About Michael Smith

1900 Main
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Michael Smith is an Upscale Contemporary American restaurant in the crossroads district of Kansas City.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
19th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(816) 842-2202

Website:
http://www.michaelsmithkc.com/

Parking Details:
Parking in the Michael's lot across 19th Street during dinner hours only. Street parking is available for lunch.

Public Transit:
Just outside on Main.

Executive Chef:
Michael Smith

Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Nancy Smith: 8168422202x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Michael Smith Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always Perfect

vip
Dined 4 days ago

Michael Smith is one of (if not THE) best dining experiences in Kansas City... you literally cannot go wrong with any item Michael & Nancy offer... go. Often. (Especially on Thursdays) (Italian Night) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Exceptional food

Dined 5 days ago

We dined at the restaurant for my son's 22nd birthday and from the moment we walked in the door our service was exceptional. Our server was personable and knowledgeable, walking us through drink and entree options. Food and drink arrived at a pace that allowed for dinner conversation without feeling rushed or prolonged wait times. The serving temperatures were perfect with salads cold and fresh and hot food hot not tepid. The highlight the evening was when Chef Smith visited the table and to my son an aspiring chef. We are looking forward to eating there again soon.

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

We had a fantastic experience. Food was amazing!

Dined on April 24, 2016

Food was amazing! Wine was amazing! Service was above and beyond the top!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Sophisticated menu in a relaxed atmosphere.

Dined on April 23, 2016

I've been going to Michael Smith one and off for a number of years when I visit Kansas City. The menus are consistently imaginative and the food is some of the best to be found in a very crowded field of great dining choices. What sets Michael Smith off from the rest for me is the expansive dining room with tables far enough apart that you aren't hearing everyone's conversation. I usually find that the diners are a good mix of formally and informally attired folks--some on their way to performances others just enjoying a night on the town. Great place and terrific food and expert service.

Tags: fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, late night find, neighbourhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Saturday night dinner

Dined on April 17, 2016

Entire staff upbeat and well informed Chef visited EVERY table to say hello answer questions, great touch Foie Gras was BEST ever

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service5

Good food. Maybe not exceptional for Kan ...

vip
Dined on April 10, 2016

Good food. Maybe not exceptional for Kansas City now. Great service. The dining room is nice but a bit staid

food3
ambience4
service5
value2

Good but Pricey

Dined on April 7, 2016

Innovative dishes blending uncommon ingrediants and flavors. Some work better than others. Pasta dishes seem underdone but that's just a personal preference. Food is good but on the pricey side for what get. Service was excellent, however.

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

Loved it!

Dined on March 25, 2016

This is by Far one of my Favorite Places in KC... Probably no.1.... Food is Amazing!!... Classy, Creative, Inventive, Tasteful and Great Quality Ingredients.... Good Wine and Liquor Menu. Quiet and Serene Atmosphere... Great View of the New KC Train.... An A+++ Experience!!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

Great food good service!!!

vip
Dined on March 23, 2016

Great food good service!!!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A Kansas City gem

Dined on March 20, 2016

Great, food, probably one of the best places I have ever eaten at

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

Never disappointed

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

We shared the orecchiette pasta as an appetizer, two different salads, the filet and pancetta wrapped chicken breast. Hardly a morsel left on any plates. If you can't decide on a wine - ask Nancy for advise. She'll make sure you have something you like.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Best in KC

vip
Dined on March 10, 2016

Michael Smiths is absolutely the best restaurant in Kansas City. Dine there often and it is consistently superb. So creative. Always the freshest ingredients and unique ingredients as well. Great vino list. We are so lucky to have his talent in KC.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food3
ambience5
service1
value4

We have enjoyed Michael Smith on many oc ...

vip
Dined on March 6, 2016

We have enjoyed Michael Smith on many occasions and so were surprised by very subpar service on this visit. Our server was cold from the outset and reacted combatively to our constructive feedback regarding one of the courses (a lobster bisque that lacked cream.) Servers we have had in the past were nowhere to be seen, so we hope that this is not the new service standard at Michael Smith.

food2
ambience3
service1
value2

How to treat a customer like a chump

Dined on March 6, 2016

My lamb was pretty good, but not enough food. Vegetables were just OK. I left hungry. Service was good until the bill was presented. My bill contained an unauthorized charge for an “extra pour” of booze. I didn’t order a double. The waitress gave some nonsense rationale for the add-on charge. (I've been dining in fine restaurants and ordering cocktails for 40+ years and have never experienced this.) Neither the manager nor bartender came to my table to address my complaint. Michael Smith gained $1.50 in revenue, and lost a customer.

food2
ambience5
service5
value2

Issues

vip
Dined on March 4, 2016

We did not enjoy our meal this evening. We have timpano, thought it was dry. A little too much spice in the marinara. My wife had issues that evening with the mussels. We had a disappointing evening.

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Always reliable

vip
Dined on February 27, 2016

Michael Smith is once more accessible since the construction of the streetcar rails disrupted the traffic. The food is always good. I usually have fish and enjoyed bream this time. It's a comfortable option when planning to go to the Kauffman Center.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

Always fabulous w/ Michael Smiths meals ...

vip
Dined on February 26, 2016

Always fabulous w/ Michael Smiths meals ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Enjoyed the food and perfect service.

vip
Dined on February 21, 2016

It was a special occasion so we had high expectations and as it turned out the staff made us feel right at home and special. We appreciate their attention to details. The food was perfectly prepared.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent food, and chef Michael Smith c ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

Excellent food, and chef Michael Smith came out to personally greet us during the meal.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

AMAZING!!

Dined on February 14, 2016

If you have the pocketbook, it definitely worth it!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Our valentines day

Dined on February 14, 2016

We were placed in the corner next to two windows. It was freezing. We asked for a different table, and they did accommodate. We seemed to be the youngest diners in the restaurant at the time, and our server was extremely inattentive to us.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent food, wine and service. Could ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Excellent food, wine and service. Could not ask for anything more!

food3
ambience4
service5
value3

Just OK

Dined on January 31, 2016

The four of us went to Michael Dmith on a Saturday night around 8:30 and the dining room was mostly empty. A nice enough place - open and basic. Too quiet, though - the noise from the tapas bar next door was noticeable throughout our meal. The amuse-bouche was quite good, as was our appetizer of ceviche. The cauliflower soup was the star of the evening, as odd as that sounds, as the entrees were dry and lackluster. Our waiter was awesome, though - very attentive and informative - and Chef himself was incredibly friendly. We'd give it another chance,but it'll have to wait a while.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fantastic Experience

Dined on January 31, 2016

Fantastic experience, fantastic food and fantastic people. Hands down one of the best dining experiences in Kansas City. I'd highly recommend.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent choices and execution.

Dined on January 30, 2016

Excellent choices and execution.

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Great food and a very good vibes

Dined on January 24, 2016

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience3
service4
value5

RW 2016 Michael Smith Dinner

Dined on January 21, 2016

We arrived for our reservation about 3 minutes late. They seated us at a table for two right by the kitchen - it was busy to this wasn't unreasonable. It was a busy little intersection but not too disturbing. Our server was very attentive. The food was outstanding and the wine was delightful. All in all a good experience. My boyfriend had the 8 hour pork and I had the hanger steak. I wish I had gotten the 8 hour pork too. It was AMAZING! He had the lemon panne cotta - I had the chocolate cake. Honestly I wish I had had his meal. It was all fantastic. Mine was good - don't get me wrong - but his was oh la la delicious. I could go on but I am afraid I will start drooling. We will be back.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Amazing food and service

Dined on January 21, 2016

The first course included a salad for me and lobster bisque for my husband. We found a delightful bottle of wine to enjoy with our entrees. He had the eight hour pork and I chose the seafood linguini. Neither of us was disappointed. They were both scrumptious. We ended the meal with chocolate cake. Our server was a delightful young lady who was very attentive and helpful. We will return.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

We were there for Restaurant Week and op ...

vip
Dined on January 19, 2016

We were there for Restaurant Week and opted for the optional wine pairing. It was divine. I will be back!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

One of the best!

Dined on January 19, 2016

This is one of my favorite restaurants and the food is always fantastic!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service4

Food was good, but not outstanding which ...

Dined on January 17, 2016

Food was good, but not outstanding which we have come to expect at KC's better restaurants like Novel, Bluestem, American, etc. Service and wine selection/quality were both very good.

food2
ambience3
service3
value3

Underwhelmed

Dined on January 17, 2016

I think I had such high expectations for Michael Smith because of its reputation, and while the food was good, it didn't strike me as anything special. I came during restaurant week and ordered the Hangar steak. It wasn't particularly tasty and a little chewy/tough. I would say the pork would have been a much, much better choice. I enjoyed the atmosphere, and would still give it another chance.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

I went for Restaurant Week and it was a ...

Dined on January 17, 2016

I went for Restaurant Week and it was a lovely evening. I am looking forward to returning, perhaps for my anniversary.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We'll definitely be back.

Dined on January 16, 2016

My girlfriends and I went to MS for KC restaurant week. As a result of past KC Restaurant week experiences, I expected some KC Restaurant week judgement from the staff and a possible lengthy weight. While we did wait some time to give our drink orders, the staff was very knowledgable, attentive and courteous. I was blown away by the sophistication of every menu item listed and we couldn't have been more impressed with the dishes themselves. As we couldn't decide on one, we all ordered one of each and shared. My girlfriends and I had a wonderful time and will definitely be back even if it isn't KC Restaurant week. Bravo!

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

Perfect for Date Night

Dined on January 16, 2016

Hubby and I tried Michael Smith's during Restaurant Week and we were so pleased we did. The food was tasty , service was excellent, and 3 courses for $33 was icing on the cake! Hubby had, orecchiette pasta, roasted hanger steak, and chocolate cake. I had, potato/leek soup, eight hour pork, and lemon panna cotta. Every course was simply delicious.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Tasting Menu --- Highly recommended

vip
Dined on January 9, 2016

Although we have been to the companion small plate restaurant, Extra Virgin, it was our first time at the upscale Michael Smith location. We very much enjoyed the 4-course, Chef's choice, tasting menu. Dinner began with an outstanding dish of orecchiette, prepared al dente...not easy to do with small pastas. The entire food experience with each course was nicely done. The servers were helpful and took care of every request. This restaraunt deserves to be revisited.

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

The Champion Restaurant Michael Smith's ...

vip
Dined on January 1, 2016

The Champion Restaurant Michael Smith's is undoubtedly the best restaurant in Kansas City. The cuisine, wine selection, service and friendly atmosphere are always consistently exceptional. Our latest dining experience was on New Year's Eve and was a perfect way to end the year and welcome in 2016. One does not have to wait for special occasions to enjoy Michael Smith's however, because it is always an outstanding experience. The Champion of Kansas City

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
food3
ambience5
service5
value2

Undercooked fish and chicken

Dined on December 22, 2015

Two of the four fish entrees ordered were under-cooked. My son's chicken entree was undercooked as well. The price for the quality of food served was over-priced. The two duck entrees were very good. The staff did a nice job getting us to the symphony on time.

food4
ambience5
service2

Our food and experience was great but ou ...

Dined on December 13, 2015

Our food and experience was great but our server must have had a bad day. She was very passive aggressive and slow.

food5
ambience5
service5

The 5 course meal with the one pairing w ...

Dined on December 13, 2015

The 5 course meal with the one pairing was a wonderful way to try several items

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