frites, the shrimp and crab hush puppies were TO DIE FOR, steak meal and ravioli. All were great. Finished it with their in house melon sorbet which I would buy by the pint if I could. The service was amazing and food came fast. Loved the cocktails!
5 / 5
Wonderful meal and interesting and delicious menu. Great to share and try lots of things. Cocktails were amazing as well. Service was stellar! Can't wait to go back on next visit to KC!
5 / 5
Wowza this place is excellent. The flavor blends are really exceptional and artistic. The duck breast and steak were out of this world good! Potato aligot, mahi mahi and fries are also a must. The staff is great and the playlist is dope. Go to the west bottoms are check this place out.
5 / 5
Came here for the food and atmosphere and it was absolutely incredible! We tried the hummus(best I’ve ever had), yakitori (also best I’ve ever had), and the chef’s recommendation for the Raviolo. Completely blown away and would recommend this place for either a date or casual bite and drink. Has all the qualities of a unique classy place. The staff is unbelievable as well. The GM greeted and checked in numerous times to ensure we were satisfied. Sarah our server went above and beyond. The bartender Kim also was very kind and helpful. Compliments to the Chef Lindy and the owners for curating this fine establishment in the west bottoms. This area is really cool and I highly recommend checking out.
5 / 5
Nice atmosphere, but if you sit near the front, it is way too loud for date night conversation. The food is outstanding, but service was very slow and inattentive, maybe because we were so far toward the front. The food was so good that we will try it again and ask for a table toward the back.
3 / 5
Fondue restaurant chain offering heated pots of cheese, chocolate or broth for dipping & cooking.
The food was delicious, the experience was so fun, the service was fantastic, and the environment was very relaxing. We had Theresa as our server and she was fabulous! Very attentive and had great recommendations. Wonderful evening celebrating my birthday!!
5 / 5
Perfect place for an anniversary! It was my husbands and I’s 1 year anniversary and the melting pot made it the best dinner ever!! All of the staff were super nice and the food was some of the best we ever had. We were sat in a private two person booth with a curtain for privacy and it was the best time ever. They even decorated a cute plate for our dessert, it was one of our biggest highlights of the night! Thank you again to the wonderful staff tonight and if your thinking about coming here for your anniversary or any other special day this is the #1 place in Kansas City would recommend!!
5 / 5
I'm one lucky grandma and got to enjoy a GNO with my two beautiful granddaughters yesterday. We ended our day at The Melting Pot and had the absolute funnest meal we'd had in awhile! Erika, our server, was so sweet and attentive to us. She took the time to explain the cooking methods to us and to tell us about the sauce selection and what they each paired best with. Thank you, Erika, for being so awesome! And the food was amazing with the Steak Lovers choice being my granddaughter's favorite! Highly recommend and ask for Erika when you go in. 😊
5 / 5
We enjoyed it. Had the white wine swiss cheese to start - wish we had picked the other white cheese. We picked the red wine broth for our dinner pot, which was good. I got meat and sea. Husband had the one with duck - he loooves duck. We figured out how to do the timer from the website on our phones. Definitely do not recommend only putting 1 skewer in at a time or you'll be there even longer. We were there probably an hour and 45 minutes. Do at least two skewers at a time each in the dinner pot. My personal favorite part was chocolate caramel fondue with pecans at the end. I gobbled that all up! I'm glad we did the whole experience for our first time. We would come back for cheese and/or chocolate pots.
5 / 5
Jared was our server tonight and he was amazing! Overall made the experience that much better. He was very attentive to our table and made sure all of our needs were met. It was our first time at the melting pot and I would definitely recommend to everyone
5 / 5
Okay food. Convenient location. Steak frites and Parmesan French fries both tasted microwaved. The caprese salad was burrata with tomato and peach. Excellent. Service was great. The bartender was slammed yet kind to everyone and patient. Price was $80 for three glasses of red, a lot of fries, steak frites and a caprese salad.
5 / 5
What an amazing experience! My party of four enjoyed drinks and an early dinner before a symphony performance. The service could not have been better and the atmosphere was classy yet cozy. The view out the Kauffman windows was spectacular as always. We enjoyed a three-course dinner and enjoyed every mouthful. The servers did not hover but were always available for anything we needed. Menu is interesting and well prepared. I will definitely be back again.
5 / 5
I did not eat at restaurant but I loved the beautiful environment and the views! I was there to see Kenny G!
5 / 5
The menu consists only of a few snacks that require either no cooking or heating up in a microwave. Cocktails were low quality despite the Vegas price points. Ordered the same one twice and it came out completely different. “Dining Experience” is a misleading name if you only serve dips, crackers and a few desserts. The view is nice.
2 / 5
Visited for restaurant week. Our server, Danielle, was amazing. The food was lovely. However, I and another lady in our party of three became very ill later. The only difference in what we ordered and our friends meal was dessert and one bottle of wine. Contacted the restaurant manager. He seemed disinterested for the most part. Did not feel he valued our patronage or option. Disappointed.
1 / 5
Restaurant & lounge at the Ambassador Hotel serving New American cuisine in a stylish, airy space.
We had dinner for special occasion and found this place online. The ambient of this restaurant was nice and quiet. Classy touch of the interior decor located inside of a hotel building in downtown. Ordered Shrimp and Grits & Double cut Pork Chop with four cheese Campanella. The pork chop was little under cook so our waitress helped us to bring it back to kitchen. Later we realized we were missing the cheese baked Campanella so our waitress reminded the kitchen for us. She was very attentive and friendly so we were grateful for the service she provided that evening. We also appreciate of her took the meals out of our bill due to minor mishaps of the food prep.
3 / 5
Great diamond inside the ambassador hotel popped in for a light fare and WOW! Caesar salad with house made Caesar dressing was amazing! The shrimp cocktail were some of the biggest shrimp I have ever eaten and delicious! And the bar tender Claire was amazing heavy pours on the cocktails! Stop in relish the ambiance and enjoy the drinks!
5 / 5
Great dining option to go to before a concert at T-mobile. The shrimp and grits were full of flavors and it was a good size portion. Wine selection was pretty good as well. Friendly and efficient staff. Lovely place.
5 / 5
We went to this place for Christmas dinner as we got stuck in KC due to flight delays. This place seemed like an upscale scene that would be great for a dinner setting. We got there and the hotel (Ambassador) didn’t disappoint with its curb appeal and entrance. The reassurance was super nice inside and presentable. The scene definitely wasn’t upscale but rather a bit laid back. The menu was at best a glorified bar food menu. The prices were attached to the upscale part of the façade. The food was delicious and the portions were great. The prices were high ($25 for a Ruben, $20 for a French dip, $12 for Caesar salads) but we didn’t mind because the food was good. The winter mule was a good choice on drink but again, $16 for a drink was a bit steep. Our waitress (Kendra) was excellent and did a great job serving us while they were short staffed there. All in all this place was fantastic, I was just thrown off by the fancy outside and look and the laid back vibes, crowd, and staff.
5 / 5
Staff was on point. The restaurant space is rather small and feels kind of crowded. The decoration is art deco, strong 1920s glitz theme. The food was solid standard fare for a four-star hotel. Nothing bad just nothing all that special. I got the steak and my dad got the fish. Our server was definitely worthy of note as were the cocktails/bar. I would give the overall experience 3.8 stars. Enjoyable, but not exceptional.
4 / 5
Spacious, brick-walled barbecue restaurant & bar in a shopping & entertainment district.
Seated quickly at the outdoor patio which was nice and cool right in downtown and not too loud to talk. Ordered a jalapeño peach tea which was like spicy mop water. I've never sent a drink back but I did today. Server was OK about it. Ordered 2 meat plate of pulled pork, brisket and loaded potato salad with 2 half slices of buttery toast, yum! Mild and spicy BBQ sauce at the table also good, not too sweet. BBQ was tender, lean, and just smoky enough. I did have to ask for a knife and felt a bit hurried to finish. But overall very good food and would go back.
5 / 5
In KC for a conference and I walked here from my hotel. Very professional and friendly staff. The bartender was fantastic, knew the menu well and made suggestions. I got brisket and burnt ends with spicy coleslaw to-go. I thought everything was delicious, smokey and flavorful. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone.
5 / 5
We only had a day in KC and wanted some delicious BBQ…and this place delivered! Loved the onion rings and potato salad. Great ambiance with plenty of TVs to watch the games too.
5 / 5
Stopped in for lunch and seated right away. Our server was very friendly and attentive. I had the two meat platter (sausage and pulled pork). Flavor of both was very good and the pulled pork was tender and not dry. The only negative thing was that both the sausage and pork were cool. I didn't make our server aware of the issue as I didn't have time to wait for a corrective action and it wasn't a deal breaker. My sides were fries which were hot and fresh and the green chili cornbread. It was very tasty but little dry. I had a local beer which was very good. I would definitely give this place another shot.
4 / 5
Was in town for the Beyoncé show from New York and decided to stop by. Quite possibly the best bbq I’ve ever had in my life. Was seated in the outdoor patio area. Tried the smoked wings, burnt ends, half a slab of ribs, potato salad, street corn. Frosé & Lake Water frozen drink additionally the horse feather. When we tried the wings they were moist, skin was crispy and browned to perfection. We knew the ribs were gonna be delicious. & they were. They pulled straight off the bone. Seasoning was perfect, bbq sauce was delicious, the smoke was just enough. I couldn’t believe how tender the burnt ends were. The corn and potato salad were mid but honestly the stars of the plate shone so bright, I truly wasn’t upset lol. Service was amazing. The server was very friendly and accommodating. She made great conversation, recommended drinks, sauces and also things to do around the city. Drinks were great. Will definitely be back soon for more!
5 / 5
Homey haunt draws crowds with elevated breakfast & lunch fare served in a low-key setting.
Literally two blocks away, we've just discovered this hidden gem. Walked there , had a great experience, from the staff to the food to the atmosphere, Grade A level for brunch, then walked home and enjoyed our cute little neighborhood. Our Saturday destination from here on out until we spend our weekends at the lake again. Thanks Happy Gillis for an awesome experience!
5 / 5
Best biscuits and gravy I've had anywhere. Recommended trying half mushroom and half sausage gravy. The breakfast burrito with Butternut squash and black beans was also amazing. Everything tastes homemade.
5 / 5
Like others, I didn't know about this place. A friend of mine suggested Happy Gillis. We go there and there was a short wait, maybe 15 minutes. The line move rather quickly, but soon after it got rather busy. I line across the building, with more than a 30 minute wait. You have to figure that long lines equal good food. Food was awesome and I loved their buttermilk biscuits. I would go back again, and maybe try lunch.
5 / 5
If I could give more stars I would! We had brunch here, the atmosphere was very calm and cozy. The food was displayed nicely and full of flavor! The bacon was thick, definitely high end food!! We will be coming back !!
5 / 5
I found this place on a whim and so glad I did. This smallish cafe was hopping Saturday afternoon for brunch. They offer a few outside tables and wall to wall tables inside but there still wasn't enough seating. We had to wait a few minutes to place our order at the counter, but we were lucky enough to grab a table immediately after ordering. They offer a limited brunch menu and drink menu. I read previous reviews saying not to miss the biscuits and gravy which is my go to brunch meal. OMG IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!!!! My half order was plenty, and I'm glad I went with the half mushroom / half sausage gravy. The biscuit was fluffy, and the gravy options were so flavorful. The mimosa was tasty as well. I cannot wait to go back and want to make this a KC cafe requirement for all future trips.
5 / 5
I have been wanting to try this place out for awhile. I picked it for our super club night. I thought it was amazing. I ordered the smash burger and fries. It was delicious. I don’t think this place is for everyone. There is a couple of people in our supper club that are picky eaters. I don’t mean discerning, I mean they like chicken nuggets. Lol. Not sure why they want to be in a supper club. But they even liked the smash burger and fries. The cocktails are inventive. I’m a vodka girl and I enjoyed my cocktail. The Olives were delicious too. To cold to sit outside but in the summer this place would be a nice hangout. Service was good and friendly. My only complaint is if you are inside in the evening it’s very dimly lit. I’m sure for ambiance. But for the old people it is a little hard to see. 😜
5 / 5
My continuous advice… sit at the bar. I had amazing cocktails and great conversation with my bartender. The food looked amazing, however I will have to come back to eat. Limited seating areas, but great atmosphere. I loved the bird glassware. Pricing was worth innovative cocktail recipes.
5 / 5
This is hands down the best bar in KC. The natural wine list is incredible, the cocktails are all delicious, and the burger is the best in town. Also, the owners and staff are the kindest people you’ll ever meet. I can’t say enough positive things about this place! Thank you Campground for keeping everyone safe and always making everyone feel welcome. We love this place!
5 / 5
A small menu but great options! We got the smash burger, the pork collar, fries, and goat cheese tart and they were all delicious! I got the old fashion and it was very good! They have both indoor and outdoor seating. It’s a pretty small indoor area so I would recommend getting a reservation if the weather isn’t great and you want to be inside.
5 / 5
The food was creative, delicious and very well executed! However, wish the service was warmer and showcased the food more.
4 / 5