The Ainsworth - Kansas City

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157 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Ainsworth is a multipurpose venue comprised of a full scale restaurant, bar and lounge, and event space.
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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blair, manager & bartender were awesome. Had the gold wings, short ribs, salmon & oysters. All were good. Drinks were great as well. Thanks guys & see ya soon!

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E
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall good experience. Service and food was excellent. We'll be back.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here with my GF frequently, enjoy it everytime

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D
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Gluten Free options. Burger was really good.

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E
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The tables are jammed together and the music is so loud you cannot hear yourself think, let alone carry on a conversation. The food was excellent. Service was okay, but it is a “get you in, get you out quick” kind of place.” We will pass this one for dinner, but we have had an excellent lunch experience there.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

We were in from out of town visiting family. I took my boyfriend for his birthday before our flight and it was delicious!

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TB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Bit of a long wait (25 min) even though we had reservations. They were very busy and our reservation was for 6 people. Service was not very attentive for re-fills had to ask for silverware/napkins. Food was excellent and hot; the Brussels Sprouts are outstanding! Portions are generous.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

No oysters no scotch so I ordered a well bourbon neat and the charged me $7 when a single pour is $3. The waiter told me if you order it meat it’s a double pour. 3 plus 3 equals 6. Wow I’m confused.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Server was not good

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Sever was terrible but otherwise great place.

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TM
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Drinks took forever to get and it was slow. We both got burgers and they lacked seasoning and much taste. Overall it was disappointing.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately, we were not greeted by our server very well. She was slow to greet, unfriendly, and as soon as she turned to leave from our table she loudly complained to another co-worker. We decided to leave and ended up having a great experience at Red Door...as usual!

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l
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

There aren't very many entrees available for vegetarians and the service was SO SLOW. We had six people in our table, so expected it to be a little slower, but it took an hour and a half for lunch to get our food and it wasn't even that great. Staff was unenthusiastic and not very helpful.

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ND
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great burgers!
The kid Mac and cheese was fantastic, my son loved it and he is a picky eater.

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SB
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food we had was fine but we ended up just having an appetizer. Tried to order oysters and filets but both were sold out. Nobody’s fault because of blizzard I guess.
Also is a minor point but place was only about 20% full and hostess still seated us right near front door and cold drafts.

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c
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Burgers were very good ... wings were just ok! Cool atmosphere and location.

Server had a bit of an attitude ... and another staff member was inattentive when asked to find our server for our check.

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BK
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

When we walked into the restaurant the hostess was unavailable. We had no problem with that rather multiple employees that passed in front of our party without addressing us. They never looked at us or greeted us. Simply acknowledging us and informing us the hostess would be with us in a moment would have gone a long way. The food was good and waitress very attentive however we ordered two appetizers for five people and asked for small plates. Shortly thereafter the server came out with our entrees and one large plate. The timing was off and overall operations suboptimal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Organization was lacking. Checked in at 6:30 for a 7:00 reservation party of 6, went to bar. Took bar tender forever to acknowledge us. Had no idea there was a happy hour until 7:00. Looked at a table for 6 that was open the whole time but was never asked to be seated. If I wouldn’t have gone back to ask for our table I feel like they would have forgotten us. Atmosphere was great. Lots of TVs. Food was great. Our server was great. We had a good time.

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CS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

This restaurant gat great reviews on yelp. Not sure why? The food was absolutely atrocious. We had a petty of 10 and only 1 person thought the food was good. Way over priced. Never again!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Extremely loud and impossible to have a conversation. I asked waitress if the music could be turned down and she said that whenever she has asked before (apparently she has been asked this several times) the manager has said no.

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DI
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

good food. music way too loud. server was very good . just hard to carry a conversation with dinner guests.
the night we went in was not very busy, just a few tables. food took over 30 min to arrive to our table.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak and service!

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KC
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

They were out of entree we wanted to order and no soup option at lunch. Had to ask a couple times for drinks and ice.

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K
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

My family gathers for a special Christmas time meal and we pick new places to try. This time it was the Ainsworth but this is a case of not judging a restaurant by its website.

We should have known it wasn’t going to be a stellar experience when the first words out of our server’s mouth were apologies for the lack of items being available due to a delivery mishap. This would have been a great chance to offer a complimentary appetizer, drink or coupon good for a future business, something to entice us back but we got nothing. I heard the server give the same pitch to an adjacent table so it was clear he was following instructions. This limited a narrow menu even more. He also warned us the noise level would increase once the football game started which was ok with us.

The food was served promptly and was fine, nothing special but everyone was satisfied from that perspective.

The restroom was the pits— the soap dispenser torn from the wall; trash can full of paper towels and they weren’t that busy! A door leading out, perhaps to a smoking area or patio, was covered in fingerprints, obviously not part of the cleaning routine.

One bottle of wine, one steak, one hamburger and a tea and our bill for two people was $81 before the tip. I think that was more than double what it should have been for the experience and the atmosphere. I was very disappointed and don’t intend to go back.

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BO
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Have been here before and had a good experience. This time, not so much. I had a huge hair in my burger. Then a large party came so they made us move tables to make room. Then I went to the bathroom and there was no toilet paper. The manager covered my meal and offered me a drink. Not a good experience for my friend as it was her first time there.

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k
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Mac and Cheese Burger, two meals out of this decadent delight

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Took over an hour and fifteen minutes to get our order. There were eight of us. The order: 6 burgers, 1 chicken and a salad.
The manager claimed the delay was because of the other large tables. I looked...there were 2 active larger tables who had about 8 as well.
Funny thing is...the restaurant was still only half full, if that. It was not busy whatsoever.
When the food finally arrived, it was lukewarm and one order was even incorrect.
We felt bad for the waitress but she could have tried to push a little harder to help us out. Manager was clueless. They did knock off 50% of the bill, which was fine, but it’s close to two hours that we won’t get back.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time this has happened either. Never this bad though.
Love the menu and concept, but it’s officially off of our list.
We all work at a company 1 mile from this venue with 150 others and we made sure to let everyone know to not eat at The Ainsworth.

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CS
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time, very good experience! The servers were knowledgeable and attentive.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

My fries were cold, burger was fine but for the price wasn’t anything special.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

Was good, bartender was backed up so slow.

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KS
Kansas City
39 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to The Ainsworth and I will definitely go back. The service was very good and I really enjoyed my slider sampler. Happy Hour lasting until 7:00 is a definite perk!

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VG
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Really great food and ambience here. They keep struggling with service and the kitchen keeping up but overall I like this place.

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DW
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Overall Experience was good but our Server clearly just needs more training, he was knowledgeable on the menu, took drink orders 1 at a time and we ALL SEATED!!

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MH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time diners who had a great time and enjoyed it very much. Our server was great and management stopped by to make sure we were happy. High-end pub fare that was really tasty with some creative flare.

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OT
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my husband’s birthday on a Wednesday. Great service, delicious food, and great atmosphere! They even gave him a birthday shot! Will go again!

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A
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. Background music a bit too loud for good conversation. We would have stayed longer if sound had been ratchet down several notches.

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W
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

It's a great start for a restaurant, but needs a little tweaking. The outdoor terrace is nice, but the overall feeling is more sports bar than restaurant. The menu is good for burgers, but they need to add healthy alternatives. The food is a little slow coming out for a up-scale burger joint. But they are new to the KC area and I say "give it a try."

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k
Kansas City
30 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good gastro brew pub, lots of varied food choices, happy hour menu is good and the service is attentive as needed. Lots of tables for small groups and if the weather is nice has a nice outdoor area. Lots of tvs throughout the restaurant which doesn't really fit with the menu, décor and vibe of the restaurant.

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P
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for Sunday brunch. There were 2 other groups when we arrived. The decor is really neat. Loved the tile ceiling and the classic wood on the walls. From there it went downhill. Adding Bailey’s to coffee was an extra $10. This is more expensive then what they charge at a sporting event at Arrowhead Stadium. The service was okay. Our waiter seems new and still learning the menu. Didn’t share any of the drink specials. I ordered an omelette and was asked how I wanted my eggs. Maybe this is just a thing at this restaurant. Hoping for much more.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely LOVE this place! I have recommended it to all of my friends and family. I have never had a bad experience, the service and food is outstanding.

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