Eighty Eight @ The Elms

3.4
288 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
88 at The Elms boasts a rustic American dining experience. Our menu is built around quality produce featuring seasonal, locally grown and procurred ingredients, many from the grounds of The Elms.



Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily, 7am - 11am

Lunch
Daily, 11am - 2pm

Bar & Tavern Menu
Daily, 2pm - 10pm

Dinner
Sunday - Thursday, 5pm - 9pm
Friday & Saturday, 5pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(816) 630-5500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Private dining in the Upper 88 is available with advance reservations. The Eighty Eight has a seasonal menu with an emphasis on locally sourced products. Shatto milk and Barham farms meats are a couple of the products we feature. For an event over 15 people please contact our sales department for our banquet options.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Regent and Kansas City Ave
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Parking details
The Elms offers three parking lots for self parking and also offers valet parking for a fee.
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Special events & promotions
Thanksgiving Brunch
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 288 People Are Saying
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58% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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.

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JT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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LS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

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! :)

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A
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was decent. Be prepared for Extremely slow service but very respectful nice staff.

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1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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RS
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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.

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KC
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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.

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RS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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LP
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner was wonderful

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U
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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

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J
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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J
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always.

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c
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

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l
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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HR
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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M
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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C
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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TM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

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!

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RS
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The menu does not offer varieties and prices are too high

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JG
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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P
Springfield
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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AL
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

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.

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SM
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the breakfast buffet, very delicious and very feasibly priced. Great Bloody Mary’s. Definitely coming back!

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G
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks and food. We will definitely be back next time when we visit.

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M
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

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S
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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E
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We drove to Excelsior Springs Missouri and had a lovely dinner at the Elms.

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c
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

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!

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KS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

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1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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.

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DE
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We very much enjoyed our dinner while celebrating our wedding anniversary and taking advantage of all The Elms has to offer. We will return.

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