The J Bar - Olathe, KS

3.7
158 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
The J Bar serves new American cuisine with foodie flair – blending fresh ingredients in unexpected ways. Sip on a glass of wine, craft beer or an expertly crafted cocktail from our mixology menu. Savor your meal in our restaurant or bar – or – take it outside to The J Bar’s patio, the perfect spot to listen to live music, have a drink after work, Socialize with friends or entertain business clients.

Sip. Savor. Socialize. The J Bar is your destination for work or play. We can’t wait to see you for your next meal, special occasion or just a case of the Mondays.


Located inside the Embassy Suites Olathe hotel, a the intersection of K10 & Ridgeview.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Lunch : 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner: 4:00pm- 11:00pm

Bar open late.
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Phone number
(913) 353-9335
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eric Carter
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Catering
Let us bring The J Bar experience to you! Our chefs and event team will work to create a catering menu suitable for your needs, please contact us directly for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
K 10
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Parking details
Private lot available for parking.
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Entertainment
Live Music on the second floor Urban Terrace.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 158 People Are Saying
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AH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Whoever is in charge of advertising did a good job at getting me to come to this restaurant; however, once I was there, it lacked appeal. The ambiance is modern and I liked the decor/lighting/color scheme. The menu could have had more options. All 4 of ours meals we would rate as nothing special. We expected more. At least the cheesecake was good. Our server rarely smiled. She’s wasn’t a joy to be around. We had originally wanted to do a reservation for 6 people, but the OpenTable reservation showed there were no openings at the time we needed. We decided to keep it to 4 for this reason. I was discouraged when we got there because we were the only ones there at 6pm on a Saturday night! They could have accommodated the full 6 like we originally wanted!

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B
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a fine place for a nice evening with friends in the KSC area. Good bites to share, nice cocktails and a nice wine selection. Last night the live music was great and the overall decor and ambience made our evening very enjoyable.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed my Turkey burger it was outstanding! On the side I got asparagus, and I would say I was only given 5 and it would of been nice to have given more. Also, I think for burgers you should always have a vegetable option for the side.

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CW
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very good meal on a week night. It was not too busy and was not noisy. Our waiter was the best...but the only one in the dining room. We are locals and will be back!

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JF
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

One of the worst experiences for food I’ve ever had. Steak came out wrong... got it back cooked right but it still wasn’t edible. No managers around... server didn’t care whether I ate it or not. No apology and paid a bill of under $100.00. We are Hilton rewards members and this is a slap in the face for Hilton. I hope something changes because the atmosphere is amazing.

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

Great ambiance and decor- food was very good. Great quiet place for a business lunch. People haven’t found it yet.

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B
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food and service was good, but they were not prepared for us. I had made the reservation for 8 ahead of time in hopes that they would have our table ready when we arrived. The bartender was the only server and she had no idea that a large party was coming. She had to take the time to push some tables together while we waited. That was the whole point of making the reservation in the first place!!

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N
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The service was terrible. The waiters were completely rude and no one took our order for 20 mins. Then after she did we rarely saw her again and it took us forever to flag her down for the check. The food was definitely average. Not the best bar food. The view and music was great though. Definitely would not recommend for anyone going on a date or want a fun dinner/night out.

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SG
Kansas City
36 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

JBar can’t be beat for the view around K10 in Olathe. Appetizers and Drinks are very good. If crowded the service can take some time but they will get your order right and the quality has been excellent. We visit the JBar often and on nights with live entertainment it’s a very enjoyable evening.

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a
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Our experience was disappointing at best. We had heard excellent things from many sources. While the food was ok, the service was the worst we’ve ever had. We ordered drinks when we sat down and they never came. Food was dropped off without silverware or napkins. And one server did not come back until we flagged her down for utensils and napkins. We asked for a dessert menu when our food was gone and 15 minutes later we opted to flag our server down again for the check instead. After giving her our card to pay, we watched her run the card and then walk around to other tables for 10-15 minutes before returning with our card.

Atmosphere was great, but unfortunately we will not recommend or go back due to service.

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JN
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was my wife and I's second visit because we wanted to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary, the first visit around Easter of this year (2018) was good; however this time it was a different scene. The staff was pure lazy, the bussers and hostess were too busy watching TV as the bartender was doing everything, and didn't do anything. We waited 15 minutes to place our order after we were told by the bartender "I'll be right back to take your order." The food came and was disgusting, we both got the 50/50 Burger, and the flavor was horrible, I'll leave your imagination as to what it tasted like. We will not be dining in this establishment again, and it was a complete was of almost $50.00 spent. I would have fired the hostess and busser had I been the manager, and I feel sorry that the bartender was doing all the work and having to share his tips to his lazy co-workers that weren't doing anything. My advise go to one of the local restaurants around this hotel and save yourself the trouble from a service and food/taste of food point of view; you will be glad that you did.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible. Food was lousy. Service was extremely bad. We actually had to refill our own water glasses.

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T
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was good needed more bus help an omelette bar would have been great

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RM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Highly disappointing. I made reservations for my kids and me to have brunch at the J Bar for Mother's Day. We arrived at our scheduled time. When we checked in, we were told they would be seating us shortly. After 20 minutes, I checked to see how much longer (it felt as if we had been forgotten). The host said she would seat us right away and we were escorted to a hotel conference room with a buffet. Not the restaurant. I understand that Mother's Day is a high volume day, but I did not make reservations to sit in a windowless, generic conference room. As such, I told the host that we would not be staying. She replied that she understood and another family was outside also having made the decision not to stay.

The most frustrating was that I did not know this was an option, would not have made reservations if I realized that was where I was going to be seated, and by the time I walked away, it was far too late to find seating anywhere else.

I will not be returning.

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JH
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Mothers's Day Brunch. Great buffet. Shrimp were world class. All the food was fresh and ver good. Great deserts to end the meal with.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

For a first-run at a Mother’s Day brunch, they did alright. It’s such a highly competitive space with narrow margin for error. You either get it right or not.

Opportunities to improve:
1. Guests queuing in the lobby while staff mill about the restaurant and bar for a magical, mystical minute marker to tick by—only to begin seating several minutes late—was a big miss.
2. At a brunch buffet, servers bring beverages. Patrons serve themselves. Ours was scrambling the entire time, yet our coffee was empty till refills were requested and water glasses were delivered well over halfway through the meal.
3. Plates were a consistent issue: dirty ones all over the dining room, no clean ones on the buffet, none at all near the desserts (on the bar).
4. At $32 per person there is a standard of quality expected. They missed the mark on too many levels to say it was a value for the price.

A high point... The food was exceptional. Dishes were unexpected, thoughtfully prepared, and consistently replenished.

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

Chloe our server was great!

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M
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

See why the place was dead! Service horrible. Waited 15 minutes for cocktails to be served. Dumplings were good but cold. Salads were served after main entree arrived. Food so so. Friends hamburger nothing to write home about. Only 3 ravioli on seafood ravioli entree. Korean noodle bowl very disappointing.

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

I think this Embassy Suites restaurant has settled on being adequate. We’ve been a few times and the first couple times they were trying hard and when they screwed up the manager was apologetic and comp’ed some of the bill. Easter Sunday we went for brunch and whereas the food could have been good and was from quality ingredients and prepared well, the chafing dishes were not monitored by staff leaving the food old, barely warm, and not appetizing. I mentioned this in passing to the manager when I got up for a run to the dessert bar and he thanked me for the comment. When checking out there was no recognition on the hefty bill and on the way out the same manager blindly smiled at me and the family and asked “how was our brunch”. I said ‘very nice” thank you and left for the last time...

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DW
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We had a terrible experience with the J Bar. Service was terrible, she was nice but rarely saw us and was delayed with everything. Food was small, flavorless.

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H
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I was drawn to the Jbar because of the menu especially the steak selection. I had the Gorgonzola steak and my wife had the strip. The cheese plate and the Deviled eggs were good as appetizers. But, the steaks came and all I can say is phenomenal! The presentation and the freshness of the ingredients. Awesome. My wife had the strip it was great she loved it. Anywhere else each steaks we had would have been $10.00 to $15.00 more each. I will return. Best steak in Lenexa's new growing corridor area off 435 & 95th street. I had been to Grand Street cafe and Ignite twice each in the Month of February for their steaks. Both were great. But, JBar has the steak deal in that area down. I will definitely come back before the place really gets popular and Jack's their prices up.

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t
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

my wife and I had a very late lunch here during work week. Great food, and not busy at all. Service was first rate.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Last two visits had very poor service which is unfortunate because it is a nice place with good food.

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LR
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was OK. place was dead. No customers....really odd. bartender was good.

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S
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A surprising find for my mom and me today! Who knew the Olathe Convention Center had such a cool place for drinks and eats! You need to advertise this place more.

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AK
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and love the atmosphere!

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J
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a nice family get together. Food was great.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

There was a little confusion when we first arrived. It was New Years Eve, they were busy. Soon the confusion disappeared. The service was good, timely. The food was very tasty and I would consider reasonably priced. Unique entrees. My wife and I agree we will return to try some of the other items on the menu.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cocktails were outstanding and our waiter as well. My strip sirloin was OK, but not the quality I expected from the J-Bar - it was a little tough and looked more like a cut of steak you would find at a chain bar & grill. But it was also only $23 so perhaps my expectations for a hand cut steak were too high, but nonetheless, I'll not order a strip steak their again. My wife had the steak tacos and they were delicious.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was under staffed, took 30 min to get water and never got a menu

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A
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was an average experience. The food was good but not great. The servers were super friendly. It was a nice quiet place to grab a bite.

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OT
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This has been popping up on my searches a lot lately and thought I would give it a try. The food was good. This is a hotel restaurant but they did a good job with solid offerings and nice service.
We made a meal of several different appetizers.

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JN
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Never write a perfect review, but this comes about as close to that as can be without sounding fake. My wife and I enjoyed our visit for lunch on our anniversary and we will be coming back frequently year after year.

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m
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, nice place for a date and a visually appealing bar

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OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Casey was our server and he was incredible! Super friendly, helpful with food and drink recommendations. He was very attentive and speedy with service. The food was excellent. We both had steaks that were juicy and done correctly. Drinks were excellent too. This is a restaurant inside the hotel and convention center but it never felt like it.

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N
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was clear that they were understaffed. The food was mediocre, and the atmosphere was cold and unwelcoming. We won’t be planning on going back.

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p
Kansas City
102 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Lovely place, second visit, wanted to give it another try. Good waiter, very personable. Food was disappointing at best. Entrée salad was listed as green salad, instead iceberg lettuce, many brown unappetizing chunks, no flavor at all. Tortilla soup saved the meal, very good. Date ordered the special, again dinner salad was disappointing, fish was good, not great. We asked about dinner rolls, $5 for four very plain, rolls....really? I ordered the chicken originally, but was told it hasn't been available for 4 months, still on the menu!

We might try this place again for happy hour, but never for dinner. Really too bad, great ambiance and staff, chef needs improvement.

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CG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The service was horrible.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great everything except for the meal, not worth the $$

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