Lonesome Dove Western Bistro - Fort Worth

4.8
2286 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Chef Tim Love’s flagship restaurant, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro first opened in 2000, in Fort Worth’s Historic Stockyards District, and quickly became the city’s premiere dining establishment. Love has designed a menu influenced by all of the ingredients and cultures that have been a part of the West since the first adventure began on the Goodnight-Loving and Chisholm Trails — with an added level of modern sophistication. Love’s food at Lonesome Dove reflects his famously unique “Urban Western” cuisine, celebrating his creative uses of bold flavors and wild game, with an inventive selection of steaks and seafood to dishes such as Wagyu Tomahawk, Kangaroo Carpaccio, Rocky Mountain Elk Ribeye, Wild Boar Ribs, and Rabbit & Rattlesnake Sausage. The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro has received numerous awards and critical acclaim from Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, Zagat Survey, Southern Living, Esquire, The New York Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News, and more.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Wild Game
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Friday & Saturday:
11:30pm - 2:30pm
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(817) 740-8810
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tim Love
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Catering
Full Service on and off-site catering offered.
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Cross street
Main and Exchange Ave.
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Parking details
Valet parking offered for $5.00 per vehicle. Off street and street parking available.
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Entertainment
Background Texas music at the restaurant nightly.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
What 2286 People Are Saying
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Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday - great time!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic. They reserved a quiet, romantic table for us and the food and service were incredible!!

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E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places to have date night, it always impress your guest!

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Columbus
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go for a date!

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KC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

It was very loud food some was great some not so much. But worth trying at least once. Not sure if I care to go back

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JB
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Mentioned it was a birthday party and they didn’t remember ir even mention it. I don’t expect anyone to sing but maybe bring a candle with the dessert.

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B
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lonesome Dove is our favorite place in Fort Worth for a special dining experience. Today we were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary and it was, once again, incredible. We both had the roasted garlic-stuffed beef tenderloin, hers was a 6 oz steak and mine was 9 oz. Both were PERFECTLY done medium-rare. From the appetizers of kangaroo carpaccio nachos and snapper ceviche through the butter lettuce salad wedges, the flavors were incredibly well balanced and appealing leading right up to that flawless main course.
The service was, as we always find, impeccable; demonstrating just the right amount of attention without being a distraction.
Lonesome Dove ain't cheap; but it's never disappointed me in terms of value.

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KP
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Ther was a big party and we had to sit in the cellar and the place was a bit overwhelmed.

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SS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We arrived at 11:40am on Friday. Last time we were there they had valet parking but no valet was there. Parked in front anyway and went in. We picked this restaurant because it was my BIRTHDAY and they had a prime rib special. They informed us that they didn't have prime rib. The waiter checked and found out that the meat supplier failed to deliver that morning. We stayed and had sandwich instead but were disappointed.

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E
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great place to celebrate my loves birthday!! Great service, good food with a nice cozy atmosphere!

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Tenderloin special was fabulous. All the food was excellent. Service was slow in getting drink refills and paying the bill. It had gotten very busy! Sometimes hard to hear the waiter. Interiors were okay. Not very original

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Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls weekend, we had a fantastic time. The food was delicious and the service was great.

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k
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this resturant in Fort Worth Stockyards. This is our favorite resturant! Food is excellent and wonderful wine list.

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DN
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Beautifully prepared and delicious. Attentive and informed wait staff. Amazing experience with a nice touch at the end as it was a big anniversary for us. Would recommend without hesitation.

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HC
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative Dishes. Amazing Service. SUCH a great find in Fort Worth!

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RJ
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A staple in the Stockyard area, still creative and innovative food. Signature garlic tenderloin was juicy and good. Sides are large enough to share. Drinks were creative and still a delicious margarita. It is a usual stop for us when visiting.

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PL
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here with my parents who were visiting from out of town. Our waiter and the manager took excellent care of us and made sure we had a good time, which was very appreciated since we only get to see each other a few times a year. Thank you very much for a wonderful experience.

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LE
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in DFW. Fantastic service, atmosphere, food and cocktails. Always a great time.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really interesting and excellent quality food. The server-chris was among the best I've experienced. Pricey, but was truly memorable.

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GM
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very loud and difficult to visit; food quality and service were over the top

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You will not be disappointed by his place! There is no hype it’s all real! The food is over-the-top are steaks were perfect, the appetizers were unique and super fun! We ate kangaroo! We had rattlesnake! Nothing tasted weird it was just a unique amazing experience!!

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c
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

worst haddock I have ever had... this place use to be good

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A
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual! I'd love it if the Elk Sliders didn't have foie gras, but that sure didn't stop me from eating them. Loved the antelope tacos!

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TW
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I would have given 5 stars if it were not for the rabbit ravioli. It was very bland and tasted under done and powdery. The elk sausage sliders were amazing and the garlic stuffed tenderloin was cooked to perfection. We finished up with the chocolate cake. When paired with a cup of coffee it was the perfect ending to a great meal. Our waitstaff was excellent and overall a great meal!

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M
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent. We were initially greeted by attentive servers but they seemed overworked with some big parties. The flavor of the steak was excellent and was cooked correctly (Med rare) but seemed devoid of juices expected in a good steak. Made us think they’d been under a heat lamp too long. That may have been the case because it took forever to get our food, probably due to the large groups. The appetizers and salads were creative and excellent. They seemed to have some special events and I think it would be wise for them to hire more help on such nights. Servers were excellent in attitude but too stretched and it took forever to get anything. We would recommend this place and hope to return but probably not on a weekend night.

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DJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had agreat meal with entrees that are hard to find anywhere and the choices of game options is exceptional. We were in fort Worth for the snaffle Bit futurity and it was our best dining experience of the week!! Have been here before over the past 12 years or so and it's always great.

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YS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. The Dove is our favorite.
Highly recommend. Food is always amazing.

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YY
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is great!
But our seats are in the basement and at the kitchen exit, it is very noisy and paying such a high price seems a bit disappointing!

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MG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The resturant was selected as recommend by a uk travel guide and trip advisor. The welcome was friendly and the service from J.B. Was excellent. He took time to make recommendations for us and explained everything throughly. The meal was excellent and we were even given a plate of biscuits with " happy anniversary " written in chocolate sauce. Overall a great place I would do it again. No cheap but worth the expense.

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LP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm a Fort Worth girl. This is a "go-to" for celebrating and showing my city off!

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AB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and incredible staff! We dined there for my Morher-in-laws birthday dinner and they were exceptional. Multiple members of the staff wished her a happy birthday and were so kind to all of us. The food was so interesting and delicious, we will definitely be returning!

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I
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting was for my first anniversary and obviously wanted it special, I dropped off a card and roses before hand by a few hours, when we arrived the roses and card were presented on the table as if I put them there myself, PERFECTLY!
At first our thoughts were it's too loud to really enjoy our evening, the server quickly made a request to the gm and we were quickly moved to another room.... All to ourselves. The food was amazing, later in the evening my phone was low on battery and I mentioned I need to stop using my camera to save battery life, the GM asked for my phone and said he would put 9n a charger as there were going to be more photo ops in a bit... I have never experienced such hospitality... And I've been in the business for years!
By far the best experience ever in dining!

Thank you chef Tim Love for the amazing Wagyu ribeye...

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elk loin was incredible. Desserts were amazing. Went for my husbands' birthday and he wants to go back. That's saying alot from him.

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BH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service and ambiance was fantastic. My wife ordered the red fish and found it to be pretty bland. The other dishes were wonderful.
Thanks for a great evening, Lonesome Dove.

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HS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only thing we could find not in order was that it was to cold inside the restaurant. Our seats were neare the door an it was to cool. Everything else perfect.

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JR
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an Amazing Anniversary dinner!!! The staff made the night even more Amazing!!!

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AC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

This was our 2nd time here . 1st time was AMAZING!! This time .. We were celebrating an Anniversary and even mentioned it when we booked and again at the table on our own but the server was wrapped up with other tables . We were disappointed in this . The manager did come and apologize for this while we were waiting for our car .

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WD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Service was spectacular! Food wasn’t hot nor were the plates. The recipe names clearly included the type of protein meat involved...regardless of what you think of the ingredients, everything was delicious.

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CT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Service was excellent! Our server was fantastic! From food to drink recommendations. Haven't had this type of service in a long time. Highly recommend!

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SP
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food! Great service! Friendly staff. Good drinks. We were there for a family event and they really took care of us.

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