Gemma
Gemma

Gemma

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gemmadallas.com/
  • Phone: (214) 370-9426
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Stephen Rogers
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Capitol
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet service
A word from Gemma
Gemma, in Dallas’ Knox/Henderson neighborhood focuses on seasonally inspired new American cuisine with ethnic influences in a warm and comfortable setting. Gemma has a full bar featuring seasonal cocktails and food friendly wines from all over the world. Gemma offers a late night menu from 10:00PM until 1:00AM.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Gemma reviews from OpenTable diners
192 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (145)neighborhood gem (122)special occasion (87)hot spot (77)notable wine list (71)romantic (58)late-night find (43)good for groups (21)great for outdoor dining (16)vibrant bar scene (13)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Napa brought to Dallas
    TexasladyVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Excellent Napa inspired restaurant. Food creative and artfully presented. The house made pappardelle pasta with rabbit is a standout dish. Scallops beautifully presented but just a bit overcooked. Baby bok choy salad is fresh, crisp and full of complementing flavors-could eat this every day! Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. Lovely atmosphere where you can actually have a conversation without shouting. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definately worth a visit
    AbsoluteRavingFan
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Very good, solid performer. Veal cheeks and flatiron steak were excellent. Apps of sweetbreads and char tartar also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable evening...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The rabbit was absolutely terrific as noted by other diners. The olives and pecans were also excellent. The artic char, while well prepared, was very fishy. The server was excellent...available but not too intrusive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimate dinner spot
    SB1828
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Tables are very close together, but it wasn't too loud inside and the restaurant is really cute, so we didn't mind the cramped space. Friendly and prompt service without being intrusive. We had the striped bass and brick chicken, and we got the apple tart for dessert. We really enjoyed the food, as well as the cocktails. Great place for a nice dinner, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive service, delicious meal!
    AbbieVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My husband and I dined at Gemma for the first time for our anniversary. I had noted the occasion in my reservation and the hostess made a point of getting my husband's name when she confirmed. They had a congratulatory card waiting at our table when we arrive and the very attentive and friendly waitstaff made a point of wishing us happy anniversary. Our waiter Alex was fantastic; he spent a lot of time discussing the menu and offering recommendations, even noting things like where the fish for the crudo was caught and why it made a difference. The kampachi crudo was fantastic and like nothing we had ever tried before but wasn't on our radar before Alex's pitch so we were glad for the suggestions. Everything else was delicious as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    davida425VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Really well prepared, interesting, and excellent food! Very good service as well. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • To die for
    Searching4substanceVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This was my second visit to Gemma and there is a reason it is so difficult to get a reservation. It was amazing. From the duck, to the rabbit and the pork chop. It was all perfectly prepared. My sister even ate (and liked) a brussel sprout. (This is shocking in and of itself). The ambiance is like something outside of Dallas which is refreshing in a city of overdone and overblown restaurants who all seem to photocopy their menu and pass it along to the next guy. Gemma- you are a tiny oasis and we could not be more happy you are here to stay!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is impeccable !
    Pixie
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The moment you walk in the door you are treated like you come to Gemma every week. From the hostess at the door to the server and the sommelier , everyone was great! The noise level is perfect, we could actually have a good conversation at the table without shouting at each other! My pappardelle pasta with rabbit was delicious! Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    VickiVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We enjoyed our food, the service and the setting. One of us had the scallops and the other had the rabbit pappardelle. Both were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food great as usual, but beer list
    ACLatham
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    some serious help. in this day of beer/food pairing, for a restaurant as good as Gemma to have such a mediocre beer list is kind of laughable. a few locals, a few random europeans and some non alcoholics just doesn't do much for a beer guy like myself. if you want some solid recs on some really good beers that will enhance your beer menu let me know. service was great and our server even commiserated with me on the weak beer selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Excellent all around. Food, service, ambiance. Good wine list. Has become one of our favorite dining spots
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    New favorite Dallas restaurant. Food, service, bar, and overall vibe were all incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a special night
    AintFoodGrand
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The sweetbreads were hands down some of the best I've ever had. The drinks are interesting, the scallops practically melted in my mouth, and the chocolate pecan tart with homemade marshmallows alone was worth coming back for.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed Gemma!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Gemma!!! The entire dining experience was flawless. We were greeted with a warm smile from the owner and led to our table. The staff members were extremely eager to assist, genuinely concerned about us and very knowledgeable about the offerings. All of our dishes were impeccable. APPETIZER: Roasted Artichoke with Poached egg, Wild Salmon Tartare. SIDES: Brussel Sprouts with Bacon!, Maitake mushrooms. MAIN: Scallops with sweet corn reduction, Arctic Char. COCKTAIL: Beet the heat (earthy tones). Definitely makes it on my short list of dining gems in Dallas. I will definitely return. Kudos Gemma!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Napa Inspired Food & Long Wine List
    AtexEater
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Delicious! Especially enjoyed the deep fried olives and poached egg with grilled artichokes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but...
    FRSW
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Went there for 2 friends birthdays, and they even had bday cards ready for them. They brought us these delicious olives and pecans, which we didn't order but they made it sound it was complements of the house for our celebration. But when the bill came around, they had charged for it. Thought was kinda sketchy and definitely ruined the great food experience for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Expensive & Too Much Staff
    YumYumVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Too much of everything is not a good thing. Prices were way too high. Service was overkill. There were as many staff members as tables in this restaurant. The staff constantly swirled about looking for something to do. It was so distracting to have all this staff pouncing on the table or watching and waiting for the next napkin to drop. Food was very good. The wines are ridiculously priced. So we drank iced tea. This is my last visit to Gemma.
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  • Fantastic!
    MeatloafVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We loved everything about the place. Service was top notch and the food matched every step of the way. Turkey meatballs were over the top good. Who would have thought they could be so good?? Another hit was the fried olives. Baked oysters and rabbit pappardelle were both excellent. Heck - it was all great! Will go back many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Wonderful food and service. They know what they are doing there..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    Kallman1VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Well Done! Enjoyed the breads/scone, need to return to try other items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    KELDOVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Crudo and Salmon tartare were fresh and delicious exhibiting unique and original flavors as was the Ragu Rabbit with fresh pappardelle. We especially loved the Brussel sprouts with house smoked bacon. Wish there was a little more privacy but good food made us forget. Nice, reasonably priced wine list too. The service staff teamwork was spot on and everyone made us feel special. Great job. This wonderful little restaurant is now in our rotation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    hardtoplease
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food, the people, the ambiance all are great. Our favorite neighborhood eatery. No reservation? Drop in and eat at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • More for women than men.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I took two ladies there and they loved it but for me it was just okay.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Find
    bolivarcorona
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Very nice restaurant! We had the salmon tartare and then I had the wild salmon while my friend had the sea bass. Both of us were very pleased with our selections. The food arrived timely and the service was attentive. The wine list was quite good though I did not partake that evening! Nice ambience and we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best on Henderson or Greenville
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great food and solid wine list. We liked every dish. Service was fast and responsive. It's small and fills up quickly. However there's a really nice bar and outdoor area that has open seating... This is one of the best resturants in Dallas and the best in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    RichVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I've been to Gemma a number of times and have been very impressed. Food is great, service is notable and the atmosphere is really unique and fun. It's very small, so they will have trouble accommodating big parties, but for 2-6ppl, it's a great spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    goodeats
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We tried a lot of dishes and loved them all. The gems were the olives and pecans, ceviches, artichokes and the rabbit papperdelle. They were busy but we did get great service.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good question asked
    ACE3VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Gemma was a special occasion restaurant for us. The food and service were magnificent. I had the brick chicken and was very satisfied. One very distinguishing factor was that the Maitre'D asked us for meaningful feedback--not just the perfunctory how was dinner. This is the first time in my eating life that that very good question was asked. They want to get it right. This portends well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food at Gemma is very good and gemma has a great wine list, including wines on tap at the bar. Service on this night started poorly, but finished strong. They were either a server short, or overwhelmed time wise. They rebounded quite nicely and finished the evening very well - great food, great service, wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    JomwVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Ordered what our waiter recommended and it was perfect. Food is really fresh and local. Had salmon tartar-superb! Best was my entre of pappardelle pasta ( house made) with rabbit. My husbands striped sea bass was good but mine was great! Wine choices are excellent and Allison ( owner) helped us pick one out to go with both of our meals. She and husband Stephan ( chef) were very present in the dining area - he even brought the salmon to our table. We will be back! Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met high expectations
    HALove
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Gemma came highly recommended by the executive chef and master sommelier of my job. The food and wine absolutely lived up to my expectations. The initial greet was a little slow, but otherwise everything was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DocHoss
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    First of all "Open Table' screwed up the reservation...having it one week later. Two in our party liked their entrees...two didn't....especially the flatiron steak...too tough and basically a plate of French fries.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding restaurant & open late
    Eatingout247VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was my second time dining at Gemma. Their food was great and their service is truly outstanding. Wonderful waiter and host. I'm so surprised this restaurant is open so late, but i'm glad it is because Dallas needs more places like this. Good job! Keep it up!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    Katlady
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very creative and absolutely delicious food every time! Warm, welcoming, professional service, even by the chef himself and his co-owner wife, who always greet everyone and even help serve the food. One of the very best long-time maitres d'hotel I've ever known (and I've known him a long time). It is not really what I would call quiet but the ambiance is low-key and relaxed, and the tables spaced well enough for good conversation. Very comfortable restaurant with fantastic food and fantastic staff. I have tried almost everything on the menu now and there is not one that I wouldn't order again repeatedly. My true favorite. I wish I lived there. Truly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food and best service
    NjgitVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    From the moment you enter, you are welcomed and cared for with fabulous food, wonderful wines and superior service. Do not miss this Gem!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attention to detail
    Dallasdiner
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was excellent, and they were so focused on making the whole dinner special. We went for my birthday, and they brought us special appetizers and wrote happy birthday on our dessert plate. Really cute place with a great wine selection!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night
    JCknowsDallasVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Wow! Personal service has returned. Was greeted as we arrived early, and was given a choice of tables, as they were being cleared, by the Mgr. Excellent waiter and very helpful wine steward. Was told to ask that they go easy on the salt, and they did except for the fries that came with the steak. They were so upset, that they offered a free desert, that we declined, so they deducted our salads. Someone is thinking at this place! Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently a pleasure
    NewToTX
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We booked this for a special occasion after eating here several weeks ago. Excellent food, very friendly service. Host and hostess went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Ctoguy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everyone at our table of four felt their entree's were best in class and exceeded expectations.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comments on Gemma
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I joined a friend and his wife upon the recommendation of the friend. We both had the rib-eye special involving beef from California. Outstanding. We also enjoyed their Manhattan on the rocks. The food and the overall dining experience were terrific. We will go back for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate