The American Reserve Bar & Grille

4.5
571 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 571 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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Reesey99
St. Louis
7 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

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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
6 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
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great cocktails and delicious food

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vipKatherineA
Charlotte
25 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
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!

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ChaVegas
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We had reservations for 9:30 and they rushed us throughout dinner. The chicken was dry. The waiter started offering to pack up our desert to go instead of offering us the option to finish there and have an after dinner drinks

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JoshR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall it was a great place. The service (Joshua) was outstanding! He tended to our every need and even went above and beyond to provide great service. The portion size left a little to be desired but it was for Restaurant Week and that may be the reason. All things considered, we will definitely return!

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Ashley
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience here and will definitely be back. Service was amazing, food was delicious, and so were the drinks! Highly recommend.

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AndreaRose
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at The American Reserve and it did not disappoint! We were promptly seated for our reservation, the food came out quickly and everything was delicious! We came for restaurant week and had the mussels, shrimp, salmon and potato cake and steak and fries. We also added brussel sprouts which were amazing! All around such a great experience, thank you!

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KatieN
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant had soothing music that was quiet and didn’t compete with a conversation.
The mussels and broth were my favorite, but all the food was delicious.
Great ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The restaurant has a lovely ambiance and nice service. We enjoyed our time here. The food was lacking a bit. After a 3 course meal I left hungry. 3 jumbo shrimp in the appetizer, beef tenderloin was pretty underwhelming, the dessert of chocolate mousse was tasty. It was an enjoyable evening, but overall not worth the price of the food.

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vipadamwyates
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great brunch experience! Consistently good food & service! Ask for Mary Kate!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food prep quality were exceptional. Guys running the show were friendly and appreciative while still professional. Digs are well maintained and properly lit and made for a nice relaxed comfortable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a pandemic going on, this place did a great job making everyone feel safe. Walking up to to building and being greeted by the staff was a nice experience. When entering, the ambience and decor were beautiful. We decided to sit outside where live music was being played. The food was excellent as well as our waiter. Perfect night! Thank you again! I’ll definitely be back!

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michellet
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I fell in love with the flavors of fall here. The pork chop and steak was cooked to perfection. The seasoning complimented the pork and beef, not overpowered. The truffle butter is to die for and magical. The cocktails are outstanding. Loved the KC ice water. The staff is very knowledgeable and will guide you on food journey. The atmosphere is romantic and personable. Love the redone bank and decor. Highly recommend a special night here.

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MarR
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attended A La Mode's show, a couple of friends joined me that evening. Chalis was our server. We had an exceptional time. Chalis was busy but always tentative to our needs and brought out each dish/drink with a smile. He was great at lending drink suggestions, explaining the menu and keeping us engaged with the food and show.

His special performance with A La Mode was the cherry on top. My friends and I (plus the crowd) were thrilled to see musicians join together to bring us joy as they shared their talent.

Thank you for this amazing space!

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MarR
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great entertainment, service staff is outstanding.

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StephJ
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for my mother’s birthday. The food was good, Bloody Mary delicious and Dustin was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The food was off the chart along with the service, but we were the only ones in there. Felt very safe and clean.
People need to get out and support the urban core of Kansas City!

JS
vipJeanS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Dinner was raw and inedible. The menu has changed so don’t depend on the options you see online.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

At first they misplaced our reservation(was quickly resolved due to how many empty seats were there), the server was not attentive, the server never gave a recommendation or anything, and when the food came it wasn’t even correct. He eventually noticed that he messed up when we were ready to go and tried to correct it. But we were just not interested in staying. Loved the ambiance! The food was just over priced for the size and lack of quality of taste. The cocktails were meh. We’d come back and sit out side to listen to the band and drink wine, but not to eat or do cocktails. Those were not worth it.

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LisaR
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience1

Poor food, poor service, expensive drinks. Good entertainment

LB
vipLillianB
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great time with the girls on the patio listing to the Amber Underwood project. Food was superb as usual. Server was slow but sweet. I love this place!

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jmcd311
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special birthday celebration for my wife and decided to stay at the Ambassador and instead of going out, stay at the hotel and eat at the American Reserve. Couldn't have made a better choice! Very intimate setting, very few tables (nice for us), started with the mussels as an appetizer, good choice, broth was excellent. Nice, reasonably priced, bottle of wine with dinner. Extensive wine list. Both of us ordered the Halibut. Wife said it was one of the best entrees she ever had. It was excellent. Ordered the Goats and Rabbit cocktail for an after dinner drink. If you like a Manhattan or Sazerac, you'll love this. Next morning, went down for breakfast, again, far from crowded. I had one of the best breakfast sandwiches I've ever eaten. Will visit again!

JJ
vipJoJo
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful decor, wonderful food, and very attentive service. We ate inside and the noise level was perfect for our older ears.

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vipAlexN
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The jazz act was amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

I typically don’t review restaurants, but the Reserve experience was extremely subpar. The outdoor converted parking garage is nice but that was it. There was a birthday party next to us with 50 people. Everyone was standing around without masks as if it were a bar. If they were sitting, that would have been different but the restaurant should have enforced masks if they were standing around. Do NOT go here if you are looking to social distance as the staff does not care! Food is over priced for quantity you get as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was exciting and fun!

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ShewanW
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

They were celebrating Charlie Parkers 100th Birthday with Lonnie McFadden on a Saturday night. This man is a triple threat and gives a great show. Great food and they take social distancing serious.

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vipSaraS
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

We love the atmosphere and Lonnie made for a wonderfully enjoyable evening. Such a creative use of space for COVID world.

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TraciS
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience4

We dined outdoors where they have converted a covered part of their parking garage into this cool jazz/lounge/patio. We have been there twice on Sat night, the music is 5 stars. Plus they have this amazingly talented sketch artist there at the same time. The bar offerings are wide and tasty. The food is pretty good. I'd say 3-4 stars. They offer more than what is posted online so that is great. Plus they seem to obtain locally, fresh ingredients, which is very good. I would highly recommend this place. We feel safe, we're outdoors, tables are well spaced, nice to "feel normal" out and about listening to fantastic jazz with great service. The hotel is gorgeous - beautiful bathrooms and decadent inside lounge area and bar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my 23rd birthday

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logan
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. They did a nice job on making the parking garage a dining room.

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 4.5 stars by 571 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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