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Not Rated.

Taps: 18 / Bottles: 85
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 5.84%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

417 E 18th St
Kansas City, Missouri, 64108-1409
United States
phone: (816) 472-5454

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @grinderskc

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(Place added by: DaveNeedBeer on 03-03-2006)
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Reviews by bditty187:
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$

I visited Grinder’s on a chilly Saturday afternoon around 2pm. The long, narrow restaurant was a mix of indie rock, garage, art deco, and hipster cool. Honestly, that is not a mixture I’m “familiar” with but I was going to roll with it. The bar/counter is stationed to the right upon entering with booths on the opposite wall and back room, there really isn’t much seating. High ceilings, smallish, dirty bathrooms. The overall vibe lacked warmth but it had charm and it was relaxing.

I was kind of surprised how busy it was but it cleared out by the time we left. We seated ourselves and after five minutes or so our waitress arrived. She took our drink and food order. I got a goat cheese and smoked salmon pizza and it freaking rocked! Tara’s pizza, she said, was very good too. The basket of fries were bland. It took a long while before our beers arrived. I got a Delirium Tremens (on-tap) and later a Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pilsner (on-tap). Both beers were awesome too. Tara got an Arcadia IPA, it was fair. Our waitress started off poorly but she became more attentive. She was helpful and nice.

It seems like they rotate beers a lot. The beer menu was very respectable but I was expecting a little more. To me this is a restaurant with good beer and not a beer bar. That is okay. Prices were a bit higher then I’d pay in Omaha.

It was apparent early in my visit that I’d have to return because clearly the charm of this place could not be captured in one trip. I truly enjoyed the food (and beer). Still, though, I yearn for a true beer bar in KC. This is close. It really is.


12-05-2006 16:31:28 | More by bditty187
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$

WOW, what a great place. I was here on business and a friend that watches Diners Drive In and Dives recommended Grinders to me. I was not disappointed. First this is a decent beer place but not an outstanding one. It is however a great feed place that serves great beer and tries to get interesting beer.

Had some nice locals on tap and a few bottles over two trips here. The quality and selection is good and the servers do a good job of knowing the beer and make solid recommendations.

The place place not the new addition is as funky as it gets and the servers are a bit punk but in a great way.

Had the wings and the bengali tiger slice (OMG!!) great food and everything that was coming off the grill or oven looked fantastic.

I highly recommend this place to travelers that don't mind funky and gritty places that offer HUGE payoffs in food and beer. I wish I was here when they were having a concert the back yard space is huge and looks like a cool concert venue.

03-25-2012 12:13:54 | More by jp11801
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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

Grinders has my favorite sandwich, their Reuben with corned beef and jalapeno sauerkraut.

They also have a great beer selection with an awesome array of Belgians.

If you want a bar atmosphere go to the original grinders. If you're with kids or just want a more restaurant-like atmosphere then head next door to Grinders West. Same menus, different atmospheres, both great for different moods.

The tater tots are great. The pizza is pretty good. The fries, the philly, and the pastrami are OK. I give the food a "5" because of the Reuben.

Service is normally very good but during rush hours the place can get too crowded and service can suffer a little.

02-23-2011 01:01:22 | More by jar2574
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Grinders in Kansas City, MO
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