Dallas >Food & Dining > Toulouse
3314 Knox St, Dallas, TX | Directions 7520532.824072 -96.790904
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Oak Lawn
Favorite place to eat on the patio with my puppy! – I love coming here on the weekends when the weather is nice. You can sit on the patio, enjoy the weather and your pup can come along with you. The mussels and fries are great. I also love the quiche of the day. And the salads are great too. They do get crowded and service can be slow but it's European! What do you expect. Sit, relax and enjoy the wait.
Poor service never makes up for average food (where is our waiter??) – Well, I have read several reviews on here about Cafe Toulouse and thought it would be a great place for dinner. Knowing (from the reviews) that the music may be a bit loud and there may be a wait ? they decided to give it a try.
We lucked out and were seated immediately ? that is were the luck ended. We sat for 10 min. before getting up to ask about having a waiter come to our table. I thought (Ok, honest mistake ? maybe the waiter traded a few tables with some other waiter). As he came to the table, he looked hung over. Never made eye contact with us and only came back to the table to tell us they were out of two of the items we had ordered; no ?may I recommend a substitution of?.? Or ?so sorry, let me suggest??
The food was at our table (covered in water by this time from the water boys poor aim) in less than 5 min. and after the first bite, we understood why. I think they microwaved the food and sent it out to the table ?toot-sweet?.
The food was average, at best. The hollandaise sauce tasted like it would go better on a chicken fried steak. The balance of the food was either bland, or just fair.
Before finishing our meal, the waiter slipped the check onto the table without a word ? while we were still eating!! No suggestion of coffee or desert.
The entire experience was poor. I would chalk it up to one bad waiter, had the food at least made up for the experience.
Several weeks later a friend wanted to try Cafe Toulouse for brunch and, after failing to convince them or other options, I found myself at a table in the Cafe again. This time the service was better, but still very amateur. The food this time was not rushed and was better ?prepared?, but still very bland and lifeless.
So sad that something so different from all the other offerings in the area had to miss the mark.
Superb Brunch – I have eaten brunch here about ten times, and the food, service and atmosphere are consistently excellent.
Great Patio – On a sunny, but not too warm, Saturday afternoon, Cafe Toulouses outdoor patio looked very appealing. And with complimentary valet parking, we were sold on the idea. Cafe Toulouse must be a popular weekend spot. Even at 1:00pm, there was a wait for inside seating. Since we chose outdoor seating, we were seated immediately. The brunch menu as well as the regular menu were being offered at this time.
Our waters and crusty french bread with butter came immediately after seating. I ordered the softshell crab sandwich with pomme frites and my companion ordered the orange French toast with a side of applewood smoked bacon. Our food arrived within 15 minutes of ordering.
The batter on the crab was light and crispy and the foccacia bread tasted freshly baked. One complaint though, the poblano tartare sauce on the sandwich did not really stand out, the poblano flavor wasnt at all evident. The pomme frites, on the other hand, were absolutely delighful, not too greasy, crispy and crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and lightly salted.
Served with powdered sugar, maple syrup, butter cream, and assorted fresh berries, the orange French toast was a real treat. The aroma of tangy orange reached your nose before you even took a bite. The French toast was crunchy along the edges, and soft (but not soggy) towards the center. The bacon was smokey but a little too greasy.
The atmosphere at Cafe Toulouses patio is wonderful on a good weather day for brunch, with a view of the jogging trail to the west and plenty of people/car watching along Knox Street. The menu has a good variety (especially with the combination of the brunch and regular menus) and would warrant another visit. Service was friendly and efficient, our water glasses were always refilled on time. One menu item that will stand out in my mind for a while (despite its simplicity) is the pomme frites. I may come back just for an appetizer order of those.
Love the atmosphere! – I love this place. Sure, it's noisy - but the fun kind that makes you feel you are at a party. A party with great food! The bar has nice flat screen TV that was perfect for NBA playoff games.
The risotto is one of my favorites, but the sleeper on the menu is a truly gourmet burger with fries. I don't think you can miss with any of the desserts.
The people watching isn't bad either!
Great souffle! – I very much enjoyed dining on the patio. The service was terrific and the food well prepared and delicious.
My only complaint was the noise. The music did not suit the atmosphere of the restaurant. It was very LOUD and clublike. That was not condusive to conversation at our table, nor did it enhance the feel of the French/Belgian bistro atmosphere.
User review by lucia64 – I've dined here several times and really enjoy the food. The souffle alone is worth the trip. But if you're looking for quiet conversation - skip it. The music is always turned up to club levels and although I always ask the wait staff to turn it down, they say the owner likes it this way. As the place gets busy, the noise levels rise to DFW levels as diners try to make themselves heard. So if you want wonderful food, inventive champaigne cocktails and that remarkable souffle, by all means go but best to bring someone with you whom you don't really want to talk or listen to.
Tres bon – I have been to this cafe three times and every time was enjoyable.
Below Average – My husband and I just went to lunch here and I was definately not impressed. It is a pretty place (looks like Baltazar in NYC) and I would go back for a drink on the patio but the food was not very good and the manager was argumentative when I tried to explain that I was unhappy with my meal.
Restaurateur Alberto Lombardi re-creates cafe society in Knox-Henderson neighborhood with a French-Belgian menu. – In Short
The decor is fin-de-siecle Parisian cafe: walls are trimmed with walnut wainscoting, Thonet chairs and marble-walnut tables crowd the dining area. The menu is traditional French-Belgian home cooking. There are five ways to enjoy mussels such as steamed in white wine and garlic or marinated in cilantro and lime. The trout almandine with haricot vert is a light, healthy choice. Order the chocolate souffle ahead to enjoy its rich, fluffy goodness.
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