Taco Republic

4.5
30 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
It’s a taco shop, taco joint or taqueria. This laid-back, original style taqueria brings guests a diversity of flavors from Mexican streets and marketplaces where homemade “street-style” tacos originated. Now the opportunity to eat “real-deal” tacos in a casual, independent, not-your-standard-Mexican restaurant is available to all. At Taco Republic we use traditional Mexican meats like Barbacoa and Cochinita Pibil atop authentic tortillas and topped with the freshest ingredients. We create ethnic street food by slow cooking, smoking and braising meats to get the simplicity of freshness and exquisite flavor. Taco Republic establishes a new category of neighborhood taco shop in the Midwest, producing casual comfort and extreme value in a unique environment.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-9pm
Friday: 11:30am-10pm
Saturday: 11am-10pm
Sunday: 11am-9pm

Social Hour:
Monday-Friday 4pm-6:30pm
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Phone number
(913) 262-8226
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Group dining/Buy out
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Private party contact
Sales & Catering: (816) 214-8607
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Catering
Our Large Order Catering menu is perfect for parties, gatherings, or meetings. Order or DIY taco bar, or have the Taco Republic Truck come out to your special event. Please call and ask for Sales & Events to Book an Event/Large Order.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mission Rd.
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Parking details
Public lot and street parking avilable.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
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30 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
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4.3
food
3.5
service
4.3
ambience
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J
Kansas City
2.0Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We put our name on the wait list through Open table. When we arrived they said ‘Open Table hasn’t been working for us tonight’ and do not offer to replace us on the wait list.

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OT
Kansas City
4.0Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious street tacos! We usually come here because I’m craving their elotes. It’s pretty packed on the weekends, so maybe not a place to have dinner if you’re hoping to have conversation.

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K
Kansas City
4.0Dined on March 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I met a couple of friends for dinner. The Salazar and Camerones tacos were awesome! The salsa and margarita was good and the churros were the best I've had. The price was very reasonable!

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OT
St. Louis
4.0Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Great option for gluten free! Most of their foods are gluten free.

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J
Kansas City
5.0Dined on June 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We tried this place on a whim and we were pleasantly surprised at how good it was! My favorite was the grilled shrimp tostada, and my wife loved the veggie hearts of palm fried tacos. Great beer, great food, big patio...awesome

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OT
Kansas City
3.0Dined on June 5, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was relatively bland all across the board. It must have been an off day

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OT
Kansas City
4.0Dined on June 5, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice place for street tacos and drinks outside.

Would be nice if they fixed that huge metal overhead fan they have so that the fan blades aren't constantly "CLINK!" against the the metal cage surrounding it.

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SK
Kansas City
5.0Dined on June 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time again and Thomas was awesome as a waiter. It was a bit noisy with all the young kids running around but always a good time and the food was awesome

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OT
Kansas City
4.0Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Ever changing menu which can be good or bad... Depends if you have favorites. Great patio!

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k
Omaha
3.0Dined on March 5, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

As visitors from out of town, this taco joint came recommended to us. The salsa was awesome, the chips coated with grease (lots of grease), and the tacos - OK. We went for weekend lunch and it was pretty hopping. We didn't try margaritas, so i can't speak for the booze. If it was a place in my neighborhood i'd go back, but i don't think its a destination restaurant. This being said, i won't be back.

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OT
Kansas City
5.0Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice lunch spot.

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OT
Kansas City
5.0Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Taco Republic!! Their food is to die for and the service was excellent as well!

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P
5.0Dined on January 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining experience was so much fun...food was fabulous and the sangria's are wonderful. You must give it a try...

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JF
Kansas City
5.0Dined on December 12, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a surprise for us. Wanted someplace near home and did not want to "dress up". Found Taco Republic on Open Table and what a gem we now know about. The server was efficient, pleasant and met all of our requests often before we were aware of them!

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KC
Kansas City
5.0Dined on November 25, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, an enjoyable dinner. Especially love the Fresco tostada to eat and Mexican Mexican Mule cocktail to drink.

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P
5.0Dined on August 21, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the restaurant for lunch with friends. Street tacos were amazing. Looking forward to my next visit.

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TD
Kansas City
4.0Dined on August 1, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The tacos were well flavored and put together nicely. My tostada was drenched in sauce from the tacos on the plate which made it difficult to eat. The jalepeno margarita was WAY too spicy, but that's to be expected (my fault for ordering it). However, the highlight of the entire dining experience was the corn. I'm not a huge corn fan, but this stuff was amazing. I would eat corn more often if it came prepared like this. As for returning, it's possible. A bit out of the way, and if I'm going to make the journey, odds are I'm headed to Joe's KC, but if the line is too long, you'll see me at Taco Republic.

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c
Kansas City
5.0Dined on May 3, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, notable drinks, awesome experience eating outside. Another win for Bread & Butter concepts.

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Kansas City
2.0Dined on April 19, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Second time in a row when the food wasn't properly prepared. On the mark in terms of flavor.

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TD
Kansas City
3.0Dined on April 10, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

First time here; we were not disappointed! The carnitas taco was really good.

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OT
Kansas City
3.0Dined on April 3, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

For the second time, staff has said Open Table is down and couldn't check me in. When I confirmed with the server, I'd get my points she said they don't take reservations. When I showed her my reservation on OT, she said that must be new because she's never heard of it. Seriously?!?! Two tables seated after me, were given drinks and chips before I was. I then had to ask for them myself. This was the second time I've been there and service was pretty bad the first, but this was even worse. The food is good once you get it.

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OT
Los Angeles
3.0Dined on March 26, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Appetizers were great. We had fish tacos and chicken enchiladas--both were way too salty. Would go back if they fix that.

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OT
Kansas City
2.0Dined on March 25, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We had heard great things but we were less than impressed. We had 5 different types of tacos and none hit the mark. Queso was tasteless. The server was fine but not personable.

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OT
Kansas City
4.0Dined on March 21, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

This is a trendy, neighborhood restaurant that was reasonably priced with fresh, good food. It's a good thing they give you chips and salsa because the wait time for the food is incredibly long considering they're only making tacos. Our server had a pompous attitude which was not okay. OpenTable wasn't working when we arrived, however, our reservations let us bypass the 30 minute wait time. The outside dining space is great, if you like eating outside. It got very chilly and we were nowhere near a heater. Good experience, but definitely room for improvement.

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K
Kansas City
5.0Dined on January 29, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We tried six different tacos between the two of us. ALL of them were good. The beer braised brisket was really outstanding. Don't skip the freshly made churros for desert. If you have ever eaten a hard dried out prepared in advance churro before, this will remind you what a churro is really supposed to taste like--DELICIOUS! The service was good too which made for a very pleasant experience; we would highly recommend!

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JH
Kansas City
5.0Dined on December 21, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great concept by bread and butter. The salsa is hands down the best salsa in town. The Margaritas are fresh and not from a mix. The Whole Roasted Chicken is more than enough to feed a family of 4.

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J
Kansas City
5.0Dined on December 21, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I walked in the restaurant and the staff had our table ready. My guests trickled in and the restaurant was very accomodating. Our server was friendly and helped us order rather quickly. I had a sage Margarita that was tasty. The food was delicious. Lots of variety on their menu. Dessert was tasty too. I would definitely come back.

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LK
Kansas City
4.0Dined on December 20, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy Taco Republic. The food is good. The margaritas are good. My husband can find a fun beer. Close to home. Reasonably priced. Motown music. Very casual and comfortable. Thanks for your hospitality, Taco Republic!

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T
Kansas City
5.0Dined on December 6, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a last minute decision to head into downtown for the night, I had a difficult time finding a reservation at any restaurants on the Plaza. I stumbled across Taco Republic on open table. I had never been but my husband had heard good things. We decided to try and it exceeded my expectations. Food was great and it's cheap which is always a plus! We all ordered three tacos and I loved that none of them tasted anything alike. It's not like when you go to a chain plain and by the time you get to the third you can't eat anymore. My favorites were the veggie taco and the shrimp taco. My husband's favorite was the pork belly taco. We were very impressed and will definitely be back.

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JP
Kansas City
2.0Dined on December 5, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Sat in the outdoor (enclosed) area on a cold night, and it was very comfortable. Food was delivered quickly, but we were really disappointed in each of the tacos we tried. Nothing spectacular for the $3+ each we paid. Fundido was perhaps the best we've had in KC.

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