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4514 Travis St Ste 1214, Dallas, TX | Directions 7520532.822004 -96.790734
Mon-Thu 11:30am-2pm, 6pm-10pm;
Fri-Sat 11:30am-2pm, 6pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Oak Lawn
Mediocre food and appalling service – I brought my wife to L'Ancestral for our two year anniversary. The food was mediocre and the service appalling. Although the escargot was worth trying, both of our entrees were over-salted. Additionally, the vegetables and scallops were over-cooked. The french fries were nothing special either.
Regarding the service, we were offered neither a wine list nor desert. After ordering the unsatisfactory house-wine, we were not asked whether we wanted another glass or cared to try something different with our entrees. We were not asked whether the food was satisfactory. Despite there being only three other groups of people in the restaurant, my wife had to ask for water multiple times, which was only brought to her after a long wait. On top of that, we were not treated respectfully. Like a previous reviewer, I can say that I have never been treated so poorly at a restaurant (even in Spain, France and Germany, where I lived for a time.) It was as if our waiter did not want us to enjoy ourselves or return again.
Since we were well-dressed, quiet, and polite, my only thought as to why we received such poor service has to do with our age. I am 23 and my wife is 22. Perhaps L'Ancestral does not wish to have young people return to their restaurant, which, really, is disheartening, especially in view of the disappointing food. If you are young or wish to avoid unwarranted pretension, go to one of the many surrounding restaurants.
Excellent French Food, Stellar Service – The best French cuisine I've had in the states. From the moment we walked in the door, the atmosphere was authentic, and relaxing. No overdecorated Americanized version of what a French restaurant should be. The owner and staff all French and extremely helpful and charming. My lamb was cooked to perfection in a sauce that wasn't too heavy but instead was just right and wonderful w/ the Chateauneuf Du Pape. After dinner they brought out a dessert liqueur that was frozen into a block of ice for our anniversary. Incredible. If we lived in Dallas we would go to this restaurant every weekend. Jacques from Cannes is welcome at our table in Houston any time he wants. Thank you L'Ancestral for a memorable dinner. It's hard to find these days.
Best filet ever – The Savoy room has some of the best food in Milwaukee. I've taken many out of town clients (from California to New York) there for dinner and the result is always the same - they rave about the filet (which I usually recommend they try) and the atmosphere. It is especially enchanting if you are familiar with the restaurant's history. I rate this restaurant as one of the best in the business
Terrible Service! – My boyfriend took me here for our first time the Friday night before this past Valentine's Day. It was not very busy, maybe 5 other tables were seated. Upon greeting our table it was obvious that the snobby waiter felt we were too inferior for kind and friendly service. He did not go over specials, hardly wanted to take our drink order, then when we asked what he recommended on the menu he basically (and very rudely) said order whatever the hell you want. He did not check on us once during dinner nor did he offer dessert. Perhaps if we had been sitting with the loud group of homosexuals at the table next to us we would have been more accepted by the stuck up waiter.
disapointed – While the food was some of the best I have had in a long time, I must say the service was obviously better for the "obvious regulars" and was even a bit haughty. It took me asking three times to get more bread and when I inquired about an item on the menu, I was told that I should order it so I would not have to ask what it was if I EVER went to a French restaurant again. And then didn't even explain what it was., I had to ask him again and explain I wanted to know what it was. We were the second table of the evening and received much worse service than those regulars who came in. Think twice about a relaxing, fun evening out if you want to feel welcome.
Crispy frites and great steak tartare – L'ancestral is an old school super French restaurant. All the classics are here - soupe a l'oignon, steak tartare, leeks in vinaigrette ect. The food here is consistently good, although I wish they would change the preparation of their side vegetables (usually overcooked and mushy). I eat here a lot and usually order the steak tartare with a side of their perfect crispy frites, soupe a l'oignon, or the lamb chops. The house-made pate is very good too. Save room for the chocolate tarte which is wonderfully rich and smooth.
The service is friendly and professional, although they shouldn't make the servers wear those awful faux tuxedo aprons. The dining room needs some updating as it's a bit rough around the edges, but the prices are reasonable and the food is good.
This is the place to come if you have a hankering for some old school comfort French food. I used to live in Paris and this is where I like to get my fix.
Piaf would be at home! – This IS French cooking. Quiet and chic, though no dress code, L'Ancestral is always my choice for a special occasion dinner. Alain, Jacques and Ken are great hosts and the service is formal but not stuffy. I've lived in France several times, and this is the nearest to France that you'll find in Dallas. A great wine selection, too. If wine selection frightens you, ask your waiter for suggestions. Perfect dining option for the romantic in everybody's heart!
If you love France or have never even been this is a visit to the true French countryside. – Now I can go to the French countryside anytime! LAncestral is as authentic French as you can get in Dallas. Even the owner that greets you at the door has a beautiful French accent. It is clear that the wait staff, chef and owner all take pride in this gem of a restaurant. The straw cones on the wall depict the French country side and the beautiful surroundings are tastefully elegant, but not too formal, so you really feel comfortable in or out of a coat and tie here. The French onion soup was a true base and unlike any other found outside of France. Service excellent! Food excellent! The owner a true French man (Warm, inviting, divine ) that puts the stuffy reputation of the French to shame!. A MUST FOR YOUR SPECIAL OCCASIONS! Try them for a romantic dinner as well or a refined business lunch ( it will truly impress!).
Casual elegance permeates this venerable country French restaurant nestled in the Knox-Henderson area. – The Scene
Loyal clientele have eaten here since 1983, a rarity among Dallas restaurants. Even the original chef and waitstaff are in tact. The dining room displays the grandeur of a decaying country manor and the stone patio is dotted with mature greenery. This is a quiet, informal place where older, moneyed Dallas goes to savor the mellow mood and reliable cuisine.
This isn't the sauce-laden food most Americans think of as French. Simple herbs and fresh ingredients delight the palate. French onion soup is superior, with flavorful broth and smooth cheese. Tender artichoke hearts marinated in garlic and olive oil are ideal starters. Superb entrees include lamb tenderloin sauteed with mint and cognac, or grilled orange roughy with lime-and-dill sauce. Caramel and custard lovers will swoon over pot de crème au caramel. Vanilla ice cream with liqueur is sweet and refreshing.
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