Bluestem Restaurant

Old Westport

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In a Nutshell

  • Head chef nominated Best Chef Midwest four years running
  • Intimate dining atmosphere
  • Multi-course prix fixe menu

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Promotional value expires Apr 11, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2/person, may buy 1 add'l as a gift. Limit 1/table. Reservation required. Valid for dining room service only. Valid for Prix Fix menu only. Not valid for brunch. Not valid 12/31 or 2/11-2/14. Tax & gratuity not included. Not valid with other off Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Taste the fruits of culinary creativity with today's Groupon: for $40, you get $80 worth of creative contemporary American cuisine at bluestem Restaurant in Westport. This Groupon is only valid in the dining room and must be used on the prix fixe menu.

Bluestem's head chef and co-owner Colby Garrelts has been a James Beard Foundation Best Chef Midwest nominee for four consecutive years. He and his wife Megan Garrelts have crafted a refreshing prix fixe menu filled with contemporary American creations, which diners can craft into endless culinary combinations with a three-, five-, seven-, or 12-course meal ($60, $70, $80, or $100 per person) in the restaurant's main dining room. Sample a succulent sheep's-milk cheese salad corralled with a flock of beets, prosciutto, arrope, and champagne vinaigrette. Cold appetizers include a torchon de foie gras with cognac-cherry mostarda and chardonnay jelly.

Progress onward into the meat realm with an entree course of Alaskan halibut simmered with artichoke, fennel, cipollini, and lemon-ginger butter. Or pluck up an appetite for a campo lindo hen dish sidekicked by capers, lemon, greens, and roasted garlic gnocchi. Sweet teeth will telegraph urgent, blissful messages to your soul when they dip into a dessert such as lavender custard, crafted with lemon soda and mint, and twined with caramelized angel food, blueberries, blackberries, and lemon-thyme shortbread.

Bluestem Restaurant boasts an intimate dining room; the décor includes hardwood floors, exposed brick walls lined with a pleasant, patchwork assortment of framed mirrors, and plenty of eponymously blue hues. Warm lighting from an assortment of hanging fixtures adds to the elegant atmosphere, casting an amber glow on the lovely face of your companion and on the even lovelier surface of your meal. Enjoy a selection from the extensive wine list over a dinner conversation about the cultural ramifications of the painting Dogs Playing Poker.

Reviews

Yelpers give bluestem a 4.5-star average, and OpenTable reviewers give it a 4.7-star average. It has a 15 out of 20 rating on Gayot and is liked by 88% of Urbanspooners:

  • I could definitely write a nice, long review about what an incredible experience we had for dinner at Bluestem. From food, to service, everything was impeccable and impressive. – SparkleAggie, Urbanspoon
  • Such a great place. Feel very lucky to have a restaurant of this caliber in KC!! – OpenTable user who dined on 9/11/2010

Bluestem Restaurant

Husband-wife team Colby and Megan Garrelts met in Chicago at the five-star, five-diamond TRU. After traveling to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the culinary duo opened Bluestem Restaurant, using it as launch pad for their explorations into progressive American cuisine. Locally grown produce joins with sustainable seafood and meat in their recipes—lauded by the James Beard Foundation and Zagat. And the menu makes every dinner a multi-course story, where smoked lamb belly with barbecue spice precedes beef with fermented grains and whipped bone marrow, before themed desserts pair strawberries with angel-food cake for a perfect ending.

In Bluestem's lounge, guests sink into a more relaxed dining environment, sampling such plates as hanger steak frites and garlic pomme frites while sipping wines and craft cocktails. Whether perched in the lounge, at the hardwood bar, or at an ironed tablecloth, simple elegance abounds. Small table lamps cast warm, homey glows or exposed brick walls that allow diners to work on perfecting their chewing technique.

Customer Reviews

So yummy! The courses will seem tiny, but you will definitely be satisfied by the end of your meal!
Stephanie F. · April 5, 2015
Restaurant is very popular in Kansas City so reservations are a must if you don't want to wait.
Max P. · January 10, 2015
We had excellent service and the food was terrific.
Jack D. · February 16, 2014
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    Old Westport

    900 Westport Rd.

    Kansas City, Missouri 64111

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