Bird Dog Bar

4.4
179 reviews
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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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OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall average experience.

TP
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

BC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great evening to be outside! Beautiful patio area!

J
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Father’s Day

S
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience

SF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

LM
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MN
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service food and fun atmosphere for KU fans.

LH
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

JW
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

AC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

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.

BM
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving was excellent! The food and staff were amazing.

DG
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

EH
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

L
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JW
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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!!!

DD
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

a
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KE
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

PT
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

OT
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 !

L
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

g
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

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.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

BM
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was just right, wide-choice menu, very nice presentation of food, good and accommodating waitperson, pleasant and welcoming place.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and even better service. Valet is always a bonus in the winter and not many places in Lawrence offer that. Only wish they had options for kids. There is no kids menu and you can't order kid portions. My daughter only wanted plain spaghetti with no sauce and we had to order the $14 spaghetti and meatballs for her.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good but $2.00 for a coffee refill come on man

J
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate 3 meals there during our stay at The Oread. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, the staff and the food. My grandson has had their Jayhawker MAC & Cheese twice and we both think it’s the best ever!! As a dog lover he had to have the Sundae in Dog Bowl. Such a cute idea!!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Nice people, great service, but the food was mediocre at best

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Liz our server was the best EVER. Food was fantastic. One small hiccup on the evening was a slow bar service. However, that could be for the better as we were celebrating a 21st B-day. The manager was VERY friendly and courteous. Overall 5 star evening !

S
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was tasty. The service was amazing, especially the bar service. Amazing cucumber martini was a big hit!

FR
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Overbooked reservations - kitchen couldn't keep up with orders awful experience.

OP
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We utilized the Sunday buffet and bar service for our beverages. Everything worked out great, I would sit here again for Sunday brunch.

BE
Kansas City
124 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five of us had dinner at the Bird Dog Bar on a Friday evening. We each ordered a different burger or chicken sandwich. Not only were all the burgers/chicken exceptional but the pretzel appetizers were to die for. The wine list offered a nice selection too. I'm looking forward to returning for many more meals.

c
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for KU NCAA tournament game watch party. Our waiter did an excellent job of timing our dishes and knew we were there for the game and did not rush us.

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