Dream Cafe

Dream Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thedreamcafe.com/index.html
  • Phone: 2149540486
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Luke Keller
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let the Dream Cafe can help host your next event in style! Offering everything from full service catering, corporate meetings to cocktail passed hors d’oeuvres and much more. Visit us at our website.
  • Entertainment: Wednesday nights are live Jazz nights, offering 1/2 price wines.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: La Clede
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in Quadrangle public lot or in the adjacent parking garage under the Amli apartments.
A word from Dream Cafe
The Dream Cafe is practically a Dallas institution, serving Eclectic Global Cuisine prepared from the freshest ingredients for over 20 years.

The atmosphere is casual, whimsical and welcoming, the wine list is sophisticated and the menu offers a wide selection to please any mood and taste. The Dream has been called a "hidden gem" and has stayed true to its original roots of serving unique dishes with a fresh-healthy twist. It has been voted, among others "Best Brunch", "Best Patio" and "Kid Friendly". The clientele ranges from Hollywood elite to 30 somethings, Business Professionals to Stay Home Moms. The Dream is a dream come true.
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Dream Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.4
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (6)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (4)neighborhood gem (4)special occasion (2)good for groups (2)fit for foodies (1)notable wine list (1)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Still there
    DisappointingVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We were so pleased on our return trip to Dallas to see that the Dream Café was still there after all these years.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dream Cafe
    Luvfood
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Lovely, creative dishes and a terrific wine list!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This place has gone downhill
    Sarah
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We are regulars at the dream cafe and normally eat there several times per month. Lately the good has been barely edible, the service is unbelievably slow and the ambience is suffering. It takes an hour and a half to eat breakfast there which is just too slow.
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    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 54 reviews are from the Dream Cafe reviews archive.
  • Got zero service
    CoryRX8
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were at Dream Cafe for Valentine's Day and got the worst service that I have ever received. It took 15 minutes for our waiter to even show up, and over 30 minutes before he took our order. We never saw him again after that. As a nice bonus, the fire alarm went off while we were there, and nobody even addressed it with the customers. Finally after an hour or so we got fed up, tracked a different waiter down so that we could pay for our drinks, which I might add had never been refilled, and left.
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  • invisible
    disappointed
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    No one ever came to our table. We never got water or anything. They also had a fire alarm go off and didn't know how to turn it off. Lots of tables walked out because of lack of service. I can't rate food since we never ate. But form requires me to pick a star.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst dining experience ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Seriously. First we were rather abruptly seated exactly in front of the live music station and totally ignored for about 15 minutes - no water, no greeting of any kind. A distracted server took our order. We waited another 15 minutes just for my glass of wine + another 5 minutes for my husband's. After yet another 30 minutes (now one hour after we were seated) we received one mediocre wedge salad (no word on his appetizer) which we wolfed down while listening to some kind of alarm that mysteriously went on and on without explanation. We shouted for a partial check (which oddly did arrive promptly) and threw down some cash and dashed to the theater barely on time. Overall, something was seriously wrong. And this used to be a favorite place.
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  • Wow, such a disappointment
    DavePVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had reservations at 6pm before a Valentine's concert. Food was GREAT. (I had Mystic Pasta; my partner had a Monte Cristo). Totally not worth the hassle or the grumpy manager. We asked for water to go with our beverages three separate times - ONE glass came with our check at the end of the meal. Monte Cristo did not come with fries. I had to go find our waiter. He literally took the plate out of my partner's hands to go 'discuss with the kitchen'. We were a little scared when he brought it back in 2 minutes or less - but the fries were great, too. Nobody checked on us. We had to go find the waiter again to get a check - and ask for water again. Manager blamed the crowd. Place was about 60% full; Used to be great, no longer!
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  • so disappointed
    disapointed
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went on Valentines - funky, well established place that we assumed would be busy on national date night. We've both worked in food service so know the drill, but this was comical. The waiter absolutely blew it. We NEVER saw him. He got our drinks wrong and disappeared! We got lost talking and enjoying each others company, but then I noticed it had been 45 minutes with no appetizers and people that came in with us were on entrees. No sight of waiter so called the manager. Saw them arguing - it was clear to us he simply had not placed our order. Appetizers were meh, and the entrees were still late and wrong. Live band started and they didn't turn off the recorded music. AND the fire alarm went off and was still going after we walked out.
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  • Great food, gear wine, meh service
    TeamB
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Came here before going to a concert. Food was delicious (gilroy chicken). They had a vouvray on their wine list, which impressed me. Service was attentive, but there was nobody at the front for a while when we walked in. The wait staff was young and hip. So if that translates to a little unprofessional, so be it. breakfast is available 24 hours , and there are a lot of healthy and vegan option is available on the menu. I have dined here many times, and plan to return in the future.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dream is now a nightmare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I have been going here since it opened years ago. This was the worst experience. They have changed the chef and the menu. Yuck. Our server was totally not interested in his job. Our check was brought to us in the middle of our meal. I guess we were being told to not to order dessert and coffee. Very disappointing. The sea scallops were overcooked and don't order the Greek Burger in a pita pocket. Dry and flavorless. We ordered it well done. The outside was charcoal and the inside red.
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  • Great dinner!
    EKayVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    The service was great, the wine recommendation was great, prices were reasonable, overall would recommend and would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Healthy and Tasty
    TripletsDadVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    Had breakfast on patio. Great healthy breakfast of oatmeal, egg whites and veggie sausage. They got the sausage right, which is a challenge since so many veggie products come out dry.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was lovely!
    AreEssJayVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    The Addision location has only been open for diner for 6 months or so - I hope more people start going! We went in late on a Saturday night, and were the ONLY people in the place. Which worried me until our Sangrias came - wow! Followed by an absolutely delicious dinner - my husband has the deconstructed chicken pot pie, which was outstanding. I had some of the appetizers: stuffed avocado with crab salad which was simple and delicious, and a side of cauliflower mash, which was perfect. The service was extremely good and friendly. Will absolutely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • We came on a week day night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    We came on a week day night for a friend's birthday and the service was really mediocre. They also had no cloud cakes, and my "crab" mac n' cheese was none-too-fresh tasting. Also a $6 mimosa for mostly orange juice? Not coming back any time soon.
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  • The waiter was very interesting.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    The waiter was very interesting. He made the evening! But, my scallops were burned.:(
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We took friends there Valentine's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We took friends there Valentine's night. Our waitress was tattooed from head to toe; didn't know the menu; Never told us about the specials until we asked; made references to her former job at Denny's; Cocktail selection was poor; food was ok. I was very embarassed to have taken friends there.
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  • Disappointing pre theatre outing
    Karmst
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    Both myself and my companion were very disappointed...the actual menu described items very different than what we reviewed....the large salads were just not good and the ingredients were off (an entire order of greasy onion rings on top of a bowl of baby spinach...ick) the crab cake salad was not good either and the sweet potatoe app was also a disappointment... Also the waiter acted too familiar and needed to take care of business...
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  • Nice place with good food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/13/2012
    Nice place with good food, despite somewhat limited choices on menu. Waitress seemed uninterested in us and was mostly non-existent, although we did see her sitting with diners at a nearby table helping them make a selection from the menu and wine list. Guess we should have ordered a bottle of wine to get her attention.
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  • Perfect 'before the show'
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/29/2012
    Perfect 'before the show' restaurant. Dinner was delicious! Staff so friendly, as always.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • THE DREAM CAFE WAS A NIGHTMARE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/25/2012
    Our waitress Tamara was nice and quite accommodating with an overabundance of chips and salsa, once we were seated. There was literally two other tables in the restaurant, but somehow the management could not get my reservation specifics down. Anyway, our food to FOREVER to arrive and then they didn't even get the orders right on three of the eight orders. We tactfully mentioned our disdain to the manager who gave excuse after excuse. Turns out the regular chef had the day off and the replacement was not properly trained in timing or portion size. We went to this cafe since a few family members are vegan and vegetarian. Luckily, their food was OK. However, we will not revisit.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Excellent service and great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2012
    Excellent service and great food! Very accommodating, we had four kids with us: )
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Highly recommend Dream Cafe
    foodie4lifeVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    Love Dream Cafe! For brunch, for dinner, for wine. Local and fresh, just funky enough to recognize this is a place with its own personality and history. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Dream cafe is just ok
    Lakemartinlover
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    The food was tasty. The steak Benedict was very good, scallops and risotto was also good. Service wasn't bad but certainly not attentive. Overall we would go back and try breakfast but are in no hurry to return for dinner. Don't be in a hurry if you do go!
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quirky and Fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    Quirky and fun wait staff and atmosphere. Great food. I especially like that a lot of it was "deconstructed", giving you freedom to choose how you were going to eat your meal. We ate outside in the beautiful Texan weather and wondered why this place wasn't more crowded that night. It's really a fun little place to grab a quick dinner with good food, great service, and a fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Always a Pleasure - Good food!
    Sblades
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    We've been several times and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. We go before Theatre Three productions and they are very helpful on getting us out on time. Had the "deconstructed" chicken pot pie this last time and I LOVED it! It was very different - the chicken spices were outstanding and side vegetables very unusual and good. Husband had scallops and risotto and he said the scallops were cooked perfectly (also thought there was about 1/2 C too much risotto and it was a little heavy). Opened with the crab dip - we wanted to drink it out of the cup, but didn't want to appear rude... It was really good. Manager came by as usual to check on us - that was nice. Service was great as usual - helpful, but not annoying. We'll keep going back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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  • This was a super place to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    This was a super place to eat. There were vegetarian options which I appreciated. I had not eaten at Dream Cafe for years; it was just great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Looking for a Relaxing Evening?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    Ffood was delicious, charming cafe, our waitress was on the spot, charming and entertaining. The valus is great. Go!
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  • Very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    We got there between lunch and dinner. Closer to dinner actually around 5pm. The place was empty given it was an in between meals time. We were given the dinner menu. We asked for the lunch menu and we were accommodated immediately. The food was great and everybody was really nice. We will go back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • half price french wine on
    jkr9
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    half price french wine on friday! walked right around the corner to THEATER THREE after pre show dinner
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Cozy
    Carolyn
    Dined on 6/9/2012
    I enjoyed my early morning breakfast at Dream Cafe. It is tried-and-true, delicious and always enjoyable to visit. I like the fact that is serves the neighborhood. It is cozy and "real."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Dream Cafe Lives Up to Its Name
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    Our large group of 12 went to DREAM CAFE for a pre-theatre dinner. Everyone raved about the unique menu and delicious food. The server was friendly, accommodating, and efficient. It was a great experience...one we would repeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very comfortable, neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    Very comfortable, neighborhood and pre-theatre place. Food is delicious! So many good tastes. We had the fried zucchini with the aioli dip and the crunchy shrimp appetizers. Both were very tasty but loved my shrimp. My husband had the pork loin and I had the chicken with the "hash". Both were exceptionally yummy. No dessert - too full.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • The food at Dream Cafe was
    Okiediner
    Dined on 4/7/2012
    The food at Dream Cafe was excellent, and I appreciated the fact that the amount of food wasn't overwhelming as at many restaurants these days. Service was friendly but somewhat erratic. The decor both inside and outside could use a bit of attention. But over all, we had a very pleasant experience at the Dream Cafe and would recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Very eclectic menu - interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    Very eclectic menu - interesting selections and everything was yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Food is quite good. Menu has
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/11/2012
    Food is quite good. Menu has a wide selection from egg dishes to burgers to veggie fare to sandwiches and salads. Everyone in our group of 8 liked her/his food. It was fun eating outside. Service was good. It's a great place for a group that includes people with special dining needs. Dream Cafe satisfied everyone in our group including the vegan and paleo. They even split an entree for two who'd eaten a late lunch. They didn't flinch at providing three checks for our group either. We've eaten there on quite a number occasions and really like Dream Cafe.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • The pork tenderloin was perfect,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/10/2012
    The pork tenderloin was perfect, but the filet was overcooked. Overall though I have to recommend it because the price was very good and everything else (wine, appetizers, other, etc.) was wonderful.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • My husband and I dined here
    craftjessica
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    My husband and I dined here on a Friday night prior to seeing a show at Theatre Three. While not exactly a "hot spot" on a Friday night, the service and the food was great. I really liked the wine flight and my husband said the salmon was some of the best he ever had. Once dinner was over, we were just steps away from the Theatre. We also liked that there was ample parking and the area was not overcrowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great spot for pre-play dinner..Ri
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    Great spot for pre-play dinner..Right next to Theatre Three....
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    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food; Crazy service
    EricShellhorn
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    Our server was way too intense and dramatic, yet failed to do the simple things, like bring a steak knife with my steak. STOP FILLING GLASSES FULL OF ICE (afterall, it makes you have to come back to the table more often). Our waitress seemed very weird.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Great service, the waiters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/8/2012
    Great service, the waiters were awesome and adorable, the manager was sooooo kind. Definitely going back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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