I don't know if there was a management and/or chef change but this place disappoints more and more every time we go. We went for Father's day brunch. The restaurant was about 60% full but the kitchen and wait staff were very slow. I had the special which was a ribeye and chorizo omelet. The omelet was good but my "medium rare" ribeye was 30% fat and barely edible. I was still hungry so I ordered dessert. I chose the key lime pie. It tasted like it had somehow spoiled. We will wait until this place goes out of business and some other restaurant takes their place to return again.
Overall bad experience, food was not what I ordered, server was non existent, table request was given to a couple that came in 5 minutes after us without a reservation while we waited.
We went here for her 12 year wedding anniversary had a great meal, and wonderful evening. Making reservations online not recommended, as the computer system does not always recognize them. The staff was great, friendly, and offered great food suggestions. The bacon appetizer is awsome. It's more expensive than a steakhouse, but knew from past dining, but worth the splurge. Would definitely recommend doing at least once, and we will go back . Highly recommend the slab bacon appetizer! Thanks for the evening!
The brunch was busy yet not overly crowded. Three of the four of us had the Crab Cake Benedict and WOW! Best ever.
Food was very good - only issue, one of our steaks was undercooked but waitstaff sent it back with no issues.
Entertainment in the lounge area was enjoyable. (Crawford & McAdams) Sat in lounge area before dinner and stayed after dinner until band quit & restaurant closed. Fun evening. Will definitely do the lounge thing again when these guys play. Waitress in Lounge area very personable, as well as hostess at the front who checked on us a couple of times while we were in lounge area before dinner.
We love Culpepper Steak House. It combines the quality of a high-end steakhouse with a relaxing, laid-back ambience. The Nueske bacon appetizer is a favorite of ours. You can't go wrong with any of the steaks and (on weekends) the prime rib. Service is great and friendly. Wine list is extensive.
Atmosphere was too quiet for us, food was good, but we were hoping to sit at the bar, but bar was very very small. It just wasn't the type of atmosphere we were looking for, probably won't go back.
Nice menu selection for Sunday brunch/lunch. Very cool, upscale, western style setting with an area for private dining events. Prices are reasonable for what you receive. Pretty laid back so you really shouldn't be in a hurry. They are not. Very nice place to have people from out of town so that they get a taste of Texas.
As always the service and food was great......the table was set as usual when we were seated by the friendly host. All four of our water glasses were not clean. 2 of them still had lipstick on them. At any restaurant, I would expect all dining and glass ware to be sanitized properly prior to setting the table. I believe our waitstaff was Max? He was very knowledgeable about the menu.
It was our first visit to Culpepper, and it may be the last.
We checked in with the hostess and told her we had a reservation for noon through Open Table but were told the kitchen was backed up so there would be a wait. Fifteen minutes later, we were seated outside in the patio and were told the regular menu wasn’t available. The menu was a three course prix fixe.
The server warned us again that the kitchen was backed up when she took our orders. The first course took quite a while to come out, the second arrived too quickly (the first course was still being eaten), and dessert was about right, time wise. The quality of the first course was excellent. Our party had shrimp cocktail, salmon bagel and Mediterranean chicken salad. The second course was hit or miss; the steak was excellent, the kids chicken strips were fine but would’ve been better at the first course, but the brisket Benedict was very salty, the San Jacinto was cold, and the sweet and sour pork was a little off. Dessert was cheesecake (still frozen in the middle), white cake with raspberries (excellent), black bottom pie (pecan pie on top/ brownie on the bottom according to the menus), but the pie was actually the white frosted cake drowning in pecan pie filling and chocolate sauce (not as described) and melted vanilla ice cream from the kids menu.
I would’ve been willing to give them another chance at a later, less crowded date, but after we paid the bill ($300, including tip for 4 adults and 1 child) and left the restaurant, I received an email saying that my reservation had been canceled by the restaurant. That was odd because I had already received two emails: confirming the reservation points. I called the restaurant and told them about the post-dining cancellation and was told I must not have told them I had a reservation. The restaurant was “reservation only” as stated on the menu, so we wouldn’t have even been seated otherwise. He said he would look into it. Still waiting for an update.
Booked the table for mother’s day, but there was no info anywhere that it would be a special (read: way more expensive) menu than the regular brunch menu on their website. Then it was one disappointment after another. The mimosas were also way more expensive than usual. They didn’t have the drink available (though it was on the menu) that my husband wanted. Their “special” menu didn’t have waffles which was the one thing I wanted for mother’s Day. (It was on their regular menu which was why I wanted to go there). My husband’s dish came out cold and had to be sent back. His dessert option wasn’t available. My dessert came out frozen. And to top it off they were well aware of how disappointed we were at this very expensive meal full of letdowns and didn’t even offer the slightest discount or even a comped drink or something. FYI I’ve waited tables so I rarely complain or send items back, but this was ridiculous. Such a disappointment and the last time we will ever go there.
Mother day brunch. The first course they played with lettuce instead of eggs. Forgot mashed potatoes with second course. Third course we ordered the brownie and they put the plate in front of me with no brownie. I gave back and the chef told the waiter that was it. I told the waiter it was supposed to have a brownie. He took back and the chef finally said there was something that happened to brownie. I felt like they were trying to deceive us.
Great food as always and deserts that are top of the line always a good idea to make reservation
The Saturday evening before Mother's Day is always crowded. Culpepper's did a good job of seating and serving a full house. Adam was our waiter and was sharp. Didn't have to be asked to refill drinks or take away empty plates. He was smooth. The food was delicious as usual. The manager visited the table and made himself available. An enjoyable evening.
We like Culpepper's. I'm rating our most recent visit; most have been better. We were seated at an awkardly placed table and the music was a little too loud. Most of the seven of us enjoyed our food. My wife's MW steak was M or even MR in places, and one seat was covered in water for some reason. the prime rib was amazing and the creme brulee was out of this world.
We'll be back; they just had an off night.
Wait staff are a notch above
Service was the issue. Very long time getting first course, then very long time in between courses. First time we have experienced this at what is usually a four star restaurant.
Usually if the “manager” gets involved, a dessert on the house is offered (which we would have refused) but we never saw the manager and it was never offered. To say the least, we were disappointed. This likely is our last visit there for a long time, if ever. To many good steak restaurants to choose from.
We had a Friday night, 7pm reservation. The place was a ghost town. The service was good and our server (C) was attentive. The food was ok. We ordered a double-cut porterhouse. Unfortunately, you could tell the steak had been cut THEN put into the broiler. It made the steak tough. The salads were ok but the Nueske's bacon was paper thin. Del Frisco's sells a similar bacon appetizer but it's almost a pound..for less money! We ordered a jap and bacon mac and chz and mushrooms. The mac came out plain and we noticed it when we went to eat it. We took a couple of bites and didn't even eat half of it. We brought this error to the server's attention and asked her to take it off the bill since it wasn't what we had ordered. She appropriately replied 'absolutely'. She cleared the meal and we ordered dessert to go and after dinner drinks. Now this is where it goes even further downhill. The server comes back out of the kitchen and you could tell by her face something was wrong. She proceeded to tell us that the manager said since we took a bite of the mac and cheese we would have to pay for it. WHAT??!! We didn't get what we had ordered and this is how we are going to be treated?!. I told the server, 'fine, we just won't come back'. Little did they know we host our annual holiday party there each year for 40 people...never again! The server upon hearing we wouldn't be back said 'wait a minute, let me make the manager actually come out here and talk to you'. The manager (hispanic, Yuaquim?) proceeded to put his hands on my shoulders... you should NEVER touch a customer! I told him we no longer wanted the to go dessert which was already sitting on the table. He proceeded to actually take the dessert back and reluctantly removed the mac from our bill. Here's the topper, when he came over, he said it was the servers fault for not taking off the mac. Liar! Never work for someone who throws employee in front of a bus and takes no accountability! Beware
Literally the best steak I've ever had. The Filet mignon was so tender and juicy
My wife and I went to Culpepper's to see a friend perform. I haven't been their in well over 10 years and they were great. Now, not so much. It has been turned into a super expensive steak and ale with a western feel. My wife and I both had Filet Mignon in different sizes. The steak were cooked as we had ordered but that was the only thing good about it. The steak lacked flavor. The said it had a rub but could not taste it. I had the mashed potatoes which were good, and my wife had the rice which she said was good as well. My roasted brussel sprouts were undercooked and under seasoned. My wife creamed spinach was excellent. For the price on the food very under whelmed with the result. I have better steaks cheaper. If I'm going to pay $150 for 2 people, I will go to the Silver Fox and get the value for the money. Will not eat there again. I will eat somewhere else first then go and watch my friend perform.
The Nantucket scallops wasn’t good
It was still raw and the Brussels sprouts has some fying insects
My rib eye was so fatty
Good service but food was disappointing. I got the angry bull lobster. It was the most expensive item on the menu and came with a lot of liquid on the bowl/plate that I had to drain to another bowl before eating. Lobster was chewy and the ribeye was 1/2" thick and covered most of the plate. Lot of grissle and I would expect a thicker steak for a $59 item. We had fruitflies all over the table as well which kinda ruined the dining experience. Best thing about our anniversary dinner was the appetizer jumbo shrimp cocktail and the server was really nice. We did not complain but could have done much better for way less money somewhere else. Live and learn....
Great beef, excellent service, fantastic ambience. if you get a chance, take a tour of the entire restaurant, really special place. Meeting rooms, terrace and bar area. Highly recommend for a nice night out!
We had Easter lunch. It was a three course meal and we all thought our meal was absolutely excellent.
Overall, the restaurant was fine. We were there for a 5:45 PM reservation and arrived about 30 early with no seating issues. I had the 7oz filet oscar and my wife had the pork chops. Although the size of the chops were terrific, there was no taste or seasoning at all. They looked perfect but failed on tasting. I can season chops in my backyard in 60 minutes that taste better than this. I can only hope these chops just missed the seasoning phase of prep and went straight to the grill...
I was looking for a nice steak and seafood restaurant close to home without driving into the DFW area. This being the first time for me to dine here, I was very pleased with the food and the service. The fiancé and I had a wonderful date night choosing this restaurant for dinner. It is a little pricey, but to me, was well worth it.
Great service. Quality food and good drinks
The steaks were excellent, the service was very good also. The only thing we didn't care for was the country music in an "elegant" setting wasn't a good fit...even though it does have a somewhat ranch theme.
Steak was tasteless. For $50 it should be great. Nice place. Food needs upgrade
The ambience was great, the service was impeccable but the wine was way over priced. I understand a mark up, but these prices were way over the top. The cocktails were great and the side dishes were delicious but the steaks had no flavor at all. For the price of our bill we were sadly disappointed.
Very disappointed and saddened to take Culpepper’s off our rotation of favorites. Service was horrific, and we are low maintenance customers. Our steaks were terrible. We love the ambiance and live music. It’s such a fun place. Sadly, we will not return any time soon.
The worst steak house we've ever been to. Food was horrible steak was terrible Lobster was overcooked we took two bites and sent it back will never go back. For 189$ bill that's after they gave us a discount for not being happy with our meal. Want a great steak go to Texas Roadhouse before going here. That is all I say have a great day
For the price, you’re better off driving to Dakotas, Four Winds, Eddie V’s, Morton’s, or Al Bernaits. This place has gone completely downhill over the past several years. The food is less than great, and honestly is barely above the experience of saltgrass! The service is extremely below expectation for what one would expect for “fine dining”. This place is only for people who want the “convenience” of not going into dallas from Rockwall. Do not come here and expect anything like you will get from a great steakhouse. Will never be back nor will I recommend to anybody.
The waitress recommended drinks. We ordered amd the drinks were horrible. Told the waitress she said she was sorry. The steaks were great. When the bill came we paid 20 bucks for 2 drinks we took a sip out of. Kinda disappointed that the bill was discounted any. But if youre looking for a great steak. This is the place.
Staff was very gracious and service was excellent. Food was great! First time dining there and the experience was all worth it..
The food, service, wine, and atmosphere are amazing. Hands down, best steak I’ve ever had.
We celebrated a special family birthday at Culpepper's and had a great meal along with a wonderful experience. The service was exceptional and the food outstanding. This is a great place to celebrate - be sure to leave room for the Chocolate Chalet cake if it's available!
We love having dinner at Culpepper's. Try the chicken fried lobster and a bottle of Cooper and Thief wine. The waitstaff is always friendly and helpful.
This was our first time to Culpepper Steakhouse and we will most definitely be back. We drove all the way to Rowlett from McKinney for this place on a friend’s recommendation. Our waiter was kind courteous knowledgeable and prompt. The food was excellent. My wife got the filet mignon and it may have been the most tender and delicious thing I’ve ever eaten. Then we had dessert...the chocolate cake made special for Valentine’s Day was TO DIE FOR! Literally I may have felt my heart stop for a minute it was so good. Excellent recommendation by our waiter. Can’t wait to go back!
I made reservations for my wife and myself for Valentine's Day. Because of the holiday, there was a limited menu at $75 per person. We were each allowed to pick on appetizer, one main course and one dessert. There were four appetizer choices, five main course choices and three dessert choices. The main dish choices included steak, salmon, lobster and duck. Of course, drinks or wine were additional. The food was excellent. My wife was given a white rose at the conclusion of our meal. It was a great choice for Valentine's Day.