Barter
Barter

Barter

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barteruptown.com/
  • Phone: 2149696898x
  • 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: Steak, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • 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 2149537682x

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 offers a menu that honors Dallas¹ culinary traditions and flavors.

Award Winning Beverage Director Rocco Milano leads the bar program, creating some of the best craft cocktails in the city.

Milano has paired Barter’s wine list to pair perfectly with the bold flavors brought on by the food.


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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Barter reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (45)vibrant bar scene (39)good for groups (33)hot spot (30)neighborhood gem (26)great for outdoor dining (24)special occasion (23)romantic (15)great for brunch (14)great for lunch (13)late-night find (8)notable wine list (8)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Good Food, but a tad bit expensive
    Argonaut
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sstnmVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    MesquitePair
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience! Plan to return!
    Mayf
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What can I say...
    TomSVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limited menu, new, but attractive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need to work out kinks
    FoodE
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 104 reviews are from the Barter reviews archive.
  • Great live music
    davidwyrick85VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Good food, good service, amazing live music = great experience
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ackelbeinVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great vibe, excellent food and service. I'm going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great drinks and service
    sjd111VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband and I have been here once for dinner and once for breakfast/brunch. Both times we had excellent service (especially the first night...I believe the waiter's name was Aaron) and excellent drinks. The food both times was just average. The atmosphere inside and the outdoor seating space is trendy and fun. We'll be back, but probably just for drinks + apps.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Loud
    Rick
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sorry; won't return
    Billy525VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
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  • Great Service, Food just ok
    davidwyrick85VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great decor, mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place just dont order the lamb
    Hatetobeafoodcriticbut
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre food, very noisy
    LucyVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Farm to table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great local grown food! My cocktail was so good!! Good service and decent prices for the quality
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new restaurant
    Benjamin
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Barter is a great place to grab dinner and drinks. Also had an amazing waiter!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    UptownDineGuy
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Perfect uptown location and great food to match. Bad server experience is my only complaint.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the live music
    LukeVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive Menu
    TexascsrolineVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Food / Menu is inventive and exciting. Shrimp Toast were perfectly pan fried and delicious. Fun Brunch offerings. Service could use some tightening up!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mixology/Amb &outdoor seating
    Foodieeee
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My pasta was extremely salty, also the server was trying to attend to us but was extremely busy so felt really rushed.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OD3SoMoVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good drinks, bad food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food, bad service tho.
    JguemesVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    food was excellent, service was extremely slow, long wait for no busy night. as a consequence prices feel high.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • i'll give it a second chance
    Melena
    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.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to take clinets!
    Jennifer
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Barter is a great place to entertain clients and I am looking forward to bringing my husband for dinner!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Sunday brunch
    radicalinDVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was amazing
    JEngwicht
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rowdy Tables Must Be Tamed
    CourtLee
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outside brunch
    JasonM
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a place for service.....
    unhappydiner
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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....
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    Mlk55VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tim Love Strikes Again
    claytonscott12
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    JulialovesfoodVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lousy experience
    Tori
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Awful service. Boring ambience. Average food. Not coming back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate