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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
Reserve at the Ambassador is among the best of what Kansas City has to offer. The beautiful, historical setting, menu options and service are all outstanding. My steak was done to perfection, and my husband's stuffed salmon dish was creative and tasty. Kudos to the chef and to all who help to make Reserve a favorite place to be!
We hadn't been to the Ambassador hotel, nor the Reserve restaurant, so we tried it out for our 10th anniversary. We were lucky enough to find an empty parking space on the street (doubtful that happens often), but the hotel staff told us that we could pull up to their private, gated parking and we could tell them on the intercom that we are dining at the Reserve, and they would let us in. When we entered the hotel, we weren't sure we were at the right place, because the restaurant seemed so small -- but it was, indeed, the Reserve. There was only one other couple in the whole place (it was a Wednesday, and a rare day that downtown seemed dead the days). Nevertheless, we were seated in a super-cool, cozy booth-and-table and we were loving the ambience. Cozy, sophisticated, comfortable, romantic. Servers were great, food was FANTASTIC, and price was expected (though not overpriced like many hotel restaurants). After a great meal and dessert, we reluctantly departed for home. We think this will be a great place to bring friends and family for happy hours and special occasions, because -- for one thing -- you can actually talk to the people you are with without having to yell over a crowd or loud music. Highly recommend.
A hidden gem in Downtown Kansas City. It was date night happy hour and the ambiance was incredible. The staff were very attentive to our needs and the food was delicious. We liked it so much that we plan on spending a night at the hotel next time. I'm a little reluctant to share our secret date night getaway.😁
The bar/lounge/restaurant is very posh and very comfortable. The menu is largely Irish comfort food as a result of Irish manager in the hotel and Chef Sean from Tipperary. He is enthusiastic and a joy talk to when he visits tables. We started with mussels in Guinness cream sauce served with very hearty bread. My wife had a steak with seasoned potatoes and broccoli. I had steak and Guinness pie with a salad. Dessert was an Irish Banofee pie. It all was great and accompanied with a broad wine selection. The service was attentive and friendly. The atmosphere was romantic. We loved it and will return.
Really enjoyed the food! Good size servings and wonderful taste. We shared a flatbread, which had a nice soft crust, which I prefer, and an entrée. Both were fantastic. The salads were also really good. I love beets, and the beet salad was amazing. The dessert was the real topper, though. A big, warm chocolate chip cookie in a little skillet with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. OMG!
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.
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