About Café Trio
Hip & glamorous, Café Trio blends outstanding cuisine and cocktails for an award winning “Come as you are” casual fine dining experience offering the perfect “Trio” of great Local Food, Art and Live Music. The Starlet Lounge at Café Trio evokes a bygone era complete with Hollywood Starlets and the always playing classic movie with specialty martinis, traditional cocktails and an extensive list of wine and beer with Live Music Tuesday through Saturday. Large outdoor terrace offers one of kind views of the Country Club Plaza & J.C. Nichols Fountain. Chef Nick Estell uses a cornucopia of local and regional produce and artisan ingredients for a very well curated menu. Expect to be greeted with a smile by both the staff & owners, Tai and Chris. Cafe Trio is one of Kansas City's most popular restaurants awarded multiple Kansas City “Best Of” designations including “Best Overall Restaurant” designations including “Best Overall Restaurant”.
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
LUNCH: Monday - Friday 11am - 2pm
HAPPY HOUR: Monday -Friday 2pm-6pm
DINNER / Full Menu Service: Monday: 5pm-9pm, Tuesday-Thursday: 5pm-9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5pm -10:30pm.
Cocktails (Lounge & Deck): Monday - Friday: 2:00pm - Midnight, Saturday: 5:00pm - Midnight
Kitchen & Bar Hours may Vary
E. 45th Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Piano & Vocals. Blues & Jazz. Evenings: Tuesday through Saturday.
Private Lot & Street Parking.
On the actual Main Street route, including the Max. Only a few feet from two stops.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Cafe Trio hosts numerous special events year round including wine diners, art openings, costume parties and special live music engagements. Please sign up to receive emails about these events by visiting our website at cafetriokc.com.
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Offering the very best in private event options in Kansas City. Outstanding private dining opportunities for fifteen to over a hundred guests. Custom or à la Carte menus, full audiovisual support in the choice of two very unique rooms. Let us do the work while you take all the credit.
Café Trio Ratings and Reviews
My new Kansas City favorite! Richard, ou ...
My new Kansas City favorite! Richard, our waiter was outstanding. The dishes he recommended were wonderful. The holiday décor was festive and the music was great. It is a great place to meet friends for a very entertaining evening.
Even though the owner came by and thanke ...
Even though the owner came by and thanked us for returning, it was our first time at Café Trio. It won't be our last. My wife had paella and I had rack of lamb. Superb! Our waiter Jake was very friendly and made several menu suggestions, including a wonderful dessert. Tremendous experience.
This was my first visit on Thanksgiving ...
This was my first visit on Thanksgiving and it was great. I have been to Trio many times before for happy hour or dinner with friends or clients so I knew the experience was going to be a pleasurable one. I hope to spend more Thanksgiving at the Trio table!
Tai took exceptionally good care of us. ...
Tai took exceptionally good care of us. It was my son's first visit for the Plaza Christmas lighting event and Tai made certain we were comfortably seated at our table in time to see the lights turn on and the fireworks that followed. This was my third time at Cafe Trio and definitely will be back.
This was our second year at Cafe Trio fo ...
This was our second year at Cafe Trio for Thanksgiving and we will absolutely be back if we do not cook ourselves. One of us had the traditional Thanksgiving dinner and two of us ordered off the menu. Service is always solid and while this year not outstanding it was certainly close to it. Decorations are warm and festive. Yes, we will be back again and again.
We have enjoyed appetizers here before b ...
We have enjoyed appetizers here before but this was our first full meal. Our family of 5 enjoyed the service and ambiance but my son and I shared mussels and each had the paella and we both got a mild case of food poisoning. My other son enjoyed the hangar steak quite a bit and my wife thought the pork chop was average. Overall not what we had hoped for when we visited.
I don't know if it's because I booked th ...
I don't know if it's because I booked the restaurant with open table or if I would have been treated better if I booked it myself, but I was totally disappointed. We were stuck upstairs in a off place with four other tables in what felt like a closet or store room. The service was slaking and several times I had to wait to ask for a drink or even pay the check.
Three women enjoyed the evening. The me ...
Three women enjoyed the evening. The meals were extremely delicious, great value, server Hannah was very helpful, knowledgeable of menu, very professional. The kind of server you wish for. Atmosphere very relaxed, piano music very nice. Will definitely return.
The atmosphere of Cafe Trio is very invi ...
The atmosphere of Cafe Trio is very inviting, tastefully decorated, and in a great location. Our server, Alex, did a wonderful job of providing terrific service. The menu had so many interesting foods that it was tough to pick. We tried the crab cakes and the beef tips as appetizers. Definitely, the beef tips were our favorite, and would make a decent meal on its own. Side salads were a nice mix of greens, diced veggies on top with herb Parmesan dressing (nice choices of salad dressings). Very good. We split the roasted chicken with nettle risotto. It was absolutely a great choice. A few more asparagus tips would have been nice, however. The only disappointment was the cherry crisp for dessert. Though the cherries were nice and plump, it was over the top sweet with too little ice cream to cut the sweetness. The oats on top were just a dry sprinkling with no real "crisp". Overall, Cafe Trio was a great place to go, with quiet dining upstairs, casual dining on the porch, or a place to share a drink with a friend or loved one. A place we will go to again.
Even though I had written 'birthday cele ...
Even though I had written 'birthday celebration' while making the reservations through Open Table and my daughter had a huge wrapped present that was opened at the table, the server never acknowledged the occasion. I was expecting perhaps a candle in the dessert that was ordered or at least a 'happy birthday' from the server. This was a rare night out away from the kitchen and from cleaning up after the meal - was hoping for a bit more flair around the evening.
The dining room is quite comfortable and ...
The dining room is quite comfortable and pleasant. The menu contains some inventive items like the salmon chowder, and some standards like rack of lamb. Service was timely and we had no trouble getting to the storytelling concert at 7. Parking in back is an added plus because parking at the Plaza can be hard to find.
The food and the patio was excellent. O ...
The food and the patio was excellent. Our server was very un-genuine and very much acted like he was on uppers. Everything was his favorite. We ordered a drink with muddled blackberry and champagne in it. The first drink was excellent but our second drink had no blackberry in it and when we told the server he blamed it on haven't two different bartenders. THE DRINKS WERE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT EXCEPT HAVING CHAMPAGNE IN IT. Server just kind of brushed it off. Sad, because our entire experience up to that point was exceptional. I will go back but will make sure I have a different server. He was just horrible.
I had 20 business associates meeting me ...
I had 20 business associates meeting me for dinner and Café Trio was outstanding at finding us a table together and making it a fun atmosphere. The food was excellent and everyone had a great time. I really appreciated that the staff called me ahead of time to discuss seating options for my large group.
Tad disappointed in the fried rice with ...
Tad disappointed in the fried rice with crab - not nearly enough crab (I didn't find any). Maybe forget the crab - I know it's very expensive - & substitute shrimp? The fried rice was fine & was a good size portion - no complaints there - just not "crabby" enough.
Some wine at $7 - keep those prices - at least some glasses at that option.
I had long wanted to go to Cafe Trio so ...
I had long wanted to go to Cafe Trio so we decided to go for our 15th anniversary. I had hoped that the food quality matched the prices but I was a little disappointed . Though we enjoyed our salads and the risotto, the crab cakes were not the best I ever had. The seafood lasagna was good, as other reviewers have stated, but the side of cooked greens looked like Popeye's spinach and had no seasoning . We probably won't go again.
This was our first time to dine at Trio. ...
This was our first time to dine at Trio. The experience lived up to the reviews and friend's recommendation! We are planning a return after the middle of Nov to see the Christmas decor and experience the winter menu. We added it to our Kansas City Plaza must do list!
We went there with a group the Friday be ...
We went there with a group the Friday before Halloween and the place was fully decorated for the season! Awesome ambience, friendly service, and a pianist providing great background music. The food was delicious (try the seafood lasagne.....magnificent!) and the outdoor area has great views of the city! Definitely recomme
the server was excellent but the service ...
the server was excellent but the service was awful, it took forever to get our food, the salad was not up to par. Interesting because we were there a month ago and everything was perfect. We would have to think twice about recommending cafe trio.
Came here to celebrate my partner's birt ...
Came here to celebrate my partner's birthday. Always a deliciously tasty time. Service was excellent! P.s. dine during the holiday season, their Halloween and Christmas decorations are above and beyond expectations. 💟
I have been going to Cafe Trio for years ...
I have been going to Cafe Trio for years, it is my favorite restaurant of anywhere I have ever lived. Although I now live in Dallas I am still treated like family each and every time I dine there!!! Perfect experience start to finish!!!
When we went, we found it a cozy spot ju ...
When we went, we found it a cozy spot just off the Plaza, decorated for Halloween. The food was quite good, and the friendly service was prompt and attentive. The live piano was a delightful touch that helped make for an enjoyable evening.
Family in from out of town. They like to ...
Family in from out of town. They like to dine outdoors. The weather looked perfect so i reserved a table and asked for the deck. We had a lovely table with perfect weather. They loved the food and the wine. We started with the Tuscan flatbread. One of them had the Macdaddy and the other had the pork chop and i had the halibut. Everything was delicious. We drank some wine, got caught up and had a wonderful experience. The service was great. We never felt hurried, but didn't feel neglected either. You made a great impression with them and i was glad i brought them here. Thanks.
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