Upscale Dining In A Casual Atmosphere
19 years ago sisters Wendy Baldwin and Jill Rickart decided to take a chance on a new business venture in Downtown Excelsior Springs. At the time, the downtown was a shell of what it is today, but the sisters saw potential for growth that they could be a part of and help spearhead.
Their restaurant, Ventana Gourmet Grill, came to life in February 2002, offering a casual, yet upscale dining experience that was previously lacking in this small town. Their corner building is a sight to behold, with historically ornate ceilings, original wood floors and brick walls full of the antique charm that Excelsior Springs has come to be known for.
The menu is eclectic, with choices for every preference, from pasta to award-winning steaks, and everything in between. On any on table you might find a Caesar salad with a cup of lobster bisque soup, a bowl of New Orleans Cajun pasta with a side of Parmesan pita bread, and a prime rib with zucchini and a baked potato. If it’s a Tuesday night, you might even find an order of their all you can eat shrimp.
Along with their gourmet entrée choices, Ventana boasts an extensive wine list, beer and spirits, and is famous for their homemade cheesecake.
Their forward thinking momentum has led to multiple expansions over the years. With the growing need to accommodate larger groups, such as wedding or retirement parties, they expanded their business to include what they affectionately call “The O.R.” also just known as “the other room”. In 2018, they expanded again, opening a bakery right next door called “Ventana Sweet Kneads” to satisfy the needs of those with a sweet tooth.
Along with delicious homemade sweets, including gluten free options, guests can find many un novelty items to shop from like old-fashioned candy, cheeky kitchen décor , tea tins and much more.
2020 brought a beautiful new website, that shows the full menu, gives information on daily specials and makes ordering carry-out easy as pie (we mean cheesecake!).
If you’re in the mood for high quality food brought to you by friendly faces, please be sure to visit Ventana Gourmet Grill, located at 117 W. Broadway. Their menu is available at www.ventanagourmetgrill.com. If you would like more information on hosting a party in their event space, please contact 816-630-8600.