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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.9
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4.7
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4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

F
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
Philadelphia
2 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
8 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
112 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
60 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

M
Dallas
42 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous

DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Brent!!

OT
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service as always. Family favorite.

s
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A small restaurant that is well run and always serves great seafood.

LU
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good is excellent and the waiter was awesome.
So my wife was having issues getting her lobster out of
It’s shell and did it for her

RE
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we were not disappointed. The food, service and atmosphere was beyond reproach. Tried a new (for me) dish, the blackened and smothered halibut. My gosh, it was tasty.

JJ
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue for a date or just a night with your spouse.

AB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time we walked in until the time we left we were taken care of. The food was amazing and perfectly cooked. The staff was very attentive and polite.

G
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been there a few times and the food and service has been very good. We have taken a few friends over there as well and they liked it too.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food!!! Great service!!

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Great food and atmosphere!

D
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Consistently excellent each and every time!

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great experience as always. We were seated immediately at the time of our reservation. Server was very attentive and accommodating. VERY loud that night. Not the fault restaurant. Food came out well prepared and hot.

JB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On vacation. Wanted seafood. Small. Quaint. Fresh seafood. Many choices. Lobster and crab so sweet.

DB
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience1

My wife and I decided to have a date night at Lefty’s, one of our favorite restaurants going back nearly 20 years.

When we pulled up, the parking lot was filled with exotic sports cars. Turns out the Dallas Cobra club was having a dinner that night.

Part way into our dinner after our entrees had arrived, the club finished their meal and left. They all started their cars up in the parking lot and suddenly the restaurant was filled with the stench of carbon monoxide / exhaust.

It was awful and nauseating. I could barely finish my meal and lost my appetite. We quickly asked for our check and left without dessert.

Truly destroyed the ambiance to our date night.

GP
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had a good table. We ordered what we wanted. My food was overcooked. We had to wait over 30 minutes from the time we ordered for our food. I felt that my plate was sitting in the window for a few minutes and it kind of dried out.

FL
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service EVERY time we go. Staffing is very attentive and the food is incredible. Definitely our favorite seafood restaurant.