Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lonesomedovebistro.com/
  • Phone: 8177408810
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wild Game, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tim Love
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Full Service on and off-site catering offered.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining for groups of up to 400 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Julia Tighe 8177408810
  • Entertainment: Background Texas music at the restaurant nightly.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main and Exchange Ave.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking offered for $5.00 per vehicle. Off street and street parking available.
A word from Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
For over 10 years, Chef Tim Love’s Lonesome Dove Western Bistro has been among Fort Worth’s top restaurant destinations. Love’s signature urban western cuisine is on display nightly in Lonesome Dove’s open kitchen, with a constantly changing selection of steaks, seafood and wild game. Inventive dishes like Wild Board Ribs, Rabbit Rattlesnake Sausage, Elk and Foie Gras Sliders, Kangaroo Nachos, and Love’s custom-made Tomahawk Chop (a 28-oz bone-in Wagyu ribeye) are sure to please guests looking for a truly unique and memorable dining experience. Located in Fort Worth’s Historic Stockyard District, the Lonesome Dove is a new Fort Worth dining institution.

Lonesome Dove is urban western chic with beautiful art and a very comfortable and lively atmosphere.
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Lonesome Dove Western Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
160 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (115)fit for foodies (92)romantic (70)notable wine list (53)neighborhood gem (42)hot spot (30)good for groups (23)vibrant bar scene (13)great for lunch (12)late-night find (10)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • AMAZING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have lived all over the world and eaten in some of the world's best and most renowned restaurants. Chef Love can go head to head with any of them in creativity and taste! Would recommend it to anyone. Service was outstanding! We will be back. And if you want a fun lunch go to Chef's Love Shack in the old Stockyards!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jbellairs
    Melbatoast
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had eaten there a few years ago and were disappointed that the menu had not changed much, and the food is very medicore now.
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  • One of a kind
    WRR218
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We found Lonesome Dove to be a bit of an odd duck. Everything was good, but it's priced so high and so remote for us (from Dallas) that it won't be a place we go back to. It might be fun to take some out of town guests who want to play cowboy for a night in the stockyard area. The old building and decorations are very impressive to that end. We liked the Paloma and hamachi tostadas we tried the best. The lobster hush puppies were not bad either if you're ok with fried food. The elk and quail entrees were both good, but the best that either of us have had elsewhere. The waiter pushed the boar ribs, but I thought they were too fatty and burnt to eat. They will let you pick and choose a combination of the appetizers tapas style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Superb service. Food disappointing.
    fabfoodseeker
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I was extremely satisfied on previous visits, but tonight was simply not up to par for such an upscale eatery. The service was wonderful, and we were treated like royalty. There were four in my party, all looking forward to a real treat. The appetizers were all unique and exceptional. The Roasted Garlic Stuffed Beef Tenderloin, was cooked to my liking & very tasty. It was on a bed of Western Plaid Hash, which didn't seem any different than crispy potato straws. The asparagus was perfectly grilled al dente. My friends were very happy with the Seared Foie Gras, Cinco Cebollos, but their main course - Halibut En Papillote - was way over cooked, dry and inedible! Overall, the experience was very good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to visit...
    LuvSumDove
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Making reservations was a breeze. Once I got there they took care of us making my date and I feel welecome. The waiter explained the menu in such a way that made it fun and interesting. The entrees were exceptionally well prepared. Visually and the ambience of the place went hand-in-hand with what you would hope to see from an upscale place such as Lonesome Dove. But with the service and type of food we got from there... I don't think those doves will be too lonesome for long.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    BTech
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The stuffed Garlic Tenderloin was delectable! I do feel that there was someone hiding in the back laughing at everyone who paid $12 for the kangaroo nachos and received two small chips with about a 2 gm piece of meat on it. They were tasty, but appetizers are not a good value for the money.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Poor Server
    NoNickname
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Well, I must say...our server was one tough dude. My Dad was in town visiting and decided to pick apart each word our server spoke when ingredients were discussed. He's reading a new book written by a CIA grad, so it was sort of..."On"...if you will. To the extent other tables might have received slower service, I think, but our server never got flustered. He provided great recommendations and showed a very in-depth knowledge of the menu. He also responded very well to 'contructive criticizm'...as it were. Fantastic food - will be back for sure. Each dish was very well thought out with various complimentary textures, flavors, and temps.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointing
    FoodieNFabulous
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It seems Chef Tim Love has moved on in his endeavors and left Lonesome Dove behind. The level of service and quality of food is way off par with the $30-$40 price tag on beef entrees. We chose the evening's special of skirt steak with fingerling potatoes - the steak was cooked well but was flavorless and the "fingerling potatoes" were nothing more than diced potatoes that were fried and drenched in oil. There were pools of oil on the plate. Even my usual butter leaf lettuce salad with smoked bacon lardons was disappointing. Nothing at all like the fabulous salad I had enjoyed over the last decade. The "chocolate bread pudding" was a gooey mess. My water was not refilled till empty. Strictly a place for tourists now? We sadly won't return.
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  • Surprised
    aands
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were surprised when we were seated and received the menu. We had booked through the DFW Restaurant Week website but when we asked for the Restaurant Week menu we were informed that Lonesome Dove only participates the first week (this was the second week). It was of course a disappointment and an aggravation that the Restaurant Week website lets you make reservations when the restaurant is not participating. Of course, I should have paid more attention when making the reservations so consider this a warning when you book through the DFW Restaurant Week website. Now with that said, the evening was still delightful, the regular menu was excellent, the food was great and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    fr0g
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Tasty modern twists on game and seafood ingredients. We tried a handful of appetizers as well as several different entrees. Almost everything ordered we would order again, esp. the garlic stuff tenderloin. Dessert was definitely the weakest part but that's how it is for many places. Try it!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Emo81
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is my second visit to lonesome dove and the service and food were as good as the first time. I love that you can get amazing food without having to wear a suit. The atmosphere is typical of Ft. Worth: friendly, inviting, yet classy at the same time. I recommend the lobster hush puppies for an appetizer and tenderloin medallions for entree. My Texas Jewel cocktail was a refreshing grapefruit treat.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    FoodElder
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a reservation, but was seated 30 mins late. My only complaint is that they need a bigger place. Food was great. Very pleasant experience. Will go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok
    Comeback
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    If I had a choice to go back or go to Luby's!! I would rather go to Luby's and I am only 31 years old! The server was good but the food wasn't drinks were good but the food was not! Maybe I went on a bad night but I was not impressed and I feel that they are over rated.
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  • Disappointed
    FWlocalfoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I was fairly disappointed in the service. My reservations were at 9pm and we were not seated until 9:50pm. They said they were running a bit behind (on top of having to provide my cc# for the reservations). We were told that we were next and they seated 2 groups prior to us being seated. We've been there for the past 5 years during restaurant week for the fundraising and this was the first year it came out as a disappointment. It felt like more of a chain restaurant service.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sadly disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I will be the first to recognize Restaurant Week sets chaos ablaze at some restaurants. We made the unfortunate hope that Lonesome Dove would be a well-oiled machine to such occasions. No such luck. Our reservation was for 9pm, and we checked in at 8:45. We were not seated until 10:15. We had appetizers at the bar that we wouldn't have ordered had we been seated at our reservation time, since we had a 3 course meal ahead of us. I'm secretly thankful however because once we were seated, we had to order entirely as a table from the main menu or entirely from Restaurant week menu. So the best thing we ate all night was the elk sliders appetizer. That was never mentioned prior, so irritating. Out of Characters, but so disappointing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An abundance of 'game'
    patlikestravel
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I don't think I've ever been to a restaurant that has had a wider variety of game served! And it was all very good, my steak literally melted in my mouth. It was a little louder than I normally like, luckily we ended up in a 'side' room which was perfect. Went for Restaurant Week, but we had some of the unusual appetizers, Lobster hushpuppies, Rattlesnake/rabbit sausage and elk sliders: All wonderful. Service was great, everyone was attentive, but not overwhelming. The only poor rating would be the bathroom situation...only one in the restaurant?
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week 2014
    supershot5VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went to LD for DFW restaurant week, and were not disappointed in any way. The beef tenderloin was incredible and appeared to be a bit larger than the 6 ounces advertised on the menu. The staff was very helpful in recommending wine from the rather large wine list. The dining room is split between several smaller rooms, each with that Texas charm you can only get in the stockyards. Overall: a definite recommendation
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better establishments available
    DianeR911
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food is not worth the price. Service slow. We have no desire to return.
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  • A Little Disappointing
    DirtDoyenne
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We'd heard so many wonderful things about Lonesome Dove over the years, and every time we'd tried to go before, we couldn't get a reservation. This year we decided to try it during Restaurant Week, and made our reservation early. We ordered 4 appetizers for a party of 4, so that we each could try a sample of each of the items. We also added two side dishes to our dinner. While almost everything was tasty (two of us did not like the rabbit and rattlesnake sausage), it wasn't outstanding. I didn't think it was a good value; with the addition of 3 cocktails to the tab, it was over $100 per person (including tip.)
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Excellent food and great service!! Need I say more?!?!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exotic Proteins
    the4rojosVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We enjoy all of the interesting and well prepared proteins at this restaurant. Come hungry and with lots of cash. Also, if you like spicy, get the jalapeño margarita. The lobster hush puppies are a must try.... and the ancho chocolate cake. Wow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pmc
    finewine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food and experience was pleasant. The apps were good, especially the elk sliders and hushpuppies. The scallop crudo with a slice of raw squash and Serrano was a big miss. The squash didn't at all go with the scallop. Didn't taste bad, just was a waste of a scallop. The wine list is boring and the only European wines were some champagnes and a still rose. Wine was served in cheap wine glasses. Food and wine menu are far too expensive to not have proper glassware. The elk entrée was OK. The beef loin with croquettes was the way to go. Service was polite but our server was absent for long stretches, especially after we ordered wine. Overall, it was fun for our 6 top but I will not rush back. Selling tshirts on the menu is tacky
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Upscale Western Bistro
    Nola
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food and service were excellent. Chef 's recommendations were on point. Really nice wine list.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Always superb. Food and service are as good as it gets.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Excellent for a date.
    trynewthings
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food is very unique, including choices such as elk and spaghetti squash. Everything I tried was fantastic. They have excellent mixed drinks, my favorite is the Jalapeno, Cucumber Margarita. It is worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but a little loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I visited Lonesome Dove for our Anniversary. Granted, it was 7p on a Friday night but there were two large groups in our dining room that made it really hard to have a conversation. Our waiter was really nice but spread too thin I think. My water sat empty twice and our entrees came out a bit before our sides. Food was good. If you're looking for a place to have a cocktail or generally like high energy dining this is the place for you. If you're looking for a quiet & relaxing experience avoid Fri/Sat.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BUSINESS DINNER
    Agamer
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Every time I take a customer to dinner there, it is a high point.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific Experience
    Shimdog
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We followed a recommendation to dine at Lonesome Dove, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The menu was innovative, the food was perfectly prepared, and the service was spot on. It is not an inexpensive place to dine, but for special occassions this one is a perfect choice!
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    special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Chris47
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife have eaten here for several years on our anniversary. The staff has always been awesome and very accommodating. This recent especially. We somehow ended up in the wine cellar. We asked to be moved up stairs and it was graciously accommodated by the host with only a minimal wait. The food as always was superb. If I could say one thing negative it would be, in my opinion, the menu needs some changes to something new. It hasnt changed much. On the other side though, why fix what isnt broke.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Txssun
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Lonesome Dove never fails to deliver excellent food, service and ambiance! It remains at the very top of my list for any special occasion, as well as just a delight at any time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot spot with hubby
    bailsbite
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We saw Tim Love on Bravo a few years ago and when we moved to the Metroplex we were excited to try his place. We went to the Stockyards and gave it a try. We love that you can sample any appetizer as there is an awesome variety from lobster hush puppies, wild boar ribs to our favorite the elk sliders! This is the best bite of food you will ever have. Elk sausage, foie gras and a dab of blueberry jam...who knew???? We look forward to those every year as we always get a gift card for Christmas! Then there is the entree...we love the bison burger!! It is the meat, cheese and bun and needs no accessories!!! I have had the ham and cheese and the tenderloin sandwich but the burger rocks!! Burger prices are normal...13.00!! Try it! You'll love it!
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicioso Dining
    irbfishin
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The beef tenderloin and elk loin were very good. The lobster hushpuppy was very good. The rabbit-rattlesnake sausage first course was good. The sausage slice was very small and was over grilled(charred black), would not order again.
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    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for special occasions
    TB00
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary and the staff went out of their way to make sure we had an amazing experience. The food was over the top delicious. We would definitely return and recommend to others.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe the best restaurant in FW
    FrankMVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We have eaten here several times, and I believe it is the best restaurant in Fort Worth. The menu has a nice variety of foods to chose from, with a definite Texas flair. I would highly recommend this place, especially if you have out of town guest.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Business Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We hosted a business dinner at the Lonesome Dove for out of state vistors. Historical aspect of the area as well as the unique menu options were great for conversations. The food was wonderful!
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    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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  • Superb.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had dinner at the charming Lonesome Dove on a Saturday night, arriving early to have pre-dinner cocktails at the bar. The Jalapeno Cucumber Margaritas were fantastic. A great start to the evening. First Course: Blue Corn Lobster Hushpuppies. Impressive. Breading was crunchy and the lobster filling was delicate and flavorful. [Note: The complimentary bread delivered to the table was also great (loved the Jalapeno Cornbread).] Second Course: Farm Salad. A perfect combination of flavors. Main Courses: Grilled Quail (Thai Vinaigrette was fantastic!) and Roasted Garlic Stuffed Beef Tenderloin (Syrah demi-glace was perfect). Wine list was very nice. We were extremely pleased with our experience. Looking forward to returning soon!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    Jkadingo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was excellent, had the wild boar ribs, best pork ribs of any kind that I have ever had. Also the fried beets, try them before you judge, unbelievable. Everything was excellent, also patio out back, will try it next time.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Missed the mark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food (Elk Loin) was cold. Waited over an hour for our entrees. Instead of redoing the dish, they stuck it under a heat lamp and tried to re-serve it cold again. Terrible!! This was our 5th and last visit to Lonesome Dove. The other 4 visits were excellent. It appears that Lonesome Dove has turned into a tourist restaurant with little attention to food quality. Too many excellent choices in Ft Worth to tolerate the nonsense that we experienced Saturday night.
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  • GREAT EXPERIENCE
    WinedoctorVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The restaurant is located in the Ft Worth stockyards, so parking is difficult. There is a valet right outside the restaurant, it costs $5. The restaurant was smaller than I expected, about 25 tables divided into 2 rooms. Lonesome Dove is basically a steakhouse with southwestern influences. The food was delicious, I loved the elk slider appetizer however my wife did not. We shared the wagyu tomahawk rib eye and added the fried beets. The steak and all sides were fantastic. Our server was A+, we will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique Western Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    If you're looking for some run-of-the-mill steak house, this isn't it. While the steaks are great, the things that Tim Love and his staff do with wild game is amazing. From the rattlesnake/rabbit sausage to the elk sliders, and beyond. Everything is delicious, and the staff is incredibly accomodating. Of course, all of this comes with a hefty price, but well worth it in my humble opinion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate