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Johnnie's Jazz Bar & Grille at The Power and Light District, Kansas City, MO

Johnnie's Jazz Bar & Grille at The Power and Light District

4.0
4
207 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The best place to see live music in Kansas City is Johnnie's Jazz Bar & Grille! Step back in time and into the future all at the same time! With live music, craft cocktails, and a delectable menu.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (816) 601-4248
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    We would love to host your next event! EVENTS@JOHNNIESKC.COM
  • Private party contact
    Johnnie's Jazz Bar & Grille at The Power and Light: (816) 601-4248
  • Neighborhood
    Kansas City
  • Cross street
    Main and 14th street
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Train stop 1 block away
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • I plan to stay all night.

    $10.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    We get it! You are here for the fantastic music and plan to stay between 2-4 hours. I understand there is a minimum spend of $10 per person spend per hour.
    I plan to stay all night. Photo
  • Early seating

    Multiple dates available
    I understand the table must be vacated prior to the band starting at 7pm
  • I'm here for the Music. Min of $10 spend per hour

    $10.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    We get it! You are here for the fantastic music and plan to stay between 2-4 hours. I understand there is a minimum spend of $10 per person spend per hour.

Offers

  • Early seating. Ending before band begins at 7pm

    Multiple dates available
    Thu - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Before music seating! Sometimes you need to focus on the conversation. Please understand we will need to table cleared before pm. 6:30 pm you are welcome to move to our bar at that time.

What 207 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Kansas City / Kansas

    Hot spot

  • Kansas City, MO

    Hot spot

207 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Drink service slow. Bartenders more focused on flirting with each other than taking care of bar. Dirty glasses all over bar. Food comes out on plastic plates. Most of the table didnt finish food due to quality. Amber was great and had happy birthday song sang by band which was very nice.

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  2. HelenF

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful atmosphere! Love the diverse crowd, music was awesome! Food was good!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Avoid the burger. Wines and cocktails were excellent. Flat bread good.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for Trivia and had a great time! We’ll definitely be back 👍🏻

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  5. JohnH

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Very disappointing. We have been here several times in the past and always enjoyed it. We had a reservation for 7:00 PM (that we made a month ago) and arrived a little early. We were seated very quickly. (That was the only good thing of the evening.) The room was filled with people and there was a person on stage yelling out Star Wars trivia questions. They even turned up the volume to a near-deafening point. We're used to the slower than average service here, but this time it was excessive. After 20 minutes a server finally came over to take drink orders. 15 minutes later, with the screaming Star Wars questions going, on we got our drinks. I asked our server what time the regular live music was coming on. Her response was that there wasn't going to be any that night (Friday). I asked her to please bring our bill as we were not going to stay. She said that she heard that same comment from several other customers that evening. It seems they decided to this for a couple of weeks. I got numerous texts from the venue (via OpenTable) asking if we were coming for our reservation and none of them gave us any indication of this event. If we had known, we would have canceled. Why would a place called Johnnies Jazz Bar and Grille, known for live music, host a Star Wars trivia contest and do this to their regular customers without letting those with reservations know? We took a couple of sips of our drinks, paid the bill, left a 20% tip and left. I've never had to call ahead and find out who the entertainers were in the past. I suppose I should have. They lost out on our usual 3 hour stint with food and drinks.

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  6. HeatherS

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I thought it was deceiving. We thought we were booking Johnny’s Tavern at power and light and this was inside a movie theater. We were required to pay a deposit to reserve a table, so we felt committed to stay and eat from a very limited menu. 

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  7. DandC

    Kansas City

    35 reviews

    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is slightly above airplane food. And the service is less so. Our food was overcooked and barely warm. Our group walked away with an agreement that we would never return.

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  8. ElizabethS

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ernesto J Band was fantastic, our server, Amber was amazing and so attentive. What a great night! Thank you Johnnie’s!

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  9. GerardoR

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff is WONDERFUL! The ambiance and the decor of the place ads a nice touch.

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  10. DanaN

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous cool vibe with fantastic service. Cool jazz was the feature of our night! Definite must during your KC Power & Light district night.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I went into Johnnie’s spoke to the manager he reserved the front area. I went back the week of to get another table. The lady making reservation. She told me who was performing and said I could have the area I wanted since I came in . When I get there she told me that there’s a change. They put someone name Darrell in my area and said he always book that area. Now my party was not together.. this was not acceptable to me. If you’re not there favorite you won’t get seating on the couch area…

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We went there for the live Jazz performance which happens after 6:30 typically. Very good entertainment. Fun. Not too crowded and they have comfortable seating. Food is mostly burgers and other finger foods, but you are mostly there for the entertainment.

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  13. RickR

    Kansas City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was slow, the band, which started at 6:00, was painfully loud. My hamburger was way beyond well done.

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  14. PhillipiS

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Looking for a date night with excellent live music and great customer service? This is your place. My husband and I had a blast yesterday. Coming back, for sure.

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  15. JohnathenS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife, two young kids, and myself enjoyed our visit very much. The Pear and Apple Martinis were delicious, food was nice hot and on the table in no time, and we had such a great time dancing to the live music. We will most certainly be returning.

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  16. ToddH

    Kansas City

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was friendly. Service was slow. Food was okay but very basic. Appreciate that you can make reservations and priced reasonable.

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  17. SunshineD

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was our only complaint. Quality & variety for the atmosphere was lacking. All the burgers were burnt.

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  18. BelindaR

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Visiting from out of town and made reservations after reading menu. After arriving we see the only options for dinner was carnival food such as hot dogs, burgers and chicken strips. The music was more folk than jazz, but the drinks were good so we decided to make the best of what we were dealt.

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  19. RitaW

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I attended Delynia’s Birthday Party! And it was an Amazing time!! Plus Johnnie’s is just the perfect Venue!! For it all!! Trying to find parking is the hardest sometimes but it was well worth the trouble of that! Once I got there, it was such a great time! The staff is always so nice! Michael is the absolute best!!!

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  20. DavinJ

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good as usual! Ambiance and music was great also. Server was fast!

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  21. familyman

    Kansas City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious except the fries and chicken wings came out cold. Our waitress didn’t have much time to wait on us as she was busy doing several different things. We had to go find our own silverware and napkins. We wanted to give her a little bit bigger of a tip so we went to the bar to get change for a 20 and were ignored by the bartender. The hostess was so friendly and warm, and the music was awesome!

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  22. curt

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had à good time. Enjoyed the music. Service was great. Delicious burgers and drinks.

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  23. SharonM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to hear live jazz music, great drinks and food was yummy. I had the fettuccine alfredo with blackened Salmon and it was soo good!

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  24. Pickle

    Kansas City

    22 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Went to listen to a band with a friend. Waitress took a while to come over to greet us even though no customers were there . Finally ordered food flatbread pizza- blah!!! They put pesto on flatbread pizza…different. The bread was soft and rubbery. Gross! Also ordered mozzarella sticks - probably the worst I have ever had. They came to us semi warm and tasted like something out of a box. Didn’t give us silverware…had to track her down and ask for some. She disappeared and came back 30 minutes later. My glass was bone dry. The band was decent. No, won’t be going back.

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  25. MaryM

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The atmosphere was good and our service was great. The food was horrifying.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks were hit and miss, food was good, service was slow. I don’t know that I’d go back.

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  27. Husbandandwife

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is very nice. The menu was the worst part. While the options we had were great (the flatbread and funnel cake fries) they really only had “bar food” such as burgers and fries. Maybe if they offered charcuterie boards of different types it would fit more of the ambiance. The band was amazing!!

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  28. sosad

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    loved the music !! Alex Abramovitz and his swingin KC Jazz Band were AWESOME my cocktail was tasty the food was a BIG disappointment When I first made reservation it appeared to be a nice full menu of seafood, salads an steak but was a small menu of hotdogs, chicken nuggets limp fries burgers and flatbread which were poor quality ok the chicken Alfredo flatbread was good , For a nice place in a great spot I expected better food.

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  29. Rachel

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We were unaware that the restaurant was serving a "limited" menu. It consisted of burgers, pizza, and various fried sides (onion rings, French fries etc) Needless to say the limited menu was not only limited in options but the burgers were burnt and the flatbread was really just pizza. No one came close to finishing their meal.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    WONDERFUL bar food, we weren’t expecting that high of quality of food at a bar/jazz club. The music was impeccable and the drinks were delicious. Loved the option of couch seating also!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
     the kitchen was close, so we had to eat theater food was not great but music was good

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  32. Besha

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu was limited but overall we had an awesome time!

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  33. JenniferJ

    Kansas City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our group had a good time. The host staff provided excellent customer service and were very accommodating. Coby was our initial server - great energy. Brad was our next server after we switched tables. More gluten friendly options are needed as well as real plates, for the price of the meals and drinks (excellent) we are not at a picnic.

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  34. awxfordmo

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Went to hear some jazz and have dinner before a concert at the Folly. After arriving I learned their normal menu was not available due to short staffing and an expected large crowd. Add to that the music started late. So the two reasons I chose Johnnie's weren't available. Won't be back, but service was good.

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  35. MarilynL

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The reservation process is a lot of “to do” for the overall experience. A little disappointed that the venue shared space with a movie theater as it took away from the authenticity of the venue. Band was good and the appetizers we ordered were good. Great service. It was a little more commercial than we realized. Location is convenient to the hotels in Power & Light district. Expanded food menu would be good for this venue. Overall a good time but a couple of the aforementioned disappointments.

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  36. LeslieW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    It was my first time there. It was boyfriend's birthday and my "adopted" daughter had just got married last week and we were celebrating. The atmoshepere and the drinks were great as well as the band. But, our waiter sucked! He had a table of 25 people come in and he ignored us virual the whole night until I went and got the manager and complained. It took an hour and fifteen minutes for our food to get to our table. When I complained to the manager he said it was their busy time of the year and he apologized profusely. I asked for some kind of compensation which we never got. I don't think we will go back.

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  37. Angela

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Johnnie's was so awesome! The band was superb. The singer came around to all the tables and interacted with the patrons. Can't wait to have our rehearsal dinner there!! Great place! Don't miss out on trying Johnnie's Jazz Bar and Grille! Angela

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  38. DevM

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Not a great experience last night. Johnnie’s has a new menu with less choices and seemed much more expensive. We were able to order one drink then didn’t see our server again to order food. We left after we had sat there for 30 minutes and went somewhere else.

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  39. ValG

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful ambience. Great sevice, good food. Great venue to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, or just a chill night out with family and friends.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    This place was just “WOW” in the worse way. The waiter, Brad, and the water were the only saving grace of this place. Went with my mother for dinner and one of the workers blew my mother off and said “okay” and walked away after we told them we had a reservation at 5. Then the hostess had a nasty attitude when we tried to be seated which took 5 minutes. We were the only ones in the restaurant and it took them 35 mins to receive our entrees. I don’t understand why we needed to make reservations if we were the only customers there the entire time. While waiting for our food, we noticed that the bartender and the rude hostess were at the bar making drinks for themselves. Both my mother and I got the honey glazed bourbon salmon, broccoli, and she got a salad with her meal. She told me she ate one stem of broccoli and stated it tasted like it was dipped in butter. My broccoli was dry and unseasoned. The “glaze” on the salmon tasted like bottled BBQ sauce. No taste of honey or bourbon. I forced myself to finish the salmon. One of the hostesses had her young son with her at work. While I sympathize with her being a working mother, allowing your child to run around and be disruptive in a restaurant is unprofessional. The restaurant opens at 5, which was confirmed by the rude hostess, and at 5:06pm they were still running around setting up for the dinner service and did not acknowledge us while we waited until the rude hostess was approached. A proper restaurant would have everything set up and ready to go at least 15 mins before opening time and a professional hostess would acknowledge paying customers. Will not come back here ever again. This was a poor excuse of a restaurant.

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FAQs

Johnnie's Jazz Bar & Grille at The Power and Light District offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (816) 601-4248.

Johnnie's Jazz Bar & Grille at The Power and Light District is rated 4 stars by 207 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Johnnie's Jazz Bar & Grille at The Power and Light District

1400 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64105-2166

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main and 14th street
  • Neighborhood
    Kansas City
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Train stop 1 block away
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (816) 601-4248
  • Private party facilities
    We would love to host your next event! EVENTS@JOHNNIESKC.COM
  • Private party contact
    Johnnie's Jazz Bar & Grille at The Power and Light: (816) 601-4248
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