The 15 Best Fancy Restaurants In Kansas City, Missouri

fancy restaurants in kansas city

The biggest city in Missouri, Kansas City boasts a host of attractions and activities to inspire and entertain visitors. From its famous and vibrant jazz scene which is reflected in the American Jazz Museum to the impressive 40,000 strong art collections stored at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Throw in the huge Kansas City Zoo, the upmarket shopping experience at the Country Club Plaza, and the early 20th-century stylings of the city’s Union Station and there’s something for everyone during a break in the city. And, if you’re looking to make a real occasion of it, you’ll likely want to visit one of Kansas City’s top fancy restaurants for some spectacular cuisine and enjoyable ambiance. Read on for some of the best fancy restaurants in Kansas City, Missouri.

1. JJ’s Restaurant

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JJ’s Restaurant is an elegant dining spot that offers top-notch American cuisines for nearly 35 years. In fact, it’s been rated as one of the best restaurants to eat in the city by Zagat Survey. Serving lunch and dinner, JJ’s Restaurant takes pride in offering sumptuous steaks, fresh seafood, and other traditional favorites with a few contemporary twists. The place is also known for its expansive wine selection to go well with the opulent food.

To top it all off, JJ’s Restaurant features a warm and inviting atmosphere with a bit of European flair, ensuring one of the best dining experience you’ll ever have in KC.

JJ’s Restaurant

Address: 4810 Roanoke Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112, United States

Website: JJ’s Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri: 11am - 11pm; Sat: 3pm - 11pm; Sun: 3pm - 10pm

2. Le Fou Frog

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Le Fou Frog is a French-inspired bistro that offers a perfect blend of a casual and fine dining experience. The soft lighting, cozy tables, and elegant interior design create a relaxed atmosphere throughout. The restaurant also features outdoor seating with the same overall charming vibe. More than just eye candy, Le Fou Frog serves some of the best food and beverages in the city, offering luscious dinner, desserts, wines, and cocktails that would delight your olfactory and gustatory senses.

Le Fou Frog

Address: 400 E 5th St, Kansas City, MO 64106, United States

Website: Le Fou Frog

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 5pm - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 10pm; Sun: 5pm - 9pm (closed on Mon)

3. Bristol Seafood + Steak + Social

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From the name alone, you’d know what Bristol Seafood + Steak + Social is all about. Yup, for the best seafood in town, this restaurant is the place to be. It’s an upscale dining option in the heart of KC where you can enjoy market-fresh seafood and premium steaks prepared in the best possible way by excellent chefs.

Wash the succulent dishes down with the finest wine or cocktail from the restaurant’s wide selection of refreshing beverages. The cozy contemporary setting and the outstanding service complete an overall memorable dining experience.

Bristol Seafood + Steak + Social

Address: 51 E 14th St, Kansas City, MO 64106, United States

Website: Bristol Seafood + Steak + Social

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 8:30pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm; Sun: 11am - 8pm

4. Seasons 52

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Seasons 52 is one of the best options if you’re looking for tasty eats made from the freshest ingredients in the city. How would you know the restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients? Well, the menu changes with the season with supplies coming in fresh every day from local farms. This ensures that all meats, seafood, and other ingredients are in their most pristine condition before preparing and serving the dishes. The restaurant also boasts an award-winning wine list along with other top-notch drink options to pair well with the top-notch food.

Furthermore, Seasons 52 features a cozy yet elegant interior to provide guests with the best dining experience in the city.

Seasons 52

Address: 340 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112, United States

Website: Seasons 52

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm

5. 801 Chophouse

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Looking for the best steaks in the city? Check out 801 Chophouse, the “Quintessential Kansas City Steakhouse” that is frequented by steak-loving locals. It’s located in the heart of the city within the vibrant Power & Light District, the perfect spot for a romantic dinner date. Speaking of romance, the restaurant also features romantic lighting, dramatic finishes, and signature leather booths—all to provide an overall soothing atmosphere. Make a reservation now and enjoy a memorable night out in town!

801 Chophouse

Address: 71 E 14th St, Kansas City, MO 64106, United States

Website: 801 Chophouse

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 4pm - 10pm; Sun: 4pm - 9pm

6. Reserve Restaurant & Lounge

One of the most highly-rated restaurants in the whole of Kansas City, Reserve is located within the impressive Ambassador Hotel in the Power & Light District and boasts a rich and stylish decor. That color scheme, coupled with the lofty ceilings and marble walls, has made it a hit with diners. Indeed, its atmosphere is one of the most popular aspects of the restaurant, with many remarking on its romantic vibe - perfect for couples eyeing up a place for a meal. As for the food, the mouth-watering likes of Scottish salmon, filet mignon and boulevard mussels rub shoulders to vie for the diner’s attention.

Reserve Restaurant & Lounge

Address: 1111 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64106

Website: Reserve Restaurant & Lounge

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 6.30am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 7am - 11pm

7. Tavernonna

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Another gem, this stylish Italian eatery features a classic design that makes the most of natural colors to create a cozy vibe and features exposed wood panel walls and floors alongside chocolate-colored furnishings. Tavernonna, which sits on the ground floor of Hotel Phillips, is located within the popular food scene of the Light & Power District. A trendy spot to eat, its menu features a range of Italian food and wines. Dishes included a house specialty in the form of ravioli with goat cheese, as well as the likes of spaghetti all'amatriciana.


Address: 06 West 12th Street Kansas City, Mo 64105

Website: Tavernonna

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 6.30am - 10pm; Fri: 6.30am - 11pm; Sat: 5pm - 11pm; Sun: 5pm - 10pm

8. Pierpont's at Union Station

A true culinary gem, Pierpont’s at Union Station enjoys some of the strongest word-of-mouth for any restaurant in the entire city. And, if you’re after a memorable setting, then the historic backdrop of Union Station will certainly add to the occasion - with its impressive lofted ceilings, spectacular motifs, and impressive columns. As for the food, it’s filet mignon has been described by some diners as the “best I’ve ever tasted”, while fresh seafood dishes like oysters and crab cakes are also big hits. Those heading to the restaurant should consider dressier clothing to match the setting.

Pierpont's at Union Station

Address: 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108

Website: Pierpont’s at Union Station

Opening hours: Mon: 11am - 9pm; Tue - Fri: 11am - 10pm; Sat: 5pm - 10pm; Sun: 5pm - 9pm

9. City Grille

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Set within the huge Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Kansas City, the City Grille boasts a warm decor, with mood lighting, earthen hues, and flashes of mahogany to create a relaxing environment in which to dine. It serves a mix of American-style dishes, including the likes of pulled pork with barbeque sauce, chicken breast in honey butter, and classic grilled burgers. Attire is casual, so you won’t have to feel the need to dress up much if you don’t wish to.

City Grille

Address: 1301 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

Website: City Grille

Opening hours: 6am - 10pm (daily)

10. Piropos

If it’s a romantic dining experience you’re after then opting for a restaurant whose name literally translates as an ‘amorous’ certainly fits the bill. And, if that fun, flirty vibe just so happens to coincide with one of the highest-rated eateries in Kansas City, well, that’s just a happy bonus. This eatery, which serves Argentinian dishes with a splash of Italian and Spanish influences thrown in for good measure, offers a range of options that include seafood, grilled meats, and salads. Indeed, its peppercorn filet mignon was a particular highlight for diners.


Address: Briarcliff Village, 4141 North Mulberry Drive, Kansas City, MO 64116

Website: Piropos

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 5pm - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 10pm; Sun: 4pm - 8pm

11. Chaz on the Plaza

Another big hitter now that enjoys a glowing reputation among diners, Chaz is located on the famous Country Club Plaza and is a popular destination not just for fans of American-style cuisine, but also for jazz fans. There is live jazz every night, so if you enjoy a little classy musical accompaniment then you’re in luck. It’s also an award winner, being named the city’s best hotel restaurant as recently as 2017. The classy decor, meanwhile, features polished granite, flashes of red and warm walnut hues to make for a pleasant dining experience.

Chaz on the Plaza

Address: The Raphael Hotel, 325 Ward Parkway, Kansas City MO, 64112

Website: Chaz on the Plaza

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 6.30am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 7am - 11pm; Sun: 7am - 9pm

12. Parker

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Located within the Fontaine Hotel, Parker enjoys fine park views from its rooftop location. Its grey and warm wood decor make for a clean and classy atmosphere. It also boasts a number of menus depending on the time of day, so you’ll always find something different - be it a classic ‘Parker burger’ for lunch, or grilled local quail for dinner. There are also vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.


Address: 901 West 48th Place, Kansas City, MO 64112

Website: Parker

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 12am

13. Eddie V's Prime Seafood

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Located not far from the famed Country Club Plaza, Eddie V’s offers top-notch seafood and a self-styled “sophisticated fine dining experience”. The boast is not unfounded, with the eatery enjoying one of the best customer ratings in the city - including glowing word-of-mouth for its food. The lobster bisque, oysters and steak were among its biggest hits, although there are vegetarian and vegan options too. It also boasts a wide array of cocktails to accompany its dishes.

Eddie V's Prime Seafood

Address: 700 W 47th Street, Kansas City, MO 64112

Website: Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 4pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 4pm - 11pm

14. Bristol Seafood Grill

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Another option for fans of seafood, the Bristol Seafood Grill in the Power & Light District enjoys a superb word of mouth. And it wasn’t just the food that scored highly - though the clam chowder and the lobster mac and cheese are some of the popular options - its atmosphere is also highly thought of. Decor includes low-level lighting to set the mood, wood-paneled walls, and leather-style seating. Despite its popularity, attire is casual so you won’t feel the need to dress up to the nines to dine here.

Bristol Seafood Grill

Address: 51 East 14th Street, Kansas City, MO, 64106

Website: Bristol Seafood Grill

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm; Sun: 10am - 9pm

15. Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

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Enjoying an excellent reputation for its food, service, and atmosphere this popular Brazilian steakhouse boasts a striking exterior and stylish interior that includes the likes of a black marble bar top, flashes of red and a little yellow in the ceiling recesses. Its location in the city’s leading entertainment district in Country Club Plaza also makes it a popular stopping off point for shoppers during the day and diners at night. Unsurprisingly, the steakhouse’s most popular dishes include the likes of the filet mignon.

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

Address: 222 West 47th Street, Kansas City, MO 64112

Website: Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

Opening hours: 11.30am - 2pm (daily); Dinners ­- Mon - Thu: 5pm - 9pm; Fri: 5pm - 10pm; Sat: 2pm - 10pm; Sun: 2pm - 9pm

Time to go exploring

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Slap-up meals, a wonderful ambiance, striking views, and classy decor await those diners who opt for one of the fancy restaurants in Kansas City. Where will your culinary adventures take you?

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