Cafe Momentum

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$31 to $50
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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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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating valentines and our first time there. Great food and good people. I love to support places like cafe momentum that build young people and cost for food was excellent.

KR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Valentine’s Day. Best experience. Best food. The staff was great. A delight overall!

RR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely delicious food! My waiter was a bit distracted because of the large crowd (Valentine’s Evening) and kept forgetting to bring items ordered but he was very courteous and seeking to make sure we were satisfied. If you’re an out of towner, this is a must visit spot. We’ll definitely be back!

D
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great purpose to the restaurant and the quality of the food was impressive.

JN
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful! Our server was in training with your lovely trainer. She was a great coach and he was charming!
Discovered a great wine,too.

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We love what cafe Momentum is all about! We’ve been aware of Chad Houser/Cafe Momentum for several years but this was our first visit. Our service was good, menu interesting. Everyone in our group loved the food, noting that the chicken dish was excellent but a little too salty. The spinach was wonderful and I will order it again next visit. The warm breadbasket was over the top delicious - our party of six ordered a second to share.

TK
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The smoked fried chicken was a bit on the salty side. The kale salad was delicious as was the creme brûlée! The real star of the show was the collard greens, divine!

OJ
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, greater mission. Food was excellent and worth a trip on its own. Staff was courteous and obviously trying very hard. Complimentary valet is a nice perk.

JR
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely fabulous evening! To begin with, the mission makes the whole experience worthwhile...but add to it the flipping amazing food and it is a total homerun! The service was a little slow, but that's to be expected when considering these young adults are learning new skills. The food made up for it. It was a nice, relaxing evening and fun was had by all!

RW
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, experience, and cause!
The fried chicken was awesome! And the appetizer with comeback sauce was great as well.

LN
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent!

OT
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m really in love with this place and it’s mission plus I feel good when I eat here and on top of that food is really really great!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Great food. Great cause. Complimentary valet parking too.

m
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place! Food is outstanding and they do for the community puts it over the top.

RD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

I love the mission of this restaurant! Chad Houser is an exceptional human being and has dedicated his hospitality career to helping our youth, the future of this country. More important than just filling your belly and social calendar, this restaurant fills a spiritual void many successful people have. Long live Cafe Momentum!!!!

MA
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third visit, fantastic food, save room for dessert .

MR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff, atmosphere, food. The story and mission of Cafe Momentum is worth the visit in itself, but couple that with great food, friendly/caring people and a fun atmosphere and the experience is a 10 out of 10.

B
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nearly perfect meal. Love the mission of Momentum cafe, will definitely be back!

JW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love the CAUSE, the food and the service! The scallops were my favorite; the New York strip was good and the pork chops were yummy! Unfortunately they were out of the dessert that we ordered, but that's ok, b/c the gingerbread cheesecake was delicious! I wish more restaurants would adapt this "give back to the community & help our youth better themselves" concept!

O
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! We had the steak and smoked chicken. Delicious! Love their mission of giving troubled adolescents job skills and foundation for a good future!

RG
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Mia served us wonderfully. Will recommend it to our friends

VM
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I organized a family dinner with a party of 9 plus a toddler. Our server Kejuan was fantastic! He took the time to tell us about the program when he introduced himself and willingly answered questions we had. The order was served perfectly, and the food was delicious. I love this program, and the food is absolutely delicious.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cause is incredible, the food is high quality prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Can’t say enough great things about cafe momentum. The story behind what they do is heart warming and you can see the love and patience the leaders have with the kids they are helping. The interns going through this year long program I could tell they felt proud and happy someone took a chance on them.

P
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! Our waiter was new to the front of the house and did a nice job. The young woman refilling water glasses answered our questions about their program with confidence and pride. We definitely will be back! I’m so glad there is such an awesome program available for our city’s youth and the food... yum!

JC
Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, great service, amazing mission.

OT
Dallas
44 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience. Affordable bottles of wine available to cork and take with you. Good food. Great concept with great service!

Y
Dallas
53 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

My steak was undercooked and tough. I love the concept, but these young people are so green, so nothing they do or say is comfortable for the guests......to many issue to list.

QO
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This review is specific for the evening of December 5. There was a very large group of young people at one end of the large room. Their behavior was certainly above reproach, but the background noise (sound) made it almost impossible to hear those who were sitting on the other side of our table. I have no solution to recommend, except some acoustical tiles on the ceiling. (All of the surfaces are "hard".) This detracted substantially from our enjoyment of a delightful menu for our party. As expected, the food and service were terrific.

M
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went with friends for a birthday celebration, and everyone enjoyed their dinner. We appreciate what 'the program' is doing for these otherwise mis-directed youth. Nice atmosphere and very nice people. I will definitely be back!!

GS
Dallas
47 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service were top notch as always! It's always a pleasure to see Chad (owner) & the staff. THANKS!

JP
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Café Momentum is a joining of an excellent cause with high quality food. I strongly recommend Café Momentum for those who have not had the experience.

D
Dallas
64 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We’ve been to Cafe Momentum many times and are always impressed with the experience. Service and food were great. We had the Chicken and the Scallops. Portions were nice sized and prepared well. Valet Parking was a breeze. Can’t wait to get back there again soon!!

F
Dallas
71 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our first visit to Cafe Momentum, although I've been familiar with it since it opened in 2015. Why didn't we go earlier? Inertia, probably - but I'll be back soon and I've already told friends. Will also post on Facebook. The mission alone is worth supporting - but go for the food and atmosphere and you'll be pleasantly rewarded. Our party of 4 all agreed the food was delicious. Raves for the cauliflower starter, brussel sprout side, fresh fish, pork chop and scallops. All fantastic. Our primary server, Aja, told us without pause or embarassment the story of how they work and how much she is looking forward to studying culinary arts in college next year. She'll go far.

MD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant doing great community work to give people opportunities to develop a successful career. Management was great and the staff were well coached to be outgoing and customer oriented. The work being done at this restaurant is changing lives for the better, providing communities to support thier people, and making Dallas and the world a better place.

Now on to the food and atmosphere; great food, grear beer and wine, and a welcoming small cozy environment.

If you want a good meal with friends, family, or coworkers then this is a place to go. I would also encourage supporting this Non-profit organization if you feel lead to do so. They welcome donations and these are well served to change lives.

Thanks from our group who represents the Society of American Military Engineers who were in yown for a Conference.

l
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends, husband and I enjoyed a lovely dining experience at Café Momentum last week. The food and service was excellent. We took the train from Garland to downtown Akard station. Being unused to the downtown area, we had a little trouble finding the Café, which was the only negative element to our evening. Thanks for everything, especially finding purpose for the young.

BS
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing. We had cauliflower for app, strip steak and pasta for dinner with sides of brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes. It was all really tasty (but was a bit on the salty side).

The service was not great, but knowing the mission of the organization, we tried to temper any frustration (our server stopped waiting on us halfway through in order to eat - we later found out he had been awarded employee of the week, which means he got that as a reward).

Personally I didn't mind the inattentiveness at times because the servers aren't professionals, they're still learning. It felt good to be able to make a positive impact with my dollars and hopefully help them get on the right track.

KJ
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Very disappointed in the chicken...had a strange consistency and flavor. The potatoes, mustard greens were excellent.

CE
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great concept!

c
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! We had dinner before the Derek Trucks concert at the Majestic Theater

JS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and outstanding service. We tried the shrimp hushpuppies for an appetizer and they were delicious. Both husband and I had a green salad before our main, it was a very generous portion, with a good vinaigrette, but there were more than a few wilted salad pieces in both of them. Still a tasty salad, just required a little picking through. We both had the fried chicken with biscuit as our main course, and it was very good. Our server was very pleasant and properly attentive. I would love to see the place have a little better lighting; there were areas that seemed dark and shadowy, though not our table. We love the concept and ideals of this restaurant, and will dine there again when in the area.

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