Dallas >Food & Dining > La Duni Latin Cafe
4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX | Directions 7520532.823158 -96.787308
Tuesday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 09:30 PM Friday From 11:00 AM To 10:30 PM Saturday From 09:00 AM To 03:00 PM Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:30 PM Sunday From 09:00 AM To 03:00 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Oak Lawn
Afternoon Tea - THUMBS DOWN SERVICE – I've been happily dining at La Duni since I moved to Dallas in 2002. I l-o-v-e the food, the ambiance, and until recently, the service. In late March, I called the McKinney location to schedule an afternoon tea (thought it might be different to host a friend's baby shower/tea somewhere other than the stuffy (but lovely) Adolphus). I called two moths in advance to reserve a table for 8 and got their voice mail. I left a detailed message with my contact info. I waited two days and still no reply. I called again. Hostess put me in contact with the manager. The manager put me on hold only to come back to tell me the owner was in a staff meeting and would call me right back. He never did. I called back two days later. Told the hostess that this was my third attempt in one week to reserve tea for 8 women. She told me it wasn't her problem, she wasn't in charge of scheduling, and she'd have someone call me back. They never did. I wrote an email through their website to the manager detailing the lack of response/customer service and guess what? No response. I'm still ticked off and this was two months ago. It kills me how much money I've spent there over the years. I was even part of a party of 17 one Thanksgiving - talk about a $$$$ dinner. That probably paid our server's rent that month. And this is what I get. One customer lost may not mean much to the owners. Hopefully they come across this posting one day and think about what they can do differently for other patrons. And, they should change their mission statement on their website: "Experience our Latin Home, savor our authentic foods, drinks and participate in the traditions and customs that have been passed from generation to generation of passionate, devoted and caring Latin Families." Devoted and caring? My foot.
Great Food but save room for the dessert. – The food is excellent. This is not tex-mex, this is South American food with flair. No reservations are taken so expect a wait on the weekends. It is wortht the wait. Save room for the desserts. Our favorites are the quatro leches and the Nutella Cake. We have ordered whole cakes for special occasions. The drinks are very good but they are extremely over priced, especially considering the food is reasonable priced for the quality.
Spotty service but very trendy – Nice, trendy spot with multiple locations in the metroplex. We had dinner at 5pm on a Tuesday night and we were the only customers there. Yet with 6 idle servers standing around, our service was indifferent. The Carne Brasilero was tough, dry, and tasteless, but the Carne Asada was a beautiful, juicy , and flavorful skirt steak which was perfectly done. Deserts are an emphasis here, but tend to be a little too sweet for my tastes.
A Dallas gem – If you're looking for something different and nicer than typical Tex Mex, La Duni is a must visit. Great food, beautiful atmosphere, and friendly, if sometimes varied, service. Traditional items like flautas and enchiladas won't disappoint, but more traditional Latin cuisine like Arepas, plaintains, etc. are worth getting out of your comfort zone and trying. Don't miss the Margharina -- they're excellent version of the typical margarita. And save room for Quatro Leches Cake -- unbelievably yummy. Highly recommended.
service is terrible – I have to say, the service when I recently went to La Duni was TERRIBLE. We were a large party and the poor waitress did not know what she was doing. We waited almost an hour for her to take our order! Then at the end she got things on the bill wrong. Honestly, I would not go back simply because of this lousy, non-apologetic service.
Sweet – If youre in the mood for something beautiful, delicious, fun and a little different, I highly recommend La Duni. Offering an interesting, eclectic menu, great food, fabulous deserts and fantastic drinks in an attractive setting, you will not be disappointed.
All I can say is WOW! – Brunch was wonderful...Thought the drinks and brunch was quite wonderful, but had dessert and thought that I had hit the jackpot!!!!!!!!!!!!Yumsville!
A Must – It's authenticity is part of the charm, so refreshing compared to usual "tex-mex". True South/Central American cuisine. Excellent food, great service, great drinks but they are too small. Definitely a good date place or go with friends. Service can seem a little rushed, but it's just the pace - relax and enjoy I say. Fantastic dessert coffee menu and sweets!
Latin cafe and coffee house ceases to impress with award winning desserts, elaborate brunch and amazing mojitos. – In Short
Eager servers hustle around the comfortable room, where textured orange walls, wrought-iron chandeliers and sueded leather booths grant an invitingly rustic, yet contemporary, feel. Up front, tall shelves stacked with wine, scented candles and the restaurant's famed breads and cakes separate an espresso bar from the dining room. Energetic Latin music plays; the restaurant fills quickly with couples, neighborhood families and ladies who lunch. The menu is upscale, but unpretentious, with a variety of casual, traditional sandwiches and fresh salads offered alongside contemporary renditions of enchiladas, carne asada and fish quesadillas. Favorites include tender, slow-roasted pork loin on a popover with mojo, greens, avocado and tomato, plus mouthwatering desserts like cuatro leches cake and baked Alaska. Weekend brunch means sweet treats, with wonderful house-made breads and pastries, orange brioche French toast, rum-banana-nut waffles and tempting egg dishes like migas and chilaquiles.
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