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Expecting your family and friends to return home to Kansas City for the holidays and New Years? Consider hosting a dinner at a hotel to entertain guests instead of preparing a wide variety of meals at home.
Think of it as a personal vacation of planning, cooking and cleaning typical of vacation entertaining.
Kansas City is home to a range of hotels with superb dining options ranging from comfort food and classics to sensory delicacies that are worth the urge to splurge. Hosts and guests can be cheerful, enjoy great food and drink, and even get a good night’s sleep at these destinations.
Kansas City Hotel
Kansas City Hotel offers two memorable experiences under one roof. The City Company showcases the culinary talent of Executive Chef Johnny Leach and Executive Pastry Chef Helen Jo Leach. This husband-and-wife team source ingredients from small, local farms to create dishes that reflect Midwestern roots with a modern twist. Kansas City magazine recently awarded The Town Company the Restaurant of the Year award.
Nightjar, a new bar and lounge on the lower level of the hotel, is like the trendy basement bar of your dreams. After dinner, gather your friends and family and let yourself be carried away by the relaxed atmosphere of Nighthawk, dynamic music and understated, hassle-free bar fare from Chef Johnny Leach. Discover Kansas City’s whiskey machine, frozen cocktails and musical memorabilia.
Loews Kansas City Hotel
AT Loews Kansas City HotelYou won’t come across the staid ballrooms and dingy restaurants that epitomized the previous decades of hotel accommodation. Loews’ interior space is large, bold and practically buzzing with big city energy.
In this dazzling setting, chef Patrick LeBeau at the The Stilwell features classic American cuisine with Midwestern staples – fried chicken, pork shoulder, strip loin – and more adventurous dishes, such as gnocchi with duck sausage and kale and mushroom lasagna.
The restaurant takes its name from Arthur Stilwell, an eccentric visionary and railroad pioneer who invented the Stilwell Oyster car that enabled the shipment of fresh East Coast and Gulf Coast oysters throughout the Midwest. . Stilwell, Kansas, Stilwell, Oklahoma, and Port Arthur, Texas, are all named after ancient art.
Take in the striking views of downtown Kansas City from the bar and lounge while sipping a mocktail, wine or beer and feeling like a million dollars.
RaphaÃ«l hotel, home to Chaz on the Plaza, offers a charming dining experience led by Executive Chef Shawn Hartwig. From small family reunions to large groups, Chaz in the square can accommodate guests in an elegant setting located right next to the hotel’s main entrance and the Country Club Plaza.
Treat yourself to familiar dishes with a twist like Mac and Cheese loaded with smoked and braised steak. Soothe the soul with Lobster Bisque and savor dishes that would make Chef Gordon Ramsey’s heart beat.
Don’t overlook the jazz musicians and singers who perform throughout the month including Tim Reid, Jr., the Bryan Hicks Duo, Emily Dix, and the sizzling swing sounds of the Baby J Duo. These artists maintain a Kansas City musical tradition that adds class and a little fun to your holiday festivities.
Savoie at 21c
Savoie at 21c pays homage to the restaurant’s rich history, now housed in a fully restored modern boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Kansas City.
Come in and take a seat in the lounge for a cocktail or a glass of wine. Soak up the history of Kansas City with lush furnishings accented with stained glass, comfortable cabanas, and a bar that invites you to leave your cares behind.
After a drink, the elegant dining room offers guests a refined experience. The room and surrounding corridors feature modern art, adding a touch of culture and ambiance to the evening.
Chef Brandon Brumback and his team prepare seasonal dishes with plenty of options to appeal to the palate. The menus for brunch, appetizer, and dinner include dishes such as salmon, local Campo Lindo chicken, a humble smash burger, Maine scallops, and mouthwatering desserts.
A historic hotel that opened in 1931, Phillips Hotel is a must-see setting for its lavish decor which includes an 11-foot sculpture of the Goddess of Dawn in the lobby.
Hotels Italian cuisine Tavernonna celebrates Italian food, wine and cocktails. Dishes include hot tomato focaccia, meatballs from Nonna, seafood risotto, pappardelle carbonara with homemade pancetta and egg yolk cream, as well as hearty dishes including Osso pork Bucco and fried chicken parmigiana. Relax the evening with cocktails in the lavish lower level of the hotel PS Speakeasy.
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