Dallas >Food & Dining > Craft Dallas
2440 Victory Park Ln, Dallas, TX | Directions 7521932.788621 -96.809174
Neighborhoods: Oak Lawn
The entire dining experience was like a finely choreographed performance, The BEST SERVICE in Dallas by far. – As my guest and I entered the restaurant we were greeted with a warm welcome and a bright smile from the Maitre d? followed by one of the Managers, after being escorted to a table we were very impressed by the hospitality, manor, and overall attitudes of the entire staff. I would have to say with the first impression and analysis of the staff and restaurant it was like a thriving, adapting, and progressing team of talented individuals who work at Craft Dallas.
First course: The yellowfin tuna; which was cubed very small and coated in a citrus sauce, which was artistically placed on a small rectangle plate. The yellowfin tuna was a deep ruby red and pink in color. The texture and taste of this dish was delicate but creamy at the same time then the finish flavors were a as acidic citrus which only made the tuna dissolve on you tongue so fast that you wanted to get another bite of yellowfin tuna back to your mouth.
For entree: We ordered the Maine diver scallops, apple wood smoked bacon and mushroom risotto, and the gnocchi. As the entrees went on the table I noticed the scallops right off there were three of them which were a golden brown on top, and were a delightful tasty tidbit from the sea that were spongy to the touch but melted like butter in your mouth. The smoked apple wood bacon and mushroom risotto was thick and creamy in texture with a smoky finish.
For dessert, we ordered a lemon tart and chocolate chip cookies.
We were very impressed and I can say everytime I eat at Craft Dallas the consistency, preparation, appearance, and taste is phenomenal
NOT happy – i was very excited to drive into dallas to experience the "craft experience" only to be let down in a waste of time way. i could've saved the time, gas and money to have a wonderful meal here in austin. the front of the house service was great, our waiter so-so, and the food alright. Nothing special. the worst dish was the sea bass. was not flakey, skin was tough and rubbery and a lil fishy. the mushroom assortment was bland yet salty, didn't make sense to me either! :P And worst of all the waiter didn't care if we were unhappy. maybe next time i will travel to nyc, where people tell me it's fab. but i am not so sure.
Great food, great service – I went to the Dallas outpost of the original Craft Restaurant in New York City. Tom Colicchio has really worked his magic. The food here is creative, elegant and delicious. The waitstaff was highly attentive. The food is served family style and meant to share. While simple, the dishes were amazing and brought together some of the best flavors from around the world. I dined on Kobe Beef Skirt Steak, Scallops, Heirloom Beans Salad, Heirloom Squash and Roasted Mushrooms. All of the dishes were awesome, save the Heirloom Squash. It wasn't bad, per se, but it just didn't measure up to everything else on the menu. Finally, I finished the night off by sharing a Chocolate Cake with Fermented Berries. Phenomenal.
I highly recommend trying out this restaurant, though don't go with an empty wallet. You'll need some cash, and you could quite possibly leave with empty pockets. My opinion, well worth the experience.
Terrible Brunch – My friends and I go to brunch almost every weekend and we wanted to try something special for a birthday. We heard that Craft did brunch and we were very excited. However, we were extremely dissapointed. My egg sandwich did not have the promised blue cheese, which was the whole reason i ordered it! Then, they charged me when I asked for some. The duck confit hash browns, were packaged, frozen hashbrowns (the kind that are perfectly square and soggy) and the duck confit was two little pieces ontop that didn't even taste like duck. On the up side, the pancakes were huge and fluffy, but you can get the same quality at the Original Pancake House. Overall, the restaurant was beautiful, but the food was dissapointing. The service was okay, but we were one of the only tables. It all seemed like bad hotel breakfast food. Your better off at Breadwinners or Trece.
Reputation saved, thanks to Craft! – After a 75-minute wait for a reserved table the night before, I phoned Craft to make sure our group of 12 would be seated on arrival. Of course, they said: ours is a high class restaurant. And so it was. Our table was waiting (this in spite of a huge convention in town) and we sat down to an outstanding and varied meal. The approach is different: You choose from a list of foods and decide how each is to be prepared. They are served "family style." The selection of foods and styles of preparation had us thinking, but everyone got into it. We had a great evening and my reputation as a judge of restaurants was restored, thanks to Craft.
Bad Food, Bad Service – When you are going to spend 100 dollars per person on dinner, you expect delicious food, and impeccable service right?
Not the case with Craft.
The food was way below par. We had 2 different salads that were very plain and not tasty, the NY strip was inedible, it was as if the meat had gone bad. The Sole with lemon sauce was average but that is not hard to mess up. The side dishes: Sweet potatoes- had a weird spice on them, although they looked nice with the carmelized marshmallows. Pumpkin Ravioli- the pasta part was hard and undercooked, the filling was too sweet. Spinach- too much lemon.
The only thing that was good was their homeade pineapple sorbet.
The service was so slow, had to ask 3 times to get them to bring me hot tea.
The whole dining experience took over 3 and a half hours.
I do not recommend this place to anyone. If you want to spend top dollar stick with Hibiscus, Bob's, Abacus, where the food is much better, and the service is too.
Pretty. Lacking. – Like the rest of the W - over-rated.
Chestnut soup was creative, but too sweet. Salmon mostly good, but center temperature was too cool - let the fish rest a little before cooking or cook at lower temperature. Braised short rib over-cooked - it's a robust meat and needed some more texture. Bacon and Abalone Risotto was gaggingly oversalted. Assorted mushrooms were great and even though it was just a side-dish, the best plate of the evening. Waiter added someone else's drinks to my bill in error.
Great space and good effort, but expensive for what you get and I would say really not up to "Top Chef" standards.
Extremely disappoint – My boyfriend and I want to this restaurant before heading to the Ghost Bar and were looking forward to this place. The decor and atmosphere was fantastic. The food on the other was the worst food that I ever had at the price we had to pay. The sea bass, potatoes, and salmon where the blandest foods that I ever had. The froi gras was not up to par. We we extremely disappointed and would not recommend this place to anyone.
Great concept, a bit inconsistent – ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL PLACE!!!! I really think this will be the first NY restaurant to make it in Dallas. Not expecially because of the food - more because of the way the menu is set up to encourage sharing and everyone ordering different things and passing the plates. We've been there a couple times with 6 - 10 people and it is always fun to order a bunch of differnt things and pass it around. The food was not as consistently stellar as I wanted it to be. Only about 25% of the things we had were off the charts. Most items were in the good but not great category which is really good for most restaurants but a little disappointing for Craft. It is very expensive but we will go back with larger groups to enjoy the sharing!
Tasty brunch with beautiful decor! – My boyfriend and I stayed the night at the W and decided to catch brunch at Craft. The food was tasty, the service was nice, and most of all the decor was gorgeous! You have to stop by to see that alone. Not to mention, the livingroom bar downstairs has a small menu of Craft items that are yummy as well.
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