Cafe Momentum

4.8
750 reviews
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Contemporary American
Cafe Momentum is a non-profit restaurant that serves as a paid post-release internship for juvenile offenders. Youth are released from detention into the sheltered environment of Café Momentum’s post-release program. Café Momentum’s program teaches critical skills that allow youth to re-enter society in a safe, real-world environment of nurturing accountability. By participating in our program, at-risk young people rotate through every aspect of the restaurant from waiting tables to washing dishes, while working side-by-side with established chefs.

The paid internship gives them the opportunity to exercise and practice their new skills while continuing to develop leadership, social, and vocational skills for as long as they choose to maintain involvement with Café Momentum. Additionally, Café Momentum works with the Dallas County Juvenile Justice Department to serve youth deemed highest risk for incarceration.
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MJ
Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best; best food, best service. So great the simplicity of the menu with each item a taste winner
The staff are great and the interns are the best part of the evening, a genuine experience.

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L
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, inspiring stories, great cause.

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L
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Most everything was wonderful! The carrot app was tasty but the carrots were almost raw. Fish was overall very good but would have benefited from less salt. The presentation of the fish was superb and it had a nice crust. Momentum salad was one of the best salads we've ever had. Service great and value amazing!

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was outstanding! Our server, Marquin, was very attentive.

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PS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are fortunate to have Cafe Momentum in our city! I suggest the scallops and asparagus salad - delicious- but everyone around me cleaned their plates too! Don’t miss the opportunity to visit and revisit!

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful - great food and I love what their mission is.

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JD
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing concept and supports so many good things. Fried chicken, biscuit and potatoes were delicious. Not usually a fan of collards, but these were good. Charcuterie board was beautiful, and I'm adventurous with food, but some of the flavors were either odd, or just didn't meld well. The sausage was amazing, though! Cookie skillet was delicious and coffee was excellent.

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RA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted promptly and with a smile. Our table was ready and well located in the restaurant which I appreciated. The service was very attentive. The food was amazing. I had a risotto that I would love to eat every day!

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BD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, Great Service, Great Mission.
This place provides substance, meaning and relationship to both sides of the conversation. This statement will make sense once you have experienced dining at Momentum.

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TK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This would be a top level restaurant based on the food alone but when you factor in the mission and the impact they have on the community, this is an outstanding place.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Momentum is amazing! Such great food. We are vegan and the chef made us an amazing 4 course dinner. We'll be back.

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MU
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for an even better cause. What’s not to love about Cafe Momentum?

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CA
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cause, very friendly service. Loved the food.

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DF
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Without consideration of Cafe Momentum's charitable mission, this is an excellent restaurant, that has a creative and well-executed menu.

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L
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cafe Momentum! The young people in the internship are inspirational. The food is great. It’s satisfying to support such a wonderful concept, one that often changes the outcomes for the participants.

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FL
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

So enjoyed meeting the "kids". The service and food was very good. Only negative I have is that it was VERY loud. Difficult to hear those at your table speaking to you.

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BK
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first experience at Cafe Momentum. Our server, as well as the rest of the staff, was friendly and efficient. We have great respect for the mission of Cafe Momentum, and we were delighted to speak with Chad Houser. Anxious to return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our first experience at Cafe Momentum. Martwan was learning to be a waiter (we were his first table) and he did an excellent job!

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, an even better mission.

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MV
Dallas
50 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another lovely meal...
And kudos to the chef who not only discussed pickling recipe tips with me, he gave me a jar of those amazing habanero carrots! Cafe Momentum ROCKS!
See you next month!

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KF
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A great cause and really good food. We hope to return next time we are in Dallas.

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SS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant and it’s mission to retrain the misdirected youth from the prison system

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J
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here several times and it’s always an amazing experience. The food is amazing, the service excellent and, most importantly, the program is one worth supporting.

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p
Dallas
100 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a group of 8 and Nathaniel was our wait staff. He was patient throughout the ordering process even with changes from a few people. The other staff was on the ball all the time.

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D
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Great cause. We will be back again soon.

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D
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant and the concept is outstanding!!!

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C
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A group of women were celebrating a birthday. Great food and enjoyed getting to chat with Chad!

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JD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an uplifting place!! Food is excellent and being around these kids is really fun!
Thanks

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NP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! Great atmosphere & staff. Really enjoyed our evening and visiting with our server. Such a great program and cause to get behind.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing
Best meal in Dallas

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CH
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. Very polite and attentive servers and overseers. Lots of food for the price.

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C
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Momentum never fails to deliver. The food was delicious, Nathan was an awesome server, and the charcuterie board is a MUST!!!!!
Could do this with friends once a month!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server Chris did a great job. So enthusiastic about the program.

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E
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply one of the best meals we have had in a long time!!! Delicious food with a good cause! Excellent!

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GC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first time eating at Café Momentum, but it won't be the last. The food was outstanding and the cause was even better than the food. My hunger was satiated and more importantly I left feeling just a little bit better about the world we live in.

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GG
Dallas
156 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good straightforward menu.
Great cause.

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OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great experience at Cafe Momentum. Everybody was very nice and the food was amazing!

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L
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

At the start, the service was a little slow. But when we told them that we needed to go to the symphony in about 1 hour, the service was very timely.

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LD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and so was the service. Definitely recommend. We'll return!

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H
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only was the food great, but the concept of the restaurant is terrific. Will definitely be back.

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