Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Cool River Cafe - Dallas

Cool River Cafe - Dallas

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.coolrivercafe.com/
  • Phone: 9728718881
  • 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: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Cool River Cafe - Dallas reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (35)special occasion (31)vibrant bar scene (26)notable wine list (21)romantic (19)hot spot (18)fit for foodies (17)neighborhood gem (13)late-night find (11)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Good food and too noisy
    Cheers
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Visited Cool River for dinner on Saturday night. Good food and too noisy. Honestly, my ears hurt, and I was getting a headache in the joint. I did like the bar scene.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nccjflp
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great food, good service and a very nice wine list
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT FOOD & SERVICE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    NIGHT SHIFT (the BAND) WAS SMOKING! THEY NEED TO BE REGULARS!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you don't like smoke...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    ...don't eat here. It's like stepping back in time to see a bunch of people not only smoking, but smoking cigars at the bar. The smoke carries into the restaurant as well. A good steak isn't worth the second hand smoke at this place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FANTASTIC!!!!!!
    MomsTime2dine
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Food was AMAZING!!!!!!! By far the BEST filet mignon I have ever had. Salads were amazing Mac n cheese was creamy, everything was perfect. We all tasted each other sides and we're NOT disappointed! Would have been nice to know that if I added truffle butter it was a $5 up charge but worth it. Again a little heads up would have been appreciated. Our server George was top notch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cool Place
    JG01VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Everything was good. Nothing was stand out spectacular. I enjoyed the ambience. Rumor has it the weekends are really happening.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Servers here are always great, but I never understand the attitude from the hostesses...food is consistently good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cool river...
    GlennBT
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    the food and atmosphere were both great for our business lunch. Will definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it , & loved the cigar bar !!
    Caligirlvisitingdallas
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Visiting from California and had a great time! Would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Waitstaff was great...was told our appetizers went to another table ... When we got our appetizers they were at no charge ... Great save by wait staff
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Meal
    Tastebud2
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was great! Tried Salmon Cesar salad,Fillet Migon, and dont forget the Lobster tail. Wonder atmosphere cant wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inside Out band
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a party of 15 for dinner, then went to hear Inside Out Band. Loved everything, but the smoke. Several of our party had to leave once we entered bar area, due to allergic to smoke. It was very heavy. Could also smell in restaurant. I know this is a sports bar, however ...it is also a nice place to eat. Smoke changes everything. Do not know if you can put an end to the smoke ??? The management, hostess, wait staff, all excellant !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dirk
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Good place to smoke a good cigar after lunch or dinner. Awesome bar with mega large screens for sports watching. Lots of pool tables.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Steak Excellent Server-George
    KCTraveler
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The steaks and the corn casserole were superb but the service from George was incredible. He made the dinner fun and spent enough time with us to engage but not be intrusive. He should be in sales!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    awesometime
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    went there for my birthday and the food was great. The service was excellent. An expensive place not somewhere I could take my family but my husband and I could go on a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place but so-so service
    Kamilea
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had great service from our first waiter who was helping out a female wait staff. When the female staff took over, I felt neglected and not as great of service. It was a special occasion for us and she was too busy to pay attention to detail. Otherwise, a wonderful experience overall!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a group
    cj77
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I entertained a group of 12 earlier this week. Wait staff was professional and the meal was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A remnant from the past...
    GTXgpVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    If you prefer a loud environment, extremely poor service, and a smoke-filled atmosphere then this is the place for you. The only way this place has survived is due to the lack of alternatives in the Las Colinas area.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food service ok
    RegularGuy
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Good was great the chief does a great job. Our waiter started well but his attention decreased and at the end waited Long time for desert and coffee came out 10 min after the desert
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly dissapointing
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The steak was very salty, the side items good, the crème brulee was terrible. The custard was too hard; not creamy at all; definitely premade and frozen (I have had better from the frozen section @ Costco). The atmosphere was outstanding as was the service, but if the food isn't good what is the point. For the price, I expected much better. I would not go back as there are much better choices at slightly lower prices.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner!
    DoubleD
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Dinner Friday night with friends in Cool River. Service was Spot On, Terik was our server. Filets were cooked to perfection. Dessert, Maker's Mark Bread Pudding, certainly finished off a great meal. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stacy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Excellent food! Outstanding Service, hosted a business dinner for three . . .it was a bit louder than I wanted for a business meeting however, every other aspect of the restaurant was impeccable. I highly reccomend Cool River!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant experience
    RICC0L
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I was there with my partner to celebrate his Birthday , the whole experience was as pleasant as I remember compared to previous visits, food was good but pricey, to reflect its upscale ambiance . My cowboy ribeye steak was a bit charred on the outside but perfectly cooked inside ( I asked for " medium" ) wine list impressive as well. A free dessert on the house to my partner was certainly welcome and nice ! Our waiter Michael was knowledgable of menu items and specials and helpful..kudos to him. We will return in the future !
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I was very disappointed with this restaurant. When I arrived the smell of smoke was very heavy. I asked to be placed as far away from the bar area where smoking is allowed. The smoke in the dining area was still unbearable. The dining room was also very noisy and it was hard to hear people at the other end of a six top. The food was good but the service was lacking a bit. Overall I would no go back to this restaurant. There are many other choices in the area that are better.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good evening spot
    jn4893
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Joined a friend for dinner. Great food, excellent service. They were sure hopping for a Tuesday night. My only negative ...is that it is dark. Difficult to read the menu. Romantic...but dark interior. This could be both positive or negative. Parking can be tight.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!!!
    Zaida
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The restaurant was excellent... service and food superb! The raviolis were fantastic. Willie did a great job!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The service was outstanding and our server was top notch! Thank you for your great service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Toyota
    Kctoyota
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Toyota is moving to Texas I picked up two executives and took them straight to Cool River
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary at Cool River
    Danny
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Service was outstanding and the wine list was one of best. Steaks, Ribs and Crab Cakes were awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return visit not good as first time
    fredVIP
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • st8k
    st8k
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Place was quiet for a sat night. But service was excellent. We highly recommend the crab cakes & filet was tender & cooked just right.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Excellent all the way! Apreciated the manager stopping by the table!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way too noisy
    Frmrcoolrvrcust
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 762 reviews are from the Cool River Cafe - Dallas reviews archive.
  • jvk1
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Service was impeccable... Never been disappointed
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Service was poor and food was worse. Over cooked steak, burnt crab cakes and cold fish. Not sure it could get any worse.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best steak in town!
    Cadrhodes
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Love this restaurant! The food is always delicious and the atmosphere is perfect. Our waiter, Dane, was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for guests
    TXEater
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was only average or below.
    Nick
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Fish special was good. Prim Rib was below average. Crab Cakes below average.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstandng Quality, a bit pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • diamond needs polishing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate