When many of us think of Kansas, the only reference we really have is that of dusty, farmlands and tornadoes due to the Wizard of Oz. Although some of these ideas are somewhat based on reality, there is much more to Kansas. Wichita, the state capital, is located on the Arkansas River in south-central Kansas and boasts a population of over 300,000 citizens. From its early wild west origins with saloons and cowboys to the modern day metropolitan, Wichita has evolved greatly over the centuries. We will be examining the dining scene in Wichita and suggesting a few restaurants for visitors to try while experiencing the city. Here is a small selection of restaurants in Wichita, offering a very fulfilling dining experience.
1. Greystone Steak & Seafood
Greystone Steak & Seafood offers an elegant, fine dining experience for those visiting the Wichita area. Choose to enjoy the privacy and ambience of elegant surroundings in their uniquely decorated dining rooms. The President’s room offers diners a chance to dine with George Washington while the Van Gogh room is decorated with canvases of Van Gogh’s masterpieces. Other private rooms include the Map room, Air Capital room, and the Garden room allows the sunlight to fill the room while diners enjoy views of the garden just outside.
Greystone Steak & Seafood
Address: 9719 E 21st St N, Wichita, KS 67206, USA
Website: Greystone Steak & Seafood
Opening hours: 10.30 am - 9.00 pm
Price: 31 USD onwards
2. Hangar One Steakhouse
Located just outside the airport, Aviator decor greets guests upon arrival at the restaurant in a control tower. Choose to enjoy drinks or dinner at the lounge or crash pad patio accompanied by your own pilot in mannequin form in a khaki uniform. Fridays and Saturday, enjoy your casual dining experience accompanied by live music. Come in and enjoy a hand-cut steak or happy hour with half-price appetizers Monday through Thursday. Hangar One Steakhouse serves up sandwiches and soups for under 13 USD for those looking for lighter fare. For those seeking a more filling meal after a long day, pasta, chicken, tilapia, ribs, pork chops, and steak entrees are available for 11.99 USD to 26.99 USD. Each entree is served with two side dishes.
Hangar One Steakhouse
Address: 5925 W. Kellogg Drive
Website: Hangar One Steakhouse
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 4.00 pm-10.00 pm, Friday & Saturday 11.00 am - 10:30 pm, Sunday 11.00 am - 9.00 pm
Prices: 12 USD onwards
3. Wine Dive
Wine Dive is very similar to a fine dining restaurant. It is a classy restaurant with a wine bar that serves up lunch, dinner, and a brunch on Sunday. The restaurant offers soups, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, and dessert from $6 - 23 for lunch. The dinner menu offers filet mignon, mahi mahi, scallops, pork chops, and the same appetizers, salads, and sandwiches from the lunch menu for those not wanting a large meal. The filet mignon is plated with mashed potatoes and asparagus and is available in 6 and 8 oz portions for $29 and $34 respectively. From blueberry french toast to cajun eggs benny, enchiladas, chicken and waffles and even biscuits and gravy along with other flavourful options, diners will have a difficult decision ahead of them while partaking of the Sunday brunch.
Address: 4714 E. Douglas Avenue
Website: Wine Dive
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 am, Sunday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Prices: 6-34 USD
4. P.F. Chang's
For those of us familiar with the franchise due to living or vacationing in the U.S., Wichita also welcomes visitors to the area with a location of the reasonably priced Asian cuisine chain. Come in and enjoy your lettuce wraps, rice bowls, lo mein, crispy honey chicken, crab wontons, spring rolls, and other flavourful dishes you have enjoyed during your visits to Chang’s other locations.
Address: 1401 Wichita Parkway
Website: P.F. Chang’s
Opening hours: Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Tuesday - Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Prices: 10 USD onwards
5. Bella Luna Café
Bella Luna Café is a restaurant serving up Mediterranean specialities. Enjoy the warm ambience in one of its two locations in Bradley Fair or New Market Square. Shwarma, greek salad, shrimp curry, chicken and shrimp au poivre, fish and chips, chicken scallopini, steak, and lobster ravioli are just a few of the freshly prepared dishes to tempt the palate of diners visiting Bella Luna while in Wichita. Casual dining atmosphere.
Bella Luna Cafe
Address: #107 - 2132 N. Rock Road
Website: Bella Luna Cafe
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Prices: 5 USD onwards
6. Georges French Bistro
Offering a lively bistro atmosphere reminiscent of Paris, however, relaxing as well in that you will not feel rushed to eat your meal and will be able to enjoy every delicious bite of your filet mignon, green beans, and Parisienne potatoes. Other options include crepes, quiche, onion soup, a duck confit sandwich, and many other delightful dishes. Don’t forget to enjoy the entire experience by ordering 1 of 10 desserts ranging from sweet crepes as in Nutella and banana, raspberry mousse, classic creme brulee, and opera cake, an almond sponge cake soaked in espresso, and layers of chocolate ganache and coffee mousse. Indoor and patio dining available.
Georges French Bistro
Address: #50 - 4618 E. Central Avenue
Website: Georges French Bistro
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm, Closed Sunday
Prices: 7 USD onwards
7. Newport Grill
Newport Grill offers visitors a lovely dining experience while dining inside their nautical themed dining room or enjoying outdoor patio dining overlooking a lake in the summer months. For those who have visited Newport Beach California, the dining experience in Wichita is inspired by the oceanside fine dining restaurants found in Southern California. For 46 USD you can get an 8 oz filet crusted with jumbo lump blue crab and topped with bearnaise sauce, and served with sides of whipped potatoes, and green beans. The sea offerings include swordfish, scallops, tuna, and chicken for those allergic to or who don’t order seafood. Lunch offers lighter fare in lobster rolls, fish tacos, and salads. You’ll be California dreamin’ as you sit back and enjoy a mimosa on their outdoor patio while taking in the natural surroundings during Sunday brunch.
Address: 1900 N. Rock Road
Website: Newport Grill
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am - 9.00 pm
Prices: 6 USD onwards
8. Lola's Bistro
Lola’s Bistro is a brand new dining option in Wichita offering a fine dining experience in a casual environment. Desserts are made from scratch and their menu is inspired by French, Italian, and Asian cuisines. The menu offers a decent selection for visitors to choose from. Some of the items to try out while visiting Lola’s Bistro include banana leaf halibut, duck breast, beef cheek ravioli, goat cheese salad, and tiramisu.
Address: 2146 N. Collective Lane
Website: Lola’s Bistro
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Lounge opens at 3:30 pm.
Prices: 6 USD onwards
9. The Monarch
Serving up casual fare consisting mostly of appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees such as ribs, chicken alfredo. Offering casual outdoor patio dining along with indoor dining. Meat lovers will be pleased with the choices of 12 sandwiches either consisting of chicken, brisket, ham, or corned beef all smoked in-house daily. To finish the experience, there are 225 bourbons to choose from, besides the beer selection served here.
Address: 579 W. Douglas
Website: The Monarch
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 12:00 am, Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 2:00 am, Sunday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Prices: 5 USD onwards
10. Chester's Chophouse & Wine Bar
Enjoy dinner in a large dining room with a decor of mahogany and leather upholstered seating and warm stone fireplaces. Chester’s is an upscale experience specializing in steak and seafood. Chicken cordon blue stack, salmon, sea scallops, surf and turf, and many cuts of steak are just a few items to choose from. Desserts are made in-house and include such favourites as a banana cream pie, chocolate croissant bread pudding with creme anglaise, limoncello cheesecake, and other delightful choices.
Chester's Chophouse & Wine Bar
Address: 1550 N. Webb Road
Website: Chester’s Chophouse & Wine Bar
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Sunday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Prices: 30 USD onwards
Dining in Wichita
Hopefully, you will have a chance to stop by these restaurants while in Wichita. Each is individually unique in the specialities and experience offered. Wichita is definitely an up and coming centre of excellent cuisine.
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