About Eighty Eight @ The Elms

401 Regent Street
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
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88 at The Elms boasts a rustic American dining experience. Our menu is built around quality produce featuring seasonal, locally grown and procurred ingredients, many from the grounds of The Elms.



Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Global, International

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Daily, 7am - 11am

Lunch
Daily, 11am - 2pm

Bar & Tavern Menu
Daily, 2pm - 10pm

Dinner
Sunday - Thursday, 5pm - 9pm
Friday & Saturday, 5pm - 10pm

Cross Street:
Regent and Kansas City Ave

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(816) 630-5500

Website:
http://www.elmshotelandspa.com/dining.html

Parking Details:
The Elms offers three parking lots for self parking and also offers valet parking for a fee.

Private Party Facilities:
Private dining in the Upper 88 is available with advance reservations. The Eighty Eight can customize a dining room menu or you can contact The Elms sales department to choose from the banquet menu (available on select dates only).

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Eighty Eight @ The Elms Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

special occasion (18)
romantic (15)
fit for foodies (7)
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neighborhood gem (6)
great for brunch (6)
good for groups (4)
great for lunch (3)
notable wine list (3)
vibrant bar scene (2)
late-night find (2)
scenic view (2)
hot spot (1)
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food5
ambience5
service5

New summer menu is fantastic!

vip
Dined on April 23, 2016

New summer menu is fantastic!

food5
ambience5
service5

Chef Ryan keeps raising the bar. The fis ...

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

Chef Ryan keeps raising the bar. The fish was perfect, just fantastic food and service

food3
ambience4
service4
value2

Just ok

Dined on March 19, 2016

Loved our stay at the elms but the food was just ok. Brie was cold and portions were very small for the price we had to pay.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Reliving Memories at the Elms

Dined on March 12, 2016

We have fond memories of the Elms and wanted to recapture some of those special times. We were greeted immediately upon our arrival. The ambiance in the restaurant was very pleasant, with a fire in the fireplace and comfortable seating. We were able to enjoy good conversation along with our excellent menu choices. A couple ordered scallops, another had Grouper and I had Rainbow Trout. All were excellent and the presentation added to the flavor. My daughter was married at the Elms 15 years ago and her reception was in the Ballroom. It has since been renovated and the Restaurant is a beautiful addition. It does not take away the historic significance of the Elms and is tastefully done - in addition to the delicious menu choices. A nice place to get away and enjoy a special time.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Great Experience

Dined on March 6, 2016

The service was absolutely wonderful. They accommodated a day-of change in reservation time. Our waiter was knowledgable of the menu and extremely nice. I had pasta bolognese and it was perfect. The pasta was not over cooked. The only thing is that the menu seemed the be geared toward the fall season, and we were there in March. No complaints though, because the food was so yummy.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Custom dinner!

Dined on March 4, 2016

Chef TIM prepared an amazing vegan dish for my boyfriend and I. It was simple and elegant! Great flavor and the portion was large. Loved it!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service3
value3

Great Dinner - but it won't blow your socks off

vip
Dined on February 20, 2016

I was staying at the Elms with a friend of mine. The food was delicious - but the service was just ok, and the cocktails weren't great. We later noticed a new bar tender behind the bar - and he was FANTASTIC. I would hope a place like this would have a consistently good bartender.

food3
ambience4
service3
value3

Wanted to like it...

Dined on February 13, 2016

We wanted to love this as we stayed at The Elms for Valentine's weekend. We were seated right away at a nice quiet table at the top of the stairs. The dining room is very pretty but the food was average at best. We both ordered a fillet, and while it was an excellent cut of meat, it was drenched in some kind of sausage drippings for flavor. It was served on top of brown, over cooked potato wedges and weird mushrooms. The plate was colorless and very disappointing. I had a run of the mill spring salad with some kind of mundane vinegarette while my husband ordered a Caesar that came out looking like a yellow, chopped, iceberg lettuce--it was awful looking. We each had a glass of wine but we're not offered more, nor were we offered dessert selections. I'd like to think the problem was that they were busy, but I've seen other bad reviews, so I'm not sure there is any excuse. The potential is totally there, they just need a visit from Gordon Ramsey or something. Customer service does not seem intuitive to anyone with The Elms organization, outside of the extremely helpful and hardworking bellman. We did eat brunch the next day and while it was a simple and predictable buffet with omelet station, it was better. We had fresh fruit, good eggs, bacon, decent pastries and coffee. The grits, biscuits & sausage gravy were all left to die in a chafing dish, but overall, brunch was better than dinner. The service was again very mediocre and at the end of the day we were disappointed, especially when expecting and paying for a fine dining experience.

Tags: romantic
food2
ambience3
service3
value2

Elms ok

Dined on February 13, 2016

Food wasn't great. It was cold and fillet was tasteless. Our table was upstairs and cozy.

Tags: great for brunch, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Loved the mezzanine

Dined on February 7, 2016

One of my fears of going out on a special date and spending a ton of money is that I'll be crammed in next to a loud table of raucous patrons. On my reservation request, I asked for the "quietest, most secluded table you have", not knowing they have an entire second floor/mezzanine that is full of just that - all two person tables, up away from the loud groups below. We loved it. Also loved that the food took some time - we got our appetizer but then weren't rushed through it by bringing our entrees to soon. In this case, it's good that the food is slow! WE brought our own bottle of wine to save on drinks and the corking fee was only $12 (which is low for a restaurant that nice). Server was awesome, steak was AMAZING. Will go again next time we're at the Elms.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service1

The waitress was too inexperienced for a ...

Dined on February 6, 2016

The waitress was too inexperienced for a restaurant of this caliber. She poured our bottle of wine without having one of us taste test. She also tried to rush us into ordering our meal before receiving our cocktails even though the restaurant was no way near capacity. We told her we just wanted a relaxing evening with a few appetizers and then we would order our entree. Her response, " Don't worry, I'll make sure to space it out". This wasn't the case and our meals came while we were enjoying our appetizers. We started with the charcuterie board which didn't have too much in the way of select cheeses and meats. We also had the bolognese with pappardelle pasta and the buttermilk fried chicken. Both were very delicious. We would have ordered dessert, but the poor service put a damper on our experience. The ambiance was nice with the fireplace, but none of the table candles were lit. Overall, an ok experience.

food4
ambience2
service4

Food was delicious, and our server was g ...

Dined on January 16, 2016

Food was delicious, and our server was great. My complaint is the atmosphere. My wife and I did some research and the restaurant asked for patrons to dress nice, so I wore slacks and a button down shirt, and my wife a nice dress. We were surprised when we arrived to see the Chiefs playoff game on the TV s and loud fans cheering on. Disappointed to say the least.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Eighty-eight @ the Elms

Dined on January 3, 2016

Wonderful atmosphere! Excellent dining experience! Delicious food! Can't wait to go back.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value3

25th Wedding Anniversary

Dined on January 3, 2016

We've eaten here a few times and have always enjoyed it. For us, the price is limiting to mostly special occasions, but we like the atmosphere of the Elms Hotel, and the overall character of the Eighty-Eight Restaurant. I had a KC Strip steak that was delicious. I paid more than I would normally pay, but the flavor and quality of the steak was worth it. The staff was friendly and helpful. Since we stayed in the Elms that night, we returned to the Eighty-Eight for breakfast and had just as good of an experience.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Chef Ryan has raised the bar back to the ...

vip
Dined on December 12, 2015

Chef Ryan has raised the bar back to the excellence that has come to be expected at EightyEight. The Duroc pork chop is my favorite, but the entire new menu is superb and more reasonably priced than in the past. Outstanding craft bar tending continues to be a strong point.

food2
ambience4
service4

Great bartenders! Creative, knowledgeabl ...

Dined on November 8, 2015

Great bartenders! Creative, knowledgeable and personable. Very welcoming experience.

food3
ambience4
service3

The tables for two are small.

Dined on November 7, 2015

Strange that my dinner cost more than the tables we were sitting at.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5

Spa Birthday

Dined on October 31, 2015

Enjoyed a weekend at the ELMS Spa and Resort. We had two dinners at the 88 over the weekend,both very enjoyable with excellent service and very good food ! The Service Manager and Chef both greeted us during our meal, and bought my wife desert for her birthday an excellent pumpkin creme brulee.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4

Charming

Dined on October 31, 2015

Very nice experience. Have referred friends and will make plans to return.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4

Excellent selection

Dined on October 24, 2015

The menu provided a nice choice of entrees or sandwiches for dinner. As a group of 5, we had a cozy, yet ample booth. The special of Hungarian goulash and beef rib sandwich were excellent. Try the trout appetizer. We did not have dessert, so I can't comment. Ambiance was pleasant.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food5
ambience4
service4

20th wedding anniversary dinner

Dined on October 23, 2015

Between our server Alissa and the restaurant manager Omar, they worked together to find a duck for my wife that had been taken off the menu recently. Both our meals, the duck and the grouper were cooked perfectly. Service and atmosphere was great also.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service5

Good but not outstanding

Dined on October 20, 2015

No complaints about our experience here. The service was great and food tasty, but the food wasn't amazing enough to make this my first choice dining establishment. I would come back for the sangria, though!

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food2
ambience1
service2

World's smallest smallest table for two.

Dined on September 20, 2015

Small table, small portion for a high price. More of a bar with cocktail tables than a restaurant. Seems like an after thought.

food3
ambience3
service4

Good food, busy weekend

Dined on September 6, 2015

The first time we visited it was a much more intimate and romantic. This time was far busier with wedding and guests so it was loud and frustration from the bar area. We enjoyed our food. The bread had a different flavor. I tried the seabass, it was okay I could have done without the lobster tempura portion. My husband enjoyed the baby shrimp salad it was good, on the spicy side. Our dessert choices were delicious! I think the grilled peaches is something everyone should try. We also had the cheesecake and it was a huge piece and so good. So overall it was a nice date for us and we really enjoyed our desserts and our entrees were good.

Tags: special occasion
food4
ambience4
service3

Good food but a little pricey!

Dined on September 5, 2015

Had the Sea bass, which was excellent but there wasn't much with it and was quite pricey!

Tags: romantic
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent!

Dined on August 9, 2015

The food was lovely and the service fantastic! Both the Tavern and 88 have great atmosphere. We will be back again very soon!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
food1
ambience4
service4

Needs a quality Chef

Dined on July 5, 2015

The dinner menu is not worth 25-30 per plate. It looks like they fired the chef and served food from the frozen foods section of Sunfresh. The roasted vegetables were anything but that. The mashed potatoes were cold and pasty. The short ribs were cooked well but if they were cooked in a root beer sauce a similar reduction should be served with it. Lacking this the beef was not worth 28$

Tags: special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Great food and service

Dined on June 2, 2015

When we arrived for our Silver Anniversary dinner, we were immediately seated beside the fireplace, at a table away from the crowd and semi-secluded, which was great for our romantic dinner. Our server was very attentive and helpful with our order. If you are looking for a restaurant away from the big city, that is quiet and reserved, this is it just right for that romantic dinner.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great experience!

Dined on May 16, 2015

Our server Charlie was awesome! She was very attentive and always had a smile on her face. The chicken was the best I have ever and I can't wait to have it again. The chef personally brought our desert out and chatted with us. I saw him go around to all the tables and thought the personal touch was great. This restaurant was a great experience all around and my husband and I can't wait to go back!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food2
ambience1
service3

Overpriced Cafetaria Food

Dined on April 26, 2015

Steaks were cooked to incorrect temperature and outside of the meat tasting old they had about as much flavor as one would expect in a nursing home. The "charred" romaine in the Caesar salad combined with a vinegar heavy dressing made it barely palatable. The waitress was nice and the one $32 bottle of wine was good but does not justify a 150.00 meal for 2.

food2
ambience4
service4

Not a Kansas City Restaurant

Dined on April 12, 2015

The food had no flavor at all. I don't use salt but had to. Very pretty plated, but not restaurant quality you would find downtown Kansas City. Very good service!

food1
ambience5
service5

Food had to be sent back twice

Dined on April 8, 2015

I ordered the filet and it was cooked wrong. Also my potatoes were cold. Nothing was seasoned or looked like it had been cooked on a griddle or a flat top for that matter. Received the plate back and the potatoes were still cold, the steak had "grill marks" on it but it still wasn't seasoned or cooked right. The food was taken back and comped. The dessert was delicious and the drinks were amazing. It seems the microwaves were running rampid all evening. Not what i expected for a $38 filet.

Tags: vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food2
ambience3
service1

slow service

Dined on March 28, 2015

We had reservations and the service started of excellent and then it suddenly died. The appetizers and salad came reasonably timely however the main course came about 30 minutes later. We ordered the humus plate and the house salad which were good and we thought became a preview to our main course. We ended up ordering the specials which we were disappointed. The food other guests ordered from the normal menu seemed to fair better.

food3
ambience4
service2

Lovely but Lacking

Dined on March 16, 2015

Ambiance was lovely. Staff was friendly. We had reservations and were seated in a lovely location. As the Elms does not offer good food selections, I'd survived all day on cheese, fruit, and crackers in our room, so by dinner I was STARVED. I was also excited! However, we were seated at 7:20, and by 8:10, we had had no bread, salad or appetizers. I was contemplating chewing on the table, when my husband started to vent about walking out. Another couple seated nearby were making similar remarks. My husband (very rarely a complainer) went off to find a manager. The manager was incredibly friendly and apologetic, and offered to 'comp' one of our entrees. Nice, because entrees are upwards of $30+. However - I was still starving! I'd rather they'd just brought me bread to eat. LOL. About 15 minutes later, the manager came out with our salads, and then our entrees. My entree was... good. Not great, not worth $30+. But good. Also, I did see some families eating some gourmet-looking sandwiches and burgers. I might have opted for that, but there were no burger/sandwich options on our menu. ?? Secret menus??? Next time we stay at the Elms, we will try out room service or the lounge.

food2
ambience2
service1

Disappointing

Dined on February 16, 2015

Small group of us stayed at The Elms to celebrate Valentine's Day. 88 was our Vday dinner and did not live up to the quality of the rest of the establishment. Server didn't greet us when coming to the table and gave us no guide with menu or nightly specials. Cocktail menu was mostly gin based and food items were quirky. Was not impressed with the food once it made it to the table. Service, food presentation & menu execution def need to be worked on. Wish we would've ate at the Tavern! Not worth the money.

food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious food, attentive service

Dined on February 8, 2015

Upscale menu, but plenty of options, cost is commensurate with quality. Great bar and wine options, service was very good. The Elms is a great getaway.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food2
ambience3
service2

Elms Experience @ 88

Dined on February 7, 2015

I probably would not return as I expected more attention to detail and did not find this. First we had food to go and have seen fancier to go boxes at a lot less restaurant. The Cesar Salad was not cut up first time I have ever seen this. Was difficult to cut up on my plate along with my grilled chicken. Now my spouse had Salmon and it was perfect. We also had order a club sandwich and the cheese tasted unusual maybe it was not good. We also were eating with those who were experiencing the Spa Day in their robes, this too a lot away from the experience if we were looking for romance or ambiance. Also I had stated we were celebrating a special birthday and there was no mention from our server????

food4
ambience4
service4

Dinner and Entree great, dessert not so much.

Dined on February 1, 2015

The duck entree is delicious, as well as the brie appetizer. However, when we ordered the apple (pie?) dessert was nothing to write home about. The drinks were also really good as well. I would recommend it to others.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service3

Under par

Dined on January 4, 2015

We were expecting something equivalent to Pierpont's in Union Station but got something less satisfying than Olive Garden in a mall. The wedge salad was quite good with generous portions of blue cheese, bacon, slivered red onion.

food5
ambience5
service3

luke

Dined on December 6, 2014

Ambiance was nice, food was fabulous! Service could have been better. Took a long time to even be waited on, not busy either. Had to remind server twice about cocktail, over 15 minutes wait.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list

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