About Café Trio
Hip & glamorous, Café Trio blends outstanding cuisine and cocktails for an award winning “Come as you are” fine dining experience. Trio offers a unique intersection of incredible dining, quality live entertainment and original local art. The Starlet Lounge at Café Trio evokes a bygone era complete with Hollywood Starlets and the always playing classic movie with unique specialty martinis, traditional cocktails and an extensive list of wine and beers. Every Tuesday features Half Priced Wine with $5 Starlet specialty Martinis each Wednesday. Live music on Tuesday through Saturday includes Café Trio's own resident Diva, the one and only Alice Jenkins on Friday & Saturday nights. Large outdoor deck and terrace offers one of kind views of the Country Club Plaza and J.C. Nichols Fountain. Cafe Trio is one of Kansas City's most popular restaurants. Awarded multiple Kansas City “Best Of” designations by Kansas City Magazine, 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.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, 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
Relaxed dinning close to The Plaza with ...
Relaxed dinning close to The Plaza with covered outdoor seating that overlooks the Park and fountain. Menu is small but not lacking. Service was relaxed and unrushed. Food was good and well priced. Stop by for a drink on their back patio and I bet you decide to stay for dinner!
The third night of our out of town anniv ...
The third night of our out of town anniversary stay we tried Cafe Trio. The decor was very nice. The food and service was very good. For us the topper was the piano player. (Please don't shoot him.) He could start with a tune, change the tempo and style, segway into a different song and back to the original with such ease it almost sounded as one. I'll recommend this dinning experience to anyone.
Celebrated our twenty-eighth anniversary ...
Celebrated our twenty-eighth anniversary at Cafe Trio...not our first time! And, again, food, service and ambiance...outstanding! We have never been disappointed. One of our very favorite places to dine.
I recently took a friend to Café Trio wh ...
I recently took a friend to Café Trio who grew up in KC but has been living in California for 30 years or so. He loved it! Said the food, cocktails, wine, and ambience rival some of the best restaurants in San Francisco. I think Trio is one of Kansas City's best restaurants. The food is delicious. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I always have a great time there--love the bar area and the covered patio. Consistently wonderful!
This has always been our first choice fo ...
This has always been our first choice for special event celebrations. However, in the past year or two negative changes have been made to the menu/menu items. This is the best patio dining experience in Kansas City but we will have to find an alternative for special occasions.
It was a birthday dinner. We were set ...
It was a birthday dinner. We were set upstairs in isolation. The food was just ok. Not sure we will return.
We have now been to Cafe Trio twice, bot ...
We have now been to Cafe Trio twice, both times for our anniversary. We absolutely Love their food, service, atmosphere and always enjoy the live pianist !! We Will be back! A and C from Tulsa, OK
we requested a table on the main floor a ...
we requested a table on the main floor and got it! service was extraordinary. meal was delicious. piano man big plus - since it was an occasion, requested songs which he consistently knew or acquired. a bit if a slow night, which was pleasant for us, in hanging out a bit, enjoying music. we'll come again soon, probably for lunch and outdoors dining. thank you.
Our server was knowledgeable and very he ...
Our server was knowledgeable and very helpful ! She had a wonderful personality ! She made great suggestions and knew the menu very well ! The whole staff moved seamlessly clearing plates and refilling glasses. We had a wonderful evening and enjoyed the very talented pianist...and felt comfortable enough to stay awhile and enjoy the music ! We were celebrating Fathers Day...I informed my husband we could celebrate my birthday there !!!!
Great happy hour menu and ambiance! Our ...
Great happy hour menu and ambiance! Our server was very attentive, and they made sure to confirm my reservation the day before. I highly recommend Cafe Trio!
Wonderful dining experience. Though it w ...
Wonderful dining experience. Though it was a hot day, the patio was comfortable and inviting. Service and food were both fantastic!
Food was good. It took a little longer t ...
Food was good. It took a little longer to get our food than we expected but the food was good again. We went for lunch. I had the pork tacos and enjoyed them.
Every time I visit Cafe Trio it is an ab ...
Every time I visit Cafe Trio it is an absolutely perfect experience from arrival to walking out the door. The atmosphere, the food, the staff all the way down to the personal touch of Tai or Chris (the owners) coming to the table to say hello and check-in. The most personal service and experience I have received at any restaurant, anywhere, ever and why I always go back to Cafe Trio again and again, it just doesn't get any better. As always Cara, our server of choice who has become a friend is always beyond perfection as well! Lastly, thank you for the replacement wine glasses!
One Of Our Favorites Just Keeps Getting Better
Cafe Trio has been one of our favorite restaurants for several years and our recent visit kept it at the top of our list. My wife tried one of the newer offerings, the paella, which she enjoyed very much. I ordered the fillet and was very pleased with cut of meat and the accompaniments. Our server was extremely pleasant and competent even though the restaurant was busy and she had several tables to manage. Overall, it was an outstanding meal.
Another great dinner at Cafe Trio
We were there on a weekday evening and were seated on the deck. We both had the pork chops, which were great. We had the tomato bisque and crab cakes before the entree, and both were excellent. The service was outstanding.
We will not be back for dinner.
I went to happy hour at Cafe Trio a few weeks ago and liked it so we thought we would try their dinner menu. My husband ordered the salmon and I ordered the seafood ravioli. Both meals were terrible. We didn't even finish them. They had no flavor and were not impressive, especially for the cost. My wine was good but my husband's wine tasted skunked. We probably should have said something about the wine. We like trying new places and don't mind spending money when the food is worth it, but I could have found a $10 meal that was so much better than this. It takes a lot for us not to finish our food and wine. The service was great, but that wasn't what we came for. We might come back for happy hour but will definitely not be back for dinner.
What a disappointment. This used to be ...
What a disappointment. This used to be a favorite, but this is the last time. Server was pleasant but not really on too of her game. The cocktail was a ten dollar glass of ice with maybe two sips of liquid. Dinner was poorly prepared and caused stomach problems the next 24 hours.
Fun Date Night
Me and my date really enjoyed our experience at Café Trio. The food was really good. I had the mac and cheese (Kansas City's best they say) and the girlfriend got seafood lasagna which was awesome. The highlight for me as a beer guy was seeing Delirium Tremens on the tap list! That's a rare find outside of Europe, so that was a nice surprise. There was a nice couple playing soft music that created a good vibe inside the restaurant. The outdoor seating area looked fantastic with a view of the plaza. We wanted to try that but it was full, so we may have to come back for that reason alone. On top of all of it, the service was excellent. Prompt, but not pushy. It was an overall great experience.
Great food! Always enjoy Cafe Trio. Outside is great when weather is good. Service is consistently attentive and flexible with requests.
Main courses were very good. Tilapia & b ...
Main courses were very good. Tilapia & braised ribs with nice accompaniments. Big negative was the bread, dry no flavor. Salad so so. Dessert was excellent
The food and service was excellent. This was one of the best dining experiences I have had in Kansas City.
This was a spur-of-the - moment dinner b ...
This was a spur-of-the - moment dinner before going to the symphony& it was a great pick. We had a fun waiter & quick service & delicious meals! Who could ask for anything more? We'll back!
We ate here on a Wednesday night. We wer ...
We ate here on a Wednesday night. We were able to get a table on the deck, one of our favorite places. Food was great. I had the crab cakes for my entree and my companion had the seafood lasagna. Wine was great. As always, everyone with whom we came in contact was friendly and welcoming. Our server did a great job, and that's no small feat on the deck. Parking was pretty easy. View was wonderful.
Patio dining with view of Plaza Fountain
Excellent seafood choices and wonderful selection of wines! Crab cakes were out of this world... we loved the Elk, doctored up Mac and Cheese, rich polenta, and salmon.
We had lunch at Cafe Trio. It was good, ...
We had lunch at Cafe Trio. It was good, but not memorable. I had the quiche special and my friend had the chicken salad. I would say both were good but nothing special.
Cafe Trio has been one of our favorites ...
Cafe Trio has been one of our favorites for great service and good food. I will hope that Monday was just an off night. My wife's filet was tasteless and not served as ordered with the peppercorn sauce. No complaint on my salmon which is what I generally order but the standard dinner salad now leaves a lot to be desired.
Cafe Trio never lets me down! Another fu ...
Cafe Trio never lets me down! Another fun even with great food, wine and service!
This restaurant has been one of my favor ...
This restaurant has been one of my favorite places to have dinner at for years. Service and food have always been outstanding. On my most recent visit, I had a group of 8 family family members (all in from out of town) that grew to 12 and the hostess was great at helping us get seating that worked for all of us. The outdoor seating that overlooks the KC Plaza area is a wonderful way to show off my city while eating great food! We had a variety of foods (the mussels, scallops and Mac and cheese were big favorites!) both as appetizers and entrees. Our server helped split the check for the group without missing a beat (many places object).
Lovely space, delicious food
Loved the outdoor patio overlooking the park and the plaza; they had heaters to ward off the chill. We started with the Moroccan Flatbread with lamb. I had the spinach salad with salmon which was tasty. Good drinks.
One of my go-to places
I like Cafe Trio very much - I've eaten here many times. I bring out of town company here frequently. I like that there's no sports on the tv, and it's comfortable - upscale without being uppity. Two small details this last trip - the greens under the sea bass were quite salty, and we were a little too close to the piano player who seemed to me, after an hour or so, to be playing quite loudly. That's ok, my daughter says I'm fussy and she's not wrong. Next time (oh yes, I will absolutely go back) we'll sit a little farther from the piano. I'd order the sea bass again though. My companion had the short ribs and loved them.
I had the salmon chowder (which was to d ...
I had the salmon chowder (which was to die for), and initially ordered the arugula salad, but was told that they had ran out of arugula much to my dismay, so I swapped my order for the frisee salad, which I learned was happily just as appetizing! It was my first time around at Café Trio and certainly will not be my last. The ambience was very lively, complimented by my waiter's upbeat personality and his ability to suggest me wonderful foods!
We make Cafe Trio every chance we get. ...
We make Cafe Trio every chance we get. Other family members fans as well.
Outstanding restaurant with a great menu ...
Outstanding restaurant with a great menu of starter and main dishes. Had a great time there with friends celebrating a special day.
Brussels sprouts at happy hour were AMAZ ...
Brussels sprouts at happy hour were AMAZING, service fantastic. Happy hour wine not so much - poor quality so order a cocktail instead!
Cafe Trio's Happy Hour on Monday goes un ...
Cafe Trio's Happy Hour on Monday goes until 10:30 p.m. This was my first time to enjoy this. The choices were adequate and the food was very good. I will recommend this to my friends.
Mothers Day Brunch
What a delightful time. We sat on the deck enjoying the food, our server, and the view of the park, while rain made music on the roof!
ALWAYS a good time!
I have NEVER had a bad experience at Cafe Trio and I've been going for almost 10 years now
Cafe Trio has been my favorite restaurant for a long time. The food is always delicious, the ambiance is unparalleled, and the service is excellent. I had the short ribs which were divine. I also enjoyed the chocolate mint cake.
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