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About Dream Cafe

The Dream Cafe is practically a Dallas institution, serving Eclectic Global Cuisine prepared from the freshest ingredients for over 20 years.

The atmosphere is casual, whimsical and welcoming, the wine list is sophisticated and the menu offers a wide selection to please any mood and taste. The Dream has been called a "hidden gem" and has stayed true to its original roots of serving unique dishes with a fresh-healthy twist. It has been voted, among others "Best Brunch", "Best Patio" and "Kid Friendly". The clientele ranges from Hollywood elite to 30 somethings, Business Professionals to Stay Home Moms. The Dream is a dream come true.

2800 Routh Street
Suite #170
Dallas, TX 75201
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
La Clede

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(214) 954-0486

Website:
http://www.thedreamcafe.com/index.html

Entertainment:
Wednesday nights are live Jazz nights, offering 1/2 price wines.

Catering:
Let the Dream Cafe can help host your next event in style! Offering everything from full service catering, corporate meetings to cocktail passed hors d’oeuvres and much more. Visit us at our website.

Parking Details:
Parking is available in Quadrangle public lot or in the adjacent parking garage under the Amli apartments.

Executive Chef:
Luke Keller

Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, “Dream Cafe” can accommodate all your special event needs.

Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (877) 891-4418

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Dream Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

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3.6

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3.5

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3.9

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Moderate

74% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (74)
Neighborhood Gem (72)
Great for Brunch (49)
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Fit for Foodies (45)
Kid-friendly (36)
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Notable Wine List (25)
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Romantic (10)
Late-night Find (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Casual (2)
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Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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Organic (1)
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vip
·Dined on March 25, 2017

Made dinner reservation on open table for Saturday night only to find out it was closed when we arrived! Someone needs to address and fix the issue Really disappointing
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·Dined on March 10, 2017

We showed up for our reservation and there was a sign on the door that the restaurant was closed for dinner for several weeks due to kitchen cleaning. It would have been nice to know before we drove all the way down there. I won't go there again. I am wondering if they got in trouble and got shut down due to a dirty kitchen. Not good to let customers make a reservation then be closed.

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vip
·Dined on January 16, 2017

I have a dream brunch.... on MLK day

The ritz recommended this place. Try the cloud pancakes, the Austin tacos and the dream eggs benedict

We will be back. 👍

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vip
·Dined on December 10, 2016

mystic pasta is my comfort food, they gave us 10% off as theater goers without asking!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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vip
·Dined on October 7, 2016

Wonderful fresh and tasty food, super pleasant and attentive staff, and impressive wine selections presented by a very knowledgeable and friendly wine steward. Loved it an we are thrilled to add this dreamy cafe to our list of favorites!!

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vip
·Dined on August 26, 2016

I had the acorn squash and it was delicious! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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·Dined on July 13, 2016

I chose this restaurant because of the pictures posted on Open Table which were very decieving. We arrived for our 8:00p.m. reservation and the restaurant was pretty empty, there were only 2 other patrons there. The greeter seemed a bit agitated but we were seated immediately. We ordered the Crab balls as an appetizer, they were delicious, about 15 minutes later Brittany took our dinner order and it took 30 minutes to receive our food. I had a steak and my wife had Shrimp and Grits both were good but not worth the wait. We won't be revisiting this establishment. We were really disappointed.

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·Dined on February 3, 2016

Not a good place for a business conversation... very raucaous and loud. Noise level also included screaming children. I would go back for casual dining or with friends, but never again for business.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 3, 2015

Our most recent return visit for early dinner with one of our tour groups following a theatre matinee on Saturday, October 3, 2015, was NOT pleasant and very disappointing, except for the food.

The manager, Glenn, was short-tempered, snippy and downright rude, especially to me. He acted as though he couldn’t be bothered, even though it was early (around 5:00 pm) and the restaurant was not busy, with most tables empty both and on the patio.

Additionally, the waiter simply could not do his job. He took our beverage order, one of which was for a 9-year old, and after 20-minutes without our having even a glass of water, I had to go inside to get the waiter to tell him to bring out the beverages.

Further, no bread and butter were put on the table while we were waiting for our order. When I asked the manager, he told us we should have ASKED for it. We don’t agree.

Our waiter also could not get each person’s order straight, and NEVER understood we wanted separate checks for 3 people but the rest of the group on one check. We told him THREE times. Instead he gave us a “running total”, on ONE check with a grand total.

When I discussed this with the manager Glenn, he was downright nasty, hostile and angry about making the correction.

If this is the way the manager Glenn treats customers and trains his waitstaff, it’s no wonder most of the tables inside and outside of the restaurant were empty by the time we left at 7:15 pm.

CEO
Americana Heritage Tours by Snobby Tours®, Inc.™

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·Dined on September 26, 2015

We love Dream Cafe, very laid back and food is great. Not too loud either which is a huge plus in my book. Very helpful to us in choosing a wine, and the suggestion was right on target. Enjoyed the evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 14, 2015

We've been here at least five times in the last several years, because we go to Theatre Three, which is right behind the Cafe. It used to be hit or miss, depending on their menu. The last two times we've been, it's been "miss." Their dishes are just lacking something. Seasonings? There's not much flavor in anything. We've decided it's as though the menu has been developed by vegetarians who don't really understand non-vegetarian dishes. I wish them luck, but we probably won't be back.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
·Dined on June 20, 2015

We had not been to Dream Cafe for a while. Glad to see the stuffed Sonoma Squash was still on the menu - I am not a vegetarian, but happy to have this as a delicious and fulfilling meal. We were sad to see the polenta fries were off the menu. Hope they come back !

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on May 9, 2015

Found the Dream Cafe on Open Table while seeking an eatery near the Kalita Humphries theater on Turtle Creek, and we were pleasantly surprised. Initially Dream Cafe looks like a small-ish joint, so a natural assumption would be to believe the menu would be equally limited. Not true at all. We enjoyed the more quiet ambiance of the location, coupled with the innovative menu available for an early evening dinner. The wife had scallops in risotto that were beautifully presented and apparently satisfied my spouse' picky tastes. I went the "safe" route with the steak and frite, and was treated to a perfectly done mini-steak with a crisp and hot (no mushy or lukewarm here) mix of russet and sweet potato frite. The wine list was also impressive, and the special being run on 1/2 off Italian bottles was appreciated (though I settled for a glass instead, due to a tight curtain time schedule.) Worth a visit for certain!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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vip
·Dined on February 15, 2015

Two words: Mystic Pasta! Whenever I eat here, I always plan on ordering something else to eat. But why mess with perfection. As always, the Mystic Pasta is a delicious combination of perfectly cooked chicken, bacon, brie, and bow-tie pasta (among other assorted ingredients). I love this place, and it's probably a good thing that I don't live in the neighborhood. Because if I did, I'd eat hear ALL THE TIME.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
·Dined on August 29, 2014

Had not been here in a long time and it felt so comfortable to slide into my old booth. I was right at home and the food is still as wonderful. Never had anything i didn't like. My guest had the fried shrimp tacos which he said were wonderful. I had the chicken pasta dish. It was so large i had to take some home and my husband ate it. Said it was the best he had ever had....and he is very particular. If you are like me and haven't been in a while, go back and let the great memories soak in while you enjoy their delicious food and great atmosphere!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
·Dined on June 5, 2014

We were so pleased on our return trip to Dallas to see that the Dream Café was still there after all these years.

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·Dined on May 10, 2014

Lovely, creative dishes and a terrific wine list!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
·Dined on May 9, 2014

We are regulars at the dream cafe and normally eat there several times per month. Lately the good has been barely edible, the service is unbelievably slow and the ambience is suffering. It takes an hour and a half to eat breakfast there which is just too slow.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on February 14, 2014

We were at Dream Cafe for Valentine's Day and got the worst service that I have ever received. It took 15 minutes for our waiter to even show up, and over 30 minutes before he took our order. We never saw him again after that. As a nice bonus, the fire alarm went off while we were there, and nobody even addressed it with the customers. Finally after an hour or so we got fed up, tracked a different waiter down so that we could pay for our drinks, which I might add had never been refilled, and left.

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·Dined on February 14, 2014

No one ever came to our table. We never got water or anything. They also had a fire alarm go off and didn't know how to turn it off. Lots of tables walked out because of lack of service. I can't rate food since we never ate. But form requires me to pick a star.

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·Dined on February 14, 2014

Seriously. First we were rather abruptly seated exactly in front of the live music station and totally ignored for about 15 minutes - no water, no greeting of any kind. A distracted server took our order. We waited another 15 minutes just for my glass of wine + another 5 minutes for my husband's. After yet another 30 minutes (now one hour after we were seated) we received one mediocre wedge salad (no word on his appetizer) which we wolfed down while listening to some kind of alarm that mysteriously went on and on without explanation. We shouted for a partial check (which oddly did arrive promptly) and threw down some cash and dashed to the theater barely on time. Overall, something was seriously wrong. And this used to be a favorite place.

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·Dined on February 14, 2014

We went on Valentines - funky, well established place that we assumed would be busy on national date night. We've both worked in food service so know the drill, but this was comical. The waiter absolutely blew it. We NEVER saw him. He got our drinks wrong and disappeared! We got lost talking and enjoying each others company, but then I noticed it had been 45 minutes with no appetizers and people that came in with us were on entrees. No sight of waiter so called the manager. Saw them arguing - it was clear to us he simply had not placed our order. Appetizers were meh, and the entrees were still late and wrong. Live band started and they didn't turn off the recorded music. AND the fire alarm went off and was still going after we walked out.

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vip
·Dined on February 14, 2014

We had reservations at 6pm before a Valentine's concert. Food was GREAT. (I had Mystic Pasta; my partner had a Monte Cristo). Totally not worth the hassle or the grumpy manager. We asked for water to go with our beverages three separate times - ONE glass came with our check at the end of the meal. Monte Cristo did not come with fries. I had to go find our waiter. He literally took the plate out of my partner's hands to go 'discuss with the kitchen'. We were a little scared when he brought it back in 2 minutes or less - but the fries were great, too. Nobody checked on us. We had to go find the waiter again to get a check - and ask for water again. Manager blamed the crowd. Place was about 60% full; Used to be great, no longer!

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vip
·Dined on February 9, 2014

Came here before going to a concert. Food was delicious (gilroy chicken). They had a vouvray on their wine list, which impressed me. Service was attentive, but there was nobody at the front for a while when we walked in. The wait staff was young and hip. So if that translates to a little unprofessional, so be it. breakfast is available 24 hours , and there are a lot of healthy and vegan option is available on the menu. I have dined here many times, and plan to return in the future.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
·Dined on February 8, 2014

I have been going here since it opened years ago. This was the worst experience. They have changed the chef and the menu. Yuck.
Our server was totally not interested in his job. Our check was brought to us in the middle of our meal. I guess we were being told to not to order dessert and coffee. Very disappointing. The sea scallops were overcooked and don't order the Greek Burger in a pita pocket. Dry and flavorless. We ordered it well done. The outside was charcoal and the inside red.

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vip
·Dined on June 29, 2013

The service was great, the wine recommendation was great, prices were reasonable, overall would recommend and would definitely come back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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vip
·Dined on June 4, 2013

Had breakfast on patio. Great healthy breakfast of oatmeal, egg whites and veggie sausage. They got the sausage right, which is a challenge since so many veggie products come out dry.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
·Dined on May 18, 2013

The Addision location has only been open for diner for 6 months or so - I hope more people start going! We went in late on a Saturday night, and were the ONLY people in the place. Which worried me until our Sangrias came - wow! Followed by an absolutely delicious dinner - my husband has the deconstructed chicken pot pie, which was outstanding. I had some of the appetizers: stuffed avocado with crab salad which was simple and delicious, and a side of cauliflower mash, which was perfect. The service was extremely good and friendly. Will absolutely go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
·Dined on March 28, 2013

We came on a week day night for a friend's birthday and the service was really mediocre. They also had no cloud cakes, and my "crab" mac n' cheese was none-too-fresh tasting. Also a $6 mimosa for mostly orange juice? Not coming back any time soon.

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·Dined on March 10, 2013

The waiter was very interesting. He made the evening! But, my scallops were burned.:(

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·Dined on February 14, 2013

We took friends there Valentine's night. Our waitress was tattooed from head to toe; didn't know the menu; Never told us about the specials until we asked; made references to her former job at Denny's; Cocktail selection was poor; food was ok. I was very embarassed to have taken friends there.

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·Dined on January 27, 2013

Both myself and my companion were very disappointed...the actual menu described items very different than what we reviewed....the large salads were just not good and the ingredients were off (an entire order of greasy onion rings on top of a bowl of baby spinach...ick) the crab cake salad was not good either and the sweet potatoe app was also a disappointment... Also the waiter acted too familiar and needed to take care of business...

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·Dined on December 13, 2012

Nice place with good food, despite somewhat limited choices on menu. Waitress seemed uninterested in us and was mostly non-existent, although we did see her sitting with diners at a nearby table helping them make a selection from the menu and wine list. Guess we should have ordered a bottle of wine to get her attention.

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·Dined on November 29, 2012

Perfect 'before the show' restaurant. Dinner was delicious! Staff so friendly, as always.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
·Dined on November 25, 2012

Our waitress Tamara was nice and quite accommodating with an overabundance of chips and salsa, once we were seated. There was literally two other tables in the restaurant, but somehow the management could not get my reservation specifics down. Anyway, our food to FOREVER to arrive and then they didn't even get the orders right on three of the eight orders. We tactfully mentioned our disdain to the manager who gave excuse after excuse. Turns out the regular chef had the day off and the replacement was not properly trained in timing or portion size. We went to this cafe since a few family members are vegan and vegetarian. Luckily, their food was OK. However, we will not revisit.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 15, 2012

Excellent service and great food! Very accommodating, we had four kids with us: )

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 20, 2012

Love Dream Cafe! For brunch, for dinner, for wine. Local and fresh, just funky enough to recognize this is a place with its own personality and history. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 19, 2012

The food was tasty. The steak Benedict was very good, scallops and risotto was also good. Service wasn't bad but certainly not attentive. Overall we would go back and try breakfast but are in no hurry to return for dinner. Don't be in a hurry if you do go!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 13, 2012

Quirky and fun wait staff and atmosphere. Great food. I especially like that a lot of it was "deconstructed", giving you freedom to choose how you were going to eat your meal. We ate outside in the beautiful Texan weather and wondered why this place wasn't more crowded that night. It's really a fun little place to grab a quick dinner with good food, great service, and a fun atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 5, 2012

We've been several times and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. We go before Theatre Three productions and they are very helpful on getting us out on time. Had the "deconstructed" chicken pot pie this last time and I LOVED it! It was very different - the chicken spices were outstanding and side vegetables very unusual and good. Husband had scallops and risotto and he said the scallops were cooked perfectly (also thought there was about 1/2 C too much risotto and it was a little heavy). Opened with the crab dip - we wanted to drink it out of the cup, but didn't want to appear rude... It was really good. Manager came by as usual to check on us - that was nice. Service was great as usual - helpful, but not annoying. We'll keep going back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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