Bird Cafe

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A chef-driven concept in Sundance Square Plaza offering fresh, seasonal plates, great wine, masterful cocktails, and craft beer in a refined, relaxed environment. Featuring a large patio space directly on the square.
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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an incredible experience at Bird Cafe! This was our first visit since the chef change and was very happy to find the quality was still right up there. Noise level rated as moderate simply due to sitting outside (but definitely worth it).

HC
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Bird Cafe is in the historic (circa 889) Victorian Land Title Block building on the opposite corner from Bass Hall with windows facing E 4th Street and a very large patio facing Sundance Square. Dining is offered on the patio, but the atmosphere is VERY casual, so we opted to eat in the rustic upstairs dining room.
Our server was friendly and very knowledgeable on the menu choices. We started with The Hungry Farmer Board, a Charcuterie consisting of salami, prosciutto, and cheese loaf with brie, Havarti, and jalapeno white cheddar along with a sprinkling of fresh fruit. To be honest, it was the highlight of the meal with the salami and brie being stand outs. Paired with a good Cab, I could have munched on that the entire evening.
For our entrees my wife ordered the Barramundi (Asian Sea Bass) Filet served with perfectly prepared fresh spinach, a rich consume, and a lacy and delicate hazelnut tuile. I had the “surf the good news being you and a partner can split an appetizer, and perhaps order a salad and not end up going home with tomorrow’s lunch in a takeout box. We had a flourless chocolate cake for desert which was dense, moist and thoroughly enjoyable.
Also, upstairs is a patio lounge and fire pit for cocktails and conversation overlooking Sundance Square. It was a beautiful evening, so we retired there after dinner and enjoyed the view and the dancing flames.
A very nice evening. The Bird is a good choice for dinner anytime, but would make a superb pre/post Bass Hall retreat.

JD
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again, an excellent meal. Great server recommended the daily special - shrimp and steak with sides of mashed potatoes and asparagus. All well prepared. We'll be back again.

JA
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good southern cooking type food with good selection. Would like more choices for dessert. Excellent service.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and cocktails were great but it took several minutes for anyone to come over after we were seated. After that it was great!

DH
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For years my daughter and I had Daddy/Daugjtet

TM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I agree with yelps 3.5 rating. The restaurant has slipped in the last few years. The steaks were not good.

TW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at Bird Cafe was fabulous. My first time there, impressed.

C
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Bird Cafe for brunch on TCU parent’s weekend! I had the Mother and Child reunion. The fried chicken breast was so flavorful and insanely tender! And, the eggs were poached perfectly so that they spilled out to merge with the jalapeño gravy which had just the right amount of heat (mild). And finally...yes I have to carry on a little more!...the brunch potatoes were the best that I have ever had! So crispy on the outside and meaty and tender on the inside! I live in Dallas,but a 40 minute drive is not that far to keep be from returning often!! 🙌🏻

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff was excellent we enjoyed our dinner

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great stop before bass hall

PP
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for brunch before the matinee at Bass Hall. Mimosas were especially good and a good value. Loved their chicken and waffles. But if you order this, we award that the dish normally comes with a leg and thigh. If you prefer a breast, as I did, just ask your waiter and they'll substitute.

B
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

My husband and I have been here many times so this is with a heavy heart that I write a bad review. We were seated pretty much immediately. However, it just went downhill from there. We waited about 3-4 minutes before our waitress Liz even took our drink order. It then took another 10 minutes to get our drinks, in the meantime Liz passed our table several times without even saying anything to us. Once we did get our drinks it was another 10-12 minute to order our food. We told her we had a show at Bass Hall at 7:30. From that point it took 45-50 minutes to get our food. We inquired several times and Liz repeatedly told us it would out any minute. The first thing we ordered was a salad. Seriously it takes 45+ minutes to prepare a salad? The food has also gone downhill, not near as good as it used to be. We barely made the show. We’ve never had a problem on “sho night” before.

SB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bird Cafe is always a delight! Great location, fantastic service and excellent food.

NB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coming in from California to visit our son at TCU, Bird Cafe never disappoints! We have only been to Bird Cafe for breakfast- wonderful location, atmosphere and the selections are excellent!

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful but the vegetables that came with my amazing roasted chicken were cold. Cold like they had been sitting out for a LONG time cold. Not just room temp or just warm but cold. Kinda disappointing since the roasted chicken was so HOT and YUMMY!

KM
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in the Square. Excellent service and very attentive. Food was perfect!

AJ
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a friend’s bday. The service and food were excellent. They were super accommodating and awesome. Will definitely go back for brunch!

JK
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cocktails were absolutely superb and our waiter Jakob was great. Our dishes were fine, nothing to write home about, but average at Bird Cafe is still better than many restaurants so we enjoyed our dinner as usual and will indeed be back!

RL
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice wine list. Excellent Arctic Char. Great selection of really good food. Nice choice for a business dinner. Something delicious for every palate.

r
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place - fun food!!

W
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had some really great cocktails and the burgers were to die for!

AO
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Homer is badass. Such a funny and charming man. Will definitely be back as soon as possible!

b
Austin
70 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent well prepared food and service.

BL
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Brian Olenjack is back after a long absence and is now in charge of Bird Cafe, and that's very good news for local diners. We so missed his special touch after Olenjack's in Arlington closed a couple of years back, and we welcome both him and some of his signature dishes. Was great to see (and taste) the shrimp with grits. Now, what about the chicken fried steak?

DK
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Our server was great, but the food was SLOW. Between appetizer and main course was easily 45 minutes. No idea if this is the norm, but I would suggest only visiting if you have time.

KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This occasion was 2 couples meeting to catch up. The portions are large enough for 2 women to split a salad , split an entree. We split the shrimp and grits - it was great .

JM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the family / sharing atmosphere of the restaurant and enjoy their food. Good variety in the menu with enough uniqueness to make it stand out. Beet salad an absolute favorite as well as the steak and frittes. Also great that they are on Sundance Square. Beautiful setting.

VA
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful, Atmosphere was beautiful and FOOD and Mimosas were A M A Z I N G!

LM
Austin
87 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was our first visit to Bird Cafe. We will be back. The restaurant space is very appealing. The service was excellent. Everyone works as a team and gets the job done. The menu isn’t extensive, but it’s comfort food with a flair. My fish was prepared just right and my husband liked his fish and chips. The apple dessert cake was exceptional.

MG
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I make reservations by open table app by 3:90 this app don’t let you know the restaurant was kind of close to cook between those hours. And the front desk did not let me know that when I arrived. Also the restaurant should have called to let me know like another restaurants. So we had to wIt also to service get to us. Was dissatisfy with these issues. Other than that was ok since we already were there. Abd we waited.

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Love this place1

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Good service!

KP
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing, waiter made great recommendations for drinks and food. I’ve eaten here many times, this was one of the most enjoyable evenings. A group of 5 and everyone loved the food.

B
Dallas
44 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, the food was perfectly prepared, and the environment was delightful!

TJ
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Sara was fantastic: attentive & courteous. Our duck entrees were delicious! This is our 2nd time dining at your restaurant, and we plan to return!

MG
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Ambience and amazing food locally sourced. Delicious!

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. My wife and i had the bird burger. It was very very good. The service started out slow but it was great in the end.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit over priced, but the food and service was exceptional. And, right across the street from Bass Hall!

k
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cute restaurant with a good menu with some creative and different takes on classic brunch items.

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