From steakhouses to seafood and from American cuisine with Mediterranean influences to fiery Latin food, Wichita’s dining scene has something to suit the palate of any diner visiting the city. With our updated guide to Wichita’s Best Cultural Restaurants, we introduce ten of the best eateries in this Kansas city.
Located in the city’s historic Delano District, The Monarch is a gastro pub, café and lounge that boasts a modern and urban interior complete with exposed brick and ductwork, comfy leather booths and an arty chandelier made from reclaimed old bicycle parts. Guests can relax in the venue’s laid-back ambience while dining on casual fare that features appetisers like the creamy and tangy peppadew hummus with naan bread and veggies, salads and a range of sandwiches that include the hickory-smoked BBQ pork on warm ciabatta with creamy coleslaw. The Monarch also offers a range of cocktails and has recently introduced a new signature list with specials like the whiskey peach smash and the garlic bloody Mary.
Situated on the edge of a picturesque lake at the Bradley Fair Mall, Newport Grill is a steak and seafood restaurant with a lovely patio area located on the water’s edge. This makes it perfect for dining out on in warmer months, but the interior too boasts a stylish, warm ambience complete with nautical elements like cool blues, sleek wood and porthole-style mirrors that reflect the restaurant’s seafood focus. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Newport Grill’s executive chef and owner Aaron Whitcomb creates an eclectic menu fusing classic and contemporary elements with highlights including Pacific swordfish with potato coins, carrots, edamame macadamia nuts and lime beurre blanc and the eight-ounce filet mignon with whipped potatoes, green beans and Zinfandel demi-glaze.
Newport Grill, 1900 North Rock Road, Wichita, KS, USA, +1 316 636 9555
As its name would suggest, wine is the main event at Wichita’s Wine Dive – a classy but casual and welcoming wine bar that boasts over 350 different varieties of bottles and 40 varieties available by the glass which has helped the venue win Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence each year since 2011. Wine Dive’s food menu is based around American cuisine with a contemporary twist with highlights including the stuffed mushrooms with a mild curry, bacon, cream cheese and crab filling and the wild boar Bolognese with tomato ragu and cavatappi pasta. Alternatively, simply relax in Wine Dive’s spacious, airy interior with a luxury wine like the Russian River Valley from California.