Knife

Knife

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.central214.com/
  • Phone: 2144439339x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 6:30am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Graham Dodds
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Central 214's South Wing offers a cozy yet contemporary retreat, ideal for your next event. Accommodating up to 50 sit-down guests or 75 guests for standing cocktail receptions/parties, the private room features elegant floor to ceiling windows overlooking the restaurant's courtyard and outdoor fireplace. Select from Central 214's seasonal menus or from a variety of private dining menu options for most any occasion, whether a special dinner gathering, bridal shower brunch, cocktail party or corporate event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Central 214's South Wing offers a cozy yet contemporary retreat for up to 50 people seated guests,75 guests for standing cocktail receptions/parties. The private room features elegant floor to ceiling windows overlooking the restaurant courtyard and outdoor fireplace. Private dining menus available.
  • Private Party Contact: Kelly Krause 2145602865x
  • Special Events: Visit our website to see all upcoming events.
    www.central214.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mockingbird
  • Public Transit: Across the street from DART's Mockingbird station.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking available
A word from Knife
Knife's extensive menu celebrates the diverse flavors and substantial tradition of American regional cuisine. The menu evolves with the seasons to feature the freshest seafood, poultry and local produce. Knife sources its ingredients from regional purveyors across the country to heighten the authenticity of the menu. Diners experience the soul of American cooking with rustic flavors, approachable dishes and the intimacy of sharing familiar American food together with family and friends.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Knife reviews from OpenTable diners
160 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (102)special occasion (87)vibrant bar scene (60)hot spot (56)romantic (44)notable wine list (43)good for groups (31)neighborhood gem (25)late-night find (16)great for brunch (8)great for outdoor dining (7)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (4)Show More
  • RWBGVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We thought it was a good dining experience, not great though. Wobbly tables need to be fixed.
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  • Excellent dining-
    MMJTM
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Creative, delicious foods. Very enjoyable in ever aspect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Steak!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The steak I ordered was absolutely amazing ... one of the best I've ever had. I also recommend the avocado fries. A delicious and surprising dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 stars isn't enough!
    Arkansastraveler124
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Absolutely loved this place from the moment I walked in. Have recommended this to several friends already, and will continue ad well! Great staff, service, and hands down great experience! I will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    BHiggs
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Celebrated my birthday here with my girlfriends when we stayed in the adjoining hotel. Great food and kind, attentive and knowledgeable wait staff. Lovely experience, would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food took Noisey
    Luv2Eat
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very good food, with confusing menu categories, too much noise for the price point. Over a very nice overpriced dinner with wine. Enjoyed but probably won't go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice dinner
    Table4two
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We enjoyed a nice dinner with an outstanding steak for 2. If we lived closer, we would frequent Knife on a regular basis. Wish it was on a high floor with an outdoor view of Dallas.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for birthday dinner
    Kathleen
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Brought my guy here for his birthday dinner. Staff was awesome. Wished him happy birthday multiple times and educated him on the menu/making recommendations. He liked it a lot. Thanks again Knife!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Special Night
    lovemygarden
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The steak was fabulous, I had ordered a sauce to go with it, but the steak was so good, I didn't end up using the sauce, I didn't want to cover up the delicious taste of the steak. The waitstaff was terrific, very attentive and friendly. Loved the roasted veggies and mac and cheese. It was a special night with my girlfriends and couldn't have been better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We loved the food only problem is they don't have champagne glasses and did not leave the bottle with a ice bucket on the table so was unable to see if we had the whole bottle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Knife is very well executed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Chef Tesar is one of Dallas' gems and full of talent and courage. He has put together a wonderful menu with terrific selection and totally delicious steaks. But there is much more than steak here and totally professional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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  • Came for apps, stayed for beef
    NeilAdamMcGinnisVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Bacon, Uni, Bone marrow- 1/5 (only 1 bone, bone marrow rendered so it's just grease mixed w/ bacon bits with hot, fishy uni on top) Open-face beef cheek sandwich- 5/5 (incredible meat but sauce was a bit too heavy) Avocado Fries- 4/5 (avocado seems to be unseasoned which baffles me) Tuna Tartar- 5/5 (very good seasoning, oddly served with a big piece of bread that tasted like naan but thinner) Cocktails- 3/5 (uninspired) The appetizers appear to be grossly overpriced for the quantity/quality. The bone marrow dish was the most expensive one i have ever bought and the worst one i have ever had, and i honestly had extremely high hopes. It didn't even come with a piece of bread, i guess you eat the greasy bacon directly with a spoon...??
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for our anniversary
    SethH
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The steaks are delicious. The pork belly and oysters we amazing. Delightful experience that everyone should try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food
    LAinDallas
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Incredible food, diverse meatcentric menu with perhaps the best filet and ribeye we have had in Dallas. The service is overly intrusive at times but professional. I never want nor need 3 separate waitstaff to ask me about my food at each course. I spent more time assuring them than I did chewing. With that said, what I was consuming was nothing short of superlative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good meeting place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Always a great place for quiet business meetings. Great staff who are attentive, but not intrusive. Reasonably priced and excellent menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • awful service
    JML12345123451234512345
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Good food awful service. We were there for a birthday. We got the very early and were the first ones in the restaurant. The service was slow, and unprofessional. We were never told the specials, nor about the menu. We had to flag the waiter down every time we needed something. The dishes were slow to be cleared all night, and some never left the table. Glasses from our pre-dinner cocktails were still sitting empty on the table when we paid the check. We had to flag down the manager to clear the table long after we had finished dinner. For the money that they charge, better service should be a given. No excuse.
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  • Great concept, fair execution
    hypemndVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    They definitely have a lot of interesting cuts on the menu, which is refreshing to see. The only thing I would add is some additional side items. Nearly everyone at our table was disappointed that the only potato item was french fries. The service needs a bit of work. Coordination in the kitchen was off--we saw cold items sit in the window for 15+ minutes while hot items were being prepared. It took an hour between appetizers and entrees, wine and cocktail delivery was slow and the servers lacked polish overall. The kitchen was also out of several items on the menu.
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  • Meat is the star!
    Spritpea
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    If you love meat, this is the place to eat! Perfectly seasoned well cooked steaks and side dishes. This restaurant does not disappoint. The bacon sampler is awesome!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should be named "Meat"
    Goodtogo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Knife in the old Palomar Hotel, is all about the meat. Lots of exotic and rethought meat choices . Aged beef is their thing and they do it well. The Crispy Pork head is excellent (but a lot of food- share with the table). We were stuffed after the pork but had to trudge on !The steaks ( Tri Tip and Flatiron ) were prepared well and the salads ( choose the peas shoot salad with pea sorbet - my favorite). I think this place will make it because Dallas is a town that loves its steaks. The booths are very nice , but a little warm the night we were there. Great "Show Kitchen" atmosphere Next time, I'm doing the Bison aged bone in Rib eye !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodies
    Satisf
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was sumptuous! Would highly recommend...waitstaff need to learn to be engaging!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Turning Tables
    CeciVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We are John Tesar fans & anxiously awaited the opening of Knife. We decided it would be perfect to celebrate our son's 30th bday. All was going great up until the very end--we had paid our bill & were finishing our drinks. The server offered us some champagne. We thought it was a nice gesture in celebration of our son's bday or a thank you for a nearly $500 bill. Nope, it was all a ploy & we were told our table was needed to merge with another due to additional attendance of diners on that reservation. Champagne at the bar. Really? Just rude. It ruined what should have been a special & memorable occasion. We love JT--we wore out our welcome when he was at Spoon. But, this displayed such a disregard of customer service we won't be back.
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  • Knife is Sharp
    TonyG
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I was skeptical about going to Knife but we were celebrating a friend's birthday and that is where she wanted to go. Generally, I don't like”fancy” food – tongue, spicy blood sausage, etc. are not my foods. Give me a prime steak, a baked potato and a glass of red wine and I am happy. We all opted to choose from the New School selection of meats. Each of us chose a different cut – coulotte, tri tip and flat iron – all of which are known as chewy, difficult to cook. They all were very tender and flavorful. The sides – mac & cheese, onions rings and creamed spinach – were all very good. Our waitperson was friendly and helpful. My final thought was if these lesser cuts are so good and tasty, I can't wait to taste the main cuts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Outstanding
    G8viewVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This restaurant is outstanding - and the food was simply amazing - artistic, delicious and simply fabulous - our server made our experience superb - we were taking our daughter back to school (SMU) and will be eating here every time we visit Dallas.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Good Steak!
    BLTgirl
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Damn good steak! Not much else. Very loud. Service just ok.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of a Kind
    foodie4life
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This restaurant is one of a kind. They have some unique offerings. The bacon tasting is a must try. The service was very personal and I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HBrooksVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Service was lacking. Brought wrong food. Very nice but not as good as he should have been for the price of our dinner. Very expensive!
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    sprchas
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I saw a review of the Ozersky burger in the observer and needed a restaurant for my wife and I to celebrate our 18th anniversary. Knife was the right call. From the moment of being greeted, the staff was very attentive. The food was great, service was great, and they gave us a great desert as a gift to us for our anniversary. I want to thank the staff for a great evening. I look forward to returning to try more of the menu.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but room for improvement
    Dallas345545
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Very nice, upscale looking place. They advertise the lamb as a serving "for two"; I'll tell you right now, it is most definitely for one. Only 4 chops. I ordered my steak medium, and got well done, I'm talking zero red whatsoever. Being a steakhouse, I was surprised that the waiter did not ask me to cut into the steak before he left to make sure it was cooked properly. I didn't say anything, still tasted good. I will definitely return. They did comp the dessert for their mistakes. You have to give them a break, being they are sort of new.
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    special occasion, hot spot
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  • Outstanding
    ChefTVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    First time dining at Knife and it was delicious! The service is top notch and the food is delicious, steaks are such great quality. I can't wait to come back and dine here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Chef Tesar has created an incredible modern twist on the steakhouse. With everything old school dry aged cuts to new school value cuts, the menu has something for everyone. There is such diversity and creativity on the menu, every foodie should be in heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    kwayne72
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food was incredible. Try the bacon plate with the butter jam and the penne pasta with truffles!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocrity at it's best
    moose
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    bar was nice and service was good until we ventured into the dining room. Service was inattentive at best, my husband ordered a burger with fries and the fries were cold and tough. Sent them back and the replacements were cold and tough although they 'just came from the fryer'....we were offered a free round of drinks at the bar, but we were so disgusted that we just wanted to go home.
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  • Spectacular
    MnusplVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Amazing menu. Not standard Dallas steakhouse fare but still amazing. Great service & one of a kind menu. A true original in a city of copycats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awsome. Tesar Rocks the House!
    BestinDallas
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The first "chef driven" steakhouse in Dallas lives up to its critical acclaim. Appetizers you will not find anywhere else, affordable steak cuts like no other. Gotta go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Great service marginal steak
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Everything you could want in a steak house. Great wine service. Waitstaff was professional and responsive but in spite of asking specifically if medium rare was how our $90 steak would be cooked it came out presliced and medium well at best. Even the table next to us had to have her steak taken back because it was overdone. Inexcusable to me for a highly rated steak house.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great date night spot and I loved that the steaks were portioned to share. Creative take on standard steakhouse fare. We loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Outstanding
    LawyerAlanVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    You will find the traditional cuts here but the in house aging sets this restaurant apart. Don't expect a traditional steakhouse. Eclectic and innovative sides and desserts too. I've never had anything quite like the Niman Ranch aged rib eye I got. So complex, rich and flavorful, prepared au poirve. Our dining guests are still raving too. Can't wait until our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely Will Go Back
    PonocatVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    First I ordered a steak from 44 Farms which the waitress said was choice, but excellent. It was tough and not flavorful, although it was cooked perfectly medium rare. They exchanged it for another ribeye, which was prime. OMG it was indeed superb. Also tried the crispy beef tongue, which was outstanding. The vegetable sides were ok. My partner's tuna was not so great, although cooked rare as she wanted it. Our waitress was a bona fide sourpuss.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Overrated
    SR3KY
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I made a reservation but we were seated at the barstools in front of the cooks and hot ovens. We asked for a table and were moved with some hassle. From the wine, appetizer, meal, to dessert...the only thing we were impressed with was the wine.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    FoodiemomVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Wonderful experience! There were great surprises along with the fabulous food we ordered. Complimentary crudités before your meal, then tiny desserts afterwards! So fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.