Bird Dog Bar

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Bird Dog Bar is located on the lobby level of the The Oread, Lawrence’s premier hotel. Bird Dog Bar / On The Hill features delicious burgers, nachos, sandwiches, spinach dips, and wraps. The Oread also houses On The Hill, which has an exquisite menu of Italian Farmhouse Cuisine. Must call for reservations for On The Hill.
FREE valet parking for non-overnight dining guests (with the exception of special event weekends and home KU games)

Perched atop Mount Oread, at the north gate of The University of Kansas, The Oread has spectacular views over the Kaw River Valley and the University of Kansas campus. Before or after dinner, please take the Private elevator and venture up to The Nest, the rooftop bar.
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3.8
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4.2
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CharlieS
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a basketball game night, but the place seemed short-staffed. The food was good, there seemed to be some confusion as what was available, as a result of it being game night.

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JuanJ
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Our server took too long to greet us, take our drink order, forgot to give us steak knives for our dinner, and forgot to bring my wife her sangrias.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughter’s 17th birthday and we had a family get together. The waiter, bartender and staff were super nice and accommodating not to mention super friendly. Appetizers, entrees, desserts and cocktails were excellent. We were able to make a reservation and enjoyed the free valet parking.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went NYE and ate at On The Hill. The aioli shrimp appetizer was wonderful. For mains we had the KC strip the gnocchi bolognese. Both were well-prepared and tasty. The wine list was short, but some nice choices at reasonable prices. We enjoyed a French Syrah. Service was very good, and all the staff were very friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation celebration

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vipkaw1
St. Louis
65 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

They did a great job taking care of such a large group of people. We will definitely return when we are back in town!

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vipMurphView
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Had a reservation Afro 7:15 and sat down at 8:30 PM.
Several open tables including 2 long tables. The manager walked away and said I needed to speak with the hostess. None of the hostesses knew what to do and I still don’t know what was going on. The staff was kind and finally accommodating but I would not work for the manager. They are the only gig on campus and it’s too bad. They need some competition.

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stephanieg
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Had a great time at the Oread and Bird Dog restaurant. Great place

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vipRichardB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The worst dining experience ever. The service was ridiculously bad. We waited 40 mins and complained to other waiter that we need to be helped and nobody help.

The food was almost as bad as the service.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service! Would definitely go back!

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vipChris
Kansas City
46 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! All the way around!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall average experience.

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vipTravelingPalate
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Took family to enjoy The Oread, views from the Nest, the tribute to dogs and explore breakfast and lunch options. Great breakfast selections including their various egg Benedict options and bacon infused waffles. Lunch included a tasty chicken carbonara, numerous classic sandwiches and salads. Tried the citrus grilled chicken which touched the right notes with strawberries, blueberries, mandarin oranges, pineapple and candied pecans. Happy to return for the limestone ambiance and variety of good food. Will check out the fried pickles and queso next time.

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BillC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good atmosphere and all the waitstaff and employees were friendly and courteous, the food was amazing and we had very fast service and price was very affordable. We will definitely recommend Bird Dog Bar and will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great evening to be outside! Beautiful patio area!

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vipJane57
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Father’s Day

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Sarah
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience

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ShellyF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. I had eaten at the Bar while my daughter attended KU a few years ago but hadn't visited since. Brought friends and we felt that the quality and prices were awesome!

We'll be back. Took a quick peek of the Nest while we were there. Had another concert to attend so didn't stay this time. Will look for a band to come back and enjoy with drinks some weekend down the road.

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LilyM
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved eating at Bird Dog on my last day in Lawrence; definitely a great way to kick off graduation day!

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vipMarcieNJ
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service food and fun atmosphere for KU fans.

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LauraH
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good, and the ambiance was warm and inviting!

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JWilly
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The bar has valet parking which is very nice and it's very large to accommodate big groups. Inside the Hotel it's very cool Old Stone work nice bar to have drinks at and watch games too.

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AmyC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We went to On the Hill for Christmas Eve. Expected it to be busy but it wasn't. We were sat at 6:30 and our food did not come to the table for almost an hour. We were told that the kitchen was backed up. Totally understandable if you don't have a full staff and it was a holiday. Not a big deal. When our food arrived, it was warm at best. I don't mind waiting that long but the food should be hot. All three of our meals were cold. Terrible.

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BrandyM
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving was excellent! The food and staff were amazing.

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DougG
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location, wonderful service, good food and daily specials - everything you need!

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ElaineH
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad experience, very slow service, food cold. Water dripping down from ceiling. Would not recommend

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vipLaura
Kansas City
22 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family was in town visiting. The food was great, the server was fast, and the manager came out flying a huge helium Shark drone for Shark week....he was really fun and entertaining. We have always enjoyed dining here. It was neat to go to the 8th floor and look out over the KU campus and the football field.

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vipJoeW
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This evening my wife and I had the displeasure of eating at the Bird Dog Bar in the Oread Hotel. What was supposed to be a relaxing dinner was anything but. I asked for a glass of merlot and our waitress looked at me dumbfounded, finally she asked if this was a wine!
I ordered the Salmon with a teriyaki glaze, they forgot the teriyaki and the salmon was severely overcooked. At the end of the main course the waitress gave us the bill, didn’t ask if we wanted coffee or dessert, and just walked away. We decided, rightly or wrongly, that rather than make a scene we would pay the bill and would just never frequent this place again. Also, it was strange that we were not given a guest (second) copy of our credit card receipt for our records.
On the way out the door they started to vacuum the restaurant even though it was still dinner service and the place was mostly full. I told the hostess that I could not believe they started vacuuming during dinner hours!
Imagine my surprise when I got home and found out that my credit card had been charged for a 20% tip even though I had left 15%. I called the restaurant told them my concern, asked for a manager and waited on the phone for 10 minutes. Finally I was told there was no manager available even though 2 were on staff when we left; I left a message with the hostess and asked them to have a manager call me. It is now an hour and a half later, I called back and was told that a manager was still not available. I informed the hostess that I was planning to post a negative review if I did not hear back in 10 minutes. One minute later he called back!
I decided to post this as a warning to future patrons. This place is a disaster, do not waste your time here!!!

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DinerDan
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we arrived they did not have any record of our reservation. I received an email from Open Table to confirm our reservation then another email asking for me to confirm. On The Hill is a small Italian restaurant in a large hotel on the campus of the University of Kansas. The hotel manager got on his phone and could see our reservation yet the maitre d’ did not look at or not have access to Open Table. He was completely booked.but we were seated at a table off to the side in an overflow/storage area. Once seated we were not greeted by a wait staff. We could see the maitre d’ and a couple of staff “arguing” over who would wait on us. After 10 minutes of still not being waited on, we left. I was very disappointed as I had been wanting to try this new restaurant. How can a restaurant be on Open Table yet not access any reservations made!?! It is not 100% the fault of Open Table yet it does not create confidence.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On The Hill was spectacular. The food was outstanding, the wait staff and manager were very attentive and knowledgeable. Will be back soon and recommend to family and friends.

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angelah
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice place to eat. I ordered the mushroom burger and it was delicious!

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KatieE
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, food, wine, and service! Wasn't very crowded on a weeknight. The owner greeted us, told us about the menu, talked to us about our wine preferences, and recommended a bottle that was perfect for both our tastes. Had the pork and it was perfectly done!

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PeTeri
Detroit
26 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The onion soup was OK but not great. The ribs were very good but the fries were only warm, rather than hot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to watch KU basketball. Super fun crowd mix of students and townies. Great service and food. If you haven’t been to Bird Dog in a while I suggest you check it out. They have really stepped up their game !

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Locals
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ate at On The Hill with friends from out of town. Wanted to go somewhere new and interesting, so was hoping this would be the place. It delivered. The food was so good! Not knowing what to expect, we were more then thrilled.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place to watch games, not overly packed and good food

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Manager at the Bid Dog came to our table told us all the cool stuff at the Oread. Kindest, coolest man ever! Great customer service!!!

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gbjhawks
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time with a group of 15 friends. Service was very good and personable. The food was very good also. Would definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Misplaced my reservation, found a seat in an empty hall, and people were setting other tables around during the meal. The 3-course Valentine’s day menu advertised on the web was not offered. The owner and server tried their best but all the efforts were futile.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing! We had separate checks and people leaving at different times and ordering at different times. Handled it like a champ! Great food and service, could not be happier!

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