The Ainsworth - Kansas City

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171 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, Sports bar and lounge, and event space.
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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

It took over an hour to get our food and the restaurant was only half full. Glasses not filled regularly and no silverware given. Eggs ordered over medium were hard and cold. Manager never stopped by to apologize or inquire. Super disappointed.

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J
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I generally love this place and have visited for happy hour and dinner in the past. We had brunch there this time and it was way off. The orders were wrong, the food was cold took forever to come out, even though the restaurant wasn’t particularly busy. They even messed up an English muffin. They apparently cooked it on the grill. It came up with a thick crust of grease on it. Not butter. It tasted like grease. I’ll go back but never again for brunch.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was greeted when first arrived and was given a choice of tables. Food was great, service was on point. Management came by and checked in as well.

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

It was delicious! We had great service. My only complaint is that it is over priced.

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R
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Outstanding food in a really nice setting. It is very loud inside but it was still nice. My only complaint was that the waitress was really busy and didn't allow us to order appetizers or barely get a drink. It was hey what do you want and here's the check.

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

Came in for brunch on Sunday!!! Loved it!

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T
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to watch a game and have a good dinner. Staff was super polite and prompt

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Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Food was great. Really loud, could barely hear anyone in our party. I forgot how bad it was as I had been there before and the same. I think server was overwhelmed. Had to request water refill from others. My friend ordered and then I did, friend ask to switch fries to onion rings and was told that her order was already submitted and could not change. She was still working on my order and had not left the table, went back and forth multiple times that should be able to make the switch.

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s
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

For the most part, the food was pretty good. I think the Macoroni Fries would have been excellent if they had a tad bit more seasoning for flavor.

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CR
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taco week in Kansas City, and I ate their chicken tacos. They were delicious, and so was the guacamole I ordered. My server checked on me the right amount of times, and the manager stop buying it be sure all was OK.

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T
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was awesome! We went for brunch and had hoped there was more of a variety of breakfast drinks/cocktails. Unfortunately, even though we all loved our food, we won’t consider going back. The service was truly terrible. Our waitress was almost non-existent. When we flagged another waitress down to help, she ended up getting our original waitress because she “forgot” what we had ordered from her. The manager (or what appeared to be) was walking around to check on tables but had his hand down the back of his pants - very odd and not pleasant to witness when he’s carrying food. Also, 2 of us got coffee and they “ran out of mugs” so they were serving coffee in paper to-go cups - not ideal for a $30 brunch.

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Sooooooo loud. Every time I go there I end up yelling the whole time. Everything else is great. Please just turn the volume down a couple db

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B
Kansas City
69 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of us attended for the first time. The food was absolutely mouth watering. It was exactly how each of us ordered it at the right temperature, enough to take home and when asking for something the staff coukdn’t have been nicer. A rating of 10+.

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FT
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Server was friendly; just a bit slow at times. Took a while to come take our order after we ordered an appetizer.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here with my GF frequently, enjoy it everytime

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D
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Gluten Free options. Burger was really good.

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E
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 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 26, 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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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 18, 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 12, 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
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 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
23 reviews
Dined on January 5, 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
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 4, 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 December 31, 2018
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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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 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 23, 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 21, 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 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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