The Dark Room @ The Grandel

4.3
124 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.
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BB
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful night at The Dark Room. Service was great, food was fantastic and the music was perfect. Bill B

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N
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time, it was our first visit and we loved the music and ambiance!!
We will definitely come back next time we are in St. Louis! The host and hostess were extremely accommodating and friendly THANK YOU for making this a memorable experience :)

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TT
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere,outstanding music , friendly staff.

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very enjoyable experience. Amanda was our server and she was excellent. Great recommendation on the wine and pleasant chatting with her during service. Food was very good. Did not care for some of the tomatoes in the salad, but otherwise great! We'll certainly return.

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IB
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

At 6:15 for dinner on Saturday night-out of several items with only 5 listed entrees. Tight seating and too lighted dining room. All liked the entrees they had. Service was good.

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R
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is just that right amount of fancy. Good music, tasty food, and great slection of drinks; what more could you ask for!!!! 😍😍😍

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TU
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The potato leak soup, grilled cheese and shrimp roll sandwiches were excellent, but it still seemed to take an unusually long time to get our sandwiches after the soup. We told our hostess that we had early reservations due to our going to the Symphony after dinner. Seems that they could do a bit better to consider and accommodate theater and concert goers as this is a perfect place to dine before the Fox, the Symphony or any of the other venues in Grand Center.

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ET
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I was loved and appreciated, the music was fantastic, and the aura was lovely. Ptah Williams is the best pianist in the midwest, and it was an honor to see him play.

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F
St. Louis
22 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Dark Room is a rare find in the Grand Center Arts District. Great location AND great food & service. The live music is also a big plus.

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OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Neat setup and location. Liked the photo exhibit. Good dinner before a concert at The Sheldon. Easy to get to both.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Live music was the most wonderful addition to my Sunday brunch. Friendly staff, deals on drinks, AND delicious food. I was surprised it was in the lobby of the theater, but that only added to the lovely experience. Would definitely recommend for a date or a small friends get together.

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JN
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great thanks 😎I even saw security near the theater I felt safe

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M
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been to the Dark Room several times before going to the Fox Theater or symphony. It works well and the server Amanda was top notch in making sure we were professionally served and out on time for the symphony.

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time here and I had a wonderful time! The music with Robert Nelson and James Jackson and the Randle brothers was great! I will return again soon!

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H
Phoenix
53 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Performance at theatre

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CL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Very nice venue. Jazz great but a bit too loud. Brunch good. Biscuits should be lite And fluffy. Not so much...

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C
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable experience for dinner before a show at the Fox. We had reservations and were seated promptly. Our waiter was courteous and knowledgable about the dishes on the menu, including the specials. Our food was excellent, with reasonable pricing. And the place has a really nice, relaxed atmosphere - lots of people having a good time. One of my best restaurant experiences in the St Louis area

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the live music etc. the only part I was disappointed with... the impression is that it’s a “New Years Eve” party/celebration. The place was closed at 10pm.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is ideal for a relaxing evening drink or a special occasion. The cocktails are very well made and the music is always exceptional.

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OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We had been to the Dark Room before it moved to the Grandel and it was absolutely fabulous! Imagine our disappointment when our dining experience was sub par. We came in to have a few appetizers before a New Years Eve wedding. Understandably, they had a prefix menu for the holiday that we were not counting on. That part is on us for not checking. However, the food we did end up ordering/having time to eat was mediocre at best. The crab in the appetizer was very fishy and not appetizing at all.

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TM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy The Dark Room especially on Sundays for the “Brunchin’ With...”. The food is outstanding, we’ve been here several times for brunch and dinner and have never had a bad meal. Great music too!!

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k
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

great jazz vary good food beautiful photo on the wall. drinks were ok. band started late but was worth the it
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L
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to take friends for a Sunday brunch. Music was wonderful, food was flavorful, and staff was friendly and inviting.
I will definitely be back!

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PB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 4

The live music was unbelievably great. Guest singer Cheri Evans hit it out of the ballpark singing. I want to buy her music. I can’t believe there was no cover charge. Get a reservation though. I had the Sammie and it was about a 2 out of 5. I would go back and try a different food choice.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Managment may want to enforce better crowd adhearance/to respect musicians between songs(quietness) when their speaking. I've been a Executive Chef 35 years, I was disappointed in the beef bowl on the menu. Beef was shredded piece of meet, no broth or sauce and rice was totally tasteless. I had to ask for salt & pepper to acquire any form of taste. 12 dollars for rail bourbon & coke at happy hour not appealing.Great menu but my diiner item needs help .

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MB
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We dined here prior to an event at the Fox theater nearby. We were seated immediately and service was excellent. We tried the evening’s fish special: Teriyaki salmon over rice and fresh Julienned vegetables. It was delicious.

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OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice time!

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted dinner before the symphony and since it was right across the street from Powell Hall we decided to give it a try. We happened to arrive during happy hour and so we explored a few different mixed drinks that tasted great and the food was very good. It was also super quite and not busy for most of our visit which was a bonus for us.

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AP
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

My first visit and it was great. The food was awesome. The service was not so good. There was only one waitress and she was really slow. We had to wait 20 or more minutes for drink orders. Other than that it was great. Prices were great and the food was great.

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c
St. Louis
51 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Had dinner before a show. We were very close to the stage and couldn’t hear to talk.
The dinner salad needed salt and pepper, there was none on the table.
My mahi-mahi was over cooked. The couscous was very good.

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VR
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a reservation for my fiance and I to celebrate his birthday. This was our first time coming to The Dark Room. The appetizer, main dishes, dessert, and drinks we ordered were amazing. The prices were reasonable for such an amazing experience. The live music was phenomenal as we were dancing the entire time the band was playing. We will be coming back again.

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AM
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Group of 4 really enjoyed the room. It's very special to have dinner with live music in the background. Food was j7st 9k but music...SUper!!

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ES
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the live music, I kept forgetting to eat the food I ordered because I was so focused on the stage. I got to sit right in front of the stage so I was in the middle of it all. The food was fantastic and even something I’ve had other places, like artichoke and chicken dip, was delicious. I bought it to share but I kept it as my own. Our waitress was super nice and always checked in with us, without distracting from the group performing. It was the most fun I’ve had in awhile, and I will definitely come back!

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IW
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went their for Sunday brunch before Nutcracker Ballet at Fox Theater.
Food and drinks were good. Biscuits were excellent.
First set of silverware was dirty with dried food debris from poor washing.
The live music was laid back jazz and good quality, but far, far too loud. It made conversation very difficult.

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FA
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go celebrate a birthday! The only problem is that they started charging $10 if you bring your own cake.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our appetizer, and salads were delicious. We had the chicken artichoke dip with the ceasar salad. We had the flat iron steak and my wife and I were both woefully unimpressed. The steak was cooked fine, but the sauce atop of the dish was not tasty. The mashed potatoes were too thin and covered in a nauseating amount of butter (and I love butter). Unfortunately there was no live music being played, and no recorded music either. The restaurant has potential, it just isn't living up to that potential.

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RR
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location! The perfect stop before or after a show at The Grandel, The Fox, or anywhere nearby. Cocktails are excellent!

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MM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ptah Williams Trio was phenomenal!! Great ambiance.

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MZ
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious. Next time I'd like to go back and hear some jazz.

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j
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the food and service were outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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