The Dark Room @ The Grandel

4.3
76 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Contemporary American, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri & Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Late Night Happy Hour
Mon–Thu 10:00 pm–12:00 am
Fri, Sat 11:00 pm–1:00 am
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Phone number
(314) 776-9550
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
We can meet many needs. Contact becky@kranzbergartsfoundation.org
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grand & Grandel Sq
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Entertainment
uesdays - The Polydimensionals
Wednesdays - Live jazz w/ the Kasimu Taylor Trio & friends
Fridays - Mo Egeston
Saturdays - All vinyl record spin c/o The Soulition
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 76 People Are Saying
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OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Came at the beginning of the evening specifically for the chimichurri beef bowl. That, along with 2 other menu entrees, wasn’t available. Disappointed.

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

The entertainment without standing , service was great....overall good value date night.... I will be coming back

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

Waiter was excellent

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MB
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I really wanted to like this place as we are always looking for somewhere convenient to eat near the Fox Theatre. Unfortunately, all of our food was lukewarm. I had the Italian wedding soup and the chicken-artichoke dip. My dining companion had the fish special. His fish was moderately hot but everything else was lukewarm. I don’t believe it had been sitting, waiting for the server. The soup and dip seemed not to have been heated thoroughly in the kitchen. I probably won’t go back.

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d
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I was extremely impressed. The food was original and tasty. Consideration was made that I would not feel awkward being a single person. How considerate.

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TI
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went here prior to a St. Louis Symphony Orchestra concert at Powel Hall. The food was great, the dessert was amazing and the drinks were spectacular. Unfortunately we didn't get to experience any live music when we went but we can't wait to go back and we can't wait to share it with friends.

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MM
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I wanted a relaxing date night with great food and drinks. The live music was an added plus. We had great service and the food was delicious. I ordered the Blackened Red Snapper and my husband ordered the Steak and Mushroom Flatbread. We will certainly return and have already recommended this cozy location to our friends.

The live music is a little loud, so don't plan much conversation.

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PH
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very convenient for pre-theater. Food was varied and very tasty. Service was efficient; servers and host were friendly and helpful. We didn't have long to linger but I suspect it would be a great place to stay and enjoy drinks after dinner.

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K
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was so fun to sit there and eat a great breakfast while listening to great jazz!

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OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Three words: Chimichurri Beef Bow! Fabulous!!!

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PF
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Jazz is loud but quality. Seating is two -table for the most part, which means one party is not facing music. Special for the evening was unavailable. Food was very late in arriving. My pasta was homemade but came out almost cold, with breaded shrimp and cheese freshly broiled. Service person did not leave pen to sign credit card.

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LJ
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I have eaten at The Dark Room on several occasions. On this Sunday evening, I was quite disappointed in the availability of menu items. There were four of us and three had planned to order entrees that were on the menu but no longer available. The food we did order was very good. Service was not up to par. Our waitperson would have been wise to write down our orders. My cocktail, ordered straight up, was served on the rocks. I sent it back to have the ice removed. I ordered my salad with dressing on the side. The salad came dressed. I just ate the salad without comment. I am unlikely to plan to eat supper there on Sunday in the future.

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J
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were great. It just seemed odd that, with a reservation, and being almost the first one's there, we were seated on the handicap path and had to keep moving out of the way for folks to exit the building. Would have been better for us to be seated on the other side of the room.
thanks.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Band was great! Steak was not good at all. However the shrimp and grits were delicious.

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HD
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience, food and ambiance. Visted as a tourist with my husband and we had a great time. MO E ALL STARS did a great job with their jazz play.

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RE
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our first meal at The Dark Room very much. The service was excellent, the wine list was large and the waiter helpful with the selection, and the menu had an array of enticing options. Everything tasted wonderfully; we tried the flatiron steak (perfectly done), the shrimp and grits, and two of us had the chicken Florentine. The only possible complaint is that the chicken Florentine was a bit dry. It was enjoyable, nonetheless.

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AF
Omaha
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Swanky yet cozy atmosphere. We came for the live Jazz but the food was spectacular. The shrimp & grits is a must as well as the charcuterie board.

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DT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I brought my sister to the Dark Room during her recent visit from Lenox, Massachusetts. An accomplished pianist and vocalist herself, she was blown away by the contagious enthusiasm and superior musicianship of the Mo E Trio and Chrissy Renick. What a great St. Louis find.

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OT
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dark Room is conveniently located near The Fox and Powell. I was able to get in and out with dinner in an hour before a lecture. The food is creative, tasty, and affordable. There was music from 7-10 on a Tuesday night. Street parking was cheap and easy. I will go back again.

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BD
St. Louis
41 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We enjoyed a nice meal prior to the symphony. It was awkward with the tables so close together, all conversations could be heard. Everyone enjoyed their meal except the baked gnocchi was a small serving, which is fine, but had no flavor. Service was very good.

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E
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was outstanding and some of the best I've had in St. Louis in a while. This is a very neat place with a great ambiance, notable drinks, and fantastic food. The service could have been much better. There were no more than five people in the restaurant the entire time, we waited to have drinks refilled and the bartender was on his phone or joking with employees most of the time. Aside from the service, I would highly reccomend this restaurant.

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The music was great but too loud for the size of the room. Seating was not good having to sit with my back to the band. I could only see one band member playing their instrument and looking at the back of the piano all evening was not enjoyable. Service was good but food was just ok.

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JF
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding venue and restaurant. Music and food was great. A gem for the midtown/CWE community. Thank you Kransberg Family!!!

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T
St. Louis
20 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a beautiful venue! We went pre-theater, and so weren't there for the music, but the food was very good and reasonably priced. Our server was attentive but not intrusive. It is a perfect site for dinner prior to the symphony or the Fox. We will certainly return!

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FD
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pre games here before heading over to Powell Hall for the symphony. Nice jazz trio. We sat near the stage and it was loud, but that’s expected at a music club. I know my date well and we talk all the time, so dining and not talking much was fine. The artichoke and chicken dip was great, so was the artisan cheese board. I tried the tomato bisque. All portions were larger than I expected. This is a neat place in Grandel Hall. I’ll be back. Waitstaff was excellent and attentive...

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AS
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this restaurant for so many many reasons! Most notably the music and food!
See you next time and thank You for another great night out with friends!

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L
St. Louis
96 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. We like it a lot and have been many times.

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PK
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Scrambled eggs, awesome, great bacon, biscuit a little too doughy for me, potatoes were a little mushy. coffee grounds at bottom of coffee cup. The Jazz Trio were excellent, as were the adult drinks. Waitress forgot to bring several things we requested. In spite of these things, will give a second chance next Sunday for brunch. Happy eating!

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KD
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely Sunday brunch celebrating a 40 something anniversary.

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MT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Overall the outing was very good except for the Spedini was a bit to oily which made it undesirable.

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ST
St. Louis
28 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Disappointed. Expensive. Paella was overpriced and fishy. Bad experience a around.

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D
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

What an amazing impromptu date last week. Our server was attentive and my drink "Dorian Gray" was delicious. My meal of salmon, rice, and veggies was just what I needed from being on the run and not eating healthy. I look forward to returning sooner than later.

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II
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice cozy spot to see a show, enjoy good food and drink.

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BB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch and couldn't have been more pleased. Food was fantastic and the music was phenomanal. This is going to definitely be a place to revisit.

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T
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

For being the dark room it’s overly bright for a dinner restaurant. When we arrived there was only 4 other people in the place, yet we had to wait for them to clean the table off before we could be seated even though there were plenty of open tables. Food was overpriced for what it is, and has a very small menu overall. Looks promising from the outside, but that’s where it ends. Sorry won’t be back.

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5
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was my husband’s Birthday

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MH
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

This was my second visit and was expecting the same level of service and food. Because they had a large crowd due to multiple venues having productions they offered a limited menu. My shrimp and grits was mediocre. The fist pass I had to send back as the grits and shrimp were cold. They took it back and reheated the food. Unfortunately, the grits were undercooked and inedible. It’s a great spot and I will definitely go again. Maybe just appetizers at the bar is safest.

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AH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Been wanting to try this place out for over a year and was finally able to snag a reservation. The dining area is pretty tiny which explains why its so hard to get a reservation on a Saturday night. Despite being busy, there was only 1 waiter on staff working when I visited the establishment and the hostess would try to help when she could. I'm not sure if this is normal or maybe they were short staffed but it did affect our dinner service. The waiter didn't check on our table often and a couple of drinks were forgotten. The food was delicious and the musician was fantastic.

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NS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Loved the live music, but would have liked a seating option farther away from the band. We couldn't talk at all while they were playing. Salad was good but the pastas were rather bland and swimming in olive oil.

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JT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

I am an Anita Jackson fan so I follow her around town. The Dark Room is my Favorite venue. The ambiance is cream of the crop. I am not a fan of the menu but I patronize because I love the space and the staff.

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