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The American Reserve Bar & Grille, Kansas City, MO

The American Reserve Bar & Grille

4.2
4.2
685 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The American 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.

The American Reserve is located downtown Kansas City, open 365 days a year. Currently serving dinner from 5pm-10pm Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat. The American Reserve can accommodate most dietary needs. Parking based upon availability.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (816) 298-7700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bryant Wigger

  • Private party facilities

    The American 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.

  • Private party contact

    Linda Waltz: (855) 358-5289

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / River Market

  • Cross street

    11th

  • Parking details

    Parking based upon availability.

  • Public transit

    11th & Main

  • Entertainment

    Live music from 8 - 11 pm: Feel Good Fridays with the spectacular Ron Gutierrez Trio bringing you the best in soul, R&B, and romantic ballads on Fridays, and Kansas City Jazz with different local musicians every Saturday night.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 685 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Understaffed and management is il equipped to respond to the shortage. Would not recommend until staffing issues are resolved.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    We waited for 1.5 hours and did not even receive our food and ended up leaving. They were kind enough to not charge us for our drinks and app but the filet and salmon are why we went there.
  3. d

    dbenfield

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Food was severely lacking (I tried three items, and wasn’t a fan of want of them). The drinks were great however, but everything else fell short.
  4. M

    Muncher1

    Kansas City

    21 reviews

    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    The server, Claire, was wonderful and the highlight of the evening. The cornbread was gross and the drinks were sub par to say the least. I had the French dip that had no taste but the fries exhibited all the flavor. My husband had the American burger which was missing flavor. To say the least, McDonald’s double cheeseburger tasted better than this place on the best day. Now, the fries were on point and the cornbread needed some serious help. Please be cautious of these three items. Normally, I am excited of trying to new places but this place needs new menu items and chefs. I am certain that my 16 yr old nephew could cook better.
  5. AH

    AnthonyH

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were outstanding. I also had breakfast there, where it was the same.
  6. JD

    JeniferD

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    My husband and I came to The American Reserve to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, we left so disappointed. The salmon on my plate was super fishy, looked like it had been sitting out, and the cauliflower purée under it was literally gray (not yellow). There was a LIVE bug crawling in my brussel sprouts which was when I finally flagged the waiter down. He took the plate and took it off of the bill but replaced it with fries. My husband always finishes his meals, and he did not finish his plate either. His succotash seemed to be frozen vegetables heated and mixed with cheese. We were extremely let down with what was offered at what is considered to be more of an up-scale restaurant.
  7. r

    robing

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The setting was very intimate for our date. The staff was welcoming, and service was fabulous!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Ron is amazing and if you can hear him live you are in luck. The food is never that good and has only continued down hill. The drinks are okay but pricey. I never mind price if quality is there.
  9. A

    Awesome

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We tried this restaurant based on a Google search. The brunch was delicious. If you go, be SURE to have the donuts. We will be back. Highly recommend!
  10. MG

    MichaelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great by being very friendly and helpful. Food was very good. No complaints whatsoever.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The drinks and appetizer was excellent. Service was fine. Filet was ordered medium rare and it came as about as rare as you could get, side of potatoes was extremely unremarkable. The fries that came with burgers were cold and over seasoned. The quality of food did not match the price point.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Good food, nice ambiance, service friendly but slow. One waiter seemed to cover the entire place. Slow night for the place, but would have appreciated a little more love.
  13. ML

    MsLewis

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service & ambiance were outstanding. I feel the food is a bit overpriced
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It was okay
  15. LJ

    LouisJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very Romantic dinner, Food was outstanding and drinks were very well made. Will be going there again.
  16. A

    Asia

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food!! I enjoyed the French toast and sour dough toast the most!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  18. JO

    JohnO

    Kansas City

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Business Breakfast meeting. Good food. Service was a little shorthanded - but no issue at all.
  19. SM

    SilviaM

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great first experience. The food was great and the service was wonderful. The server even took a picture for us. Made our day great!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    37 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    Slow service and the quality of the food was poor. Our entire party was displeased.
  21. EG

    EdwardG

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    A lovely restaurant in an open space hotel lobby. The menu differed from what we found on line. The food was very average, but not priced that way. All but a very few wines were less than $50/bottle. The same food could be had for a lot less.
  22. JS

    JoeS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Amazing steak and service! Had a jazz band to make the night a little bit more then just dinner
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their Thai mussels should be requires by law!
  24. JH

    JenH

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was fantastic! They accommodated 20 of us at the last minute and did a terrific job! Dinner was excellent 😊
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Food is truly amazing. Service for the money I spent ($350 for two people) was stupid and upsetting. Spoke to a manager and he said that they only had 3 servers and would buy our drinks for the inconvenience…. Didn’t happen. Place is gorgeous, perfect for a date night or anniversary. Service was sooooooo bad.
  26. WJ

    WhitJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, nice atmosphere, enjoyed the live entertainment. Cocktails were decent and food was delicious. Didn’t realize they had already added gratuity, would’ve appreciated that being pointed out, so we overpaid a bit but the experience was still positive. I can see us going back; however, not super often as it is a little pricey.
  27. LG

    LiljanaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will come back :) great place wonderful atmosphere and service
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful interior with a classic inviting vibe. Food, drinks, service - all outstanding.
  29. M

    Monina

    Kansas City

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and beautiful place with excellent service! The menu is fit for foodies!! Unique flavors cooked with high techniques that makes food so unique. The staff was super nice and attentive.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food was not bad, service was quite good. Cool place with a really good live band playing. Was hoping for more from the food though, just kind of lacking. But the pricing was good, atmosphere was neat and the Drinks from the bar were exceptional. Was hoping to be “wowed” more by the food.
  31. JS

    JSHIP

    Kansas City

    23 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Went on a double date and it took 30 minutes to get drinks. We ordered food but after and hour and a half we just left.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun, great energy, delicious food, great service and the live music was next level!
  33. CM

    CarlM

    Kansas City

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has taken it to the next level! The music, food, service, atmosphere… We enjoyed our whole experience. Great place to spend a Friday evening!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The ambiance, location and food was awesome. The waitress was on her own, it could have been a total disaster, but the way she managed it was AWESOME! I would definitely recommand the place, event if it was in a different hotel lobby than our’s. Pricewise! Food vs price, anywhere else it would have cost at least 2x the price for this type of meal. Stop doubting, book it.
  35. WB

    WilliamBrown

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    After concert dinner. Group of 6. Enjoyed ambiance and vibe. Menu was somewhat limited but I loved the burnt ends! I ordered as an app but then loved them so much, I ordered them as my main entree, too. Ran out of burnt ends I ordered but server brought me a substitute without alerting me. I was a little confused because I thought perhaps he misunderstood what I had asked. He stated the kitchen was out of the burnt ends. Okay, but I didn’t want meatballs…I ended up keeping the meatballs so as not to make a big deal. He did comp it on my ticket so all worked out.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, incredible food and a lovely atmosphere with entertainment!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We are always looking for new local places to try for date nights and this was wonderful. We loved the mussels and the pork belly was to die for. Drinks were very good as well. Overall very good!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was good—meatballs tasted great but weren’t hot enough
  39. ER

    EmilyR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch on a Sunday, great food, great service in a neat historic hotel.
  40. D

    Discouraged

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Was loud and hard to enjoy the evening yelling across the table to have a conversation. They had a private party that they allowed to take over the entire restaurant, therefore nobody else could enjoy the night!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The American Reserve Bar & Grille offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (816) 298-7700.

The American Reserve Bar & Grille is rated 4.2 stars by 685 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for The American Reserve Bar & Grille

Ambassador Hotel, 1111 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64106

Additional information

  • Cross street

    11th

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / River Market

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking based upon availability.

  • Public transit

    11th & Main

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bryant Wigger

  • Entertainment

    Live music from 8 - 11 pm: Feel Good Fridays with the spectacular Ron Gutierrez Trio bringing you the best in soul, R&B, and romantic ballads on Fridays, and Kansas City Jazz with different local musicians every Saturday night.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (816) 298-7700

  • Private party facilities

    The American 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.

  • Private party contact

    Linda Waltz: (855) 358-5289

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