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The 14 Best American Restaurants In Kansas City

Updated: July 27, 2022

Looking for Kansas City’s best buffalo wings or spiciest chili? These are the American spots doing it best. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. If glasses of bloody mary and plates of crawfish sound like a good time head to these fantastic options in Kansas City.

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Novel Restaurant

New American, $$$, Crown CenterNew American, $$$Kansas City, Crown Center
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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The Antler Room

New American, $$$, LongfellowNew American, $$$Kansas City, Longfellow
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

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  • USA Today

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Q39 Midtown

American, $$, RoanokeAmerican, $$Kansas City, Roanoke
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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Pigwich

American, $, River MarketAmerican, $Kansas City, River Market
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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Room 39

American, $$, VolkerAmerican, $$Kansas City, Volker
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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Potpie

French, $$, Old WestportFrench, $$Kansas City, Old Westport
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Burger State

American, $$, Western HillsAmerican, $$Kansas City, Western Hills
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
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Stock Hill

American, $$$, South PlazaAmerican, $$$Kansas City, South Plaza
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
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True Food Kitchen

American, $$, Country Club PlazaAmerican, $$Kansas City, Country Club Plaza
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Brookside Poultry Company

American, $$, Western 49-63American, $$Kansas City, Western 49-63
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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The Lunch Box

American, $, Kansas CityAmerican, $Kansas City
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Wings Cafe

American, $$, Kansas CityAmerican, $$Kansas City
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
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Char Bar

American, $$, Old WestportAmerican, $$Kansas City, Old Westport
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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JJ's Restaurant

American, $$$, West PlazaAmerican, $$$Kansas City, West Plaza
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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How did we curate this list?

Picking the right American restaurant can be tough, especially when you’re exploring new restaurants. We analyzed 257 lists and articles from top sources like City Seeker, Hoodline and Trip 101, 5301 Kansas City restaurants’ ratings across Google and Yelp, and 823905 reviews – all with some boam magic to make sense of the madness. We cross-referenced with top lists, like City Seeker - Best American in Kansas City, Hoodline - Kansas City's 5 best spots for high-end New American fare and Trip 101 - The 15 Best Fancy Restaurants In Kansas City, Missouri - Updated 2022. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. Nobody paid to get on this list, these restaurants earned their spots fair and square. These ten options are sure to delight.

Recurring questions

Cosmo Burger, Pirate's Bone Burgers, and Cliff’s Taphouse are the highest-rated vegan-friendly American restaurants in Kansas City.

The Antler Room, Portia's Cafe, and Brookside Poultry Company are some of the highest-rated late-night American spots in Kansas City.

The Antler Room, Room 39, and The Farmhouse are the highest-rated upscale restaurants for American cuisine in Kansas City.

The Antler Room, Kate's Kitchen, and Room 39 are vegetarian-friendly American restaurants in Kansas City.

The Antler Room, The Farmhouse, and The Town Company are the highest-rated American restaurants for dessert in Kansas City.

Drink pairing tips

  • Margarita with your grilled burger

    A nice sweet drink is what you should be having with your grilled burger. To balance this dish, try sipping some Margarita as it balances the spice and salt of the burger. This cocktail will go along well with your food.

  • Go for Vieux Carre with heavy meat dish

    For an elevated experience, pair your heavy meat dish with Vieux Carre. This combination works particularly well because this cocktail cuts through the heaviness of the dish.


  • Pair Kentucky 75 with fried chicken

    When considering how to best enjoy your fried chicken, we would highlight how well a glass of Kentucky 75 complements the dish as it cuts the fat of the fried skin.


Did you know?

  • The first ever

    Oh, where does hashbrown come from you ask? Well from The United States of course! The dish first made an appearance in the 1890s.

  • The most expensive mac and cheese

    Does $200 sound like a lot to you? Well that’s what the most expensive mac and cheese will cost you at Barton G.

  • Hungry for crawfish?

    The United States played host to record setting Andrew Thevenet eating a mind-blowing 33 pounds of crawfish in 120.

Parking in the area

Nobody likes to circle around the block looking for parking, especially if you’re hungry or in a rush. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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