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CHARISSE RESTAURANT DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY


DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY'S HIDDEN GEM

(816) 474-0000 / Reservations

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CHARISSE RESTAURANT DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY


DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY'S HIDDEN GEM

(816) 474-0000 / Reservations

A Destination...

Kansas City is a beautiful canvas for artists and chefs alike. Our diners are hungry, adventurous, trusting, but more importantly honest at the core. This means that no matter how far we love to push the boundaries, certain fundamental qualities of the dining experience must never be diminished.

Moving back to the Midwest was a goal for chef Jason and Charisse. Family, wide open spaces, and as much green as our Southern California-starved eyes could take in were more than enough motivation to return! More importantly we understand the values and passions of the communities we grew up in and can translate that knowledge back to our guests through our food, and our hospitality.

We are proud to be a part of such a vibrant and diverse DESTINATION CITY!

Private dining

Beautifully intimate. Perfectly sized for up to 20. Call about reserving today!

indoor & outdoor dining

Do you want to dine al fresco or "manger a l'exterieur?" We can accommodate you!

work with wifi & food

Connect to the Commerce Arcade wifi and order some food and drink! Remember, Happy Hour is all night at the BAR here at CHARISSE !

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{ old french } / new american


a touch of france right here in the midwest

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{ old french } / new american


a touch of france right here in the midwest

" I believe that we cannot truly be considered a FRENCH restaurant for many reasons, the most fundamental being -- we are not in FRANCE! It's similar to the idea that if someone tried to sell me a New York hot dog outside P&L I would not buy it on principle! Old, dirty, New York water -- the taxi smog, skyscrapers everywhere, the overwhelming sense of history and importance...all of these are crucial ingredients which of course cannot be sourced here in the Midwest.

That being said, there is absolutely no reason to shun serving food that is homage to the original. Adding decor that grants a little escape from our everyday routine is crucial to creating a perfect soiree. Standing on the shoulders of giants is a privilege, and the French have mastered certain techniques as well as a sophisticated level of romance that deserves recreation & renovation! Keeping true to our Midwest-American core values and sensibilities is important to Charisse and me, hence our delightful dance between Old French & New American! " -- chef jason

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management staff


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management staff


Jason craine

               CHEF / owner

Jason originally went to school with film direction in mind. On his way to earning a B.S. in technical theatre he cooked and eventually managed a locally owned Greek-American restaurant. Upon meeting his now wife, Charisse, at this very restaurant, he decided that his rapidly increasing passion for all things culinary could no longer be ignored.

So two very crucial decisions were made. The first was that this woman was the love of his life and the future mother of his children. The second was that within ten years he and Charisse would own a restaurant. Charisse obtained her business and entrepreneurship degree at Chapman University in Orange CA, where Jason continued his training under Chef Jim Douglas (former Wolfgang Puck Chef). Six years later, their daughter Jacie was born... three months after that their restaurant "CHARISSE" was born!

JOSHUA HAYES

                       sous chef

Born and raised in the midwest, Joshua has always had knack for building unique flavor profiles with multiple cuisines. Joshua answered a calling to the west coast with all of the flavors and bounty of the ocean had to offer which beckoned him to cultivate his passion for food. Joshua has always been a self-driven individual who ended up pairing his education and experience to start his own Private Chef / Catering business, "Distinctively Personal."

When Joshua chose to move to Kansas City, he set his sights on working for an established chef. Joshua has his own goals and aspirations to own / co-own his own restaurant one day!


dennis maas

               bar / front of house manager

Dennis moved to Kansas City in 1999 from Fredonia Kansas, a small town in the southeast part of the state. Dennis started bartending at Chilis restaurant in Westport and found his life's passion. From Chilis he made the move to the Bristol in Downtown Kansas City where he started enjoying more of the art and craft of cocktail making. A few years ago Dennis also joined the USBG (United States Bartender's Guild) where he continues to hone his skills and make lifelong friends!

Here at CHARISSE KC Dennis has free reign to do whatever his imagination conjures up behind the bar! He still loves what he does and always works hard at improving his customer service skills!