7 New Restaurants in KC's Hottest Neighborhoods Perfect for Rehearsal Dinners or Private Dining

The Kansas City restaurant scene is never lacking in new and exciting places to try. Lucky for KC couples, many of these restaurants cater to those wanting a private and memorable dining experience. So for those couples, we’ve compiled this list of newly opened drool worthy (both in look and taste) restaurants in Kansas City’s coolest neighborhoods. Like any good restaurant, we won’t make you wait for the goods! Bon appetit!

Fox and Pearl - Westside Neighborhood

Fox and Pearl is an adorable Midwestern bistro located in the historic Westside Neighborhood. Go experience the vibrant life that is Fox and Pearl inside the old Swedish Lodge building and former drug store!

Fare: Southern and Midwestern Fine Dining
Atmosphere: Engulfed in warm natural light and surrounded by greenery
Dress Code: Business Casual
Rooms/Capacity: The Chef’s Table seating for 18, Large Group Reservations (under 50)
Special Features: Visit their upstairs restroom and say hello to the coy fish in the bathtub!


Farina - The Crossroads Arts District

It’s hard to label Farina as “up and coming” since it is owned and run by award winning chef Michael Smith and wife Nancy Smith. Guaranteed to impress, this Italian restaurant and oyster bar is just one block over from Smith’s restaurant Extra Virgin and just a few blocks southwest of The Vow Exchange Chapel in The Crossroads.

Fare: Rustic Italian Dishes and Oyster Bar
Atmosphere: Modern space with a laid back yet refined feel
Dress Code: Business Casual
Rooms/Capacity: Wine Room seating for 24 or Private Dining Space seating for 13
Special Features: Their private dining wine room has a gorgeous floor-to-ceiling wine wall and a lobby area for gathering before dinner.


The Campground - Stockyards District

If you haven’t been to The Campground we strongly suggest stopping by and getting yourself a nice strong drink! Once you step foot in the place you’ll know why they’ve made our list. This charming cocktail bar and restaurant is a wonderful new addition to the Stockyards District and would make a magical private dining experience for you and yours.

Fare: Aperitivo Bar and Small Plate Comfort Foods
Atmosphere: Cozy, intimate, and inviting
Dress Code: Casual
Rooms/Capacity: Large Group Reservations (under 50)
Special Features: No “campground” would be complete without s’mores so don’t you dare leave without trying their signature dessert!


Lazia - The Crossroads Arts District

We can attest to Lazia’s incredibly romantic atmosphere and delicious menu. Treat your loved ones (and yourselves) to a dinner at Lazia and you’re guaranteed to wow your guests.

Fare: Classic Italian
Atmosphere: Magical and elegant with candles littered throughout
Dress Code: Business Casual
Rooms/Capacity: Wine Room seating for 14
Special Features: Lazia promises that if you dine in their wine room you should “expect an unexpected transformation as a throw-back playlist brings the beats”.

The Russell - Union Hill

The Russell is a trendy, antique-filled restaurant on Main Street just one block south of the historic Union Hill neighborhood. Feast your eyes on their treasures around the room before digging into their one-of-a-kind dishes. The Russell happily hosts private dining experiences or they will work with you to make an event your friends and family will remember.

Fare: American Cuisine
Atmosphere: Incredibly trendy and fun, an instagram-worthy restaurant
Dress Code: Business Casual
Rooms/Capacity: Available for Private Dining, Dinners, and Events (50+)
Special Features: In addition to catering, The Russell offers rentals for decor, tableware, and furniture so you can bring the look of their space wherever you wish!


Black Dirt - South Plaza

If you’re looking for a unique experience then look no further than Black Dirt in the South Plaza area. Their philosophy is, “there’s no better soil for cultivation and no more deliberate approach to building community than from our tables”. If that speaks to you, then we suggest reaching out to Black Dirt about hosting your private dinner or event!

Fare: New American
Atmosphere: Contemporary and comfortable
Dress Code: Business Casual
Rooms/Capacity: Private Dining Room seating for 24. Partial or Full Restaurant Buyout Options (50+)
Special Features: If you’re looking to host your event with Black Dirt, ask about the seasonal menu options and zero room fees.


Parlor - The Crossroads Arts District

Another guaranteed crowd pleaser in the crossroads is Parlor. This trendy “food hall” offers multiple spaces that can be reserved with a beverage minimum. We can promise this place is the hot place to be in KC. We get a front row view of the party every weekend from our front porch at The Vow Exchange Chapel! Bring your party to them, no matter the size, and they will take it from there!

Fare: Food Hall Featuring 6 Different Restaurants and Bar
Atmosphere: Like a mall food court but in 2019! Every corner is different, from a library lounge to a modern cafeteria to a party porch.
Dress Code: Casual
Rooms/Capacity: The Living Room seating for 28 (50 mingling), The Study seating for 20 (25 mingling), The Study and Bleachers seating for 40 (75 mingling), The Cellar seating for 140 (mingling 180), The Patio seating for 40 (mingling 60)
Special Features: Parlor has a 3 step process to help you book your event! Just choose a space, confirm your beverage minimum, and choose your food. They will work with you so you can cover the tab or split it!


Thanks goes to Eater’s The 12 Hottest New Restaurants in Kansas City & KCUR’s 18 New Developments In Kansas City Restaurants This Spring And Summer for keeping us updated on the latest and greatest in our city!

Not so new, but certainly shouldn’t be forgotten, check out Affare in the Crossroads!

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