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The Dark Room @ The Grandel

4.3
4.3
269 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

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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Menu

Snack and Share

  • Fresh Hummus$10.00

    Housemade traditional hummus served with roasted red peppers, garlic oil, smoked paprika, & parsley. Served with fresh vegetables and pita bread

    • Knots & Dips$9.00

      Garlic Parmesan Knots with House Tomato Sauce or Pimento Cheese Dip

      • Meat & Cheese Board$20.00

        A rotating menu of cheeses and charcuterie options. Served with seasonal accoutrement

        Deviled Eggs

        Mix & Match 6 for $8

        • Classic

          Mustard, paprika, topped with sweet pickle

          • Salmon

            Capers, shallots, and dill topped with smoked salmon

            • Bacon

              Green onion and white cheddar topped with chopped bacon

              Fried Baskets

              Hand-Cut, Battered, and Fried. House Dipping Sauces: Choose one sauce: Buffalo, Sweet Chili Sauce, BBQ, Bleu Cheese, Ranch, Honey Mustard. Additional sauces + $1.50 each

              • House Fries$6.00

                Sea salt, Heinz Ketchup, and Garlic Aioli

                • Cauliflower Bites$7.00

                  With Ranch

                  • Wings

                    Tossed & Sauced. Tossing Sauces (Choose One): Buffalo, BBQ, Sweet Chili Sauce, or Lemon Pepper

                    • 5 for$9.00
                  • Popcorn Shrimp$9.00

                    With Cocktail Sauce

                    • Fried Pickles$7.00

                      House made pickles, battered and lightly fried. Served with Ranch Dressing

                      Jazz Dinners

                      Your Choice of One Protein

                      • Lemon-Brined Chicken Breast$22.00

                        • 12 Oz. New York Strip Steak$28.00

                          • Salmon$22.00

                            • Marinated Eggplant$18.00

                              • Spaghetti$16.00

                                your Choice of:

                                Side

                                Choose your Side

                                • Fresh Cabbage Salad

                                  • Basmati Rice

                                    • Loaded Mashed Potatoes

                                      • Sauteed Veggies

                                        • Fries

                                          • Billy Goat Chips

                                            Soups

                                            • Creamy Tomato

                                              • Cup$4.00
                                              • Bowl$7.00

                                            Salads

                                            Add Protein: Lemon-brined grilled chicken breast + $6, Seared Salmon + $8, Bacon + $4, or House Roasted Turkey + $4

                                            • Mayfair Caesar

                                              Romaine, house caesar, croutons, and shaved parmesan

                                              • Side$6.00
                                              • Whole$10.00
                                            • Chopped

                                              Chopped romaine, house roasted turkey, bacon, tomato, egg, and ranch dressing

                                              • Side$8.00
                                              • Whole$14.00
                                            • Italian

                                              Romaine, mozzarella, artichoke hearts, pimentos, red onions, peppered salami, and parmesan tossed in a sweet dressing

                                              • Side$8.00
                                              • Whole$14.00

                                            Sandwiches

                                            Served with Billy Goat Chips & Home-Made Pickle

                                            • Grilled Cheese$12.00

                                              Fontina, Cheddar, smoked gouda, on sourdough with herbed garlic butter and a side of tomato soup

                                              • Turkey Club$14.00

                                                House roasted turkey, bacon, white Cheddar, chopped romaine lettuce, and stone ground mustard aioli seed on a baguette

                                                Desserts

                                                • Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake$9.00

                                                  A St. Louis classic with a Dark Room twist served with vanilla ice cream

                                                  Last updated: February 5, 2020

                                                  What 269 people are saying

                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                  4.3
                                                  4.3 based on all time ratings
                                                  • 4.1Food
                                                  • 4.2Service
                                                  • 4.3Ambience
                                                  • 4.1Value

                                                  NoiseModerate

                                                  89% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                  1. MP

                                                    MichelP

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    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).

                                                  2. JS

                                                    JuneS

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 8, 2020

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

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

                                                  3. JD

                                                    JillD

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on March 7, 2020

                                                    overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                    Fantastic!

                                                  4. TG

                                                    ToniG

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    17 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    17 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.

                                                  5. JL

                                                    JeanL

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    1 review

                                                    2.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on March 1, 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.

                                                  6. D

                                                    Darren

                                                    Denver

                                                    1 review

                                                    2.0

                                                    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.

                                                  7. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 28, 2020

                                                    overall4food3service5ambience4

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

                                                  8. t

                                                    twinsis

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    25 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    25 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 26, 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.

                                                  9. J

                                                    Joyhiker

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    1 review

                                                    2.0

                                                    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.

                                                  10. TM

                                                    TiffMc

                                                    Little Rock

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 20, 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.

                                                  11. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on February 20, 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

                                                  12. LS

                                                    LivS

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                  13. LM

                                                    LejlaM

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on February 16, 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.

                                                  14. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    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?

                                                  15. l

                                                    luv2dine

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    12 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    12 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

                                                  16. c

                                                    charitycoleman

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    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

                                                  17. RK

                                                    RonK

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    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.

                                                  18. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    New York Area

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 9, 2020

                                                    overall4food3service4ambience4

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

                                                  19. s

                                                    stevew

                                                    New England

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience3

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

                                                  20. A

                                                    Asia

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    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!

                                                  21. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    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.

                                                  22. MS

                                                    MichaelS

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    12 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    3.0

                                                    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.

                                                  23. BJ

                                                    BethJ

                                                    1 review

                                                    2.0

                                                    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.

                                                  24. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    7 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.

                                                  25. IA

                                                    IssaA

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on January 16, 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!

                                                  26. LH

                                                    LindaH

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 15, 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.

                                                  27. WC

                                                    WilliamC

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 12, 2020

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                  28. DH

                                                    DennisH

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    Dined on January 1, 2020

                                                    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 GrandelResponded 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!

                                                  29. JH

                                                    JeffHSTL

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    12 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    2.0

                                                    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.

                                                  30. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on December 21, 2019

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                    Fox theatre

                                                  31. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    2.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on December 5, 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

                                                  32. s

                                                    smirzo

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on December 1, 2019

                                                    overall5food4service4ambience5

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

                                                  33. DZ

                                                    DonnaZ

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on December 1, 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.

                                                  34. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    New York Area

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 24, 2019

                                                    overall4food3service4ambience4

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

                                                  35. DH

                                                    DennisH

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    8 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 23, 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.

                                                  36. SW

                                                    SteveW

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    3.0

                                                    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.

                                                  37. L

                                                    Linda

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    104 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    2.0

                                                    104 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.

                                                  38. DL

                                                    DianaL

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on November 13, 2019

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                  39. DT

                                                    DruT

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    27 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    3.0

                                                    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.

                                                  40. D

                                                    Diner

                                                    St. Louis

                                                    19 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    2.0

                                                    19 reviews

                                                    Dined on November 10, 2019

                                                    overall2food1service1ambience4

                                                    Not good - inattentive service and problems with the food. My husband and I both had steak and eggs. Steak was supposed to be medium rare. First time they were both well done and the second time they were both nearly raw. Chef needs to learn how to properly cook steak. Eggs were not much better - scrambled eggs were barely scrambled and overcooked and eggs over medium were overcooked too. And we had to wait a long time for food because they forgot to heat up the grill. Should have discounted our food due to the experience. That didn’t happen either. On the plus side, nice ambiance and live music. May go back for drinks and music but certainly not for food.

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                                                  The Dark Room @ The Grandel is rated 4.3 stars by 269 OpenTable diners

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