Yard House


19 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

1843 Village West Pkwy
Kansas City, Kansas, 66111-1880
United States

(913) 788-4500 | map

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Added by Quaffer on 04-24-2006

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Reviews by zeff80:
Photo of zeff80
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I popped in the Yard House during the Kentucy UNC Elite Eight Game. The place was not full apparently a lot of people cleared out after KU lost. Doesn't look like a beer destination from the outside or inside for that matter. Looks like a semi-classy restaurant with a large bar area. The classic rock was indredibly loud by the bar. The bar is a long oval with a stainless steel bar top. The 100 taps are visible as you walk around the bar. I did it twice and only saw about 3 beers that I had not tried before. Didn't see anything too special or rare, either. Lots of nice choices but no great choices - except maybe Yeti and a couple others. Service was okay. I wasn't there long nor did I need any assistance. I didn't see a list of the beers anywhere on the menu or on a separate sheet of paper. I did not try the food although they had some pretty delicious sounding options. It could be a nice place to stop to take a break from the shopping at Legends.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mojohawk21
4.26/5  rDev +24.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of joshstl
4.57/5  rDev +33.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Stopped and got a beer here while the wife and kids were shopping.Pretty big selection of beers!Very nice bartender!Looked to have a decent selection of food as welkl.

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Photo of aratcliffe
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of 22Blue
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of AndyBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of schimschim
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Rachel_McCulley
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of dking888
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Beer List: http://www.yardhouse.com/files/beer_menu_21.pdf
I was spying all of them in...but that was a pain.

First I'll address the beer side of things, then the food:

Advertising itself to have "The World's Largest Selection of Draft Beer" it certainly is an impressive sight as you walk by a long room lined with tapped kegs, hoses grouped together into metal tracks that run into a centrally located island style bar. Unfortunately however they have clearly opted for quantity over quality, with a great deal of their selection dedicated to mediocre macro brews. Even with over 100 draft choices I always find myself deliberating between 10 or so even when considering all styles, not a great ratio. The waiters typically have minimal input on beer selection, but the bartenders are usually much more able to help.

The reason the yardhouse has remained a regular stop however is that the food is excellent. A bit pricey, but perhaps to be expected as this is a fairly nice sitdown restaurant, and not a pub. A couple personal favorites would be the Mac & cheese squared, and the spicy jambalaya (go with the jasmine rice.) I've eaten there on several occasions and only once can remember someone disliking their food, with a number of very satisfied eaters.

I would say that it is certainly worth checking out if you find yourself over by the legends, but such a glorious amount of taps could certainly be put to better use.

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Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This was a bonus find on St Patrick's Day, was amazed at how non packed the place was..

Very modern and clean, but really subdued, not much energy or buzz coming from this place. Reminded me a lot of the Rock Bottom in CO Springs, but without any beer vibe.

Quality of the beers I had were pretty good, but the Bully Porter didn't taste all together fresh.

Service was, prompt, attentive & friendly, they got right on changing out a keg of Bully when the other one blew

Loads of taps, but at least 35% were crap or "why bother beers". There should've been way more Free Sate & Boulevard choices for starters. This place had far greater potential than it delivered.

$5.50 for a pint of Boulevard Porter, WTH? I think I know why this place was so not busy on one of the biggest drinking days of the year. Worth a visit if in the area, not a beer destination though...

We only had dessert, but it was tasty

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Pretty good selection of beers that are available in Kansas. Crowded on a Friday night. I thought the food was pretty good. Definitely not just bar food. My wife had a porcini crusted halibut. The waiter informed us that porcini was a mushroom! I guess we are in Wyandotte county. Everything was pricey. $5.50 for a pint of 75th St. is pretty ridiculous, not so bad for a Hennepin. I also had a Delirium Tremens at $7.

My server didn't seem like he knew that much about beer. I asked him if there was anything not on the printed list (after I already had a beer at the bar that wasn't on the list), and he informed me that they just had what was on the list. Then I proceeded to order a Hop Ottin from the list. Oops, they didn't get any of that yet. If you are at the Legends, this would be a good choice compared to the other stuff out there, but I don't know that I would go out of my way to come here.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

I've visited the Yard House a couple times now and every time I have the exact same reaction to the place. The atmosphere reminds me of an upscale sports bar. TV's everywhere, kind of loud, crappy service, high prices. That pretty much sums it up. While they do have tons of taps, it seems like over half of the taps they have are some sort of Domestic Macro. It's really disappointing. I the last time I was there I had a Rogue Juniper ale, and it was obvious that it had been on for a long time, without the lines being cleaned. The other beers I had tasted much the same. I would definitely skip this place unless you happen to find yourself out there.

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Photo of Braudog
3.18/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

First I’d heard of this chain, but needed to see for myself. Of the 100 or so taps, they had the usual suspects along with an OK lineup of regionals and imports. But disappointingly they only had at the most 10 local small brewery offerings. The service started slow but got better ... the waitress didn’t know much about beer, but someone came over to answer questions pretty quickly. The food was above average ... just the standard burger fare ... but yummy. Worth a visit but don’t expect any hidden gems.

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Photo of hoffman
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Jokelahoma's liberal use of the term "flabbergasted" is warranted when you are reffering to the Yard House at the legends in KC. Walking through the legends I wondered to myself "man this took some money to put together" I am pretty sure it did. The mall is an impressive place with a large three story Dave and Busters as the focal point there are many shops and attractions within a few hunderd yards of each other.

As for the yardhouse. This place is brand new and quite a trendy spot. As you walk in the entrance on your left is a giant cooler full of 16 and 8 gallon kegs. Quite impressive and really wets your appetite for some good beer. And I was jacked for some good beer after a few strike outs today at a couple of different locations. Unfortunately about 90 of the 100 or so taps are used up with different derivations beers that cater to the macro drinker. Several different types of pale yellow wheats and pils. There are exceptions as Boulevard is well represented with probably 10 taps. New Belgium, 75th street, O'dells, Rouges, and onviously many others are available....but nothing earth shattering. Yea it isn't every day you see lindeman's framboise on tap, or rouges shakespere stout or youngs chocolate stout. But in bottles I can drink these all day long in most corners of the country....even the really dark ones in Nebraska.

I did manage to try a few nice brews, two from the rouges pulls and the delirum tremens....But I was looking foreward to some good stuff ie Stone Arrogant Bastard served to me in a goblet, damn it...I just got back from this joint and I am still a little bitter. As you can see here
I should have been able to choose from some Bear Republic, Stone or North Coast...none were represented. That said there are some good beers to be had, spaten opitomater and some others.

Hang on I am not off my soap box yet. The service sucks...They look at you like "what the hell do you want". Not busy and they forget about you. Plus they do not know anything about beer...at all...too bad.

The food is pretty good but it was nothing to write home about. And definately not worth the price. Which is this places achilles heel (there are many other glowing weaknesses but this takes the cake)

If I am going to pay $5.25 for a pint I better be paying in Canadian dollars, at a sporting event, or at an airport. If I am paying $8+ for a blend of Youngs Chocolate and Lindeman's Framboise it better be on a company tab...oh wait my wife had one and I did pay $8+ for it (not knowingly) holy shit...take out a goddamn loan. I am fine with paying for good service and good food this place had one of the two. Like Manhattan with out the supply and demand issues this place is robbery on I-70...complete crap.

I do not endorse this place in the slightest....find a less expensive place to dine and drink...

And I really wanted to like it too...damn

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Photo of jokelahoma
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Like BrewQ, I went here the Saturday after their big opening. It was a rather impressive place to walk in to, what with the kegs and beer lines behind glass where they can be seen. It served to make my mouth water in anticipation. What a shame, then, that it was downhill from there.

The beer selection wasn't as great as the number of taps would have you believe. As is typical around KC, lots and lots of macro taps, a few run-of-the-mill micro taps, and only a very few beers you'd really go out of your way to obtain. To make matters worse, many of the latter were "unavailable" for whatever reason. Therefore, the quality of the beer is average at best. A huge number of taps, all filled with mediocre beers, just makes for... well... a lot of mediocre beer.

The service was really pretty bad. Granted, it was their first full day open, but you know they had to have been training before opening. You'd not have known it. No one behind the bar seemed to have a clue as to what they were serving. Actually had a lady sitting next to me ask the bartender about a beer. "What's this like?" she asked. The reply? "I don't know... hey, <insert name here> what's this beer like? Oh, he doesn't know either. I hear it's really good though." That's not going to cut it. They weren't that busy when my friends and I were in, yet it wasn't that easy to get their attention, either. Let's just say they have room for improvement in this area. I cut them some slack with my 2.0 score simply because it was so soon after opening.

The selection, as I mentioned above, was decent at first glance. Upon further review, however, it's nothing you can't get at either Barley's Brewhaus location, which are a lot more conveniently located to me, and somewhat better priced.

The food I had was, in fact, pretty good, albeit nothing I can't get at other places in town. I limited myself to appetizers, since I wanted to be able to actually afford my beer, which leads me to the value rating...

Holy Schmoley! $4.75 a pint, even for the standard macros. This isn't Long Beach, CA, guys. This is a less expensive market, and the beer prices ought to reflect that. It will be interesting to see if the prices come down, or if business dies. I can see them doing bang up business during the few race weekends, since folks come into town with money to burn. Otherwise, I'm not sure who they're catering to here. Way too expensive for the area. This wil be fun to watch, for sure.

Overall, I'd say I was really disappointed in the selection, totally underwhelmed by the service, and flabbergasted by the prices (can we say flabbergasted on BA?) Unless something changes radically, and soon, I can't see me bothering to go back.

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Photo of brewQ
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Update visit- Monday night in September**

They are feeling the need to get volume business here- Monday Night Football brings $2.75 pints all day exept for the top 10-12 imports. ( The deal is $3.25 or more in the other cities on their web site). Bartender was very good about service.

Original review:
Quiet on a rainy Saturday after their big Grand Opening.

As a beer freak, yeah, I like seeing the kegs on tap in the cooler as you walk in. Impressive.

Right now they have 100 beers on tap and only two were noted as being out. (Including one I asked about).

Four Rogue beers on tap. McCoys, 75th Street, Free State and BLVD rep the locals. (Nice to have in one place).
Lots of Colorado: NB, Boulder, Breckenridge, Flying Dog. Some decent Germans, Ayinger, Hacker Pschorr. Too many basic lagers but that's what happens in these mega tap deals.

The rub, as I saw on Midwest forum chat, is the pricing: Basic brew is $4.75 pint and the ones we had were all $5.50 a pop. That is stadium/airport pricing here. Just can't see staying here for more than a couple beers unless someone is on an expense account.

I have to question their sample policy too. First, it is 6 five ounce samples for $8.95! Then, they only have a given 'sampler of the day"- which when we were there included Labatts Blue, Killians and Smithwicks. Who pays a premium for that crap? Go figure.

Why the hell wouldn't you want customers to try beers at a decent price and not be forced to buy your specials?

The help was cool but mostly not very knowledgeable.
At least, they admitted to us that they had not tried most of the beers-
supposedly due to screwy KS laws.

A late night 8 inch pizza at $6 was very good and the only deal of the night.

This will be a fun place to watch.

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Yard House in Kansas City, KS
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