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About Lidia's Restaurant
Lidia's features authentic, regional Italian cuisine. Every item at the restaurant is house-made entirely from scratch with the best ingredients available. Breads and desserts are baked in-house daily and each salad and entree is prepared fresh.
Every day Lidia's offers a sampling of seasonal, daily-made pastas. We also feature many seafood, chicken, pork, and beef options. We are happy to accommodate your dietary needs including gluten-free items.
Lidia's is located in the historic Freighthouse-- a beautiful 19th century building. The stunning decor includes three hand-blown chandeliers, a three-story slate fireplace, and cozy, New York style seating.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 2:00pm ; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Saturday 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm ; Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm Happy Hour available Monday - Friday 4:00 - 6:00pm
20th and Baltimore
$31 to $50
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Parking is located on the south side of the Freighthouse. There is no fee for parking.
We are conveniently located within short walking distance of the KC Streetcar stops at 18th and Main and the Union Station stop.
From both stops, you will find a staircase leading to the Freighthouse District just south of 20th and Main on the West side of the street.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Delectable dining, impeccable service, and unparalleled elegance accompanied by the delicious Northern Italian cuisine of famed Chef Lidia Bastianich await you and your guests in our two private dining spaces, The Loft and The Terrazza.
Lidia's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Always excellent food, but this visit our server seemed as though she was doing us a favor allowing us to sit at her table. Very unusual in that we've always had great service as well as a great meal. The servers who brought our pasta trio and took care of our drinks were great, no issues there.
Delicious! I had eggplant parmesan and it was outstanding. That and the spinach/chickpea soup. SO good. Lidia's daughter, Tanya, was there in the restaurant that day, so it felt even more special somehow. ;) I love this place for more than the food. Kind servers and plenty of attention by the wait staff to make your dining experience simply enjoyable.
It was a great experience. My partner has pasta 3 ways. All 3 had great flavor and the pasta was perfect. I has the Osso Buco and it was so tender it fell off the bone. It came with Risotto, which was also perfectly done. The server, Erin, was knowledgeable and helped pick a great wine, and helped me decide on my meal since they were out of the Porchetta special. We ended the night with the Strawberry dessert. It was a highlight. It had sponge cake, fresh strawberries, fresh whipped cream, and a life changing strawberry gelato. We had a great time.
Lidias' is an all- time favorite of ours, and we try to have a meal there whenever we are in KC for a visit. The wild boar ravioli is especially wonderful, and the pasta trio is always a delicious adventure. Hard to save room for dessert, but there is always a nice variety.
The wait staff, frankly, seemed to push us to finish every course, and they created a very hurried experience, even at one point taking one of our diner's plates while she was still eating. While the food was good (not excellent), the total experience left us somewhat disappointed from the Lidia's we remembered from 10 years ago.
The appetizers were delicious, and nicely presented. The pasta trio main course was served all at one time, and without asking anyone at the table if they wanted each of the three pastas being offered; with two of our group not eating shrimp, a key ingredient of one of the dishes, this was a fail. The ragu offering was flavorful, although the entire table agreed was too salty.
I love Lidia's, I live in San Francisco and go to Lidias whenever I visit my son who lives in Topeka, I felt rushed at our Sunday early dinner. We were a party of 6 and ordered two bottles of wine, we weren't asked to taste the wines, one of the bottles was opened and then I discovered it wasn't the bottle I ordered. The trio pasta was great as always, flavors were elevated.
Don't ever go when the have a set menu at a fixed price as we did for Mother's Day. Food was less than average. Service was abysmal. The cost was absolutely horrendous. I have only been this one time and will never go back. As a restaurant like this that takes advantage of their patrons on a special day does not deserve their business on any average day !!
Restaurant was extremely busy the night we went but I would have thought that they were used to being busy. We ordered the pasta trio however my daughter only wanted one of the three which was communicated to our server. We were served two of the three and were waiting for our daughter's to be brought out. Finally we went to the check in desk to request that she be served her food because we couldn't get our servers attention. Our food was now cold. My husband requested a refill of one of his selections which was never brought out. The server, while pleasant, did not follow up with us until late into the meal. The food was average, of course it might have been better when it was hot....
Make sure you have plenty of time and are willing to wait for your table, even if you have a reservation on a Saturday evening.
We arrived at 7:28 for our 7:30pm reservation and were finally seated 22 minutes after our reservation time - ONLY because I asked to speak to a manager (who instead of apologizing profusely for the delay stated that we were only partially arrived which was not true). Finally at dessert, the waiter offered free dessert due to the "mix up" on the reservation. The acknowledgement was appreciated.
We've enjoyed plenty of delightful meals here over the years and this was to be a special 21st birthday dinner for our son, but they really got things started on the wrong foot. Better management of the front end of the restaurant would be appreciated. The food was delightful so obviously the kitchen is in great shape.
The tasting trio was mediocre at best. Two of the offerings had very little flavor. All three were barely warm. There were several large parties, and the rest of the tables received very little attention. My friend waited over 20 minutes to receive a drink from the bar. Our water was empty frequently, and we had to ask for refills. I was never offered a second glass of wine. Overall, not the best dining experience, and overpriced for the food and service.
I think if there was one word that described the food at Lidia's it would be "inconsistent." I have eaten here twice in the past two weeks (once on a Friday once on a tuesday. Both dinner). I have ordered the Duck Ragu Gnocchi x2, the Canneloni, the Chicken Limonata, the Pasta Trio, the Antipasti Misto and a Milano Mule x2. The first time I went to Lidia's (on a friday evening) the duck gnocchi was divine. I truly thought it was one of the better dishes I have had in KC. The duck was perfectly shredded and incorporated into the sauce of which there was a perfect amount. When I returned, I excitedly ordered the same dish only this time it was not remotely similar. The duck was in chunks, there was hardly any sauce, and it truly was bland. In terms of the other things we tried the Canneloni is not woth ordering. It is like some weird, overly ricotta flavored italian enhilada. The Chicken Limonata is good albeit not spectular and it was a little overcooked. One of the 3 pastas in the pasta trio was excellent (the pear ravioli) but otherwise they were very bland. The antipasti which is composed of salami's and cheese is not a very good value. The two cheeses are in no way standout and all and all this was reminescent of a light cheese and crackers lunch I might make myself. The milano mule was a winner both times. They use great ginger beer which really makes the cocktail plus it's only $6 during happy hour.
So would I recommend returning to Lidia's? Yes, although not for the food. I think that Lidia's is probably the prettiest restaurant in KC and I think that it is an impressive date restaurant especially if you are just going for a drink.
Lidia's is consistently great in service (prompt but not rushed), food (great seasonal specials) and ambiance. The staff know the food and wine and I always ask for recommendations and usual take them up on what they recommend. I am constantly surprised by nice/expensive restaurants that rush your dinner by bringing out your main course while still finishing your salad/appetizers. I have never felt rushed at Lidia's.
We were seated right away for our reservations. Our waiter was attentive and was knowledgeable about the wine list. The entrees were delicious. Even though the restaurant was crowded, we were able to talk easily and not "shout" at each other. Love the building and watching the trains pass by is a real plus.
Lidia's was a good, not great, experience. The food was solid, but not what I expected for the price and the service was just okay as well. That said, it was good. I had the Saturday night special, porchetta, and the flavor was delicious. The meat was a little dry, but still very good. My date ordered the pasta trio, which was all delicious as well, but her second and third pastas didn't come out until she was nearly almost finished with the first when I believe they were supposed to be out at the same time. I don't mean to sound like it was all bad because we enjoyed the meal greatly and would definitely return.
Have gone here several times. This time the service was terrible. The waitress only had three tables when we arrived, but stood off to the side talking with other servers. Could not get her attention. Eventually the place filled up and then it was even more difficult to find her. Finally got out check, and she simply tossed it on the table and walked off.
Usually enjoy this restaurant, but this time was by far the worst.
We have eaten here on numerous occasions from birthdays to simple dates. The pasta tasting trio is our usual selection. While the antipasta and dessert tables have been scaled back, the food was still good. Just missed the ample selection of options they used to have.
When my husband and I lived in Kansas City 9 years ago, we would have dinner frequently at Lydia's. We were visiting Kansas City this past weekend and decided to have dinner at Lydia's one of the nights we were in town. We had the trio pasta meal that was featured that night (this is what we would always get in the past!). We were a little disappointed in our meal. One of the pasta's featured was amazing and the other 2 were OK. I think we were most disappointed with our waitress. She was very rude. If we still lived in Kansas City I would try coming to Lydia's again (in hopes of having a more pleasant waitress or waiter!) because we have such great memories of dining there in the past. We probably will not visit the next time we are in town.
In my hundreds of dining experiences, I have never seen anything like this: our waitress, Jill, spent 18 consecutive minutes talking to the people at the corner table (they were acquaintances of hers). For the last 15 of those minutes I was trying to get her attention. And they didn't even order, she came back later to that table and spent several more minutes taking their order. We weren't in a hurry, but this was inexcusable.
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