The Dark Room @ The Grandel

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219 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean

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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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l
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at the Sunday brunch. Our server, Jennifer, was warm, pleasant, and attentive. She went the extra steps to show concerns when there were issues with our meal and quickly corrected them to make sure we had a wonderful time, which we did.

c
St. Louis
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very stylish and great location for the theatre district. Lots of menu options but both the food and service are uneven from one visit to another. Also, it's great that they have music but unfortunately it is way too loud to be played during dinner. The pianist is fabulous but is giving a concert and a very energetic one. They should switch to background music during the dinner hour and save the fabulous musicians for later in the evening.

LM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere. Piano player was amazing. Food was delish. Service was ok. Bar tender was busy and by himself. We will be going back.

CH
St. Louis
39 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic time. We arrived unfortunately arrived 15 minutes late after our 10pm reservation.They still kindy sat us in a front row seat. I could not ask for better service an drinks.
I look forward to coming back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great for dinner before symphony or Fox, etc.

S
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was slow - waitress asked for our drink order, we asked for a few minutes before ordering and she did not come back for 20 to 30 minutes. Food delivery was a little slow but the food was tasty. You need to allow plenty of time if you are going to a show. Enjoyed the entertainment during dinner. Convenient to the Fox, Powell Hall and the Sheldon. Would probably go again.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great music. So-so food.

F
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

The waitstaff and the bar staff and the hosts were all great. The cocktails were great. But the food was terrible and way overpriced. Really really bad tasting food.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The menu needs changing up I.e. introduce more food options to include both breakfast and lunch. I’ve been coming to the Dark Room once a month for the past year and I’m tired of the same menu choices.

OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice meal before the symphony concert!

CR
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience. Live music by Big Mike, great food, and no cover charge. Plus, plus and bonus.

TM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome band. Great ribeye! Nice atmosphere, would definitely come back.

OT
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food before the show. They were out of some items and some beer so I didn’t give better scores. Service was good. Table arrangements not so good. I was eating within a foot of strangers on both sides of me.

M
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch with my BFF. POV is an extremely talented group of young people that serenaded us with exceptional renditions of some jazz, R&B, and blues favorites. The musicians’ precision and delivery was as enjoyable as any professional. I cant wait to revisit The Dark Room. The Brunch was so exquisite, I am sure the dinner will be equally as amazing.

JR
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had brunch and listened to Janet Evra. The food was quite good. The scrambled eggs and the eggs Benedict were cooked perfectly. Great music. Our favorite brunch spot

TR
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoy the show and I loved your fries cauliflower !

a
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed the atmosphere and delicious food! I also loved the music talent and the way it was broadcasted live. I definitely will be back!

ML
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I introduced my friend to The Dark Room. This was my first time for brunch. The food was fantastic and so was the live jazz. I enjoy trying new menu items and the beverages are always great. The staff are ever pleasant and one young man remembered me from my frequent visits for the Late Night Groove. I highly recommend for any occasion or just because.

EC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was my first time at the Dark Room, and I must say, I truly enjoyed myself and I cannot wait to come back! The Heal Center student Jazz Ensemble did a lovely job and it was such a nice surprise to see them at my first brunch here. I am excited to come back and bring more friends. :-)

EG
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We made reservations at The Dark Room for 6:30 PM. We were 5 minutes late due to non-working City of St. Louis parking systems outside. They honored our reservation and we were quickly seated. Service was friendly and my glass of wine was delicious! Only downside: we had placed our dinner order by 6:50 and our dinner didn't come out until 7:30. So, it took a long time to get actual food. We had to gulp dinner, pay, and run to The Fox. Maybe we should have made the reservations for earlier.

PB
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

beautiful atmosphere lot of energy
i will return and look forward to next set. Michael Harris II was fantastic. It was a beautiful finally to my birthday
Thank you

L
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved the Dark Room, I have told a few friends about the good time we had! I will be returning very soon!

f
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Love coming here for dinner, drinks, brunch. The music is ALWAYS so great! Love seeing local musicians.

JN
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful time😎Thanks the band was really good. Please get me some Martel cognac you been out of it since my first visit

JW
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

The piano was so loud we couldn’t have a conversation. It was a difficult evening. Food was okay. Service good. But the banging, pounding piano was not dinner music. Never again.

S
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I so love this place. It's simply elegant
Food great. Drinks reasonable and the live music is so relaxing.

MH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely amazing!! The ambiance is everything.

SM
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice environment, greeters where nice. and the Jazz was fantastic

DH
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Ptah Williams, jazz pianist extraordinaire was outstanding, better than ever. Pretzel knots were good choice for a starter. Brisket dip and sandwiches and salads were good. And Peach cobbler (crisp) and Chocolate torte were great desserts. We'll be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The venue is great. Unfortunately the tango music was too loud for the venue

DH
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Happy hour with Ptah Williams, pianist that sounds great, such a range and such interpretations. The music energizes the staff and customers. Food and drink and service great. a great way to start the evening. Have reservations for next week.

TD
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a good time at The Dark Room. Good ambience, good drink, good jazz.

LD
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love Brunch at the Dark Room. The music is great and not over amplified. Nice selection on the menu and the staff is very attentive.

5
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day Jazz Brunch with my Honey and friends!

PJ
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Anita Jackson was amazing!! The ambiance is always great at this venue. I was a little disappointed at how long it took to receive our food as well as I had to send the coffee back due to it not being hot. Otherwise our server was warm & welcoming and our experience was great..

SL
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a good time. I am a big Anita Jackson fan. The frittata we had was the best I've ever had. Our waitress and the server were both very attentive. I want to try it in the evening, now.

TB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience! Music was great! Customer service was magnificent! Servers went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. Food was good...Definitely, will visit again!

SY
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service.
Just turn the volume down a notch or two.
Would dine there again.

CT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

We continue to go back to The Dark room for several reasons. It's close proximity to Powell is so nice, with parking convenient and a close walk to Powell and reasonably price food you just can't beat it. The food is good, I had the vegetarian dish which was very flavorless, other guests in our party had sandwiches which they commented were flavorful and nice portions. I think our waitress was new as she seemed a little flustered, but very nice and tried to be accommodating. The music, sorry but it is just too loud. If Dark Room wants to be a showcase for music/artists you should wait and have performers go on after 8pm. Dinner music is fine, but two of our three visits the music has been deafening.

B
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great! Food was spectacular, service was impeccable and the artist was quite talented. We were seated close to the stage so it was a bit hard to talk here and there due to the sound level, but it was great music :).

I highly recommend the leek dip and shrimp and grits