Michael Smith Restaurant gets new name, look and location

James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Smith will open Farina by Michael Smith at 1901 Baltimore in January 2019. The restaurant will accommodate 90 guests and feature a small cocktail bar, a fresh oyster bar and an intimate, 25-seat private party room.


Italian Food & Wine Tasting

Michael Smith Restaurant in the crossroads now offers La Grande Notte (The Big Night) every Thursday. A new Prixe Fixe Italian chef’s tasting Menu will be offered each week in addition to the regular full menu at Michael Smith. The $45 tasting menu will change every week and all Italian wines will be offered at ½ price to accompany the Big Night menu […]


Contact us today for a list of our current wines.



…His mother, a restaurant manager, familiarized him with the daily grind of the kitchen — from peeling potatoes and shrimp to cleaning bathrooms and washing dishes — as the family moved from town to town after Michael’s birth in Gettysburg, South Dakota. After earning a degree in Psychology at the University of Southern Colorado, Michael began work at Chateau Pyrenees, a French restaurant in Denver, where he studied under Jean-Pierre Lelievre and, later Georges Mavrothalassitis. In 1985, he traveled to the South of France to cook and while in Nice and Cassis he discovered the traditional European approach of artisinal products made from the freshest local ingredients. Fueled by this resonating impression, Michael returned to Chicago in 1987 to work as Sous Chef at Charlie Trotter’s. Not satisfied with his European training, he returned to Nice, France in 1989 to be the Executive Chef at L’Albion. Upon his return to Chicago in 1991, he worked as Co-Chef at Carlos’ in Highland Park and then Executive Chef at Gordon until 1994.



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Tuesday – Saturday : 5pm to close

– Monday, July 3rd, and Tuesday, July 4th
– Monday, October 31st
– Thursday, November 24th
– Friday, November 25th- we will be closed for lunch and open for dinner at 5pm
– December 24, 25, 26
– January 1st

Restaurant Michael Smith is open Tuesday through Saturday except for major holidays. The restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday but is available for private functions 7 days a week. Contact Nancy to book a private event.


1900 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Phone: (816) 842-2202
Fax: (816) 842-2206