The Dark Room @ The Grandel

4.3
59 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Housed inside the historic Grandel Theatre, The Dark Room is not just another wine bar/restaurant, but rather a holistic experience designed to enhance community engagement, encourage conversation, and inspire ideas. The Dark Room features a rotating wine, craft beer, and cocktail list that pairs with lunch, dinner, and brunch menus while providing a unique gallery space to emerging photographers from around the country. With live music nightly and during Sunday brunch, The Dark Room offers an opportunity for patrons interested in pleasing the eye, the ear, and the palate.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Contemporary American, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri & Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Late Night Happy Hour
Mon–Thu 10:00 pm–12:00 am
Fri, Sat 11:00 pm–1:00 am
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Phone number
(314) 776-9550
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
We can meet many needs. Contact becky@kranzbergartsfoundation.org
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grand & Grandel Sq
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Entertainment
uesdays - The Polydimensionals
Wednesdays - Live jazz w/ the Kasimu Taylor Trio & friends
Fridays - Mo Egeston
Saturdays - All vinyl record spin c/o The Soulition
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 59 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I brought my sister to the Dark Room during her recent visit from Lenox, Massachusetts. An accomplished pianist and vocalist herself, she was blown away by the contagious enthusiasm and superior musicianship of the Mo E Trio and Chrissy Renick. What a great St. Louis find.

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OT
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dark Room is conveniently located near The Fox and Powell. I was able to get in and out with dinner in an hour before a lecture. The food is creative, tasty, and affordable. There was music from 7-10 on a Tuesday night. Street parking was cheap and easy. I will go back again.

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BD
St. Louis
40 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We enjoyed a nice meal prior to the symphony. It was awkward with the tables so close together, all conversations could be heard. Everyone enjoyed their meal except the baked gnocchi was a small serving, which is fine, but had no flavor. Service was very good.

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E
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was outstanding and some of the best I've had in St. Louis in a while. This is a very neat place with a great ambiance, notable drinks, and fantastic food. The service could have been much better. There were no more than five people in the restaurant the entire time, we waited to have drinks refilled and the bartender was on his phone or joking with employees most of the time. Aside from the service, I would highly reccomend this restaurant.

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The music was great but too loud for the size of the room. Seating was not good having to sit with my back to the band. I could only see one band member playing their instrument and looking at the back of the piano all evening was not enjoyable. Service was good but food was just ok.

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JF
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding venue and restaurant. Music and food was great. A gem for the midtown/CWE community. Thank you Kransberg Family!!!

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T
St. Louis
20 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a beautiful venue! We went pre-theater, and so weren't there for the music, but the food was very good and reasonably priced. Our server was attentive but not intrusive. It is a perfect site for dinner prior to the symphony or the Fox. We will certainly return!

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FD
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pre games here before heading over to Powell Hall for the symphony. Nice jazz trio. We sat near the stage and it was loud, but that’s expected at a music club. I know my date well and we talk all the time, so dining and not talking much was fine. The artichoke and chicken dip was great, so was the artisan cheese board. I tried the tomato bisque. All portions were larger than I expected. This is a neat place in Grandel Hall. I’ll be back. Waitstaff was excellent and attentive...

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AS
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this restaurant for so many many reasons! Most notably the music and food!
See you next time and thank You for another great night out with friends!

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L
St. Louis
96 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. We like it a lot and have been many times.

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PK
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Scrambled eggs, awesome, great bacon, biscuit a little too doughy for me, potatoes were a little mushy. coffee grounds at bottom of coffee cup. The Jazz Trio were excellent, as were the adult drinks. Waitress forgot to bring several things we requested. In spite of these things, will give a second chance next Sunday for brunch. Happy eating!

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KD
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely Sunday brunch celebrating a 40 something anniversary.

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MT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Overall the outing was very good except for the Spedini was a bit to oily which made it undesirable.

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ST
St. Louis
26 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Disappointed. Expensive. Paella was overpriced and fishy. Bad experience a around.

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D
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

What an amazing impromptu date last week. Our server was attentive and my drink "Dorian Gray" was delicious. My meal of salmon, rice, and veggies was just what I needed from being on the run and not eating healthy. I look forward to returning sooner than later.

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II
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice cozy spot to see a show, enjoy good food and drink.

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BB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch and couldn't have been more pleased. Food was fantastic and the music was phenomanal. This is going to definitely be a place to revisit.

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T
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

For being the dark room it’s overly bright for a dinner restaurant. When we arrived there was only 4 other people in the place, yet we had to wait for them to clean the table off before we could be seated even though there were plenty of open tables. Food was overpriced for what it is, and has a very small menu overall. Looks promising from the outside, but that’s where it ends. Sorry won’t be back.

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5
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was my husband’s Birthday

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MH
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

This was my second visit and was expecting the same level of service and food. Because they had a large crowd due to multiple venues having productions they offered a limited menu. My shrimp and grits was mediocre. The fist pass I had to send back as the grits and shrimp were cold. They took it back and reheated the food. Unfortunately, the grits were undercooked and inedible. It’s a great spot and I will definitely go again. Maybe just appetizers at the bar is safest.

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AH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Been wanting to try this place out for over a year and was finally able to snag a reservation. The dining area is pretty tiny which explains why its so hard to get a reservation on a Saturday night. Despite being busy, there was only 1 waiter on staff working when I visited the establishment and the hostess would try to help when she could. I'm not sure if this is normal or maybe they were short staffed but it did affect our dinner service. The waiter didn't check on our table often and a couple of drinks were forgotten. The food was delicious and the musician was fantastic.

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NS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Loved the live music, but would have liked a seating option farther away from the band. We couldn't talk at all while they were playing. Salad was good but the pastas were rather bland and swimming in olive oil.

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JT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

I am an Anita Jackson fan so I follow her around town. The Dark Room is my Favorite venue. The ambiance is cream of the crop. I am not a fan of the menu but I patronize because I love the space and the staff.

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I
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best kept secrets in the city. Cozy atmosphere with great jazz, good food and drinks and a welcoming friendly staff.

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RP
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wine choices and inspired menu. Ptah Williams Acoustic Trio provided, as always, a great musical experience!

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BB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

food was average at best, Full bar with several locally sourced beers and liquors. You go for the live music anyway. The Tonina Quartet was amazing even though they were only a trio on this occasion. A great place to get cozy and personal with fantastic artists.

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SS
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a glorious surrounding. Music 🎶 is the best I’ve heard in town. No cover charge for music. Great happy hour. Great food. Excellent service. The Theater is by far a stand out. You have to see to believe. If I could give the experience more than 5 Stars ⭐️ it would be a 10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you 😊

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KG
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was fantastic! The music divine! Lots of fine and the signature drinks were really neat. They made us do our research on famous photographers! However, the service left much to be desired. Our waiter actually left mid-meal and did not tell us. No one came to ask if we needed more drinks or dessert (both of which we did - it was my husband's birthday after all). We finally snagged the hostess who went to find our waiter and came back and told us that he had left and that the bartender would take care of us. The bartender, a nice guy who was trying to work the whole room and tend bar, did eventually make it to our table and take our after-dinner dessert/drink order. Eventually we even got our bill. This was well before closing and we don't know the circumstances of our waiter's disappearance so we gave the service staff a break and still tipped 20%. In the future, if a a member of the wait staff has open checks, he/she should be courteous enought to inform his/her customers and inform them of who will be taking over their open check.

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LW
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I go to hear the live music - Late Night Grooves on Saturday - AMAZING
the flatbread is delicious

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OT
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waited over 30 min in the empty restaurant and nobody even took a drink order. So we left. 2 waitresses, a hostess, and a bartender and only 1 table of guests and nobody cared. Nobody even said anything as we go up and left. Horrible.

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ML
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love the new space as well as I did the previous one. The plating and the food/wine is exceptional! I come for the music first but everything about it is wonderful. I didn’t want the night to end.

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P
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have dinner before a show at the Grandel Theater.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Had a great time. The food and music was awesome. This Place is a hidden gem.

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ET
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I introduced friends to venue. They were both impressed. It was disappointing to learn the scheduled musicians would not be available.
Music was a main reason for selecting The Dark Room

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E
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Was disappointed that Royce Martin Trio cancelled their gig. That was the main reason we went to the dark Room.

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MB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my fiance's birthday weekend and had the best time! He doesn't love crowds so I wanted to choose a cozy, intimate place with jazz, his favorite type of music. He was blown away with how fun it was and we'll definitely be back. He had a beef entree with a bubbly moscato wine... both were excellent. The music and ambiance of the bar was even better. If you haven't checked this place out definitely do! Just remember to bring cash if you wish to tip the band... we couldn't find a close ATM!

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NK
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

930 performance didn’t start until 1040. Very annoying

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PJ
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shrimp & grits very very flavorful, our waitress was excellent and Anita Jackson was awesome.. My husband & I bought our cousin & his wife along and they also thoroughly enjoyed their meal & the music.

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DH
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Happy hour supper with live music jazz trio before our rock concert . Outstanding steak and mushroom flat bread, and turkey cobb salad.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place for its music and the theater. Food is also very good. Good verity.

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