Eating outdoors on Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza

Schedules of preformers and locations are on the wedsite. photo: Plaza

Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza is one of the best outdoor dining locations in the midwest. There are those old favorites like the Classic Cup, Fred P. Otts, The Granfalloon. They are always there for a burger and a beer and, the bartender knows what “the usual” means to you.

Meeting friends for drinks of dinner is a summertime ritual on the Plaza. Photo by Jeffrey Hobson

The Plaza, Kansas City’s favorite ‘see and be seen’ location, is a historic 15 blocks of shopping and dining. Whatever your mood there is a sidewalk table just waiting for you. Enjoy tall cool drinks, gossip and chocolate, dinner with friends or, coffee and desert.

Tables and chairs spring up on the sidewalk like wildflowers every sunny day.

Here are several choices with outdoor seating. If you can think of another not-to-be-missed sidewalk eatery, please add it to comments. I can’t say I’ve eaten at all of these restaurants, but there are many more summery meals yet to come this season.

Blanc Burgers + Bottles 4710 Jefferson816-931-6200
Brio Tuscan Grille 502 Nichols Road 816-561-5888
Buca di Beppo 310 West 47th Street816-931-6548
Chaz on the Plaza 325 Ward Parkway816-756-3800
The Cheesecake Factory 4701 Wyandotte816-960-1919
Classic Cup Sidewalk Cafe 301 West 47th Street816-753-1840
Coal Vines 618 Ward Parkway816-912-2690
Figlio, The Italian Restaurant 209 West 46th Terrace816-561-0505
Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue 4747 Wyandotte816-531-7427
Fred P. Ott’s 4770 J.C. Nichols Parkway816-753-2878
The Granfalloon Restaurant & Bar 608 Ward Parkway816-753-7850
Ingredient 4807 Jefferson816-994-3393
Kona Grill 444 Ward Parkway816-931-5888
LatteLand Espresso & Tea (original location) 318 West 47th Street816-931-7477
LatteLand Espresso & Tea (west location)4771 Jefferson816-931-7577
M & S Grill 4646 J.C. Nichols Parkway816-531-7799
McCormick & Schmick’s 448 West 47th Street816-531-6800
Noodles & Company 540 Nichols Road816-561-6100
O’Dowd’s Little Dublin 4742 Pennsylvania816-561-2700
Panache Chocolatier 418 Nichols Road816-931-3191
Panera Bread Bakery Cafe 4700 Pennsylvania816-931-8181
PF Chang’s China Bistro 102 West 47th Street816-931-9988
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse 700 West 47th Street816-531-4800
Scooter’s Coffeehouse 446 West 47th Street816-561-1733
Seasons 52 340 Ward Parkway816-531-0052
Starbucks 302 Nichols Road816-753-4246
Tomfooleries 612 West 47th Street816-753-0555
Zócalo – Mexican Cuisine and Tequileria 620 West 48th Street816-756-5555

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Please share your favorites. Tell us which restaurants are not-to-be-missed, who has the best waitstaff, basil mojitos, authentic strawberry short cake.

Courtyard concerts during the summer are free in two of the four courtyards each summer weekend. photo Plaza

Plaza Live! Courtyard Concerts 2012

There are two courtyards where you can enjoy the live music on Thursday 5-8pm, Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 2-5pm and Sunday noon-3pm. Rock on the Plaza in Mermaid Courtyard at Nichols & Broadway and Penguin Courtyard at Nichols & Pennsylvania, Valencia Courtyard at 47th Street & Jefferson. Neptune Courtyard on 47th & Wornall

Check the schedule for the band and location.

There will be concerts at two of the four courtyards each weekend through September.

For a complete listing of Country Club Plaza stores and restaurants


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