Knife
Knife

Knife

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.knifedallas.com/
  • Phone: 2144439339x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast daily 6:30 am - 11 am
    Lunch daily 11 am - 2:30 pm
    Dinner daily 5 pm-11 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: John Tesar
  • 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: Select from Knife'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: Knife's south wing offers semi-private dining for up to 45 seated guests.
    The terrace with flagstone paving, contemporary style and garden views set the stage for up to 60 guests.
    Knife's sleek main dining room is ideal for larger parties of 85 seated guests up to 150 for a reception.
  • Private Party Contact: Kelly Krause 2145602865x
  • Special Events: Visit our website to see all upcoming events.

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 WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Knife reviews from OpenTable diners
141 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (89)special occasion (73)hot spot (51)vibrant bar scene (45)romantic (40)notable wine list (37)good for groups (28)neighborhood gem (19)late-night find (13)great for outdoor dining (6)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (5)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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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    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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not sure what it is trying to be?
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    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Some things were quite good, steak tartar, tuna. Some were just bad, bone marrow (too salty!) onion soup (too sweet) scallops (just awful). Know it is suppose to be a steakhouse but menu is strange and it is still a hotel restaurant. Don't think I could recommend it.
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  • Very nice evening.
    dinaVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    After the recent news, we were very intrigued to try out Knife. Overall, we had a great time and the food was fantastic. It lives up to the "modern steakhouse" theme. We were seated quickly, but the service was a little slow, especially from the bar. The servers were very nice and professional aside from that. After ordering the bison ribeye, we were told by a manager that they were out. We were disappointed, but ordered another steak. When it came out, it was cooked perfectly. And, to our surprise, when the bill came the entire steak had been comped. It was unexpected, but speaks to the level of service you're getting. The sides and dessert were all great, the bacon tasting forgettable. Overall, it's a great meal for a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • It's Grrrrrrreat
    powerfilmVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Enuf said...Huge menu of different meats and pork..12 bucks to over a hundred. Great wine somm if you need guidance there. This is fine dining so don't go expecting a cheap date night. Open kitchen and a chef's counter where you can watch all the action.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Knife is Perfect
    thescottlewisVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    From service to food, there is always somewhere I can find a flaw, not at knife, the service is perfect without being overbearing, the food is brilliant, this was my second dinner at knife, both experiences were flawless!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Can Not Recommend
    ldaschaVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Most odd and pretentious experience, would not return. Poor experience started with unprofessional hostess, to combination uninformed and bothersome service staff, pushy to turn tables made me want to get out as soon as possible and not come back. Menu selection and quality is very average at best, can get much better at 100 places in town.
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  • JoanVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Upon arrival, I was so impressed with this beautiful restaurant and hotel staff. However, food and service did not live up to standards of top rate steakhouse which had been expected.Dry aged steaks were not prepared as requested. Waitress was not attentive.Average dessert offerings to address steak too done didn't makwe up for average though costly meal. Willnot return.
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  • Hungerman
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food and service very good. When we arrived for our reservation, hostess said only available seating was at chef's counter or communal table. I explained that was not mentioned in our reservation which she confirmed but that was the way it was. Manager finally intervened, said they had some seating issues they were working on and thought he could get us a table within 20-25 minutes. As we were in no hurry we waited at the bar and were seated in about 20 minutes. There is a flaw in the reservation system if they accept reservations for a specific time but only have seating at the chef bar or a communal table and do not mention when reservation made. Other than that a good experience.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nu2DallasVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Don't miss the restaurant. It hits every price point and taste. No frills.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • uneventful
    love2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    expected a better meal with the previous reviews I had read. Steak had good flavor, was not tender, for $60 a steak, it should of melted in your mouth. Bacon tasting was interesting, a one time try for me, no need to do it again. Overall expensive dinner for what was ordered, with all the dining available in Dallas, nothing stood out to make me want to return.
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  • Teething Problems
    Livestrong
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Title says it all. Booked a table arrived and told that we could sit at the bar, community table or could wait? Tables for an intimate dinner for two are too large. Service was a little choppy and seemed to lack organisation. Read the reviews prior to this and decided to go regardless. Good concept and give it a few months to have the process buttoned down, this place should do well.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Knife Your Steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Knife is a great destination locale for fine meaty dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Meat
    PowerOn
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Had dinner at Knife on Saturday. Food and service was outstanding. Cool place with nice vibe. Unique cuts of meat at very reasonable price points, plus the normal big cow cuts available at other Dallas steak places. I had beef cheek which was unbelievably good and tender. Others had crispy beef tongue, tri-tip, and pork belly....all were very good. Waiting for the 240 day dry-aged beef to become available. Avocado fries were really good. John Tesar even stopped by the table and was very gracious...nice touch. Will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Burgers & dessert for adult
    DallasVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Burger absolutely outstanding. Great taste, simply done to perfection and an appropriate size portion. The crudité starter was delightful. The caramel panna cotta dessert was delicious. Our dinner from start to finish was perfect. I like the warm wood decor. I like that the bench side of seating did not make me feel like a midget. I like the two person tables were big enough for sharing a dish between us. I can't wait to go again.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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  • First class
    Kathleen
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    From the bar to the seated dinner, meat lovers who like surprises with their meals have to visit Knife. Was a wonderful experience and the food was superb. Ambiance amazing. Bar was inviting. Can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dry Aged Steak
    steveakajack
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Magnificent selection of steaks, very juicy & tender. Bacon Crusted Bone Marrow is a must try!!!
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Worth trying
    jacob
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    On Sat night, bar was busy but not overflowing with people. Service was attentive. Cocktails were spot on. Very well done with great balance on everything we had, from mai tais to one-off martinis. Not crazy about the dining room style. Modern, but the faux wood makes it look like Ikea. Service was prompt, if not slightly overbearing from the waiter. Management was very friendly. Meal was ordered all at once and paced well. The bacon tasting was great. French onion soup was sweet, but very good. Flavor on the tri tip was great, but on a tougher cut, I'd prefer it sliced, as the steak was pretty clunky. Wife ordered the bolognese, which was good, but overly spicy. Wine list was reasonable and I liked the ipad menu. Easy to use.
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    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Still trying to hit stride...
    GourmetGourmandVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our visit was a slight miss on many levels. The room is nice, but the tables wobble; There was ample staff, but they seem disorganized and service was unusually slow; The food was inconsistent; Yellowtail was delicious, but tomato and watermelon salad was under-seasoned and boring; Steak portions are large enough to share. The meat was served at the requested temp; it was tasty but over salted. Good bread and a nice crudité start, but the sides were in fact less memorable than they sounded on the menu; Bar drinks were also only OK, but we enjoyed the wine with dinner. Not inexpensive but promising. We will probably be back in 6 months hoping that the bugs will be worked out by then.
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  • Great service
    nicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Alicia, our server, was amazing. We asked her so many questions about the interesting dishes and she was so patient with us. When she did not have an answer, she came back with the answer. The food and dishes were delicious. The pairings were great. Will go back for the rest of the dishes we wanted to try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • I would not recommend Knife
    TolemacVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The quality of the service and the people was absolutely great. But the quality of the food was absolutely terrible. My wife ordered the filet mignon Took one bite gagged on it and returned it. My ribeye steak was tasteless the fries were terrible and even the onion rings were blah. Needless to say I would not recommend it to anybody and I will not be returning.
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  • not what we expected
    Scoop
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The Palomar is beautiful,great drive up appeal.Knife has a cool vibe. we loved the bar and the spacious seating area around the bar.Great place to have cocktails with a group of friends.As you enter the restaurant,you cant help but notice the totally cool patio.Words cannot describe..you have to check it out.The restaurant is way too expensive for the quality of food that you actually get!! The steaks are a fortune,and taste is not close to Dallas's top steak restaurants.$15 for a salad,that tasted ok.Service was good. If you are wanting a green vegetable to go along with your meal,this would not be the place for you! They do not have vegetables on the menu.Try the avacado french fries.Maybe they can tweak the menu..
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  • Great food! Service needs work
    KelsieW
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I reserved a table for my husband and I on a Thursday night to celebrate his birthday (which I noted on OpenTable). When we arrived, exactly on time, the hostess said our table was not ready and sent us to the bar to wait. No apologies and no offer to buy us a drink while we waited. About 30 minutes later our table was finally ready and still no apologies. Our hostess simply said the kitchen was backed up. Our chop salads, Akaushi ribeye and dessert were all fabulous, though. They did offer my husband a cheesecake dessert for his birthday, but that was after I dropped a few hints that we were celebrating. I would recommend going elsewhere for special occasions.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 71 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 712 reviews are from the Knife reviews archive.
  • Spectacular all around
    Chefkt
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    My husband and I had a rare night out without the kids and chose Knife to celebrate it. The menu had a much larger selection than I expected and everything sounded awesome. We ordered the pea shoot salad and it was seasoned perfectly. What could have been a boring plate of greens, ended up being a cutting edge star! The service was stellar. They were very attentive and passed the napkin test. My husband, inadvertantly dropped his napkin twice within minutes of each other and the staff was all over it. The sommelier was very helpful and the manager touched our table a couple times. I can't say enough about how wonderful the experience was. I am telling all my friends!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    DrFashion
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We started with the bacon tasting and it was delicious. Then we had the Niman ranch rib eye and were pleasantly surprised. Best steak we've ever eaten! The tempura avocado fries and creamed spinach were good too. Wish we had room for dessert, but that 28oz steak was pretty filling. Service was excellent, but the atmosphere was loud even though the restaurant wasn't completely full. Overall, wonderful experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous New Restaurant
    chichaVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Wonderful service and delicious food.The best steak I have had . Very relaxed atmosphere,great service
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very interesting menu
    LDFalco
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    After reading online that Knife was rated to have one of the best burgers in the country and already having a business trip planned for Dallas, I made the reservation at Knife. My wife and I arrived and saw that the place was not so big. We were seated at a table that shared a large bench seat along one side and then a single chair on the opposite side of the table. The table was very wide and impossible to have an intimate or discreet conversation. The couple next to us tried their best to keep their conversation private, but with this type and width of table it was not possible. The menu is quite extensive and eclectic. Many items needed explanations from the waiter. The burgers we ate were very good. The salad as appetizers was great.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nonie
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We were ignored after being seated, others coming in after us receiving water, wine list, etc. but after husband complained to hostess all was fine. Our waitress was exceptional, food wonderful. Some portions way to large for us but spouse and I split some of smaller items.
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  • Dabrimjr
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Fantastic food and you will not leave hungry. My wife and I split the 44oz Ribeye and took most of it home. The bacon tasting is out of this world with the bacon jam! This is a nice restaurant with quality food so don't come looking for a bargain.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Best Hamburger in Dallas?
    BurgerVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The hamburger section of the menu is interesting and I would return to try another variety. The burger I selected was served between an English muffin, which tells you about the serving size, perfect serving size. So I would call their burger, at least the version I had, inventive but not the best I ever had. The salsa verde tossed fries, not great, but love the onion rings as they are in a tempura state.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Just ok
    LeenerTheLion
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    For the prices this restaurant commands, our service was not very good. Our waitress did not know how some dishes were prepared. None of the servers seemed to be enjoying their jobs. I was excited to try Tesar's food. But it was just myeh. My husband's steak was prepared very well. He enjoyed it. It was his birthday. I don't eat meat, but he loves it. I had the pasta with truffles. It was good. I wanted to try the gulf shrimp, but the server couldn't tell me how it was prepared. The drinks were outstanding. The Palomar has always had great mixologists. We're not going back to Knife. The atmosphere was depressing.
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  • Excellent Experience
    lovefood
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I really hope this restaurant does well. The complimentary crudite, bread, parting dessert plate all made the experience extra special. Truly the food was amazing - the beef tartare so delicious. Having just had steak the night before, we decided to share the chicken and mac and cheese - both were delicious and so enjoyable. The pretzel dessert is a must. Also if there are just two dining, sit at the chef's table - watch the action - it is fun and it makes you appreciate your meal so much more. Loved our waiter - he was incredible - picked us the perfect wine and made sure we were taken care of. Loved Knife!
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Knife
    IlovefoodVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I love the ambiance of restaurant. The waiters were absolutely amazing. I got the pigs head. It was not as much edible meat as I thought it was going to me. A lot of fat.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.