Young sisters, Rebecca and Kathleen, own this outstanding eatery in Weston, Missouri. They are delightful people and loaded with extraordinary talent. Rebecca is a top flight chef. Kathleen runs the front of the house with charm and great skill.
The Vineyards has taken to offering special meals, tapas in nature by the size of multiple portions. This new way of proceeding has many fans. For myself, I do not know of a bette restaurant in the Kansas City area. The food is incredibly good. The wine list is interesting and reasonably priced. The service is friendly and very accomodating.
I love this place and try to go there at least six times a year. My wife and I are big fans.
Different members of our audit group have been to this restaurant at different times. One couple had a mind-blowing experience with a nine-course New Year's Eve dinner. Another couple had a very romantic time on Valentine's Day evening there. Four of us went for this amazing tapas thing done on a Sunday while the weather was still warm. Different couples in the group have been there other times.
This is an outstanding restaurant with a glowing personality. It is housed in an historic building with reverence for the past, e.g. the floors seem to be pretty much as they were in 1845 when the structure was built.
It was great talking to Kathleen and Becky who own the restaurant - Kathleen runs the service staff upstairs and is the best waitress I have ever had - Becky runs the kitchen and she is a monster on preparation and cooking with the freshest available local product. Both of them deserve 100 stars for excellence.
The wine list was interesting and contained selections I do not usually see in the best wine stores. The Oregon Pinot Noir that our group of four shared was delightful. I can suggest that they add Schramsburg sparkling wine to the list but I have no criticisms.
This is not a HIGH-SPEED, EAT-EM-UP AND RUN OUT THE DOOR EXPERIENCE. Allow 1 - 1.5 hours or more for the experience. All the food appears to be totally cooked from scratch and that takes time but is worth the wait. All the sauces I have seen and tasted there were created on the spot by a reduction method with no starches or thickeners. This takes time. I wonder of Chef Becky follows some of those Nouvelle Cuisine principles.
This place rocks! It has great dinners. It is open for lunch and has a Sunday brunch. The steaks, duck, lamb and chicken arethe best and beautiful. The seafood is the best I ever had. All the vegetables are fresh and tasty. The owners even get up and sing with the band when they have music, sometimes on Friday nights. Go there!
My wife and I recently visited the quaint little town of Weston on a romantic getaway of sorts to experience some local wine, antiques and fine dining. We had read some reviews on-line about the restaurants of Weston and found a mixed bag. We decided to formulate our own opinions by walking by each eatery and looking at their menus and ambiance to gain an overall feel of the restaurants. By far we were most impressed with the fine dining establishment called The Vineyards. Located across the street from the Pirtle Winery this eatery captures the local style of antiques, bed and breakfast's and winery's in an old, beautiful house converted to a fine dining restaurant. Perhaps the most inviting aspect of The Vineyards was our waitress, Kathleen Mayer. She welcomed my wife and I as if we were family showing up for Christmas diner. The appetizer menu was so attractive we decided to order three and split an en tree. We enjoyed a big red wine from California, and sampled some of the wines from Pirtle Winery across the street. Our dining experience was capped off by the most heavenly slice of carrot cake you've ever had. We would definitely recommend The Vineyards and very much look forward to returning. Thank you Kathleen for a most memorial experience. John & Brice - Kansas City
TRUTH and BEAUTY are things we cannot experience merely with the mind -- they require the coming together of mind, body and heart. This restaurant allows the patron to experience TRUTH and BEAUTY in abundance. Chef Cheryll Hartell honed this unassuming, little cottage restaurant into a culinary power house. building on her predecessors great success (the Pyrtles). Now, her successors, Rebecca and Kathleen, have taken the experience to a whole new level.
Identifying the small-scale nature of the place, and its strong emphasis on culinary detail, they have committed themselves to creating an INTIMATE experience for their patrons. This is in clear evidence in the intimacy that pervades the place from the start to the end of the experience. The Vineyards Restaurant has a warm personality -- the combined personalities of its new owners! Now, yet another dimension is added to the experience when Kathleen and Rebecca get up on many Friday nights and sing for their patrons. What an absolute delight!! They sing hard -- nearly as hard as they work to create the perfect, intimate experience for those who dine there. There may be no more intimate dining experience available in the Kansas City area.
The Vineyards Restaurant may be Kansas City's best restaurant and it earns its oustanding reputation every day -- well, almost every day, Wednesday through Sunday. The restaurant has been infused with new energy as chef/owner Cheryl Hartell turned the reigns over to chef extraordinaire, Rebecca Mayer, and her multi-talented sister, Kathleen Mayer, in early May, 2008. The new owners have preserved Chef Hartell's most popular specialities, such as rosemary potato soup and grilled duck, but are slowly evolving the menu into a masterpiece of their own. Perfect beef tenderloin, based upon a recipe developed by the famous Chicago chef Louis Szarthmary, Rebecca's own distinctive meats, fishes and vegetarian item, a whole new approach to sauces, and eggs cooked with the utmost reverence, are stellar examples of her skill. I am also happy to say that the new owners are now also willing to serve diners on the pleasant back patio of the restaurant as the weather permits. Do not miss this.
VERY overpriced food. Atmosphere was neat but both entree's that my husband and I had were NOT $38 dishes. Both of our beef tenderloins were overcooked and dry. And the bottle of wine we ordered was not a 38 dollar bottle!
My husband and I go every New Years eve the roseemary pototo soup is delicious, and the salad comes with blue cheese crumbles and almonds and just the right amount of raspberrry vengiette, My entree was the puff pastry with chicken breast, artichoke hearts, goat cheese,
Every bite was amazing. the service is excellant all servers helping each other,
and the final great plus to the meal, mint water to cleanse your palette.
The wine list is excellant.
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