About Ambassador Hotel - Reserve

Reserve is a vibrant downtown dining gem, with a warm setting distinguished by a chic décor, elegant marble walls and lofty 20-foot ceilings.

For gourmet breakfasts, business lunches and intimate dinners alike, guests may select from an inventive, locally sourced seasonal menu perfectly complemented by signature cocktails and an impressive wine list. Executive Chef Eathan Jaax offers an unforgettable dining experience.

Reserve is located downtown Kansas City, open 365 days a year. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. You can enjoy Happy Hour Monday - Friday. Reserve can accommodate most dietary needs. All guests of Reserve can enjoy complimentary self-parking next to the Ambassador Hotel.

1111 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64106
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:

Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 10:00am.
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm.
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm.
Weekend Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm.
Bar/ Lounge: Sunday - Thursday: 7:00am - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 7:00am - 1:00am

Cross Street:
11th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(816) 298-7700

Website:
http://www.reservekc.com/

Parking Details:
Private gated lot. Reserve patrons are welcome to share the lot with hotel guests free of charge on a first-come first-serve basis.

Executive Chef:
Eathan Jaax

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Weekend Brunch
Private Dining
Wine Dinners
Chef's Table
Holiday Parties
Rehearsal Dinners
Weddings

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

2-Course Prime Rib Dinner Special with roasted potatoes and vegetables topped with aus jus. Choice of holiday pie and ice cream for $36.

Reserve Brunch Menu available from 10am-3pm

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

2-Course Prime Rib Dinner Special with roasted potatoes and vegetables topped with aus jus. Choice of holiday pie and ice cream for $36.

Reserve Brunch Menu available from 10am-3pm

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

3-Course Dinner: Amuse Bouche, Choice of Soup or Salad, Entrée (Chicken, Surf and Turf, or Lobster Pasta) and Choice of Dessert. Complimentary Champagne Toast. $65 per person.

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Private Dining

Reserve is located inside the Ambassador Hotel with two unique private dining options, the Grand Ballroom and Founders Room. The restaurant dining area is also available for private events.

Ambassador Hotel - Reserve Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Special Occasion (15)
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Good for a Date (14)
Romantic (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Happy Hour (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Live Music (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Business Meals (4)
Casual (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Seasonal (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Fun (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Authentic (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

The convenience that it was in the lobby of our hotel does not distract from the great experience. The food was delicious, the atmosphere inviting and enjoyable. Our service was outstanding and we will definitely revisit this little gem.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Beautifully restored Art Deco hotel. The atmosphere was lovely and enhanced by great live music. Menu is not extensive, but food presentation and taste were superb. Waitstaff was good - but could have been a little more attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Live Music, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great hidden gem in Kansas City. The Reserve is tucked into the historic Ambassador hotel in downtown Kansas City. It is very convenient for dinner pre/post events at the Sprint Center and the Power & Light district. Staff was very friendly and efficient from the valet out front to the front desk staff at the hotel and the wait staff in the restaurant. The food was good; great flatbread appetizer and wine selection very appropriate. The entrees were fine, I have had better steaks in KC but the Filet and the Ribeye were prepared correctly and flavorful. The wait between courses was a bit excessive for an off - evening but the staff was knowledgeable and helpful. We will be back for the live jazz on the weekends.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Live Music
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving and had a great time. The food was excellent and the atmosphere very elegant without being too stuffy. We'll be back for sure!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Romantic, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for thanksgiving. Dishes were dirty. Food wasn’t very warm. Everything was mediocre except the sweet potatoes. The dessert was less than mediocre. But service was great.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 21, 2017

I have had better food here in the past... service great as there were only two other tables. Cheap as well since it was happy hour until 7! The menu just changed, and I think, perhaps, it needs some fixing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food and the atmosphere and food was fantastic! It was also very romantic and the Jazz was wonderful

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent food, helpful and attentive server, very pleasant ambience

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 16, 2017

In spite of challenges, we still love this place: We could not find a hostess when we arrived. 10 minutes later she appeared. Our table was not ready, and ended up never being ready. The hostess graciously offered us our first drink free and gave us a table for two even though there were four of us. This was fine, but better planning for busy nights (concerts) would be appreciated. Food was good, although we miss the sliders. And not having a burger on the regular menu when it is available is odd. Some of the foods are a bit too ambitious, but all in all everything was good. It’s still one of my favorite places!!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 15, 2017

First dining experience at Reserve. Everything was wonderful. . .service, ambiance, selection and great food! Whenever I order a filet, I order it well-done; most high-end restaurants butterfly the filet to achieve my well-done request which tends to dry it out. Reserve prepared my filet perfectly, without butterflying it, and it was delicious!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

I went to conduct an interview with a candidate. Nice, quiet, timely service, great food and extremely personable team members. A hidden gem. P.S. try the BLT delicious!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

I LOVE this fabulous place. Such a gem!! The ambiance is perfection - SO romantic. A perfect date night spot. Such a lovely lovely place.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great place to eat and relax downtown! Everybody is friendly, the prices and location are perfect during and after work.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quick Bite, Fun, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Authentic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great place to eat when in Kansas City if you want a quieter evening than what most other places downtown offer. Along with the service, the food was outstanding. I will most certainly eat here again when in Kansas City.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Our family enjoyed dining here for brunch on Sunday. There is parking in a gated lot just south of the hotel. You will need to buzz them, let them know you are dining in the restaurant and the parking is complimentary. We enjoyed the quiet ambiance, the impeccable service and the wonderful menu choices. I enjoyed the Breakfast Bowl with quinoa, eggs, and vegetables. At our table we also ordered Eggs Benedict, the Signature breakfast, pancakes and Avocado Toast. The only item that was not as expected was the Avocado Toast. But everything was delicious and the menu was extensive. What a lovely way to spend Sunday Brunch.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great place to meet friends for Happy Hour. Food and drinks are excellent.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Cozy, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 25, 2017

While in town for the Charlie Parker Celebration Festival, I was able to get a good table and see the live entertainment here - with little notice.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Cozy, Seasonal, Live Music
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 9, 2017

I come here all the time. In fact, it's one of my favorite places downtown. I was really disappointed on August 9. The menu was MUCH more limited than normal. No sliders. No mac & cheese. No jalapeño syrup for happy hour drink. Truffle fries were mushy, not crispy. Etc. Add to that the terrible service. I mean go to up the bar to get a second round of drinks because wait staff was MIA. Almost never came back to table even after we got our food. Forgot mayo we requested. And it was super loud. I'll be back because I am sure this had to just be an off night, but really hope they pull it back together. Usually love it -- very pretty bar.

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·Dined on August 9, 2017

We were staying at the Ambassador for our wedding anniversary and decided to give Reserve a try. We loved it! The steaks were very good -- prepared just as we ordered them. Each of the sides were plenty to share between 2 people. Great ambience and very good food made us come back for breakfast!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 29, 2017

I went for my birthday this place is amazing with great service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Decided to try for breakfast. Very nicely done! Quality options. Quiet environment so great for conversation. Breakfast options were varied with something for everyone regardless of appetite. Food was served hot and presentation was very appetizing. Service was excellent. Check it out!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Service was fantastic. Very friendly. Love the ambiance. Beautiful space. Food was basic. Nothing stood out on the menu.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 7, 2017

This is always my #1 place to go downtown. Awesome happy hour. Great selection. Nice people!!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Great ambiance and food. Jazz singer was wonderful. Don't bother with dessert.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Once again, the Reserve delivered. The exquisitely designed menu makes it almost impossible to make a decision. I have tried something different every time I have been, and I have yet to be disappointed. I am baffled as to why this place isn't packed every day - it is KC's best kept secret! No where else will you find such finely crafted food at such a reasonable price in such a classy atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 30, 2017

What a gem! This is a beautiful place for a special meal! Very intimate atmosphere with great ambiance. The service was great- even refolding my husband's napkin when he left the table for a few minutes.
There is parking beside the hotel.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Love this place! Beautifully ambiance, great food and great service! Old Hollywood atmosphere- very chic!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Brunch
Great service, good food, good cocktails, and neat set up.
Only negative was that is was a little warm for comfort.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Really enjoyed having breakfast there with my husband for our anniversary. Very upscale but in expensive and the food is great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Great for Brunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 12, 2017

I met with my work friends for dinner and drinks before the KNOTB concert. The ambiance, drinks and food were just perfect. We enjoyed the meatballs and truffle fries which were divine. They also have a nice variety of happy hour drinks and cocktails. Most of us ordered the stuffed salmon and it was amazing. I would recommend the restaurant for drinks or dinner with spouses or friends again. They also did a great job getting us out the door in time to make the concert.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

It was delicious!!!!

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 4, 2017

The Reserve is a gem restaurant, hidden in the five-star Ambassador hotel in downtown Kansas City. This creative chef's offerings are Ireland-inspired, and compare favorably to the finest steak houses in the Midwest. Local produce and proteins are featured. Well worth the visit, if nothing more than to enjoy the quiet ambiance and to taste the food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 2, 2017

3 out of 4 dinners were below average. Crab stuffed salmon was pretty decent. Linguine (which was actually spaghetti) had no flavor. Flat bread with beef and Gorgonzola was DROWNING in balsamic vinegar. Pork chop was extremely dry. Appetizer came out with meal and with no apology. Too many other better options out there. Despite the cool venue.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Was hesitant to try given it was within a hotel but I know from a prior experience that the chef makes the restaurant, not the host building. Food was great, especially the steak my wife had, which was cooked and seasoned to perfection. Food was reasonably priced and my banana bread pudding dessert was excellent. Service was ultimately the driver behind the overall 5-star rating; wait staff were friendly and courteous.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Food was great but took awhile to come.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We love this place? Service is over the top wonderful and food always great. Thanks so much for another lovely experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Although we suffered through a few missteps our overall experience was great. Stuffed salmon entree was light and delicious. Please turn the lights up a little, it's too dark!

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Concert at Sprint Center

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Consistently amazing! I always have a great experience -- Awesome food, drinks, and service every time!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Casual
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Great crab cakes for brunch. Could use a little dressing on the arugula to create a salad instead of just a garnish. Mimosas were nice. Bloody Marys looked wonderful, but I didn't sample them. Truffle fries with the burger were outstanding.

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