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 Shaun Brady hails from Tippiery, Ireland and 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.
Kansas City, MO 64106
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
$30 and under
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Private gated lot. Reserve patrons are welcome to share the lot with hotel guests free of charge on a first-come first-serve basis.
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
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The Ambassador Hotel offers 3 unique private dinning options including our Grand Ballroom, Founders Room and Reserve Restaurant.
Ambassador Hotel - Reserve Ratings and Reviews
Absolutely amazing. This is the second time we have dying to hear. We loved it so much we went back in the morning for brunch. Fabulous staff, excellent service. The food is top notch. Absolutely fantastic. Highly highly recommend. Five stars plus. We had to wait a few extra minutes for our food and the manager came over to check on us if you times, then offered us a free dessert and 20% off of our bill, we did not complain about anything she offered it out right. Wonderful! Absolutely nothing to complain about it all. We will definitely go back again.
This was our first time at Reserve and we really enjoyed it. The food was outstanding and the service was great. We enjoyed chatting with the chef, Shaun, and we definitely plan on going back to Reserve (probably several times with different friends). The ambience is very cool and it isn't a loud environment at all. Definitely recommend this restaurant and I want to go back and try some of the other entrees that look so good.
We went to Reserve for restaurant week. The place is small and very posh- a very lounge-y feel to it. I had the bone marrow for my first course- it was incredible- very rich and filling. I would go back just for that! I got the beef and Guinness pie for my second course, it was good, but not amazing. For dessert I had the skillet cookie, which was awesome! I barely had any of my second course, I took most of it home and ate it for lunch the next day. I would go back and just get the bone marrow and the cookie!
I came for the Restaurant Week menu with a friend of mine. I was very eager to try the restaurant which is near my apartment. Upon walking in, I had very high expectations. The actual facade of the restaurant is hip and expensive looking.
We had to wait quite a while for a server to eventually come and take our order. When someone finally came to greeted us, they asked for our first course. I ordered the bone marrow and my partner ordered the caesar salad. Then, not 5 minutes later, a different server came to introduce himself and asked for our entire first three courses? We weren't given any explanation as to what happened. The bread basket we received had some burnt slices with it. We also weren't given any butter an only olive oil for dipping, which my partner does not like.
The bone marrow was rich and delicious. The bread that was served with it was even better! I found the marrow to be a bit too rich and greasy. My partner's caesar salad was also well made and not overdressed.
We both ordered the sirloin steak medium-rare with a peppercorn sauce. I found my steak to be cooked superbly but with a distinct layer of chewy fat unfortunately. I also found some larger bits of peppercorn in my sauce which ruined the taste every few bites. The fries were a little overcooked for my taste although my partner enjoyed them.
The highlight of our entire meal was the dessert. I had the cookie skillet which was phenomenal!! If I returned, it would be to eat this. My partner had the berries and sorbet which were also delicious. The executive chef of the restaurant also personally visited the table which was a nice gesture.
Overall, it was a good meal but not worth the $33.00 each we spent on the meal.
We were able to get a table for 12 on New Year's Day on just a few hours notice. The decor and ambiance were elegant yet casual. We arrived shortly before our 11:00 reservation and there were not many people there, but it started to fill up as the morning progressed. The service was excellent! Sometimes with large groups service can be a little hit or miss at some restaurants. The orders were all correct and served at the same time. When ordering I asked if the orange juice was fresh squeezed (why splurge if its not?). Although they normally serve OJ from concentrate, they went back and actually squeezed fresh juice for me. WOW! So nice! And there was no mistaking it was fresh squeezed. I ordered corned beef hash which was amazing with big, tender chunks of corned beef. We also shared some of the scones with whipped creme and blackberry preserves. Holy cow, so yummy. The soda bread served with the hash was ok, but I think I'd been spoiled by having the scones first. Out of our entire party only one person wasn't totally satisfied with their food, and he ordered a burger. He said it was kind of bland and unseasoned....but the sweet potato fries were great. Crisp on the outside even, sometimes sweet potato fries can be just mushy. We will definitely dine here again!
What a nice surprise! Found the Ambassador Reserve on Open Table's list of restaurants open on Christmas. Parking is fenced and right next to the hotel. Greeted warmly by the maitre d' at the door for an early (4:30) dinner. Started with a large glass (not a flute) of delicious prosecco. The house salad and baby beet salad were excellent. We then had wonderful baked stuffed salmon and the tender, tasty braised short ribs. Both were hot and generous portions. They could not have been prepared better. Given the quality of the meals, the price was right. As a bonus, we lost a license and ID in the parking lot; the hotel contacted us as soon as someone turned them in and their team could research our phone number. We look forward to returning.
Our food was fairly tasty but not anything outstanding. We had the crab stuffed portobello as an appetizer and mushroom was dry and the stuffing was more bread crumbs than crab. Fact is, not even sure there was any crab in it.
Our main courses were well prepared but there was no WOW factor.
We dined on a Thursday evening and the place was virtually empty, except for a large birthday gathering and one person sitting at the bar. Our waiter was very "green" and our dining experience would have been better with a more enthusiastic and knowledgeable server.
My wife pointed out the lack of table cloths. She concluded that for the price of the food/ beverages and the retro decor, they should have been included.
This place is OK, but does not crack my top 20 list of restaurants in Kansas City.
We had a lovely birthday brunch with friends on Sunday. The food was delicious and the staff friendly and wonderfully accommodating. I had the Salmon Benedict and my husband had the corned beef hash. Be sure to order the truffle bacon deviled eggs. I can't wait to go back for Happy Hour soon.
Horrible service and overpriced. For such a lovely interior they have a terribly unprofessional staff. No one greeted us when we walked in, as we looked around for someone to seat us a busser came up and asked if we had a reservation, no hello or anything. We indicated that we did and he looked around for a table, took us to a table for 2 with a reserved sign. We were one of 3 tables in the entire dining area and it still took several minutes for a server to greet us. He never introduced himself, just went right into the specials for the night. We both had empty wine glasses at several times that night, and the one redeeming quality of the entire night was a lovely lady (brunette) serving a large party behind us. She was more attentive than our waiter! Brought us our wine, and checked on us several times, I wish we had her! The group of ladies behind us were very loud and they were nursing assistants, so they were discussing rather inappropriate topics involving medical procedures most of the night (understandably not the restaurants fault, but still disgusting and annoying). The wine was very good, and the food would have been good too, but I found no less than 5 pin bones in my salmon!! For such a high priced restaurant I would expect better food quality. I asked for the check early as we had a theatre show to catch in time. I left my payment sitting on the table for a solid 10 minutes before the server picked it up.
I have stayed in the hotel several times but never had dinner in the restaurant, very glad I did. The bartender served us and was attentive, knowledgable and friendly. He told us about the specials without asking (pet peeve) and was excellent with recommendations, including wine. Bread before dinner was even superior. I got the special, the steak was pretty good - the outstanding item was the au gratin potatoes. Although the serving was ridiculously too big, they were so delicious. He had told me the wrong vegetable so I got beans instead of brussel sprouts, but he offered them in addition and I accepted since I had been looking forward to them. EXCELLENT! I could have had just the bread, potatoes and sprouts and been happy. Also - they ran out of the wine we were drinking so went up to the next level for the same price which is the right thing to do and very appreciated.
To start, they apparently didn't have our reservation... After booking with Open Table I then called that same evening and talked with the front desk. When we arrived, they acted like they didn't know anything about the reservation. However, there wasn't really anybody there, so they were able to accommodate our party. The food was great, but the service was TERRIBLE. We walked in with only one other table seated and it took us well over 3 hours to finish the meal. There was only one person tending to the tables AND the bar and as more people started coming, the service definitely did not improve. Definitely, DO NOT come here if you need to be time sensitive.
Had a great birthday brunch at Reserve. The food is very good - familiar dishes very well prepared and often with a twist.. I had the smoked salmon benedict and it was terrific. I especially love the ambiance and appreciate that it is normally a pretty quiet venue. We could talk at length, just like being home except way better. We will be back soon.
Food was wonderful. Chef came out a talked to us and gave us a wonderful bread pudding dessert. There was a wedding party there, so it was loud that evening, but usually, very quite and can chat easily with dinner mates. This night not so much. But the chef made up for it!
Hidden gem in downtown. Great setting, wonderful service. Good was on point. The stuffed French toast was amazing. Veggie frittata at smidge too dry for my liking, but veggies were fresh and delicious.
The whole grain toast was wonderful. I usually skip the toast but it was too good.
A friend had bagel & lox. Beautiful presentation.
Definitely want to come back for happy hour and/or dinner.
Reserve in the Ambassador Hotel is an experience of total immersion in comfort, luxury and dining pleasure. The space is one that totally engulfs you in elegant comfort. The chef, even if away, makes the extra effort to let you know he appreciates your business. He even arranged to have a plate of cookies and a complimentary creme brulee sent to our table at the close of dinner.
The p.e.i. mussels in Guinness cream were excellent, as was the Steak and Guinness pie and the baked Salmon. While it doesn't need to be a special occasion to dine at Reserve, it makes every occasion there SPECIAL.
Always an oasis in bustling downtown Kansas City. This boutique hotel and the restaurant Reserve are an added delight. Close to the Sprint Center, Reserve offers delicious food and appetizers to satisfy the fussiest eater to the experienced connoisseur! Their eclectic menu has something to offer for everyone from the flatbread pizza to a bowl of mussels. A fine dining experience is guaranteed!
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