The Establishment
The Establishment

The Establishment

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (214) 520-0050
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Brent Hammer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Armstrong
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking available; Valet also available
A word from The Establishment
Inspired by two of America’s most cherished traditions, The Establishment is a modern rendition of the neighborhood oyster bar and classic cocktail bar. We feature a 10" raw bar with more than 15 different types of East and West Coast oysters, a seasonally focused small plates menu helmed by Executive Chef Brent Hammer and a very, very ambitious beverage program. With an uncompromising focus on excellence, this ocean to plate, farm to table aesthetic is represented lovingly by ever-changing food and drink menus that are both adventurous and sublime. The Establishment experience is designed for all the senses and can be enjoyed in many ways,
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The Establishment reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.4
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
65% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (17)great for outdoor dining (11)vibrant bar scene (10)good for groups (8)hot spot (8)neighborhood gem (8)special occasion (5)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (3)romantic (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Grisko
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Very poor food. Non fresh shrimp ( not sure how many times frozen) and the oysters were no better. They did not have some items from the menu ( crab...). Almost empty place. Service fair.
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  • whats going on there?
    CorinneVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We arrived close to our designated reservation with 4 people. We entered and stood inside the restaurant for over 5 minutes. No one from the restaurant ever aknowledged us. No host stand, table etc. It was unclear who was in charge or ifanyone was going to seat us at this mostly empty restaurant at 7:15 on a Saturday. It appeared thwre was only a bartender staff and kitchen staff. who was manning the door? We exited and dined elsewhere.
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  • Needs work
    Traveler
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Great concept - doesn't work when serving non-fresh shrimp and crab (mush). Not sure how old and how many times frozen, but better not to serve period of not flown-in daily. Indicative of the completely empty restaurant on a Wed at 630p. To be fair, cocktails are good.
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  • MorriD
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were looking for a reservation on Open Table , and decided to try the Establishment. We were very happy with our decision. We had delicious food and drinks, and the service, starting at the door was great. We posted our status on Facebook while we were there and have had many friends ask about our experience. Yes! We will go back and recommend that you go as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was good and service was very attentive. The wine was good as well. We were pleased with the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CHelcias
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very noisy place and impolite staff. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Closed? No phone call? Really?
    dallassocialiteVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I showed up for a reservation for 9. Actually 3 of us had made reservations for 9 to total 27 people (we had no intention of putting the reservations together). The restaurant was closed. A Valet guy said there was an argument between staff the day before about the menu which caused them to close for a day to figure it out. I don't understand why no one called us. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find space for 27 ladies in 102 degree heat on a Sunday at noon? This is beyond inconsiderate. They lost the chance for 27 of us to give them a shot and you can bet we've told everyone we know. Rude.
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  • not long for this earth
    countrydiner
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    With 10 patrons, a small menu with multiple items "out" for seasonal changes and a noticeably sparse bar, EST looks and feels like a place on its last legs. What food items there were were not particularly well prepared. The cold sea food plate did not include the oysters promised even after our waiter told us they had no lobster for the plate. Service was not particularly prompt and there were literally only 4 tables occupied. We will not repeat but will watch for the obituary.
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  • low on food
    cmt1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    They ran out of many items on the menu. Since the menu is very limited to begin with, it left little to choose from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch spot!
    JerryVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Love the atmosphere - modern, but casual and welcoming. Efficient, knowledgeable service. They have a great brunch menu - a friend and I have gone a couple of times and enjoyed everything we've tried.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday night find
    Clark
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I visited EST this past Friday for the first time. We were looking for a new place to eat and EST sounded intriguing from the reviews. I have to say the place lived up to the reviews pretty spot on. Our waiter, Robert, was charming and knowledgable and made several good reccomendations. The menu was exciting with very creative offerings and a variety of portion and pricing options, which was inviting to try several things or for group dining. It was pretty noisy and the drink service from the bar was noticeably slow and needs improvement, but not a dig on Ro set, he was great. Food was yummy and drinks were fantastic! One bit of criticism, find a new way to serve tables outside. With the patio doors open, there was a wave of 90* heat inside
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for 4
    dinner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went to the EST for a nice dinner. The appetizers were so great we had high hopes for the entrees, but were disappointed. I would really recommend this place for awesome cocktails and amazing oysters. Everything else was just kind of sub-par. The service was great our waiter took our food back to get a different entree but we still felt it wasn't worth the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Soft opening
    MarsarchVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Good good. Friendly service. A bit empty so the ambiance was not very energetic. Will improve with time and will try again in a weekend night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid place
    rmbccivVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great oysters. Great drinks. Great shareable entrees. Look forward to my next visit there. Everything was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food- Poor Service
    racer
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was very tasty but small portions for the price. Staff was pleasant and nice, but the service was spotty. Three people were sat at a table for two which was not a major problem but somewhat cramped for what we paid. Otherwise, the patio was nice and open. Waiter asked us if we wanted the dessert menu and then promptly deserted us. Pun attended. One of my friends fell asleep while we were waiting for it. To save her the embarrassment of drooling on herself, I got up and found the manager for the check. It's hard to say this was a good value when compared to other restaurants in this price range.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oysters good-entrees okay
    HighhopesVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This place was good for oysters and the steak. Overpriced for the entrees even though they are tapas, menu is confusing on how it works between the tapas and cold plates. Music is way too loud for upscale dinner, feels like too much of a club. The most annoying part was the bartender continuously pounded the shaker against the bar which was ridiculously loud throughout our dinner. Although we got wine and had 4 people our bill was over $300. Oh and the seabass was terrible, the pea mush under it did not work at all.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • reyglVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Very loud -- hard to communicate w/ your party. Food/service were mediocre. Disappointing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu makeover would be good
    EatPC
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great atmosphere and location. However, the food was not remarkable. Portions were very small and they call them tapas - on huge plates. Makes sharing frustrating. I suggest a menu update with larger portions and add some of the Cedars Social better items (burger) to the menu. The service was very good.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 22 reviews are from the The Establishment reviews archive.
  • Restaurant/Lounge
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Love this new restaurant/lounge hip and trendy idea with communal dining. Their cheese board is to die for. My husband ordered squab which was delicious. I liked my lobster a lot but the dish includes fennel which I am not a fan of. I feel like the fennel overpowered the dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food stands-out, service doesn't
    RyanDL
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is my second time at this restaurant. The first was a 12 person group on a slow weeknight and it was excellent. This time was 4 people on a Saturday night. Significantly different. While the menu was slightly changed (no concerns there -- the food is outstanding), the service was a little off. Though 2 people in our party were ~5 min late, we were not seated until over 30 min after our reservation time. A 4 person group with no reservations (they claimed they had one) was seated before us. Frustrating. Our waiter was good, though an accidental charge did appear on our check, which was removed upon calling it to attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Keep coming back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Love it here. So great to have good food and excellent cocktails so close to home.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing!
    llll
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Best find in Dallas by far. Will definitely come back soon... Awesome food, cocktails, and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great seafood. They have excellent cocktails! The staff is great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still exploring the menu
    GourmetGourmandVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was our second meal at the Establishment. We are trying more of the menu and continue to enjoy most offerings. Most of the fish & seafood is outstanding. Lamb was only OK in comparison. Service can be erratic when things get busy, and the room still bothers me. The noise level is generally too high and the AC pours down uncomfortably on several tables. These issues shouldn't be hard to fix, and would enhance the experience significantly. The food keeps us coming back. More to explore next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Busy/ tight seating
    MelinMurphy
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had an almost 10 minute wait for a server when we were seated. That's a looong wait when you're just sitting there. We were a party of two seated next to a party of four and the way the tables were arranged we could have all been a party of 6. Very close arrangement. Overall it was fine...the food was very good, the wine was a good choice and the menu choices will bring us back- maybe at an earlier time however to avoid the crowd.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must try!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I've been here more than a handful of times. It never disappoints. I love that I can enjoy a stellar cocktail with food that's just as good. Rare to find in Dallas. The staff is doing a great job!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    satnightdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was fresh, well prepared, and tasted good. Personally would prefer to have an option for full meals and not just small plates. They could have two prices without much trouble if they want to be considered restaurants and not just a "tapas" bar. Most small plates were less than $20, but when you need 2 to make a meal it is not that inexpensive. The decor is casual and bland like many other new restaurants. Our waiter and the service was excellent. When we told our waiter we were hungry, he recommended the ricotta cheese starter to fill us up which was a great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try somewhere else
    DallasdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Went with another couple and we were definitely not impressed. We had tough octopus, a noodle dish that smelled so bad that it was not eatable, and the smallest serving of lamb that I have ever seen. I do believe that the lamb was less than 3 oz. for $18.00. It was very expensive and we all agreed that it really was bad. Try somewhere else.
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  • Great menu
    powerfilmVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Really great menu. A Massachusetts style raw menu on the front, and multiple small plate options on the back. Oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp. Small plates of Duck wings, octopus, fish, salads, meats. Good craft cocktails. Extremely energetic noise level. If you want a quiet dinner this is not the place, however if you want great food, it is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GourmetGourmandVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Top quality ingredients, imaginatively prepared. Small plates to share allow for a tasting of many things. Most were a hit. Good selection of oysters. We tried three varieties from Prince Edwards Isl., but they had many more options to choose from. Great tomato salad, with the best tomatoes we've seen all season. Also enjoyed the Atlantic trout & the scallops. The rabbit was only OK in comparison. The room is loud and the décor seems at odds with the food. Given the care taken with the food, a separation from the bar & TV's, and a little quieter dining room would allow diners to appreciate the food more. The bar also needs work. Specialty cocktails ain't so special. Not cheap, but worth it. We'll be back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal!
    Pafo
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Went here on a Wednesday evening. Not very busy. Warm welcome. Had a variety of appetizers, salad and entrees. Everything was absolutely delicious. Service was a little slow for such a slow night. My husbands dinner was given to another table and he did not get his meal until the rest of us were done. Spoke to the manager and she offered a free dessert. We asked for his meal to be taken off the check. She did it, but we felt that we should not have had to ask. Would return based on the quality, freshness and flavor of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Catching up at The Establishment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Plates were small but the food was amazing. Noise level was high inside when it was filling up but they have a nice patio I will try next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    Jgold22
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This is one of the best seafood places I have been in a long time. Fresh good, good drinks and unique dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Entrees are delicious but small. Great bar and drink menu. Very vibrant atmosphere with groups and not really a place for quiet atmosphere. Definitely need to try the lamb.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and cocktails, slow srvc
    RoadRashTXVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I had made reservations and when we showed up we were pleasantly greeted and shown to our table. The waiter was initially very attentive and took our drink orders and our food order. We tried a few different cocktails and they were all excellent. We also ordered 2 dozen oysters, the trout rillettes and the duck wings. All the food we tried was excellent but I will not say that everything was perfect. They still need to work out a few kinks. We did run into a few problems like poorly shucked oysters, a cracked glass and slow service. I will have to say the manager was great at fixing the problem with the oysters and the cracked glass. But what we did notice about the service is that as it got busier our waiter became less attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get here before the crowds do.
    FoddieTootie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Usually restaurants aren't on top of their game when they first open. The Establishment is the exception. We were lucky to get a table, and I think it's only because the word is not out yet.. Great tapas reimagined in a modern way. Don't miss the house mad ricotta!! Servers knew just the right amount of attention, and they were all easy to look at too. Get here before the crowds discover this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Good food. Great cocktails. Fun staff. Excellent bartender
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Brunch and Drinks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised with everything! We had the duck wings which were delicious. The shrimp and grits really stood out as well! We ordered quite a few items because everything sounded so good and everything blew us away! Impressed and pleased. Their patio is great sized and the tunes really make it enjoyable. Their cocktail menu offers great selections too. Can't wait to return for another brunch... Dinner and for late night cocktails! Thanks again to the staff for making it such an enjoyable experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip new restaurant
    dallasiteVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The interior looks like you are dining in the warehouse district of NYC. Staff is friendly and service is good. My husband had fresh oysters and the sea bass. I had the $18.00 lobster dish that was delicious. Portions are adequate. Definitely worth giving this place a try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The visual ambiance of the restaurant was great, however the noise level and type of music (late night dance music at 6:30 PM) was inappropriate. The food was only fair as they tried to have too many ingredients in each dish so that the flavors got muddled rather than being distinct. Portion size was great and the idea behind the restaurant seems good but some fine tuning is in order.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic