About CHARISSE Restaurant
This downtown setting is a chic urban space that is perfect for a lively happy hour, early dinner before seeing a show at the many nearby theaters, a special occasion or just a fun and casual dinner with friends.
Contemporary French / American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
CHARISSE is available for catering smaller events, usually 75 or less. Box lunches are also available for business meetings and events. Please call for more information.
CHARISSE has covered free parking in the garage located at 10th and Main. There is also street parking on Walnut.
There is a bus stop across from the parking garage at 9th and Main.
Private Party Facilities:
CHARISSE has a private room that accommodates up to 22 people for lunch or dinner. The entire restaurant is also available which will accommodate up to 125 diners. In addition, there is an atrium space which will accommodate several hundred. Please call for more information.
Private Party Contact:
Jason Craine: 8164740000x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
CHARISSE Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
The food was delicious. The service was ...
The food was delicious. The service was not good. We had reservations for our wedding anniversary. We stood at the hostess stand for nearly 10 minutes before someone greeted us. The woman seemed put out to have to seat us. We waited about 10 minutes before our server greeted us. It took another 10 minutes to get our drinks. The simple, uncooked appetizer took about 20 minutes to get to our table. The server only filled our water glasses once even though they were empty often. The server did the bare minimum for a full service restaurant. My husband was very upset with the poor service on our special night and said he never wants to go back.
We did the prix fixe menu. We each got ...
We did the prix fixe menu. We each got an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. This was extremely good deal as they didn't cut back on the portions by much. The escargot was amazing as were the two salads we got (goat cheese and shrimp). Our entrees were the filet and KC Strip. The filet was very good and the sides that were paired with it were perfect. The strip was overcooked a little but it came with a very large portion of Shrimp Scampi Bucatini. This was excellent and very generous with the shrimp for not being the feature of the plate. I didn't ask but the pasta tasted homemade. The creme brulee and flowerless chocolate cake were a great way to finish off an excellent meal.
We both felt we had plenty of food for $50 a person prix fixe menu. The craft cocktail menu was elaborate as well. This is definitely a place we would return to.
Our company is in the neighborhood so we ...
Our company is in the neighborhood so we eat at Charisse at least once a week and recommend it often to clients. This was special business lunch and everything was very, very good as always.
Thank you for being there!!!
I happened upon this spot a few months b ...
I happened upon this spot a few months back and I love it. We live in the burbs but love to take the drive Downtown to eat here. You can't go wrong, we had 3 different appetizers, everyone ordered a different entree, and had the feather cake for dessert. Love this local restaurant, and you will too. The service was great, friendly, and prompt, and the food, really make a reservation right now!!!!
The beet salad and caesar salad were exc ...
The beet salad and caesar salad were excellent. The scallop dish and the crab cake and shrimp special were both too spicy for our taste. The bolognese was also quite spicy, but that guest likes a lot of heat. All in all, didn't have the subtlety we expect in French cuisine.
Great meal for 8 of us
We were in town for a family reunion with 8 of us dining the night before the reunion including my 91 year old father. Excellent French angled choices of fish and meat sent most of our group to the rack of lamb, a choice they thoroughly enjoyed. Also very good trout on root vegetable salad. We were served very efficiently and with patience for my father. This was a delightful choice which we're glad we made through Open Table.
We really enjoyed this restaurant! This ...
We really enjoyed this restaurant! This was our second visit and we felt it was even better this time. My husband had the halibut with gnocci and it was incredible - my pork tenderloin was done to perfection and so flavorful. Drinks were great and our server, Sarah, took the time and effort to make blue cheese stuffed olives for our martinis! We had the escargot and it was served in a little mason jar - so fun and so delicious! We will be back very soon!
Prix Fixe the right way
Wow, what a meal. Went here for my birthday and left wondering why I had waited so long to try this restaurant. My girlfriend and I each had the four-course meal and were not only surprised that we could choose anything from the menu, but also by the portions that we were served. Many places will give smaller portions for each course, but Charisse gives you the regular size. Whoa! By the end of the salad course, we were stuffed! The food was excellent and the hostess/waitress was attentive and pleasant. We will be coming back...after a three day fast.
The food was fabulous, and when we informed our server that we had a limited amount of time due to a theater performance, she put a rush on our order. The food was delivered very promptly, and we were able to relax and enjoy our meal, making it to the theater in plenty of time. We will definitely choose Charisse again!
Our second time at Charisse
We think there must have just been one server in the restaurant the evening that we were there so it took a while to get service. We actually had to go back to the hostess and ask her to send a server to our table. He arrived and wasn't in any big rush. The food was great and once we got the initial service, everything happened fairly promptly. This was a Wednesday night.
We based our choice to eat at Charisse based on a published review in a local publication. Unfortunately, our experience did not live up to expectations. We were seated at a table that was placed awkwardly close to another table where one of the other diners was sitting so close to me that it made our conversation difficult. I think that the restraunt may have been short staffed as the service was very slow. The highlight of the meal was the salad, Chèvre. We found it to be delicious. My wife's entree was the Cassoulet . The navy beans were undercooked, as they were very firm. The was not much of the pulled lamb in the dish, and the sausage was a bit dry. I had the 10 ounce ribeye. I was not sure that the cut was even a ribeye, as it was the driest steak I have ever eaten. It was seasoned well with strong flavoring, as was the broccolini. The sweet potato purée was more of a condiment than a side dish. There should have been more of it to balance out the strong seasonings of the steak and broccolini. It will be interesting to see if this restraunt goes the way of EBT. If Charisse doesn't make some changes, it may very well do so.
Quality food, great options
We had dinner before the opera, and with a 5:45 PM reservation were able to be done in time for a 7:30 performance. The dinner menu provided plenty of options and there was a soft shell crab special as well. One opted for the cassoulet, which was truly outstanding, a savory melange of lamb, sausage, perfectly seasoned with a blend of French herbs. We would both order this again! The ribbed bucatini was a totally different flavor, perfectly prepared mussels, shrimp and other seafood with a creamy tomato sauce, delicately seasoned with Parmesan and herbs. We were both very pleased with our meals. The price seems very fair for the quality and serving size. The house wine was average, would order from the specialty wines next time.
Great food, but slow service.
We have eaten at Charisse several times, and this visit was not the best. It did take about 20 minutes for the waitress to take our order, then almost 45 minutes for our food to come out. I would normally not care, but many of the tables around us that were seated later were getting food before us. The waitress didn't come by during this 45 minutes and let us know why there was a delay. I had to go over to the manager and ask how much longer. Shortly after, our food did come out. Once we did get our food, it was great as always. The bill was reduced though because of our wait, so I do feel that they realized the mistake. Because of this, I would return.
Place was really dead, with only three parties.
No energy, and the decorations are rather austere. The food was pretty good, but not great. The special which was a fish wrapped in bacon was tasty, but far too much fatty bacon. So the ambience was pretty nil.
Great Food in Quiet Atmosphere
Was able to talk to my wife during dinner which is why we went together; something more and more restaurants seem to discourage in favor of excessive noise levels. Reasonable wine list and we had appetizers and salads pre-theater. We wish we'd had time for desert. A very nice experience which we recommend and our #1 downtown restaurant.
A great restaraunt in in any town . . . .
Charisse is conveniently located downtown a few blocks from the Power & Light and easy enough to walk a few blocks from crowds and noise. A great menu for either lunch or dinner, we have found it to always be a treat to ourselves. Charisse has French tradition in its execution and a creative Chef to keep even the patrons pleasantly surprised. The service is first rate and knowledgeable. We have started asking for and taking their recommendations and have never been disappointed. It is our guilty pleasure location that never disappoints. Wlak distance to everywhere you want to be downtown . . . park close to Charisse, avoid the P&L traffic, have a great meal and be the first out of KC when the event ends down in the P&L . . . .you will never be sorry if Charisse is on your agenda for the day.
Good enough for one visit
Sadly, I was greatly disappointed by this restaurant. It came highly recommended but we did not feel it lived up to the hoopla. If you choose to go, just know that "they do things a little differently with food" here. That's the way the server put it. All I know is when I order a rib eye steak, I have a certain expectation. I even asked the server if this was indeed a rib eye. She said yes, they make sure it comes from the very lean area, and they get this reaction to the steak a lot. NOT a good thing, I think. The restaurant was almost empty except for an event in the bar area. It did make for very pleasant, quiet dining.
Could be better
Before the name change, we came here a lot more. This was our first time back since then. I kind of felt like everything either stayed the same or got worse, except the drink menu expanded. Mostly, I just felt that some of the prices were a bit high for a dish that was just ok. Specifically the mussels, which use to be my favorite, but this time I wasn't really impressed. Also, all our food, appetizers and entrees, were brought out at once. Maybe just a pet peeve of mine but I really do not like when it happens and was very surprised it happened here. I felt like we were being rushed out.
Two of us ordered the Beef Bourguignon , ...
Two of us ordered the Beef Bourguignon , it was served with a serrated knife. It was too tough to eat. The knife should have been a clue. I make this at home and mine is always fork tender. We will not be going back
Very Pleasantly Surprised
I had read about Charisse in some of the local reviews over the last year but had my sights set on another restaurant for this particular occasion. Unable to find a table, we opted for Charisse and were tickled that we did. The menu was generous in its choices, but not over-plentiful. We opted for the prix fixe menu, which basically included almost all selections from the menu. It was certainly a much better value than if we had ordered a la carte.
The appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts were all exceptionally well-prepared. I ordered the diver scallops that were pan-seared and served with a mélange of interesting selections that complemented the tasty nuggets nicely. The plating was beautiful. My wife opted for a less-exciting rib-eye steak, but it was perfectly prepared with a dollop of a crabmeat salad. The appetizers of smoked salmon, PEI mussels, and escargots were all outstanding, as was my wife's choice of profiteroles for dessert. We could not have been any happier with our meal and will look forward to going back soon and taking some friends with us.
This was our first visit to Charisse. The Valentine's weekend menu was 4 Course with a few selections from each category. We thought the restaurant was charming and the food was good. Our biggest complaint would be the salad was so small you could probably fit it in a small tea cup. I would like to try the restaurant outside of this special package, perhaps the salad size is only for this multi course menu.
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