As far as lounges go, the Grand Hall at Union Station Hotel St Louis is stunning. It maintains its original architecture, which takes you back to a time when trains were the mode du jour of transportation. If you’re looking for restaurants near the Fox Theater St Louis for a pre show dinner, snacks, or drinks, this is a unique option that rivals the grandeur of the Fox.
Fun Facts About St. Louis Union Station
Everything here is on a majestic scale from the opulent 65 foot vaulted ceiling with gold leaf arches, to the original stained glass windows from 1894, as well as the marble bar that spans the room from one end to the other. Here are a few especially noteworthy things about Union Station:
- Designed by a German immigrant
- The Grand Hall was the main waiting room for the train station
- Its original 2 ton wrought iron chandelier was sold for $22 ($600 today) for scrap to aid in World War II
- Watch a daily 3D light show in the Grand Hall every hour from 5 pm, including video vignettes narrated by famous voices like John Goodman and Jon Hamm
- The first train pulled in September 2, 1894 at 1:45 am
- Due to the rise in popularity of airplane travel, Union Station became barren and ceased train operations
- Consequently, the last train pulled in October 31, 1978 at 11:38 pm
The Grand Hall, one of the more unique St Louis restaurants, offers a variety of delectable small plates to share. Enjoy high end highlights like King Crab Legs and Sweet Potato Brulle. Or munch on savory bites like Crab Rangoon Dip and a St Louis favorite — toasted ravioli.
A few classics make up the large entree menu, including a southern burger, crispy chicken sandwich, and steak for those with a heartier appetite.
In addition, those looking to indulge their sweet tooth will find chocolate, ice cream, tarts, and pies. There’s something for every craving.
If you would like to book an event, the Grand Hall can seat up to 300 people for dinner or 600 for a reception style event. It’s a remarkable space with intricate details, stained glass windows, and historic elements that make this a memorable spot for any event.