Knife Steakhouse - Dallas

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With Knife restaurant, 3 time James Beard-nominated and “Top Chef” contestant John Tesar brings a fresh, new steakhouse dining experience to The Highland Dallas. The menu features all-natural born and raised Texas meats, complementing “old school” classics like 45-day dry-aged sirloin and bone-in rib eye with “new school” evolutions that include culotte and flat iron. In addition to larger “slabs” of meat for group dining — including an 18-hour braised crispy pig’s head — the menu is rounded out by an extensive charcuterie program, bacon and ham tastings, sausages, sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes.

In addition to a sophisticated dining room, Knife offers a flagstone garden patio with a fireplace. A private dining room with its own lounge and fireplace is available for special events.

Knife was recently named “Best Steakhouse” by D Magazine and named "Best New Restaurant 2014" by Esquire Magazine.
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Dallas
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jasmine was great and Ben, as always, recommended a perfect wine.

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Shreveport
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great meal! We were very impressed.

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b
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food..great setting. Service was average. Got tired of asking for more water and bread

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PA
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The crudites plate with the sauce was fantastic. Unlimited free bread was great while I waited for my food. The service was spectacular even though I was spending way less than everyone else there. The waiter treated me really well. My only complaint about this restaurant is way too much salt. I had a beef cheek burger and beef cheek is naturally pretty salty but it's like they soaked it in salt. I got the Mac n cheese as well and even that had way too much salt. I had an opportunity to sit at the counter and watch the cooks and they were all doing the "salt bae" thing but it was like a waterfall of salt. I'd maybe recommend asking for light or no salt when you order. There's salt at the table so you can add it accordingly but don't let them do it. I just feel like I could have spent $18 on a burger somewhere else and not upset my arteries at the same time.

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KB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, outstanding food

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T
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dining experience. Would do it again

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JM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Average steakhouse. Very slow service and extremely smokey in the dining room from the preparation in the kitchen. Didn’t have that “steakhouse” feel to it. Steaks prepared well.

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CL
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shanna, our hostess was absolutely amazing. The food was delicious. The ribeye steak was cooked perfectly and the oxtail ravioli was scrumptious..

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BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed fantastic cocktails, wine, and steak with friends in a super cool restaurant with an open kitchen.

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LD
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I were in for our anniversary on a Saturday night. Our waitress and the other staff were attentive and acknowledged our special occasion which was nice. The food was good but did not leave me desiring more as I’ve experienced at other restaurants. The menu needs more appetizer options for sure. Unfortunately, we won’t be back given their competitors in the area are simply better for this price point.

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NB
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

While the service was great, the food was bland and overpriced.

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RC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Best Filet I’ve ever eaten! Excellent service.....

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DF
Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner from start to finish. If we lived in Dallas we would go often.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 5

The food was super greasy, the servers kept taking silverwear off our tables without mentioning why they were reaching over us while we were talking. My guest didn’t eat but two bites of his food and no one asked him how his meal was. They asked if he wanted his sandwich and container of fries boxed up but never how the food was.... Why wouldn’t they ask why he didn’t eat his meal when they noticed he only took 2 bites... When he mentioned it to the server he just snarled and walked off. We will not be returning with service like this.

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MC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was inattentive and did not seem to care at all about our dining experience. For example, we ordered the bacon tasting which comes with a bacon jam, however the the bread service has yet to come by to offer bread nor did our server notify them to bring us bread. We had to make a request later on with our waiter to get some bread to eat with the jam. We basically had to ask our waiter for everything: can you tell us more about the menu (which he didn't really shed any further details about besides what was already listed on the menu, not what he recommends, what the difference are between similar steaks), can we place our order, can we get to go boxes, can we get our check etc. The crispy pork belly was delicious but it was not crispy at all. So kind of disappointed with that. The kitchen badly overcooked what was suppose to be a medium rare steak. It came out medium well. Then the replacement steak was rushed (which I appreciated) but it was dry and rare! How? You are a steakhouse. My boyfriend had the bone in ribeye and while that steak was cooked at the correct temperature, the taste of the steak was unimpressive. Overall, we were very much looking forward to eating at Knife as we really like John Tesar from Top Chef but we were very, very disappointed.

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JC
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

The food was delicious but the atmosphere was very disappointing. I expected a steakhouse atmosphere especially when there's $110 steaks on the menu. It was more of a typical dining area of a hotel and our table had gouges and paint chipping off. Their dress code said business casual but their were guests from the hotel that definitely didn't meet that requirement. Not what I was imagining from the articles I'd read and what I was thinking for Easter dinner.

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EH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak ever! The waitstaff was perfect - there when you needed them but didn’t hover. Very knowledgeable about food and wines.

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BD
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrating wedding anniversary. Excellent service all around. Sommelier helped us pick an outstanding wine at our price point. Salad and bacon sampler were great. It was our first time sampling dry aged ribeye and we probably wouldn’t do again. Excellent flavor but fattier than we typically want and not as tender as expected. Would try the sirloin next time. Fun desert was provided on the house.

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B
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, servings large. We three easily shared a 32 oz steak and it was ample. Bacon sampler is very good. Service was superb. Highly recommend.

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d
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Not great attention to checking for water or drinks. Very loud

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was fine (but not fabulous) and the service from beginning to end was really great but I felt that it was more expensive than it should be. The final bill was over $360 + 70 tip for four adults (included a bottle of wine and 4 cocktails, two shared salads and two tuna entrees, two steak entrees and side orders since none are included with the entrees).

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T
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine selection. Specialty steaks were both awesome. Will definitely go back the next time I’m in Dallas.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great and we had a great time. The bar was pretty busy and a lot of noise for the basketball game that was on. I was just surprised that at the beginning it resembled a sports bar which is not what I was expecting for a $350 meal. But the bone in ribeye couldn’t be beat!

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

Chic, delicious , and fun. Best steak au poivre I’ve ever had. Some confusion with the reservation , but they totally handled it graciously. Anyone going to Dallas should have dinner at Knife!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steakhouse in the us,

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p
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the 32oz prime rib 45 day dried.. highly recommended!!

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AB
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! We started out with the Bacon Sampler. It is a must if you enjoy bacon. There were 5 different varieties to try. My husband had the 10 oz. filet mignon with Au Poivre sauce. It was cooked perfectly and had a wonderful flavor. I had the 10 oz filet mignon and it was perfect. These steaks were both from 44 Farms; we love that they use only Texas meats. They also surprised me with a dessert for my birthday! We will definitely we going back.

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S
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Knife was a good experience, and the steak was about as good as advertised.

The service was prompt and courteous, going on a Monday decreased the competition for our server's attention.

Cocktails were good, wine list was expansive if a little ridiculous for the mid-range wine selection. I get trying to aim for the upper range, but the mid-range was sorely lacking.

Appetizer (tuna and foie gras torchon) was OK. Presentation was odd with a massive circle of tuna overlaid on an upjumped foie gras cracker. Well-complemented but could use more acid.

Steak was great and worth the >$100 tag. Perfectly cooked between rare and mid-rare, flavorful. Creamed spinach side was amazing, brussels and cauliflower less so.

Dessert was on the house and semisweet, which was nice for the fiancee. Coffee was fantastic (and cheaper than starbucks!).

This place was good but I wish we'd found something more anniversary-appropriate. Better for a casual nice dinner or business junket/happy hour. Nice experience but we won't be going back for our anniversary.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was visiting my son who is attending SMU. The gentleman at the front desk of the Lumen recommended Knife. We had a fabulous experience.
I was especially excited to know that it is owned by a Top Chef contestant. I’m on season 13 currently. Now I am even more looking forward to watching Season 14-Top Chef Dallas!!

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

味よし、雰囲気よし、サービスよし。また利用したいと思います。

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New England
42 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We arrived early and were taken early which was terrific. Service was brisk and our orders were taken quickly. The food was terrific except.......I ordered the lamb (at $68) medium and it arrived rare. I hate sending back meat because it interrupts and can ruin your whole dining experience while everyone either waits for your food to return or they all eat, you don't and then everyone watches you eat. I decided to eat it anyway except for the blood rare parts, so the entree was not all that enjoyable. At this price point, a restaurant needs to know how to cook a piece of meat. Most steak restaurants ask you to cut into the meat so they can ensure it is cooked right. Knife did not. I did complain and they were apologetic and gave us a free dessert. Other than my issue, the dinner was delicious.

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GL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Lamb meatball sauce was cold and steak was more like a rare than medium rare (it is ok) and steak is tasteless (more serious). I ordered the exotic Japanese steak, really not good. Maybe Traditional ribeye is better.

Waiter was nice offering free desert as an apology.

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r
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My only criticism: I get that this is a high end restaurant. And I don't mind paying extra for the wonderfully delicious food being served there. But $27 for TWO small cocktails? (A Bloody Marry and a margarita) Come on, that's a little over the top. Even for this place.

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ZD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant is very worn...seating needs to be replaced. I was afraid the torn seat covering would ruin my suit :-/. Food was ok. Not great, not bad. But the noise level was low which was good for a business lunch.

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DC
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best dinners I have ever had in Dallas.

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EJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Good steak but we failed to see John Tesar's vision on a "modern approach" to steak in a city filled with others doing the same (and more successfully too). Some fancy cocktails, an iPad wine list and a chilled veggie crudité is a nice.gimic but does little everyone is elevate prices. Cut to subpar service with absolutely no personality, wilted garnish that serves no purpose on the plate (sprig of Rosemary shoved into a shallot that sat under a heat lamp for hours) and you end up with mediocre at best.

Oh and avoid the steak tartare, it looked ground rather than chopped which gives it a raw hamburger consistency. The mustard was also overpowering (I think it was English rather than Dijon).

Save your money and have a nice drink in the bar on your way to another restaurant.

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DP
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They were all out of ribeye which is why we went. Disappointed for a steakhouse.

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KD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved going to this place for the first time as we have been talking about it for over 2 months. Went there expecting to spend a lot but everything was reasonably priced well. We had to order the 45 dry age 32 oz bone in ribeye and it exceeded our expectations! It’s worht the money way to invest in a great cut, taste, and tenderness of the steak. Also had a burger(cause the steak was more for me) and had a couple of sides as well along with the delicious dressing/dip for the crudité was amazing and I wish I could have a bottle of that! Bread was spot and got two servings of that. The sorbet was also amazing and it was a great experience overall. It was wonderful and gave a very boutique feel which we loved. Only thing was that they didn’t fulfill the request when I reserved was the fact I asked for a special congratulations desert for my boyfriend’s new job/promotion. Either way, the entire dinner was worth it. Will go back again for sure!

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

Best steak I’ve ever had in my life!

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

When making the reservation, the only seating available was at "the counter" and I was a little worried that it wouldn't be great seating, however, it was perfect for us and I would highly recommend for a party of 2! We were able to see the different meats and how they were prepared. The service was outstanding, as was the food! Next time in Dallas, I will be going back!

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