Drunken Fish - Power & Light District

4.1
1135 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese, Asian
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Hours of operation
Monday: 11am-10pm
Tuesday: 11am-10pm
Wednesday: 11am-10pm
Thursday: 11am-11pm
Friday: 11am-1:30am
Saturday: 11am-1:30am
Sunday: 4pm-10pm
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(816) 474-7177
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
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Denver
41 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

For reasons I don’t understand, the restaurant incorrectly reported to Open Table that we were no shows for this reservation. Food was good and server was excellent, but I’m not happy about being accused of not honoring my reservation. And then being asked to do a review on a restaurant that I supposedly no-showed? Makes no sense.

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KE
Omaha
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We had a reservation and it took us about 20 mins to be seated so we went to the bar. The bartender took forever to even acknowledge us and when I was finally able to order he was very rude and only allowed me enough time to say one drink before running away (we wanted to order 3 drinks). Once seated, our server was very distracted and a bit rude. Our appetizers took over 30 minutes to come out. I was a bit embarrassed as I chose the location for my friends that were in town and it was not a good experience. Overall, the food was about average with the exception of the calamari.

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DK
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , perfect place for a date night . We were able to walk to the Sprint Center after dinner for our concert.

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JP
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drunken fish is a great place to go either with friends or on a date. They have signature sushi rolls that are so amazing! Plus, I tried one of their signature handcrafted cocktails and it was amazing as well! They brought our food out pretty quickly and the waiter was super friendly.

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P
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We sat upstairs so it was quiet. We were pre-Symphony pops, so we were ahead of the crowds. Initially it was too cold upstairs, but after several requests someone did turn off the air. The food was good, but one member of our party ordered a martini. She did not ask for a “dirty” one, but that is what they brought and it was undrinkable! She returned it but it was on the bill until it was questioned. We have been to Drunken Fish before and it was better then.

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JR
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The cocktail menu needs some work.
They also ran out of the lobster tail spring rolls which was very disappointing but other than that it was a nice place.

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h
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Drunken Fish KC! Food was great. Prices are reasonable. Our service was spectacular. Things started roughly when they planned on seating us at a high table. We don't like them so I asked about a low table. The answer was to seat us at the sushi bar. I'm thinking 'Really? Why did I make reservations?' Fortunately another hostess interceded and sat us at a table where we had a wonderful server. Kenzie left us wanting for nothing. Polite, courteous, prompt and just an absolutely delightful young lady. She saved the night for us.

I highly recommend Drunken Fish in KC.

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B
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

There are many great sushi bars in KC. This is not one of them.

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CF
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi is great and good atmosphere. Service was good also.

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JC
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was in town for a conference, chose Drunken Fish for dinner. Great experience, great food, great staff, and great location downtown. Will return next visit.

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KV
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Service was non-existent; drinks were wrong - our party of 6 probably would’ve ordered 2 drinks more each but were given no such option. Most of the sushi rolls contained crab - we explained that one of the guests in our party had a shellfish allergy and needed the rolls on separate platters to be clear - our order was just dumped on the table. Asked for additional wasabi and ginger - it was brought afterwe were completely done eating. Tried to order additional rolls but could t find our waiter - ordered them from a waitress from a different table.

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SM
Kansas City
22 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food (particularly the lobster spring rolls) and the sushi is very good. A bit pricey but the outdoor seating is fabulous and service was exceptional. Ideal for special occasions - before a show or with a group of friends.

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M
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere, great food, perfect spot if you love sushi for a date.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We started out wanting to go to the rooftop bar, but it was too cold and a little early for everyone else. We would have been the only people up there. Not the restaurant’s fault, so we went back down to have dinner. It was technically still happy hour and the sign said they had 50% off of 26 items, but what were they? We found it annoying that nothing told us what the items were.

We ordered the Lobster Spring Rolls and they were magnificent...especially the sweet wasabi sauce that came with it. For dinner we had the California Roll (awesome), the Mango Roll (also awesome) and the WonderWoman Roll (unique and crisp—wrapped with cucumber strips rather than rice). We asked for extra ginger and wasabi. The wasabi was $.50 more—not a big deal, but the server still should have told us. Dessert was Strawberry Cheesecake Makimono and it was delicious!

The thing that really bugged us was the grossly, over-priced drinks. We both ordered Moscow Mules. The bill had a charge for the mules and another charge for the Tito’s. What was that? Plus it was simply over-priced to the point of ridiculousness.

Our server was good, but I do think she should have directed us to the happy hour specials. Also, if you go for happy hour, the 50% is not good at the rooftop bar.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

We were seated 30min after our reservation time. Our waitress was great. Room was too loud to have a conversation in.

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W
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Absolutely love the food but the noise level is deafening. Not a great atmosphere for date nights.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Taylor, was so attentive and the food was amazing!!!! First time to dine there but it won’t be the last!

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CS
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was a lot faster then I thought it would be because they were pretty busy. The food was good, fresh sushi.

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KC
Kansas City
38 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I have been to Drunken Fish many times, often before shows at the Sprint Center or Midland, as was the case on this visit. One of the reasons I like DF is the availability of outdoor dining. Service was pretty good, although the bar must have been incredibly backed up around the 7pm timeframe. I think this is a solid sushi spot but I wish they would learn how to execute more smoothly and efficiently when they are busy. It's not a surprise when there is going to be a rush of people and this has been a challenge on a few occasions. Also, DF could use a refreshing deep clean. It smells like old restaurant inside.

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OT
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Took 15 min to get drinks and 18 min for our order to be taken. From there it went more smoothly.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun times out in P&L.

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CF
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We received "fake" salmon this time around. All of the other food was excellent. But the nigiri we ordered was very obviously not salmon. They probably ran out, but still.. at a high-end place you hate to see that.

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CL
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is good but a little overpriced IMO. Although, you are right there in the middle of the city so I guess you pay for the location as well.
The seating doesn't offer any privacy though, kind of an open room concept.

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DW
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Drunken Fish always good. Everyone enjoyed.

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S
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s slways a pleasure to eat at Drunken Fish at Power and Light, yummy food, great service and atmosphere!

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AG
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Beautiful presentation and great service. Everything was delicious! I recommend the bloody mary!!!

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K
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Got there 5 minutes early with at least half the restaurant still open yet they refused to seat us until right at our reservation time. Once sat the waiter immediately asked what we wanted to drink and when we told her we needed a few minutes to look at the menu she sighed and asked “do you want water? Or soda?” We told her we were going to look over the wine list for a minute and then we’d be ready. It took her 20 minutes to return and in the meantime she got the two tables next to us 2 refills of drinks while not evening making eye contact with us. When I finally asked her if we could order she brushed us off another few minutes and finally stopped at our table and we ordered our drinks and food as we’d had time to figure both out. It took another 20-30 minutes to get our drinks (a glass of wine and a carafe of sake...not difficult) meanwhile she was still refilling the drinks of people next to us quite frequently.

The sushi came out and two of our four rolls were rolled very loosely and easily fell apart when picked up with chopsticks.

Will not be returning because the service was so appalling. Would not recommend to friends—if you’re looking for sushi, head down to Nara which is just down Main Street. Much better service and good sushi.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Had to wait an additional 30 mins even with a reservation. Once we got our table the wait staff was slow, took down our orders wrong, and had an attitude. Would not recommend.

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DM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We had reservations at 7:30 on a Friday night. We arrived to people waiting everywhere, unbussed tables throughout, and a staff that appeared to be clueless with a general absence of purpose. The place was frankly a mess

We were finally seated after I asked the hostess about our rez. We waited almost 30 mi minutes.

The end bar was stacked with dirty glasses and I didn’t see a single person.

Short version:
Our waitress was great, but you’re only as good as your backup. The kitchen was extremely slow. Food was good but not great 2.5 hours before we were finished.

Our server sent the Manager over who apologized and told us “new owners”. He did not offer any comps.

Not headed back anytime soon.

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J
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Saw the waitress 20 minutes into the reservation. Got drinks 40 minutes into the reservation. Walked out at 70 minutes. Talked to manager and she wasn’t surprised by our experience. Restaurant appears to be struggling.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

It took 15 min before someone came to take our drink order. 30 min to get water. Drinks came 45 min after we ordered. And, the food never came. Waited 1.5 hours and never got our food. Nobody wanted to help or make it right and when I called the manager the next two days to let her know the issues she never called me back. NEVER AGAIN!

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JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had reservations for a Friday night, good idea if there is an event going on, they get busy. Stuck with sushi options starting with a Lobster Roll, salad, California Roll, Shrimp Tempura roll and a Spiderman roll. The choices were delicious, a little slow from the kitchen, but our waitress kept our drinks full and kept us aware of the delay. No room for dessert, hope to sometime. We will definitely be back.

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was inattentive and super slow. Felt bad for her as she said this was the worst night...not sure what that meant. Took two hours to eat before the Keith Urban concert...so I am glad our dinner reservation was at 5:30pm. Drinks didn't come out timely, food took forever to come out, server was gone from table for long periods of time, but not sure what she was dealing with at other tables. People around us had to walk out to get to the concert and didn't have time to eat.
We love this place and the food is amazing so we will be back.

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AK
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Happy Hour food selection was good. All we ordered was super tasty. Service was less than stellar from our server, but manager stepped in and overall experience was great. Looking forward to going again!!!

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great! It was a wonderful date

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SB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, menu, food, and experience. Great location as well!

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HT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was AWFUL, rude, slow, unfriendly. Food was so-so. I am an avid sushi eater and if it wasn't happy hour I would've been upset because the quality wasn't there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

I was disappointed in the shrimp tempura and calamari appetizer. It was pretty much like eating huge and heavily battered squid and undercooked shrimp. It lacked any flavor. It was a real disappointment.

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LM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality food and brilliant outdoor dining area. Food was reasonably priced too!

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was horrible, food was okay.

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