When it comes to romance, Kansas City has some of the best restaurants in the country to dine out with your special someone. From pretty French bistros and restaurants with an old-world charm to culinary temples with views of the city skyline, these are the eight most romantic restaurants in Kansas City.
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This charming, unpretentious French bistro, located on the edge of downtown's River Market, has us saying oh-la-la. Small tables and dining by candlelight: Le Fou Frog exudes French warmth and is the best place in the city for a romantic evening. With an ever-changing menu and an attentive waitstaff willing to offer recommendations, you never go wrong by going to the Frog. Chef-owner Mano Rafael and his wife, Barbara, have created a gem. Rafael cooks up an entire menu of classic French bistro fare such as escargots provencales and steak au poivre then adds daily haute cuisine specials. If you go, you may hear this quirky guy singing from the kitchen.
Address: 400 E 5th St.
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Although Piropos moved from its beautiful Parkville location to Briarcliff Village, it didn't lose any of its romance. This Argentinean restaurant has beautiful views overlooking the city, high ceilings, and a charming ambiance. Armed with a to-die-for menu and a highly trained wait staff, the chef turns out classic Argentinean dishes like his delicious Lomo a la pimiento con papas a la crema (an 8-ounce peppercorn-crusted filet with potatoes in a brandy-cream sauce).
Address: N. Mulberry Drive
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With a huge fireplace, dimly lit dining room, gorgeous chandeliers, and amazing food, Lidia's put the "R" in romance. To be honest, there is no need to tell anyone in Kansas City how amazing Lidia's is. It never disappoints. Patron favorites are the braised wild boar ravioli and pasta trio.
Address: 101 West 22nd St.
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Bluestem chef-owners Colby and Megan Garrelts created this award-winning restaurant. He cooks what he calls Progressive American cuisine and she is the pastry chef crafting new varieties of American desserts. You may feel intimidated by their many accolades: Bluestem was a 2015, 2016 and 2017 James Beard Semifinalist for outstanding restaurant in Kansas City. Colby was the 2013 James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Midwest award winner and a 2005 Food & Wine Top 10 Best New Chef, while Megan is a James Beard Semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef.
Plus, the recipes of both have featured in all of the country's top food media. Culinary feats aside, Bluestem is just a great place to eat fantastic food, like his burgundy escargots or scallops with bacon and truffles and her bittersweet chocolate toffee tart. Add the intimate feel and perfect lighting and you have one of the most romantic fine-dining establishments in Kansas City. Hit the wine lounge for a sip of vino before dinner,... and you and your soulmate will feel as though you're the only couple in the world.
Address: 900 Westport Rd.
Phone: 816-561-1101Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Italian charm and amazing culinary delights await you at Jasper's, where chef-owner Jasper J. Mirabile Jr., creates dishes from his Sicilian background, leavening them with Tuscan and Piemontese influences. For this, Zagat named Jasper's one of America's top 25 Italian restaurants and Travel & Leisure called Jasper's one of the top Italian restaurants in the U.S. Every night, Jasper cooks up signature specialties like shrimp Livornese, lobster ravioli, and scampi Marie Antoinette. He underscores the place's warm, inviting atmosphere with impromptu visits to guest tables and other personal touches that endow Jasper's with service like no other. For all these reasons, it can't be beat for date nights and special occasions.
Address: 1201 W. 103rd St.
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This famed Westport restaurant is a favorite spot of many Kansas Citians. The interior is a study in dark wood decor, and the inviting fireplace and street views give Californos an aura of romance. The multiple layers offer cozy niches for private, romantic dinners—try the New Zealand lamp chops followed by a vanilla bean creme brulee. Add an extensive wine list, and Californos is perfect for intimate wining and dining.
Address: 4124 Pennsylvania Ave.
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Walking into Brookside's Aixois, you might get the feeling you've walked into a restaurant somewhere in Paris. This lovely French bistro, located in the Shops at Crestwood, is romantic dining at it's finest. With huge windows overlooking Brookside Boulevard and the Trolley Trail, chef-owner Emmanuel Langlade serves up delicious French cuisine that includes everything from frog legs and duck to crêpes.
Address: 251 E 55th St.
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There is something romantic about the very nature of Union Station, which might have something to do with the history of the architecture. Pierpont's at Union Station has taken full advantage of that, creating Kansas City's premier steakhouse and seafood restaurant amid soaring ceilings and an imposing mahogany bar with an endless wine list. Enjoy culinary delights by candlelight or in one of the private dining options.
Address: 30 W. Pershing Rd.