KC Seafood: Local Flavor and International Tastes

No coast, no problem. Known historically as a destination for pork and beef, a group of innovative restaurants and restaurateurs have carved out seafood niches in the KC dining scene, earning acclaim with fresh flavors and sustainably sourced ingredients—and, of course, delicious meals.

Here are some of the best places to enjoy seafood in KC:

Classic Sea Fare

Mesquite-grilled arctic char. Sizzling salmon served on a bed of grains. Seared tuna with gingered rice. All represent the boundless variety that Kansas City offers diners in traditional seafood restaurant settings. Count on Bristol Seafood Grill in both the Power & Light District and Leawood for fresh selections flown in daily from all over the world. Settle in at Pierpont’s at Union Station, a longtime favorite among Kansas Citians thanks to classy ambiance, tremendous architecture and amazing fare.

Other well-known establishments can be found at the Country Club Plaza, including Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks and The Capital Grille.

International Waters

KC’s recent influx of transcontinental cuisine brings new tastes from familiar places. Take Jarocho Pescados Y Mariscos, for example. The KCK/South KC establishment dishes out traditional coastal Mexican meals totally unlike any you’ve seen at a Tex-Mex restaurant. Try Mesob Restaurant for a flavorful fusion of Ethiopian, Eritrean and Caribbean delicacies, including jerk shrimp and snapper boukannen (a whole roasted fish).

Trezo Mare in the Northland features Italian specialties both creative and classic while Aixois in Brookside provides a French take on trout, salmon and more. Head to the Crossroads Arts District for modern German seafood recipes at Affäre, among other tastes.

Shellfish Specialties

Starters or full meal, sometimes shellfish speak to you in ways that other seafood may not. Not to worry: a handful of Kansas City restaurants specialize in oysters, crabs, caviar and more. Like Jax Fish House, a Plaza staple with a menu that touts several samplers with variety as wide as the ocean is vast. Not only that, but the restaurant is certified by the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch as an eco-friendly establishment—and named one of the best seafood restaurants in the country.

If you’re dreaming of a different coast, head to West 39th Street for Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, a Big Easy-style restaurant with Cajun and creole shrimp, crawfish and oysters (Rockefeller, Lafayette or Bienville). Switch things up with brunch at Westport Café & Bar, a cozy French bistro featuring mussels and oysters grilled or otherwise before you dig into your Croque Madame or shrimp and polenta.

Farm (or Sea) to Table

In the South Plaza neighborhood, you’ll find Black Dirt, a small-plates dining experience dishing out a medley of options, many featuring seafood brought up right in the Midwest.

At Anton’s in the Crossroads, fresh tilapia is raised in the taproom’s basement thanks to their aquaponics system, which allows the team to control what the fish eat.

Dine in the historic Webster House, an intimate Crossroads institution found inside a restored Romanesque-style schoolhouse that values regional ingredients regardless of the mealtime. Room 39 in Leawood and Midtown combines local agriculture with a revolving door of fish entrees (among other offerings), including striped bass and soft shell crab. 

Kelli O'Hara, Broadway star in concert

Kelli O’Hara is one of the biggest stars on Broadway, and her work in film, television, and opera have made her acclaim even greater. The Tony Award winner will bring her unique mix of classicism and show business to Kansas City for selections from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.

Hugh Jackman

Academy Award®-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman will bring The Man. The Music. The Show to Sprint Center on Oct. 13. You will see Jackman performing hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra.

Paul Childres Concert in the Caves

Blending Pop, R&B, and Soul, Paul Childers is leading a new breed of Singer/Songwriters and Guitarists. Paul finds a way to blur the lines cast between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix styles of guitar playing, a Motown rhythm section, and Pop vocal melodies. He is returning to the caves for another epic show! 

B-Side mini 2019

We're celebrating our second annual music festival - in a teenier way!
Join us Oct. 4th First Friday for B-Side Mini!
Acts include our house band I Threw a Chair, Winny Wallet and the Workshop, and local musician Sean Groff.
Inside the gallery we will be showing many mini works, small doodles, sculptures and more.
Big thanks to Brewery Emperial for providing the event with beverages!

Merriam Drive Live!

Downtown Merriam will transform into a street and lawn party full of music on two stages, food trucks, adult beverages and a Cornhole Tournament. Performers include: Four Fried Chickens & a Coke; Red Guitar; Stolen Winnebagos; Fast Times and Noe Palma. Enjoy this annual music fest for FREE in downtown Merriam.

Brahms’ Fourth and Bach’s Fantasia

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Paul Jacobs, organ
J.S. BACH/ELGAR Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Once Upon a Castle for Organ and Orchestra
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Finlandia and Schumann’s Piano Concerto

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Michael Stern, conductor
Martin Helmchen, piano
SIBELIUS Finlandia
R. SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
DANIEL KELLOGG The Golden Spike (Kansas City Symphony commission, world premiere)
SMETANA “Blaník” from Má vlast

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City Fall Concert

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, healthcare students, as well as other musicians from the Kansas City area.  This fall concert will include: The New World Symphony - Dvorak , Fanfare for the Common Man – Copeland, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cello, s Gion Overture - Jose Gonzalez Granero