703 McKinney Ave Ste 150, Dallas, TX | Directions 7520232.783812 -96.809624
Victory Park's true neighborhood pub! – I've been trying to make it out to this little Dutch pub I heard so much about for the last two months and I'm glad I finally did. Some friends and I decided to visit Rembrandt's before going to the House of Blues for a concert (I read the cafe had free parking!). I was pleasantly surprised when we walked into the place on a Saturday night. Immediately the atmosphere felt inviting and welcoming. The place was a lot bigger than I expected, yet it felt cozy. We sat at the bar where the bartender made a suggestion to try one of the European beers they have on tap.
They have a great selection of beers, wines and liquor, including Absinthe with the actual "worm wood". The bartender poured me one using the traditional method which includes a slotted spoon and a sugar cube.
Then I proceeded to ask what he would recommend on the menu. Following his suggestion I ordered the seafood chowder (home made) and had the Dutch burger as entree. My friends ordered the tenderloin and fish and chips. The food was fantastic (better than you expect from a pub). After dinner I had a freshly made cappuccino. Then I switched to beer. I was going for a Hoegaarden, but the bartender told me that they don't carry that anymore and offered me a substitute.
There was a variety of different people of different ages present and a lot of them seemed to be regular patrons, all with one thing in common; they seemed to be having a good time.
After a while someone who I assumed was the manager or owner came up to us to see if we were doing alright and asked us if this was our first visit to Rembrandt's. He mentioned that they were planning on booking some live music soon.
We enjoyed our visit and I believe that this hidden treasure could be the new non-pretentious neighborhood pub of the Victory Park area. It's right by the House of Blues and not too far from the American Airlines Center. Great place to go before and after a show/game. And hey, the free parking is a plus!
Bad service – I only read good things about this place and decided to go on a double date there with another couple. It was 5:30 on a Saturday evening. We ordered a few beers and beef carpaccio as our appetizer. It was tasteless and could have used more dressing for the greens. The beef tenderloin was small, but tender and good mushroom gravy. The ribs were bland. The meat tasted like a bad fridge taste. It did not taste fresh at all. The onion soup was good, but not many onions or cheese in it. It was mostly liquid. The caesar salad had way too much dressing on it. You could not see any green! The waitress said she was the owner and we were surprised because we would have expected exceptional service from the owner. The food took over 40 mins to arrive at our table with no apology from the waitress/owner. There was only two other tables in the restaurant when we arrived. Other guests looked impatient as well. Service was slow and inattentive, the food took way too long for an almost empty restaurant, the waitress was not well-informed of what was good on the menu and did not describe or try to sell the best items, when we asked a question to the waitress/owner, her replies were short and rude. The time spent waiting for the waitress/owner to arrive back to our table with the credit card slip seemed endless. We walked up to the bar to pick it up. It was a unanimous decision that we will not return there nor recommend it to any of our friends. Very disappointed.
Great little dutch restaurant/pub – This is a great little hole in the wall with great atmosphere and great food. The beer is cheap with happy hour until 9pm which made my german beer 3.50 (my gf's ace pear was also 3.50). The food was great, the included salad showed no hint of iceberg and was bursting with fresh greens and topped neatly if not eclecticly with a sliver of orange. The beef sateh was delicious(although i must admit it was my first time to have the dish). We elected for the "chef's choice" for our dessert and were rewarded with a fruit medley topped with a slice of dark chocolate and whipped cream. Ronny, the owner, was our server and you got the feeling that he put himself into the place (like the little after-dinner chocolates with pictures of Rembrandt paintings on them which he has his parents send him from holland).
Great place to have a party! – I had my birthday party at Cafe Rembrandt and it turned out really great! We had a party of 26 and were able to reserve the whole upstairs of the bar and restaurant for the evening. My friends and I enjoyed the banquet style food setting and the staff's excellent customer service. We had beef sateh and baby back ribs. WOW!! Everything was prepared right and was loved by my guest! No wonder why we've all return to hang out there.
I highly recommend trying out the "walk in the woods" shots! It comes in a pretty sage green color and taste like watermelon juice!!!
Dutch Grand Cafe Has A Lot To Offer – I stopped in to this tucked away gem for the first time to have lunch. The decoration is straight from Holland... the yellow walls lend warmth and a collection of Dutch antiques lines the wall closest to the kitchen. Directly in view when you walk into the restaurant is giant reproduction of one of Rembrandt's seminal works on canvas: Night Watch. The theme is consistent and quite well done.
On my first visit, I ordered the beef croquette. It was served with freshly ground mustard and frites that evoked memories of European vacations. The beef was seasoned perfectly and the mustard had more nose tingling credibility than I was expecting. I finished off my meal with a coffee made from the shining machine at the end of the bar and smoked a cigarette sitting on the patio.
The service was attentive and the food arrived promptly and exactly as ordered. I have since returned to Cafe Rembrandt quite regularly and now enjoy the bar even more than the excellent food. The owner, Holland native Ronnie Smeink, has missed no detail in setting up a wonderful place to eat and drink.
The pricing on the menu is reasonable and represents excellent value for the quality of the food served and the atmosphere that it is served in.
What a joke of bar – I have been to this place two seperate times now. Once for lunch on a monday and once for a drink mid-week, happy hour. Talk about a joke. There was nobody there either time. The time we went for lunch it seemed more important for the server to talk to the other employees than it was us to take care of us, the guests. A big disappointment for what seems to be a neat place. The manager did speak with us and he seemed very polite, but that doesnt make up for the lack of service and attentiveness by the staff. At one point the gentleman behind the bar even came by our table to see if there was anything we needed. Too bad our server couldnt be more attentive. I wont be back.
Great place to check out!! – Not only is this a beautifully decorated bar/restaraunt the food is really good. Its very much like an Amsterdam style bar. The patio had live music the night we were there and it sounded really good. and it was during happy hour!! Make sure to check this place out anytime. Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour too! Great food to go along with the atmosphere!
Awesome Place to Hang Out – This place is awesome! I loved it the owners are real Europeans who definately got the ambiance down. Love it! I think its a great place to start happy hour!
Editorial Review – Dutch restaurant in the Dallas brewing building dishes authentic specialties and happy hour prices.
Absolute Must Try! Great atmosphere, food and service! – Finally something different in Dallas. The sandwiches are wonderful, quick in and out for lunch and the patio is perfect for relaxing after work. Parking is a breeze, also easy to eat and then walk over to catch a game at the AAC. The atmosphere has a real European feel and the staff is very friendly. Must try!
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