Drunken Fish - Power & Light District

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More than just a restaurant, Drunken Fish has quickly become one of Kansas City's favorite places to see and be seen. Thoughtfully designed, Drunken Fish boasts a trendy and sophisticated decor, including a one-of-a-kind rooftop patio with a full bar, fire pits, and gorgeous lounge furniture. Drunken Fish won "Best New Restaurant" in KC Magazine in 2011.

Where it was founded, Drunken Fish was voted Best Sushi in St. Louis. The selection of sensational sushi and Japanese cuisine will satisfy every appetite, while their drink menu boasts a list of unique cocktails. With incredible ambiance and exceptional service, Drunken Fish is the ultimate Kansas City hotspot.

For groups from two to two hundred, Drunken Fish offers an experience you and your guests will not soon forget. In addition to table and booth seating, each location offers private dining areas ideal for after-work outings or an evening on the town.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as always, amazing food! staff is very friendly and helpful!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall experience was very good. Food was prompt and delicious. The waiter helped with explaining certain menu items to make ordering easier. Will be returning

HP
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

My favorite Sushi place in town and I come a lot. This time we did not have the beat experience. Food was good but we had a 5:45 reservation and we didnt get seated for 30 min. There were many open tables but they just left us standing there. Finally they sat us down and crammed us in the tightest space where we couldn't even hear each other talk. It was our Anniversary dinner and we couldn't even enjoy a simple conversation.

D
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This was second visit, Went for a specific dish and was not disappointed. Will certainly go again, and already have recommended to others.

MK
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT FOOD!!! So good I think it’s the best sushi I’ve ever had!

JD
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Valentines is a difficult time for all Restaurants. Gordon was wonderful. He did an excellent job serving us. I was disappointed in the cost if the meal. $60 per person is ridiculous. I got a piece of chicken with a balm of rice. My wife got 18 small pieces of sashimi. We won't be returning. There are plenty of other quality places to eat that have a better cost effective menu.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience3

The tables were extremely close together so we had little to no privacy. The calamari was frozen and thawed and fried. So no taste. Just flavorless jello consistency. Our server was amazing. That was the best part.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was amazing, a little pricey but worth it. Only thing that wasn’t great was the Shirley temple

CN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bruh this place good I like the sushi there a lot cuz it’s good.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dinner before a concert at Sprint Center. Server was awesome, sushi was really good. Great atmosphere!

KC
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We visited Drunken Fish on Tuesday evening, Feb 4th. Granted, this was the night before the huge KC Chiefs Super Bowl parade, so I think everyone in Kansas City was on hyper overdrive! We met up with some friends, and the ladies at the hostess desk were kind enough to combine our reservations and seat us all together, with minimal wait.

Our service was good, the food was delicious...and the noise level was very loud. Again, this could be because everyone was very excited...but I just want to mention this so you don’t go in thinking it’s going to be a nice, quiet place for a romantic date! It’s a great place to hang with friends, and toast the Chiefs!!!

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food and atmosphere was great. We were a little disappointed with the service. Our server took our order and didn’t come back until we asked for the bill.

SB
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Average sushi. It was January and their foyer door was open and the restaurant was freezing!

RJ
Kansas City
48 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We came early for our reservation. Our table was ready but we were not seated till after our reservation time. Our Table was crammed in a corner, and very difficult to get to. Once seated, it took a long time to get drinks. One person in our party ordered a Miller light after 20 minutes the waiter came back and said they didn't have any cold, but the bartender was putting it on ice. After another 10 minutes, the beer was delivered but lukewarm. Our food took 50 minutes to prepare AND one of our orders was not delivered. The Waiter said that there was a BIG party upstairs and that the rest of our order would need to wait till after they were served. We finally got our food an hour from sitting down. the food was mediocre at best. The restaurant was loud and the tables were crammed together.

LG
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience with food that was very fresh and well prepared. Service was exceptional as well.

RI
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere and food quality was good. Service was prompt and courteous.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Went for the NYE special. I was really excited to get their special NYE deal that included appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. I never got my appetizer or salad, so when he brought my entree I decided to just not get the entire special. I was bummed because I was looking forward to the whole package.

Also my entree was chicken teriyaki and it wasn’t any good. Everyone else’s rolls looked really good but I would pass on the chicken teriyaki next time.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress and excellent sushi. We’ll be back.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Slow service. Asked to be moved to darker spot and they told us no. Ordered drinks and bar tender was taking shots at bar but didn’t serve us ever. Talked to manager. Got 50% off but overall not a good experience at all. For sure going to NARA next time.

P
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food were excellent ! Biggest problem I have is with the restaurant's name, not a pleasant name to want to visit

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, great service, calamari salad excellent

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Decor and ambience not at all what I expected for a downtown KC restaurant. I could see a Pepsi machine from my seat through large glass window?? Menus were filthy. Was a quiet night and felt like I was eating dinner with wait staff who were just sitting at the bar. Waiter was great and food was great. Overall, I won’t travel down there for ambiance and will stick with local sushi.

s
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated upstairs, much quieter. Spent 2.5 hours on a leisurely dinner for my wife's birthday. Server was attentive but not overbearing. We enjoyed their Mojito's. Had apps, and dinner, and a free birthday dessert. All very enjoyable.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Ambiance was very good, we sat upstairs and it was very quiet and intimate. The food was fantastic! Get the lobster roll and eat the sauce that comes with it, it was AMAZING! We also had the potstickers, miso soup and three rolls. All equally delicious but the lobster rolls stole the show.
Definitely our go to sushi place when at the P&L.

EY
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The roll was excellent. My husband loved his roll and ended up finishing my udon noodles. The only other Drunken Fish we've been to was in STL. I liked the udon stirfry there better. The vegetables here weren't cooked well and the noodles didn't have a stir fried texture, there was so much sauce it almost seemed like soup. We also felt very rushed to leave and we were one of two tables in there. Everyone was polite but I don't think we will return to this location.

M
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place! They took great care of us and the food was super! Great looking place, too--kind of a hip, urban vibe. We'll definitely be back.

LM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Having never eaten at Drunken Fish, I was unaware of the noise level in the restaurant. I made the reservation for our party of 5, for a special Birthday, online. I requested a special table but read that you got whatever table was open and they didn't reserve specific tables. When we arrived, we were met, sort of, by two women who were obviously not thrilled by their jobs. They were unfriendly, dismissive, and agitated. We were seated upstairs (I believe because of our number) right outside the area where the waiters fix drinks, prepare bills, and have really bright lights on...the ambiance was really awful. We could not hear each other talk at all. She shouted to be heard. The sushi was fine. The tempura was absolutely tasteless and when I asked what the two sauces were that you could choose to dip the tempura in, I was told for an extra cxharge I could have them both. What I got was a tiny little dish that almost all of the sauce had spilled out by the time it got to my table. The waiter was rushed...we waited 10 minutes for our drinks. The food was literally dumped in front of us and no one ever came back to ask how it was or if we needed anything else and for all of this awesome service and food we got a whopping $170 bill. So, no, I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

JP
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only complaint would be the size of the tables. I felt we were squished in there.

RL
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere.

AB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing every visit. My food came out incorrect and they fixed it promptly.

VG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Celine Dion concert. Sat us right by the front door when it was freezing rain outside and their restaurant was empty. We asked to move which was an inconvenience to them. Service was poor.

JD
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was just okay and extremely overpriced. I would never eat here again. We have a place near home that is 10 times better tasting and three times cheaper. Don't waste your money at this place.

Jerome

OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Made reservation for 6. Tried to seat us at a table in the corner by the kitchen. We requested a different table and we told okay but had to be done by 7 since it was reserved at that time. No problem since were going to a show. The waiter came with water but we were not ready to order yet so he said he would come back. 20 minutes later, he did and we placed our order. The waiter disappeared again until our food came out after 25 minutes without the salad I had requested. Food was good but we were starving by then. We asked for the check and it sat there with the credit card so long that we finally were pulling out cash when the waiter finally came by. Lousy service!

h
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we make it to the Power & Light District in KC we make sure to dine at The Drunken Fish. Great food offered at a fair price in comfortable surroundings is always nice but the wait staff takes the cake. We have never had bad service and are usually overwhelmed by the courtesy, politeness & service rendered. This trip was no exception. Thank you Marcus for helping to make out evening special. I recommend Drunken Fish to all who are visiting the area.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The sushi was ok, but I’ve had much better at less expensive places. The calamari appetizer was excellent, very tender. The building was nice, good atmosphere overall, but we happened to be seated right next to the cashier station, which was distracting, and my seat had a rather unpleasant smell. Luck of the draw I suppose, I’m guessing most of the tables would have been more pleasant. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

We have been here many many times with no issues at all. This time, our waiter was horrible! He forgot to bring out my soup and salad, he forgot to bring my second drink, instead of checking on us he was just no where to be seen. It wasnt just us, he also neglected the other tables in our area he was supposed to be taking care of.

MK
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were about 8 minutes later from our reservation time because of being caught in traffic because of an accident. We didn't have the ability to call to the restaurant because of the traffic situation. The hostess was completely unaccommodating and without even asking any qualifying reasoning - just said it'd be another 20-30 minutes for a table. We had a prior service issue a couple years back, but thought we'd give this restaurant another try -- big mistake.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and set service were great!!

CP
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Hey look, I get that it's KC. It's not NY or Chicago, or SF. It's KC (a veritable culinary and cultural wasteland, perhaps the worst food city in America) so when we come here, we genuinely adjust our expectations accordingly. We ate at Drunken Fish a couple years ago and it actually wasn't "half bad", and we like the store in STL, so we said "what the hell, let's give it a go". I really have to stop having that thought process (and I really have to stop coming to KC and expecting there to be decent dining experiences).

This week's experience was definitely full-bad. The food was passable at best. Yes, I know I ordered sushi in Missouri - I get it, but the food at the Drunken Fish in STL is SO MUCH better, and that's Missouri too.

The restaurant was only at 30-40% occupancy, so there was no excuse for service to be as bad as it was. Also, it's 2019 (with all restaurants now using modern order entry and expediting systems to manage orders), so there is zero excuse for food to arrive at the table and be auctioned off. I could sort of understand it if a food runner or a server from a different section has to auction off the dishes, but the waiter who actually took our order is standing there asking "who had the Spider Roll?", "who has the Dragon Roll", "who had the whatever roll?". There's just no excuse for restaurants to be this poorly managed and supervised. Training appears to be non-existent. Poor showing guys.

BM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This place was really nice. They asked if we wanted to go upstairs or not and we said we wanted a more intimate table. Upstairs isnt as crowded and noisy so that was great. Now when it comes to the food, I'm a huge sushi snob and this sushi the most expensive I've had and it wasnt bad but not the best. There wasnt as much flavor as I was hoping. It was more smooth and mild then pops of flavor. The stir fry noodles were flavorless too. The mr. Miyagi cocktail was wonderful tho. Overall, probably wont go back just because we spent $95 and the sushi just wasnt worth it.

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