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Lidia's Kansas City
Price: Over $20
Hours: Happy Hour Daily 4-6 p.m. Open daily lunch 11am-2pm Open dinner 5-9pm Mon.-Thu., 5-10pm Fri., 4-10 Sat., 4-9 Sun, Brunch 10:30-2 Sat and Sun
Voted Kansas City's most popular Italian restaurant by Zagat Guide 2005, Lidia's Kansas City is located in the Crossroads Arts District.
Lidia Bastianich, regarded as the first lady of Italian cuisine, opened Lidia's Kansas City together with her son, Joseph Bastianich, in a former railroad house just north of Kansas City's historic Union Station. Designed by acclaimed New York architect David Rockwell, the restaurant evokes the feel of an Italian farmhouse despite its tremendous size.
The menu at Lidia's features a daily sampling of seasonal, daily-made fresh and filled pastas. The 'pasta trio' is served tableside and may be refilled as often as you like. Diners can also choose entrees such as roasted veal shank in a rich sauce served with risotto, chicken breasts lightly sauteed with lemon, capers, Sicilian olives and garlic, or a beautiful grilled salmon served over braised lentils.
Lidia's is open for lunch Monday through Friday but offers a unique Market Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The brunch is a 3 course prix fixe meal beginning with a hearty antipasti buffet, featuring the freshest vegetables and fruits from Kansas City's farmer's market. Guests may then choose an entree from the full menu, and finish with a visit to Lidia's dessert buffet.
Lidia's is proud to offer two wine lists featuring Italy's finest creations. The value list features over 40 wines for $25.00 a bottle. The reserve wine list includes white, red, and rose wines from all of Italy's regions, with opportunites to try award winning and rare Italian vintages.
Reservations are accepted, but not required for all lunches and dinners.
Not what I expected
2 out of 5 stars
H p. - Basehor, KS
It was a beautiful First Friday evening and I was excited about our dinner at Lidia's. We ordered four courses, appetizer was blah, thin flavorless onion rings with a tomato sauce, waiter brought the wrong salad, we ordered the house, he brought the beet salad. I hate beets, there's no way I ordered it. Main course was also blah, had to add salt and pepper and ask for parmesean to get some flavor. Tiramisu was decent, what the waiter described as a layered chocolate cake was chocolate cheese cake with a mousse consistency, ok. Overall experience was disappointing.
Best value and the best all- around restaurant
5 out of 5 stars
Jim H. - Shawnee, KS
Lidia's Kansas City is now, and has been the best value and the best all- around restaurant in town since opening its doors some 12 years ago. We have NEVER had a bad meal, the service is ALWAYS professional and helpful, and the cost is always less than you would expect! When we want a great meal at a reasonable price, we always end up here, because we know everything is fresh and pleasing to the [alate.
5 out of 5 stars
Jill V. - Mission, KS
I love everything about Lidia's including the cool Freight House District location (behind Union Station), the Pasta Tasting Trio (changes daily, great value), the atmosphere and the service! I live in KC and take out-of-town guests, and they love it too.
Lidia's leaves a bland impression
2 out of 5 stars
Lauren L. - Kansas City, MO
The décor is warm and inviting. Our server was great, both friendly and knowledgeable. However, the menu selections were too few and the meal was hit and miss. The mushroom polenta appetizer was flavorful but a bit mushy. I ordered the medium rare salmon dish. The salmon tasted very fresh but lacked any seasoning that would identify it as having Italian flair; bland at best. The “zesty mustard sauce” that accompanied the fish was mildly tasty, but not enough to add flavor to this extremely simple dish. The Yukon gold potatoes were boring. The string beans were honestly the best part, with fresh taste and texture. The desert truffle assortment was alright but not as exciting as the homemade ice-cream (the coffee flavor was the highlight of the meal).