Knife

4.5
814 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steak

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About

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,
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steak, Steakhouse, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
BREAKFAST 6:30AM - 10:30AM (Monday-Sunday)
BRUNCH 11:15AM - 2:00PM (Sunday)
LUNCH 11:30AM - 2:30PM (Monday-Saturday)
DINNER 5:00PM - 11:00PM (Monday- Thursday)
DINNER 5:00PM - 12:00AM (Friday & Saturday)
DINNER 5:00PM-10:00PM (Sunday)

BAR AND LOUNGE:
11AM-11PM (Sunday)
11am - 12AM (Monday-Thursday)
12PM - 1AM (Friday & Saturday)
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Phone number
(214) 443-9339
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
John Tesar
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Catering
Select from Knife's seasonal menus or from a variety of private dining menu options for most any occasion, whether a special dinner gathering, bridal shower brunch, cocktail party or corporate event.
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Cross street
Mockingbird
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking available
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Public transit
Across the street from DART's Mockingbird station.
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Special events & promotions
Visit our website to see all upcoming events.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 814 People Are Saying
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EH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and impeccable service! This was the best steak have ever eaten and the onion rings were to die for!

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LS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best Mac and cheese I’ve ever had in my life. The bacon tasting is a definite must!! Our steaks(filet & skirt steak) were cooked perfectly and tasted delicious. Loved the bread basket options. Service was amazing. Great atmosphere

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Y
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were visiting Dallas and I spent a TON of time finding the right steakhouse. We ended up going to Knife and it was AMAZING. It was a quick Uber drive from downtown and in a cute shopping area. My husband ordered a fun whisky drink, the 44 Farms Filet Mignon 10 oz, and asparagus. I ordered a vodka diet coke, 1/2 “Garden Salad,” 8 Minute Egg, and the Fettuccine Bolognese. Before we received our order, we were brought yummy Crudités with goddess dressing and freshly baked bread options and butter. My husband's steak was cooked perfectly and my bolognese was to die for. They gave us complimentary mac & cheese also which who doesn't love that! We knew dinner was going to cost more than we typically spend so chose to skip dessert. We were brought out after dinner treats anyways and they were also delicious. They have so many staff members that you don't go left alone ever and it was the most attentive staff in the world, which we loved. We WILL be back!

ps - we sat at the counter looking into the kitchen which was super fun - highly recommend. Thank you!

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JQ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food, service, dessert, and overall experience. Highly recommend.

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C
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Definitely a hot spot if you like steak. I'd go straight for the aged steaks. They do a great job with the sauce pairings (try the avocado fries for example). Not so much a fan of the wagyu skirt steak.

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SO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

I was expecting a lot more. The filet steak was average at best. This restaurant was touted as one of the best in Dallas. My wife and I have eaten at most all of the nice steak houses in Dallas and this one did not even come close to the same quality. The truffles pasta dish was the bright spot in the dinner though.

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D
Dallas
39 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is outstanding beef - but the table setup as blended with the hotel lobby is lacking.

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M
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal as always. Service was attentive despite being an extremely busy night with extra customers in the bar area. We sat at the food counter which equaled an enjoyable show of food prep. Steak was excellent, well cooked, tuna tartare and truffle pasta were divine and keep us coming back time and again. Have eaten here for many of our special occasions & will certainly be back!

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j
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Lackluster and underwhelming. We chose this restaurant after reading about it in a magazine and thought it would be a fun evening for a birthday celebration as we were coming in from out of town. When the wedge salad (which has two main ingredients) is the best part of the meal, there’s a problem. Service started out well and slowly tanked. There was a 30 minute gap from the time the salads were removed from the table until the steaks were delivered. Would have been nice to maybe have some bread or something during the wait however the bread service must have a one and done policy as they would not even make eye contact once they served us our “slice” of bread..

We ordered the 32oz 60 day aged sirloin and it was over cooked and lacked flavor. The wagyu skirt steak was also over cooked and tasted like a burnt shoe.

Per our 10 year old- the Mac and cheese was a “disgrace” as well.

It’s sad when an Outback Steakhouse can deliver a better quality steak than this place.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had an Angus and an Akaushi Bone in Rib eye, both 45 days dry age. The Angus tasted much more musky than the Akaushi, in our opinion it was too strong of a taste, we could not understand why such a difference if both where 45 days. Two days later we had a Rib eye again from the same Akaushi ranch at a different place it was a much better experience!
In short when we want Akaushi (Wagyu) we will go somewhere different.

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SC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Food. Came out raw three times took 45 min to get final meal and then it was comped

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m
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was extremely good. The steaks were the best. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. Will eat here again the next time we are in Dallas.

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

Absolutely delicious food, and wonderful service. I really enjoyed our experience. Too full to enjoy dessert!

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

Great place, great food and great Service. Can’t wait to come back.

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TJ
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We ordered the crazy expensive dry-aged steaks (filet and rib eye).
The rib eye was good, but I've had much better cuts of meat for nearly a third of the price. So - not a good value respective to the $. Having said that, overall the food was very good - appetizers, salads, sides....
Wait staff very good.
I would recommend to a friend / associate.

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H
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were there for brunch. The service was okay (but slow and the place was not that busy). The food was okay at best. Do not get the Reuben sandwich unless you want a sandwich that features overly salty pastrami and soggy (fat from the pastrami) bread and minuscule sauerkraut. Served a good bloody mary, though. Expensive for quality and quantity...I don't mind paying if the food is worth it; this food was not.

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Y
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing! We will definitely be back.

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EI
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite when we are in Dallas!
The entire experience is consistent and exceeds expectations!

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P
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

For an award winning Chef, they had the worst fries and worst Ruben sandwich. Go light on the salt mr prominent chef!

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CH
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

one of my favorite steak restaurnts in Texas. Lots of variety and imaginatively prepared dishes and sides. And excellent service to boot.

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L
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious. Server was nice and attentive but definitely didn’t make an extra effort to go above and beyond.

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EP
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with a two year old very early on a weeknight and it worked pretty well. The steaks are delicious. I LOVE the bread they bring around before dinner. Try the pretzel bread. Our waiter Alberto was excellent.

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EW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience beginning to end! Service was great, drinks were tasty, food was impeccable. The bacon tasting is delicious and a nice spin on the traditional charcuterie. Wife and I both had filets. Cooked perfectly and perhaps the best char/crust I’ve ever had on a steak.

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SA
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The only seats available were counter top... wasn’t a fan of that part. But other than that everything was great! The steak was literally perfect! And avocado fries were amazing!

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P
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything here is delicious, but the secret to the menu is skipping the filets and getting the cheaper cuts of meat which you get much larger portions of and are cooked even better than the filets.

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

We went for our anniversary and the waiter was so sweet to get us a special desert and set up the table for us. All around great experience!

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KP
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

My friends and I are on a mission to try the top rated burgers in Dallas. We were especially excited to try the ones here as they are on almost every list of Dallas's best burgers, and we're Top Chef fans, and wanted to support Chef John Tesar. Also were there to celebrate a birthday.

The ambiance was great. The service was outstanding. Unfortunately the burger was overcooked (asked for medium and there was no pink at all) and the salsa verde fries were cold. In addition to the dry burger we were underwhelmed by it overall.

We saw Chef Tesar and he passed by our table a few times but didn't stop to speak. Spent his time sitting at one table of guests which also was a little disappointing.

Enjoyed the experience of being there and the cocktail was superb. Just was disappointed by our reason for being there . . . the quest for a delicious burger.

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B
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were excited to try this place. Appetizers and wine were great introductions. However, as the steak and sides arrived, we were left with a little disappointed and, um, salty. Seeing we were unhappy, our server asked to if we were ok; we obliged her with only our salty greens which she took back with a smile. Later, she returned with another serving of again, salty greens. Dessert was good, but we were done, swollen, and hypertensive. Lol. 3/5

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dry aged heaven lobster on point pretty solid wine selections and great expresso martinis

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F
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were incredibly awesome in every way!

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J
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was not worth the price. For a $130 ribeye (mid rare) I’d expect more. Significantly under seasoned and lacking a strong sear. The fatty edges also seemed undercooked & tough despite the meat itself being the appropriate temperature. Seasoning also lacking on the creamed spinach. Wedge salad could’ve used bacon (or again salt) & less dressing.

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SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited from Houston. Dallas has a reputation for classic steakhouses, but this is above and beyond what those could possibly offer.

Crudite AND bread service, complimentary. Great selection of dry aged cuts (we had the 44 farms ribeye, dry aged, bone in). Our server helped us to choose and was very well versed on his steaks. The texture was leaner for a ribeye, presented with the lean parts sliced, and the fattier parts left on the bone (very impressive). The fattier parts were like butter, due to the quality of the meat and dry aging.

Finished with complimentary one-bite treats. Honestly, John Tesar is one to watch. He is to Dallas as what Chris Shepherd is to Houston (innovative, talented, detailed). He deserves his own restaurant empire.

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D
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great ambience.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friends and I had a great experience during our dinner. The staff was super attentive and friendly and the food turned out great! Would highly recommend coming out for a regular night out or a special occasion.

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OT
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice dinner and our server Alberto was top notch.All of extra touches were much appreciated. The steaks and salads we selected were wonderful as were the desserts. We ordered a side of onion rings which were very greasy but overall a great dinner.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food! Tables are small, yet overall good experience

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C
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Went here with my wife for our anniversary. The decor (booth upholstery and tables) were a bit worn (perhaps a function of being a "hotel restaurant", but not expected for an upscale venue such as this).

Wine and cocktails (The Highlander), appetizers (bone marrow), sides (avocado fries), and desserts were all very good. The steak was obviously the main attraction though. We split the 60-day bone-in rib-eye 32-ounce "105." The dry-aging results in a unique texture and depth of flavor that is unlike any we've had before and it will certainly catch you off-guard.

Our experience went something like this. First bite: "I'm not sure I like this. The texture is squishy. Is this really even meat?" Second bite: "Yes, it's growing on me. I DO like this." Third bite: "This is the best damn steak I've ever had!" Final bite: "WTH? Was that buttered popcorn I just tasted?"

Service was excellent!

Is this place a good value? No, I wouldn't say that (and they appear quite proud of that since the check comes in a black envelope appropriately named "The Damage.") It is, however, a great place for special occasions or likely high-powered business dinners, but value? Let's face it, you're not there for the value... you're there for the steak.

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JL
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was unique. Meat wasn’t served as requested so needed to send it back to get it cooked right; when it was cooked right, it was delicious . Service was excellent. They have a good selection of food. Would definitely go back.

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DE
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Knife is amazing! Yet again the team out did themselves and we had the best steak ever.
Keep up the great work! We love everything on the menu!

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We went for my husband's birthday this past weekend. While it wasn't a BAD experience, it definitely wasn't a great one, which was a huge disappointment given the hype around the restaurant. The food tasted good, but at only 8:15pm, they had run out of many of the items we were excited about ordering. The best part about the meal was definitely the macaroni and cheese side – don't miss it if you go!

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