Kansas City's Best Fine Dining Experiences

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Helen Silverstein

Kansas City, Missouri is home to many high-class restaurants. There are plenty of options for anyone wishing to have a night of luxury while enjoying fine wines and high quality food. Read on to find out the best fine dining experiences in Kansas City, Missouri.


1. Bluestem

Restaurant, American

Bluestem is a high-class American restaurant that offers three options for dinner: a three course meal, a five course meal, or a ten course meal. Each meal choice has the option of adding wine pairings to each course; however, even without the optional course by course wine pairings, a sommelier will assist guests in finding the perfect bottle of wine to go with their meal depending on their tastes. All of the dishes at Bluestem are served in beautiful displays on their plates, adding to the luxurious atmosphere of the meals.

2. The Capital Grille

Bar, Wine Bar, Restaurant, American, Steakhouse, Vegan

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The Capital Grille is a high class steakhouse and wine bar in Kansas City. The Capital Grille offers many popular dishes, including a lobster mac and cheese, dry aged Kansas City strips, seared tenderloin with butter poached lobster tails, Chilean sea bass with mushroom soy broth, and pan-seared sea scallops with wild mushroom risotto. For dessert, The Capital Grille is best known for their coconut cream pie, which is served with homemade caramel sauce. The Capital Grille allows guests to reserve private dining rooms with customized menus and an event planner for special events.

3. McCormick & Schmick's

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, American, Vegetarian

Prime rib
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McCormick & Schmick’s is a seafood restaurant and steakhouse with an emphasis on fresh and seasonal food. As a result of this focus on freshness, McCormick & Schmick’s updates their menu every day so that only the freshest, best seafood is served. In desserts, McCormick & Schmick’s is most famous for their ‘chocolate bag,’ a tall box made of solid chocolate and filled with chocolate mousse and fresh berries. McCormick & Schmick’s also has a full bar with bar food and a popular happy hour.

4. Plaza III Steakhouse

Plaza III Steakhouse

Plaza III Steakhouse is a high quality, upscale American steakhouse right next to Brush Creek. For dinner, Plaza III Steakhouse’s most popular options are their roasted prime rib of beef as well as their ‘grande shellfish platter,’ which, with king crab legs, twin lobster tails, and grille scallops and shrimps, is enough for four guests to share. Plaza III Steakhouse also offers other steaks, roasts, and chops, like their USDA Prime porterhouse steak, as well as seafood dishes like their rainbow trout.

Plaza III – The Steakhouse, 4749 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO, USA, +1 816 753 0000

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5. Café Europa

Bakery, Cafe, Restaurant, American, Greek

Café Europa is a friendly, warm restaurant in Kansas City’s Crestwood Shops that still offers a lovely fine dining experience. For dinner, Café Europa’s most popular dishes are their steak tartare, their dry aged pork chop, their scallops with risotto, and their lamb and chickpea stew. Café Europa is mostly known for their exquisite desserts, however, like their lemon cake and homemade ice cream. Café Europa also has a bakery where they carefully craft all of their pastries, such as their cookies and pies.
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