About Us

Chef / owner Tatsu Arai first opened a French pastry and luncheon shop in 1980. Customers soon hungered for more and the menu and hours were expanded to include dinner. Consistently excellent food and warm and gracious service has earned Tatsu’s the Zagat’s prestigious top 40 award and a ranking as one of the top five restaurants in Kansas City.

French classics such as Beef Bourguignon, Saumon Poche/Meuniere, Escalope de Veau au Citron and a delicious Pureed Carrot Soup grace the menu. The house salad dressing and teriyaki sauce are such customer favorites that for years they have been available to take home from the restaurant.

Tatsu’s is the perfect place to celebrate an anniversary or special occasion and a recently opened private dining area can accommodate larger gatherings and banquets. The quality of the cuisine, affordability and attentive service has created a loyal following of patrons who dine regularly at Tatsu’s.

Please call (913) 383-9801 for reservations, information about current daily specials and upcoming events.

About the Chef

Meet the original Iron Chef, Tatsu Arai, chef/owner of Tatsu’s French Restaurant. Trained in classic French cuisine in his native Japan, Tatsu opened his restaurant in 1980 and has been perfecting his light, delicate approach ever since.

Tatsu personally inspects the meat, fish and vegetable shipments every day. If something doesn’t meet his standard, he won’t buy it and he only buys what the restaurant will need for the day to ensure freshness.

The restaurant has been singled out for countless awards. The Zagat Restaurant Guide has honored Tatsu’s year after year with their prestigious rankings and the local press has bestowed honors like “one of Kansas City’s top five restaurants for food” and “best-kept secret”.

Don’t be surprised if you meet Tatsu when dining. He often greets the guests himself to ensure that the experience in his restaurant is inviting and distinctive. Just look for the smiling man in the tall white hat.