Golden Ox
Golden Ox

Golden Ox

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://goldenox.com/
  • Phone: 8168422866x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday 11 AM - 9 PM

    Friday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    Saturday 4:00 - 10:30 PM

    Sunday 4:00 - 9:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Barbecue
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer a full catering menu from steaks to barbecue to traditional food. We cater parties from 20 to 2,000.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two private dining rooms in the restaurant. One seats up to 25, while the other seats 90. We also have access to private dining facilities at the American Royal Complex with rooms that can handle groups from 25 to 500.
  • Private Party Contact: Bill Teel 8168422866x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th
  • Public Transit: The Twelfth Street Bus has a stop directly in front of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a private parking lot adjacent to the restaurant, as well as, ample street parking. FREE PARKING
A word from Golden Ox
The Historic Golden Ox Restaurant opened its doors in May of 1949. The restaurant's purpose was simply to furnish a good place to dine for the ranchers, farmers, and their wives who brought their livestock to the stockyards, featuring the then and now world-famous Kansas City Steak.

Today the stock yards are gone, but the tradition lives on. The Historic Golden Ox Restaurant is a big part of that tradition, located on the first floor of the Livestock Exchange Building in the heart of the stock yards. Our professional staff serves the highest quality steaks and The Golden Ox is one of the few restaurants that continues to have its steaks aged and hand cut.

Take a step back in time and visit the Historic Golden Ox Restaurant to enjoy a true Steakhouse atmosphere, the way they used to be, and discover the real reason Kansas City is famous for it's steaks!
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Golden Ox reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (12)neighborhood gem (8)good for groups (7)romantic (5)late-night find (5)fit for foodies (5)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • It could be so much more!
    AlanVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Golden Ox is still a local landmark for an "old world" cowboy steak house. It's in a restored building right next to where the stockyards stood in the first half of the 20th century. The food is still good and service is OK but the menu, decor and wine list haven't changed in over 25 years. The choices of wine by the bottle and especially by the glass are VERY limited and out of step with what you expect and demand in any steakhouse today. With so many great choices for steak in a town known for beef (both local and national), times seems to be passing them by. Hope they freshen things up a bit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joey
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Everything was just PERFECT!!! I will be a returning customer!
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Outstanding
    1travelingtexan
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The Prime Rib was the overall choice of our party and its was outstanding as usual. The KC Strip was also enjoyed by a member of our party. The appetizers were wonderful and almost a small meal in themselves. Great job Golden Ox.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, special occasion
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  • Amazing food
    MNmeateater
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Husband and I went to KC for weekend getaway. He had been to the Golden Ox before and wanted to go back. A historic place with excellent food. I ordered the filet mingon and it was by far the best I have ever had. Husband had prime rib and said it was excellent as well. Our server never let the glasses empty and did an outstanding job.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steak experience.
    VunkosViews4U
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Wonderful gem of the old beef barons. It is what you think is a "beef restaurant"! Although beef is not the only thing on the menu that is tasty and wonderfully prepared, it is a walk back to the experience of a steak house in a time past. Wonderfully decorated woodwork, you can watch your food being prepared if you want and enjoy the simple takes on seafood, poultry and best of all, beef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, depressing atmosphere
    MJGandMLG
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Drinks and steaks were delicious; the restaurant is huge, dimly lit, and almost empty, only four tables filled, including ours. It is located in an industrial area, and even though the food was very good, it was depressing. The waiter didn't have much to do, so he over-hovered our table.
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  • GOLDEN OX
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a great time. the bar was great place for conversation not too loud. food was terrific. wait staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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  • excellent dinner
    KansasCityFan
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had family in from out of town who wanted to experience Kansas City steak. Golden Ox provided an excellent meal. The service was exceptional! It is pricey so we would probably only go here on special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Memories!
    77kansasfarmer
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I'd been to Golden Ox as a child in the 60s--it was always a very special occasion when my parents took me down to the Stockyards to see the cattle and then top it off with dinner at the Golden Ox. I haven't been there for years and this time I returned as an adult with several friends from Europe and we were all very impressed. The service was fantastic and we had a lot of fun with the "Trivial Pursuits" game at the table and the waiter was very attentive and friendly. The food was, as always, excellent--the #1 address for steaks in Kansas City!! I hope to return here someday with my children and tell them the story of K.C.--the Cowtown!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WildWillie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The appitizers were a meal in itself. I ordered the porterhouse and was cooked to perfection. Unfortunately my wife's prime rib was overcooked. The staff was friendly and very attentive. We ordered wine with our meal and the second glass came in a champaine glass with the explenation that they were out of wine glasses. Overall I'd reat the Golden Ox as a 2 1/2 out of 5. Very pricey for the meal for 2 ($140 with tip).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Great Night
    BadFromYouth
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Service was amazing, food was great, I had no complaints what so ever. I will be spreading the word about this amazing Restaurant
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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  • James
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Back when a great spot, today run down and not worthy, steak was good, not great, service was just over whelmed and punchy at best.
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  • cowboy22
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great food and outstanding service. Really enjoyed the service from our waiter.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good from historical standpoint
    eatingout
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Interesting location from a historical standpoint being in the livestock exchange building and with historical murals / pictures. Had a number of wait staff so no issue there. Price quite high for quality. Supposed to be the best place for steaks, but both steaks were chewy. Ribs were over cooked and dry. Early in evening and already out of burnt ends. Didn't have liquor stocked to make a standard simple cocktail that was ordered. Took guests there and wouldn't do it again.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 139 reviews are from the Golden Ox reviews archive.
  • Great Character!
    KCNewbie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Had family visiting and step-father had been to the Golden Ox back when he was in high school (late 1950's) and wanted to go back. The food was good but the real highlight was the history of the restaurant and the area! Our server was really friendly and provided great service. As we were leaving another server, who had heard us discussing the restaurant came over and gave us so much information on the restaurant, area, and building and took us on a little tour. His enthusiasm was contagious. I wish I would have caught his name so I could recommend him! The food was good, the service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • No options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My family came in for Father's Day. I was excited to eat a steak, but was not given a choice. I was not handed a menu and had to eat the Father's Day buffet. My kids and wife weren't given a choice either. We all would have liked to at least look at a menu. I might come back and try a steak, but was very disappointed.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still good steaks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We took my father-in-law there for a Father's Day Dinner, he used too be a regular there 25 years ago. The first comment he made was "my God the place still looks the same". That probably sums up our visit. The steaks were just as good as he remembered, good service but definitely a very dated facility. Given the fact that the prices are comparable to most nice restaurants in the KC metro area, I would probably not recommend it for the location or ambiance. Better suited to large group gatherings.
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    good for groups
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  • Still great!
    KcdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The food here is as good as ever; the steak burgers are great, the service is awesome, and the pit beans are phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I used to love the golden ox steaks. Now not so much they came cooked at the wrong temperature and very little seasoning. The strip had the taste and texture of boiled meat. The fillet cut was good but no flavor. This is not the golden I ox I remember.
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  • Great staff
    greatfood
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Our wait staff made our dining experience great. We had a large group with out of town family and they are now fans of kc.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ComingBack
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The waiters and waitress were top notch. Food Great! we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Next time we are back in KC, we will be coming to see you. Keep up the good job!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Golden Ox gets a golden star
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food was delicious and reasonably priced. We dined there kind of late on a Saturday night so it seemed a little dead. However, I didn't mind. Our food came out pretty quick and our server did a good job checking up on us-- not too often, but just enough. I would recommend the restaurant to anyone visiting KC (like we were) and obviously to the locals. It's not an everyday dining experience but for special occasions or those times you need to treat yourself, this would be a good place to go.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Brisket - Historical Site
    FresnoDBAVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Interesting and notable history. Signs of age, but they can cook meat. Tried the BBQ combo plate. All was flavorful. However the brisket was the best by far. Tender and delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bucket list
    Anniversary
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    For 23 years we were going to go to the Golden Ox for our anniversary but always ended up going to another favorite designation. This year we actually made it to the Golden Ox and can now scratch it off our bucket list as wouldn't do again. There was no atmosphere except for the appreciation of history and how old the Ox is. Employees didn't create any atmosphere and you had the feeling they were just doing their job and not a passion for what they do. My wife ordered a KC strip that had to be returned for a different cut because the KC strip was awful. I will say the second serving was much better and no hassle getting the exchange. We were very disappointed with the Golden Ox but have many more anniversary's to celebrate.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent for All on Special Days
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The special occasion buffets on Easter Sunday, Mother's Day, and Father's Day are always favorites of ours. Excellent selection of prime foods on the buffet, with the usual ambience and service of Golden Ox. Very good for an opportunity to enjoy the food of Golden Ox, at a family price, that can meet the dining needs of anyone. It seems my/our nickname is "Disappointed" even though there was only one time we were disappointed. All other dining experiences at Golden Ox have been very good to excellent, with superb food, excellent service, and the atmosphere is always fine. Even though our review name seems to be permanently "Disappointed" it is important to note that, except for one time, we have NOT been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day Buffet
    LandsbergsVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Everything was fine there but truthfully it is hard to do a good buffet. I like a more done piece of prime rib and that was virtually impossible as it was all rare. I never saw the ham that was advertised in the paper. Often food in a buffet is hard to keep warm and so that part is not your fault........
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    great for brunch, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day lunch
    MidwestVisitor
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Took my Mother & my family of five, including a 18 month old, 5yr old, & 8 yr old to Golden Ox for their Mother's Day buffet. The buffet was very average, & they didn't have any healthy kid friendly beverages. Just soda, tea, & coffee. So we opted for water. It's been years since I've been at the Golden Ox, & the last time I had a steak at dinner, & it was very good. I'll probably come back for another steak, but not for their buffet.
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    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My experience with Sunday's buffet was good, but does not compare to a couple alumni luncheons, three or four dinners and one evening gathering we had with KCMO's Greg Napp. All those experiences rated excellent. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was terrific and the service was warm and professional
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice
    tjwIII
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was very good, made with good ingredients and was very tasty. The brunch buffet had a good variety of meats and sides. The service was excellent, helpful and very friendly. In a historic district, the Golden Ox is a Kansas City gem.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • not what it used to be
    kcdiner
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We went on mothers day and they had a buffet. It looked dried out. We had asked for menus and they told us our sides had to come off the crusty buffet and the only thing we could order was steak. That place used to be great. Now it looks run down, serves old food, and has rude/disorganized staffing.
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  • Great Prime Rib
    PrimeRib11
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    It's an historic place that serves great steak...espically Prime Rib. I''ve been going there for over 20 years. It's a great place to get a fresh steak...not frozen like some of the other steak restaurants in KC. If it wasn't for the Steak. The service there would be worth the trip. My wife gets the combo plate and loves it. It's a cattlemans steak place. Old stockyards motif. I wouldn't take a first date there unless she was crazy about Prime Rib. I've been too alot of steak restaurants in this country. The Golden OX ranks right up there.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak; Decor Outdated
    Gmawannabe
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I had the Ribeye steak and it was the best steak I've eaten. It was cooked to perfection and extremely tender. The house salad and grilled asparagus were nothing to write home about. Although the table was clean and the waitress did a good job, the decor left me feeling we had stepped back in time and not in a good way. I would come back for the steak occasionally.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Norm
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    My plate was ribs, baked beans, cold slaw and bread. More food than I could eat! Took the rest home with me. Got to meet one of the owners and rec'd. a brief history of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The host was very welcoming to us. The presentation of food was very nice and everyone was moving through the line at a good pace. The waiter was good. We arrived at 1pm and our table was ready. There was little shrimp available at the time we went through the line. The meat was a little tough; not at your usual standard. The only dessert available was the jello mix; it was very good. I did notice that more desserts were brought out later. I had a guest from California and she was pleased to experience this famous restaurant! All of the food was delicious. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably good holiday buffet
    RonB
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My family has chosen Golden Ox for Thanksgiving and Easter for the last several years. The buffet is reliably good, with plenty of "comfort foods" available to satisfy everyone. There is always plenty of fresh, hot, food. Although they are very busy at these times, the service is excellent, the servers provide drinks and remove plates as if it were a regular meal service. We always go with an Open Table reservation and we get in with little or no waiting either on time or even a little bit before our reservation time.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nostalgic
    lovetocook
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    One of Kansas City's remaining true gems, step back in time and enjoy what it was like in the old "supper club" venues. The awesome original cowboy decor is a real treat. Excellent menu with traditional steal house favorites along with new and exciting meals are offered.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oops
    Kdaling
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We hadn't been there for a while, and chose Golden Ox because we wanted a steakhouse experience. Our seating was for 7:15 and they were on-time. Our server informed us they were out of the Porterhouse and Prime Rib and the famous carrot cake. What's up with that?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic steak house
    PatrickkcVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    It's like stepping back I to time, my service, food and experience was great! Can't wait to return! Great for birthdays or out of town guest. The history of kc stock yards as you walk in!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    Kelly
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    First time here for hubby and me. I ordered burnt ends and they were TOO burnt and very difficult to eat. The onions rings fell apart and I was left eating either onion or batter, but never both at same time, so I didn't finish them. Cole slaw was bland. Went with another couple (who had been here several times) for my hubby's and his friend's birthday. Despite the fact I was not impressed, the boys ordered steak and said they were very good, but this is my review, not theirs! The place is a little dated and could use a bit of an upgrade. Our server was very nice and did an excellent job. Very doubtful I'll go back. Wasn't impressed with the food, and not worth the cost and the drive to get there.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet