New Restaurants and Bars in Kansas City

December 18, 2017
by Zagat Staff

You can’t stay on top of the Kansas City dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around month. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.

Messenger Coffee Co. + Ibis Bakery

Spread over three stories connected by a winding staircase, this sunlit Crossroads cafe offers house-roasted coffee, pastries, light bites and bread made from grains milled on-site. Each level sports a crisp, modern design, featuring concrete floors, white walls and views of the baking, milling and roasting operations, plus an expansive rooftop with skyline views and a fire pit.
Rye Plaza
Breakfast · $$

From the team behind Leawood’s Rye comes this Country Club Plaza farm-to-table bistro serving hearty American fare like hushpuppies, peel-and-eat shrimp and fried chicken, plus wood-fired steaks, pies and cocktails. The casual modern setting is marked by white subway tiles, natural woods and blue banquettes, plus a patio dotted with fire pits.
Parkway Social Kitchen
American · $$$

This airy Country Club Plaza bistro offers elevated comforts like pepper jack tater tots and wood-fired pork chops alongside beer, wine and cocktails. The dining room sports a modern gastropub aesthetic with a horseshoe bar, exposed beams and leather-lined booths, while downstairs hides a bordello-esque wine bar.
EJ's Urban Eatery
American · $

Modern technique meets Southern tradition inside this West Bottoms counter-serve meat-and-three joint, where chef John Cedric Smith (801 Chophouse, Pig & Finch) dishes up smoked meats, hot fried chicken and classic sides, plus beer and cocktails. Tin ceilings, bare beams, a long wooden bar and exposed brick complete the down-home vibe.
Brew Lab
Bar · $

Originally a home-brew shop offering instructional classes, this multifaceted Overland Park outpost is a brewery, self-brewing facility and pub in one, pairing elevated American fare like scotch eggs, braised beef tacos and blackened salmon BLTs with house drafts. With its rugged wooden fixtures, communal tables and string lights, the sprawling indoor/outdoor space evokes a modern beer garden.
Swordfish Tom's
Cocktail Bar · $$$

The pre-Prohibition era of cocktails inspires this intimate Crossroads speakeasy from Jill Cockson (of Lincoln, Nebraska's Other Room) where drinks are made with premium-only spirits, housemade ingredients and ice bearing the bar’s logo. Hidden inside an office building, the lobby – outfitted with green and red lights indicating when guests may enter – gives way to a dim, 30-seat space exuding turn-of-the-century elegance.