The American Reserve Bar & Grille

4.4
601 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. Executive Chef Bryant Wigger offers an unforgettable dining experience.

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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 601 people are saying
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Johnny
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The restaurant is really unique . A great place to go have drinks. The menu it’s very minimal for a great dining experience. The food was OK. The service was great. We definitely go back for drinks and cocktails.

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lex123
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Very bland , service was eh

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MLSmith
Kansas City
43 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our service was excellent.

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MandS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fifth visit to this place and it’s consistently very good. The service is great. The server was friendly and mindful of our 8 y.o.son, as far as when we wanted his meal to come out and special fresh drinks. We ordered the octopus app and had to get a 2nd because it was so delicious and full of flavor. Ambiance is also perfect- relaxing for a Friday night dinner after a long week.

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vipbrittanyw
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Such a bizarre experience. From the photos, the restaurant definitely looks larger and brighter than it was in real life. Quite a dark space, which is great when that's the mood you're going for. It is a hotel restaurant, so it had a very strange mix of clientele. The servers were attentive, but awkward in their interactions. The food was good, although the menu was slightly limited. Great wine list by the bottle, more limited by the glass. All in all, not a regrettable meal but not worth a trip back.

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vipPamF
Kansas City
52 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never fails to deliver excellent cuisine as always, our compliments to the chef. Our waitress was attentive and knowledgeable and ever so friendly.
Thanks to everyone for a great evening and dinner.

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Steph
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ed was our waiter and gave us the most amazing service!! Will come back again if I can have his table.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible food. Poor service. This is not a place for a special occasion or any time at all for that matter. Do not waste your time or money on this place.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great breakfast and I’m one with Celiac disease and ate safely. My meal was a yummy gluten free one!

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CarrieD
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day brunch was perfect! My dad was digging the decor and his hash.

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RylieP
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Gary was amazing! We had a wonderful time and the food was great!

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BeckieM
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening out. We were promptly seated. Wait staff were knowledgeable. Food was amazing, especially the octopus.

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Sabrina
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food is fantastic just a little more on the expensive side. Service is outstanding. We come mostly for the grilled octopus.

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Cochinohake
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time to the American Reserve Bar & Grille. Wait staff was very good, when she was not able to answer a question - another gentleman came over and gave us plenty of information that was requested. Drinks were top notch. Our food was well presented and taste / texture / flavors were very good.

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KMack
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was impeccable. We love dining here for special celebrations. The halibut was complex and delicious. The char on the lamb was slightly overpowering but generally balanced with a bright tabbouleh. Would recommend to anyone!

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vipSalavaux
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was solid. Service was forced and inattentive. Similar to other reviews.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much better than I hoped for. This will be a new staple for big nights out and introducing out if town clients/friends to KC. Loved everything about it and fir the quality the price was very reasonable.

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KinahA
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Mother’s Day

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DarrenM
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, high quality food, casual chic ambience, and a surprise live music performance. Loved it and will be back.

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ErinB
Fayetteville
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great upscale dinner and bar option. Classy, quaint, and fun. Great live music.

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familytime
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and professional service. Amazing food. Beef Borg. was our favorite. Nice evening for myself and daughter.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere and great food!

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vipTaylor
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was quite accommodating and the food is very tasty but not too expensive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing drinks are amazing

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DuraLexSedLex
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cocktails were FABULOUS! Jake, our server, was very attentive and demonstrated a passion for his job that reflected in every aspect of our visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We made reservations and were welcomed by the manager and he found us a table in the corner. We were seated next to an area where it seemed to have just been occupied by 10 or 12 people. The table was unbussed and dirty. There were 2 servers and the dining room was approximately 70% capacity, including a 10 top. We were greeted by our server and received our drinks. Because of the capacity and probability that the kitchen was understaffed due to COVID-19, our food took 35 minutes to receive. Our first dish was the Border Hash, it was a well seasoned and creative dish. Potatoes, black beans, bacon, chorizo and salsa verde, topped with 2 eggs over easy. The eggs were over cooked and hard. Our second dish was the baked custard brioche french toast, with macerated strawberries. The dish was basically a layer of burned cubes of bread on top of a layer of soggy bread, it should be marketed more as a bread pudding than french toast. The strawberries were freshly cut, not macerated, it was hard to eat. The server quickly apologized and offered to replace, we chose 2 eggs over easy. It was around 15 minutes to receive the eggs, the eggs were overcooked and hard. Both the french toast and the 2 eggs were removed from our tab without our requesting them to. It was appreciated to be have them just take care of our issue without any resistance. Our overall experience was, ok. We hope to give them another try very soon.

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vipEmilyCS2012
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every single way. Charming, romantic, excellent service. Delicious food!

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vipLillianB
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I have been here twice before and had a better experience on those occasions. This visit wasn't bad but it nothing was quite up to the usual standard.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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Reesey99
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband hosted my 50th birthday dinner with our friend and family. The ambiance and the cocktails were top notch, the service was fantastic and the food was delicious. We enjoyed the jazzy speakeasy setting; I know we will definitely be back to enjoy more libations.

One last bit of information to think about before going, the restaurant charges a tourism tax onto of the regular food tax, so keep that in mind.

All in all a great restaurant to go to enjoy a night on the town.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Jake, was TERRIFIC! I would go back just to have him serve us again because he was genuine and gave us great recommendations and everything tasted fantastic

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was for a birthday brunch! Would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Fayetteville
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

My husband and I stayed at The Ambassador Hotel and this restaurant is in the hotel. The menu looked good and it was convenient , so we made reservations. We were seated at a table that was bumped against the server station which is the reason for the poor rating for noise level. Glasses clinking, ice clinking, silverware clinking. I get the space restrictions because of Covid but the table should have been further away. Our $100 bottle of wine was decanted and was literally set on the server station to save room on our table for entrees. The food and beverages were great and we would eat here again but would wait for a better table.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great cocktails and delicious food

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vipKatherineA
Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Doesn’t look like much in the lobby but the food and service was outstanding. Had a Bloody Mary and bacon fried rice - sounds weird but oh so good!!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff and bartender were both amazing. They constantly checked in on us. The food was delicious. We ordered the prime rib and bœuf bourguignon. The low lighting, and small/intimate atmosphere are great for date night!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time the server was awesome

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LarryG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beautiful seating! Will
be back to try more of the menu.

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sydneyr
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Waited over 5 minutes to be greeted. Another 20 to get our drinks while the table next to us came in after and got their drinks and food before we received our first round. Was not informed of specials or asked if there were questions about the menu. Manager made excuses about it being busy (there were 4 tables there) which took 10 minutes to have him come to our table. Not sure how another table who came in after us got their food and drinks before us if they were so “busy”. I have never felt more awkward or ignored at a restaurant before and this was my first time here....on my birthday. Horrible experience. Left without finishing our drinks or trying anything. Spent 45 minutes there waiting for drinks and to speak with a manager. Will not return here or recommend to anyone.

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vipadamwyates
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service is consistently great! We live a block away so visit for brunch & dinner regularly. Food is overall good, but occasionally portions are off, or something arrives to the table cold. Sad that they have discontinued bottomless mimosas on Sundays. Time to find a new brunch spot!

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 4.4 stars by 601 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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