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Hays House

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112 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846-1703
620 767 5911
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere upstairs is much more upscale and more to my liking. Food is generally pretty good though it can be inconsistent at times. I've had some really good meals here as well as some very average ones. Get a steak.

Thank pmorty
Topeka, KS
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760 reviews
500 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 385 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hubby ordered the buffet and I got the Mediterranean salad and subbed beef for the chicken. My salad was $18. Hubbys all you can eat buffet was $15. The steak on my salad came perfectly cooked - but with absolutely no seasoning or flavor. Hubby said the fried chicken had good breading, but also zero flavor. Service was prompt and... More 

Thank breoni
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good brisket sandwich with good proportion of meat and home made dill bun , BBQ sauce on the side with pickles, ordered slaw but wife had onion straws which were excellent. Server was friendly keeping water glasses full. Clean and prompt.

Thank Jerry W
Lawrence, Kansas
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the Second time I have eaten here and swore after the 1st time I would not go back ... We were with a Group so we ate here again. . Not one person in our group said they would go back again !!!! If you are going to charge $14.95 for a buffet You might want to have... More 

Thank lesliet945
Midway, Kentucky, United States
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I had lunch, and it was okay. Service was excellent and portions were plentiful. Lots of locals were having lunch, so it's a popular place.

Thank 294Mike
Olathe, Kansas
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921 reviews
544 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Stopped for lunch and had chili and a salad and wife had a burger. Kind of mediocre on both counts - lots of people there and seemed like the fried stuff was the main things people ordered. Worth the history, but not the food. Prices were inexpensive though. Very very busy and hard working staff.

Thank JimOB1
Wichita, Kansas
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

This was our first visit and we were not disappointed. Salad bar came with the fried chicken dinner. The salad bar was very good with fresh items. The fried chicken and chicken fried steak were both very good. Shared strawberry pie. Good service and very pleasant atmosphere. Very reasonable prices as well.

Thank shockergal
Springfield, Missouri
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Saw this place and thought it looked interesting, so we stopped. We had the Sunday fried chicken buffet. It was cheaper than many of the other options and also included your drink. The buffet didn't have a large variety, but everything was very good. I did add salt and pepper to my gravy and green bean casserole, but when I... More 

Thank Tammy R
Ponca City, Oklahoma
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

This is a great historic restaurant in a very historic town. The Hays House has been in continuous business since the Santa Fe Trail Days. The service is good and the food is okay. The real draw is the history of both this place and many other attractions around town.

Thank SuZi520
Topeka, Kansas
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

We visited on a Sunday and decided on the chicken buffet because at $14.95, it looked mine The best deal and almost everyone ok The place was having on. The decor was rustic and we had good service. Our waitress was very attentive even though we had the buffet. The salad bar was okay and could have used a few... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 112 W Main St, Council Grove, KS 66846-1703
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Council Grove
  • Phone Number: 620 767 5911

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?