Dining Near the KC Convention Center

Between sessions or before the day begins, stellar restaurant experiences can brighten any attendee’s time in their host destination. Kansas City delivers on big flavors and satisfying local touches.

On foot or via the KC Streetcar, these dining options are certain to leave your guests impressed and ready for the day ahead.


Quick Bites

Coffee, eggs, meat pie and croissant on a table

Start the day by striking out to a coffee shop near KC’s Downtown hotels. Enjoy the flavors of a prolific Kansas roaster at PT’s Coffee, browse local goods while you fuel up at Made in KC Café, or sample authentic Australian drinks and pastries at Banksia.

New York-style bagels, plus bialys, lox and an assortment of schmears, await you at Meshuggah Bagels. In addition to a rotating menu of seasonal coffee drinks, Mildred’s serves up breakfast sandwiches, salads and a selection of lunch items available throughout the afternoon.

 

Ribs, french fries and toast on a platter

Ready to savor some of Kansas City’s signature dishes? Just blocks from the Kansas City Convention Center and major Downtown hotels, Plowboys Barbeque and County Road Ice House serve up smoked meats, sandwiches and plenty of sides to ensure you’re well-immersed in the KC barbecue tradition.

Even more nearby bites include Johnny’s Tavern, Guy Fieri’s Dive Bar & Taco Joint and the Streetcar Grille & Tavern.

Memorable Meals

Diners in a booth at Fox and Pearl

Looking for the ideal setting to host a more upscale gathering? Kansas City features a brilliant selection of fine dining establishments that fit the bill. Adjacent to the KC Convention Center, the Power & Light District is home to 801 Chophouse, a classic steakhouse with a robust wine list, as well as contemporary seafood favorite Bristol Seafood + Steak + Social.

Just a few minutes away in the Westside neighborhood, Fox and Pearl—recognized by Esquire as one of the best new restaurants in America in 2020—offers Midwestern dishes that are just as captivating as the vintage appeal of the venue’s interiors.

 

Seating at the Stilwell Restaurant

A trio of acclaimed hotel restaurants offer unique encounters to guests and visitors alike. The Town Company at Hotel Kansas City has gained acclaim under the leadership of chefs who boast experience at buzzy dining destinations like Eleven Madison Park and Momofuku, while the Savoy at 21c revives one of Kansas City’s most historic restaurant spaces and the Stilwell at Loews Kansas City delivers panoramic city views to be enjoyed with dinner.

Sunny restaurant interior at Lazia

KC’s Downtown-area restaurants offer opportunities to plan unforgettable dining experiences for groups of all sizes.

Located inside the Crossroads Hotel, Lazia prepares fresh takes on classic Italian dishes. The beautifully restored restaurant’s Wine Room can accommodate up to 14 guests for an evening of shared courses and a reserve wine list.

 

Person lifting a glass of white wine while seated at a table

A pair of European favorites are ideal choices for a more surprising outing in the Heart of America. German mainstay Affäre can seat up to 50 in its private dining room, as well as 25 in the restaurant’s outdoor courtyard. The Vienna Zimmer loft at Grünauer, a cozy Austrian classic, welcomes up to 30 in its warm and rustic space.

Hoping to infuse your gathering with a classic taste of Kansas City? Look no further than Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue. The restaurant’s Freight House location offers a private dining room seating up to 16, as well as banquet facilities that can host up to 130.

James Beard-nominated Corvino prepares some of the city’s most thoughtful plates in a sleek and dramatic setting. The semi-private dining room hosts up to 50 guests, while the tasting room can welcome up to 18.