Dallas >Food & Dining > Abacus
4511 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX | Directions 7520532.821622 -96.788275
Monday To Thursday From 06:00 PM To 10:00 PM Friday To Friday From 06:00 PM To 11:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Oak Lawn
Abacus—Tasteful Art! – We love the design of this place.. and the design of everything they present. Tastes so so SO good! This is one of the most respected and best downtown restaurants in Dallas P-E-R-I-O-D. My friends esteem all people who work here. Is it expensive? Yes, like so many on its level. Do they earn their way to the top of your list through hard work, attention to detail and excellence? Yes. Chef Kent Rathbun is a warmhearted, disciplined and extremely creative commander. Hey, he has got to be to keep pulling it off as he consistently does year after year. His following will tell you this as well. Kent is a sharpshooter that aims to please and he even opens up his lovely home for his guests.. as well as his Texas-sized-generous heart. (I only mean sharpshooter as he goes for perfection in several areas and seems to attain it). Give it a try, but be careful ’cause it's romantic to the hilt!
Eclectic five-star dining in a stylish atmosphere on McKinney. – The Scene
The open layout includes plush indigo carpets, champagne-colored walls and burnt-orange ceilings, creating an urbane and chic canvas. Miro-inspired fabrics cloak semicircular booths. Fresh orchids, sexy lighting and noise-effacing fabrics make for intiate dining, even on a packed Monday night.
Lobster-scallion shooters are a signature; fried lobster dumpling and warm red chili-coconut sake sauce, downed in one shot. The ahi tuna roll is presented in a beautiful yin-yang pattern. Corvina sea bass on vegetable couscous excels; the crisp outer edge and delicate meat sing with chive oil and crisp vegetables. Beef with lemongrass is spicy and sensuous, marrying skinny rice noodles with chili-basted prawns and asparagus. Mac and cheese with truffle oil and prosciutto is mandatory.
Great food and service – I called for a last minute reservation for an hour later. The hostess asked if it was for a special occasion and it was for my husband's birthday. We were seated promptly and the waiter was very nice. We had the lobster shooters (which are ok) but the Duck 3 ways was the best dish I've ever had. I would go there just to eat that (but I just saw on their new menu that they don't have it). even my husband who hates duck, loved it. It's been awhile since we were there so i don't remember what the entrees were but i know we had no problems with them. the service was attentive. then they bought out a free dessert for my husband's birthday and also they printed a menu with "happy birthday Kevin" on it with Trey's signature(he was the chef who was on Top Chef). I thought it was a very nice touch, since a month before we went to Shinsei, where the other Top Chef contestant works, and it was such a horrible experience.
Great food, good service – This was a very solid dining experience. We had several appetizers, including some interesting salads and really good foie gras. The steak I had was very tasty, with a truffle mashed potato that was good, but the texture wasn't quite where I'd want it. Their lamb was out of this world and the other sides were top notch.
Service was very good, if once or twice a little inattentive. But nothing we had any problems with. Great help with the wine -- they actually gave us a bit better bottle for the same price as the one I ordered. It all made for a very nice night out and highly recommended.
The best in Dallas – My wife and I ventured to Abacus after seeing Trey on Top Chef. It was an instant for winner for us. We especially loved their nine course wine pairing, which was phenomenal. We love it considering it is high end, the food is fantastic and we can dress to the nines if we want, but we can also dress down a bit as well. This is one of our staples when we want to be pampered.
Disappointed........ – I thought about it for a week, but after a second try at Abacus, I have to share my disappointing experience. Scenario: party of 8, friendly greeting by manager to birthday girl, great wine service by our waiter. Then the 30 minute wait till our orders were taken. The 40 minutes till our "small plates" came out. And they were small. How about 1 ravioli and 1 small link of meat for $16-18? Then the 50 minute wait till our "big plate". Overcooked, small portion, and salty sauce masked the natural flavor of the sea bass. I've never had sea bass so well done.
I guess being a foodie, I expected a returned trip to Abacus to be memorable and food worthy of a 5 start title. I think management should focus on the timing and quality of their dishes more.
Old Standby – My wife and I have been going for many years and it is always good. We have never been disappointed here. Of course you have to get the Lobster shooters.
Wonderful evening! – We're new to the area and our favorite thing to do is to go out to eat. This restaurant was recommended from our waiter at Truluck's (which I don't recommend) who used to be a concierge. I always look up a restaurant before I go and read the reviews. I have to confirm that it was sensational! We usually go to five star rated restaurants as well as the other reviewer and I don't know what she's talking about when she says, in so many words, that it doesn't live up to it's reputation. The ambience was elegant, the server was knowledgeable and very discreet, and the food was delicious. We had the Sunday roll for appetizer. As a lady, one of the things I hate about sushi is that the pieces are too big for my mouth and it's usually hard to cut the pieces. I could cut these pieces in half with a fork with ease and put it in my mouth and actually enjoy it and feel like the lady that I am instead of looking like I'm eating a golf ball. My husband ordered the recommended ribeye with blue cheese, and since I believe you should always order something different so you can try more of the menu, I ordered the seabass. Both were presented well and very, very good. The meat was tender and juicy and the seabass was light and filling. Neither needed more seasoning which is always a sign of a good cook. The atmosphere was not too loud and it felt like we could talk without the table next to us hearing our conversation. Even though we were sat in the corner, we didn't feel like we were apart from the restaurant and forgotten about. I definitely recommend Abacus for an elegant evening knowing that you're going to get what you pay for.
Overpriced, too salty, better service at McDonalds – I had such high hopes for Abacus. I haven't talked to anyone who'd been, but I love Top Chef and wanted to check out Tre's restaurant. So, last night, my girlfriends and I decided it would be a great place to start ladies' night. We were wrong. I called ahead to see if Chef Wilcox would be working and was told he was. But we would later learn that he left before we arrived--which may explain the horrible-tasting food. When we arrived, were seated, and the waiter--an awkward, unsociable fellow--came over and offered us Lobster shots. Two of us agreed to try them. They never arrived. The waiter asked about water, and I asked for lemons. They never arrived. I settled on the salmon, and another pal chose pork. When they arrived (finally), we agreed--way too salty. I had to ask for a new fork because mine was bent out of shape. The wine was the best thing we had (but my wine glass was chipped). When another party was seated next to us, we had to wait a very long time before the waiter came over to check on us--from the time that party arrived to the time he took their order, he never so much as glanced our way. The non-English-speaking busboys were the friendliest people working there. The crowd was not exactly my cup of tea, either. Mostly blonde SMU undergraduates baring too much skin (not on the top) and men with thick necks and tight suits. I would be happy to never return there--even if Tre was my favorite this year. I hope Casey's restaurant won't be this big of a disappointment.
Great food – So my future wife and I venture out to this restaurant. I'm thinking this is a bit of a pretentious place, and as we enter the restaurant a whole sleu of people walk out so I guess I"m designated the door man for the time being. We arrive about 30 minuts earlier than our reservation, and we are PROMPTLY seated. Kudos for that. I end up ordering the crab cakes, which are to die for. Not overly dry and REAL crab meat. I have the filet medium rare, and I gotta say, it's one of the better filets I've had in the DFW area. Dessert I had the banana bread pudding. Was not too sweet just right. I would venture out there again.
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