Located inside The Raphael Hotel, a Kansas City institution, Chaz on the Plaza is an updated, clubby restaurant that oozes sophistication. Despite its urban feel, you won’t forget you’re in the heartland here — the décor is rich and warm, with walnut, granite and bronze accents and bold touches of red. A custom floor-to-ceiling mural features historical landmarks from the surrounding Country Club Plaza neighborhood, and large windows overlook the plaza. The modern American regional menu changes seasonally and includes a signature lamb chop dish, plus inventive takes on braised-beef short ribs, chicken stuffed with Boursin cheese, fried green tomatoes and braised shrimp and grits. Local musicians take the small stage to perform jazz, blues, rock and classical tunes almost every night of the week — you can even take a spin on the dance floor between courses.

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