Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine

4.8
2067 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southwest
Bonnell's Restaurant has earned the awards of "Top Restaurant," "Best Southwest Restaurant," and "Best Chef" by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine; "Best Chef" and "Best Restaurant" by FW Weekly, and "Award of Excellence" by Wine Spectator.

Certified Texas organic beef, wild game, and fresh gulf seafood are the star performers of Bonnell's. Each dish exhibits creativity and innovative tastes with a blend of Southwestern, Creole, and Mexican influences.

Fine Texas Cuisine, as defined by Chef Jon Bonnell, is a blend of regional flavors and cultures, combined with local ingredients that make Texans proud. All of the venison, quail, wild boar, beef, ostrich, chicken, fish, oysters, shrimp, cheeses, and fresh herbs served at Bonnell's come from the great state of Texas.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Southwest, Wild Game
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:15 pm
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Phone number
(817) 738-5489
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jon Bonnell
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Private party facilities
Consider hosting your next business lunch or elegant dinner in Bonnell's private dining room. Offering fine Texas cuisine in a relaxed upscale setting, our classically trained chefs and professional staff are equipped to accommodate all of your private dining needs. Bonnell's private dining room is completely self-contained and is the ideal venue for corporate entertaining, rehearsal dinners, cocktail receptions, holiday parties, or family celebrations. Bonnell's private dining room seats up to 48 guests comfortably, and with independent sound and lighting, the room can be fully private, if desired, with drawn curtains. Created to extend the exquisite offerings of our award-winning restaurant, Bonnell's private dining room offers an elegant and welcoming Texan ambiance.
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Catering
Bonnell's offers full-service custom catering for events from two to seven hundred people. Bonnell's will create a specific menu just for your event, and will also arrange for all service and rentals.
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Cross street
183/Southwest Blvd
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2067 People Are Saying
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LS
Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I’ve had lunch here more times than I can count and the food has always been superb. I like the varied and exotic choices as well as the more basic fare. All the food seems to be hand crafted with a wonderful knowledge of how to combine culinary expertise with creativity. Thanks!

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LB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without Waze I would never have gotten to this place but I’m glad I did. Extraordinary food, not a big menu but carefully crafted. The Bonnell’s margarita was excellent.

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M
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love those Oysters Texas fellers! And the buffalo was amazing.

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OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out favorite place to eat

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AD
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food. Great place for a casual dinner or a birthday celebration (as in this case). Wine list is excellent and the staff know the menu very well. Will be back!

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H
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food - bison rib-eye with blue cheese sauce was cooked to perfection!

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SS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 30th anniversary at Bonnell’s at a friend’s recommendation and couldn’t have been more pleased with the experience. Exceptional service, comfortable but upscale environment, and incredible food. Our server was helpful and professional, and even provided a complimentary dessert to celebrate the occasion. We felt very pampered and enjoyed our meal very much. Definitely one of our top five dining experiences ever! We’ll make this a regular place to celebrate special occasions and look forward to coming back.

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MS
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary. We had friends join us. Food was delicious! Our server was wonderful - very attentive with great recommendations.

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HM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a delicious, meal , great service & wonderful time with life long friends!

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q
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection and everything is made to perfection. Consider quail or steak they are the best.

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SM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been wanting to try Bonnell's for a long time, and it did not disappoint. Great food, great service, great drinks. So, so good!

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S
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

$8 for two teabags? REALLY? Bonnets thinks too much of it’s fine dining to take advantage of its customers. I won’t be back.

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JD
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A family favorite for special occasions. Services is impeccable, daily special offerings are always creative and delicious, wine list is very good with the chef's special offerings and dessert....save room!! Recommend reservations, but have walked in and gone to bar area to eat. They are very accommodating.

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JS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Water's Bonnell several times but neglected this restaurant for location reasons. Well worth the extra drive time to get to south Ft Worth. Food Atmosphere and wine were all sublime!!

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CW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I was impressed with the fried oysters then everyting went south. Asked for a medium rare Wagyu RIbeye. Was served well done. Got brussel sprouts as a side which had a bland taste to them and was like eating them raw. The truffle frites were okay but noting extraordinary. It was extremely loud and couldnt hear a thing my date or waitress said.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great night. Goode exotic dining experience.

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

My elk was delicious but others that had the red fish were not impressed. The service unfortunately was slow and inattentive. I’m wondering if they had people call off? For those prices we would have expected immaculate service and attention.

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JW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy this place and their creative menu. The absolute best Shrimp & Grits and the Pecan Crusted Redfish is our favorite.

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b
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual, this restaurant always pleases. I live in Colorado and try to visit this restaurant when I am in town. I had the rabbit enchiladas which were absolutely amazing. The blend of spices and rabbit was amazing. We also shared the mini elk tacos with cheese grits as an appetizer.....I don't even like grits, but again the different flavors melded together to make an amazing dish.

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RS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bonnell's had some huge shoes to fill for us. We'd read reviews and heard through word-of-mouth it was almost in a league of its own in Fort Worth and it truly is. We haven't found a better fine dining experience in the area... Bonnell's is fortified at the top of our list.

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G
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was tremendous with service that was prompt. The buffalo tenderloin is my favorite. I’m never disappointed here.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going there for over 10 years. Excellent food and service as always.

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BF
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I drove from North Dallas and it was worth every mile.

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S
Oklahoma City
36 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Well we heard this was supposed to be a good place to eat, guess we were told wrong. Wife ordered the Elk tenderloin medium rare, I ordered a mixed plate, elk, quail, sausage etc. When the meal finally came my wife's tenderloin was WELL done, my plate was barely warm. Waitress took them back and said they would both be redone. Wife's came out and they had put the new tenderloin back on the same plate on top of the same asparagus that was now soggy and mushy. My plate was the same just heated up. I asked waitress she said yes they had decided to just heat mine up! We sent them back and told her we were done and leaving. The manager finally came over and said they would prepare something else or would give us a $100 gift card which we refused. She then said she would go ahead and take the meals off our check.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go every anniversary... Love it... they always remember us.

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GH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were both outstanding for our wedding anniversary dinner. Had the Redfish and Buffalo tenderloin. Delicious.
Did not care for the apple fritter dessert.

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HF
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was delicious as always, but our service was pretty poor.

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BW
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Was a bit disappointed. Service was great, but food was kind of lackluster, especially for the price. Noise level prevented us from being able to hear each other without really raising our voices.

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SA
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Bonnell's is always good. I think the food might even have been better than the last time we visited. The service was pretty good, even though it was very busy on a Wednesday evening. The noise level, however, almost made us want to leave. We could not hear each other across the table and the raucous group of men at the next table only got louder and louder as the evening progressed. The tables are VERY close to each other, so there is no getting away from each other,either. That is an enormous drawback at this restaurant. And one of my guests who had never been (a long time resident of Fort Worth), noted that it is a funky little restaurant--the wagon and windmill outside, the animal skins thrown across the leather, overstuffed couch, etc. I am not certain that is the "vibe" the Bonnells are going for, but that is what she thought. It is a shame, because I tend to think of it as a higher end restaurant. Overall, good and good value.

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JR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Owner and Chef Jon Bonnell's cuisine is outstandingly delicious--and he is a wonderful perso, too. His staff has obviously learned a lot from him.

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a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure. Good food great service. The seasonal rabbit enchiladas were divine. The redfish was dry but my guest told me after the meal... so that’s his problem not the restaurant’s.

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JH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bonnell’s has been a favorite of ours for many years. The food is always done to perfection and the shrimp and grits appetizer is my go to meal! It has house made tortilla chips, spicy, cheesy grits and shrimp. I love the grits so much I usually do not eat many of the shrimp! The waitstaff is outstanding and the noise level is never too loud. We love it!

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RR
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our table of 4 loved our food and the service couldn't have been better!!

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S
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best spot in Cowtown, bar NONE!

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Wagyu ribeye was excellent as was the bacon wrapped Wild Boar entrée. Will definitely return for another special occasion.

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our Ten year anniversary dinner. They were busy, and we arrived maybe 5 minutes before our reservation, but they seated us almost immediately. The waiter was just attentive enough and very nice. The appetizers, Shrimp, andouille sausage and grits as well as the Queso Blanco w/chorizo were awesome! We shared the mixed grill entree. With the added Elk tenderloin and Lamb, it was plenty for us, and it was also wonderful!

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JC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and the service was perfect. Would highly recommend. Bartender was excellent also knew how to mix drinks perfect.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous food! The beef tenderloin is my favorite.Bonnell’s is THE place to go for excellent food and service! A friend was in town from Ct. and we were able to have a nice long visit.

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N
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

If you like game meats, this place is wonderful for that. Had elk, buffalo rabbit, etc. Very good food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very awesome waiter Dan he knew his menu was patient professional yet friendly gave us time to enjoy each entree great price fir quality of food love it

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