The J Bar - Olathe, KS

3.7
149 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Gastro Pub
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
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
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Gastro Pub, Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Lunch : 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner: 4:00pm- 11:00pm

Bar open late.
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(913) 353-9335
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Eric Carter
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
K 10
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
Private lot available for parking.
icon/ic_entertainmentCreated with Sketch.
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 149 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.7based on recent ratings
3.7
food
3.4
service
4.0
ambience
3.4
value
Noise · Moderate
67% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

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

Chloe our server was great!

Report
Helpful
M
Kansas City
10 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.

Report
Helpful
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...

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

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

Great food and love the atmosphere!

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Diego
1 review
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

Report
Helpful
A
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
OT
Kansas City
1 review
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
p
Kansas City
93 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.

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

The service was horrible.

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

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

Report
Helpful
OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible and music was distorted I will not go back here

Report
Helpful
OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The atmosphere was great - we sat on the outside terrace. The food was okay but needed more seasoning (avocado eggroll). Margarita Flat was lacking in toppings and was too thin and crispy for my taste; not much to it for the price. However, the Calamari fries were very good. The drinks were strong, but just so-so tasting. I feel the prices are far too high for the quality of food. The service was not good, but I think we had a new server.

Report
Helpful
A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Bad service, granted it was obvious they were short staffed. Very understanding of this however our server continued to forget to bring our drinks and completely forgot and lost our food order. Waited over an hour to find this out after we inquired about the whereabouts of our meal. Was very apologetic and polite about it and mentioned the manager would do something to make it right. Said manager possibly delivered our food to our table?? He never mentioned his name and/or position but asked hesitantly if 'all was good' which was pretty obvious he was fishing to see if we would be asking for a discount. At the time we said yes because we were starving and thrilled to have food in front of us. No discount was given and even though we probably could have demanded this, it was not worth the wait or hassle by this point. Our occasion for being there was reuniting with old friends and the several mishaps leading up to this was already making the event less enjoyable therefore we decided to cut our loss and pay full price just to get out of there. Will say I've been here previous to this visit and everything including service was great then.

Report
Helpful
FF
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Unfortunate experience. Patio view is awesome! But, stood by a dirty table almost 10 minutes while manager walked by me several times as did waiters. I finally took dirty dishes to bar. Bartender handed me a towel to wipe our own table off.
Band was so loud everyone starting moving to back of patio. We were at one of the farthest tables and strained to hear our friends. The band said from the stage they noticed the largest applause was when they said they were taking a break!
Waiter never brought our 2nd round of drinks. Friend ordered old fashion and got a beer. Never brought one of the salads, not even after reminding him. My steak was "blue rare"... suppose to be medium rare. Re-fired same steak and came back well done and mealy.
Manager did take steak off bill (I didn't even eat 2 bites) He also bought desserts for us. (which were very good)
The view was the best part to share with friends.

Report
Helpful
OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed the roof top bar. Apps were good, and the bourbon mules were outstanding. Service was quick and attentive. The food came out quick, hot and tasty. The ambiance was top notch, weather was great and the live music was nice. Will go again soon.

Report
Helpful
OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic! The burgers were perfect and the cheesesteak egg rolls were especially delicious. The wait staff very pleasant. However, the host either thought he was too good for us or hates his job.

Report
Helpful
OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Hostess took about 10 min to come to her station. Had a reservation for dining room but wanted to sit on roof. She sent us up saying there were tables there. There were not. First come first serve system for tables made it frustrating being there for dinner. But waiter was very courteous, music was great and a beautiful night. Food is good.

Report
Helpful
D
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful dinner with excellent food! Added to that was the exquisite service we received from Chrystal. She was friendly and efficient. She was attentive yet not hovering. We will definitely go back again.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
4