About Renee Kelly's Harvest
Renee Kelly's Harvest is a farm to table restaurant aiming to change the food system, one plate at a time. We use local farmers and growers whenever possible. Every dish Chef Renée creates is prepared according to strict code of culinary conduct. "I use only locally grown, farm-fresh foods, organic if possible," she says. "The earth provides us with anything we need at any given part of time for optimum health, nutrition and flavor." Each ingredient is purchased for immediate use.
Renee Kelly's Harvest at Caenen Castle is the only real, restored castle, right here in Kansas City, where you can enjoy fresh cuisine. Like most castles, this one comes complete with a classically trained chef; a wine cellar fit for a king; and a staff ready to fulfill your grandest plans. Not only does Harvest specialize in local, farm to table dining, we also work with corporate retreats, weddings, rehearsal dinners, cooking classes and more special occasions.
Contemporary American, Organic
Hours of Operation:
Lunch/Dinner Wednesday-Friday 11:00am-10:00pm
Dinner: Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We cater farm fresh food on site and off site, corporate lunches, fully catered dinners and private chef occasions. Just ask and we will tailor your event for you
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Wine Dinners and other special events like Breakfast with Santa arrive every quarter. Watch Facebook or sign up for our e-mail list for the details.
Renee Kelly's Harvest Ratings and Reviews
Interesting surroundings and food. The f ...
Interesting surroundings and food. The food was fresh. The outdoor patio is very nice.
Excellent and Creative Food
Most excellent dining in an historic, stone farm house. Creative menu. The Chef's Tasting was incredible. Solid service. Nice and uncomplicated wine list.
Great waiter but rude, unprofessional ho ...
Great waiter but rude, unprofessional hostess. Half our party didn't like their entrees at all, the other half thought they were fine. Would not recommend it to others.
Very cool environment, great food. Best ...
Very cool environment, great food. Best hollendaise sauce my wife ever had!
The only restaurant I go to in the west ...
The only restaurant I go to in the west of KC/Shawnee area. great work with local seasonal ingredients. Every time I bring new colleagues here they are blown away. The food is always well prepared and the dishes are creative but accessible. Renee just keeps doing top shelf work and I just keep enjoying eating it. It doesn't hurt that the bar is putting out righteous cocktails.
Overall it was a good dining experience. ...
Overall it was a good dining experience. The cocktails and wine were very enjoyable. The food was mixed. The chicken dish was dry and the pork belly was "interesting" while the other dishes were very good to excellent.
great food not so great price
We really enjoyed the farm to table concept and the creative way the food was presented, but I really expected more than 7 finger sized carrots for $12. We ordered as a group several items so we could try a variety. the cheese board had the best selection of savory and sweet choices and was our favorite of the bunch. Someone didn't share with the chef what we were doing and a couple of plates came out with the salad on one side of the plate and an empty spot on the other. Beautiful design, growth needed in the dining selections.
Fri Eve visit
We came with another couple to have dinner. The weather was great for the patio so we could have a quiet time. Sevice seemd quite slow. It appeared that there may not have been enough staff for the fairly busy evening. The food was very good and we had an enjoyable time.
Farm to table - GREAT FOOD in a castle!!
My son and I met for an early Mother's Day Lunch. We sat outside on the beautiful patio. Farm to table food was VERY GOOD. Service staff was very helpful and accommodating. I would highly recommend the steak and the meatloaf!
Neat concept in a cozy, unique setting
As the title says, the building is beautiful inside and out. The farm to table concept makes for some interesting and ever changing menu choices. Our service was great and the ambiance fitting for the night. The menu is small including appetizers, salads, and entrées even though it's not visually divided up on the paper. The waiter, Juan, provided some other dishes that weren't on the menu that sounded interesting but they were complex dishes. We unfortunately had to ask several questions about those dishes because those dishes weren't printed. The same was true of the desserts. Our server listed them off and each sounded delightful but he was left to answer more of our questions. Expect to spend some time there as the food is prepared fresh and takes a little extra time to put together. The quality of the food seemed average for the price and presentation. Renee Kelly's was worth a try for us as we love trying different restaurants. I think we might reserve a return for out-of-town guests as it is a pretty unique experience but we will probably not return just on our own as the experience (not the food) was the characteristic that we most liked. I want to state there was nothing wrong with the food or our experience, we felt we paid more for the experience since the food was only average and there are lots of places in KC that provide both an experience and great food at a similar cost.
A very romantic atmosphere, both inside and outside. The food is good, and service staff was also good. We did have reservations and were seated in a timely manner. However, it took a very long time from when we first placed our order to having our main course served. This may be normal when the house is crowded, but it wasn't overly crowded when we ate there. If you want to impress your friends from out of town, this is the place!
It's beautiful outside and inside. We found our server to be very attentive and helpful. I loved all the food I had. Unfortunately, my wife felt hers was a little under seasoned, but, that's really the only remote complaint we had. It was a great experience, and will likely keep it on the list for a great place to go for any special occasion.
Steak sandwich was delicious and so was ...
Steak sandwich was delicious and so was the pot pie.
A chimp could prepare a better meal
I wish I had two more hands because Poor Service + 1 hr wait after order+cold food+poor execution = 4 thumbs down. Ignoring the cost of the meal it was amateur hour at this establishment across the board. This is the first review I've written for any good or service. It was that bad. It is the epitome of bad taste and mediocrity so common to Kansas City. That being said, if your a local give it a try. You'll love it.
Over all a wonderful experience.
The food was excellent. We all ate something we hadn't eaten before. We loved everything until the dessert. It was OK but it didn't have the wow factor that the rest of the meal had. We would definitely is worth going to. We will be back but skip the desert. The smores and The carrot cake.
The waiter seemed slightly irritated at the length of our stay. We were there mid-week and there were only two other occupied tables . The restaurant is very interesting. I decided to try one of their signature whiskey cocktails but was told that they were out of the whiskey. (?) I ordered a salad with roasted beets and pears. It had surprisingly little flavor but was decent. I had the gnocchi - again, very little flavor except for butter which it seemed to be drowning in. There were more mushrooms than there was pasta which seemed odd. The highlight of the meal was the blackberry crumble. Sadly others at my table thought the food was good but not particularly special. One ordered the carrot cake and it was the saddest piece of carrot cake any of us had ever seen. It was TINY and I was told by two people that it was just ok. I really wanted to like this place and hope it succeeds. Some fine tuning and remediation is needed.
Shepherds pie and blackberry desert as w ...
Shepherds pie and blackberry desert as well as shamrock cocktail were excellent. The rest of food items were not. Fish tasted like frozen prebattered, cabbage was too sweet, sausages tasteless. The hostess became irritated when we asked to wait for a table downstairs as my friend was on a cane.
Renee Kelly's Harvest
We went for Sunday Brunch, so nice to find a place that took reservations. We loved the food, and the wonderful atmosphere. The castle was just beautiful. My husband had the special, which was a bone in pork chop, 2 eggs, & biscuits with gravy. I had the classic, which was eggs, cottage fries, bacon & a beignet. All of their food is fresh from local farmers, & you can certainly tell. We are excited to go back the next time we are in KC. They also have a full bar. I had a fresh strawberry vodka drink, which was awesome.
Disappointing First Visit
I absolutely hate writing this because I love Renee Kelly and what she's doing here, but I have to be honest. The atmosphere in the old castle is beautiful and our service was impeccable. After dinner Renee was working the room with that big personality and treating everyone like a close friend. So here's the bad part, and at least for now why I probably wouldn't come back. The food just wasn't very good at all. I had the duck breast and it was over cooked and tasted like it had sat for awhile. It sat on a 2" square polenta cake that had a couple of shitake mushrooms that had been over marinated and tasted like stale garlic. My companion had the pappardelle with duxelles. Honestly i thought it was not edible. The duxelles were undercooked. The pasta was so overcooked it was like trying to eat paste. laying in a sauce that tasted like water. To top it off, it had NO salt at all. Calling it under seasoned would be too generous. It probably should've been sent back, but I'm one of those people who hates to raise a fuss in a restaurant.
Wonderful food, service and atmosphere. ...
Wonderful food, service and atmosphere. Best place in KC!
After receiving good reviews from friends... and seeing Renee on Top Chef, we have been meaning to dine at Harvest for some time. My wife and I finally made reservations for last weekend, and I must say, we had an excellent meal. The castle was pretty neat and the food was excellent... really some of the best "fine dining" that we've had in the KC area... all for a little over $100 for 2 people which felt like a bargain. We will definitely be dining there again in the near future.
Loved the creative food choices. It was a very comfortable, relaxing place. Good, friendly service in a lovely setting. I appreciate the commitment to local food sources, but it's really the how they are using them that made it an excellent meal.
very good experience
I appreciated the servers, who were very friendly and well-trained. The building, being an old house from a bygone era, was attractive and interesting. The quality and presentation of the food was very good. The balsamic dressing was so good that we ate more vegetables than we usually do.
Duck Egg Creme Brulee - Oh My!
We like the preservation of the castle and the sharing of information about its history. We arrived for a very late lunch. Service was great and if our server did not have the answer to our questions, she got them. We found out about this great restaurant on the local news and they were interviewing Chef Renee Kelly about being on Top Chef. Our meals were delicious, wine service good and the Duck Egg Crème Brulee was the best! We highly recommend and will be back.
Overall a great experience
I took my husband here for his birthday for our first visit and we were pleasantly surprised. We were seated immediately at a great table by the fireplace. I noticed that all the tables looked cozy and nice. Our service was just right and we enjoyed Claire, who was our server. Another server also shared some nice banter with me. We loved everything from the wine through the entrees to the dessert. I guess it has been a while since I have had a truly good dining experience in KC that is moderately priced,with such a great ambiance, that I am still pinching myself. We will definitely be back. I wish there were more vegetarian choices that are also gluten free, but I was aware of that, since the menu is published online. Keep doing what it is you do so well!
Overall, the food and service was very good. The ambiance is what makes this place great.
Burned short ribs stood out. Overall a d ...
Burned short ribs stood out. Overall a disappointing experience
Great Neighborhood Find
Gem of history tucked away in a neighborhood. Local/Fresh food used. Very cozy atmosphere.
Great food n service. 5 Chef hats n Stars
Went Wed. For 1st time during KCRW. Michael was new waiter but did a great job compared to other places I've been to this wk. Juan n he provided great service to compliment the great food. Kale n Leek soup was fantastic n Steak sandwich was perfectly cooked n seasoned. Great fries n ketchup too. Can't wait to try the braised short ribs. Highly recommend and will return and try pork chops.
good quality/fresh food but way too salty (ordered the Iron Man and Burger)...eggs was over-cooked and pork chop with a big layer of fat that should have been removed (little fat is good but not a whole chunk of it)
Very mixed experience
This was our second time at Renee Kelly's Harvest. The first time last fall was fantastic. This time, very mixed. The Simple & Sweet Salad was lovely. The Cottage Fries with duck fat aioli were pretty good, but would've been great if they'd left them in the fryer for another minute or so to get crispy. My husband loved his Crispy Skin Bass. I had the Sarsparilla Short Ribs with Barley Risotto (a Restaurant Week special). The short ribs were dry and tasteless. (Often short ribs are too fatty. In this case, every iota of fat had been trimmed off, but perhaps they'd gone overboard.) The barley risotto was inedible--my best description of the taste would be "sour cheese." The Petite S'mores desert (also part of restaurant week) was tasty. Nothing like s'mores--different pieces couldn't be cut or eaten together unless you wanted to jam your mouth full--but tasty, especially the chocolate mousse. Undecided yet as to whether we'll make a 3rd, tie-breaker visit. I might've been more inclined to had the waiter been nicer. When he asked how we were enjoying the entrees and I said "meh," he turned and walked away. Clearly he didn't want to risk being asked to bring something else.
A Pleasant Surprise!
Hubby and I were excited to try Renee Kelly's during Restaurant Week and she did not disappoint. We had the Sarsaparilla braised beef short rib with barley risotto and Rabbit ravioli. Both were delicious but we agreed, the ravioli was the star of the two. For dessert we chose the cheesecake and s'mores. The cheesecake was fabulous and the s'mores were decadent. It was so nice to have a chef worthy meal in western Shawnee instead of having to drive to Kansas City Missouri.
Poor experience for dining
The food was cold, meat dry and over cooked. Had poor dining experience. Wife did not eat meal, however, no redress by restaurant. Would not return or recommend.
Fabulous experience! Will come back agai ...
Fabulous experience! Will come back again.
Rememberable visit, would try again.
The historical side of the restaurant was more remarkable than the food. We had the braised short rib, and both remarked on the party of flavors in our mouth. Unfortunately, the flavors were overwhelming and covered up the meat. Would definitely be back to try something else, as the service was excellent and waitress very knowledgeable of the menu and specials.
My burger was much too salty. My wife's ...
My burger was much too salty. My wife's chicken pot pie was both mushy and far too rich. $5.00 for a pot of tea was absurd. Restaurant is not easy to find but not to worry since we have no intention of going back.
The venue is beautiful, but I thought $40+ for lunch was too much for what we had. Food was good but not great and the menu is quite limited 4
We love this place!
Excellent seasonal menu from local growers. Nice ambiance, too.
This review is focused on management iss ...
This review is focused on management issues versus the food. The food and wine pairing was phenomenal. We ate a five course preset menu, which was set for this particular evening. My wife and I are foodies and have patronized high end restaurants all over the country. First, I have never been asked for my credit card to hold a reservation on open table (maybe Open Table needs a customer rating that demonstrates I don't miss reservation). Following my balk of being insulted I received a phone call back stating my information wasn't needed. Second, we were seated in the balcony which has a nice view of the whole restaurant; however, the balcony is lined with speakers and made it difficult to talk. We did ask to have the music turned down. I don't know what ambiance the restaurant is trying to portray, because the atmosphere and the food doesn't match the pop 20 music. Don't get me wrong I love U2, but maybe not for an elegant dinner. Third, as we sat in the lobby waiting to be seated the people leaving spoke of the excellent tempo of the food service. I don't think they had the same tempo we did. The next wine pairing arriving half-way through a serving. As soon as plates were removed the next plate was arriving. No time to enjoy the flavors, talk about the plate, or just relax and enjoy the evening. I guess we were too slow, because the waitress blew out our candle after she dropped off desert. And the check coming before we were done. Finally, about that check, another insult. Either this restaurant isn't getting quality clientele, or the people of the area don't understand simple restaurant ediquette
Excellent all the way around.
Have read about this restaurant for awhile and finally we made it there. Have been there twice in the last two weeks and it is now in in our regular rotation. We absolutely love it. Ambience is Devine and the food is fantastic and different, not the boring ordinary fare. Everyone is very friendly and Renee was delightful and fun to talk to. Love this place
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