The American Restaurant
Our first visit back thereOur first visit back there after a few years. We wont wait so long next time. Liked the new menu and food preparation could not have been better. Wine, pricey, but excellent. We had the day boat scallops and the Campo Lindo chicken. Side courses were excellent as well. Service (Robert and helpers) has to be the best in town by far.This place is not cheap by any means but in any other City would cost much more.. Nice view, but the Crown Center location remains a drag on draw for dinner, as the restaurant, on a Friday evening, was nowhere near full. There should be a line out the door. If it were in Leawood, reservations would be needed a month in advance. Maybe some more promotion would help.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMbeautiful eveningIf you're looking for a special place and a leisurely meal, the American fits the bill. Meals are priced by the number of course(s) selected.
Prime rib with spring garlic sauce was perfectly prepared, as was the halibut. Amuse bouches were interesting treats.
The service is careful and considerate. And the setting is wonderful in the evening when the windows are open.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMA Fabulous Experience!We had the tasting dinner and it was wonderful. We have dined here many times and have had consistenly great food
and service. The bar is also wonderful. Willie the bartender has been there since this place opened and always greets us warmly. This is my favorite restaurant in KC! The rib eye was great. The Nickers Bar dessert was sublime. Our wine was decanted into a decanter that was like a piece of art. The dining room has a wonderful, quiet atmosphere; one can actually carry on a conversation. There was light piano music with a live singer us in the lounge that added just the right touch.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfectionFrom the view, to the service, to the food.... And to the price point... Everything was perfect!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best dining experienceI first took a major account there for dinner in 2012. It was so impressive they begged us to return again the same time this year. It did not dissappoint. This place is first class and worth the trip.6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food and Great ServiceThe food was amazing perfect portions and great timing on delivery - however there is no rush take your time and enjoy the setting and atmosphere - from the gm to the waiters everyone was very pleasant and enhanced the overall experience - the view of the Kansas City downtown buildings is good (just not my thing more of a wide open spaces landscape guy) - I will definitely recommend this restaurant to others!!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstandingWe had the four course dinner and it was fabulous. Loved the antelope. This restaurant is expensive but worth it. Cocktails were wonderful. The waitstaff was superb! We will go back.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMNotes for the ownershipLoved the restaurant and the history behind it. The food and wine are the stars of the show!
Place really needs the interior updated. Still looks like the 70s, if the ownership would spend some money on updating the place - man you would have lines out the door. The food and wine are amazing. I will for sure be back for a special occasion. Place looks the best at night.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMOne-of-a-kind experience !After being away from the KC area for almost 20 years, I'd dined at The American a year or so ago, and was impressed that we had such a top-notch, unique dining experience here in KC. For our anniversary, I decided to take my wife there for dinner this past Friday night. We've traveled alot, and living in places like Phoenix and San Francisco area, we have enjoyed some truly memorable dining experiences... so it was terrific to come home and find a place like The American which provides fine dining. The food this past Friday night was very good, but it wasn't what I would call "great". Service was outstanding, and when they open up the blinds after sunset so that guests can enjoy the downtown skyline view, it made for a great evening out.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMportionsi ordered the 5 course and was told that the portion sizes would be reduced as to enjoy each serving, problem was i was wanting more , the flavor and tasting was unreal but was quite disappointed in the portion sizes, we re not talking a 6 oz lobster tail but a tail the size of your thumb, one instead of 2 did not cut it for me, we've gone to the American every time we go back to Kansas City and i don t remember if this was the policy before or not !!!5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM20th Anniversary DinnerAll the way around a terrific experience. Food and service from the valet to our server made our evening very special.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday Week Kickoff DinnerOutstanding restaurant and impeccable service. We had a great time. We were the last to leave and never once felt rushed - very attentive without being overbearing. The food was perfect.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThe American is known as aThe American is known as a very upscale and stiff restaurant. This bruch was a departure from that expectation. The atmosphere was relaxed and fun. There was piano music on the background. Very much a wonderful experience!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThumbs UpExcellent choice for a special occasion or a romantic weekend. Nice location in Kansas City. Excellent food and outstanding friendly service. A top pick to treat someone special. Beautiflul view.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMA True Midwest GemGreat food, great service, great view! The American restaurant is a MUST stop in Kansas City. The place has an old time classy feel. The decor is beautiful and the scenic view of the city amazing! The food is a treat for the eyes and palette. If the antelope is on the menu, get it, it was superb! It was tender and complimented by the chorizo. Excellent presentation and flavors. This place does not disappoint. I've frequented top restaurants in Vegas, D.C., And Manhattan. This place competes with the best of them. Two more notes: the service is impeccable and the live entertainment a treat. We visited on a Saturday night and had a great time. CHEERS!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAs Always, the service andAs Always, the service and food were great. Our server was most helpful and made our dining experience great. Love the headed menu, was a big hit with my companion. The American is clearly the best restaurant in town and world class in service.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAs this restaurant had recentlyAs this restaurant had recently changed chefs, our meal had a few glitches. Sadly, the return diners that accompanied us sent a couple of courses back and were greeted graciously with other choices and other accommodations that worked very nicely. Service was impeccable. Our seats afforded us a beautiful view of downtown.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMAmerican Restaurant great exp.I had a business associate come in town from the east coast. Neither he nor I had been to the American Restaurant. We were very impressed with the amazing view of the Kansas City landscape. We could see Crown Center, Union Station, Hallmark Cards, downtown KC, the new Kauffman Performing Arts Center, Bartle Hall, and much more. The food was outstanding. We had a 3-course meal with antelope as the main dish. The thing I liked about the food was it was not based on quantity but on quality. We both felt full and very satisfied but not stuffed. The service was excellent and the American Restaurant is truly not only a 5 star restaurant but a Kansas City gem as well. Highly recommend it.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent staff and food everyExcellent staff and food every time for the past 15 years.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful restaurant everyWonderful restaurant every time we go. Some of the best and most interesting food we've ever eaten.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThe American had stellar serviceThe American had stellar service and our dinner was outstanding. The Chef deserves all the awards she receives. Everyone made us feel extra special as we celebrated our wedding anniversary! I highly recommend The American for a special night out.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMI have always loved The AmericanI have always loved The American Restaurant! It is the most beautiful restaurant I have ever seen, and the food is excellent! Debbie Gold is extremely talented! Service is spectacular and friendly! So why are so few tables filled on a Friday night? Our reservation was at 7:00 p.m. There was only one other table seated when we arrived. Only three more tables were seated (5 people total) while we were there. People don't know what they are missing!3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service were bothFood and service were both excellent. THe wait stuff was attentive and knowledgable about the menu without being intrusive or snobby. THe view was gorgeous. It was the perfect place to celebrate an anniversary with my husband.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThe tasting menu was wonderfulThe tasting menu was wonderful and inventive. We especially liked the knowlegable and careful service of our waiter.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMEasily the best ambiance inEasily the best ambiance in the K.C. area - great view of downtown & performing arts center. Food & service both superb.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe view from this restaurantThe view from this restaurant is second to none in Kansas City, Missouri1/21/2013 12:00:00 AM