Bluestem

Bluestem

(Now Closed)
New American Restaurant$$$$
Westport, Kansas City
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  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.September 28, 2016
    "For happy hour snacks between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Order the beef tartare ($8) served on a crostini or the shrimp and grits ($10). Whether they're offering pie or a fruit cobbler, save room." Read more
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The Wall Street JournalSeptember 22, 2014
    The menu features items such as foie gras and wagyu but the real draw is the snails which are served with fidua pasta, slices of Portuguese linguica sausage and sweet pea shoots. Read more
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The Wall Street JournalJanuary 23, 2015
    At the sophisticated Bluestem, Megan and Colby Garrelts's restaurant named after a native prairie grass, the menu features items such as foie gras and wagyu -- but the real draw is the snails. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 16, 2016
    In the last dozen years, Colby and Megan Garrelts’s restaurant has matured into a fully realized vision of Midwestern tasting-menu dining Read more
  • BestOf
    BestOfFebruary 29, 2012
    The tables are cloaked in heavy white linens, the coffee is strong and hot, and customers can keep their dress casual. It's the perfect way to come back to life after a raucous — or quiet — weekend. Read more
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon CumminsOctober 4, 2014
    You honestly can't go wrong here. From amazing drinks, food, and of course pastries/desserts! Had a fantastic Tequila Ocho Margarita too!!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 25, 2014
    Between 5 and 6:30 p.m., hit up the happy hour at Bluestem's sleek glass bar.
  • Hannah J.
    Hannah JacksonAugust 12, 2014
    Shrimp and grits was fabulous and I'm from the south so I know what I'm talking about. Lovely atmosphere would definitely dine here again.
  • Kansas City
    Kansas CitySeptember 6, 2012
    Rotating menu items include Kobe beef burger, frites with flight of 5 aolis, and shrimp and Parmesan grits fricassee. Prices from $5 to $18 per item - bar items are half price between 5 and 7 p.m!
  • Tasha L.
    Tasha LowerSeptember 20, 2013
    The BEST food I have ever had in KC so far in my 5 years back. I wish I had 4 stomachs so I could have eaten all the things.
  • Albert T.
    Albert TongMay 9, 2015
    Get everything! James Beard Award winning chef for a big reason. Do the prefixed menu experience.
  • Ryan V.
    Ryan VaughanMarch 24, 2012
    Happy Hour prices in the lounge might be the best deal going in the country. I was under $20 for a fantastic burger and a dessert that fine dining level quality.
  • Anne Mims A.
    Anne Mims AdrianDecember 6, 2013
    Hangar steak was delicious and tender. Eat the steak and salad first. Fries can wait.
  • Kevin F.heart icon on user image
    Kevin FoxJune 15, 2013
    The shrimp & grits are glorious and unforgettable! I could eat it every day. Also, their cocktails are flawless.
  • Michael C.heart icon on user image
    Michael CNovember 8, 2020
    Outstanding... great cocktails, well paced dinner service. 5 courses was perfect.
  • Ramsey M.
    Ramsey MohsenDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're doing dinner- man up and get the wine pairing with it. Just incredible. This is the way to eat.
  • Casey C.
    Casey CopelandJanuary 6, 2012
    You can order off the dining menu in the lounge. Food upgrade + laid back atmosphere = win. Always ask for katie in the lounge. Holler on John B. In the kitchen.
  • Theresa O.
    Theresa O'LearyAugust 10, 2018
    Bluestem is known for their delicious American cuisine. They have a fantastic chef.
  • The Culinary Institute of America
    After you've dined on her husband's progressive American cuisine, be sure to sample CIA alumnus Megan Garrelts' delicious desserts!
  • Mark S.
    Mark SApril 1, 2012
    Don't get the mussels here. They are fishy and tough. Potpie next door has the best mussels in KC. The grits here, drink, and desserts are excellent!!
  • Chelsea R.
    Chelsea RodenbergFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Cocktails are amazing, food is amazing. Top notch in the kc restaurant scene.
  • BestOf
    BestOfDecember 28, 2011
    Bluestem's lounge is the perfect place to transport yourself from a cubicle farm to a library-esque wonderland. Read more
  • Todd W.heart icon on user image
    Todd WeisrockFebruary 3, 2016
    The food is great. The staff / service is neutral to off putting.
  • Sabrina G.
    Sabrina GOctober 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit in bar. Happy Hour is one of the best in KC.
  • Allison B.heart icon on user image
    Allison BarbarashApril 24, 2013
    Get a Moscow Mojito. Tastes like summer.
  • Corey O.
    Corey O'NealAugust 19, 2011
    awesome happy hour! it can get busy on certain days. better to get there early!
  • Miguel G.heart icon on user image
    Miguel GonzalezAugust 10, 2018
    Tasting menu; Mixed Drinks
  • Michelle C.heart icon on user image
    Michelle ChenOctober 11, 2016
    Everything is so good!
  • Jeremiah james
    Jeremiah jamesSeptember 15, 2012
    try the van zarr smile, makes it all worthwhile.
  • Drew G.
    Drew GilmoreMay 26, 2012
    Ask for Van. He's the best bartender in KC
  • Geoff L.
    Geoff LilienfeldMarch 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Hanger steak is amazing and $10 during HH
  • Kieonne A.
    Kieonne ArringtonJanuary 12, 2014
    Great Bleustem Breakfast for Sunday Brunch
  • Nick G.
    Nick GoverNovember 9, 2013
    Mac and cheese is dumbo good.
  • Chad
    ChadFebruary 15, 2014
    I've had better fine dining for much less money,but worth trying once.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RodenbergJanuary 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Have the "One and Done" it makes Tank 7 even better!
  • Lori T.
    Lori TurecApril 27, 2010
    The bar should not be missed. Also a great place if you are in the mood for dessert.
  • Kansas City
    Kansas CityDecember 13, 2012
    2013 Kansas City Restaurant Week participant: http://ow.ly/g2vV9
  • Garrett
    GarrettJanuary 15, 2011
    Van rocks. Great food, great service.
  • Van Z.
    Van ZarrApril 29, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Come in and ask for me!! Ill put a smile on your face I promise!
  • Jeremy L.
    Jeremy LambFebruary 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Happy hour is the best in the city Read more
  • Amy Y.heart icon on user image
    Amy YoungFebruary 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask Van for a La Provence. Best.drink.ever. Read more
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