Eighty Eight @ The Elms
Daily, 7am - 11am
Daily, 11am - 2pm
Bar & Tavern Menu
Daily, 2pm - 10pm
Sunday - Thursday, 5pm - 9pm
Friday & Saturday, 5pm - 10pm
Nice place. The restaurant was fitting for the unique characteristics of the elms. My wife and I really enjoyed our stay at the Elms. So much history and you could literally sense it as you roamed through the establishment. The 88 was right in sync with the feel of the Elms Hotel and Spa. The wait staff is friendly and the food is good and priced accordingly.
Thankfully the food was good and our waitress was kind and informative. Unfortunately I was expecting a somewhat, 'fine-dining' experience and we went in and at the bar they had two jumbo screens blaring the Chiefs game. It had the look of an exquisite restaurant with the feel of a sports bar...I was looking for the exquisite/historic side of things.
With the cost of food as it is, I don't foresee returning for a sports bar atmosphere.
Fabulous Thanksgiving buffet, very reasonably priced with excellent service all around. All the employees are so friendly and helpful, and the ambience off the historic hotel can't be beat.
The food was very good overall. I had the fillet and crab cake. The fillet was cooked perfectly. Next time I’d skip the crab cake and go with a bigger steak. Nice sized portions. Someone else at our table had the pork shoulder and it looked wonderful. We had a charcuterie board, and I’d opt for a different starter next time around. We had a 7:00 reservation, but didn’t get seated until 7:30. Service was fine once we were seated. I will most definitely return next time I’m in the area.
The Elms is a nice place to go for dinner. Food was good albeit a little pricey. Wait staff was polite but service was very slow at the bar for pre dinner drinks and during dinner.
This said their was a wedding in the ball room so this may have overburdened the staff.
I would go again for a special get together.
Was so very disappointed. Renewed our vows here prior and the service/food was exceptional! Came for a date with spa, then cocktails, and dinner. Bartender very slow although nice enough. The food was the biggest disappointment. I used to be in marketing, and now own a business. Said when I first arrived, that I would love to market The Elms and that is should always be busy, however, after having dinner...said to my husband, if the food is not good, hard to market. It used to be excellent. Not sure what happened, as when we go out on date night, I seem to forget about The Elms so have not visited lately. It's a lovely venue with so much potential, opportunity...sorry to see it never really busy. I know this is the off season, but still should have more than 2 people in the bar/dinner area. Will try it again as I love it there! I do hope you find this helpful as I used to use these surveys to strive for perfection! Happy Thanksgiving! :)
The food was decent. Be prepared for Extremely slow service but very respectful nice staff.
Enjoyed both the chicken and pork dinners. Bacon wrapped dates was a great appetizer. The tomato bisque was excellent. The spinach salad was good.
Nice table by the fireplace.
I was very disappointed with mu dining experience. The menu listed online is not at all the menu available at the restaurant. The options are severly limited. I am
Vegetarian, and was looking to their spa inspired menue with many vegetarian options. I was informed once i was in the restaurant that they did not have a spa inspired menu, and what they did jave was no negotiable. The staff was rude. The service was incredibly slow. They have one server for the entire restaurant. I booked the reservation under a birthday occasion, and nothing was even mentioned about a birthday. The food was nothing special, and definitely overpriced for what you got. I will not be back.
The menu online was much different than the limited menu that was available. Some items on the current menu were unavailable. Good food but overpriced. They had one waitress for the entire restaurant and I felt rushed to order and finish my dinner. I was told that the hotel was recently purchased and was in transition however, I expected better service and better food quality based on the reviews of the restaurant and the hotel given the price point.
This was the second time we have eaten at the 88. Wasn't disappointed either time. The quality of the ingredients and how the food was displayed on the plate, added to our overall enjoyment. Service was excellent; as was the feel and atmosphere of the dining area. We were pleased to be seated by the fireplace which provided a warmth and coziness to the experience. Very memorable.
88 delivered on it's food. The atmosphere is nice but the lighting is a little off. Night was too bright and breakfast was too dark. They could up the ambience by using table cloths at night and adding candles to tables.
Dinner was wonderful
The menu items need to be updated. The chicken that I had was very dry and over cooked and my husbands pasta was suppose to have sausage but we could not find any
We had a wonderful dinner! Service was spectacular! We shared a bottle of local wine. Our food was paced perfectly. My husband had the filet and crab cake. It was cooked to perfection, as was my prime rib! Wonderful experience can’t wait to go back!
The final bill for dinner was $130 and my fish entrée was not good and I did not eat it. My husbands pork was better. Everything came so fast I had to ask the waitress to slow it down. Completely overpriced for what it was. The Sunday breakfast was not good either. Save your money and eat in town.
Wonderful as always.
Our table might as well have been in the kitchen. We had a reservation but they gave our table to someone who didn't want to sit next to the kitchen. Not exaggerating the door was almost hitting our table. Then the servers repeatedly tried to squeeze through hitting my chair. I literally order pizza while I was at the restaurant the food was so inedible. The waiter at least notice we hated our food and immediately took it off. I'm a vegetarian and got their vegetarian option so maybe the meat dishes are better. Our experience was not a good one though.
Our dining experience began on a great note. Our server was helpful and responsive. The appetizer and drinks were wonderful. Unfortunately, the experience took a negative turn when one of the entrees served was a substitute (brisket subbed in for a pork shoulder dish). No explanation was provided. When we asked, the server apologized and said she didn’t know they were out of pork shoulder and that the kitchen decided that the brisket would be a good substitution. It was terrible! A new order was placed. It arrived 35 minutes later. Everyone else at the table had finished their entrees. The bill arrived and there was a full charge for the new order (a ribeye). It’s hard to believe that the manager didn’t flag this mishap and act proactively to offer a concession or discount. We had to ask for the discount and it took the server at least 15 minutes to modify the check. Started out great.... ended on a sour note. Won’t be rushing back anytime soon.
Very pleasant atmosphere. Food has been better in the past. We have eaten at 88 several times over the years and they have slipped at this point.
New owners at the hotel as of this date and I am sure thigs will change. They were eating dinner the night we dined.
Service very good by Kyle our waiter. The breakfast ladies are very good as well.
I noted on my reservation that this was for a birthday and I would like to surprise my guest with a dessert for her birthday. I expected to pay for this but it apparently was never communicated. A bit disappointing.
Eighty Eight @ the Elms was a wonderful way to end the evening. Dinner was cooked perfectly and so tasty. The steak was cooked to perfection. Our waitress was amazing and adaptable for when we were seated inside and decided to sit outside.
Definitely not enough staff to handle the reservations! We have been several times and the menu never changes, they never have specials, not very many vegetarian options. Ambiance is very bleak and kind of old fashioned!
The menu does not offer varieties and prices are too high
Had a very good steak and crab cakes. The shining star was herbed compound butter that came with our rolls. Wine list was a bit limited, and I expected more local wines. A seasonal cocktail would have been so nice, but was not there. Dessert was okay, clearly not housemade, but thawed from frozen. Service was great. Loved the ambience. Too bad there was a TV... seemed to cheapen the elegance of the space.
Your host was rude. He told us we were 15 mins late for our reservation. Staff needs better training (am and pm) morning bartender is lacking.
The old building is still fabulous, and the inside still has its old fashioned cozy elegance. The room was fine but our Anniversary dinner certainly was not. The charcuterie appetizer was delicious, except the carrots were so large and so hard that we could not cut them. We both ordered the fried chicken, and both the white and dark meats were dry. The greens over the whipped potatoes were overpowering, and on the bitter side. The dessert cobbler was so overcooked that we could not get a fork into the top crust, nor distinguish the dark fruit on the bottom. With wine, this was an expensive and sorry meal. Told the wait staff, but they were defensive. In the morning, we did try breakfast. The buffet was quite good, and the salmon and dilled cream cheese on a toasted bagel from the menu was too. But not enough for us to return to 88.
We spent the night at the Elms Saturday for a 20-year anniversary and had made reservations in advance for the 88 restaurant. When we had gotten online and looked at the menu there was really good options quite a bit to choose from but then when we got there Saturday evening the menu was not the same as it was online. Our waitress had told us that within the last few weeks you guys had changed your menu but you had not gotten online yet and made the changes on their the menu is very limited very small and didn't care what was 4 on the menu. I was looking forward to the filet Oscar or the stuff chicken cordon bleu and you didn't have either one of those so I would have to say your menu is not very good. If we would have been aware of this we would have went somewhere else and ate dinner and then went and listen to some music. I wouldn't recommend the restaurant is nice but I wouldn't recommend it because the options on there are limited and are not very good or waitress was great service fine can't complain about that I just did not care for the menu whatsoever.
After waiting at our table for twenty minutes without a server even coming to take our drink order we left and went to another restaurant.
Enjoyed the breakfast buffet, very delicious and very feasibly priced. Great Bloody Mary’s. Definitely coming back!
Great drinks and food. We will definitely be back next time when we visit.
My wife and I ate there 4 dinners and 5 lunches while at the Elms. Found the help to be very friendly. And found the kitchen to be very accommodating when we wanted something fixed differently than on the menu. We ate several times outside and enjoyed the fresh air & birds.
Overpriced and overly casual style for a 125.00 meal for two. No feeling special even though we celebrated a milestone anniversary. Barely acknowledged. Ventana Grill around the corner is MUCH BETTER.
The food was excellent. We wanted a special dinner to celebrate a special occasion and we were not disappointed. The wait staff was very attentive.
We drove to Excelsior Springs Missouri and had a lovely dinner at the Elms.
No idea if the food is good or not. Had reservations for outdoor dining for anniversary dinner. Only people sitting outside was us and we got seated on the last table by the staff entrance with a bad view (all other table had a better view). Took ten minutes to get just water and when my wife said it would be nice to have a wine/drink menu the waiter replied "it would wouldn't it" and walked off. So we walked off as well and went to a nice Mexican place in town El Maguey and the service was great. Oh by the way the picture of our table is the next morning and they hadn't even been out to clean it after we left at 8pm.
Meal came over cooked but our waitress Dawn did a great job managing the issue and went above and beyond our expectations! She is an undeniable key to the success of the 88!
We were disappointed with our meal and service. It just seemed like we were visiting during your off season and it reflected with the food and service. It was subpar. I would recommend limiting your menu options during this time and putting forth more of an effort during the off season.
We are foodies and we were looking forward to our meal after looking at the menu earlier. Needless to say, it all changed once we received our food.
My husband had the fried country steak and he had to scrape the topping off. It tasted like straight vegetable oil, no seasoning. Almost like it was the same oil that everything else is cooked in.
I had the Surf and Turf, the filet was good, but the Lobster portion was ridiculously small and tasted very bland (no butter to dip it into).
Your wine list was limited also and disappointing. You do not have many options to have wine by the glass, so we had to purchase a bottle. I normally don't have a problem with that, but you didn't have a good wine selection.
We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and looking forward to a good meal.
We had our reservation for April 9th at 7:00pm
When we arrived for our reservation time, they informed us it would be 20-25 minutes. We ended up eating our meal in the bar. Food was mediocre, bartender was apologetic and kind.
We very much enjoyed our dinner while celebrating our wedding anniversary and taking advantage of all The Elms has to offer. We will return.