Eighty Eight @ The Elms

3.4
322 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.



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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us for our annual Easter Brunch Buffet! The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures and all kids up to 10 years of age can take part in our Easter Egg Hunts at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Enjoy great fun and delicious food for the entire family. Space is limited so reserve your table today!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 322 People Are Saying
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DE
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Again disappointed that menu changed since I viewed it online last week. Manager?? was snippy when I asked about being checked in get open table points. She directed me to hotel front desk-as if they have anything to do with it.

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DE
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A little pricey for portion and very limited menu which apparently changed since I viewed it online last week :(

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Food was cold. Chicken Marsala was absolutely disgusting. The entire meal tasted like the oil it was cooked in. Super slow service. Save your money and go elsewhere.

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JT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I dined at this restaurant and the food and service were excellent. The only suggestion we would make to improve the experience is to include more entrees on the menu as there were only six to choose from. We would definitely return the the Elms hotel and 88 restaurant!

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R
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Menu was limited. Food was overpriced for what you got. Food had no seasoning. Like, none. Rice was overcooked, coconut was undercooked. Vegetable medals was 7 pieces of squash the size of a dime.

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ND
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We spent $140 for food that was of less quality than my elementary school cafeteria food. Chicken marsala was awful. Ribeye was as thick as a book of checks.

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g
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Hopes were high for this hotel but unfortunately the food lacked. It took almost 45 minutes for 2 omelets. Not to mention it was an up-charge when we asked to substitute anything.

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T
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was top notch both nights we were there. Food was delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thank yiu

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KH
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch menu pretty basic but the food and service were both good. Very historic location.

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The service eas not great at first. But after I talked with the manger. The service was a little better.

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ST
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Changed menu day we went. Only like 5 options. Service was poor..not happy and we left.

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JE
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner was great. Breakfast was only one server and so it took ages!

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MB
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was nothing close to sub-par. From taste, presentation and everything in between. Was gross!

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very close to other tables. Long wait time for mediocre food. Regret going.

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MS
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

The wait was long. The food was over priced. The steak was tough and over cooked. The service was poor and slow. I do not recommend this place for dinner. The breakfast buffet was good and worth the price.

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very positive experience at 88 while we were staying The Elms. The food was delicious & unique. The service was great. The ambience was nice with the fireplace. We had an early dinner so it was quiet. Portion sizes are a bit on the smaller side so keep that in mind, but it made it so we actually had room for the yummy dessert!

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LV
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Anniversary dinner

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was wonderful. I would definitely recommend the Kale Caesar salad. My husband had the steak and said it was great.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I decided my thoughts on "value" for the 5 course valentine dinner based on comparing the price and description of the various "courses" that I might have chosen from in the regular dinner menu & felt that for the selection and EXPERIENCE this would be a good value...
Each course was substantially smaller than similar plates served from the regular menu. The selection was clearly prepared well in advance and many items that should have been served cold and fresh were still frozen. After all 5 courses, my husband and i both left famished & wanting to order a pizza. My carpaccio tasted AGED (and not in a good way for RAW meat). The chicken was delicious, but the vegetable selection served with any plate was sparse. My huband's pasta primavera had a single quartered tomato and few other recognizable bits of veg. I did enjoy the seating in the mezzanine and the ambiance was better than the food. However, even that had a hiccup. I expected with advance reservation for a romantically served meal that the other diners on the mezzanine were also there for the 5 course meal, but we were interrupted by a loud drunk couple who apparently were able to just be seated in that area despite not participating in the romantic 5 course offering. They fortunately excused themselves from the area before placing their order but not before ruining a fair part of our meal and our appetite by loudly & belligerently chatting with each other. My waitress was kind and as thorough as possible, however she was either understaffed or over set because she was running like mad, never offered us a second drink and the final course (which we took to-go) came out 2.5 hours after we were seated (the first course and drinks took 45min). Overall, far less impressive than I had hoped.

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RB
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We were there Valentine's day for their 5 course meal. Service was slow, they appeared disorganized. Food was average and not very warm.

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DR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was adequate the steak was exceptionally great in taste and tenderness. The wait staff were great but the delivery time was horrible. We were sitting there for over an hour waiting on the main course. The asparagus was cold the potatoes were crusting and luke warm. Honestly the rest was overshadowed by that disappointing wait and then to have cold food. The area we were seated at after having a reservation for 2 weeks was basically the bar. The bar noise was ridiculous. I had hoped to be seated in the dinning room!
All in all a disappointment. We would have had a better ambiance at home with our bulldogs.

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BH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Last minute Valentine Dinner. Didn’t order the special because wife on a diet so ordered from the menu. We both ordered beef tenderloin and it was excellent as well as the salad, veg, and potatoes. Great service. Prices ok but a little high. Great place for s special dinner.

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OT
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Outdated and limited menu. Portion sizes were extremely small and the prices were way too high for what you get. For us, the Elms and The 88 was a one and done. We won't visit again and my suggestion is you pass on this place and find another way to spend your weekend!

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BM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

88 had a beautiful selection of food and drinks. The staff was superb and the food delicious.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moms 42nd birthday- girls trip

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SH
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food choices were limited and over priced. They have no substitute options if you have any dietary needs. My food was undercooked and the presentation was beyond lacking. Service was ok.

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RH
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was okay but very limited on choices. I expected better for the price.

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OT
Kansas City
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We made NYE dinner reservations via Open Table and the reservations were confirmed by the restaurant without any mention of special limited service.

When we arrived we were told our only option was a NYE buffet celebration price fixed. We were seated in the bar. Being told about such limited options upon arrival is just not good business.

Highlight was that bartender offered good service !

We have been here many times for over night, family meals and special occasions.

Regular meals service is usually good but large buffets are simply not managed well.

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C
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great meal at Eighty-Eight at the Elms - delicious salad and truffled deviled eggs, and outstanding rib eyes and potato gratin. It was the perfect end to an evening after relaxing time spent at the spa. We would go back!

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CS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and service were great and the wine, side dishes, and desserts were good, but the short ribs and strip steak were both quite tough, so our meals were very disappointing.

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CR
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance, the service and the food. Although we were glad to pay the automatic 23% gratuity, it would have been nice to know that in advance.

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JT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were outstanding on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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J
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food! The filet Oscar was so good!!

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SH
1 review
Dined on December 2, 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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D
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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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 10, 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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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 10, 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 26, 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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