The Dark Room @ The Grandel

4.3
148 reviews
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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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St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
1 review
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
16 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
1 review
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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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Exceklent atmosphere and the music was amazing! The food is good and they have a nice wine selection. Definitely need to make a reservation though, as there is not alot of space. The theater space is very cozy, so you should check out thier box office.

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d
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall, our dining experience was great. There was a slight issue with the service. We ordered two bloody mary's and they didn't arrive until our food was served. We enjoyed the music but it was entirely too loud. We couldn't even hear each other talk. The food was great. We ordered the steak and eggs and the frittata. We will be back.

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BA
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

I love Jazz, I love food & I love a good drink. Unfortunately the service was very slow and not attentive and to top it off the food came out cold. The music was great and the ambiance was fantastic. I wished that this place would have been great. If you are looking to have a drink and listen to jazz it would be a good fit, however expect to only have one drink, they will not be back to get you a second.

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JN
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful love it see you next Saturday night

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HG
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

I knew my time was short which is why I made a reservation. I knew what I wanted and ordered it straight away. It took 20 minutes for a bowl of soup. And it was tasteless. Bland. Boring.

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NT
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our first experience at The Dark Room; good food and a perfect spot before a show at Powell Hall.

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DK
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My Husband and I had tickets for the Fox and had a reservation before the show. Perfect start for an evening at the Fox. The food was perfect and the portions were just the right size. We had dessert and the lemon pound cake was dry, but the lemon curd was very tasty. I had strawberry shortcake and that was ok, not great. I would recommend and visit again. I understand the brunch is wonderful.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 5

I love everything about the Dark Room. We usually have everything perfect there, but the food this time was not what I expected. Especially the shrimp wrap hardly had any flavor, and the bread was extremely dry. Drinks are great and the atmosphere was fantastic. Food was pretty bad. Thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great. Our waitress was friendly. The food was delicious and the entertainment was enjoyable. We will return.

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DH
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy hour jazz pianist, Ptah Williams, was great. Hot pretzel with dipping cheese sauce went well with cocktails. Followed by turkey cobb salad and Steak and Mushroom Flat Bread. and finished with Strawberry Shortcake. good way to end the week, good food and drink and great music and a great value.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the ambiance, the jazz band was amazing as well as the food. I really appreciated this intimate spot.

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BB
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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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SC
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The live music, ambiance, and service were all terrific! The food on the other hand, not so much. The appetizers, sides and desserts were all really good but the main entree missed the mark for both of our meals. Her chicken and my pork both lacked flavor and were dry.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on February 9, 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 2, 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 2, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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
24 reviews
Dined on January 30, 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 27, 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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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
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 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 19, 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 10, 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
54 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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