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Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Cool River Cafe - Dallas

Cool River Cafe - Dallas Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.coolrivercafe.com
  • Phone: (972) 871-8881
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - close

    Bar: Sun - Wed: 11:00am - close,Thur - Sat: 11:00am - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Rodman Sheilds
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full service
  • Entertainment: We host all the top cover bands in Texas. Top 40's, Disco and Rock every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Music starts at 9:00pm. We also have 7 private rooms available to host your next business dinner, happy hour, birthday or game watching party.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Book now for Mother's Day or call 972-871-8881. To book a private event call 214-492-0343 or email lascolinasevents@coolrivercafe.com and our event coordinator will gladly assist you.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: MacArthur Blvd.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet or self-park
A word from Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Cool River Cafe is an upscale steakhouse and Southwestern grille featuring fresh seafood and certified Angus beef and serving lunch and dinner daily. Their full service bar includes an award-winning wine list, impressive cigar menu and hosts live music every Friday & Saturday evenings. They also offer private dining with seven room options to choose from.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Toyota is moving to Texas I picked up two executives and took them straight to Cool River"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Service was outstanding and the wine list was one of best. Steaks, Ribs and Crab Cakes were awesome."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Place was quiet for a sat night. But service was excellent. We highly recommend the crab cakes & filet was tender & cooked just right."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Went here several months ago with a wonderful waiter and great food. This time the waiter seemed more interested in talking to what sounded like a weekly customer than helping us. We had to ask for the dailly specials, requested bread twice, and he even admitted the bread he brought us was the last loaf on the shelf and hard as a rock. The food was still good but a bad service experience can really hurt - not sure we will be back to the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Scheduled a client lunch on a Wednesday and even though I asked for a quiet table, we were seated in the main room. The two smaller rooms were completely unused. The noise level was so high, we couldn't hear the server when she tried to list the specials. It was impossible to talk to our clients. We ended up eating in silence. I will never take clients here again"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Excellent all the way! Apreciated the manager stopping by the table!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Service was impeccable... Never been disappointed"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Service was poor and food was worse. Over cooked steak, burnt crab cakes and cold fish. Not sure it could get any worse."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Love this restaurant! The food is always delicious and the atmosphere is perfect. Our waiter, Dane, was wonderful!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I have used Cool River for several customer events over the years and did not hesitate to make a reservation for a Tuesday night meeting near DFW airport. I made a reservation and when I pulled into the parking lot, I was glad I did - packed. No problems for CR, as we were taken to our table within just a few moments. Great food. Great service. Great sides. I will keep CR at the top of my DFW Airport "places to go" list."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Fish special was good. Prim Rib was below average. Crab Cakes below average."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We came here with co workers due to a suggestion from someone local. Non-frequent traveler here, so I can't really comment how this restaurant compares with other local restaurants. Because it was the company's dime, we did not pay for our meals, but I think it would be a bit much for a family dinner. The food was excellant in taste & quality, although one in our party ordered his steak black and blue (seared on the outside, but raw on the inside), and it came back more rare to medium rare, with no "blood on the plate", as he stated. That was the only complaint. Members of our party who are quite familiar with wines thought the wine prices were very high. But otherwise, a very pleasing & memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "we've been to cool river before and were happy with the food and service---that's been a few years. this time around, things were different. food was okay, but not memorable. our waitress was great! don't like the smell of the cigars as you enter the restaurant. likely will not visit again especially since the prices stayed pretty steep. it was hit or miss....not consistent throughout. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "It is a fantastic place for a special occassion. We lived nearby when it was first built and have since moved away; but the service and food remain excellent even after all these years."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The service was ok. The appetizer artichoke terrible and the steaks had to be sent back not flvorfully spiced at all. Had a strong wxpectation but certainly will stick to Bobs. The band in the bar drowned out ability to hear guests at the table so I would call this mostly upscale BAR not quality steak house nicely decorated but way pricey for poor quality food"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Thanks everyone for great service and fabulous food !"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Great service n receive confirmation call earlier in the day. What sat on time. Outstanding service and great selection of on the menu"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Went to a business lunch here. Everything was very good, including the service. Ambiance was a little dark for a business lunch."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I have been here multiple times and cool river never disappoints. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Food, service and wine list was outstanding. The only negative to the expeerience was the level of noise in the dining room, as this visit to Cool River was a for a business meeting and it was rather difficult to discuss business at the table. Once the dining room became less crowded, the envioronment was perfect for a successful business dinner. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. It can be a fun place and it can be a place for a special occasion. The bar staff is very knowledgeable and will make nay drink you want. The wait staff in the restaurant is very helpful and courteous and food is top notch with a good variety."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had fun having dinner with my wife and in-laws for my wife's birthday at Cool River. The valets and wait staff were all top-notch, and the menu has a number of interesting entrees in addition to their great steaks and seafood. My asparagus was a little too al-dente for my taste, and the venison could have had a touch more marinade to give it more pop than it had (the glaze had nice flavor but was also a little on the bland side). All-in-all; the experience was nice, and we will certainly go back again; though I must be honest and say that some of the entrees are similar in style and quality to Mac's Bar & Grill, but at about a third more in price. Kudos to the staff for being on the ball during this busy weekend!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Overall, everything was nice. Disappointed with the Beef Tenderloin entree. The meat was over-cooked and seemed smaller than other Beef Tenderloin entrees we observed served to other tables."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a great experience at Cool River. The Hostess seated us quickly, our Waiter was professional and helpful. The food was served quickly and was delicious. The Manager checked on us a few time. We sill recommend Cool River to friends. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "First time there and loved it, my family loved it, our waiter George was awesome!!!! Thanks!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We brought our colleagues from Budapest to enjoy a steak for lunch. The food was fantastic and the staff was perfect!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Surprisingly large and extremely busy steak & seafood place in the Los Colinas business park / residential area. Reservations necessary. Steaks are "Certified Black Angus," a step or two above Outback, very tender and tasty and cooked to perfection, but not at Morton's/Ruth Chris' level. Prices, however, are more Morton's-like. I'd definitely go back next time in the neighborhood on business trip. Better value than the super-premium steak joints in the nearby Four Seasons and in other upscale hotels. Shrimp and scallop entrees also very good. Great wine list, but generally overpriced. However, values are there to be found if one knows what to look for. Waitress was perfectly attentive."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "After hearing positive feedback, we looked forward to our experience & were disappointed. It started with the hostess who wanted to seat is next a party of eight even though only four tables were seated in the restaurant. When asked for a different table, the hostess' attitude was poor. Once at the new table, the hostess stood in a position that made it difficult to sit down. She needed to move away from the booth so we could be seated. Then, step forward to give our menus. The hostess is the primary reason for the service rating. Our waitress and bus boy were pleasant & on the ball. The food was average to poor. Hawaiian Opa was the special & was overcooked. The venison was too chewy.The shrimp did get high marks. Not great. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I specifically stated on my reservation that not only was it a first time visit for four but that it was also a birthday celebration; we were seated right next to the kitchen entrance and the men's restroom. It was a little embarrassing bringing guest who were expecting a nice experience considering the cost and necessary advance reservations. The food was impeccable and the service attentive. We enjoyed the evening overall and do expect to be returning regularly, hopefully at a different table."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The food and service were both outstanding. I'd recommend this place to anyone. This is my third time coming here and I'll be back. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "If you have 30 minutes to wait on your order then by all means go here for lunch. The food is good and the overall service is good but the time between ordering and actually getting your food is 30 minutes! Our office is nearby and we'd like to use this place more often but none of us have 2 hours for lunch. Maybe it's the kitchen?"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The ambiance was fantastic, from the parking lot to the dining table, until I started smelling smoke drifting in from the bar. Other than that, it would be a great place for any special event. The waiter was friendly, prompt, informative, and the food was very good. My colleague exclaimed the steak to be the best he's ever had! "
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Way too much smoke in bar area for my liking, dining area okay"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Enjoyed an excellent dinner at Cool River after a flight into DFW. It is easy access from the airport. A place for business people and a fine night of dining. Well know for steak, great Black Truffle butter and creamed Spinach. Service was excellent and we will be back.."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The atmosphere was very nice and even could be romantic. I was not impressed with the food and the prices:( I would chose somewhere different. I don't mind paying top dollar for amazing food, but here it was equivalent to outback but five times the price"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "My wife and I were in town for the Final Four and hanging out in the Las Colinas area. We wanted a very nice dinner with a good wine list. Cool River exceeded our expectations. All the other reviews about a smoke issue turned out to be exaggerations. We hate smoke but did not have any problems during our meal. The white list is extensive but pricey. The dead cow was excellent. The service was first class. We'll be back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Anniversary destination turned out spectacular. Atmosphere was welcoming, waiter was attentive but not too hovering, wine list extensive and the food was excellent. Made the evening special. This place definitely comfortable for either a gathering of friends or tasteful romantic dinner."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Prices are a little high, but not for the level of service and the quality of food. Perfect for a special evening. Great western decor. Heaven for steak lovers."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I am sure smokers love, love, love this restaurant. The food is great, the drinks are great, the atmosphere is energetic. My only problem was the cigarette and cigar smoke. I can understand it in the bar but it was pretty heavy in the dining room too. Will we be back?? Hmmm... I am not sure."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I had a lunch meeting with a new recruit and while there was a good buzz in the dining room, it never becam a problem with a normal level of conversation. The food is excellent and the waiter (Willie) was outstanding. Cool River is my go-to restaurant in the Las Colinas/Irving area. I have never had an average, much less bad, experience here."
    Dined on 3/21/2014