Trio“Food, fun, friends.” That’s just one of many ways to describe the hip and glamorous mix of great food with signature martinis, blended with a splash of elegant jazz that is Café Trio. When you walk up to the massive outdoor dining deck bar area overlooking the iconic JC Nichols Fountain or come through the front door into the classy Starlet Lounge, decorated with images of movie starlets of the 1930s to 50s, you know it’s a fun place. There’s a buzz of animated conversation, light and occasionally irreverent laughter, and the joyful sounds of clinking cocktail and wine glasses. You’ll want to come for happy hour and stay late!

Trio is also known for its award winning food and service. The ambiance of the Main Dining room blends elegant appointments with a casual tone, appropriately accompanied by revolving art exhibits by local KC artists in various styles and jazz piano provided live five nights per week [Tuesday to Saturday]. Again, the energetic conversation signals fun, but punctuated by sighs of pleasure and delight as diners savor Executive Chef Leon Bahlmann and his team’s culinary delights.

There is something for every taste in the recently revamped menu that emphasizes fresh, local ingredients with a great selection of steaks [arguably as good as any Steakhouse], seafood, and pastas. Daily specials, like regular menu items, evidence influences of classical French and Italian cooking, Mediterranean, Southwest, Cajun, and Asian fusions. Trio offers different lunch and dinner menus, but with plenty of overlap, including the signature, award-winning “Mac Daddy” gourmet macaroni and cheese creation. After seven years, it’s still a guest favorite!

Something which many diners are just learning about Trio is that it offers the same award-winning food and service for private events in mezzanine level spaces appointed with the same tasteful, sophisticated elegance that graces the main dining room. No white boxes here, these two unique spaces can be conjoined to accommodate up to 120, with flexible configurations, audio-visual set-ups, and the services of a private events concierge. Visit the Trio website for the complete scoop on the hottest place for your next social or business event.

One visit to Trio should convince you that this is place to be. Critics and guests seem to agree as they have honored Trio with numerous “Best of,” ‘Top 10” and “City’s Best” and “Diner’s Choice” awards. Fun & festive: casual, yet sophisticated; at Trio it’s not just the food, but the experience!

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