Photo of The Antler Room Owners: Nick and Leslie Goellner in the kitchen.


The Antler Room is a neighborhood restaurant owned and operated by Leslie and Nick Goellner, located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. With a focus on the overall experience, we aim to make our guests feel a warm welcome, whether they are coming in for a small bite and a glass of wine at the bar, dinner with a friend, or a celebration. 

Our menus change daily with inspiration stemming from seasonal ingredients, certain preparations, or dishes inspired by travels. We only have one ‘must’ for the dishes we serve: they have to be delicious.

If we haven't met you yet, we hope to soon.

Leslie Newsam Goellner
Leslie's career in hospitality spans over 20 years, where most of her influence came from Room 39 in Kansas City while she was attending The University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She worked in several more Kansas City restaurants and for restaurateur Danny Meyer in New York before moving to San Francisco to manage restaurants for the Delfina Restaurant Group. She returned to Kansas City to open the Antler Room with her husband, Nick.

Nick Goellner
Nick began his career in the kitchen at the French Culinary Institute in New York after finishing his college education at Kansas University. After graduating, he spent months traveling, eating, and staging in restaurants across Europe. He landed work with French Chef Alain Allegretti in New York, sous chef at Boulevard restaurant in San Francisco and  world-renowned Chef Rene Redzepi at Noma in Copenhagen before returning to Kansas City, where he and his wife Leslie opened the Antler Room. Since opening the Antler Room, he has been nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s award for Best Chef: Midwest three times.

The Team

Our Chef de Cuisine Kyle Sears

The Details

We are located at 2506 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO 64108.
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Why am I asked to pay a Reservation Deposit?

The reservation cost is merely a deposit that gets refunded upon arrival or any need to change the reservation. If you need to cancel last minute, just send us an email or give us a call and we will always take care of the refund. Depending on the card used, it may take up to 8 to 10 days for a refund.

Is there a Dress Code for The Antler Room?

Our only preference is that you do wear clothing.

I ordered a gift card online. How do I use my gift card when I come to visit The Antler Room?

Thank you for your purchase, we look forward to your visit! You will receive a confirmation email in your inbox upon your purchase of a digital gift card. Please retain this email, as it will serve as your digital gift card upon your arrival at The Antler Room.

Are there any vegan options on the menu?

While we love our vegan friends, we cannot guarantee that there will be a sufficient amount of animal product free options for a traditional meal at any given time.

Is there a way to apply for employment with The Antler Room?

The Antler Room is always on the lookout for dedicated staff with a passion for food. If you are seeking employment, please contact hello@theantlerroomkc.com, and put the position you are seeking in the subject line of your message. A member of our hiring team will get back with you about any open positions currently available. Please include a resume, and a brief synopsis of relevant experience.

What are the COVID-19 guidelines for The Antler Room?

The Antler Room takes every precaution to protect patrons while dining. This includes masks, frequent sanitization, hand washing and disinfecting throughout both the front and back of house. While patrons are not required to wear a mask, we do recommend referring to CDC guidelines, especially for more vulnerable individuals.

Do you serve brunch?

The Antler Room does not offer brunch, but does offer regular hours on Saturday and Sunday from 5-10pm.

What kind of food does The Antler Room offer?

The Antler Room cuisine is inspired by East-West trade routes. Showcasing modern culinary traditions of Persia, Asia and the Mediterranean, the evolving cuisine changes often, but always retains a level of reverence for the ingredients in each and every dish.

How does The Antler Room source their seafood selection?

We are proud to source our seafood responsibly, and primarily acquire our fresh seafood from Fortune Fish Company, a founding member of Sea Pact.

Are we able to bring our own bottle to The Antler Room?

Yes, The Antler Room is happy to accomodate outside bottles of wine for a $25 corkage fee.

Is there parking provided at The Antler Room?

The Antler Room has plentiful on-street parking available for patrons.

Is The Antler Room handicap accessible?

Yes, the first floor of The Antler Room is fully handicap accessible. Our second floor event space, however, does require the use of stairs and is not accessible to all patrons.

I am coming to celebrate a special occasion, what special thing are you able to do for my party?

The Antler Room thanks you for choosing to spend your special occasion with us. We are happy to provide enhanced ambiance for your visit.

What is your policy on children? Do you offer a kids menu?

While we do not offer a kids menu but, we are able to accomodate for children by providing simplified versions of some of our more popular dishes. Please ask your server for more information.

Are you able to accommodate large groups?

Our private dining room offers seating for up to 30 people on the second floor of The Antler Room. We encourage all reservations for large groups are made at least 10 days in advance, in order to ensure the availability of popular menu items for your special occasion.

Is The Antler Room able to accommodate for food allergies?

Our menu contains many items made without gluten-containing ingredients and/or specific allergens. We are happy to provide you with a printed menu of those offerings at the restaurant upon request, and invite you to view our menu online. Our kitchen is not a gluten-free or allergen-free environment, however, so it is possible these menu items could come into contact with gluten during preparation. If you’re highly sensitive, please let your server know and take precautions as necessary to ensure your safety while dining with us.

Do you have vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten free options?

While the menu changes often, The Antler Room is pleased to offer a variety of dishes to address your dietary needs. Please refer to our menu page for details on specific dishes and their contents.

What are your hours of operation?

The Antler Room is open Wednesday - Sunday, from 5-10pm. We are closed on Holidays.

Are Reservations Required?

While reservations are not required and because of our small space, we strongly recommend that our guests reserve a table. You can reserve a table by visiting our Reservation page. Reservations are available 6 weeks out.

In the News

The Antler Room has been nominated for 2023 James Beard Award.

Wine Enthusiast has named The Antler Room as a top wine destination of 2023.

The Antler Room executive chef, Nick Goellner, was nominated for the second year in a row for Best Chef in the Midwest region.

Goellner’s globetrotting menu is delivered in small plate format — there are no entrees — via his warm and refreshingly casual clubhouse. Instead of white tablecloths and candles, the restaurant has a long bar, pale wood accents and as much natural lighting as possible.

Husband-and-wife owners Chef Nick Goellner and Wine Director Leslie Newsam Goellner serve small plates inspired by Mediterranean, East Asian and Midwestern cuisine. The wine list boasts international natural wines, including varietal pét-nats and grower Champagnes.

The Antler Room executive chef, Nick Goellner, was nominated for one of the prestigious James Beard’s Awards in 2019 for the Midwest region.

This civilized spot is spearheading the natural wine movement in the country’s dead-center, offering an extensive, international natural wine list, paired alongside a rotating menu of small plates. Dishes are heavily inspired by Mediterranean, East Asian, and Midwestern flavors, showing a unique, complimentary hybrid of various cultures and cuisines. Select by the glass wines are available for just $5/pop on specific days-- though we’d stick around for the restaurant’s extensive wine list, featuring 10+ skin contact wines and a slew of sparkling options.

Mediterranean meets Midwest at this husband-and-wife-run spot—go here if you need convincing that some of the most exciting cooking in America is happening far from the urban centers of New York and L.A. This is what happens when a husband and wife—Nicholas and Leslie Goellner—travel around the country, (him) cooking at and (her) managing restaurants, before returning to their hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, to open the ideal neighborhood spot.

In this edition of Feast TV, Chef-owner Nick Goellner’s talks with us about The Antler Room, Kansas City’s hottest new restaurant located on Hosptial Hill, his experiences and the dishes that are prepared.

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