The Front Room
The Front Room

The Front Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thefrontroomdallas.com/
  • Phone: 2142198282
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday - 7:00AM - 10:30AM
    Lunch Monday - Sunday - 11:00AM - 4:00PM
    Dinner Monday - Saturday - 4:00PM - 11:00PM and 4:00PM - 10:00PM on Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, Comfort Food, Contemporary Southern
  • Executive Chef: Chef Nick Amoriello
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mockingbird
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet
A word from The Front Room
The Front Room puts a modern spin on classic American diner staples, regional specialties and comfort food favorites. The restaurant bar offers a wide variety of espresso and coffee-based drinks, fresh pressed juices and an artisanal cocktail menu with a mix of classic and contemporary variations. The intimate space features a sleek mid-century design and covered courtyard patio overlooking Southern Methodist University. Located in The Lumen, a Kimpton hotel, The Front Room is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails.
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The Front Room reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.6
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (4)neighborhood gem (4)fit for foodies (3)special occasion (2)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Small menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food was very good, but the menu much more limited than expected.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BigFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The place is bright and pretty but extremely noisy. The service was good but the food was just average. It has a good menu and lots of potential but there are so many better places in the area that I would probably not go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch menu lacking....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Was there for Sunday Brunchbat 1:30 and there was only 1 table occupied and when we left there were 2. Our problem was that the brunch menu was so limited. A beautiful space though.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience at Front Room
    Anonymous
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Going back for 3rd time this weekend. The food is fabulous. Lacey is the best; she is so pleasant and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, but pricey!
    SallyDallas
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had a very nice brunch on the Saturday of SMU graduation. Needless to say, the place was crowded and noisy, and it took a while to get served. But my eggs benedict were fabulous, and my husband enjoyed his pecan waffles, although he balked at the $13 price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 4.3 stars? really?
    bethebel
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I'm pretty confused by the high ratings this restaurant has received. Three of the people in our party had the burger, and they were all overcooked, dry and devoid of seasoning. One of the buns was also really greasy. The fries were average. My mom had the cornmeal crisped trout, it was grey... I rated the noise level as quiet because we were the only ones in the restaurant, we did eat early, but it was Mother's Day, so you'd think people would be out eating, maybe not. Yelp gives this place a 3.5, which is closer to the truth, if I had seen that I wouldn't have made the reservation there.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 72 reviews are from the The Front Room reviews archive.
  • sweet victory
    gomezican
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    great service, excellent food. a terrific night out. a quick dinner turned into a 3 hour event and we enjoyed every moment of it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • salad?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great experience, but was a little surprised by my roasted beet salad. No real description was provided on the menu, I was left to assume it was a salad as it was listed with another option that sounded a lot like a cob salad. Well, my 'salad' arrived with beautiful beats, goat cheese, candied orange peel, light dressing, but zero in the way of greens. It was very tasty, but was lost in its huge bowl and contained about 7 beets. With some roughage, that would have been plenty for lunch. Without, it was a bit lacking.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Eggs Benedict on a biscuit?
    DinnerVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Yes. And it was very, very, very good. I'll be back for more!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    easydining
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Good food, terrific serving staff, handy location for SMU meetings/activities, not too hectic an environment...especially small enough not to have the noise interfere with conversation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd Time Not the Charm
    Phil
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    After taking couples to The Front Room 2 other times, and having great meals and experience, our last experience was not near as good. Upon arriving for our 7:30 reservation, the it took 6-8 minutes to get a booth set up for us, even though the place was 1/2 full. After looking at the menu, we did not see the 48hr fried chicken and meat loaf options that had been so good on our last visits. My wife and I split a strip steak, which was tough, and my wife's salad got delivered to our guests by mistake. Not giving up on the Front Room, but hope it corrects these issues.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The decor was a twist of 2020
    HappyCamper
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The decor was a twist of 2020 meets Dallas with a slight lining of Los Angeles. The service was amazing and the wait time was quick and we were greeted with warmth and a smile. Love it and would definitely return and refer friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Valentine's Dinner
    wdbiv
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I selected The Front Room for Valentine's Day because, like I normally do, I waited too long to make a reservation and this was the only place available. However, the restaurant exceeded all of my expectations. The ambiance was great and the service outstanding. When I mentioned to our waiter that I was trying to piece a vegan meal together, the chef prepared a phenomenal set of vegan dishes for me. The only problem is that the space around the bar is very tight, making it difficult to make your way to the rest room from the dining room. Other than that minor point, this was one of the best dining experiences my wife and I have had in quite some time. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great place to celebrate with your sweetie on that special day. The food was fabulous and the service the best. A special menu for the occasion with wine pairings was perfect and balanced by both an attractive and contemporary bar. The atmosphere was enhanced by the attached equally contemporary hotel. The oysters were succulent and seasoned just right. The steak was cooked to perfection. The salad was extraordinary and the desert had several taste treats of different sorbets which begged to be enjoyed with every morsel. A special restaurant when you want to be with special people. I recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch!
    KenSVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    A great brunch ! Southern food, unique interpretaitions of food, great service, and awesome Bloody Mary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect after game hangout!
    WineNDineVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Went for dinner to celebrate SMU big win. Excellent burgers that were huge, overkill on the fries although they were crispy good. Delicious roasted chicken over julienne veggies I would go back for as well. A little pricey. Probably not a poor student hangout but a great bar and fun place with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We stumbled upon the Front
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We stumbled upon the Front Room and are now in love! I've been twice for lunch with my mother-in-law and it's terrific. The service is second-to-none and they're incredibly accommodating. The food is wonderful and the servers are knowledgeable about their offerings. Complimentary valet is nice, as well. We'll keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Front Room Impresses
    MysteryDinerX
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We were steered towards Front Room via Open Table, so it's nice to be able to write a highly positive review of a referred venue! Front Room was a great recommendation - distinct menu, funky but intimate environment and excellent service. It's a bit off the beaten path (right behind SMU on Hillcrest), but worth finding. Try the sausage and polenta specialty - it was superb and presented beautifully. Also greatly enjoyed the roasted beet salad appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for our New Year's Eve
    LDLM
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We found Front Room had tables available for New Year's Eve and thought we'd give it a try. The waiter was wonderful, and helped make it a festive night. I had the ravioli appetizer, which was excellent but three tiny pieces so I had to savor each little bite. The entrees we weren't as impressed with as we were the appetizers and desserts but it was still pretty good. We will likely be back for the pot de crème and the apple crumble dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The brunch was fantastic.
    TerryVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    The brunch was fantastic. We have tried many brunch places, and we think this is the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting Experience
    TXDiner
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We live in the area and wanted to try something different and were able to get a reservation at the last minute. Everything was fine but, for the price, I don't think the restaurant met expectations. The tables between the booths are too big. My boyfriend and I had to sit on the same side just to feel like we could carry on a normal conversation. The food was okay but the menu didn't really excite me. The service was great. We would probably come back just because it's easy and there isn't a wait but it wasn't my favorite.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Nick
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    The Front Room has an incredible menu that changes with what is fresh at the markets. It is always fabulous! Check it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hotel dining that is good
    BigAlVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    Needed a quick spot for breakfast on our way. We were pleased with the Front Room. Always cautious when it comes to Hotel Dining. The Front Room was a pleasant surprise. A special menu that made it worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    TennisGolfLady
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    The service was excellent, friendly and attentive but the menu was limited and not anything to rave about. It was fun to try but probably won't be back until there is more variety on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • constant traveler
    chloeVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    The food was great, I ate every bite of each course. My waitress - Michelle - was very pleasant. I enjoyed talking to her. The manager was nice too. I would definitely come back when I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Family Friendly -Great Food/Service
    JPhoenixVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    We decided to try the Sunday "Family Funday" by the pool, and loved it! The GM, Mario Brooks, told me about it a few weeks ago, and I just wish I had known about it all summer. We live within walking distance, so it was a perfect way to spend my daughter's birthday - laying by the pool, swimming, and eating a great meal (Shrimp Top Loader was delish). Our server was attentive, friendly, and professional. Keep up the good work, guys!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is lacking...
    gretta1228VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    Great location but food and service were not good at all.
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  • What a find!
    JCCL
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    Swanky Sunday brunch spot. And, food was so fresh!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We really enjoyed the cocktails,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    We really enjoyed the cocktails, food and service. We will be returning for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BAD Service...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    What a shame!! My husband, three sons and I just returned from a late brunch at The Front Room. It was our first time there and certainly will be our last. While the food wasn't bad it certainly wasn't outstanding. The service, however, was the worst I've experienced in Dallas...that's really bad! The restaurant was basically empty when we arrived...maybe 3 or 4 tables filled. We noticed what seemed to be two managers on duty in addition to seven or eight servers. With ample staff and few patrons..we were left with empty water glasses, slow offers of refills of drinks, etc.. Our food took at least thirty minutes to come out and even then all three of my sons' orders were wrong. I would not recommend The Front Porch to anyone...
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  • disappointment in the fried
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    disappointment in the fried chicken which I read was supposed to be so good
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thought the food was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Thought the food was great and the service was really good too. A very enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent breakfast place
    TripletsDadVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2013
    Good place for a business breakfast. Tables are a bit wide, but it's clean and food was all very good. A tad slow on refilling the coffee cups, but everyone was quite friendly. Would def go back except no self-park, and I'm not a fan of valet parking when they park the car ten feet from the checkstand.
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  • Front Room an Affront to Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    I was so looking forward to a great dinner at the Front Room since the menu looked great and the place looked like it had a good vibe. The only good thing I can say about it is, yes, the place does have a good vibe. Unfortunately, the food is excruciatingly bad. My husband couldn't even cut his meatloaf it was so tough. Seriously. Hard as a rock. I ordered the omelet with two cheeses and some onion and it came to me cold, hard and with very little cheese. The waiter was scatter brained and never came back to check on us; the place wasn't even busy! You'd think he would have noticed we barely ate our food, but he didn't even ask...a sure sign that people usually leave lots of food on their plates! Bad, bad, bad.
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  • Disappointing. Service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Disappointing. Service was fine but the food was not. Went in for dinner on Saturday evening. The manager was very attentive and accommodating as was the server, but this could not compensate for the very food quality. The atmosphere was cold. Would be fine for breakfast but not a good environment for dinner.
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  • We both had the Eggs Benedict.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    We both had the Eggs Benedict. Entrees were both lukewarm (ham was actually cold). Probably would have been much better served hot. At 9:30 in the morning we expected great food. Drink service and waiters were great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have been to this restaurant
    Razorback
    Dined on 3/18/2013
    Have been to this restaurant twice--Brunch and Lunch.Had the same waiter both times. Less than attentive. Food average for a diner. Out of sweet rolls for Brunch and No bread offered at lunch with hot entree. Good location and very nice valet parking.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent brunch
    AbsoluteRavingFan
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    Very good. The biscuit app is outstanding as were the fish tacos and omelet . Notable is the Bloody Mary, wonderfully spicy and earthy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have been wanting to visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/12/2013
    Have been wanting to visit The Front Room so breakfast for a co-worker seemed appropriate. Each staff person was polite and friendly, greeting us with a genuine warmth and service. Will definitely return for another occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was great, but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    The food was great, but the service and the initial wait at check in was inexcusable. What's the purpose of having a reservation? Waiter, Shawn, was very irritating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet