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Top 50 Places to Eat in Kansas City for 2020

We’re excited to announce our annual Yelp’s Top 50 Places to Eat in Kansas City for 2020!

Springtime in KC makes everything feel new, and we know you’re eager to shake out the wintertime vibes and get out and find some new favorites. 

This list will serve as your 2020 food guide ranging from hidden gems, and loads of wonderful ethnic restaurants, to famous Kansas City Barbecue joints.

We hope Yelp can help you break out and explore the ever-growing local food scene. Feel like your favorite spot is missing? Share the love on Yelp to help them earn a spot on this list next year!

Bonus! We’ve made it easy for you to keep these spots handy via our specialized Collection. You can access this anytime with a few taps into the Yelp app. To do so, open this link on mobile and hit ‘follow.’ Follow us on Instagram, @YelpKC, as we showcase local businesses you need to know about throughout the year.

Yelp’s Top 50 Places to Eat in Kansas City

1) Bay Boy Specialty Sandwiches

Bay Boy Sandwiches
Photo by Jenny V. on Yelp

2) Scott’s Kitchen

Yelp's Top Restaurant for 2019
Photo by Scott’s Kitchen on Yelp

3) Grad School

Photo by Katie C. on Yelp

4) M & M Bakery and Deli

Cinnamon Rolls at M&M Bakery KC
Photo By Ralphie S. on Yelp

5) POI-Ō

Photo by POI-Ō on Yelp

6) Joe’s Kansas City BBQ

Joe's BBQ ribs and fries
Photo by Lauren F. on Yelp

7) Vested Coffee

Photo by Alyssa B. on Yelp

8) Queen Sweets & Bakery

Photo by Joana K. on Yelp

9) Bob Wasabi Kitchen

Best sushi in Kansas City
Photo by Tesha K. on Yelp

10) Boulevard Brewing Tours & Rec Center

Brew tour beer pairings
Photo by Rohnda P. on Yelp

11) Seva Cuisine of India

Indian cuisine
Photo by Imran K. on Yelp

12) Wiener Kitchen

Best sausages in KC
Photo by Molly M. on Yelp

13) Messenger Coffee

Photo by Adam S. on Yelp

14) Shang’s Tea House

Dim sum in KC
Photo by Zehua S. on Yelp

15) Q39 Midtown

Q39 BBQ in Kansas City
Photo by Ahmad A. on Yelp

16) Ruby Jean’s Kitchen & Juicery

Acai Bowl at Ruby Jeans
Photo by Lauren K. on Yelp

17) Brookside Poultry Company

Fried chicken in Kansas City
Photo by Adam S. on Yelp

18) The Russell

Photo by Jenny V. on Yelp

19) Sierra Grill

Photo by Michelle V. on Yelp

20) Nazareth Sweets Baklava & Cafe

Photo by Ahmad A. on Yelp

21) Unbakery and Juicery

Photo by Robin K. on Yelp

22) Paleterias Tropicana

Photo by Rachel E. on Yelp

23) Slap’s BBQ

Photo by Andy N. on Yelp

24) Mud Bugs

Photo by Mud Bugs on Yelp

25) Novel Restaurant

Novel Restaurant
Photo by Chi H. on Yelp

26) Providence Pizza

Photo by Providence Pizza on Yelp

27) El Pollo Rey

Best chicken in Kansas City
Photo by Ryan C.

28) Ika Grill Sushi & Pan Asian

Photo by Annie B. on Yelp

29) Urban Cafe

Photo by Lauren R. on Yelp

30) Mud Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffeehouse

Photo by Cierra W. on Yelp

31) Hong Kong Star Restaurant

Photo by Dustin M.

32) Cafe Provence 

Photo by Sunyoung K. on Yelp

33) Bun Mee Phan

Photo by Prabu R. on Yelp

34) Taste of Africa

Photo by Sharlisimo M. on Yelp

35) Olive Cafe

Photo by Harmanjeet K. on Yelp

36) Johnny Jo’s Pizzeria

Top pizza spot in KC
Photo by Linda C. on Yelp

37) Happy Gillis Café & Hangout

Photo by David C. on Yelp

38) Tay’s Burger Shack

Photo by Ron B. on Yelp

39) The Bite

Photo by Adam S. on Yelp

40) Longboards Wraps & Bowls

Photo by Kristen G. on Yelp

41) Grünauer

Photo by Pattareeya O. on Yelp

42) Howard’s

Photo by Kara D. on Yelp

43) Pigwich

Photo by Michael G. on Yelp

44) Wingz & More

Photo by Alan B. on Yelp

45) Tom’s Town Distilling Co

Photo by Katie C. on Yelp

46) Los Alamos Market y Cocina

Photo by Matt W. on Yelp

47) Beignet

Photo by Beignet on Yelp

48) Mockingbird Lounge

Photo by Katie C. on Yelp

49) The Antler Room

Photo by Jimmy N. on Yelp

50) El Salvadoreño 

Photo by Cindy F.

Methodology: This is a list of the best restaurants in the greater Kansas City metro area according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the restaurants category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews over a one year period.

View all of these spots as a Collection here and “Follow” it to keep track of them throughout 2020.