GourmetGourmand
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  • Review Count
    11
  • Helpfulness Votes
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  • First Review
    May 10, 2014
  • Last Review
    August 26, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    3.4
 
 
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Gemma, in Dallas’ Knox/Henderson neighborhood focuses on seasonally inspired new American cuisine with ethnic influences in a warm and comfortable setting. Gemma has a full bar featuring seasonal cocktails and food friendly wines from all over the world. Gemma offers a late night menu from 10:00PM until 1:00AM.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Pricey but worth it
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/24/2014
 2009
Dined on 8/24/2014
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Enjoyed our meal from the moment we sat down to the last spoon of the desert. Exceptionally good drinks, an interesting selection of wines, good breads. Food hit all the right notes. Menu is interesting, but you'll find many "standards" (Greek salad, brick chicken, etc..) amongst the more "chefy" items. Everything was prepared with care and top ingredients. Service was professional and pleasant, and the room was light and comfortable. Our only complaint was the price which borders on the un-acceptable by Dallas standards. Expect to pay >$75 for a simple salad, pasta, desert and a glass of wine."
Dined on 8/24/2014
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Casa Rubia at Trinity Groves is the new modern tapas restaurant from Chef Omar Flores and Jonn Baudoin. Chef Omar's menu will spotlight seasonal ingredients taking classics, putting a spin on them and making them with his flair. Catalonia is a favorite area in Spain for Chef Omar so the menu utilizes a lot of seafood. Paellas is a signature dish at Casa Rubia which changes daily. A full Spanish wine list, nice selection of sherries and Spanish / South American beers compliment the tapas menu.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Not our first dance
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2009
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2009
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"This was our third or fourth time at this restaurant, so we are generally fans. That said, this time the menu seemed a little tired, the portions a little smaller, the preparation a little less careful. We found that most plates were lacking in one way or the other.... too little shrimp in the torta, too little garlic in the gambas, red hot-sauce swirled on every plate but little else to mop-up with their excellent grilled bread, the short rib were mostly fat and bone, the chocolate desert was a congealed mess. Service was attentive. Maybe everyone in the kitchen just had an off night ...."
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2009
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San Salvaje (pronounced San Sal-VAH-hay), which means “wild saint”, celebrates the union of pagan indigenous culture with a host of saints revered in Latin America. <br />Stephan Pyles transforms the former Samar into San Salvaje, a casual, high-energy restaurant inspired by the cuisines and cultures of Mexico, Central & South America, the Caribbean and Cuba.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Good place for pre-theater
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2009
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"A very nice way to start an evening. Food, drinks and service was exceptional. We wanted a quick bite before going to the theater. Arrived about 90 minutes before the curtain and everything worked out perfectly. The waiter understood our time-line and managed things beautifully. He steered us to several options that came to our table promptly, yet well paced. Didn't feel rushed, and enjoyed a variety of delicious and interesting plates.
We'll be back.
"
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2009
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Cucina Neighborhood Italian serves as a meeting point, where friends and families gather to relax and indulge their love of food with a superior bite to eat while enjoying a casual atmosphere with attentive and professional service.<br><br>The decor is modeled after the more simple, yet sophisticated, cafes of Northern Italy. Warm reds and soft, clean whites provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing meal with family or friends. The menu at Cucina is simple, rustic Italian. Our philosophy is to provide great tasting food with the fewest ingredients possible. Creating dishes that are simple, natural, and barely manipulated. The wine list is a small but precise selection of Italian and Northern Californian wines hand-picked to complement our menu.
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Restaurant was a no-show
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/04/2014
 2009
Dined on 7/04/2014
 2009
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Our reservation was confirmed through Open Table, but when we arrived the restaurant door was locked and the place was dark. We tried calling the number listed on their web-site and was told it had been disconnected.
Strange..... It's a relatively new place. If they are already out of business you'd think they'd disconnect the reservation system.
"
Dined on 7/04/2014
 2009
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Inspired by two of America’s most cherished traditions, The Establishment is a modern rendition of the neighborhood oyster bar and classic cocktail bar. We feature a 10" raw bar with more than 15 different types of East and West Coast oysters, a seasonally focused small plates menu helmed by Executive Chef Brent Hammer and a very, very ambitious beverage program. With an uncompromising focus on excellence, this ocean to plate, farm to table aesthetic is represented lovingly by ever-changing food and drink menus that are both adventurous and sublime. The Establishment experience is designed for all the senses and can be enjoyed in many ways,
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Still exploring the menu
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/05/2014
 2009
Dined on 7/05/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This was our second meal at the Establishment. We are trying more of the menu and continue to enjoy most offerings. Most of the fish & seafood is outstanding. Lamb was only OK in comparison. Service can be erratic when things get busy, and the room still bothers me. The noise level is generally too high and the AC pours down uncomfortably on several tables. These issues shouldn't be hard to fix, and would enhance the experience significantly. The food keeps us coming back. More to explore next time."
Dined on 7/05/2014
 2009
Special Features: fit for foodies
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MesoMaya, Comida y Copas, is located at the northwest corner of Preston Road and Forest Lane. This premiere location offers fresh, bold and earthy flavors of authentic interior Mexican cuisine and traditions inspired by the natural wisdom of Chef Nico Sanchez.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
When you want Mexican
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/29/2014
 2009
Dined on 6/29/2014
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Nothing fancy, but an OK place when you are looking for Mexican. Better salsa than most."
Dined on 6/29/2014
 2009
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Knife's extensive menu celebrates the diverse flavors and substantial tradition of American regional cuisine. The menu evolves with the seasons to feature the freshest seafood, poultry and local produce. Knife sources its ingredients from regional purveyors across the country to heighten the authenticity of the menu. Diners experience the soul of American cooking with rustic flavors, approachable dishes and the intimacy of sharing familiar American food together with family and friends.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Still trying to hit stride...
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/28/2014
 2009
Dined on 6/28/2014
 2009
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Our visit was a slight miss on many levels. The room is nice, but the tables wobble; There was ample staff, but they seem disorganized and service was unusually slow; The food was inconsistent; Yellowtail was delicious, but tomato and watermelon salad was under-seasoned and boring; Steak portions are large enough to share. The meat was served at the requested temp; it was tasty but over salted. Good bread and a nice crudité start, but the sides were in fact less memorable than they sounded on the menu; Bar drinks were also only OK, but we enjoyed the wine with dinner.
Not inexpensive but promising. We will probably be back in 6 months hoping that the bugs will be worked out by then."
Dined on 6/28/2014
 2009
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Inspired by two of America’s most cherished traditions, The Establishment is a modern rendition of the neighborhood oyster bar and classic cocktail bar. We feature a 10" raw bar with more than 15 different types of East and West Coast oysters, a seasonally focused small plates menu helmed by Executive Chef Brent Hammer and a very, very ambitious beverage program. With an uncompromising focus on excellence, this ocean to plate, farm to table aesthetic is represented lovingly by ever-changing food and drink menus that are both adventurous and sublime. The Establishment experience is designed for all the senses and can be enjoyed in many ways,
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/18/2014
 2009
Dined on 6/18/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Top quality ingredients, imaginatively prepared. Small plates to share allow for a tasting of many things. Most were a hit. Good selection of oysters. We tried three varieties from Prince Edwards Isl., but they had many more options to choose from. Great tomato salad, with the best tomatoes we've seen all season. Also enjoyed the Atlantic trout & the scallops. The rabbit was only OK in comparison.
The room is loud and the décor seems at odds with the food. Given the care taken with the food, a separation from the bar & TV's, and a little quieter dining room would allow diners to appreciate the food more. The bar also needs work. Specialty cocktails ain't so special.
Not cheap, but worth it. We'll be back."
Dined on 6/18/2014
 2009
Special Features: fit for foodies
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FT33 in Dallas' Design District features Chef Matt McCallister's seasonal inspired modern cuisine. Guests are invited to experience an inventive menu highlighting fresh bounty from the FT33 garden and locally sourced artisan ingredients. <br><br />Conceptualized by Hatsumi Kuzuu of Kuzuu Design, the restaurant's design blossomed from merging barnyard and industrial architecture together to create a modern yet rustic feel.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Special occasion
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/23/2014
 2009
Dined on 5/23/2014
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Good place for a special occasion celebration. Young, causal but elegant, with exceptional food and friendly service. Interesting ingredients assembled in an imaginative and delicious way. Good wine selection. Only complaint was the long explanations before every course of what's sitting on the plate getting cold.
The open kitchen is an entertaining show."
Dined on 5/23/2014
 2009
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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The latest restaurant from Beard Award-Winning Celebrity Chef Stephan Pyles. A true homage to the Lone Star State and his humble roots, this restaurant brings together Pyles’ stylish interpretations of his favorite Texas foods and a setting that puts contemporary updates on traditional ranch motifs. Chef Pyles introduces Modern Texas Cuisine to Dallas, Texas in this state of the art facility.<br /><br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Yeee Ha!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/20/2014
 2009
Dined on 5/20/2014
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Great place to bring out of town visitors who want of shot of kitschy Texas. Margarita cart is a show, but we had to wait for ~30 minutes for it to get to our table. Lots to look at in the room in the mean time. Food is good to Ok. Nothing really stands out as memorable, but you go to Stampede for the experience, not fine dining."
Dined on 5/20/2014
 2009
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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