Room 38

4.1
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79 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

About

Room 38 Restaurant and Lounge is Columbia’s premiere venue for dining, entertainment, and special events. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Columbia, Room 38 is within walking distance from local hotels, live music and performing arts venues, and just minutes away from Hearnes Center, Mizzou Arena, and Farot Field. Room 38 provides an upscale atmosphere with a contemporary approach, an...d is your destination when looking to experience the best Columbia has to offer.



Whether you are looking for an amazing dining experience of shared plates, would like to relax and unwind with your closest friends, sip signature cocktails, need a destination for after dinner to lounge and drink the night away, or are looking for a sophisticated atmosphere to host your next corporate event, Room 38 Restaurant and Lounge stylishly accommodates.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
SUNDAY BRUNCH: 10am-3pm
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Phone number
(573) 449-3838
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jeremy Bowles
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Private party facilities
We offer our private dining and party area for up to 25 people seated for dinner, or up to 40 for a cocktail/appetizer setting. Every reservation is customized specifically to your request. Please contact us personally and we'll be happy to arrange your event. 573.449.3838 or info@room-38.com.
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Private party contact
Billy Giordano: (888) 682-1745
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Catering
Full Bar and Dining catering available
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E. Walnut St.
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Parking details
Garage directly accross the street, FREE PARKING SAT/SUN
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Public transit
Bus stop on our corner
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Entertainment
Live DJ Thursday, Friday, Saturday Evenings
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 79 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
3.8
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom’s weekend

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B
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve eaten here several times and it never disappoints. Great food, drink, and service.

s
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bartenders very attentive & accommodating. Waitresses always checking on us & knowledgeable. Food was great but Brussel sprouts soggy not crisp didn’t even take but 2 bites. Ahi nachos amazing & pretzel bites. Loved cucumber/grapefruit martini w agave.

KB
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we arrived they did not have our reservation. Apparently they app doesn’t always work for them.

CK
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

It was very disappointing this time. One person ordered the “lobster Mac n cheese” it came out almost cold and it did not have lobster. They had used imitation crab instead of actually using lobster. It tasted like velveta shells and cheese. We were sat at an awkward location. The table was not big enough and we were on a sofa. It made it very difficult to eat dinner. Usually this place is great, but this time it was under par for sure. The waitress was not very attentive which isn’t normal either. We must have just hit a bad night there.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall2food3service3ambience2

They said they could not find our reservation through Open Table. They accommodated us but said we had to be gone in two hours so the next reservation wasn’t impacted. Too many college kids and way too loud especially for 5:30 pm. I just wanted to tell the staff that I guarantee we tip better then 10 students trying to split a bill 10 ways. Won’t be back until school is over for the year.

M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Friendly servers and interesting food options. Always delicious!

RW
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have great time when we go to ROOM 38 and love the drinks and food!!!

M
St. Louis
24 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice and relaxing, dined outside, good food and good service

OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Finally found a parking space within several blocks of the restaurant and fed the meter. Walked to the restaurant, arriving probably 10 minutes before our 6pm reservation. Was informed by the hostess that she did not have a reservation for us. She told us the entire restaurant had been rented out for an event. We were told by Open Table that someone would contact us beforehand if they needed to change the time. We never heard from anyone either by phone or email. The restaurant did seem to be loud and a bit disorganized. We left and walked about a block to Sycamore Restaurant and had a very pleasant, quiet meal.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great service and fantastic dinner!

JM
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and eat here every time we are in Columbia, MO! I don't even eat sandwiches; but the Chicken Asiago is to die for!

AD
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Too loud and poor hostess. Waited forever just to speak to the hostess and then said it would be over an hour before they could seat us.

SL
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Very strange layout inside. Few real tables to sit at. VERY loud. Food was really good and waitress was attentive. Do NOT order the Funnel Cake for dessert. Instead of being light and fluffy it was burned and just overly too much, which is not good if I say it because I'm a dessert junkie. Should have sent it back but after a long, hot day at the game and the blaring music and drunks in the bar didn't want to stay any longer than we had to.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Even though we didn't have to wait when we got there, they did not receive the open table reservation even though I had a confirmation. Not sure if this was a restaurant or open table issue. It was crowded since it was happy hour but we did have to wait a while for a few things. Food and atmosphere were great. Definitely a trend spot.

a
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food was amazing. Tables were very uncomfortable. Noise level was NOT for a friendly time; more of a bar setting. Waitresses needed more clothing on. Our waitress did NOT want us sitting around to talk when we were done with our food. It was clear she wanted us out of the restaurant. Food was very good, but atmosphere was not good at all.

OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I had brunch there. It was delicious and a great experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We arrived at 10am and our reservation wasn't in the system. Otherwise the food and atmosphere is normally very good.

RD
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very nice quite place food is great quality and taste and service staff is very nice and accommodating
I enjoyed several small plates and everything was great

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience3

They did not have my reservation on their books. They said that Yelp was their primary online reservation co. I had an email reservation from OPenTable which I showed them. They were able to seat us.

CM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We showed up early and they could not have been more accommodating. They went above and beyond to help make my daughter's graduation dinner on a very icy, stressful day completely hassle free. The food was awesome too! Excellent experience all around.

C
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2016
Overall1food3service1ambience2

I have enjoyed the food and cocktails in the past at Room 38, but be aware they do not honor Open Table reservations. On the morning of Oct 31,2016 I made a dinner reservation for November 11 for 6:45. Later that day, Oct 31, I changed the time to 7:00. I have confirmation emails confirming. My group arrived at 7, to be told they did not have that reservation noted. After showing my email confirmation, was then told my reservation was for 5:00. I'm not sure how the reservation is entered in their system, but there was no way I made the reservation for 5:00 because I was attending an event at 5:30, prior to dinner. I was asked if I made the reservation on Open Table and the staff just shrugged when I said yes, after showing my email confirmation. If they do not honor the reservation, they should opt out of Open Table. They were unable to seat us, so we went to 44 Canteen and had a lovely dinner, after a bit of a wait.

OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our experience was good but they didn't have our reservation that I booked thru open table and we had to eat at the bar. So that sucked but the bartender was sweet!

OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time visiting Room 38 and thought the service to be excellent. They absolutely honored our OpenTable reservation and even read the requests section. The food was delicious and so were the cocktails. The seating is different, but really cool and cozy. The servers were stylish and attentive. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I made a reservation at Room 38 for my friends visiting from Omaha. I ended up calling Room 38 to see if I could push the reservation back just a bit, and they were super accommodating! They even gave me my favorite round booth in the back. The happy hour here is great, especially for their sharing plates. Once again, Room 38 came through and I will continue to bring any visitors to this cool side-street joint in Columbia!

s
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2016
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Be AWARE! This reservation will not hold at Room 38. 10 minutes before we were to be seated I received a call from the restaurant stating that they DO NOT actually use Open Table and would not honor the reservation. They were full up! Our plans (a reserved table) were down the drain! NOT COOL

w
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Consistently good food and great happy hour specials!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great. Unique grapefruit sangria nice and refreshing.

MM
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Blueberry Singe is a great cocktail.

Thai chili ribs, shrimp Diablo grits and beef and blue salad all incredible.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We made dinner reservations for a group we had in for graduation the following day. We wanted a dining experience where we could have good food and good conversation. Our reservation was for 7pm. We arrived at 6:50. There isn't a host stand, and the tables were either high tops or cocktail lounge areas. The music was really loud and clubbish. We tracked down an employee and found out that our table would not be freeing up for some time as the people hadn't even gotten their food yet. We stood around for a while trying to figure out what to do. It was very awkward, and very loud. A hostess informed us that one of the cocktail lounge areas would be clearing very soon and we could have that space. She was very nice and helpful but we declined as neither the table nor the ambiance worked for us. We have heard that the food is pretty good so we may try it as a late night post concert location at some point. But for dinner and conversation a different location is a better option. I had to put Stars on the rating scale so I went with what my daughter's experience had been during a previous visit.

JD
St. Louis
57 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Room 38 can be hit or miss. I was a little disappointed on my previous visit but they recovered well last night. I had the bahm mi flatbread which was amazing.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I frequent Room 38 and brunch on Sunday's is a MUST! $10 bottomless mimosas with amazing service! With several different types of spicy vodkas to choose from, Bloody Mary's are exceptional.
Even after they stop servicing brunch, if you still want Mimosas they allow you to sit and hangout in a back room! Hilarious but great!

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They called me a few minutes before my reservation and told me they wouldn't have a table for me for at least an hour and a half. Apparently their computer system doesn't work with OpenTable, so be forewarned if that's how you made your reservation.

s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great find in como. Outstanding appetizers (crab wonton). Chicken lettuce wraps and lobster mac were great dinner options

w
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and service. The happy hour specials are reasonable and it's a fun atmosphere.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything taste excellent!!!!!

I
St. Louis
21 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We got the beet and goat cheese salad, which was great.
The entrées we small (beef steak), a little soggy (fried shrimp), and a little over cooked and dry (burger).
We were alone in the restaurant so noise was not existing. The ambience is great and we liked the setup.
Service was prompt and courteous.
We enjoyed the overall experience, despite the entrées slips.

F
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Good. Yelp reviews must be a joke, because the food was excellent, local beer on tap, and the waitstaff was fantastic. On par with what you would find in a Boston or San Francisco.

J
Montreal
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2015
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This is a well-appointed bar, nicely lit, with great service and a good bartender. It's not really a place for a real dinner, I'm afraid.

t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was looking for a new place to take a date and found Room 38. It looked just eclectic and sophisticated enough for what I was after. We were dressed up and we weren't out of place. The place is young, vibrant but still sophisticated. The food was excellent. Served neuvo-tapas style, its perfect for date sharing. We tried a flight of wines that included German, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish wines. Overall, we very much enjoyed our time and skipped our movie to enjoy more wine and good conversation. Wait staff was educated and opinionated. Attentive, but not overly so. We will definitely be back.