O'Dowd's Gastrobar

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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We first opened our hand-carved double-doors on the Country Club Plaza over 20 years ago. We kept those beautiful doors, but have given the old pub new life. We are modern and chic. We are inviting and entertaining. We are chef-driven and food-focused. Our bartenders don’t just pour drinks, they meticulously craft them.

Kansas City has been good to O’Dowd’s, and we love Kansas City. That’s why we believe it is important to use local companies and locally-sourced ingredients in our dishes and drinks. We use items from Farm to Market Bread Co., Kurlbaum’s Heirloom Tomatoes and Green Dirt Farms to name a few. We have a vast selection of locally brewed beers and distilled spirits. Even our drink books were handcrafted by KC’s own Sandlot Goods! Welcome to the new O’Dowd’s Gastrobar.

Live entertainment 7 nights a week!
Social Hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 6pm.
Daily food and drink specials.
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1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Great place! The good was awesome and drink selection decent. I wish they would have started the music sooner though.

k
Kansas City
29 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent everything! Burrata special was amazing! I would prefer it with a little balsamic-but to each their own. Loved it! Will be back!

NW
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

We actually went there based on the menu they had posted on their website. Once we were seated and brought out the menu, the items we were interested in weren't even on there. The waitress said they changed their menu yesterday and they hadn't had time to fix it on the website yet. Unfortunately we had our minds set on the missing entrees so we ended up going elsewhere. However, the atmosphere seemed ok, cleaniness ok. Was a bit surprised though that for being a Saturday night in such a high traffic location that they really wasn't anyone dining there.

MW
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The flatbread pizza tasted like frozen Red Baron pizza. The signature drinks were an odd combination after 3 different ones I am done.

RJ
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in this very nice Irish Gastro Pub!

TK
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The staff was wonderful, good food. A definite place to go!

a
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This was my first time trying O'Dowds since they remodeled and extended their food menu. The atmosphere is amazing, lively and a fun place to go to with friends. I was a little let down by the menu, options were very limited.

OT
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is open and you don’t feel like you’re sitting on top of other patrons, looks newly remodeled. Food was delicious. The hummus and cheesecake were the best!

F
Omaha
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks, wait staff! Thank you!

OR
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food. Fast service.

AE
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I signed up online for a high-top table for three, It was for my daughter's birthday. The online reservation asked if it was for any special events. Not only did we get sat at a low table, she was never approached with a Happy Birthday or anything. I was really disappointed. Food was average. One out of 3 dishes were very memorable. Probably won't be coming back anytime soon. Online reviews had noted average food and service, and I can concur nothing really stood out to make our experience any different.

WH
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Been eating at Odowd's for quite a while. Food is consistently good..(not great but good). Prices are bit high for what you get...but this is "The Plaza". Service ranges from excellent to 'just OK'...(depends a lot who you get)....but having said that, the wait staff has also been consistently enthusiastic and friendly.
If you are a coffee drinker, then Odowd's will disappoint. Coffee is consistently luke-warm...(I know that alcohol is the 'beverage of choice' at places like Odowd's but in an era when even McDonald's has decent coffee, one would think a little more attention could be paid).
Odowd's is a "fun place" to go...lively and energetic. This means NOISE. Noise can be good, making an evening fun...or it can be bad, interfering with conversation. Pick your occasion with this in mind.

RS
Kansas City
30 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The food is good but not great. The new menu is disappointing and there are not that many options.
I think the food will have to be improved if they hope to complete with all the other restaurants on The Plaza.

BS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was good, feels like a fancier restaurant rather than a sports bar, but it was very loud.

KA
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

The food was fine, but we had really awful service. Our waitress hardly checked on us and because of this we had to wait an unusual amount of time for our checks and for water refills. The restaurant was not very busy at this time. We were left without silverware but luckily a busboy passed by and we were able to request some. The food was good, but I would not recommend dining here. This is a great place to party at night or grab drinks in the early evening, but I would not recommend dining.

P
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

While our food was good the service was terrible. The manager (?) we think kept pacing back & forth scanning the restaurant at one point even bringing out the mop & bucket to mop the dining areas (no they weren’t closing or even close to it). He never once asked if we needed anything or instructed our waitress (chatting @ the bar much of the time) to ✔️ on us. It was disappointing & while food was “fine” we won’t be back due to the service & strange vibe. Seems like an old bar vibe w/new interior design. Just doesn’t mesh well.

k
Kansas City
29 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fast and attentive, food great, drinks just the way I like them, new favorite place

JN
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and experience. Music was too loud for a dinner time but other than that - we will be back for sure.

BK
Kansas City
23 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new menu and new decor. Hadley provided us with spectacular service.

BM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The best smoked salmon!! Lots of gluten free options!!! Amazing food!

MM
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

I should have realized it was really just a regular noisy bar with food. I put to much weight on the name gastropub due to positive past experiences.
The food may be inventive for a bar. But the quality does not meet the standards of a true gastropub.
Was disappointed as soon as walked in as the place was super loud and filthy.
I should have just left

KE
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Initially server addressed table with a smile then her whole demeanor changed. We had a hard time getting her back to the table. Two of us got the scallops, they were very small and total of three for $21.00, I had mashed potatoes and broccoli and it was all cold. The server never came back to let her know until everyone was done eating. Another person got the trout and it was very small and the thinnest fish I have ever seen. I felt bad because I recommended it because a few weeks ago my husband and I were in there and it was great. Food and service just did not go well this night.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was wonderful, service was excellent, and crafted cocktails were delicious!

JM
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Natalie our server did a great job.

YC
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new look and menu. It's a huge upgrade, it's truly a gastro-pub experience now. The menu upgrade is awesome, while still maintaining some of the unique Irish Pub fare that it has always had. Hope to be back soon to try more items on the menu!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new menu is fantastic! I’m gluten intolerant and there were tons of delicious options. The gf bun is amazing! Love the transition they’ve made.

DJ
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great music from Dan and James. And great service from Corbin.

AT
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here was fantastic, delish! The only problem we had was the noise level, solely by the ambitiously inebriated table next to us. Our fantastic server had to endure them too, and we felt sorry for her. Had it not been for that we would have been thrilled with the culinary experience.

d
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The Reuben is great--at an Irish Bar this is important. The Boxty with the Beef has a great presentation--Beef on a little bit of shaved cabbage all on top of a thick potato pancake. On the negative side, the chicken disappointed in a big way. Very thin and dry sitting on a huge block of rice. For an appetizer, try the goat cheese which goes well with beer or wine. The new look of O'Dowd's feels comfortable and carries a traditional flavor; and we didn't miss the sticky pub floor and old tavern smells.

JS
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very loud but good, service was good and food was done well,

LT
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there Friday for fish and chips because of Lent. Did not disappoint. Definitely a place that we would come back to.

SM
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Although we had 5:45 pm reservations for dinner, my friend and I were seated in the very noisy and crowded bar area, which made conversation difficult. This area was not as dark as before the renovation, but the lights were dimmed as the evening passed. The menu has a good selection of tempting choices. The Roasted Beet Salad (with chicken added) was delicious, although a little hard to cut up and eat from the small plate, and it needed more dressing, which I asked for and got. Our service was great, especially based on the fact that they had not expected so many people at that time, and we were told they had not adequately staffed up. Parking on the Plaza is always a challenge, but even more so for an evening out, and Thursday night was no exception.

LR
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We are always looking for a new place to eat whenever we are in Kansas City. We picked this restaurant since they had scallops on thei menu. I had the scallops and my husband had the porkchop dinner. Both were really good. Cooked well and had great flavor. Kind of a pain to find parking in Crow Center but there is a parking garage right across the street from Dowd's so that was great.

K
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entree choices were great (Reuben with extremely tender corned beef & fish and chips ). We had great fast service!

S
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we used the $20. coupon it has been a log time since we ate there we came because of the copupon we will be back

OT
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Small potions and tasteless food

JH
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met my sister and brother for a catch up dinner on Friday evening. There were 6 in our party. The food was great. It was easy for us to spend some time together chatting over dinner and drinks with no feeling of being rushed. Great evening!

B
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

I never leave reviews, but feel compelled to after my experience taking my mom here when she came to visit. I had been to ODowd's a few times prior to their remodel and revamping of the menu and always enjoyed it as a bar with pretty good food, but was excited when I'd heard they re-did the place and the menu. It felt seemed a little more upscale. The food was amazing and our waitress was excellent. The reason I am leaving a negative review is because my entire dinner conversation with my mom who I hadn't seen in months ended up revolving around a simple choice made my the managers that night. When the waitress came to take our order we told her right away we knew what we wanted to order and would like to put our food order in with our drinks. She said no problem and put in our order. A few minutes later, a man who said he was the manager came over to our table and asked if our waitress has listed off the specials for us, and explained that he was checking to make sure they were doing their job and pushing the specials. We looked at each other confused that if we said yes, we would be asked what they were, and if we said no, we were ratting out our waitress who couldn't even get the specials out since we knew what we wanted already. We said no she did not, but that it was our fault because we knew what we wanted. He said "but she didn't offer specials, correct?" He walked away and for the remainder of our dining experience we felt like we had ratted out our waitress, and questioned why anyone in any hospitality setting would approach guests that way. We found out later that our waitress was reprimanded mid shift for not telling us the specials. I have never had a more uncomfortable experience. This was a decision by management, to go around to every table and ask if the specials had been shared. A manager who said "thanks ladies, have a nice night" on the way out offered little to no response when we provided this feedback. The whole situation is in poor taste.

SF
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Great time! I would recommend to friends and family! Must go back!

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pork belly is so delicious. Great service and atmosphere for happy hour

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