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38 North 8th Street, Columbia, MO
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Ranked #8 of 333 Restaurants in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $22
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 1:30 am
Cuisines: American, Dessert, Tapas, Sandwiches
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: E. Walnut St.
Transit: Bus stop on our corner
Description: 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, and 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.
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Columbia, Missouri
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We arrived before our reserved time and had a cocktail at the bar. The bar staff was in no rush to help us, but when they did, the selection was great and the staff was friendly. We had to ask about our table when our reservation time arrived and it was ready shortly, but it seemed like we were only... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Room 38 is one of my absolute favorite restaurants. The price point is excellent, you can easily eat a lighter yet filling meal for $8 to $12, or you can splurge and enjoy a wonderful heavier course. They offer a very diverse menu, as well as cater well for gluten free options. They have an excellent wine selection, with a... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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160 reviews 160 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Ate here on a home game weekend when it was difficult to find a table for the group of 10 elsewhere. Found it to be a better bar than restaurant, indeed the very layout of the place (including the very dark interior) speaks to more of a drinking than a food crowd. Seats/table were cramped and uncomfortable, featuring a combination... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I will recommend this restaurant to anyone. The waitress recommended certain dishes and everything was amazing. We ate the honey wings to start off the meal. They are a good balance between sauce and chicken flavor. For our meals we ordered the prime rib sandwich and the surf and turf. My wife and I split the sandwiches. I las recommend... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Fun place for drinks and late night in Columbia. They do a nice job here. Worth a late night visit to Room 38 after dinner in the district.

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Lynden, Washington
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

First impression....very dark. Staff very friendly and made good recommendations about food. Menu is varied includes tapas, small plates, and sandwiches as advertised. Music calm came in around 8pm on Monday. Very few others in establishment. Good for sports watching with three televisions. Extensive and interesting drink menu. Would definitely try for happy hour.

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WJ489, Owner at Room 38, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your honest review. It seems like you enjoyed yourself for the most part, but gave us only an average review. As you can see by most of our reviews, we pride ourselves on quality, service, and atmosphere, and are always looking for opportunities to improve to make your next visit even better. If you have... More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Dropped in Friday night - definitely heavy university student clientele, active, noisy - but not to a detraction, and overall positive atmosphere; staff extremely attentive and took care of us - had a short wait despite reservations and the staff called to warn us before our arrival time. Eclectic menu - we had 4 tapas style selections: salmon skewers, arancini,... More 

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Colorado Springs
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We stopped by to try the tapas. For the most part very good experience. GREAT Filet Mignon sandwich and we REALLY liked the Chocolate Fondue dessert. HOWEVER, this cant be bypassed; the "lobster" Mac and Cheese did not contain lobster...it had (K)rab...or more commonly known as Pollock bait fish. FOR GOD SAKE...don't advertise lobster and serve this! Anyone who ever... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

In a town full of dirty college bars, this place seemed to cater to a more upscale crowd. The food is unique and good. We really had a great time.

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Columbia, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The food was very very good and served so attractively. It's quiet enough to talk in there while having dinner which is unique in this day and age. Service was excellent! Hope to go there many more times!

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Additional Information about Room 38

Address: 38 North 8th Street, Columbia, MO
Phone Number: 5734493838
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 1:30 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 1:30 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 1:30 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 1:30 am
Friday 11:00 am - 1:30 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 1:30 am
Average Prices: USD 6 - 22
Cuisine: American, Dessert, Tapas, Sandwiches

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