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, you both will be blown away by the ambiance and the food that Kansas City has to offer.
This charming, unpretentious French bistro, located on the edge of downtown's River Market, has diners exclaiming "Oui!' The small tables and candlelight exude French warmth, and the restaurant has an ever-changing menu and an attentive waitstaff willing to offer recommendations. Chef-owner Mano Rafael cooks up an entire list of classic French bistro fare like escargots provencales and steak au poivre, plus he adds daily haute cuisine specials. If you go, you may even hear the quirky chef singing from the kitchen.
In Spanish, a piropo is a flirty compliment or a fun way to share your affection for somebody. Piropos Restaurant in Briarcliff Village is a similarly fun way to share affection with a loved one, and you'll both fall in love with the ambiance and the delicious Argentinian fare.
The restaurant is decorated with antiques directly from Argentina, but the panoramic view of downtown Kansas City from the hilltop restaurant is what guests are immediately drawn to, until they see the menu. Traditional empanadas and a bottle of Argentine Malbec are the best way to start the meal. As for the entrees, Argentina is famous for its parrilla, or grilled meats, and one of the premium-cut kinds of beef won't disappoint.
You can taste the creations of New York celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich right in Kansas City at her eponymous restaurant, Lidia's. Thanks to a huge fireplace, dimly lit dining room, gorgeous chandeliers, and amazing food, this restaurant has been a romance hotspot in Kansas City since opening in 1998.
The menu is filled with classic Italian favorites like carbonara pasta and housemade gnocchi, along with some Croatian influence honoring the chef's Istrian heritage, like the ribeye bistecca with twice-fried potatoes. The extensive wine list includes dozens of options, all of them hailing from one of Italy's renowned wine regions.
Bluestem chef-owners Colby and Megan Garrelts created this award-winning restaurant, cooking what they call "Progressive American cuisine" and crafting new varieties of American desserts. Their many accolades speak for themselves: Bluestem was a James Beard Semifinalist for an outstanding restaurant in Kansas City from 2015–2018. Colby and Megan have also been named "Best Chef" and "Best Pastry Chef," respectively, by the James Beard Foundation.
Culinary feats aside, Bluestem is just a great place to eat fantastic food. The dinner menu is a constantly-changing menu of three, five, or seven courses, with an optional wine pairing, with items like burgundy escargots, scallops with bacon and truffles, and 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. Before the meal, hit the wine lounge for a sip of vino from a long list of local and international options.
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 country.
Every night, Jasper cooks up signature specialties like shrimp Livornese, lobster ravioli, and scampi Marie Antoinette. The chef underscores the place's warm, inviting atmosphere with impromptu visits to guest tables and other personal touches that endow the eatery with service like no other.
Walking into Brookside's Aixois, you might get the feeling you're inside a restaurant somewhere in Paris. The lovely French bistro, located in the Shops at Crestwood, is romantic dining at its finest. Huge windows overlooking Brookside Boulevard and the Trolley Trail are the backdrops as chef-owner Emmanuel Langlade serves up delicious French cuisine that includes everything from frog legs in garlic butter and duck confit to crêpes.
You can also start the day off with an intimate breakfast any day of the week, or go on the weekend for an even more complete brunch menu. The quiche is a specialty of Aixois, and a romantic French brunch isn't complete unless you're drinking a mimosa made with Champagne.
Kansas City's historic Union Station train depot is already a romantic setting for a date, and Pierpont's elegant white-tablecloth dining room and exquisite meals only add to the intimacy. Begin the meal with a drink at the 30-foot mahogany bar, one of the city's most popular happy hour spots, before sitting down. The soaring ceilings in the dining room are impressive but request a private table in the wine cellar for a more intimate meal.
The menu is eclectic but delicious, ranging from Italian favorites and Kansas City steaks to ceviche and gourmet tacos. Whatever you choose, you can't go wrong. Both of you are guaranteed to savor every single bite.