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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The American Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
We changed our dinner choices right after we ate half of our first selection from their menu. Yet, the manager was so gracious and didn't charge us for the first selection. Great customer service! We are definitely satisfied and will come back.
Arrived early for our reservation and spent a delightful time in the lounge area with great live music. Service there by Tessa was outstanding. Seated exactly per our reservation time. All the food was as described and delectable. We have greatly enjoyed every visit to this great night spot. Views are amazing.
Chef Michael Corvino constructs not just multi-textured, complex tastes, but conjures up visions -- of fertile farmland, fields of wheat grain, the scent of desert sage, of lush vineyards. That is what I taste. Although many of the ingredients are sourced from local farms, it is the Chef’s terroir, if you will, of the Walla Walla Valley of the Columbia River, that I envision in his food.
An amuse-bouche arouses the palate before the first course; seed, grain, and sunchoke blanketed in the rich yellow yolk of a poached egg.
Crisp-edged, roasted brussel sprout meld with the softness of a smoked potato, and tucked in are plump, perfect mussels. The Steelhead trout is prepared so seductively you linger over it, as your endorphins release.
Last, dessert is an artful tonal palette of vanilla and white chocolate tinged with citrus fruit from yuzu and bitter orange.
The waitstaff were perfectly synchronized to deliver at the right moment, gracious and articulate in describing the nuances of the various selections.
Every detail compliments the presentation of the food; the lovely, rustic china, the glasses for the well-paired wines, the small vase of bittersweet.
Wafting down from the upstairs lounge, are strains of jazz from Kansas City’s most talented musicians. Hearing Shay Estes sing Brazilian-inspired tunes in beautiful Portuguese is the perfect soundtrack to the dining experience. Bar wizard Seth Shavers summons demonic cocktails from his own house-made potions.
Sitting, in the stunning dining room with its broad windows overlooking Crown Center, you know there is just not another place like this in the city, or a better chef, and I hope it doesn’t change.
The warmth of the wood, the brass touches, and the imaginative wood-vaulted ceiling from the architect in whose Windows of the World I was once fortunate to dine, is still as elegant and comfortable as it was at The American’s opening in 1974.
We went during KC Restaurant Week and it was wonderful! Sometimes you get mediocre service during Restaurant Week, but not at The American! The food was perfect and the ambiance was delightful. Now that we know how wonderful it is, we would go back and pay for the full price menu. It's a true Kansas City gem!
I've been to The American several times and each time I've had a mind blowing experience. However, when I went during restaurant week last Thursday I was super disappointed. All three of us ordered 3 different appetizers, entrees and desserts and tasted each others' selections. Each dish had the same unpleasant underlying flavor. I'm a super adventurous eater so I was really excited about the octopus entree however, it was the most disappointing of all of them. That said, the ginerbread and pumpkin icecream on the dessert were grand however, there were these styrofoam cubes on it that were pretty gross. Our server and one of the food runners were outstanding - they answered all of our questions and were personable and attentive. I'm not usually someone who makes a big deal about the smaller details of service. However, there was a young lady that cleared plates and refilled water. Every. Single. Time. Every. Single. Glass. she filled with water she poured so hastily that the water splashed out of the glass on to the table and then dribbled water across the table when she moved to the next glass/table because she didn't wait for the water to stop coming out of the bottle before moving on. Then on several occassions she came to our table to pick up plates, she would start to ask if she could take the plate but had to stop and wait to finish chewing and swallowing whatever she was eating before asking. I have raved about this restaurant in the past but I wish I had spent my money at one of the other restaurants participating in restaurant week this year.
Kansas City's Premier Restaurant
No other restaurant in Kansas City combines the quality of food, wine, service and ambiance offered by the American. Chef Michael Corvino has restored the luster to this gem that had faded in recent years. Don't wait for a special occasion; go!
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