The Dark Room @ The Grandel

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$31 to $50
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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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MichelP
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely spot for a drink and enjoy jazz. Great ambiance. Food could be improved though. Boneless wings were good, but the steak was not great value and the fries were not crispy at all (bummer).

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JuneS
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always enjoy the music here and they accommodate the people who are eating and not just drinking also.

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JillD
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fantastic!

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ToniG
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was good and the service was decent. It got busy pretty quickly and I think our server was stretched thin. She also wasn't overly friendly but it wasn't bad. The jazz trio was fairly loud for the time of evening we were there and lots of people dining.

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JeanL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

This place could be great but it is not after several visits. Really slow service. You feel forgotten. You have to wait and wait. This has been at each of our visits consistently slow service. The menu never changes and there are never any specials. Menu is extremely limited. Only a few items and again it never changes. Music is typically too loud to have a conversation during the meal. Saturday the piano was so loud you could not hear the vocals. We have season tickets to the Fox so we stop in here before. I wish this wonderful venue could live up to it but each time we give it a shot we are completely disappointed. Someone needs to inject some creativity and energy and better service and food to keep this establishment in business very soon. On a recent Saturday evening - this place had very few patrons.

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DarrenR
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Dinner for two with a couple of drinks ran $100. Food was so-so, drinks were so-so, the best part of the Dark Room was the pianist.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Live music was great, drinks were tasty and the service was excellent.

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viptwinsis
St. Louis
25 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have eaten at the Dark Room many times in the last year , although our server was very attentive,
the kitchen was slow in preparation and the food not as good as previous dinners.

Also the musical group was terrific but the music was much too loud for early dining.

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Joyhiker
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

They only have 5 main entrees on the entire menu and they were out of the one my husband ordered. We dined early so I don't understand how that could happen. Also, we had reserved seating that happened to be right in front of the piano. When the live music began, we could no longer enjoy our dinner and conversation as the music was deafening. I won't be returning.

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TiffMc
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited the venue from out of town. I booked a reservation for a show. I called a couple days in advance to check my reservation. They were unable to find it. I reserved for the wrong day! Karen was SO nice. I explained we would be visiting from out of town, and she was able to get us seats!! The food was delicious. The waitstaff was excellent! If you enjoy libations, you can order with confidence. The Will Harris performance was beyond great. Probably hands down one of the best evenings I've had.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been working a lot so wanted to take my wife out for a nice evening with dinner and live music could not have picked a better place

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LivS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cool atmosphere with a great bar selection and diverse but relatable menu.

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LejlaM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was pretty satisfied with our waiter, food and drinks. I was not happy that I was facing the bar instead of the stage/performers. The music is a bit too loud for such a small place, but overall the experience was good.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t overstate how much I enjoyed the food, the service and the entertainment. This is a class act establishment for the STL. I truly appreciate venues that understand the need for such ambience?

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luv2dine
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Brunch before a show in the theatre. Great place, great vibe. Food was good but all of ours was overcooked and therefore a bit dry

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charityc
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Not alot of vegetarian options during brunch. Only downfall is it becomes noisey when there is a show next door and the lines are in the restaurant

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RonK
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Janet Evra is always fantastic and is a wonderful performer. The Dark Room is an intimate venue that’s perfect for jazz. Food is first class and drinks are reasonably priced. Great value and a gem in St. Louis’s entertainment crown.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Dinner before symphony. Need a few more choices on menu.

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stevew
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service, food and entertainment were great. Went before a show and it was too light - needed to turn down the lights.

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Asia
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to this venue multiple times but never for music and dinner. The atmosphere is really chill and mature. It was a quiet night but overall I had a good time!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

First time customers to the Dark Room. The ambience was relaxing and enjoyable; music was tremendous. The food was good and reasonably priced. However, the waiter was not personable at all and very seldom did he check back with us. He wasn’t rude, just too the point and not friendly, sociable or welcoming. We will return with friends to give the restaurant another chance; just hope for a different server.

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vipMichaelS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We had a reservation BUT were put at the last table literally next to the door that the band was entering for set up AND it was very cold. The door opened many many times.

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BethJ
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Service was slow. Food was cold (no one even checked on us). Waited over 20 min for our bill and then had to ask for it. No one came back to get it so I had to take it to the bar myself to pay. Not hood. Will not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dark Room venue and food are always amazing. They changed up the menu but have kept a few of our favorites. My steak was excellently prepared. My wife’s Club sandwich and fresh made chips were outstanding. We got to hear some great piano music in the hour we were there.

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IssaA
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

If you like Jazz and a relaxing atmosphere, the Dark Room is perfect. Great swinging band of jazz and blues with great staff and the atmosphere of the place is great!

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LindaH
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great place to see a band. Food was good and not too expensive. Free parking in the back was a real plus.

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vipWilliamC
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BRUNCH, with Janet Evra! Outstanding couple hours mid day Sunday

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vipDennisH
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great way to start New Year's Eve, with dinner and music with Janet Evra. The pre-fixe menu covered our tastes, very well. And ended with a sampling of all three desserts. Janet Evra and her group gave us a great show. Happy New Year

The Dark Room @ The Grandel
Responded on January 7, 2020

Dennis- Thank you so much for the positive review, we are so glad you spent your New Years with us! All of your feedback will be shared with the staff and we hope to see you soon. Cheers!

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vipJeffHSTL
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We've been here before and it was great, but the menu has changed radically. Gone are the flatbreads, briskets, and pasta. In their place, we have cold sandwiches, grilled cheese, and spaghetti. My wife and I both ordered the spaghetti and found it pretty much tasteless, the meatballs were badly overcooked and could not be sliced with a fork (it took some sawing with a knife to get through). There was live piano music, but it was excessively loud.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fox theatre

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not good - food was boring and tasteless; service was mediocre; menu selection was far less than what was shown on line; piano was great but loud

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smirzo
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My first visit (visiting from San Diego, CA), hope to visit again!

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DonnaZ
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best jazz value in St. Louis, with great food and service! The bar is a bit limited, but the jazz makes up for it in an intimate space.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Pre symphony. Great location. Keep dinner music easy listening.

DH
vipDennisH
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

PTAH WILLIAMS Friday Happy Hour dinner a great experience and value. We enjoyed food, drink and service and especially Ptah Williams at the piano, before our concert at the Symphony across the street.

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SteveW
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I rated the food low but they are re-doing their menu. They totally rock because even though the egg plant was inedible (VERY salty) they took that off the bill and brought me Salmon and only charged half price for that. They had a guy there playing guitar - REALLY cool atmosphere! These folks are great they just need a bit of time to figure out the new dishes.

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vipLinda
St. Louis
103 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We have eaten at The Dark Room several times and this time, the food was terrible. The spaghetti was cold and the meatballs were hard. I ordered Lemon Brine chicken which turned out to be a chicken breast smothered in bbq sauce.

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DianaL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WONDERFUL, WE WILL RETURN, THE TOMATO SOUP AND GRILLED CHEESE WAS PERFECT ON THAT VERY CHILLY NIGHT

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vipDruT
St. Louis
27 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We absolutely loved the music and the room. A terrific place to go on Sunday morning and enjoy jazz. Our server was very professional and gracious. However, the food was uneven in quality. Hopefully it was just an off day in the kitchen. We'll likely try again because of the music, room and service.

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vipDiner
St. Louis
18 reviews