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There's More to the Lemp Than Ghosts and Goosebumps

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There's More to the Lemp Than Ghosts and Goosebumps

Dine or Sleep in the Haunted Lemp Mansion

Photo courtesy the Lemp Mansion

The Bottom Line

The Lemp regularly tops national lists of America's most haunted places. Diners and overnight guests may come for the ghost stories, but they come back for the food or to stay again in rooms that seem unchanged from the days when the Lemps were among St. Louis' most elite families. The everyday menu has traditional fare such as Beef Wellington and Prime Rib. But locals love its all-you-can-eat Sunday dinner, where Pan Fried Chicken is the star and everything's served family style. Prices are higher than warranted by the food and service, but diners happily pay more to dine in such a unique (and notorious) home.

Pros

  • Set in St. Louis' most notorious and historic home
  • Inn offers huge rooms with original furnishings
  • Broad menu of traditional classics
  • Eager, friendly and talkative staff

Cons

  • The nearby interstate can be noisy
  • Food is a bit pricey
  • Busy on weekends and in October

Description

  • Location: 3322 DeMenil Place, St. Louis
  • Phone: (314) 664-8024
  • Lunch Hours: Monday - Thursday
    11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Dinner Hours: Tuesday - Saturday
    5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (reservations recommended)
  • Sunday Family Style Dinner: 11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    $16.95 for all-you-can eat
  • Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: Friday and Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
    $48.95 includes four-course meal and wine with entree
  • Bed & Breakfast (six Suites):
    Sunday - Thursday $115 - $145
    Friday & Saturday $145 - $195
    Holidays $170 - $245
  • Haunted Tours: Mondays, 7:00 p.m.
    $10 per person

Guide Review - There's More to the Lemp Than Ghosts and Goosebumps

Even without its macabre history, the Lemp Mansion would rank among St. Louis' most historic homes. The Lemps once ruled over the second largest brewery in the U.S., and the family home is everything you'd expect from such a dynasty. But the Lemp history is also among the nation's most chilling. In a span of two generations, four members of the Lemp family committed suicide. It's that history, combined with hundreds of stories of ghostly encounters, that earns the Lemp a place among the nation's most haunted houses.

St. Louis' Most Unique Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast

Today, the home's reputation makes it one of St. Louis' most interesting restaurants and popular bed & breakfasts. The thirty-three room mansion still has original furnishings and a distinctive victorian and art deco decor. The restaurant is divided among four semi-formal dining rooms, but each feels like it was once your grandma's living room or parlor. The bar's tucked in a room of it's own and looks like a well-designed basement bar in South St. Louis (right down to the basic bar stools and the fish trophy above the bar). All-in-all, most visitors are very impressed with the Lemp's historic yet homey atmosphere.

Fine Dining With a Twist

The Lemp's menu doesn't stray far from classics that could just as easily have been served to the Lemps. Steaks, Italian favorites and even Wiener Schnitzel are all priced in the twenty dollar range. Most diners agree the food's well prepared, although perhaps a bit overpriced when compared to the quality at other fine dining options in town. But the quality is high enough to keep diners coming back (and paying $23.95 for a steak), especially when packaged as part of the overall "Lemp experience." In other words, you're mouth may water at the thought of eating at Tony's, but the goosebumps you'll get dining at the Lemp are just as pleasureable.
User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Most Fun Mystery Dinner Theatre & Delicious Food!, Member RalphAlice

We attended our first Lemp Mystery Dinner Theatre last night - it was the MOST FUN place to be! The show was ""Murder in Mayberry"" (loosely based on ""The Andy Griffith Show"" characters) and we laughed & laughed all night! The audience had a GREAT time and everyone had fun participating! The actors were AWESOME - soooo funny, clever, and improv geniuses!!! The meal was EXCELLENT: Yummy tomato bisque soup (my fave); tasty salad; wonderful chicken/potatoes/veggies; heavenly red velvet cheesecake! We loved the wine they served with dinner! The coffee with dessert was the best we've had at any restaurant (usually, we find restaurant coffee too weak). The busy Lemp staff couldn't be nicer and, boy, are they professional and efficient - they made sure our glasses stayed full of water, tea, soda. The Mansion was spotlessly clean (ditto for the restrooms) and what an awesome place to be on a chilly, rainy Saturday night! Great ambience! The whole evening was DELIGHTFUL from beginning to end! The price for the dinner theatre is well worth every penny!!! Thanks to everyone at the Lemp Mansion Restaurant and the Jest Murder Mystery Troop for giving us a night to remember and talk about for a long time! We will recommend your Mystery Dinner Theatre to everyone! P.S. We love the Lemp Museum and gift shop, too!

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