The Top 10 Restaurants In River Market, Kansas CIty

Photo of Brendan Scully
9 February 2017

River Market is a riverfront neighborhood in Missouri that is the first and oldest district in Kansas City. Situated right on the Missouri river, the large waterfront warehouses have turned into a number of residential areas, restaurants, bars and cafes. While at the River Market, here is a list of the best restaurants to visit.

Mussels at Le Fou Frog l | © Maureen Diddle/Flickr

Farm House

The Farm House in the heart of Delaware Street is a perfect example of farm-to-table fare. By working with local farmers on utilizing the moderation of meats, crops and daily ingredients used in the kitchen, The Farm House creates beautiful dishes with minimal environmental impact and air miles. Come here for the fried frog legs and waffles, a dish you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

300 Delaware St, Kansas City, MO 64105, United States
+1 816-569-6032

Vietnam Cafe

Arguably the best Vietnamese food in Kansas City, Vietnam Cafe is run by owner Thanh Son, who immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam in 1992 and used his entire life savings to open the cafe in 2001. With friendly service and affordable prices, Vietnam Cafe offers a variety of tasty cuisine sure to keep customers coming back for more. Come here for the delicious Pho orders that make this establishment known and loved, throughout the city.

522 Campbell St, Kansas City, MO, 64106, United States
+1 816-472-4888

Happy Gillis Cafe and Hangout

Sandwich Shop, Coffee, American, Vegetarian, $$$
Grilled Beet Salad at The Farm House
Grilled Beet Salad at The Farm House | © Steven Dipolo/Flickr
A River Market hot-spot, run by husband and wife duo Josh and Abbey-Jo Eans, Happy Gillis Cafe may be the coziest restaurant in all of Kansas City. Decorated like a kitsch kitchen, Happy Gillis makes you feel right at home the second you walk in. They may only be open for breakfast and lunch, but the food is so delicious it’s worth moving your reservation to a midday event. Try the classic Ham and Cheese Melt or sophisticate it up with their Pulled Pork on ciabatta. And whatever you order, make sure you pair it with one of their expertly sourced beers.

Burrito Bros

Locally owned in the heart of City Market, Burrito Bros has been providing delicious casual Mexican food for an affordable price for several years. Choose any burrito, quesadilla, taco or taco salad, the choices are seemingly endless for topping varieties. Choose between meat options such as chicken and chorizo or vegetable options such as veggie and spinach. Come here early though; Burrito Bros closes at 4:00pm throughout the week and at 3:30pm on Sundays.

407 Main St, Kansas City, MO, 64105, United States.
+1 816-842-0152


Right on Main Street is Beignet’s, a New Orleans themed cafe that’ll make you feel like you’re back on the Bayou. With dozens of options for beignets and crepes, this spot also serves some Cajun Classics such as Andouille & Chicken Gumbo, Crawfish Creole and Deep Dish Macaroni and Cheese.

307 Main St, Kansas City, MO, 64106
+1 816-472-0777

The Bite

On Third Street is The Bite, River Market’s sandwich shop that has been all of the rage in Kansas City since its opening. Owned by Carlos and Julio Mortera, the menu combines Midwestern flair with their own Mexican heritage. Come here for the Kickin’ Chicken: queso, Korean bbq sauce, pickled onions, radish and sriracha. With so many tasty options, there’s something here for everyone.

23 E 3rd Street, Kansas City, MO, 64106, United States

+1 816-503-6059


With gourmet pizzas, homemade calzones and hot pasta dishes, Minsky’s is a Kansas City staple with locations all over the state of Missouri. Pizza is the dish to get here. Choose from Original or Honey Whole Wheat dough and utilize the many toppings and styles of pie to get original or deep dish options.

427 Main St, Kansas City, MO, 64105, United States

+1 816-421-1122

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