Lefty’s Lobster and Chowder House

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Seafood
Lefty’s Lobster and Chowder House is the only "East Coast" seafood restaurant and host to sports figures, celebrities and chefs. Lefty's serves the freshest fish, superb hand cut steaks, live lobsters, king crab legs, cold water oysters, clams, pasta and the chef's fabulous daily specials. Lefty’s offers an excellent wine list and a cozy well stocked bar. Lefty's "a neighborhood joint with world class food" operated by the Papageorge family renowned for the finest food, service and atmosphere since 1910.
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4.8
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4.7
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Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must visit with out of town guests

MM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood in DFW! At not-so-crazy prices. I usually get lobster, but sometimes I get scallops—both terrific. You will pay more elsewhere for a less enjoyable meal.

BB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lefty's is our go to restaurant for seafood! We have never been disappointed there. This visit, we tried the pistachio encrusted trout. It was delicious! I asked for my side of broccoli to be double steamed because I don't like under cooked broccoli. It was cooked perfectly! My husband and I love Lefty's!
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f
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently excellent.

AP
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aqesome as usual...!!!

P
Dallas
44 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This restaurant is pretty consistent and when I go there I always feel that they want you to be there and they appreciate your business. In Dallas, I see a lot restaurants who have a great product but I don't see the authenticity.. I do here! Good people who really care.

DR
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One word EXTRAORDINARY!!!!

Great crab cakes. Fresh fish. Great service.

AP
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent food,excellent service,drinks are alright good wines they need a cocktail menu but overall a great experience.i would definitely recommend it to my friends

OT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dinner was excellent. It was a bit loud, but the food was fantastic!

L
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had great lobster that was perfectly cooked. Casual atmosphere and very fun, great service!

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Very disappointing! We took the family put for my daughter's birthday to get some tasty seafood. The waitress was attentive enough but experience left.much to be desired. Calamari was chewy and tough. Entrees took a while to come and it was a sparse crowd at 5:30 dinner hour. What was worse is everything was an upcharge! Request substituting alfredo sauce for the marinara - $4 upcharge! Alfredo linguine instead of potato- another $4 upcharge! Don't share your side dish or you'll get slapped with another upcharge! It's not like the food is cheap either. $26 for 2 shrimp and the equivalent amount of lobster (which was tasty but also chewy!). The worst of all was the waitress new it was my daughter's birthday. After our declining dessert, she brings out a single candle on an empty plate! An empty plate! I was so upset at that point - I'd rather she not bring out anything at all. How ridiculous is that?! You can't afford a bite of cake or,pie or ice cream.to.put the candle on? Perhaps Another $4 upcharge for that? What happened to the days of delighting customers so they come back. Not us, we won't be back. There's much better customer care and service out there and definitely better food as well!

2
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Lefty’s food- the sweetest one claw shrimp. Would love it even more if noise level were not quite as loud so my friends and I could converse! But people watching and great food are a killer combo🌹🌹

RI
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've gone to Lefty's for years and have never left disappointed. The bisque is fantastic, the scampi suberb, and whether you choose the broiled lobster tail or the baked stuffed lobster you can't go wrong.

P
Dallas
61 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have frequented this restaurant numerous time and each time the food is fantastic. Highly recommend!

l
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lefty’s is a Dallas institution in dining. Truly an “UN” restaurant in an ocean full of

AR
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a great time! This place is happening and hopping!! Food was really good can’t wait to go back and try some other dishes!! Had the trout and it was awesome!

TE
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Date Night...great food. Lobster Bisque was fabulous. Filet mignon was tender & cooked to perfection. Whole lobster amazing! Our Waiter was top notch.

Will be celebrating my 60th birthday here next month!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood I’ve ever had in Dallas area. Will be back.

F
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lefty's is a wonderful restaurant with tasty food. The interior is charming and the lobsters are abundant. We went on a Sunday evening during the Valentine's Day weekend. Lefty's was busy but our server worked her tail off to make sure that we got our food in a timely manner. The food came out looking and tasting great. I highly recommend Lefty's Pasta with its savory sausage! I also recommend the Lobster Fra Diavolo as it contains a whole tail of lobster! We ordered the Alaskan King Crab legs but due to an issue with the kitchen, they didn't arrive. The owner was very kind and was gracious to give us the King crab legs to go and on the house. That was very nice and generous. We appreciated his kindness and it certainly means we will be returning to Lefty's again and again. If you are looking for a delightful and enchanting place to eat flavorful seafood in Dallas, I highly recommend Lefty's Lobster and Chowder House. Thank you Lefty's for a wonderful evening.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is AMAZING! Service is stellar as well!

SH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place if you love east coast seafood and atmosphere.

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentine's Day meal. My husband had the pan fried lobster and shrimp and I had the Sea Scallops Special. The food was delicilious and the service was great even on a busy night. Waited a few minutes even with reservation but not long. Great atmosphere is you don't mind it being a little loud since it's a small area. Great for casual dates and families. Don't expect quiet romantic atmosphere. Just great food great service!

BI
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatness from all perspectives. From the pre-dinner drink at the bar, to the friendliness of everyone who served us, to the food (we enjoy the lower key atmosphere), to the amazing food. A hidden gem. We will definitely put this on the regular rotation!

OT
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always love this place. The environment, service and food were great!
Only suggestion - the noise - can be very difficult to carry on a conversation.
We will be back

B
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As usual our visit to Lefty's was great. Food and service are great and always nearby parking. Do get reservations as because of the food, service and value its a pretty busy place.

AC
Oklahoma City
36 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for 4 for 5:30pm on Valentines evening. We arrived early, we were greeted and our table was ready for us. The service was prompt and attentive throughout the evening. The food was excellent, including lobster, stuffed lobster and clam chowder. There wasn't an table remaining empty for more than a few minutes for the nearly two hours we were here, yet there were no long waits and no sign of chaos. Clearly an experienced and well-managed restaurant in all aspects.

LL
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place and Great food. Was our first time. Anxious to go back.

CM
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As always outstanding

JH
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here! I come at least once a year to celebrate a friend’s birthday. It’s always her restaurant of choice. Food never disappoints. I had the Asiago Crusted Shrimp with pesto linguine & my two other friends both had the salmon and we all raved about our dishes. And to put the cherry on top, the drinks from the bar are phenomenal.

SK
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lefty's has the Best King Crab, The meat slides right out and taste fantastic. Our Server was great also.

m
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Lefty's just became our new favorite seafood spot. The setting is intimate, casual, and laid-back but the food is five-star. We had clam chowder, lobster bisque, sea bass, halibut, creme brulee, and cheesecake and all were phenomenal. We will definitely be returning!

t
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have been customers for over 20 years and it remains a favorite!

p
Dallas
113 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Best seafood restaurant in town. Impeccable service and fun atmosphere.

RD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Lefty’s on numerous occasions, each time the food and service has been great. They do an outstanding job.

D
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food at Lefty's is always excellent. The vibe, too, is energetic and welcoming. Service was a bit slow and forgetful on this visit due to some large parties, but as a rule the staff is on top of their guests' needs ~ and all staff and management make you feel like family.

P
Dallas
62 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely worth the drive especially for their specials!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lefty’s was a great experience. Took my wife for a date night! The atmosphere was great. The service was great, Brent was fantastic! Our food was cooked to perfection. Well worth it and definitely will be back!

FL
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Service was a little slow this time, but will always recommend Lefty's. We have been here half a dozen times or so, service is usually not this slow, but food is always amazing and the atmosphere allows for people watching but at the same time, intimate enough for conversation at your table.

A
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp scampi and Lefty’s pasta were delicious