Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant

3,503 Ratings

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

100 E 14th St
Kansas City, Missouri, 64106-2919
United States

(816) 471-2340 | map

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Added by scoobybrew on 05-14-2008

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by fltmedic:
Photo of fltmedic
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Special occasion family lunch plans took us to Gordon Biersch in the Power and Light District. No one in the party had been there before, but with such a good reputation, it was worth a try.

Atmosphere is what one would expect for P&L. Dark wood, sleek, very big and open with lots of outdoor seating available both to the street side and to the Live! area.

I started with the beer sampler. The seasonal was an octoberfest. I really liked the Hefe and the Marzen was respectable as well. They represent a good variety and have a great example in each of the styles.

Our servers were great and gave us plenty of time for a relaxed meal while being very attentive, but not hovering.

The menu was great with everything from cheeseburgers up to fresh seafood. The bavarian pretzels and calamari appetizers were decent, but my blackened ahi tacos were incredible. I expect to dream about them tonight.

If this was not next door to Flying Saucer, I might make it a regular spot. For most occasions, I will choose the Saucer over Biersch. But the food at Gordon Biersch is enough to draw me back in from time to time.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of heytomcat
4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Suds
3.59/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I had to travel to Kansas City to attend a conference, so I met my wife and family there to enjoy the city on the weekend. We visited the Power and Light area and stopped into this brewpub. It is a typical chain pub, located in a commercial setting downtown. The ceilings are high and semi-finished. The place felt like a chain restaurant, and the food was unremarkable. The beer was solid, though. I had a Maibock that was tasty, and the Vienna Lager was equally good. The service, though, was exceptional. Very friendly, engaging, and helpful.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of Redrover
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped by on a Sunday. The whole area was kind of dead, but I figure Thursday through Saturday, this place is probably pretty jumping given all the other bars, restaurants, etc. close by.

Note that they have an outdoor garden. It is near the large plaza and stage that seems to be the spot of concerts and events.

Inside it is a typical GB set-up. There is a bar and bar area then a few dining sections spread over a couple of levels. The bar room has plenty of seats and is equipped with TVs so you can catch a game.

The food menu is standard GB which means there are some pretty solid choices. I had the medium rare tuna, mushrooms and rice on this visit and it was tasty.

They had about 8 beer selections. Besides the usual options, they had a Rye Lager (nice and spicy), a West Coast IPA (77 IBUs) and an oatmeal stout. While I love my German Beers, I am glad to see them branch out.

Service was prompt and the appetizers and food came out quickly.

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Photo of Derrill
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Punisher
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of mojohawk21
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Aussietravla
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mkf629
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of mikennat
4/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went here with some friends while in the Power and Light District. It is not a typical brew pub. It is very commercial and slightly uptight. I did not like that. My friend tried to order a Bud Light (yes, I bit my tongue) and the waiter was not very nice about it. He did his best to convince everyone in my party to try a beer brewed by them. I had planned to anyways, of course, and was not disappointed. The price, however, was on the steep end. I felt the same about the food. I think the next time I am in the area I will head to a different bar/restaurant with a much better selection of food and price of beer.

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Photo of WJVII
2.66/5  rDev -28.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Had some time to kill before going to the "K" for a ball game and found this on the GPS as a brewery. Didn't know anything about it so thought I would stop. Once inside realized this was no local brewery. The atmosphere was very upscale and not very laid back. Brighter interior with a lot of TV's on but not really to sports and the like, more liberal news outlets (not making a political observation at this point). The bartender was nice enough but very pushy on the seasonal Mai bock that was being served. I tried it and it will be in the review section. My buddy who was with me (and doesn't drink- I respect that of him) wanted a water and the bar tender really gave him a lot of crap about it which was not cool. I did stay for another brew as I had the time which was good. The price (none of which are posted) for 2 beers was over $10 and they were both pilsner glass size. Also, they only had 5 beers on tap which was a thin selection and none for purchase (other than growlers). All in all I would avoid this place in KC or the other 100 locations I see they have.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I had not been to a Gordon Biersch in quite some time so I thought since this one was right by the Flying Saucer. I would give it a shot. I was suprised there were not that many people in there. My bartender was a little grough at first but did get better. He suggested the sampler and thought it would be good to try some of the beers in a diferent location to see if there was a difference and for the most part they were the same. It is much better to get them at the brewery than the bottles at secialty store. The atmoshere was typical chain brewpub.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Another beer forward place in the new Power and Light district in the blossoming downtown KC area. This place is located right in the heart of the P&L and makes it really easy to find a nice place to have a pint after catching a game or concert at the Sprint Center. If you've been in any Gordon Biersch then you know exactly what the atmosphere is going to be like. Typical corporate brewpub. The one thing I will say about the atmosphere is that they have a really nice outdoor bar/patio where on a nice day its great to sit outside and watch people coming and going out of the P&L. The service is always pretty attentive. Beers are always served promptly when your empty and food is served in a timely manner. The food itself is really good. Their garlic fries are some of the best pub food you can get. The selection is Gordon Biersch brews nothing major, all lagers, but nothing bad either. The schwarzbier is probably the best beer, in my opinion, on tap. This place is pretty reasonable when compared to many of the other places in the P&L. You can get a nice 1/2 liter beer for about 5 bucks compared with the 6 bucks charged for a 12oz Bud Light served at most of the bars.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I stopped here on a recent trip to KC. It's located in the new 'Power and Electric District' - which is part of the new downtown renovations. There are steps leading up to the glass doors which open into a modern and classy dining room and bar which feels casual and comfortable enough in spite of it all. All beers in the sampler were excellent examples of their respected styles, all were very clean lagers with the exception of a hefeweizen, which was dead nuts for the authentic German style. Ordering full pints, our beers came in the appropriate glassware, which is always a nice touch. The staff was friendly and attentive and also had a decent knowledge of beer in general as well as the house beers. The food was fantastic. The marzen went great with the tasty BBQ chicken sandwich I had. Some chain brewpubs are better than others - having been to a couple - I think this is one of the top.

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Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in Kansas City, MO
Brewery rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 3,503 ratings
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