Repeal 18th

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$30 and under
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American

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Repeal 18th is a bar and bistro in North Kansas City, featuring whiskey, craft cocktails and gourmet food
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–12:00 am
Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–1:30 am
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Phone number
(816) 674-4642
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Armour Rd
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.0based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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D
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our third visit to Repeal 18th and our first on a week-night. While our first two visits were dominated by the weekend entertainment (The Dave Stevens Show) which was outstanding, this visit was quiet. As usual, we enjoyed original hand-crafted cocktails before dining. I opted for their signature seasonal smoked whiskey-based cocktail which was absolutely delicious. My wife selected another seasonal feature - a gin-based highball rendered Royals blue with Blue Curacao and topped with a semi-circle of lemon rind notched to look like a crown - a clever salute to our local basebal heroes.

The menu was new and I understand a new chef is holding forth in the expanded, partially open kitchen. My wife opted for the gourmet hamburger matched up with freshly made fries - simple, classic and delicious. I chose the daily special which was a pairing of 3 perfectly seared ocean scallops and 3 look-alike gnocchi served on a lovely tomato-based coulis that added a great flavor contrast to the entree. A glass fo Macon Lugny Les Charmes chardonnay from the short but carefully selected wine list completed the experience.

Our server Alex remembered us from previous visits and she was on top of everything from start to finish. Repeal 18th offers a great combination of a neighborhood bar/restaurant casual atmosphere and top-drawer food and over-the-top cocktails.

OT
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Go for the drinks! The food is definitely secondary. But the drinks are fantastic.

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Menu was very small

a
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience2

good service, food expensive but mediocre; no vegetarian choices, menu limited. pomme frites awesome

BO
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Minimal menu choices but really good food. Nice atmosphere and great outdoor space.

BB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As noted in other reviews, they are understaffed so service was slow (but good). Small plates quite good. Fabulous beet/citrus salad. Fun cocktail menu. Limited beer menu. Nice ambience. Will be an excellent outdoor place once it warms up.

BT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

3/ 24:17 our server was exceptional. Food is very good, The ambience is good for a group of two or four. However the drunkenness and noise level spoils that ambience. It's unfortunate that people flock to the bar area and stand around drinking and loud Profanity and laughter etc and push into the surrounding tables of those who are there for an evening of casual dining in a cozy atmosphere.

W
Kansas City
36 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great drinks. Octopus was wonderful. Eggplant flat bread needed something to make it perfect.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice selection of drinks and delicious brunch food. Good place to go with friends.

NJ
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The corned beef was tough. They were out of Bombay Sapphire, the key lime breading pudding was runny, too green and tasted like it had Parmesan cheese in it. Couldn’t eat it. The French fries were very good.

TO
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time there and won't be the last. Good food, good drinks, like the vibe!

n
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic cocktails. Highly recommended if you're looking for an upscale venue.

CB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service staff very friendly but spread too thin...20+ minutes from initial seating before even seeing anyone...30 min to order drinks.

We had no food but survey won't submit w/o rating

MO
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We came for the great live music that was scheduled and were very pleased with our meal also. The service was outstanding. Will definitely return and recommend to friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Quick seating and great atmosphere.

OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food along with the service were great. Drinks were tasty! Great experience. Happy to have a quality restaurant so close.

c
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall4food1service4ambience4

We were excited to try this restaurant after looking at the menu on Open Table. When we arrived we were told that the menu had changed three weeks ago, but they hadn’t updated the site. We were disappointed because we went there based on the fact that scallops were on the menu. They were extremely nice and comped our wine. We will try it again with no expectations and am sure their offerings will be great.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed a lovely affordable Valentines dinner- appetizers, entrees and desserts were all delicious. Cocktails were intriguing and tasty

ML
Kansas City
43 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

As always the food was fantastic. The service was lacking - there was a very large group/party and only two servers for the entire restaurant. I hope at some point they figure out their service because the food and drinks are really good.

OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This was our second visit and did not live up to our expectations. When an error was made in the kitchen concerning an order our server Alex just apologized, did not offer to fix. The eggplant flatbread was also disappointing in the flavor department. Not sure this place warrants the price tag. We will give it another shot, our first time was a 5/5.

OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I glad I made reservations. The service was great and the staff was very knowledgeable about the food items. Happy hour until 6:00 was a nice surprise also. It’s a nice place to sit and talk and take in the atmosphere.

K
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall3food5service5ambience5

We were disappointed that they took reservations for Sunday evening but when we arrived we were notified they did not offer anything other than their "bar menu" to eat. So no main course available to celebrate the 74th birthday we were out to celebrate. That said, the truffle fries were fantastic as were the wine, beer, and whiskey ( a lot to choose from). So take this review with a grain of salt. There were 4 of us and we were at least half the people there. Looking forward to going again on a Friday or Saturday evening so we can actually try the main menu and see how it operates with a full house of customers.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice joint, happened upon it on late Monday evening, trying to impress my date and it worked since she was all about kisses afterwards.
Food was surprisingly refined for a reastaurant that looks more like a bar.
Nice service, even nicer cocktails.

JK
Kansas City
29 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

There were four us dining and it was our first visit to Repeal 18th. I loved the industrial chic ambience, lighting, intimate space and the gorgeous bar. I tried one of the cocktails - The City - and was not disappointed though I must admit I myself would never have thought to top a cocktail with curry crema. Two of us had the wedge salad and salmon with beets. The other two ordered the pork chop and the steak. We were all extremely please with the meal and our service. I took one star off for food simply because the wedge was topped with something akin to bacon but not the real thing. Blasphemy! Joking aside, we will be back.

A
Kansas City
42 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a reservation (for two) and were seated promptly. Music played throughout the evening
but was not excessively loud and the music played was quite good. Our drinks and charcuterie platter came fairly quickly. The charcuterie is about the best we have had in the KC area. My martini was perfect. Modest wine selection. As the charcuterie plate was pretty big my wife ordered the vegetable and duck soup....it was a bit smoky...and it was really GOOD!!!!
I ordered the short rib with BBQ sauce. Wonderful and quite filling. No room for desert.
Our server was great! and it was busy too. Strong recommendation and we will be back.

S
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great new flavor in NKC! Different from other hipster fare that has anchored the area revival, Repeal offers a more sophisticated experience. The dishes were creative and well prepared. Highlights were the bone marrow and an excellent kimchi. They sport a truly awesome scotch and whiskey menu, I look forward to coming back to work my way through as much of it as possible. The atmosphere was dark and relatively quiet, which is a big plus for me. I love all the breweries, coffee shops and music venues popping up in town, and now Repeal offers a much needed alternative when you want upscale food and a more intimate environment. Not expected North of the river, and highly recommended.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress, Sunshine, was wonderful! Knowledgeable, friendly and professional! Food was great - cocktails, excellent!!

OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! One of the only places where the food and service are each outstanding. I will go back soon. 10/10 recommend to anyone who enjoys thoughtfully designed food in judicious quantities and genuine service.

FG
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The restaurant was very well decorated and the menu was very diverse. The cocktails were fabulous and the food even better. The truffle fries are a great shareable and the strip steak was cooked perfectly.

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Server was wonderful. They had PVW bourbon, very hard to find. Mixed drinks are amazing.

MS
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool vibe with a prohibition-era feel (although they need to change up the music inside because the R&B I was hearing at one point took me out of the mood the rest of the place was going for). Great service though and knowledgeable staff. I can't wait to go back when it's warm out and sit outside for some live music.

L
Kansas City
121 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I met someone there for lunch. It was not very busy so our server devoted a lot of time during our first visit. The wild game chili was excellent but I found the burger bun pretty dry, even though the meat was good. We decided that we would try dinner sometime to see what that would be like.

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brunch was delicious and a very good price.

t
Kansas City
38 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Repeal 18th twice now, and both times have absolutely loved it. The drinks are awesome, the staff is great, and the food was yummy

DE
Kansas City
128 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Menu changed! Missing some favorites but still very good.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice audience food good, eclectic style

TB
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Yum! Food was delicious. Cocktails were unique and fun.

AF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I would only recommend this place for drinks and appetizers. I went with a couple foodies and all left completely disappointed in dinner. We did however love the cocktails, ambiance and live music.

GL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have a great selection of whiskey, bourbon, scotch and wine. Food was a little over priced. Had jazz ensemble that was too loud. Had to talk very loud to hear each other at table of four. Would go for night without music.

OT
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Very disappointed in my first visit. Food was quite delayed, arrived lukewarm. Eggplant flatbread had a fishy taste on one long side of the crust. When we asked for coffee with dessert we were told it was the rule that coffee was offered only at brunch.