The Dark Room @ The Grandel

4.2
176 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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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Attend Fox

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TH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived 20 minutes for our reservation. This was not a problem. We were seated at the bar and proceeded to receive excellent service, seated next to my date (my husband) and enjoyed the ambiance, the music and the evening! It was a win-win evening!

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RG
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a reservation for 4 and were seated immediately.
The service was great.
Two of us are Vegans and there was only one Vegan item on the menu.
No draft beers. Prices are a bit high.
Our table was right on the side of the stage and it was very loud when the band played (especially the trumpets).
Not a lot of tables in that place but a lot of available seats around the bar.
Food was okay, small portions and a bit pricy.
Nice place to listen to live music!

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KJ
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The Mother’s Day brunch included only savories. Mostly eggs, meat, and bread. There were at least 10 things on the menu so it was surprising that no waffles or pancakes were included. We came for the music but the music stopped shortly after we arrived at 1. It was generally disappointing.

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c
St. Louis
23 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food, service, value and decor. I really like this restaurant except for one thing. The music is too loud. I know its mission is to present live music and we really appreciated the talent of the piano player during dinner. However, I find it almost impossible to eat and impossible to converse with my companions while the music is so incredibly loud. Even when we walked to the far end of the restaurant after we excited the theatre I could hardly stand the level of the music.

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JR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

When the meal was complete, we were all miserable. The music was to loud, the food mediocre and the service slow.

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JR
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for dinner and drinks. Especially if you are going to a show at any of the nearby venues.

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MO
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I ordered shrimp & grits which has excessive oil on it. The trumpet player was nodding during the set while the other musicians sat there and watched him out of pure concern. It was very awkward to see someone going in and out of consciousness while playing a set. The server was great and very attentive but I would probably never eat there again.

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OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Music, food, service were great!

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OT
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A real gemstone. Good food (shrimp & grits, fillet, & flat bread) & good service (Amanda). Definitely makes the short list for us. We're already making plans to go back & see a show/catch a band as we were there early & missed out on the whole experience.

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MH
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue for a true adult experience. The staff was outstanding and the musicians were very talented and tuned into the audience. Will b a regular stopping spot for me.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We left without ordering. They were out of four of the entrees on the menu

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MB
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess greeted us happily and made us feel more than welcome. Our server was an absolute sweetheart! We started off with the hummus plate. We both ordered the soup of the day which was chicken, veggies, and rice. I ordered the brisket sandwich and my aunt ordered the artisan grilled cheese. We finished by sharing the chocolate torte. Our favorite was the soup, I could have ordered a bowl and nothing else. The hummus and brisket sandwich didn’t set well with my pregnant tastebuds but my aunt seemed to love everything. I will definitely return to this lovely place if I’m ever back in the area.

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WC
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience. The band was comprised of middle/high school who were talented and professional. The food was seasoned well and reminded me of home.

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OT
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The recommendation would depend on the person. Very noisy , canned and live music both too loud for the small space.

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JN
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I made the mistake of making a reservation at 7:30 on a night when there was no early set. So there were no people And no music. The staff & drinks were great, next I need to check who is playing & when

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LH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

The only way for a person in a wheelchair to get in is a side door off the parking lot and it was locked. So, couldn't get in. Had to pound on the door to get someone's attention; humiliating. I recently complained to the Kranzberg Foundation about the access difficulties getting into the Grandel, and they sent me a gift certificate to the Dark Room as an apology, so it was pretty exasperating and ironic that I couldn't get in the door to use the gift certificate sent as an apology for the difficulties getting in.

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HD
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was a great meal. My only complaint was that the piano player, who was awesome, was so loud I couldn't have a conversation with my friend across the table.

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CT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find this place is. We were going to the symphony and this was a perfect dining option. We parked the car and headed in and left after dining and walked across to Powell. The food and service were fantastic. We made reservations and the table was waiting as we entered. Only thing, it was quite loud as it is a piano/music dining venue. The piano player was superb, but our proximity was much too close and his playing was much too loud.

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RP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service were good as always, but Ptah blew us away!

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great experience as always
Great service and food. Ptah Williams was excellent. A wonderful evening.

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DB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Dark Room on a Saturday evening before a show at the Fox. If you want to do this, I recommend you make a reservation, as the place fills up quickly, and it's rather small. We found that the service was prompt, as there were many people there for the show, and the staff knows to ensure patrons are out in time for the show. The food was excellent and not just the ordinary pub food. Quirky ambiance and a decent value.

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R
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dark Room is always a great experience. The food is delicious, the service is lovely and there’s always good music playing. Also they have local artists featured with the art available for purchase. Always fun to see the art of the month.

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AG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was mediocre... we went there because it was conveniently located next to the Fox Theatre. The ambiance was nice with live jazz, but between the food and service, I don't think I'll ever go back.

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ML
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Even a Monday night Birthday gathering can be special at the Dark Room. The Young Cats of Jazz Keith Bowman Quartet played “Happy Birthday” for my best friend. The food and drinks were good, but they have changed the menu. So, some of my favorite plates are no longer and my favorite dessert was unavailable. We still had a great time until they closed the doors.

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M
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Salad bland, overdressed. Menu limited to start and at 5 pm they literally had no bread for sandwiches

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M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We went here during the week before a show at The Sheldon. This has to be one of the worst dining experiences we have had in awhile. The wine was not very good, we ordered a cheese board as a starter, but the server brought out my salad first, saying our starter would be out shortly. It arrived with no explanation and was mediocre at best. I ordered the Quinoa Veggie Bowl which was to have sautéed seasonal vegetables- they threw some green beans in, that weren’t sautéed, and called it good. It was laughable. No salt & pepper on the tables. The water served had a bad taste and no bottled water was offered. I could go on, but I will spare you the rest. Maybe this place is good for late night jazz, but I wouldn’t suggest it for dinner.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

We went for brunch and it was not good. Worst shrimp & grits I have ever had. My dining partners meal looked like everything (eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes ) were fried in the same pan and over fried to boot. $16 way too much for 6 shrimp and basically tasteless polenta. $12 too much for a simple meat, eggs, potatoes, biscuit that I could have fixed at home with more appeal. Entertainers were way too loud for the setting.

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m
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best restaurants we've eaten at in a long time. It's not big so it wasn't overwhelming and it was quiet. Service from Amanda was excellent, what a sweetie! The food was outstanding. My husband had the brisket sandwich and I had the grilled shrimp. Both were flavorful and tasty. We both had a house salad first and it was nice also, not over dressed and with different lettuces which made it interesting. My husband had the lemon pound cake for dessert and thought it was one of the best desserts he's ever eaten. He wished we could buy the cake in a store, but obviously you can't, which is what makes the dessert so special. It was just a nice meal, with nice food in a pleasant atmosphere. We will definitely go back and are talking about going for their brunch also.

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HD
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great find. So close to Powell Hall and The Fox that we will return in the future. Great menu and service was wonderful. Loved our night out!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was ok. My salmon was overcooked. They were already out of a dessert and it was only 6pm. The wine menu prices are confusing and they use it to their benefit. I had to have my bill adjusted twice.

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RK
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Table near the piano was a little too loud for conversation. Otherwise, a great place. We will be back. Loved the tomato flatbread.

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HW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue! The music was an extra bonus as the food and service was top notch. Make reservations as it's a small space!

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a great atmosphere with amazing food. The waitress took care of us immediately and the food came out in a timely manner. It tasted great and the music was wonderful. My boyfriend loved it for his birthday. The food was a bit pricey, but overall a great place.

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S
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were seated right next to the performance area. Once the band started playing we couldn't hear ourselves talk and needed to relocate. Otherwise, great location for all the events held at Powell, Fox, Sheldon.

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TG
St. Louis
18 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pre theatre spot! Flatbreads were tasty and reasonable. Wine seems a little high - and not happy hour price because we sat at a table instead of the bar.

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RH
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Convenient to the Fox Theater. Got an early reservation at The Dark Room, picked a primo spot in the Fox's parking garage, and headed next door for dinner. Service was excellent. Justin, our waiter was quick to fill our water glasses- even though the bottle was on our table. A couple cocktails and light meal, and over to the Fox for a great show in a stunning theater. Great date night. We've been married 28 years, but keep dating- lesson to fellow husbands ;-)

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a date night for my husband and I and our first time going to the Dark Room. Won’t be our last. Food was great, music was great and our server was excellent.

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ML
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The music food and wine is always a wonderful surprise. The ambiance and staff are very welcoming. They were changing the menu, so they had no beef or mushrooms. I was forced to try something new and that was great in the end. They took a port I like off the wine list. I like port with dessert. I hope they put another port on the wine list because I love the desserts.

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RR
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We had a good time, but I was a little disappointed in the food — mostly because our first experience, New Year’s Eve, was so very excellent. Will definitely try you again. Things just seemed a little off for the four of us. (Wish you had music earlier on Saturday nights).

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