1856 Bar and Grill

4.4
382 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Locally owned chef driven casual restaurant bar & grill. 1856 features small plates, fresh salads, paninis, sandwiches, burgers, House made pastas, crisp thin pizzas & main courses. Cuisine influences range from Italian, American to pub fare. We make everything from scratch & fresh ingredients. We also use local ingredients whenever it is available.

Serving wines on tap, a varied wine list, craft beers with focus on local brews, &, inventive cocktails are available.
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LE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came early to have a chat with family over dinner, then stayed for a couple of live songs by a local musician. Lovely evening!

KB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

There was some issue with the server and the bartender had to wait on us. He was super nice. They brought me the wrong plate so I had to wait an extra 5 minutes.
Even though there were issues, I would recommend this place. The food is good and I am hoping that the service issues were just an anomaly.

K
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I took two of our Grandchildren on a Saturday around 4:15 pm. We enjoyed the food and service was great. Recommend trying if in Lawrence.

CR
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Whether you sit at the bar for a drink and a bite to eat, or sit down with a group for dinner and wine, 1856 delivers on flavor, variety of dishes, price points and warm professional service. Most recently, we were a family group of 6 dining near the bar area, including three out-of- towners from Atlanta, NYC and Beijing. We ordered a number of appetizers (tuna tartare was delicious, tasty buffalo wings, along with the baked pesto and goat cheese, which they were able to serve that is no longer on the menu.) Their salads are delicious (best Caesar!), and chef-made pastas are also top notch. (We ordered the Pomodore with tagliatelle and pork shoulder and the beef filet special came with a side of pasta with a delicious tomato-based sauce.) The KC strip was also very well-prepared. Everyone was most impressed with the relaxed warm atmosphere, attentive service and execution of a variety of delicious dishes and chef specials at a very moderate price for the caliber of food served. (Alex is also a wonderful bartender!) We locals will be back, and continue to share this gem of a local restaurant with friends and family!

KB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The macaroni and cheese fritters were awesome. We ordered chicken friend steak and steak, both delicious. Our friends had the Cuban sandwich and chicken also both great!

CG
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went with several friends for lunch. It was a group of 10 and they did all kind of efforts so we can gave a nice experience. Food, service and ambience were excellent. We will go back again soon.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, ambiance was great, and the food was good. Good selection of food but the menu is sort of unorganized and confusing.

KI
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful. Service was great. They accommodated a good size party on Mother's Day without a hitch. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

FM
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and lovely cocktails in an open, inviting atmosphere.

VC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful open patio door night with small breeze. Food was delicious, as were the cocktails. We could carry on quiet dinner conversation without yelling.
Thank you.

LM
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

They were very accommodating to our large party

G
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our experience at 1856. Attentive staff and very good food. The menu had a good variety. Enjoyed the doors that open to the sidewalk on a nice evening. We would go there again.

IT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Like the new menu, and can't beat the location. Service can be a little hit or miss.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It was our 30th wedding anniversary. I let the restaurant know when I made the reservation. No mention at all. The server was a nice guy, but didn’t seem happy to have us at all. The food was good, just good. Nothing spectacular.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. The server was helpful and fast. Great overall experience!

J
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

This is one of the worst meals we've had. Macaroni balls had a weird taste. Steaks were chewy and the pasta bolonaoze had a weird taste

M
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good. Fried pickles were about the best I had. Not enough meatballs on the meatball sandwich, but it was tasty. The server did a good job but there were too many tables per server, so service was a bit slow and rushed.

NK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was good but our three meals came out at three different times. The side of asparagus came out before all meals, even though it wasn’t an appetizer! The crust on the creme brûlée wasn’t crunchy and there was no pre-meal bread (like there used to be). Despite this it’s a beautiful space and when the service bugs are worked out I’m sure it’ll be just fine.

SB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

All was just OK. Not sure if we would dine there again.

DB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I ordered a salad with salmon, but got chicken instead. It wasn’t worth sending back and having to wait so I didn’t say anything. I was charged correctly and it was good.

CS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Particularly great service from the host and Alex, and a perfect place for Valentine’s Day. Thank you!

L
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Great service. The waiter was quick to refill our water. My salad came out fast and the fruit was delicious. My husband had a steak that was prepared perfect.....good prime meat. I tried the gluten free pasta with chicken..and loved it.

We will be back A LOT!!! Seated quickly...nice seat overlooking Mass Street!!

M
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Kitchen was still working out some timing issues. One patron didn’t get his main dish until the rest of the table was finished with their main course. Wait staff very apologetic and gave us some drinks and desserts for free. Appetizers and desserts were wonderful. Some main dishes needed some improvement.

D
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made a reservation on Open Table for dinner. When we arrived the restaurant was closed for renovations which left us in a bind to find someplace to eat for a party of five. The management needs to stop taking reservations during a time that they know will be closed.

M
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made reservations through opentable but when I showed up it was under renovation. Another guy walked in behind me because he ordered food online. So much for my first date..

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Open table made the reservation we drove 30 miles and the restaurant was closed for renovations. Update your files very disappointed

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food service Enjoyed experience.

OT
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal and a pleasant time on the occasion of our 44th anniversary. The food was outstanding and the service gracious and friendly.

B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was top-notch. We had so much fun!!

PB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Host definitely gave away our reservation to another large group so we were upstairs in a booth/table that they pushed together and was uncomfortable. Some of our orders were incorrect. Coffee was lukewarm. We said all this to the waitress who was extremely nice - not her fault at all - but said there was no where else to move us.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was a little slow and the server placed an automatic 20% gratuity on a party of 7. Never was offered a refill on my tea.

HS
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They were closed. Someone should have passed the word on to Open Table so that I couldn't make a reservation.

k
Kansas City
66 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We recently dined at Genovese prior to a basketball game. It wasn't busy. Service was friendly and prompt. The food was good, and good variety offered on the menu. Best of all was the tremendous value at Happy Hour!

MM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was exceptional and the food was outstanding, that red velvet cake was to die for! Definitely will be back.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

They had no chef and we were told that when we arrived. They had closed for several hours because there was no chef. Waitress was unable to answer common questions. Food was mediocre. Had eaten there before and enjoyed all but one entree. Very disappointed this time.

GG
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately we waited 45 min for our entree. Instead of offering an already open bottle of wine, the server should have suggested we put our order in before a table of 30 ordered. We had been there long enough having appetizers for her to do this without rushing us. Also, I don’t really care tgey hadz party of 30, I only care about my dinner and my experience. It’s not an excuse so stop telling me about your table of 30.

JH
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 15 for Mom's 80th Birthday and it went flawlessly. Food was excellent, atmosphere was excellent. It was great to show other out of town family a really good night. Thank you.

m
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

They have s lovely weekend breakfast and brunch!l and not too crowded!

SM
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

none of us enjoyed our meals. undercooked. overcooked. ingredients did not smell or taste fresh. we have all eaten there before and enjoyed it. this time was definitely a bad experience. kitchen is off their game.

OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Small portions but very good food!

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