Cafe Momentum

4.7
656 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(214) 303-1234
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chad Houser
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Catering
We offer catering on-site for breakfast and lunch events, as well as dinner events during off nights. Off-site catering is always available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Akard
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking is available in the parking garage adjacent to the restaurant. Please pull into the garage.
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Public transit
We are located next to the DART Rail - Akard Station
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 656 People Are Saying
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l
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love the mission of this restaurant, and I was expecting good food, but I was surprised at the superior execution. My dish was delicious and expertly crafted.

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KD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great concept with reasonably priced food. Knowing you're contributing to helping your community while getting a great meal is a rewarding win win. Will be going back to try other entrees.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, love the cause.

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g
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience. The food was perfect

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R
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It was what I expected, service is spotty, but understandably that is due to the learning curve of the employees, which is NOT a complaint, clearly this restaurant has a fantastic mission of helping at risk kids, lots of support from the staff, we had questions about our meal and our server didn't know, BUT he did the right thing , " let me get our chef to answer these questions," which the chef did come out and explain the vegan sausage, that is really quite the story! I wish our server would have joined the chef so that we could all learn together. We arrived around 6 PM and it scarily empty, but by 7:30 the place was hopping! So it's a destination, the VALET parking is a bonus, do take advantage of that! The delicate squash was delicious! My husbands ravioli was a bit on the tough side, but tasty, my NY strip was good, a bit over cooked but not a big deal, the Vegan sausage was really spectacular, it as the winner!! Next trip I will get the most popular item, the fried chicken.. Yes we will go back, it was a good experience, it's a long one, so plan to be there 1 to 2 hours for a 3 course meal, the coffee was excellent , could have been hotter, and the dessert was good, nothing spectacular, but it was very good.

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DB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I know the history of the employees, but they really need to trained in proper customer service. Our waiter spoke not a word to us until he delivered the bill. He then recited a pre-approved thank you.

The kitchen was very slow. Although the food was fine, I found the overall experience a little disappointing.

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MM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful and food was great! We enjoyed our experience and sure to return!

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JD
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food with an awesome mission. I would go back, nice wine menu.

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RB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was drawn to Cafe Momentum because of the mission of the organization that drives the restaurant. The service was excellent, all the servers were eager to please and responsive to our requests. The food itself was outstanding! I had an excellent NY Strip steak that was cooked perfectly medium rare. Very pleased to have finally been able to dine here.

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KP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Cafe Momentum and enjoy bringing friends and family. So happy to see these young people doing an amazing job!

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

This was fantastic Great food, great cause. Will definitely go back.

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E
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our biggest recommendation would be for the great cause behind the restaurant is the desire to help at risk youth. We were pleasantly surprised after reading about you in a book on eating smart by Dr. Caroline Leaf. That's why we came. Blessings as you continue to pour into these youth. They are blessed to have your support.

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My moms vegan sausage was burnt, however the smoked chicken and ravioli was amazing. We'll definitely be back.

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

Cafe Momentum was an inspiring and delightful experience. The food was delicious, the service on point and attentive, and the atmosphere warm and inviting. Our table’s server intern Nathaniel was kind, knowledgeable about the menu and fun to interact with. Manu of the interns are underaged so a separate bartender took care of our wine service and kept our glasses consistently full. I believe and want to support the mission of Cafe Momentum. While my first visit was with a friend who had been before, I would like to invite clients and colleagues here for dinner in the future. It’s very special to see the dining quality and community purpose work in harmony!

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OU
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and even more spectacular program. The quality of food is awesome. Didn’t expect the quality of food to be as high as it was. The students were so enjoyable. Very happy I’m able to support this program. Thanks to Cafe Momentum for investing in the future of kids that otherwise may not have had a way out.

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M
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Second visit to Café Momentum - just as good as we remembered from our first visit. Great food, and all in a great cause. Strongly recommended!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience and a cause we all should support.

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Q
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the decor. The waitstaff were great and so gracious. The food was amazing. I love the program of this restaurant. We made a donation and hope to continue to in the future. They young people were so nice and it is obvious they are succeeding in their positions as well as their future. I am recommending it to my friends

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

We had a blast! The servers were so fun, informative and attentive. The Bacon Scones are out of this world! Great wine ()
We will be back!

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PD
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We think the price is worth it because it is going for a good cause. Our servers were good but we had to ask twice for a couple of things. However, all our food came just as ordered, even for two of us who shared an entree. Three of us had the coffee rubbed NY strip...Oh, me!! Best steaks we had had in a long time! This was our second time to Momentum and we enjoy it because the noise level allows for good conversation at the table. Thank you for that!

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BM
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great downtown Dallas restaurant - with a mission to help juvenile kids - food was great and so was the service. Reasonable prices and sseasonal selections on southern comfort food. Duck Confit and. Shrimp and Grits were awesome. We will definitely be back!

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K
Dallas
86 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Even without its mission, this was a really fun dining experience. Interesting menu, good food, energetic atmosphere. Add in these amazing young people working for a brighter future and you have a fabulous reason for going. And we can’t wait to go back.

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RA
Kansas City
23 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about our visit. We were greeted at the door by two cheerful gentleman and seated right away. Our server was friendly and attentive.

The food was delicious! We enjoyed the bread, the fried okra salad and the corn and crab fritters. The fritters were mostly crab and soooo good! Our entrees were the smoked fried chicken and the Texas gulf shrimp. Both were perfectly cooked and delicious. We had dessert but it was only ok.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, best in Dallas. The fried chicken was the best I’ve ever had. I love the experience and what Cafe Momentum is doing for the Dallas community and youth. I wish there were more Cafe Momentum locations across the country.

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ED
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just kept ordering more food because it was so delicious and justified it with, “well its for a good cause so it’s fine.” Truly a completely delightful dining experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a great cause! Love!!!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect as always. Food is great but the kids are the stars of the show.

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DB
Dallas
54 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This is a completely different approach in dining as it is a learning curve for both the kitchen and wait staff. The food was very good. The service was hit or miss all night.

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KP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

What an amazing organization. I loved every minute of being there with my husband for his birthday dinner!

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Awesome concept.

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BM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Young staff was good and often checking ng on us. They worked as a team just the food didnt do anything for me

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L
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

We took friends who had never been to Café Momentum. We arrived only to find that they had no valet parking, as advertised, and that they had a reduced menu due to a large catering job. We are very glad that they got the catering job, but feel that those with reservations should have been notified that the menu would not be a full one and that there would be no valet parking service. The parking was $15. The food was very good and the person who helped us with the wine was excellent. Our server was very sweet and the bus boy helpers were all very attentive. We are just sorry that we brought newbies to the restaurant on a less than total performance night.

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JH
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very impressed with our experience and especially Cafe Momentum's amazing mission. The food, the service, the atmosphere - everything - made it a wonderful night out.

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RW
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great and service was good. Wait staff very attentive. Had the chicken, porkchop,steak, and shrimp. Shrimp was the only dish were not raving about.

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EC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was our first time visit. The concept is unique and worth trying out. Next visit we will take along friends.

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DH
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Momentum has fabulous food! But what is equally amazing is the success of their program to improve the lives of young people who have struggled to find their way!

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CL
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Momentum is a sensational restaurant with incredibly fresh, creatively prepared, locally sourced food. Add to that to the fact the restaurant is staffed by at-risk youth in a 12-month paid post-release internship program following their release from juvenile detention and the special nature of the restaurant comes in to sharp focus. This is a great restaurant on the merits of the creativity of their menu and the quality of their food. Considering the value they are bringing to the community and this is a place I look forward to visiting again and again. Congratulations and thank you to Executive Chef and CEO Chad Houser and his team.

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AO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An incredible evening with great food and an inspiring mission. We will back again and again!

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D
Dallas
103 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was outstanding. I only recently learned of this special venue and it’s amazing mission. Everything one the menu was top notch.

It’s been a long time since I felt this special just observing the amazing staff. My steak was prepared to perfection, the salad was excellent and the house made sorbet reminded me of the fine dining traditions of the Pyramid at the Fairmont.

The staff worked seamlessly. It’s the only time in recent memory when I wanted to applaud. Hats off to Chef Houser and the amazing team.

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KS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and fun evening... what makes this place amazing is the mission as well as the excellent food. Truly a Dallas gem... ❤️🙏🏻

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