The Oliver

4.4
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900 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
We are a refined version of the American Tavern. The Oliver honors the modern-urban, Midwestern charm of Kansas City through local ingredients and an elevated twist on American classics.
Weekend Brunch specials are available Saturday & Sunday from 9:30am-3pm.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday 11:30am-11pm
Friday 11:30am-Midnight
Saturday 9:30am-Midnight
Sunday 9:30am-11pm

Social Hour daily 4pm-6:30pm
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Phone number
(816) 384-2500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Nathan Nichols
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, The Oliver can accommodate all of your special event needs.
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Private party contact
our Private Event Coordinator: (844) 836-3043
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Catering
We do offer catering, please view our capabilities at http://www.breadnbutterconcepts.com/catering/.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Ward Pkwy and 48th St.
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Parking details
Valet parking available daily after 5pm. Street parking and parking ramps available as well.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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VC
E. Tennessee
28 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love dining at The Oliver! Great food and atmosphere and Forrest took great care of us!

J
Atlanta
64 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice place, great meal, good atmosphere. Overall no complaints and our whole party was pleased.

TL
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The server was very knowledgeable about the types of fish on the menu. I ordered the Arctic Char and I loved it. It was cooked perfectly and tasted great. It was similar to salmon but lighter. My husband ordered the Caveman Crispy chicken. Not much flavor and kind of tough. Atmosphere and decor are nice and very inviting. We had great service and the server was also a great bartender!

JA
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So many good choices on the menu. I love the trout. Interesting and appealing sides. Charming. Wait staff is well dressed. Overall a good place to take friends, it does not disappoint.

SS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We went here for a girls night-it took a while for our waitress to get over to our table despite it not being super busy. Since it took awhile to get our drink orders in, we immediately ordered our appetizer, salads, and entrees. She was prompt with our drinks and food, but instead of spacing each course out, our appetizer, salads, and entrees came out all at once.
I had asked our waitress what her favorite thing was on the menu and one of the things that she listed was the crispy fried chicken. They were fried chicken wings so you had to work a little to get good pieces of meat and they weren't seasoned at all. Definitely not worth the price. My mom ordered the shrimp and grits for her entree and literally had three pieces of shrimp with a huge pile of grits in the center. Again, not worth the price and not enough shrimp to be considered an entree.
It wasn't a terrible experience, but definitely not something to write home about and not a place that we feel like visiting again.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great vibes!

T
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a quiet Wednesday dinner for two, we had drinks (delicious), salad and entree. All of it was wonderful, highly recommend the meatloaf - yep meatloaf! Or server was very attentive, just perfect amount of attention. I cannot wait to go back with friends!

BZ
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Prime Rib sandwich....outstanding. Very nice. I’ll be back for sure.

ST
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience minus AC being broke!

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Air conditioning was out. Very hot! Probably should have informed us before we sat. Server was awesome despite the conditions.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

We were informed while getting some drinks that the air conditioner in the restaurant is broken. It’s been like that the whole spring/summer one worker said. It was miserable in the restaurant. A cool refreshing drink wasn’t enough. The food was very good but we were rushed to eat and leave just to get out of there.

SR
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is excellent - plenty of variety - excellent food. Everyone ordered something different and we were all pleased. The appetizers were also very good. Our waiter was helpful, attentive and came back to thank us before we left.

GB
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our delicious dinner and amazing service with Edward, our waiter. He had great recommendations and he was right! The food and wine were amazing! We will be back!!!

t
Kansas City
301 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue with original cocktails and delicious food. We had the BG salad, the arctic char, and the prime rib dip sandwich. They were all tasty. Our server was attentive and efficient. The manager stopped by as well to see if our food was to our liking. Overall, it was an excellent experience. We love the interior as it reminds us of the RL restaurant in Chicago. Haven't been here? You need to go.

OT
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met some friends here, and we all loved it! Pineapple martini and the margarita were our favorite drinks. The side of mac and cheese was the highlight of the meal, and we will be back for that!

The staff was accommodating and happy to serve us, after we showed up a bit late and had less in our reservation than intended. They were awesome from the beginning and I am so happy with our time at The Oliver!

p
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Poor service. Immature wait staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Chips were stale in our chips and dip but overall food is pretty good. Drinks are a little pricey but good. Had a fun and tonic. It was fancy!

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I don't frequent Th Oliver regularly,however the menu was the same as the last time. I take that back.... you now serve fountain soft drinks instead of bottles, without refills.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Our new favorite

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food what average at best. The service seemed overwhelmed and the restaurant wasn’t even half full. My wife has celiac and we chose this restaurant because gluten free was marked on the menu when we told the server that she had an allergy he acted like he didn’t know what we were talking about. We had the GF calamari witch we beloved got my wife sick. The frier was so over heated that it sounded like it was going to explode every time they dropped food in it. I had the meatloaf as my main and it was burnt. My wife had the shrimp and grits and it tasted like nothing but vinegar. To top it all off we spent more that 120$ on food for two and they made us save and reuse our utensils. I expect better for this price point. Supper disappointing considering they great food and service we have received at this other groups restaurants.

JB
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The summer brunch menu is great. We got there early and enjoyed a relaxed meal. Not loud, not crowded. Great service and food.

DA
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

This establishment came highly recommended by my daughter. We must have hit a bad night. The food was surprisingly bad. My french dip had no flavor what so ever. I think even some salt would have helped, but there weren't salt and pepper shakers on the table. My friend had meatloaf and she commented about how salty it was. Go figure. Our waiter was very good. The AC was off and the window/door was open. As the night progressed it got fairly warm. Very disappointed.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The drink pours were terrible and the service was not much better.

GW
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Great server, unfortunately conversation at the table was next to impossible, ambient noise and people at the next table shouting back and forth.

Food was just OK, my high priced filet was under done and very very salty as was the riced cauliflower. the fried chicken sandwich was so soaked in slaw juice the bun was falling apart,
Frankly I will not return in the near future.

PA
Kansas City
31 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't believe it's taken me so long to try it out. Excellent service. Excellent drinks and food (Manhattan and shrimp and grits, which were a bit spicy, but delicious). Would highly recommend.

RR
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food and service!!
Always enjoy my visits and looking forward to the next one.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always delicious!

K
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service is always very good. The atmosphere is great and the decor is wonderful as well. Food is good.

BH
Kansas City
23 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the restaurant for Sunday brunch. The menu was creatively eclectic and everyone in our foursome enjoyed their selections. Service was timely and not intrusive with a waiter who was very familiar with the menu and made good recommendations. Recommended!

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

I just had the BEST salmon of my entire life! The whole meal was DECADENT, and I wanted to savor every bite - but that SALMON! It had a light crispiness on the outside that wasn't overpowering or reminiscent of fast fried food. Drinks are always made meticulously, and our server was SUPER impressive in her knowledge as well as her efficiency! I will DEFINITELY be back!

MF
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The service was absolutely awful the waiter was inattentive and unfriendly. The food was awful. My husband had mashed potatoes they were awful. I had seafood it was over cooked with asparagus that were not edible.

MS
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, staff opened early to accommodate us. Everyone enjoyed their lunch.

LB
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining experience was really nice even though it was a rainy night and the service was terrific.

MI
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Menu is replete with creative cuisine that not only tastes great, but has ample healthy dishes--the vegetable dishes are fantastic. Also, the staff is willing to accommodate those who have allergies in ways that delight the palate.

JB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to The Oliver for the first time for Mother’s Day brunch. The food was great, the atmosphere is nice, and our waitress was very friendly and attentive. Will definitely be going back to try dinner soon!

P
St. Louis
24 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful Sunday Brunch. Great location. The look and feel of the restaurant is superb. Everything a white Table Cloth should be. Cheers to the Chef

ER
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing! The restaurant itself is classy. Everyone was nice and available. My family and I had a great dinner at The Oliver.

KC
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great as was food.

K
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

very loud and noisy, maybe invest in some noise absorbing furniture and decorations

RJ
Kansas City
46 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Oliver is one of our favorite restaurants. The girls liked the Pineapple Martinis. My margarita was great. I had a new dish, the Shimp Boil. It was fabulous. My wife had the Prime Rib Dip Sandwich and our friend the Filet Minion Meatloaf. All the dishes were generous and delicious. We were stuffed and didn't have dessert, but those are great too. We highly recommend The Oliver!

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