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Barter Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barteruptown.com
  • Email: info@barteruptown.com
  • Phone: (214) 969-6898
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 11am - 3pm
  • 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
At Barter restaurant, 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


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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "food was excellent, service was extremely slow, long wait for no busy night. as a consequence prices feel high."
    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
  • "Admittedly, my husband and I visited Barter to try the food, not revel in the ambiance. We were seated next to the most obnoxious table. They were loud and disturbing the tables around them. Unfortunately the food wasn't good enough to overcome this. Truthfully, even if the environment had been more relaxed, I still would have left saying, "Meh, it was okay." The poutine did nothing to distinguish itself from the gravy-smothered fries everyone else is serving right now. The "Coke float" that came with dessert was a float in name only. More like a thimble of Coke with the odd texture of what once was ice cream. It seemed to be the first thing made in our dessert when it should have been the last."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The ribeye steak was outstanding!!!!! The fried fish was excellent!! Those were the table favorites. I will say the burger looked really good! Our service was excellent!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Had brunch outside in great weather which was fantastic. The food was good but we went for brunch and I wasn't blown away by any means. Pricey for what you pay for but they did have live music which good. There would be other brunch places I would choose first to go for brunch. Didn't get to try the regular menu."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We were very excited to dine at Barter last Saturday night as I had been to the bar previously. The dining side this particular night was very dissappointing. Our waiter (for a table of 5) missed the mark on many areas...including being friendly, having any clue on the menu both food or cocktail lists, keeping cocktails and water flowing, checking in to see if we needed anything, or just being an enthused server. Definitely seem like he had already checked out and wanted us gone. The place was not busy so would assume tips might be welcomed from us. The waiter helping t. he table next to us seemed to have gone to the same wait staff academy as he was very condescending to his table and downright rude. Atleast we didn't have him...."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I was expecting a little more of a restaurant, but it is a bar that serves a-cut-above bar food. Now I know, my mistake"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Time Love does it again in Uptown Dallas. A cool rustic setting gives life to reenergized unique takes on classic dishes. Chili Crab Fajitas, Roasted Chicken Pasta, Shrimp &Toast, and more reflect the classic Tim Love style. The charcuterie board is artfully layed out as a starter with a couple home made sausages, hand selected cheeses, and pickled fruits and veggies. Cocktails were unique and well layered to compliment the tone of the restaurant. All in all a great experience that would lend a second return to sample more of the excellent menu."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the service was great. Tito was so helpful in guiding me toward the right dishes to order according to my preferences. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great new fine dining experience."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "When think back on my life, there are the restaurants and dives that seem to blend with my soul... Those places that feel like the comfort of a warm blanket on a Sunday afternoon. Barter might just be one of those joints. If there is any piece of Texas that has invaded your soul, it will resonate when you step into the rustic but refined, casual and comfortable atmosphere. And the food... Come hungry. It's like your favorite BBQ joint had a love child with really good food festival. And the drinks... If you don't know Rocco then you don't know jack."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My husband and I love the bar at this restaurant. The craft cocktails are simply outstanding. I have never been disappointed when I have asked them to make up a drink for me. The food is also excellent. The small plates are great and my husband can't stop talking about the lamb. This place is a must try!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had a great first experience. Cocktails were amazing and the food was fresh and delicious. Love the option of ordering the small dishes as appetizers to share with the table. Large dish favorites were the chili crab fajitas and the crispy bronzini. We stayed with cocktails and never moved to wine, but all my favorites are on their list. Service was just the right amount of attention, and the timing of the food was perfect. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Awful service. Boring ambience. Average food. Not coming back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "They have the best lamb I've ever had. It isn't gamey and cooked perfectly with spices. The cocktails compliment the meal well just ask them to make you one. Go eat and drink here !"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The bar was one of the most comfortable I've been to for a drink w friends: nice decor, super comfortable barstools, attentive service. The bartender even "created" a vodks jalapeño drink I asked for. The dining room was nice. Comfortable seating & good light. We sat in front of the private room & there was an incessant beeping noise that almost caused us to leave. Our server said it was from "the projector" . Not enjoyable. Service was very attentive & we shared several small plates. Very good. Crab Fajitas were terrific. The valet dented my car & of course didn't point it out. I called Barter the next day & though the manager was "sorry" she was quick to point out that they are "totally separate" from the Valet co."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The food was not "wow" inducing, but their drinks were top notch. Everyone did enjoy their dinner, I just expected for their concept and price for it to be really awesome. However, the only notable party of my dinner was that the farm chicken thighs were oddly spicy (there was no indication for this), as was the tempura salad but that one indicated chilies, and the tenderloin sandwich was dry. The host was annoyed that we added an extra person to our reservation, though she made it work for us in the end. And our waitress seemed annoyed with us too, but the other staff that brought food /cleared the table, were all friendly. It was a mixed experience. It is a lovely, lovely spot."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This wasn't the first time I had been to Barter and it was still as amazing as the first time that I went. The hostesses are always polite and inviting as soon as you walk in. The food and service are always great and the ambiance just adds to the experience! Barter is definitely one of my favorite places in Dallas ."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Took my wife here for Valentines Day as I had heard a great review of the place on the radion by Steve Kimbell (sp?) about the drinks and the Poutine (sp?). We had a great time but most noticeable was the service we were given from the second we walked in from a very nice hostess to our wonderful waiter Craig. Overall, would return for drinks as the main meal wasn't anything to write home about but--we both had special which were crusted fish dish and pork shank. The shank was very fatty even for someone like me who loves to eat grissel and fat. The fish was good. Anyway, plan to give it another shot as the service will bring me back for sure. Thanks Craig for the level of service an all the education you have us about our drinks."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Ordered the Beef tenderloin sandwich.....dry, tasteless and.......like cardboard.... Fish and chips: fish cooked well, but no flavor, even with malt vinegar (Better to have used a store bought blend, than the housemade. Waiter said took the sandwich off the bill, but did not....will not be back.... Too bad! Menu looked interesting and appetizing"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The place is very nice, lots of wood. We ordered the steak (NY Strip) and it turned out to be very fatty, making it hard to eat and probably not too healthier either. The service was very good and they would be checking up in a timely fashion."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "It was a great experience. Our waiter was super nice and his recommendations were spot on. The Tempura Bucatini Salad was incredible. I've already recommended it to several people and will be returning."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Despite having to tell our waiter out order twice, this was one of the best restaurants and outing experiences we've had in uptown dallas. Food/drinks were fabulous and we are looking forward to going back."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Our server, Chris, was very helpful, but the food lacked flavor. I did enjoy the crudo, but the buffalo short ribs were actually spare ribs and were almost inedible."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Robert took care of us - he made great recommendations! The Snapper and Lamb were a hit. Very reasonably priced."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "So there was not much a crowd but give it time... great lunch spot!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "My visit to Barter was disappointing. In fairness the only food I had was the fish and chips. It consisted of a small portion of mushy cod with a soggy coating. The fries were average. Overall the menu appears over priced for what is coming out of the kitchen. Others at my table were underwhelmed with their food as we'll."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "The food was average...a mix of family style dishes and individual dishes. The menu is relatively small, so definitely not for everyone. The atmosphere/decoration are great though! Definitely a fun place to come for drinks and apps. I recommend the poutine...french fries with gravy and cheese (homestyle cooking)."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Wonderful cocktails! Save the wine for later Every drink we tried was great. Inventive, fresh Great bar staff! Rocco was wonderful! Can't wait to go back!!! Steaks cooked perfectly and wonderful service overall."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My wife is choosey about steak, and I was surprised when she said the tenderloin was the best she'd had--maybe ever. We came back two weeks later and she said it was just as good as the first time. I had the bologna sandwich. Yep...bologna. But it was exceptional. We live in Uptown and Barter might become our most 'regular' place."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The moment you walk through the door - one know that they are going to receive great service. The food and folks there are great. And they can make a great drink!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Our group had a great experience at Barter! The tenderloin was flavorful & delicious. Service was amazing."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The ambiance is amazing! The staff wonderful! The food is delicious! The ONLY negative is how small the portion sizes are. I had the cheeseburger and fries, but still left a little hungry."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Excellent drink menu and great staff. Food is okay at best but aesthetically pleasing."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Just sit at the bar and watch the guys do their magic. I wouldn't bother eating there. Food was way too salty for my taste. Even with a reservation we waited 45 min. to be seated. Next time we'll just sit at the bar, and enjoy the drinks!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "3 full pages of cocktails & drinks and 1 poor page of food and none of it appetizing. While the cocktails seemed prominent, the tightly packed pages of drinks where overwhelming. What's the identity here? We wish we could have bartered for better food. It was bland, boring, heavy handed and not flavorful. The steak was mediocre and in this town, that is not a good sign. Nothing remotely memorable in a good way."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "My wife and I tried Barter for date night. New spot with a great chef. One of the innovative items on the menu was a plate of pickled everything. Pickled Celery? Wow. They even used my favorite whisky - George Dickel- to pickle things. I had a ribeye - buttery and cooked right. My wife had the quail and it was so plentiful I got some as well. We'll be back."
    Dined on 1/10/2014