Eighty Eight @ The Elms

3.3
303 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.



What 303 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.3based on recent ratings
3.5
food
3.4
service
3.7
ambience
2.9
value
Noise · Quiet
53% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
JB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

Report
Helpful
RB
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

Report
Helpful
DR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

Report
Helpful
BH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 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!

Report
Helpful
BM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moms 42nd birthday- girls trip

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Kansas City
24 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
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.

Report
Helpful
C
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 27, 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!

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
J
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
SH
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
OT
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.

Report
Helpful
OT
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.

Report
Helpful
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! :)

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
S
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
KC
Kansas City
6 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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
LP
St. Louis
4 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.

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

Dinner was wonderful

Report
Helpful
U
Kansas City
22 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

Report
Helpful
J
Kansas City
8 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!

Report
Helpful
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.

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

Wonderful as always.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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!

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

The menu does not offer varieties and prices are too high

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
8

Tweets by Eighty Eight @ The Elms