Dallas >Food & Dining > Hattie's
418 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX | Directions 7520832.748847 -96.828221
Neighborhoods: Wynnewood North
great food, so-so service – There were 5 of us guys that went out to dinner to Hattie's on a Friday night. We had reservations, had to wait about 20 minutes for our table, and I eagerly anticipated seeing the menu. This was my first visit and I heard good things.
The decor of the place is nice. I think they did a good job. Nice bar. The restaurant is kind of long and narrow, yet the tables are small and cramped. 3 of 5 of us are over 6'4" and we were squeezed on a round table meant for 4, barely room for our plates. A shared appetizer had to be very carefully placed around the candle/sugar/salt/pepper items on the table and of course our plates and glasses.
The food here is the star. The eclectic menu is a nod to Southern cooking with a modern twist, plus additional nouveau cuisine added to the menu. We shared an appetizer of an amazing onion tart with a fig jam. Absolutely delicious. My main course was scallops that had a whole lot going on between the sauce and veggies it came with. I give this place high marks for the food.
The service wasn't so great. Our waiter, although annoying, seemed dismissive. The food that came out of the kitchen was more Applebee's style: "who had the salad? OK... hang on for the next round of plates to come out". Not impressive. The waiter also misstated the info on the glass of wine I ordered, which wasn't a cardinal sin, irritated me nonetheless. What was a cardinal sin, however, is the overcharging of my credit card. Waiter decided to add extra money to his tip despite getting 18%. Not only is this deceitful, but unacceptable of a restaurant of this caliber.
If they fix the service in this place, it would be ranked excellent. Go for the food but don't expect much for service.
Not worth the hype – I don't understand why this restaurant won't split the check. It's one thing trying to divide up a single check among 3 or 4 people. But it's another thing when you get a single check for 11 people with tax and 20% tip already included in the final total. It took us more than 30 minutes to figure out who owes what and how much money would go on each of the 8+ credit cards. We were told this is a management policy and they can't do anything about it. I would NEVER recommend this restaurant for large groups solely based on this ridiculous policy.
The food was ok but I've had much better for less money and the noise level in this restaurant is incredible. It's not the music or loud diners, it's just the bad design of this place. The decor was nice but acoustics are horrible. Good luck having a conversation.
Worst treatment in Dallas! – We wanted to try Hattie's with professional colleagues after recommendation of the Bishop's arts district. A reservation was made for 9pm, party of 5 on a Saturday night. We arrived at 5 minutes past 9 and were told a table would be available within 15 minutes. The hostess was not particularly friendly, but correct. We accepted the situation and walked around in the Bishops Arts District and enjoyed some of the local Arts Shops. For the next 45 minutes (!) one of us would go back to the restaurant every 15 minutes, but told off in an increasingly unfriendly manner. We were astonished that no attempt was made to excuse or offer even a glass of water while we were walking the streets with a group of potentially excellent repeat customers. At 10pm (!) we were told that there is obviously no telling when there would be a table (!) and that we should see this for ourselves - the hostess displayed quite unbelievable attitude. We were no in mood to even angry, but felt we should let the manager know that this was not really the nicest attitude towards guests who waited by now more than one hour on the street - and promptly the owner came and told us to please leave the restaurant. Wow!
We got a table at the neighboring Tillman's Roadhouse, which turned out to be very good. Funnily, we later met a group of other professional colleagues who were at the restaurant the evening before, had to wait until more than one hour after their reservation reservation - and were then pushed to order and eat within 60 minutes. Fortunately, the food was apparently so midiocre that they were happy to leave even faster. It seems Hattie's is strangled by its own owner to maximize profit out of a reputation that has hitherto been quite good. Regularly overbooked and compromising on service and food, while increasing prizes. Well, try to make your reservation...
Excellent food, service, ambiance, a new favorite! – We were there on election night. Very crowded, but the service was still top notch. Ultra chic and cute atmosphere, totally timeless. We started with a great bottle of underrated Conn Creek Cab. Then proscuitto wrappd figs stuffed with nuts and blue cheese and awesome crab cakes. Next was velvety asparagus soup and an above par wedge salad with crispy proscuitto. Then we split the catfish. Wow! Have they ever elevated that fish. Must be coated in panko and ground pecans, so incredibly good, under $14 and plenty to split! Finished with a key lime tart that was just perfect. My only problem all night was that I couldn't fit it all in. Can't wait to go back and bring out of town guests.
White tablecloths tell you everything – Hattie's relies on "tradition" to create an exclusionary environment that smacks of discrimination. We had a reservation, but our party of 4 representing 3 different races was seated at the worst table in the restaurant when there were vacant tables in better locations. After an uncomfortable meal that was mediocre at best, we left feeling like we had experienced the worst of the "Deep South Tradition".
Great Business Lunch – This place is a wonderful place for a business lunch. Walking in you realize how bright and open the restaurant is. It is decked out with white everywhere and yellow flowers accenting spaces here and there. The bar area is separated from the restaurant by an open doorway where the host greets you. This day the host was a tall gentlemen who was not so friendly but he was effiecient. When we were seated we were promptly served water and wonderful sourdough bread by the slice. Orders were taken where I chose the chicken salad sandwich and sweet potato fries. The sandwich was delicious, sweet, well seasoned and no over done with mayo. The sweet potato fries were the best I've had. Sweet potato fries are difficult to cook and get crispy, but they got it. The menu had good selection and was well priced. Two people could get out for less than $20. A great meal and okay service. I'm looking forward to going back for dinner.
love the pecan crusted catfish! – Hatties is my favorite restaurant ever! My idea of the perfect meal is the tomato basil soup with grilled cheese wedges, fried green tomatoes, then off to the delectible pecan crusted catfish. Then it is on to desert with the amazing bread pudding. The atmosphere is simply elegant and very inviting. The service is wonderful. I highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion or anytime you just want the best dinning experience of your life. I'll be there soon, you can count on it!
Feeling Pampered and Relaxed – Every trip to Dallas would not be complete without a visit to Hattie's. The owners Tony and Hal work tirelessly to insure your every need is met. The enticing mixture of simple elegance with bistro cuisine creates an atmosphere of relaxed indulgence. Each course is a true delight!
To round out your experience be sure to sample the fine selection of wines and aperitifs, and of course the wondrous deserts!
Reservations are recommended!
Great reservation place! – Hattie's is a wonderful dining experience. It is a place that is best suited with an advance reservation. I have read many reviews here that talk about having to wait, etc....make a reservation! We recently had a group of 10 dine here and had a wonderful experience (again when planned ahead this location is ideal of a larger group). The service was impeccable. Our server was fantastic and patient as we quizzed him about several of the dishes. The pulled pork with low country grits continues to be my favorite dish at this restuarant. Everyone in our group was satisfied and commented on what a great night we had. I would recommend this restaurant highly.
casual schick – I am no sure what some of these people are talking about. I have eaten at Hattie's tons of times, and I have never experienced anything that I wouldn't expect at any other restaurant, If I go to a restaurant without a reservation I expect to WAIT. If someone is going to review a restaurant I expect them to have common sense. I worked in restaurants for years, and often the restaurant wasn,t full however people who had the for thought to make a RESERVATION had dibs on those tables. So before you write a scathing review about a long wait at the door, you could replace your sarcasim with a well placed call to the reservation desk (BEFORE HAND)
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