The Dark Room

4.6
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$50 and over
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American
Slip into a sultry, swanky version of yourself and enjoy the most highly-regarded dining experience within Saint Kate. Featured steaks and seafood dishes are the stars of this show. Want to know the details of this spot? It's an experience not to be missed and we're eager for you to find us..

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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.8
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4.8
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4.3
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AmyR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Very romantic and private.

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JonathanB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at the Dark Room could not have been better. The food and service were top notch, and the space is very cool and intimate. Love the “speakeasy” feeling with the secret entrance! Will definitely go again for a special date night!

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NancyH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant. Mario was our server and he was impeccable. He took great care to assist us with our wine and food selections. We had the filet, asparagus, potatoes, and dessert. The room is in a secret location, so you don't know where the door is until you enter. Once in the restaurant you are seated among several lit candelabras and immaculate table settings. There are only a few tables and the room is very quiet and intimate.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, chatty waiter.

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MichealH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We heard about the place and gave it a try. The restaurant is in an interesting place, and the novelty was nice. We were given a very nice amuse bouche made of duck liver. My fish was very good as well as the Caribbean chorizo soup. Her steak was barely edible. The steak was extremely dry and tough, and had very little flavor. We seriously tried to determine if they had mistakenly served us pork. While the service was good, he didn't catch on when we both said no instantly to a taking the barely eaten steak home. We eat out frequently all over MKE, but I don't think we'll be back to this place. We were really hoping for better.

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LoriS
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

I dined with my adult son last night. We are both foodies, so like to take in the entire experience. Did some checking online of reviews and decided to try the goat cheese appetizer. It was very good and I would also recommend it. My son ordered the 21 day aged New York. Ordered it rare plus, but noticed the waiter wrote down medium rare. Sometimes the waiters know the chefs cooking temperatures so he didn't question it. I ordered the veal (medium rare)per the waiters suggestion. Both steaks came out medium. The potato wedge side was so overdone, it was dry and I had to use my steak knife to cut through it. It was also a very small portion. Definitely not a shareable portion as the waiter had stated. I guess the final disappointment was seeing that the two Tito dirty martinis were $18.00 each. The room was very nice but I would never go back or recommend to friends.

The Dark Room
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thank you for sharing your experience, LoriS. If you would like to share your experience in greater detail, please reach out to us at (414) 431-1211. I am sorry to hear that the experience at The Dark Room did not meet your expectations. While this isn't the type of feedback we like to hear, I cannot thank you enough for bringing these concerns to our attention. Our main goal is to provide exceptional food, and I am sorry to hear that we did not give that to you.

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vipericwchgo
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a elegant evening where you can have a conversation.

The Dark Room
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thank you so much, ericwchgo! We are thrilled to see that you enjoyed your experience dining with us at The Dark Room. We would love to see you again soon.

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vipDouglasW
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ambiance with great food to match. I can’t think of a better spot for a romantic dinner.

The Dark Room
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you so much, DouglasW! We really appreciate your kind words, and are so happy to hear that you enjoyed dining with us. We would love to see you again soon!

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kaylaa
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Enjoyed all of the little things they did to make the night great

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was great, the only thing we waited for our food for a very long time, but the waiter gave a free dessert.

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vipFoodfitforking
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For an intimate and delightful dining experience, you will want to book a table in the Dark Room. The hidden entrance adds to the allure. However, the wait staff and food are the real winning combintation. Ask for Ben, he is the best waiter in town!

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BrianG
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised. After reading reviews we expected a great experience. A review by a couple that had ben there twice and had by chance had Ben as a waiter both times. They had nothing but accolades to him, He is very god waiter. As our waiter arrived I saw that it was Ben. I told him of the review I read. He was very humble. Ben is an exceptional waiter and the meal, cocktails and the ambiance was phenomenal. We are very excited about our next visit to The Dark Room, exploring new food and having Ben as our waiter. Thank You. It was a pleasure.

The Dark Room
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thank you so much, BrianG! We are so happy to hear that you were pleasantly surprised. We love to hear that our waitstaff is exceeding expectations, and will pass on your kind words to Ben - he is such a gem. We would love to see you again soon.

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vipGeoffW
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first trip to The Dark Room. Fun entrance into the restaurant through the secret door. Wait staff was very friendly and the ambiance was great. We were given free "welcome cocktails" and then a pallet cleanser before our apps. Both great touches. Our rib-eyes were cooked perfectly and tasted delicious. Our waiter was great. Overall, a fun and tasty experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

All excellent except for too much noise carryover from Giggly’s next door and being seated 30 minutes after reservation

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved dining at the Dark room. The experience and ambiance were amazing. Food was great also! The baked goat cheese was phenomenal and steaks were good. We will be back!

The Dark Room
Responded on February 14, 2020

Thank you so much! We are so happy to hear that you loved dining with us here at The Dark Room. We can't wait to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner Celebration. Food was delicious! Very timely, hot and steaks were perfect temperature. Ambiance is adorable, great for a date night! Our server Ben, was phenomenal. Very attentive and a pleasure to converse with. Overall great experience!

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nathInmke
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fun environment, lovely perks, and, honestly, the best steak I have ever had in my life.

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Doogs11
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

It's difficult to put into words how awful the food was. The steaks, while cooked well, were so salty they were inedible. The signature potato dish, mashed potatoes topped with short ribs, was bland; the short ribs were so dry it was like there was meat hay atop the potatoes. The vegetable gratin was nothing but butternut squash drowning in cheese that was clearly thrown under the salamander and then brought to the table. My boyfriend actually compared the chocolate dessert's texture to molding clay. The way the hotel is setup with their 3 signature restaurants/bar in the same area leaves me to believe that they all share a kitchen and possibly an executive chef. How does one executive chef run a fine dining restaurant, a restaurant opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as Giggly (which also serves food)? Perhaps this is the problem.

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Ktsocki
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect. Very cool space, delicious food, and service from the bartender pre-dinner, server and manager were all outstanding! Still thinking about that bread weeks later 🤤😋

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Diana
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here to celebrate my birthday. A cute hidden gem. On the drink menu, they customized it with my last name at the top and wrote “happy birthday” underneath it. I thought that was a cute and nice gesture! They gave me a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival. I ordered crab legs as an appetizer, a filet for my main course and they gave me a complimentary banana creme pie for dessert. Everything was delicious. Would definitely recommend and come here again.

The Dark Room
Responded on January 17, 2020

Thank you so much, Diana! We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us here at The Dark Room. We are so happy that you chose to spend your birthday with us - what a treat! Our associates take great pride in providing memorable, one of a kind experiences for all of our guests and it is nice to hear that we have succeeded in that. We would love to have you back for more delicious food in the future!

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vipDateNyght
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding the steak was one of the best ever the scallops were cooked to perfection but what set this apart from any other is the pampering and service I took my better half here for her birthday celebration and they made it just that from the second we sat down till the second we walked back through the bookshelf this was the best dining experience we have had in a long time. We have already booked another and look forward to a true dining experience. We have shared this with many others since . You need to experience The Dark Room for yourself.

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vipSarah
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dark Room at Saint Kate is a new fun experiential restaurant in downtown! The overall experience sets it apart from anything else. The food was delicious and Mario the server was seamless, professional and helped create the perfect setting!

The Dark Room
Responded on January 16, 2020

Thank you so much, Sarah! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience at The Dark Room. We are very lucky to have Mario on our staff - he is such a gem. We would love to have you dine with us again soon!

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TheresaW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, fabulous food. Welcome cocktail was outstanding.

The Dark Room
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thank you so much, TheresaW! We are happy to hear that you had a fabulous experience dining with us here at The Dark Room. We would love to have you back for more cocktails soon!

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MattB
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

First of all, the atmosphere is second to none in the Milwaukee area. Really, really fantastic setting in a secluded, private, quiet, well appointed setting. Temperature was very comfortable. Lighting was very good (very dark when you first enter, but adjust quickly). Seats 16 to 20 comfortably so quite intimate, but no one on top of each other it is well spaced and can hold private conversation sans the one party that always seems to show that have enjoyed a cocktail or 4 too many ;)

The service was very good. Not the best, but above average.

The food... mixed feelings on the food. Overall 4.5 out of 5 stars for us. Steak was very good. We had ribeye and NY strip and both cuts appeared to be quality cuts, tender and moist. Seasoning was appropriate. Both medium rare and from one side of the steak to the other perfectly medium rare which for us is telltale sign of a good steak restaurant. If the end of the steak is medium rare and the center is consistent. Too many steak restaurants medium rare will only be the center or close to the bone and the ends will be medium to medium well as sign of someone that does not know how to properly cook a steak or a poor cooking method. So the main course, steaks were very nicely prepared. However... the wedge salad was quite weak. The sides while done nicely the lack of standards like mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and perhaps a more standard potato vs the short ribs potatoes would be nice. also, on the TDR potato... a note that you should disclose breaded fried onion strings in the ingredients will help some people do not like them or are GF sensitive. So overall the food was very good to excellent. Steaks I would give 5/5, Wedge 2/5 and sides 4.5/5.

Overall, TDR is a really nice dining option in the Milwaukee area. We will put this on our rotation and be back soon.

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Jakejudy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience! We have been so anxious to experience The Dark Room and our wedding anniversary dinner was a great reason. I shared ahead of time about our anniversary... and The Dark Room team was ready to serve up an amazing experience. Started with a complimentary champagne toast... from Giggly, the nearby Champagne Bar. The dinner was delicious and the service impeccable! Can’t wait to return and we won’t wait until our next anniversary to do so!

The Dark Room
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you for the kind words, Jakejudy! We are so happy that you chose to spend your wedding anniversary with us - what a treat! We are happy to hear that our team took care of you in celebrating such a special day. We can't wait for you to dine with us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience and food were excellent. I would highly recommend this to anyone and we will definitely be back.

The Dark Room
Responded on January 2, 2020

Thank you for the kind words! We really appreciate your recommendation of The Dark Room. We would love for you to dine with us again soon.

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JudyM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

When calling for reservation, and talked with staff twice, was not informed there was a prix-fix menu that evening.
Pace of meal not very good. Plate presentations and hospitality not as fine dining as we expected.

The Dark Room
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us, JudyM. We apologize for the confusion with the menu of New Years Eve. There is no excuse for you not to be informed of the special, and I apologize on behalf of our staff for the error. We really appreciate your feedback, as the only way to address our shortcomings is to become aware of them. I would ask that despite this experience, you give us another chance in the future to show you what The Dark Room experience should be.

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Rhinestones
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, terrific all inclusive meal. Service great. Staff extremely pleasant. We will be back again. The only rub we have is that the potatoes and veggie we left on out plate to take home with the excellent steak WAS NOT put into the Togo bag....just the meat was placed in the Togo. Sadly we missed out on the delicious potato dish during our leftovers meal. I would think that paying almost $100 per person, we would have gotten the potatoes to take along too...especially when we indicated to wait staff we wanted the potatoes and remaining vegetable to take with us.

The Dark Room
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thank you so much, Rhinestones. We really appreciate you sharing your experience with us. We are always looking for ways to improve the dining experience at The Dark Room, and the only way we can is by being aware of our shortcomings. I am sorry to hear of your experience with the potatoes and veggies. I will pass this on to the correct parties in order to prevent this from happening in the future. We would love for you to dine with us again soon.

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PattyH
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here after a concert (Trans Siberian Orchestra at Fiserv). We were looking for a place to eat after the concert, and learned of The Dark Room via Open Table. Never heard of it before, and we were so pleasantly surprised at the level of service. The food was all very good, and we loved the service and attentiveness. I know not to order Whiskey Old Fashioned here, probably served the way it was intended, but too much alcohol for me. I do like the one big ice cube in that drink, however.

The Dark Room
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thank you so much, PattyH! We are very happy to hear that you stopped in. We really appreciate you sharing your experience with us and would love for you to dine with us again soon.

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vipMakingmehungry
Milwaukee
33 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beginning to end this was an excellent experience! The staff at TDR made the whole night perfect! From the personalized touches to the welcome cocktail to the food, we were blown away! Cool dining room: dark, beautiful and quiet. Fresh warm bread came out first, followed by a delicious amuse bouche. Our steaks were perfectly cooked and the TDR Potatoes were amazing. Special thanks to our amazing server Nicki who was fun, attentive and thoughtful. A special occasion restaurant for sure, but also worth every dollar!

The Dark Room
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thank you for the stunning review, Makingmehungry. We are so happy to hear of your experience. We want every guest to leave feeling the way you do! We will pass on your kind words to Nicki - she is such a gem! We would love for you to dine with us at The Dark Room again soon.

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bmax
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

After being Seated & Given a Very Attractive Menu, We were I G N O R E D for TEN Minutes!
And, We left to Dine at Aria right next to The Dark Room

The Dark Room Staff is in Serious Need of Retraining

The Dark Room
Responded on December 27, 2019

Hi bmax, I am very sorry to hear of your experience at The Dark Room. We take pride in providing exceptional service in all areas of our operation and it is most concerning that you did not find this to be the case. Our collective goal is always to provide our guests with service excellence from the moment they step out of their car to the moment they depart. We are sorry that we were not able to do this for you. We would hope that you give us another chance and dine with us in the future.

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vipLaelG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful room surrounds the great experience we had. Delicious food and suburb service. Can’t say enough great things about it.

The Dark Room
Responded on December 23, 2019

Thank you so much for the stunning review! We would love to have you dine with us again soon.

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Stillyman
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a pleasant surprise in a private setting. The food and service was exquisite. It is a rare chance to be impressed by unexpected details, and I was very impressed. The food was so delicious, and the little touches worked miracles for the evening. I will continue to find it through whichever secret bookcase opens! Bravo to all involved.

The Dark Room
Responded on December 23, 2019

Thank you so much, Stillyman. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. We are super happy to hear that we exceeded your expectations! We would love to have you dine with us again soon.

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vipJpstevens
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere. The entrees were fine but the sides were not good. The cauliflower steak was mushy and the asparagus over cooked. My previous visit was not like this...that’s why we came back. We will try again but will send the items back if it occurs the next time.

The Dark Room
Responded on December 23, 2019

Thank you so much, Jpstevens. We are super happy to hear that you enjoyed the atmosphere at The Dark Room. I am sorry to hear of the issues with the food served to you. I have passed on your notes to our Chef, and hope that we can prevent this from happening again in the future. We would love to have you back again to show you what the dining experience at Aria should be.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The dining room needs to be styled. No table cloth so we ate off a Formica covered tabletop. Also, the hostesses need to be trained on guest greeting, table escort and menu presentation

The Dark Room
Responded on December 23, 2019

I am very sorry to hear of your experience at The Dark Room. We appreciate your honesty, as making us aware of this experience is a way that we are able to improve upon our shortcomings. We would love for you to give us another chance next time you are in Milwaukee to show you what our dining experience should be.

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shelwoz
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance and amazing food at The Dark Room this past weekend. I had the filet mignon and my husband had the aged NY Strip. We shared the crab salad and a side of cauliflower. They gave us a complementary banana cream pie slice in honor of our anniversary. Nice experience and AMAZING steaks!

The Dark Room
Responded on December 23, 2019

Thank you so much, shelwoz. Congratulations on your anniversary! We are super happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience dining with us at The Dark Room. Please come back for more amazing steaks soon!

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vipMavers
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience, service by Mario was attentive and friendly.

The Dark Room
Responded on December 23, 2019

Thank you so much, Mavers. We will pass on your kind words to Mario - he is such a gem! We would love to have you dine with us at The Dark Room again soon.

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vipMegan
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant! Great food, service and atmosphere. The one thing that kind of didn’t go was the light up menus. I get that the room is darker but I think it was a little too modern for the atmosphere.

The Dark Room
Responded on December 23, 2019

Thank you so much! We are super happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and service provided. We would love to have you dine with us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambiance, food and service were excellent. Only demerit was the "Oscar" accompient on the tenderloin was barely visible.

The Dark Room
Responded on December 23, 2019

Thank you so much! We would love to have you back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Out of dry aged NYStrip. Cant run out of a main menu item. The only reason I visited

The Dark Room
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. There is no excuse for us to be out of a main menu item, and it is most concerning that this was the case for you. I would ask that despite this, you return in the future for us to show you what the dining experience at The Dark Room should be.

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The Dark Room is rated 4.6 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.