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“Great Lunch”

Cafe Trio Restaurant
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Ranked #27 of 1,424 Restaurants in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $38
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: E. 45th Street
Transit: On the actual Main Street route, including the Max. Only a few feet from two stops.
Description: Comfortable, calming and chic, Café Trio draws a diverse clientele of urban dwellers, on-the-town suburbanites and tourists who strike up lively conversations over classically inspired craft cocktails and beautifully imagined seasonal, from-scratch dishes. Perched on the incline at 45th and Main Street, the restaurant’s all-seasons patio view of the J.C. Nichols Fountain and Country Club Plaza add to the vibe. Executive Chef Adam Yoder and his culinary team hand-cut the steaks and chops and use a cornucopia of local and regional produce and artisan foods for their well-curated menu. Don’t-miss items include Café Trio’s handcrafted cracker-crust pizzas, roasted chicken, confit garlic mashed potatoes and the warm chocolate truffle cake. Imbibe your pleasures at the weekly happy hour with signature martinis such as the Marilyn Monroe or Paris Hilton — paired with the Price Edward Island mussels or crispy lump crab cakes, you just might have fantasies of taking up residence in one of Café Trio’s comfy booths. And if you’re planning a party, Trio’s two private event spaces are just the ticket for a sexy soiree.
Missouri
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great Lunch”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Dined during KC Restaurant week and enjoyed a great $15 lunch. The Pasta Bolognese was delicious. It was a very generous portion and served steaming hot. Great location on the Plaza with nice view. We ate on the porch which was enclosed because of the season. This would make a very fun happy hour location during the summer when everything is opened up!! Consider this place for a romantic dinner. Terrific waiter.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Junebugg80
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Christopher Y, Owner at Cafe Trio Restaurant, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
It is so great to hear that you enjoyed your lunch here at Cafe Trio! We appreciate your compliments and the recommendation, too! Please come back & see us anytime. Sincerely, Chris.
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Kansas City
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129 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“With so many good choices out there, go elsewhere”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Disappointing and bland food. Atmosphere good but getting dated. Great location. There are so many great restaurants in the Greater Metro area. This restaurant would not be on my list.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank otisokansascity
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Christopher Y, Owner at Cafe Trio Restaurant, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
We’re sorry to hear your dining experience with us was not as enjoyable as you had hoped. Is there anything in particular that we could improve upon that would influence a higher rating from you? We are always looking for ways to increase customer satisfaction & would like you to email us at info@cafetriokc.com with any suggestions you might have to help us accomplish that. Sincerely, Chris.
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Lawrence, Kansas
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204 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Great evening with friends”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Two couples went during restaurant week when Trio offered a starter, main with soup or salad, and dessert for $30. Terrific bargain. Great atmosphere - casual to dressy, all ages, with live music (we were there on a Saturday night), nice ambiance with views of the Country Club Plaza from the sun room. I had the Mardi Gras snapper - prepared perfectly. The blue cheese salad dressing appeared to be house-made and was the best I've ever had. We shared toasted ravioli and spinach & artichoke dip on pita - both excellent. My wife's Roasted Stuffed Chicken Breast was just okay for her taste, but was cooked properly and not too dry. A very good wine list with a variety of draught beers. The service was attentive but not intrusive, and we spent an enjoyable two and a half hours. Will definitely return.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank 49viaggio
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Christopher Y, Owner at Cafe Trio Restaurant, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
Thanks for sharing your experience at Cafe Trio with us! To hear such wonderful comments about our restaurant makes us very proud! It is greatly appreciated! We look forward to passing your sentiments along to our staff & hope that you will come back to visit us soon! Sincerely, Chris.
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Nebraska
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“Perfect Evening”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Lovely dining experience and decorated beautifully during the holidays. Our table ordered small plates and our table shared everything. Tomato Basil Soup, Grilled Caesar, Beet Salad, Short Ribs, Mussels, Gnocchi and Blue Cheese Bistro (my favorite) however everyone at the table had their own favorite, it was all that good. The waiter suggested a wine they were featuring and it was wonderful. Even though we ordered small plates, we did not have room for dessert. We would definitely go back for dinner. We would also like to experience drinks and appetizers on the deck they enclose over the winter, with the plaza lights in the background. We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard and just walked across the park to get to the restaurant.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank RACKNebraska
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Christopher Y, Owner at Cafe Trio Restaurant, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
We appreciate you taking the time to give us such a wonderful review! It is so great to hear when our customers enjoy their experiences, from the food to the service, with us. We are hoping that your next trip back to Café Trio isn't too far away! Best regards, Chris.
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Kansas City, Missouri
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“Service just short of non-existent”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

We were left standing awkwardly at the door for several minutes unacknowledged even though staff members were milling around the bar. There might have been three tables seated so the restaurant was not busy. Once we were seated the waiter clearly had other priorities as he did not welcome us nor did he explain the menu without prompting. He spent the least amount of time necessary with us throughout the meal, did not offer further service before dropping the check on the table. At one point we had to get up to ask for more water. This is not the type of service that I expect for a $100.00 meal and it completely overshadowed the food and made for a less than desirable experience. There are many other places in KC to dine with much better service and good food. We will not be returning.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank littlepepita
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Christopher Y, Owner at Cafe Trio Restaurant, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
We would like you to know that your feedback is appreciated & very important to all of us here at the Café Trio. Please accept our apologies for the shortcomings listed in your review. Making sure our guests are taken care of in a timely manner is our highest priority; so we will certainly discuss your experience with our entire staff to avoid these issues in future. We are hoping that you visit us again so we can show you that lackluster service is certainly not the norm. Sincerely, Chris.
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