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About Eighty Eight @ The Elms
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.
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Daily, 7am - 11am
Daily, 11am - 2pm
Bar & Tavern Menu
Daily, 2pm - 10pm
Sunday - Thursday, 5pm - 9pm
Friday & Saturday, 5pm - 10pm
Regent and Kansas City Ave
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Elms offers three parking lots for self parking and also offers valet parking for a fee.
Private Party Facilities:
Private dining in the Upper 88 is available with advance reservations. The Eighty Eight can customize a dining room menu or you can contact The Elms sales department to choose from the banquet menu (available on select dates only).
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Eighty Eight @ The Elms Ratings and Reviews
Enjoyed our overall experience. Our waiter was working both the dining floor and the upstairs making our wait to order longer than others. We were seated at a table under the stairs which was noisy and dark. On our reservation I noted we would be celebrating a birthday and that was never recognized. We had a tour following dinner and we were hoping to order dessert but didn’t have time since it took awhile to get our food ordered.
We were staying at The Elms for a few nights away as a family. Food was well-prepared and delicious. Cocktails also were spot-on spins on classic drinks.
Our server was great but it felt like she was spread thin. Only issue was noise from karaoke at a nearby private event which detracted from the ambiance in the dining room. We will be back!
Went to the Elms to celebrate our anniversary. The food was wonderful. My pork chop was huge and cooked to perfection. It had to have been at least 16 oz., juicy and tender. The wife's fried chicken was crisp and tender. The chicken was placed on a bed of fresh greens and mashed potatoes. The gravy was excellent also. We will gladly eat there again!
The restaurant and bar are nicely appointed in an old hotel with lots of character. The large round room is very interesting. Our steaks were cooked properly but I expect a thicker cut in a premium restaurant. There was a large group elsewhere on the property that I believe our waitress was attending as we were not given much attention.
We actually dined at the Elms for dinner and breakfast the following day. Both times our server was subpar. We were constantly waiting for refills of water. Our dinner drinks from the bar arrived after our appetizer and we ordered them before.
For dinner we had steak and potatoes. Our steaks were very fatty - not a lot of meat and was basically rare when we ordered medium. The potatoes were almost runny. The asparagus was good and our appetizer (butcher block) was good. I have had a better steak at a chain restaurant. Dinner is overpriced.
Breakfast was better. They had a buffet for a fair price that included an omelet bar. The only criticism I would have is that the bacon and hasbrowns were overcooked. Every thing else was good!
In the future when we stay at the hotel we will dine elsewhere for dinner.
We enjoyed a special occasion in a quiet, quaint yet upscale venue in this lovely old hotel restaurant. The servers didn't seem up to snuff this weeknight evening, a bit slow in responding but dinner was good. As the evening commenced, the background music was no longer "background" and the tv's in the bar area as well as the patrons got loud. We'd both hoped for a quiet meal...maybe next time or perhaps we were expecting too much. We'll no doubt try it again though.
we ordered the caprese and was literally served kitchen scraps (every tomato on the plate was the end bit) the chicken friend steak overbreaded, undercooked and greasy and get this...served with only a HALF of a potato for $25. My wife ordered some stuffed avocado and it literally had one bite of salmon. Not sure if they know what stuffed means. I ordered a Jamison and ginger ale, comically it was served to me in a rocks glass which meant that there was only room for a splash of ginger ale. Also meant that I spent the entire meal trying to choke it down where normally I would have ordered 2 or 3. Very disappointed. We paid a pretty penny to stay at the adjoined hotel and another pretty penny for that meal and definitely didn't get what we paid for.
Overall a good experience. Atmosphere is unique and fun. Both times we dined here during our stay we were seated under an alcove and it was a loud location. We could hear every conversation around us! Although the restaurant was less than halfway full the second evening we were there the host told us that they were booked, and directed us to the Tavern, where the bartender was the only one taking orders (including drinks!). He did a great job juggling it all. Fried green tomatoes appetizer and salads were good. Steak both nights was too rare and very, very fatty. Breakfast buffet was good, but again, the second morning there was a wait (for a buffet!) and the restaurant was again not half full. I am assuming it was a staffing issue.
There's no getting around it, service at this place is absolutely terrible. Our waitress was covering at least 8 tables, one of which had a party of ten, while the other serverseach had three or four tables max. Can't quite understand why it was distributed that way, but bottom line was, we waited FOREVER for our meal. When it arrived, the food had clearly been sitting under the lights for a long time. Sauces were congealed, very unappetizing Not cool.
Eating at 88 was not the experience I thought it would be. My boyfriend and I went on a date night here when staying at the Elms. We had to wait at the very beginning, multiple people took "care" of us, my chicken was raw, my boyfriends steak was undercooked and had no flavor. I would not blame our server for our experience as you could tell it was way under staffed. I saw three servers for the whole restaurant which made the hostess and food runner do more than normal. We saw the manager "help out" by carrying food out of the door and handing it to the staff. I was really excited to go on a fancy dinner date with the boyfriend but ended up pretty disappointed. I don't know if this was a bad night as I know things can happen but it was not the best experience.
Our food was great, and they had a good selection of Gluten Free options. We had the scallops to start, strip steak for our main course and creme brulee for dessert. The Lavender Lady Cocktail was excellent. Service was good. Nice quiet spot for an intimate dinner.
The entrees were good, the sides were just ok. Our waiter came off inexperienced. It was loud, large bachorette group. On the second floor looked like some quiet, romantic dining. After I noticed this, I asked the waiter how one gets a seat up there, he says u should have asked for it. How was I to know? Drinks were interesting.
We were visiting family in the area I thought it would something special to have brunch at this historic hotel. I called ahead for the menu, made reservations. They had scrambled eggs, country potatoes that were heavily salted and crispy. Biscuits had burned to the bottom of the hot dish had to sort through them. Bacon was good. No pancakes which was specifically mentioned on the phone, french toast instead and muffins and fruit. Made to order omelette was not fully cooked. Waitress did not provide any drink options that came with the brunch. Just a disappointment for $14, the dining room was nice but so was the hotel lobby.
We had a bad experience last year and wanted to come back and try again. Waited 30 minutes for a table with a reservation. Almost two hours until we received our food. The manager was apathetic towards our feedback. Food was marginal at best. We love the Elms and the spa, but the restaurant dining experience has ruined our visit two years in a row.
I booked a room for a romantic evening with my wife in whom I'm seperated from as we are rebuilding our marriage, and The Elms fit the bill perfectly!! We got a couples massage and also reserved a table at 88 At The Elms. We were very excited to experience this restaurant. It didn't disappoint either! Although it was a bit loud and the initial service was a little slow we enjoyed to food very much. The setting was perfect and my wife looked amazing so waiting a bit for service was no problem. The wine list is good and the food tasted amazing. I recommend it for sure. The manager staff was on the ball and helping with the heavy volume of patrons so that always helps when u see and feel the staff really working hard to accommodate the team as a whole. The price was very fair as well.
The food was very good.. from the fried chicken to the ribeye and halibut. Everything was well prepared and tasty. However the service was horrible! Drinks took forever to get and at one point we were told that the bartender was behind.. we were waiting on a glass of wine. When asked if we wanted dessert I asked how long it would take. Server said not long.. 10 mins later she came back to tell us what our options were for dessert. It was restaraunt week.. staff up and be prepared! The food was good but not good enough to make up for the slooooowww service!
The restaurant ambiance was great! Loved sitting next to the working fireplace. Food was good, although our waitress did not let us know about the daily special. We heard it from the waiter at the table next to us, but it was too late. We had already ordered. I would have ordered the special, it sounded great. Overall a good experience. Would eat there again.
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