The Dark Room @ The Grandel

4.2
37 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 37 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.1
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4.3
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4.1
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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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4.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

930 performance didn’t start until 1040. Very annoying

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

The live music was fantastic, but not nearly as good as the food! We began with a roasted leak with smoked Gouda dip that was to die for. Salads were next and were fresh and mouth watering. The shallot vinaigrette was one of the best I have ever had. The main course was a petite beef tenderloin with fingerling potatoes and sprouts with a garlic topping. Absolutely amazing dinner and service. Jeremy, the manager was also fantastic. Pricing was gray. The food by us would have cost us twice as much. We will return.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

The food is amazing and it's such a great location when going to a show!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Great place

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

The food was decent but the service was very slow and did not check back in regularly

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

This would be the perfect place for pre-show dining (Powell Hall, the Fox, The Grandel, the Sheldon), but they weren't very prepared for a crowd. We had a reservation (thank goodness), and the food was tasty, but the wait staff was totally overworked. We sat for at least 15 minutes after being seated before anyone came by to take our drink/food orders. The staff was apologetic, but management needs to do a better job of staffing for events.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food was cold but had it been warm would likely have been good. Portions were generous. Service was slow and overall so-so. In general a disappointment. Not a bad place, but with so many great options in STL for brunch in particular, I wouldn't recommend it.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Drinks were lack luster....very little alcohol. I ordered a Tom Collins very little club soda and lemon juice.

The tenderloin dish was amazing! The Sammy was good needed more meat.

The server was attentive and quick.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Went there because it was close to Powell Symphony Hall event. Was not sure what to expect from our first time at a Jazz club/restaurant. Very small space and all tables very close to the band made conversation difficult - even with the wait staff. Food was good, but not great. Drinks were very good, and service was good. Place got very busy very fast once the music started, and is a lively bar scene.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

I would not recommend. The atmosphere is awesome, our server was great. The kitchen is HORRIBLE. We never got our entrees. it took almost 40 min for the appetizers, Then 30 min later we still didn't have our food. We had a show to be at across the street, so we had too leave. The place isn't that big, I don't understand how a kitchen can get in the weeds like that. .Its a shame, because all other aspects of the place are great. Get a real Chef to run the kitchen.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We received gift certificates from our granddaughter as a Christmas gift. We still have enough leftover for another visit. We came for brunch since dinner reservations were filled. We were very pleased as the restaurant was quite. Since there was no live music, conversation was easy and quite. Very enjoyable.

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2.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Tried to order turkey Cobb salad, turkey was not available until after 5:30, order taken about 5:15. Daughter wanted the Sammy, no turkey. She got the Italian beef dip, no flavor she ate half sandwich she said it was awful. Spent over $60 for 2 very disappointing!

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1.0Dined on May 15, 2018

I was sadly disappointed. First off before I go any farther with the review may I state that there were only 3 tables of customers at the time that my party was was there. One table had 2 people, one table had 4 people, and my table had 4 people. The service that we barely received in the first place from the waitress was shameful. It took almost 15 minutes before she even
came to our table to ask what we would like to drink. Only once in the whole duration of our being there did she offer us refills on our drinks. The lettuce on all of our salads were welted. The food was hardly fit for eating for the price that we paid. Three of the four us ordered the Italian Beef, it was dryer that a dirt road. We were not offered with the juice that was suppose to come with the sandwich. I swear you could have driven a nail with the buns of the sandwiches that's how hard they were. The website and the outward appearance of the building was very attractive but the overall experience of the place, I simply can not recommend this as a good place to enjoy a good meal.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Really good food, service and jazz

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Marvelous place for brunch! There was live jazz which added to the great atmosphere. Service was excellent. Really enjoyed the food too. My wife and daughter both had the frittata. They accommodated my daughter's vegetarian requirements perfectly. Recommend and will return next time we are in St. Louis.

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We arrived right at 6pm for our reservation & were seated promptly. I had requested (via my OpenTable reservation) to be away from the live music, but wasn’t. Ok.
The water and tea were good, but that’s all we got. We waited over 45 minutes for our order, but never got a morsel. Our waitress apologized a few times, saying the kitchen was very backed up. We ordered a SALAD and a beef dip sandwich. We complained to the manager, who also apologized & offered us a $25 gift card to try again. Not sure what happened in the kitchen, but we’ll think long & hard about returning. Instead we had pretzels at The Fox, which were good.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Outstanding server, good music, well prepared food. A bit loud and didn't have 2 menu items we ordered.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We were there for dinner before before the Symphony Concert on Saturday night. The food was very good. I don't know where the error occurred, but our appetizer didn't come out until we'd had our salad course although the order had been placed prior to ordering our dinner selections. Don't know if our waitperson forgot or if the kitchen had a problem. Having live music is generally a plus. On this particular Saturday, it was a louder than I would have preferred, interfering with conversation. This was not the first time I dined there, nor will it be the last.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We went to get dinner and listen to live music before attending an event at Powell Hall.
We had a dinner reservation at 6:30 on Friday. We didn't get served until almost 7:45, so we had to eat in about 5 minutes! That all being said, the waitress was super kind and explained they were unfortunately short staffed in the kitchen, which was unusual. The food tasted amazing! It was very good, so wish we could have savored it! The only reason I marked service at 4 was because we had somewhere to go. Otherwise, we didn't mind the wait because the live music (Ptau Williams, et al) were entertaining and fantastic to listen to and watch. A great atmosphere! We went back the next evening for Late Night Grooves after attending a show at Jazz at the Bistro. Excellent live music and atmosphere to just relax and enjoy music.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Decided to try this restaurant because of its proximity to Powell Hall, and were treated to some great jazz while we ate. Had early reservations, and it looked like we would be dining somewhat alone. Then the place started filling up quickly. We placed our food order, the jazz trio began their set, and we had a front row seat. The food was good, the bottle of wine was quite reasonable, and the waiter was attentive (but not too much). I had the Sammy which was very tasty, and husband had the Shrimp & Grits which was wonderful. We had a lovely experience before we even got to Powell to hear Wynton Marsalis--I'd say we had a great, full evening.

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