The American Restaurant
The American Restaurant

The American Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.theamericankc.com/
  • Phone: (816) 545-8001
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Tuesday - Saturday
    Lounge opens at 4pm
    Dinner reservations begin at 5pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Corvino
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Limited to size & certain dates.
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether celebrating a wedding anniversary or lucrative business deal, entertaining clients with an upscale reception or a five course dinner, The American Restaurant offers the perfect setting for your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Mary Meade Eastman 8165458001x
  • Entertainment: Jazz Singer & Piano most Wednesday and Saturday Nights.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 25th and Grand
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $6 Valet parking available. Self parking is validated for three hours.
A word from The American Restaurant
Voted #1 by the Kansas City public many times over, The American Restaurant is known for it's award winning contemporary cuisine. The extensive award winning wine list is one of the best in the city. The restaurant favors 3 story windows which give way to a spectacular view of the Kansas City Skyline.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The American Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (38)romantic (37)scenic view (35)fit for foodies (29)notable wine list (29)neighborhood gem (6)good for groups (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Outstanding service, Outstanding night
    TimKC
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    It has been a couple of years since my last visit to The American and I was worried about the evening. We were bringing another couple from San Francisco and we were dining quite early (5:30 pm) to make a theatre performance the same evening. My worries were quickly alleviated. Our service was oustanding. It is a rare waiter that can be attentive enough to allow for great conversations uninterrupted but always be present when we needed something. We have always found the service at the American to be the best. The food was outstanding in both presentation and taste. Unique flavors mixed together which had us intrigued with portions that were sized just right. Not too much and not too little. We left very satisfied and happy with the delicious and creative dishes. The food came out at just the right pace. We savored each dish and had a brief break before the next course. We brought our own wine and corkage fees are $35 per bottle. This is higher than any other restaurant in town. If you live in KC and it has been awhile since you've been to the American, you need to go back and enjoy this great Kansas City tradition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fine2dine
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Had many wonderful dining experiences in the past but will not return to the American Restaurant. Menu too eclectic. Overpriced for quantity. Only 3 other people in the dining room at 8:00 on Thursday night and band overpowered the near empty room. The service was good, as always but not good enough to want to return. I most certainly would not recommend the American Restaurant even to those with a taste for the eclectic.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasting memu
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    At first I did not like the idea of a tasting menu, but after finishig I was glad I had gone with it. Very interesting combinations.
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    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • special time
    greattime
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The ambience is really awesome with the view of the downtown. Suits for a special ocassion
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Location
    DannyS
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went here for our 7th wedding Anniversary and had a great experience. Service and food were great along with the view
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Staff were excellent. Menu and concept of food were confusing. Food was good not great. To expensive for the quality.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tired restaurant. Needs makeover.
    nyc2kc
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I took my wife here for our one year anniversary after hearing this is the best place in town. That may have been true 30 years ago. My heart sank when I saw the dining room was 80% empty on a Friday night at 8pm. Although there weren't enough diners to get statistical significance, I'd say the average age of the American's patrons is 70. The service is knowledgeable and very attentive, especially given they outnumber the customers 3 to 1. The menu was interesting and one of the better we've seen in Kansas City but geared towards the tasting menu with limited a la carte options. The appetizers were good, but the entrees were served cold. 21st century furniture and carpet would go go a long way. The price demands a better atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food-amazing; upholstery-update
    Lhc5
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food and service are amazing! The tasting menu was out of this world - and I am a picky eater. Ever course was the perfect size and taste. The decor is striking, but the background pieces (chairs, upholstery, etc.) and the entry desperately needs to be updated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious & Surprising
    DonnellyDines
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This restaurant was AMAZING! The atmosphere from the moment you set down until the moment you leave is outstanding. Even though you are seated in a room of tables you feel as though your in a private dining room. Everything is personal and tailored to the group at the table. The menu is fantastic and ever evolving. Great current takes on classic dishes - truly inspiring to see a chef that loves food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • superb dining experience
    London2Olathe
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is as good at anything I have had in Paris, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Dubai, etc. Outstanding menu and all prepared perfectly. Plan on taking the time to savor the flavors and not rush the dinner as we did trying to make a theatre time. Window seats are nice overlooking the fountains down below. Starters are a bit small, main courses just fine, and desert good as well. The bar is known for their extensive cocktail list and ability to remember each guest for years on end. Price is commensurate with the dining experience,but easily half of what it would cost in paris or London where we lived the past 8 years. This is 5 star food and not to be confused with a typical high end steak house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why You must eat at the American
    David
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Recently returned from LA an Santa Barbara. This restaurant compares well and must be experienced by anyone who considers themselves a "foodie". Unlike many restaurants they allow some mixing of tasting menus. The new chef has merged molecular style with real food. The outcome is wonderful. Our 3 hours seemed brief and Nick is still the master of desserts. Not as showing as Alinea but a must to sample.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenominal
    Yumnum
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Overall an amazing experience, the service was outstanding, the food was a fun adventure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The American Restaurant
    Xanon
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The American restaurant has to be Kansas City's top dining experience. Very experienced staff introduce you to a most unique menu. I would recommend it for any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion AND Everyday Value
    SouthernTransplant1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our party of 6 was celebrating our anniversary, a wedding, and a new home purchase, so we stayed at a Crown Center area hotel and walked a block to the American. We had the chef's various "tasting menus" and were very impressed. (Our daughter greatly enjoyed her vegetarian choices). The mixed drinks were potent, the views inside and out panoramic, the waiters professional and genial, and the ambiance soothing, gorgeous and fun, not stuffy or crowded. The prices were reasonable given the quality, portions & wellness. I lived in KC in the 90s and heard that all the "Chicago railroad barons" went there, and now we know why. We will definitely go back, and not just for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner at the American
    KCBrian
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The American restaurant is one of the best restaurants in kansas city with a superb wine cellar. We celebrated our anniversary on a Thur night which was also 50% off on all wines 2000 or older, which was a fantastic deal! The food was, as always, superb. We brought our own bottle of vintage champage and purchased a gorgeous 1995 Chateau Angelus to have with dinner. The service is always exceptional and the view out of the huge windows is just perfect as you get to view the kansas city skyline. Strongly recommend the American for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb dining in BBQ land
    punkydd
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A near world class dining experience in Kansas City, no BBQ in sight. Skipping a tasting menu would be a shame, as you will miss many never dreamed of ingredient and taste combinations. The staff genuinely understood the menu offerings. Deep wine list and great course wine pairings. A couple minor quibbles - a beef "done two ways" was a little too tough, braised fennel too stringy to eat, and the decor of the high ceilinged dining room, although quiet and roomy, is quite sixties-ish and dated (the Sinatra tape playing on loop didn't help). The restaurant is part of the Hallmark Cards corporate complex, which could explain. We had a wonderful meal and overall enjoyable dining experience with friendly, casual yet professional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific!
    Hawkeye
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wonderful, uniquely different menu. Unexpected & unusual combinations of flavors with great outcome. It was a treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michael Does it again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Again, one of the most fabulous evenings ever. Everything prepared to perfection with amazing style and palate. Fabulous wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    Kris
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My spouse and I ordered two different tasting menu with the wine pairings. It was a special evening. The food is very, very good. Very creative. The wine pairings were nice, but a little too desserty for my taste on the last two courses. The service is truly impeccable, but also very friendly (Midwestern thing). Lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Perfect service from Nick and the rest of the staff - could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vive La Renaissance
    DD99VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    After several moribund decades, The American has reclaimed its rightful position at the top of the KC food chain. Driven by an inventive new chef, the place hums with new energy, scheduling special events too numerous to mention. Now again best in town for serious diners' "special night out." Could use a facelift, though -- carpet, restrooms, chairs, black tablecloths have got to go.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 778 reviews are from the The American Restaurant reviews archive.
  • American disappointing
    Blameitonrio
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We dined at the American Restaurant on Saturday night and were highly disappointed! We're fairly open-minded with food and adventurous and therefore always get a tasting menu at a restaurant when it's presented to us. The American's courses were just not good, in some cases. A caviar course (was decent), followed by a trout roe course (2 fish egg courses in a row??, and was not good), followed by a snail and rose water course (not sure if anyone had actually tasted this one, but was awful). 2 main courses were good, cheese course was good, dessert course was ruined by the tobacco flavored ice cream served on the side, which burns the throat. Typically like unusual food, but if tastes good. Won't be back.
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    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in KC!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Chef Corvino has raised the bar at the American to a level not seen since the 90's. Everything was absolutely delicious. I especially enjoyed the uni and canteloupe dish along with the beef tartare. If you have not been to the American recently, you have to make it happen. Best food in KC right now along with the top notch service you expect from the classic fine dining venue.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Still One of the Best
    BobB
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The American Restaurant has been around for quite a while but it remains one of the truly top end dinner spots in Kansas City. The service is excellent and the food superb. Expensive with portions that are rather small, however the quality, preparation and presentation are all impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Our dinner was lovely. Service was impeccable. The meal was interesting and delicious. It was very, very expensive. Definitely a special occasion restaurant. Beautiful room and view, too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For adventurous foodies...
    AnniversaryDiner
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I was excited to try the American. My first impression upon walking in was not positive. The decor has not been updated since the restaurant was built in 1974. It was no doubt at the height of architectural style then but to be honest I felt like we were dining at a bad yard sale. The view is wonderful. The food is art. The presentations and flavor combinations were unlike anything I had experienced. Unfortunately, for someone without the benefit of culinary education or practice it was hard to fully appreciate. I am certain the American is at the height of the culinary arts. I was simply not cultured enough to fully appreciate it. If you are you will likely enjoy it. If you are not you might want to spend your hard earned money elsewhere.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Belle
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food and service was superb and we highly reccomend this to everyone.What a great anniversary dinner. I thought I had ate good salmon all over the world but nothing and I mean nothing could touch what I had on Saturday night(June 28th).Excellent ,excellent
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing . . .
    DiningSisters
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    In conjunction with our farewell to Willie, we took my sister from NJ to The American last week. Our experience was incredible - impeccable service, exquisite food and presentation, beautifully paired wines. The American is one of the best restaurants we've experienced . . .
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • 618-231-2700
    fmeaVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food was artfully prepared and presented. Rather than order off one of the "tasting's," our table all opted to order from the ala carte menu. For the price, the portions were exceedingly small. I have eaten at a number of restaurants that presented small portions in a tasting ensemble, with 7 to 9 courses and was quite happy with them, but with the small portions, even after desert, we all left hungry.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    KCdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Some dishes were excellent (white asparagus soup w/ poached egg, Maine scallops) while others were disappointing (oysters & caviar, pacific black cod, ispahan). Oysters & caviar included only 1 oyster & a small amount of caviar; black cod was nicely prepared but accompaniments were very sparse (only 2 or 3 fava beans & 2 or 3 mushrooms). The dessert, ispahan, was barely edible - way too perfumy. The service (Jared) was superb & the atmosphere, as always is incomparable. However, for what was charged, we are hard-pressed to recommend the American. Incidentally, our experience with this restaurant goes back some 30 years.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Legacy Disappointment
    BillVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Although the room was lovely and service excellent as always, we were disappointed in the 40th Anniversary Legacy Dinner. As my wife said, people shouldn't leave a $300 dinner feeling hungry. This was aggravated by waiting over 30 minutes between courses which is hard to understand since room wasn't full despite reservations being full. Tasting menu and wine flights were elegant to view but not filling to eat.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • American's 40th anniversary
    TravelingFoodie
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This evening was fantastic! the food was really out of this world. It helped us appreciate that the Kansas City Food scene is full of great energy. Featuring six chefs - one for each course, amazing wine pairings. It was absolutely delightful, every detail was perfect. The meal (including the win pairings) was quite expensive, but for such a special meal, it was a worthy indulgence. The actual reservation process on open table was a little clunky, because it was a special event. American restaurant has had to call me back to confirm that I understood it was a special event. Would be great if there was a way for open table to know that.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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  • I'll be back.
    PDiddy1234Not
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great service. Great Chefs & kitchen crew. Exciting food. Can't wait to return. Amazing. Since thanks. Much gratitude.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Limited menu, lamb ribeye the fattest I've EVER had, portions small, staff stiff, best thing about it was bartender and he is retiring July 1!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed 5 star
    KCDiner57
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We asked for a window table and told it was reserved - no one ever showed. The choices of entrées were limiting. Wine list too complicated. Ordered a 2009 Cakebread Cab and sommelier brought a 2010 and didn't even know the difference until we said something. He did not try to help us with another selection. Also this vintage was less expensive but he did not offer to give us any credit. They triple the cost of their wine. The portions in the tasting were really small. In a 5 star you should never have to ask for anything - for example ice or butter refills. And finally - we had looked forward to using the credit on our KC Originals card - only to be told that they could not redeem any points, only add them.
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  • Excellent
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Our server was very helpful with selections on menu. Food delicious. Made our anniversary a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd time not a charm
    Memphis
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    This was my third visit and while the first two experiences were outstanding, this dinner fell short of our expectations. Specifically, the Pacific Cod had a poor presentation, tasted weird and had a pasty texture. Otherwise the experience was as expected.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • The Art of Fine Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We were in town for a weekend, and were very impressed. Excellent views of downtown, regal interior, classic feel. While the decor and ambience are a bit "old school", the food is contemporary and inventive, and the wine list outstanding. Highly recommend the tasting menus with the wine pairings, you will have the best experience. Molecular gastronomy meets Walla Walla tradition. Outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Amazing experience
    WorldTravelers
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This was our first time eating at the American. Every dish was a delicate work of art. Presentation was exquisite, and the flavors were amazing. One of the best meals we've ever had - anywhere.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Impressed
    bullfrog2424
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We went to the American for our 11 year wedding anniversary. My wife has always wanted the fine dining experience s i I surprised her with dinner. The restaurant was a bit outdated but beautiful none the less. The food on the other hand was by far not to our liking! The menu was extremely vague and we had not expected anything to taste the way it did. No disrespect to the chef but the "experience" 10 course meal was apparently not suitable for our "less than sophisticated" palates. We did however enjoy our experience very much!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet