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Barter Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barteruptown.com
  • Phone: (214) 969-6898
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Thursday - Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Steak, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Dilda
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Flavorful dining options, gracious service, and attentiveness to detail are to be expected, no matter how large or small the occasion. Options include the Private Dining Area, the Dining Room, Communal Table, the Bar Area, Patio and Skyline Terrace.
  • Private Party Contact: Brooke Williams-Ahlberg (214) 953-7682

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hall St
  • Public Transit: The McKinney Avenue Trolley stops at the front door. The Cityplace Dart Rail station is 1/2 mile away.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available for $5.00, directly in front on McKinney Ave.
    Free self-parking in garage (entrance is on Hall Street; validation required.)
A word from Barter
Winner of the 2014 Tastemaker Awards for Best New Restaurant: Barter's executive chef Andrew Dilda and consulting chef Tim Love offer a menu that honors Dallas¹ culinary traditions and flavors, turning to the city and its
diversity as a muse to inspire a decidedly Dallas take on contemporary
Texan cuisine. Along with an award winning bar program by Rocco Milano.


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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "The brunch menu had several selections that were a bit off the beaten path. Food was served promptly and very warm. The entertainment was provided by a local musician that we have seen several times, Goga Denisov."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Pretty decent food. Great unique drink selection and cocktails. Somewhat limited menu items though. Similar to Stampede 66, just without the Stephen Pyles flair. Overall a good pick when they don't run out of certain menu items."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Very quiet at 2 pm but loved the decor/ambience menu was as interesting as I have seen in awhile. Fish Tostado a must... Grilled green Beans too."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We had high expectations but were very disappointed. The menu sounded promising, but the food didn't deliver. The noise level was loud enough that we had to yell across the table."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The menu wasn't that significant, it had a couple of interesting choices but nothing really stood out. It's a place you might want to try once. The drink menu was impressive."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We loved this restaurant! The food was great! We had the Hamberger and crab tacos great! Our waiter Doug was fantastic! We was very personable and assertive. He had great recommendations and always checking on us. Our drinks were always refilled. I really like that. I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "When the waiter tells you it is spicy trust him. I love spicy and so was pleasantly surprised. If you don't like spicy tell your waiter they will guide you to the milder dishes. It was a spectacular fireworks of taste bud busting meal for me."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This place was AMAZING!!! The food was great, the cocktails were delicious and creative; I would highly recommend it :)"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "It's on McKinney, cool part of town, lots of people out and about....the food just wasn't great and I love Tom Love. Our server was strange to be honest. Just got a weird vibe from him, like he didn't want us to be in his section or we were annoying him by asking questions. My girlfriend and I both left the restaurant wanting...The drinks were fine but for $100 meal we shouldn't be so disappointed."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Had the Poutine, Crispy Black Bass, and Berry Cobbler for dessert. It had an interesting cocktail menu, the basil cooler was refreshing. Everything was very tasty, well prepared, and cleanly presented. The poutine was enough to share. The Crispy Black Bass was nice and light. This was accompanied with a wild green salad which complimented the fish. Was there on a Tuesday night, which appear to be a slow night for the main dining area. The bar was constantly packed with people and seemed to be lively. The main restaurant has a modern rustic look. Service was spot on, helpful and efficient, but not intrusive. The 4 person tables have a tendancy to tip over, but I understand that issue is being remedied. All in all a nice evening."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "On the Saturday night we were there, they were out of several entrees on their menu at 8:00 o'clock (which our server didn't tell us until we were ready to order those items). But in his defense, he was very apologetic. Later the manager came by also to apologize. She comped desserts for all three of us and in addition, gave us each a gift card for a future visit. We will definitely give it a second try."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were there early and very surprised to find that they were "sold out" of several items (only a couple of other tables there when we arrived) the most surprising being the deviled egg appetizer. Seemed kind of early in the evening for things to be "sold out" Lamb shoulder had to be sent back as it was undercooked, once fully cooked was good. BBQ Shrimp and biscuit were good. Desserts were good, generous portions. The most attentive person was the one refilling the water, we had to ask for the waiter a couple of times."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The experience left me underwhelmed. Service was slow. Our server was adequate, just absent most of the evening. The food was good, but I expected more from Tim Love. I would go back, but with lower expectations."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Brought my girlfriend and parents to Barter for the gf's birthday and everyone had a great time. First off, the bartenders are fantastic! They are true bartenders who know what they're doing and can make some truly awesome drinks! After a few drinks, we went and sat down. The service was great, the environment was fun and laid back, and the food was very good. The menu is pretty interesting. They have quite a range of dishes to choose from. Whether it's poutine with pork, soft-shell crab fajitas, pork shanks, you name it... they'll have something for you. I'll be returning and recommending this place. Well done."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Loved the Poutine, my Canadian friends said it's one of the best they have had in the states! The drinks were great, loved the bloody Mary's! The brunch items, not so much. All of the brunch items we low on protein, lots of potatoes and rice. My friend ordered a dish with chicken wings and the meaty part of the wings were removed, strange. I will go back, but will stick with the regular menu items."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was my first dining experience at Barter. The location is great with very nice outdoor seating, minus the initially very loud music. My friend and I moved seats and they eventually turned it down. Our waiter unfortunately greeted us with a frown...perhaps because the lunch crowd was dead at 1p or perhaps he was having a rotten day. I had the wedge salad, which was a large portion. There was far too much dressing, and it wasn't tangy enough for my preference. If you are gluten-sensitive, this is probably not the best place for you. Most menu items included something fired or with bread. The entrees were also quite pricey ($20+) even for lunch. The design of the space is gorgeous, but the food options probably won't entice me to return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great ambiance! We enjoyed the food, cocktails and live music as well! Our only complaint is that our waiter was terrible. He was difficult to understand, not familiar with the specials (or couldn't verbalized them), wasn't on top of providing silverware or drinks etc. It was also impossible getting someone on the phone prior to arriving. Other than that, we really thought Barter had a cool vibe and really enjoyed the live music! Hopefully, they will improve the service and bring it up to the standard they are trying to achieve."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Good food, good service, amazing live music = great experience"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great vibe, excellent food and service. I'm going back!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The large table of 20 next to us ruined the evening for my 3 dining companions because we were in the backroom and you could not hear anything with this annoying and very loud group. But thankfully the food helped make a bad evening less bad. Server tried his best to provide great service. A suggestion to the restaurant might be to hold groups to no more than 10 in the back room. Its just too small for a loud large group. We enjoyed the food and as soon as we got done we got out and went next door and sat outside at the bar at Del Frisco Grill so we could talk and actually enjoy each others company. I would try it again but never in the back room with a large group."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We chose to eat lunch here today due to the 1000 pt. table offered through OpenTable. We were certainly sorry we did. Horrific traffic and parking conditions. We ordered tenderloin sandwich and pulled pork sandwich, and would rate them both a 5 or 6 out of 10. Server was nice, but certainly forgettable. When asked about what flavor of iced tea the restaurant served, the response was "just Lipton." Hostess was friendly, but not enough to save this bad experience. 1000 pts or not, we won't be back. Sorry."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "For lunch I had BLT and chips, the bread was to greasy and way to much salty bacon. BLT should be light and fresh sandwich not greasy and salty like burger. But manager did resolved the issue and brought me a salad instead because they didn't want me to leave hungry, so I'll give them that. Good job on service but need to step up with a better lunch menu over all. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I went with two colleagues for lunch on a weekday, and it was completely dead. Including us there were only a total of 5 tables filled throughout the entire prime lunch hour. I was puzzled given the restaurant's location and its fairly nice decor (upscale southern), until we got our food. I won't say it was bad, but it was mediocre at best. Dishes that sounded like they should be delicious were disappointing. There are so many restaurants in uptown where the food is outstanding that I'm not optimistic this place will be around for long."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Extremely disappointed in quality of our meal even down to the hamburger ham-'d cheese sandwich and eggs. One person out of 5 enjoyed their lunch and that was the soft shell crab fajitas. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The service and restraint was nice just don't order the rack of lamb. Paid $30+$10 parking and it was all fat and gristle maybe got 3 bits of meat which tasted like raw meat when I ordered it medium rare."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We did a last minute reservation just looking for a good place to eat prior to attending a theater show, and what a nice surprise. The food and service were amazing!!! We will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We were really anticipating a great evening. I ordered the lamb chops which could easily been split with my friend who ordered the same. Someone else ordered the Twin Pasta which was very unappetizing looking and the sausage hard, the chicken thigh part of the dish was very good. Our fourth diner ordered the hamburger with a number of sides, all left uneaten. The carrot french fries were charred and not tasty, the brussel sprouts were just okay. Disappointing."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Great local grown food! My cocktail was so good!! Good service and decent prices for the quality "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Barter is a great place to grab dinner and drinks. Also had an amazing waiter!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Perfect uptown location and great food to match. Bad server experience is my only complaint. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Went to Barter this past Sunday for brunch and it was wonderful. The live music was amazing and the service was outstanding. After eating we moved outside to the front patio for some sun and more drinks. Highly recommended to anyone."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Food / Menu is inventive and exciting. Shrimp Toast were perfectly pan fried and delicious. Fun Brunch offerings. Service could use some tightening up!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "My pasta was extremely salty, also the server was trying to attend to us but was extremely busy so felt really rushed. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Thank you Rocco and team! From the Vespers to the recommendations beginning to end, our experience was outstanding. Soft crab tacos, delicious. Branzino delightful! Fun trendy spot, great bar with hand crafted coctails. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had been to Barter recently just for drinks and thought we should come back to try their food. Big mistake....the food was so bad we will never be back. The Twin Pasta was so salty that we could barely eat it. The Crispy Branzoni was very bland. The recommended moonpie dessert was more marshmallow than chocolate or peanut butter. The rootbeer float that came with it was undrinkable. We were very disappointed."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "food was excellent, service was extremely slow, long wait for no busy night. as a consequence prices feel high."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The host and the service was great. I had a big group, so it was sometimes slow, but everyone was patient, friendly and accommodating. The food though, was not so great. And no one in my group thought it was worth the high prices. My food had very little taste, which is heard when it involves bacon. The drink list though seemed awesome. I was there for a work lunch so couldn't order a drink but I'll definitely go back and check out their bar scene. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Barter is a great place to entertain clients and I am looking forward to bringing my husband for dinner!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Menu was exciting. Had trouble picking which entrees to order. Food was excellent except Chili less classic more like Chili con Carne. Service was attentive and informative. Bloody Mary was delicious. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We took some friends of ours that were in from out of town to Barter and we were very impressed. The restaurant has a very cool vibe and décor, almost like a speak easy feel. The glasses our drinks were served in were unique and added to the experience. As far as food goes, it was fantastic! We each ordered a different dish and shared. (the food: the proprietary burger, gulf snapper, striped bass tostado, barter salad). We will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014