Grand Tavern by David Burke
The two-story dining room evokes an elevated tavern feel with a grand staircase, a beautiful skylight, and modern accents throughout. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, and pre and post-theatre specials. The food is matched by a thoughtfully curated wine list, craft beers, and a specialty cocktail program.
Great place, we were staying at hotel, very nice, great staff and food! Amazing drinks!
The noise level on a quite Wednesday night was close to unbearable. We had read the menu on line and when we sat down we were advised the menu on line had not been updated to reflect the current selection. Almost every item on the limited menu had some sort of hot element to it and could not be adjusted to accommodate a pepper/hot spice intolerance. What was left to choose from was really no choice at all, especially at the exorbitant prices. We paid for overpriced cocktails and left. Staff was nice. Would not recommend.
We were late for our reservation and had only 45 minutes to eat our dinner. The matre ‘d served us herself and got us out right on time. The branzino was perfect as was my daughters corn chowder. Of course the popovers are always superb. It was another great experience. Not inexpensive, but wonderful service.
did not have a reservation on what was a busy evening. staff was able to accomedate us. service and food were delicous, staff recommendations were great
Pricey but worth every penny! Steak could be cut with a dull spoon it was so tinder. And you must order the bacon appetizer! Trust me.
Food and service are superb. Biggest challenge is the amount of food. Portions are relatively huge unless you are under the age of 27 and/or an Olympic athlete. But they give you nice boxes and bags to take it all home. Be sure to wander around the restaurant and the entire ground floor of the hotel building to enjoy the artwork. It's clever and smart and surprising! Step out back to see the leaning tower of luggage.
The food was amazing! Great atmosphere and location, the service was awesome. Had a great experience.
Our server, John, was so wonderful! Our daughter is vegan and we weren’t sure if she would be able to eat but she wanted to come along with our group. He was great to explain options and even offered her a special appetizer. Overall the food and the experience were amazing! And the views from the roof top bar are incredible.
Wonder place for a birthday dinner
My husband and I had dinner at the grand tavern before a show at the Fox theater. There were only a few tables full but our service was still very slow. Our waitress was very congenial but not very knowledgeable. She told me the grilled vegetable of the day was eggplant- when I received the dish it was actually zucchini, which was very good but when the waitress came back she looked at my plate and asked how the eggplant was.... I had to explain that it was zucchini and zucchini is green whereas eggplant is purple. When I asked about the baked Alaska dessert she told me it came covered with whipped cream, when I said I didn’t want the whipped cream she explained that’s how it is made. When it came there was no whipped cream- it was just the merengue as usual in a baked Alaska. I would expect a wait person in an upscale restaurant like this to have more knowledge. I wouldn’t go back. There are too many other great places to eat in the area.
Lobster special = amazing. Same with gooey butter balls.
Loved the food, taste, presentation, the restaurant was comfortable. It was very, very busy, after being seated immediately(we had reservations) we did not receive any menu for 20 minutes, our drink did not come for an additional 20 minutes. First course didn’t come until an additional 25 minutes, and our dinner arrived for another 35 minutes. The server, did his best, but the kitchen must have been overwhelmed. We were seeing a show, so we had 10 minutes to eat our main course. I would come again, but 2hrs before a show was not enough. This was our first time. Maybe before show dates, the kitchen staff can be increased, if possible.
We went here for our anniversary and it started out wonderful! They made a complimentary mock tail for me and brought Prosecco to my husband for our anniversary celebration, everyone was kind and lovely. Our waiter came, we had to ask about the specials... and he couldn’t even describe what wagu steak was or if it included sides. We already were aware of what this steak was, but with zero description about cut or items included why on earth would we purchase. I ordered a ginger ale and cranberry juice (I’m very pregnant), and was served tonic with bitters... I kept it for the sake of wondering why he couldn’t understand my drink order. He was such a nice man but had ZERO confidence and training for explaining anything or handling issues, such as an issue with our appetizer. We ordered the wings; great chicken but the calamari was slightly under fried leaving the batter dredge taste behind. We set from 8:05 until 9:15 without wings, the only reason they ever came was because we told our server we had to leave. A manager even came to our table assuming we had finished our entire meal... when we hadn’t even had an appetizer successfully arrive. The chef did bring by a small bite that was DEVINE, but at the risk of not having dinner until midnight we left. The restaurant was at 40-50% capacity, no clue why this occurred other than poor communication from our server. I managed to get a late table at Sidney Street cafe and we had a far better experience there. The entire situation was just anxiety inducing at Grand Tavern, our server couldn’t seem to understand or remember that we were still waiting on wings and kept trying to take our complimentary popovers when we had zero food... at the end of it all the last curiosity was that he gave us our ORIGINAL wing order as well as our new order to go... wings that had been sitting in the kitchen for well over an hour. What on earth? David Burke shouldn’t have his name attached to this... I really wanted to love this too.
The food and presentation were really terrific!
This was our first time to The Grand Tavern and we will definitely go back. The clothesline bacon is a must!
Daughter’s 13th birthday. They were over the top with service. And had just an outstanding meal. Highly recommend.
dinner options. We didn't try any of the starters, because we'd just come down from the rooftop bar in the same building - but dinner, drinks, and desserts.
Have to give it a "four". The food was out of this world; perfect portion sizes, great blend of sauces and ingredients, well presented. Didn't matter if it was chicken, seafood, or meat... all was prepared with care and worth the price.
I'm dropping it a star because of the service. The waitstaff meant well; and we had a nice guy that chatted with us - but... he messed up the drink order and missed a drink beyond that. The popover style bread came with the dinner - 25 minutes after we'd been seated - vs quickly.
They've gotta work out the quirks to rate with the best in the same class - yet I'd go back eagerly for the food.
Drinks took forever to get and there were only a few other tables. Not sure they even had vodka in the bloody Mary's which were a house made mix and not a good one. Eggs Benedict eggs were overcooked. The only good thing was the popover that they bring you for free.
An embarrassing disaster. Was really looking forward to our reservations here, chose to celebrate a friends birthday. Our waiter told one of our guests their cocktail menu was craft and couldn't cater to her request of something sweet. When asking for recommendations he asked what our preference was and we explained we were not picky and wanted to know what he suggested. He told us he'll give us more time and walked away. After receiving a new server it was a more pleasant experience.
We ordered the seasonal vegetable (corn) Risotto for the table which had a strange after taste. The Cacio e Pepe was so peppery it was inedible and no sauce. The Short Rib Truffle Pasta had decent flavor but the meat was very fatty and tough. The couch potatoes were the best thing we ate. The Roasted Chicken and Vegetables was also very peppered. Not a single plate was even half way finished.
The manager tried his best to make it right, the pasta dish was taken off our bill and they delivered complimentary dessert even though we asked them not too. We were honestly too afraid to try anything else!
Porterhouse was overpriced for no sides. Cocktails are overpriced also.
First off- very professional and polite valets! It was quite a wait so we enjoyed the rooftop bar. Exceptional views and amazing drinks! Wines were a bit pricy. Definitely jumped to the top of the list as one of my favorite rooftop bars! Cozy seating areas and high top bar seats with a view of the city. Cool bar with unique drink menu. When we finally sat for dinner it was a bit of a wait but the food was well prepared and very tasty. Lobster rice and salmon were spot on!! Lobster Appetizer and Cesar salads very good as well. The salad was large enough to share. Definitely recommend this artsy hotel, bar and dining. They will do well in MidTown!
They were way under staffed for the tables they had reserved
It was difficult to even get water at the table
Booked a table, but then asked to sit at the bar instead which they obliged. The bartender clearly did not want to deal with diners. She was not warm in greeting us or answering our questions about the menu. We ordered a couple drinks and appetizers and then moved to a table for our main meal. The server took awhile to wait on us, but once he did we had a very good experience. It was only mildly busy at this time so I don’t attribute any of the service issues to a large crowd. Food was outstanding so I would definitely give it another try sometime.
We have been here several times. The food is always delicious, and the service is uniformly good. This time, however, we were fortunate to have one of the best servers we have ever encountered. He was thoughtful and attentive, and he went out of his way to provide truly exceptional service. Wonderful!
Fun spot for the area. Good food but expensive by comparison with other great STL dining.
Went with some friends for my birthday. Our server was very good and the food was good. One of my friends wanted a sweet wine and they had nothing for her except to offer a wine spritzer. It was an okay evening, but I wouldn’t rush back!
Great food totally undermined by overcrowded restaurant and overwhelmed staff. My beer, which I ordered when I sat down, finally came after my appetizer and just before the VERY tardy main course was served. The manager essentially confessed that they decided to open their second dining room at the last minute, and pressed a busboy into service. I booked this table one month in advance based on reputation and was seated in a back room with an inexperienced server. Again, food was great, but overall experience a bust. The tables around us had the same feeling. When the music randomly was turned up to eardrum busting, we all just burst out laughing. Infortunately, based on this David Burke= never again. They let greed destroy the experience.
I was so close to giving this place 4 stars but it took so long to get my bill that they lost a star. Won't come back.
Read great reviews. Thought long and carefully about a date night with my wife. Had planned on a staycation and thought it would be fun to check out the hotel also so the Grand Tavern made sense. Arrived and was impressed. A little loud but settled down. Noticed that a table had to be set for us. Seemed a little odd if we had a reservation but I got over it. Then waited for what felt like a lifetime. St least 7-8min and watched people walk by with pitchers of water but nobody stopped at our table. Finally Alex asked if we had been helped and I pointed out that not a single person seemed to notice us.
No explanation of specials, no wine list, but order placed and Alex did a great job of stopping me politely when I got tired of waiting for my wife and ordered a martini. He politely suggested we wait for her to order first. Scored some serious brownie points.
Apps were lobster dumplings and asparagus and crab salad. Dumplings were f'ing amazing. Once I scraped the mound of cheese aside salad was also. Entrees didn't take too long and during that time asked for help with wine. Alex didn't go to a crazy expensive bottle. Score again for him!!
Entrees were scallops with risotto and lobster fried rice. Both really good and bordering on great. No plate for lobster shell. Thought about throwing in the floor to make a point but my better half (wife) gave me a dirty look.
Tried to get the damn bill and almost fell asleep waiting.
Overall solid food and horrible service. Alex salvaged it a bit but still bad. Saw a ton of of staff but for some reason I couldn't get a glass of water most of the night.
Won't come back.
The food was delicious and the drinks were creative and tasty.
What a gem to add to the St Louis culinary scene!
We waited at the door to be greeted for almost 10 minutes. Several couples walked out bc of the wait for a hostess. We didn't want to leave bc we began to be in a hurry for a concert at Powell, so we waited. There was a man in suit who seemed to be a manager possibly, but he did not offer to help at all. He just watched as the waiters and hostess scrambled to accommodate the guests. Once we were sat, it took several more mins to be greeted. So since we were in a rush, we got up and grabbed our own menus. Then we were slightly reprimanded for doing so because "we like to make sure our servers bring you the menus, so we know you've been seen"...well we didn't have time for that. The food was excellent, I just wish we weren't in a rush to eat it. Poor Front of house management can kill a great restaurant
I've been to restaurants by David Burke in NYC, so thought the Grand Tavern in St Louis would be a good place to have a great meal on a Tuesday night. Was running a bit late, called the restaurant, and was reassured that "no problem - mid-week is a bit slow" ... was it ever! I think there were a dozen people there during our meal; service great, food excellent, with large portions; a bit expensive (for St Louis, maybe that is a problem?) .. for the food and wine, an excellent choice
We have had much better experiences on other visits, but this time the service was indifferent. The menu also seems more complicated than it used to be, especially if you have an aversion for spicy things.
First time customer, unique menu, almost too eclectic. Food was excellent, service was OK but not memorable. Presentation was very good.
Amazing! The food was delicious and presented so creatively!
Anniversary dinner prior to a concert. We were excited to try out this place. The food was fine, not bad but just fine. The service was lackluster and our waiter seemed uninterested in us compared to the table next to us, even though they weren’t busy. Bucatini was great, scallops were boring.
The entire staff was fabulous. The chef even came out a couple times to see how how meal was, and prior had even helped us with deciding what to order. Waitress was knowledgeable and very attentive. We will be back.
I took my mother here last week and it was both of our first time. The server ... I think his name was Chip, was freaking outstanding! He really made the experience with how personable and knowledgeable he was. We didn't get to see the roof top as it was rented out for a private event, but the main level dining room has a fun vibe. Overall a great experience and excited to go back to try more of the dishes they offer!
Way too noisy. Ended up eating in silence.
Fantastic food and I loved the atmosphere!!! I will be coming back again and again.
Wonderful meal, waiter was a bit odd, but other waitstaff was wonderful. Food was so flavorful, in ways you won't expect. Will absolutely be back