I tell all of my friends that
I tell all of my friends that Central 214 should always be on any list of Dallas's best restaurants. Graham Dodds is terrific, and his menu always impresses. The oxtail ragout alone is enough for the trip, but we've almost everything on the current menu and there isn't anything that isn't outstanding. 5-star all the way.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for lunch
This is a great place to meet friends for lunch. The tables are spaced far enough apart so you do not hear the next table's conversation. One of our friends is slightly deaf so does not need a table close or too much ambient noise. He said he could hear the rest of us ( there were 4 of us) talking.
Food great as usual. The steak salad "is to die for". So are the french fries.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cannot comment much on #2
We had dinner at 6:00 p.m. (we are seniors and eat early.) The dining area was deserted, so it's hard to answer the items in #2. The food was WONDERFUL. We had Louisiana Redfish on spinach & Kobe (called something else) with the squash casserole. Only improvement would be that the squash be just a bit more tender and it's sauce a bit thicker. The squash was really crunchy and the sauce thin, but the taste was wonderful. The people tending us were very nice and attentive without interrupting us. Also, we SO appreciated that everyone working there had impeccable manners. Often when we dine early at a nice place, without ordering drinks, wait staff sees us as boring and treats us with arrogance. It was nice to be respected.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for Father's Day weekend. Food and service were great. Highly recommend.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good, but not what I expected.
Overall a nice place, but we were the only ones there at 2 pm in a Sunday (fathers day)! That seemed strange. Menu is limited, but we liked everything we tried. Great Bloody Marys !
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service deserve a "5". Brought some friends to lunch who had never been to Central 214 before and they were really impressed.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dine here a lot and it
We dine here a lot and it is always wonderful! The food is creative and delicious and Chef Graham Dodds is so good to work with local growers. We appreciate that....
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dined on a Sunday night so it was a little quieter than usual which is exactly what I wanted. Needed a quiet spot to talk to a long time friend. Perfect evening for that. Also great for tired travelers. I'm sure on a regular night the place is hopping but Sunday night was calm and great for a time of good food and shared friendship.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We LOVED this restaurant!
We LOVED this restaurant! The food was awesome, best clams I have ever tasted, my son's burger was great! The waiters were friendly and attentive and they made us feel special and appreciated. We will definitely be back!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoy the menu selections we had the redfish and the hanger steak salad. The atmosphere and service is always top. And, we enjoy the inventive cocktails. Highly recommend for local, and out of towners.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
What an awesome dining experience!
The ambience is fabulous.....the food excellent.......a must try the Crenshaw melon salad and the oxtails
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
214 Central hits the spot
The dinner was all that it was supposed to be and more. Everything was first rate and we were very pleased.
7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Palmoar is Perfect!
We enjoyed a lovely evening with delicious food and excellent service! It's not easy to cater to the needs of 9 people, and yet with our table in our own room, we were treated like royalty! Thanks for making our evening a night to remember - the Palomar is the perfect choice for a night on the town with friends and family!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waiter was very friendly and very helpful with information about each dish so we could decide what to order. The service started off great but later on got very slow. We were there almost 2 hours. While we weren't in a hurry it took 15-20 minutes to get our check. Our waiter never came back to refill our wine glasses from the bottle we purchased. The wine list was not very large but we found something new that we liked. The oxtail ragout was amazing and highly recommended. The wagyu beef was good but very undercooked for my medium request. The bernaise sauce was nice. I did not prefer the mashed purple potatoes - possibly better roasted. The Ugly Pug chocolate cake was amazing!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is wonderful! The chef is approachable and the clams and redfish are the best in Dallas! This has become my favorite restaurant in Dallas! Fresh, inspired, and awesome! A true gem!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service and had wonderful time
pork chop was great - i'm not a fan of grits but the chef made this dish taste flavorful and an awesome delight
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was with a party of 7 with
I was with a party of 7 with reservations at 8 on a Saturday night. A man handling traffic directed us to park in the adjacent strip mall, which worked well as we had no trouble entering or leaving. Upon arrival we were immediately seated--no waiting at the bar--at our table, which was really two tables pushed together. I actually enjoyed that as there was plenty of table space. The waiter, "Bob," was attentive and knowledgeable. We shared a tasteful raclette cheese appetizer, which is better for 2-3 persons rather than seven. I had the rabbit risotto which was delicious, the rabbit and risotto were excellently prepared. With the diverse menu, everyone found something to their tastes. Give this place a chance . . . and ask for Bob.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had not dined here in two years so we decided to go for my birthday dinner. The staff was very welcoming and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was absolutely delicious. We will definitely be coming back.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Started Great - Finished Alright
We sampled several appetizers/small plates to start, including steak tartare, melon salad, and scotch egg. But the tartare was perfect; I'd have been happy with an entree sized portion (but toast points please - not cheese crackers). The melon salad was a refreshing balance between the clean, rich, fruity flavors of a honeydew like melon and shaved chorizo - not too savory, not too sweet. And the scotch egg - caramelized sausage surrounding a delicately cooked egg - as good as I've had. The entrees were a step down: the ribeye was overcooked a bit (medium well vs. medium) and the peas with the wagyu bavette tasted more like lentils (the bavette was excellent).
We'll be back, hoping for an even more exceptional experience next time.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef Graham Dodds is preparing
Chef Graham Dodds is preparing some of the best food we've had in Dallas in a long time! His commitment to using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients throughout his menu is evident, and we can all thank him for it - because the food at Central 214 is truly delicious. Service was professional and the ambience was nice. One of our new favorite places!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Central 214 hits a home run.
This restaurant was excellent in every way. The smoked pork chops were amazing and the service could not have been better.
7/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful time on Monday! It was a birthday celebration and was seamless and fun. Bob was a great server and of course, the drinks and food were fantastic! Chef Graham surprised us with a special dessert and that was great! We brought our neighbor who had not been in a long time and he was very impressed...and that is not an easy chore!
7/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food, interesting cocktail list, service was pleasant but absent (we had to ask for water refills a couple times, and we were always looking for him rather than him being available to us). Many hotel guests in the bar, but the restaurant was basically empty at 8pm on a Friday night. Outside seating area was great for an after dinner drink!
8/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
We are fans.
Since Central 214 got a new chef about 2 years ago, it is once again one of our "go-to" spots for people who love good food and excellent service.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect, as always
We dine here very often and I just can't think of anything else to say but that it was perfect, as always
8/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had looked at a dinner menu and were pleasantly surprised to find the lunch menu was just as exciting. Trumpetti was new and very good. Steak salad was terrific. Loved the interaction with the staff to make it an adventuresome and great dining experience. We'll be back.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The wait staff was friendly and attentive and the food was delicious!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Central 214 is great...
We had dinner last week--4 of us--and all loved our food and service. But there was not one
buttery chardonnay on the wine list--? Kinda weird. Please expand the wine list--only comment.
Nice to have something nice casual EAST of 75 for us Lakewoodites!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always enjoy dining here. It is a great location and we love the fact that Chef Dodds is always changing the menu to reflect what is fresh and seasonal and surprising to the palate. We tried new items this visit...I tried the Delicata Squash dish and the rib-eye. My other half did the dinosaur kale and the waygu bavette steak, medium rare, of course! They are served over such wonderful items as creamer peas and Heirloom tomatoes, crushed marble potatoes, etc. You really can't go wrong! And the cocktails are inventive to boot!
9/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
A good Find,...
The food was very well done, with everyone at the table happy. Tastefully decorated, timely and knowledgable service, well executed and thought out dishes with simple clean & local flavor.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding in every respect!
My girlfriend and I had a totally enjoyable Saturday evening here. It was our third visit and the experience was just as great as the other two. We are light eaters and love seafood. Their redfish-over-spinach entree hit the spot exactly, preceded by a perfect Caesar and ended with our splitting a blueberry-peach torte. The service was quiet and unobtrusive but prompt and comfortable.
I recommend Central-214 for any kind of dinner of any size.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The appetizer were good, but
The appetizer were good, but the entres were great - well executed, great favors. We will return.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband & I had a great time! The food was excellent and service was very attentive. We'll definitely go back!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great! Great! Great!
Great food, great drinks great desserts but especially great people and service! Most restaurants at this price point can afford to have good food and drinks, but not all can combine it with a chill atmosphere and nice, friendly people - I FEEL good about eating here. Highly recommend!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
You must have the poudine!
We had excellent service and the food was fantastic. Try the cream cheese grits! Absolutely divine.
Then for dessert, you must get the poudine. Don't be put off by the name or the description the waiter gives -- it's stellar!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We really liked the food and
We really liked the food and very attentive service.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
craft and consistent
I have been to this account several times and the food is always consistently good. The cocktails are craft driven and assortment larger then usual. I always appreciate an account that carries my favorite brands including Drippings Springs Vodka, Drippings Springs Orange, and Highland Park 18yr
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
How does one critique perfection?
Know this, if you wish to meet and enjoy a staff of excellent young people, the 214 Central Bar and Restaurant has no equal. Jeremy is a Master chemist; James and Kyle and Kyle2 are learning from the master; and Adriana and Michelle (please study the meaning of grace) and.....I will say no more; you must personally experience the Palomar; the Kimpton; the 214 Central. Wishing you the best.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was great and service
Food was great and service by Alicia was outstanding. Definitely plan on returning soon!
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Central 214 = Amazing
We've followed Chef Dodds around since Bolsa and have always been both excited and delighted by his amazing skill and touch. Alicia our waitress was relaxed and well spoken with a great sense of humor -
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
So good! MUST try the green
So good! MUST try the green tomato PIE with Cajeta and almond Apricot Chevre, Thanks Mr. Dobbs for this one!
Server was great. Wagyu burger amazing!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every dish we had there was
Every dish we had there was fantastic and the waiter was extremely helpful and answered all our questions.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Friday night with friends
The Central 214 team out-did themselves Friday evening for my wife, I and friends. The food was good, my ribeye was prepared medium well yet I asked for medium, but everyone else's was great, I think that's what really matters. The atmosphere was electric and inviting. The service personnel were friendly and hospitable with all of our needs. Overall the evening was a success and I'd like to thank everyone that worked that evening.
Dr. Robert Montes,
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wow! Just Wow! From the cocktails
Wow! Just Wow! From the cocktails clear thru to dessert, it was the most inspired meal I've had in a good while. Gram Dodd and the whole staff at 214 are a Dallas treasure!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dining was Superb
Graham Dodds cooking was amazing. My friends and I tried multiple appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts. Everything was amazing. The staff was friendly and attentive. The presentation of the food was spot-on. Graham is known for obtaining his ingredients, locally. I would recommend this place to people from Dallas, and visiting Dallas.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
another great evening
We had a wonderful dinner. Tried a new salad and one of us had goat brisket and the other had a special, cioppino, which was delicious! The staff is always accommodating and friendly. We always enjoy our visits here!
9/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food - no wait
When we walked in an the place was empty on a Friday night, I was worried that the food would be awful. I even considered walking out. However, when the food came, we were pleasantly surprised! The food was fantastic! If you are looking for a place on a Friday or Saturday night that doesn't have a long wait, check this place out!
10/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
Visited Central 214 before going to the Bon Jovi concert. We were blown away not only by the restaurant staff, but with the entire experience. The atmosphere and decorations were incredible, and had the weather been better we would have enjoyed a drink in the courtyard adjacent to the restaurant. The food was great, with an attentive wait staff and a manager that stopped by to ensure we were enjoying our time there. They even allowed us to reprint out tickets for the show which we forgot, saving our night altogether! We will definitely be back.
10/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great brunch spot, right next door to Exhale spa. They have yummy healthy and not so healthy options, something for everyone!
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
First Visit, But Won't Be Last!
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner! All three of us thought what we ordered was prepared well and very tasty from soup/salad course to dessert. We were celebrating my birthday. I felt like it was a special meal at a special place.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM