The Dark Room @ The Grandel
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
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.
I so love this place. It's simply elegant
Food great. Drinks reasonable and the live music is so relaxing.
This place is absolutely amazing!! The ambiance is everything.
Nice environment, greeters where nice. and the Jazz was fantastic
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.
The venue is great. Unfortunately the tango music was too loud for the venue
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.
Always a good time at The Dark Room. Good ambience, good drink, good jazz.
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.
Fathers Day Jazz Brunch with my Honey and friends!
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..
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.
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!
Good food, good service.
Just turn the volume down a notch or two.
Would dine there again.
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.
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
Odd. The man on the piano was talented and full of energy but it did not provide for a good atmosphere for a drink and conversation. There was no way we could have stayed for food. It was early so I guess that’s why the crowd was older and sparse but not what we hoped for. The staff seemed friendly and fun but I don’t know how they could keep it together. Nothing caught our eye on the menu anyway. We decided to get the check and head back across the street.
We had dinner before a show at the Fox. The atmosphere was nice, no one was performing so noise was not a problem. The service was good, the food was good but not special. It was a nice place to go before Fox or Powell Hall but I would not come back just for the food alone.
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!
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!
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.
Sat at the bar, but that was troublesome for one of our diners. Not enough standard tables. Also, there was an unexpected lecture event in the same room, which made chatting impolite. Food was very good.
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.
When the meal was complete, we were all miserable. The music was to loud, the food mediocre and the service slow.
Great spot for dinner and drinks. Especially if you are going to a show at any of the nearby venues.
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.
Music, food, service were great!
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.
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.
We left without ordering. They were out of four of the entrees on the menu
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.
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.
The recommendation would depend on the person. Very noisy , canned and live music both too loud for the small space.
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
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.
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.
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.
Food and service were good as always, but Ptah blew us away!