About The American Restaurant
Voted #1 by the Kansas City public many times over, The American Restaurant is known for it's award winning contemporary cuisine. The extensive award winning wine list is one of the best in the city. The restaurant favors 3 story windows which give way to a spectacular view of the Kansas City Skyline.
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Open Wednesday through Saturday
Lounge and Main Dining Room open at 5:30PM
25th and Grand
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Jazz Singer & Piano most Wednesday and Saturday Nights.
Limited to size & certain dates.
$6 Valet parking available. Self parking is validated for three hours.
Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a wedding anniversary or lucrative business deal, entertaining clients with an upscale reception or a five course dinner, The American Restaurant offers the perfect setting for your event.
Private Party Contact:
Mary Meade Eastman: 8165458006
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The American Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We have returned to KC after 12 years be ...
We have returned to KC after 12 years being on the East Coast. We anticipated dining at the American Restaurant. We were sad to hear that things were changing because it was such a great place. However, we found the venue with fixed price menu with tasting option quite fun. The food was fabulous, the staff was attentive, knowledgeable, and quite sociable. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and wines. I am so sorry to hear that the American Restaurant will be changing to a new venue in January. I hope it will not be disappointing because it would be a shame to lose such a great place for dining.......
I wanted to visit this restaurant before ...
I wanted to visit this restaurant before they closed. Now I know why they are closing. The menu has very few options, pre fix only. If you wanted a Filet or grilled salmon, forget it! You eat what they tell you to eat. Way over priced for what you get. I also had to wait over 15 minutes to ask for another glass of wine. I got the feeling that if you didn't order a $1,000 bottle of wine, you were basically ignored. The time has passed for this restaurant that looks and feels like they really never got out of the 80's.
Great evening, wine, food, view, service ...
Great evening, wine, food, view, service everything was awesome. We watched a lightning storm and an amazing bird display over the great view of KC through the walls of windows. The tasting menu was amazing. We were so satisfied, we still talk about all the different coarses we liked and why.
The tasting menu at The American was the ...
The tasting menu at The American was the best meal of my life, and not to mention the stunning panoramic view of the Kansas City skyline that is spread across the walls before you. Incredible and delectable and all the other good foodie words. So so sad that this place is closing and so lucky to have experienced it before it does.
We love the American! We are from Linco ...
We love the American! We are from Lincoln, NE however we've been traveling to KC for about 5 years each year around any of the following special occasions: father or mother's day, our birthdays or our anniversary. We visit the American almost every time. We are so sad to hear it is closing permanently at the end of 2016. :-(
amazingly delicious food and gorgeous pr ...
amazingly delicious food and gorgeous presentations!! we appreciated that the wait staff were very knowledgeable about the details of the chefs preparations, and very relaxed- not "stuffy". Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!
Going to miss this place! So sad that af ...
Going to miss this place! So sad that after 40 years as a capstone in the KC dining scene The American will be closing it's doors for good at the end of the year.
Food ahs always been phenomenal, whether a la carte or (and especially) the tasting menus. The wine pairings likewise are always enjoyable and interesting, always with a pleasant surprise or two amongst the selections.
The service would have rated five stars were it not for the one server who seemed to have his nose in the air all evening and brought the personality and warmth of a tombstone to the table - all other servers ranged from good to truly excellent, with the young lady sommelier being especially wonderful - great passion for what she does and a ton of personality to boot.
Ambiance is of course somewhat dated but then for us it is part of the charm of tradition that enhances the experience and everything is always in tip top condition and cleanliness.
Value is of course subjective - I always feel that it costs more than it really should. The food, wine and service are usually excellent - but that much more so than other fine dining options in the area? Probably not. And yet it does remain a family favorite and we do keep going back, so I guess even value can't be too much off base!
If you haven't experienced The American (or even if you have and it's been a while) make sure to visit before it closes December 31st. It is an iconic and rich part of the fabric of fine dining in the KC area and will be sorely missed. The only consolation being that Chef Andy McCormick will be opening a new restaurant of some sort locally some time next year - hopefully he will continue to delight with his culinary prowess - and hopefully he will take some of the rest of the excellent staff from The American with him when he does.
Our experience was great. Unfortunately ...
Our experience was great. Unfortunately the chef was not happy with the octopus dish but our waiter made a great alternate recommendation. My salmon was a little over salted but the steak my girlfriend received was perfectly cooked and the best steak I've tasted and will be getting that next time. Dessert was amazing and even the pallet cleanse treat was excellent. I would have eaten a dish of that rhubarb custard as a whole dessert. Wine pairings were spot on for every dish. I recommend the pairing of you enjoy wine. The chardonnay paired with my first course was fantastic. The service and experience was exceptional. I went for an anniversary and the menu was made with "happy anniversary" at the bottom, waiter addressed us by name and it was an overall special night with a great view.
Without a doubt, the most expensive dinn ...
Without a doubt, the most expensive dinner for two I've ever experienced. That said, my return to the American after several years was a triumph. A three-hour tasting menu with exceptional wine pairings might have delivered my best 3 hours at a table ever. If I had to find a blemish, it would have been pace. That many courses could have been enjoyed over 3.5 - 4 hours. Regardless, a wonderful experience.
We had dinner at The American Restaurant ...
We had dinner at The American Restaurant on the first night of a recent five night stay in Kansas City. Although it was a Friday night, the restaurant wasn’t particularly busy. We arrived a bit early for our reservation and were seated in the bar until the appointed time – we’re not quite sure why, since the restaurant wasn’t particularly busy. When finally seated, we had a lovely window seat looking over Kansas City. The décor is elegant and it’s quite expensive. The three course prix fixe menu offers four selections for each course. The soft shell crab with the fermented jalapeno was the strangest soft shell crab we’d ever seen while the cavatelli with English peas and sheep’s cheese was wonderful. The bavette was entirely too chewy, in contrast to the striploin with morels and beef fat fries (and a $10 supplement charge.) Desserts were concoctions of various ingredients; we went for the coconut-black cocoa-ligonberry-chocolate and the yusu-vanilla-bitter orange-white chocolate. Portions are small – you won’t leave stuffed. The wine list had some excellent, if expensive choices. All in all, we were somewhat disappointed. We left thinking the view of the night lights coming on in Kansas City was the best part of the meal.
Corvino, Staff Make The American Sparkle.
Since taking over The American in 2013, Chef Michael Corvino has simply continually improved the food and service this timeless treasure provides. After years of a genteel decline, The American consistently delivers great food under Corvino that seems to get better with each outing, and it does so while also adding some new surprising delight to the menu at the same time. In the restaurant, the stuffiness is gone. And the folks at the bar are creating a new style and approach that can stand next to Willie Grandison (even if no one can ever truly replace him).
My wife and I went here for our 4th anniversary, it was great! The food is very good the staff was amazing and the view is wonderful. The atmosphere is very inviting and was quiet. We would highly recommend The American for a wonderful romantic night out.
A perfect dinner
Not only was the food exceptional and the service impeccable but one of us has food allergies to gluten and dairy which was asked for when the reservation was made. The diner was astounded how delicious everything was prepared for her and how knowledgeable our server was about all the contents on the menu.
Our waiter, Robert (and his crew), was so gracious and guided us through our dinner, which was fantastic. Many of our dishes contained something new (to us) and the word "umami" kept coming up as we tasted different items. Please convey our compliments to the chef. It was a marvelous dinner and we will be recommending it to our friends. Thank you for an exquisite experience.
Food. Service. Ambiance. View. Wine list. Value (yes it is expensive but for what you get this is very reasonable). We went for the 3 course and picked our own wine. Can't comment on the 10 course and the wine pairing. But this was a PERFECT dining experience and worth every single penny. Best Restaurant in the Midwest!
Good experience, but not the best
My husband and I ate here to celebrate our anniversary. The view from the dining area of the restaurant is amazing and very romantic. We chose the 10 course tasting menu and while we enjoyed most of the courses, a few left more to be desired. We worked with the sommelier to choose a bottle of wine and it was delicious and matched perfectly with our meal. Looking back, I would have rather chosen to have the smaller course menu, where you could pick more of your items since that might have been more appealing.
Great experience with the food--it is definitely something everyone that has the means should do and a gem in Kansas City. We were a little disappointed with being told that there would be a 35 dollar corkage fee for our bottle of Dom--I thought that thing was implied when you bring a bottle of wine to the restaurant.
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