About Lidia's Restaurant

101 W 22nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Lidia's features authentic, regional Italian cuisine. Every item at the restaurant is house-made, entirely from scratch, with the best ingredients available. Breads and desserts are baked in house daily and each salad and entree is prepared fresh. Every day Lidia's offer a sampling of seasonal, daily-made pastas. We also feature many seafood, chicken, pork & beef options. We are happy to accommodate your dietary needs, including gluten free items. Lidia's is located in the Historic Freighthouse, a beautiful 19th century building. The stunning decor includes 3 hand-blown chandeliers, a 3 story slate fireplace and cozy, New York style seating.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 2:00pm ; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Saturday 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm ; Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm Happy Hour available Monday - Friday 4:00 - 6:00pm

Cross Street:
20th and Baltimore

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(816) 221-3722

Website:
http://www.lidias-kc.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is located on the south side of the Freighthouse. There is no fee for parking.

Executive Chef:
Dan Swinney

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Lidia's Loft features private dining for parties of 10-100. Only at Lidia's will guests enjoy true Italian cuisine and warm hospitality in a comforting and impressive Kansas City environment. Lidia's Loft features exposed, open beam ceilings, original 19th century brick walls, and more!

Lidia's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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notable wine list (133)
great for lunch (123)
great for brunch (93)
neighborhood gem (79)
great for outdoor dining (62)
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food5
ambience5
service4

The food was the best ItalianI have ever ...

Dined 2 days ago

The food was the best ItalianI have ever had. We had the Ceasar salad and pasta sampler. The pasta was fresh made and absolutely amazing. The salad was delicious as well. Highly recommend this restaurant!

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Good place to take out of town guests

Dined 3 days ago

We take a lot of guests to Lidia's. Always good food and service.

food5
ambience5
service5

An absolutely awesome evening in spite o ...

vip
Dined 3 days ago

An absolutely awesome evening in spite of the rain and wind. Perfectly prepared food and excellent service. As one of Lidia's biggest fans she would be very proud of this place that bears her name.

food4
ambience5
service2
value3

my first trip to Lidia's

Dined 4 days ago

We liked the atmosphere and decor. The food was good, getting it was a problem. There must be assigned roles there because the person that greeted us and took our order did not bring the food. We ordered the triple something to split. Drinks, salad and breads showed up just fine. The first two of the three entry dishes made it just fine but the third never showed up. The person that took our order showed up with our bill and was surprised that the third dish never made it. I am pretty sure that it was just an oversight in the kitchen but it made the trip and experience slightly disappointing.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent dinner! The best fish (sea bass) !

Dined 4 days ago

The sea bass fish was so tender and flavorful! I also tried the meatballs with sauce! Great sauce! I travel a lot and this was definitely tops on my list at a great price!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service3

Remodeling the bar area which made bar s ...

Dined 6 days ago

Remodeling the bar area which made bar service somewhat limited and slow. Construction process left the restaurant a little less inciting than usual but I expect it will be grand when finished

food5
ambience3
service4
value5

Great experience despite the renovation

Dined on April 23, 2016

Food was exceptional, the waiter was great. They are in the middle of a renovation so there was a lot of construction detriment and the noise level was a little high. The triple pasta dish was excellent and the best bargain also. For $10 more you get a huge Cesaer Salad plus dessert. Would definitely go again but make sure to get reservations. Dinner takes about 2 hours.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food3
ambience3
service2

The ceiling is very high, making it hard ...

Dined on April 23, 2016

The ceiling is very high, making it hard to hear your date. Our server asked all the wrong questions at the wrong time after letting us wait at our table for what seemed like an inordinate amount of time. The food was acceptable, but I would have enjoyed a local Carrabba's more. Their Caesar salad is not billed at Signature and then served as 80% stems. We probably won't be back.

food4
ambience2
service4
value3

We had no idea there was renovations going on.

Dined on April 22, 2016

Kina of disappointed there were renovations going on. Entire bar area closed off. We had out of door guest & really wanted to impress them so was a bit of a let down. Food & service was still stellar

Tags: good for groups, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5

Disappointed that the bar wasn't open si ...

Dined on April 22, 2016

Disappointed that the bar wasn't open since we are from out of town. But we will return on our next trip to Kansas City.

food5
ambience4
service5

Great food, service was wonderful.

Dined on April 20, 2016

Great food, service was wonderful.

food5
ambience4
service3
value5

We were seated at the start of what turn ...

Dined on April 19, 2016

We were seated at the start of what turned out to be a fairly busy Tuesday evening, and had to finally fetch a waitperson to get our drink orders in. After that stumble, though, Lidia's staff rose to the occasion and from that point service was fairly efficient and attentive. Portions are very ample - most people seemed to be leaving with take-home boxes - and the Tuesday evening prix-fixe menu was a great deal, the $14 wine pairing an especially generous feature. Three of us all thought our meals delicious, and only because the portions were so ample did we not try any of the desserts. We all agreed we'd return on our next swings through Kansas City. (Note: bar currently under renovation meant that the tables seemed squeezed into the center of the restaurant. Hopefully the completion of this renovation project will open up space so that customers aren't privy to all the conversations happening alongside, in front and behind one's table).

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

As always a great experience here at Lyd ...

Dined on April 18, 2016

As always a great experience here at Lydias. Food was exceptional and the service was good. The advise of the waiter on the wine was great. I asked for a sweet red and to my surprise it was great. Usually when I ask for a sweet red I'm disappointed at other places, but not here. One word to discribe - Superb............ Thank you Lydias for a great Anniversary Dinner....

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Wonderful Food

Dined on April 17, 2016

The gnocchi with duck ragu were tender little pillows of deliciousness.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

I have never been disappointed with Lidia's!

Dined on April 17, 2016

Lidia's is a favorite in our family! It is my 9 year old son's favorite KC restaurant. It is a nice, white cloth table service without the price tag. The food and service are always fantastic. A true KC gem!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience2
service4
value3

They made the construction tolerable

vip
Dined on April 16, 2016

Lidia's has long been a favorite of ours. During our last visit, we got to see the bar renovation in progress. They did a pretty good job covering the bare floors with rugs and hiding the mess that accompanies any constructions. Our food and service were just as wonderful as always. We look forward to seeing the finished renovations.

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

The waitress was friendly and knowledgea ...

Dined on April 15, 2016

The waitress was friendly and knowledgeable and attentive. The food was good and arrived quickly. Only complaint is that I had to ask for our salads.

Tags: great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

The risotto was out of this world and so ...

Dined on April 14, 2016

The risotto was out of this world and so was the sea bass. Next time we will request a seat in the sun room or patron overall great experience and look forward to coming back when we are in town.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Bar being renovated which caused some un ...

vip
Dined on April 10, 2016

Bar being renovated which caused some unsightly clutter but food was as good as always

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Delightful dining

Dined on April 10, 2016

You can always expect a great meal at Lidia's. The atmosphere is conducive to quiet conversation.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Food was amazing and server was very hel ...

Dined on April 8, 2016

Food was amazing and server was very helpful with menu and very knowledgeable about all of the different wine selections they offered.

food3
ambience3
service3

Food was good, not great. Service was no ...

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

Food was good, not great. Service was not great. Bar was being renovated so they were out of certain liquors and when ordered a lemon drop martini I was told they might not have he stuff to make it. I did get it however in a glass and not a martini glass. Our waitress was not around to ask us if we needed anything, had to ask bus boy for another drink. Not worth the price, will not be going back.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great to take business clients

Dined on April 7, 2016

This was the first time I had the pleasure to visit, and I did not go home disappointed. Everything that I tried was everything that I had heard from others that had been there before. A great place to take business clients and the staff were very attentive to our needs. I will be back.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food4
ambience2
service4
value4

Dinner before the Show

Dined on April 2, 2016

We went early Saturday evening for dinner before a show. Food and service were great as expected. Surprised to see that the bar is being renovated so there are temporary walls up closing it off. Also think that the seating has been moved around to accommodate the loss of space, meaning the tables are placed closer together to minimize seat loss. This inconvenience is worth it as I am sure the new bar will be a great amenity. Only knock on the evening is that there as no mention of the work going on either on the website, that I saw, or outside when approaching the Lydias. Some sort of notification would have been nice. That said, said, we did enjoy the meal!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience2
service2
value2

DISAPPOINTING

Dined on April 2, 2016

Menu and Lidia's name promised exceptional Italian fare, but our meals were only slightly above the level of Carabbas or Maggianos. Noisy, cavernous setting. Not very attentive waitstaff-we poured our own wine and had to ask for water refills. We felt our server lost interest in us after we placed our order. He seemed very motivated to get us to order up on the wine list and stretch dinner to include desserts. Very industrial/commercial. Not Lidias kitchen.

food2
ambience2
service4

Good quality has steadily gone downhill ...

vip
Dined on March 31, 2016

Good quality has steadily gone downhill in the last year.

food2
ambience3
service1
value2

Poor service, mediocre food

Dined on March 27, 2016

I have had good meals here before, but we recently had a terrible experience. Serious attitude from the server, wrong items coming out, poor synchronization, and mediocre food. We're not going back, at least for a while.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Mangia!

Dined on March 27, 2016

I'm Italian so I have pretty high standards when it comes to Italian food. Lidia's hit the mark in every way! Reminded me of my Nonni's cooking. Can't wait to go back

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Easter Brunch

vip
Dined on March 27, 2016

We did the set menu for Easter Sunday and really enjoyed the variety of appetizers, salads, main dishes and desserts. Service was excellent and food was delivered hot and quickly inspire of a full Restraunt. Great job and we will be back.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food2
ambience5
service5
value2

Easter Brunch

Dined on March 27, 2016

Very disappointing. Food looked like it had been plated long before serving. Appetizers were very good, entree cold and dry, desserts appeared to be prefab frozen definitely nothing special. My first and last visit to Lida's.

food5
ambience3
service4

The food was as good as ever but the sea ...

vip
Dined on March 27, 2016

The food was as good as ever but the seating configuration has changed for the worse. It seemed like additional tables had been added to the floor plan . The tables are to close and it has altered the traditional relaxed feel that I have always enjoyed at Lidias.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Super

Dined on March 26, 2016

Lidia's is one of our favorite restaurants in KC, and is a go-to spot whenever we have visitors. They have always been very accommodating of special requests and attentive to our grandchildren.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Not bad, not great.

Dined on March 25, 2016

Main courses were fantastic, but was not happy with lack of calamari in appetizer and lack of crab in crab and broccoli pasta. Waitress refilling water was invasive. We had been here once before and our expectations were not met this time.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience5
service4

Was an ok experience. Food not that grea ...

Dined on March 23, 2016

Was an ok experience. Food not that great. Pasta was on the heavy side although perfectly al dente.

food3
ambience5
service5
value4

lovely restaurant, popular

Dined on March 20, 2016

We were early and were seated right away. Food was just ok, and wine a little overpriced by glass for the quality. The service was very good. Beautiful restaurant that can accommodate large groups.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food1
ambience4
service3
value3

Disappointed

Dined on March 20, 2016

We had high expectations after reading the reviews online, but the meal was quite disappointing. Service was average at best and we often felt forgotten. It was my wife's birthday and I was hoping to surprise her with a special experience but it just didn't pan out the way I'd hoped. Perhaps we just happened to hit Lidia's on a "down" night. Probably won't go back.

food1
ambience2
service2
value1

very average pasta for the money, very loud

Dined on March 20, 2016

very average pasta for the money, very loud , the service was very average, we won't be going back, i am full blooded Italian, have eaten this food all of my life, was very disappointed especially because this was my first time and know the place has been in the KC area for quite a while

Tags: notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service3
value4

Excellent food, fantastic menu of choices.

Dined on March 20, 2016

Best Italian food in Kansas City, superb wine list, ample portions.

Tags: romantic, scenic view, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service4
value3

Lidia's was a great restaurant.

Dined on March 19, 2016

It was a fun experience! We will go there again! Thank you.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great spot to eat!

Dined on March 19, 2016

Great service and a wonderful interior/ambience. Our group was served and greated with kind faces and generous service. We would recommend to anyone visiting the area.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion

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