Lonesome Dove Western Bistro - Fort Worth

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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.
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome!!!

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JP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great people were great I will definitely be going back

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food as always! Main dining area was very loud but we were seated in the back area and it was very quiet and made for a much better atmosphere. Main dining area is a nightmare to have any type of conversation that doesn’t consist of screaming at the top of your lungs. Definitely request seating in the back.

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GA
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class all the way. Western motif to the max but every server and bar tender was first class and the consummate pro. Outstanding wine list. One of the best I have seen in the metroplex. Dinner menu was exotic. Kangaroo tacos, rattlesnake sausage, Elk, venison and much more. We sampled and dabbled in as much as we could. Well worth the ride to get to for a unique evening experience. Highly, highly recommend. Looking forward to going back.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner. Thank you Brandon for an awesome evening.

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M
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to dine at Lonesome Dove and it was hands down the BEST experience. All I can say is that I should have come here way sooner. The service was phenomenal and the food was even better! Our server Cedric exceeds all expectations and went above and beyond to make our experience perfect!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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Dallas
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable and food is always great. Perfect date night for this old married couple!

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JM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Lonesome Dove. The Valentine's Day menu was excellent, and the food and service were terrific. We have learned that we can trust LD to provide a great venue and great food for any special occasion. JWM

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Went for Valentines. Set menu. Regular menu is definitely preferred. Server was great. Reservation for 6:30, show up 5 mins early. Ask us to hang out around bar until called for table. Meanwhile, 3 parties of two (like us) come in 10, 15 and 20 minutes late for their 6:30 reservation and were seated before us. Great food, significantly less than expected service for nearly $370.

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LS
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for a Valentine’s dinner. The set menu was very good. We would like to return and try their regular menu.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right away and the wait staff were awesome. They all worked together as a team and helped each other out. We never had to ask for a refill on our drinks and the dirty plates were taken away as soon as we were finished with that course. The Lobster hush puppies were awesome and Garlic Stuffed Sirloin was one of the best steaks I have had. Excellent flavor, moist and tender. We were celebrating our 36th Wedding Anniversary and wanted to try something new. I can't wait to go back again.

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TR
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Everything we had was outstanding!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible.

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p
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in the Fort Worth area. Whenever I am in town I go to this restaurant. The food is outstanding the service is second to none. I bring different friends here each time I go. They all enjoy the restaurant. Quiet great service and great food

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Austin
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Hostess was distracted, sat us in a crowded section, waiter was rude, customers repeatedly said, i don’t think this guy likes us.

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Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous evening at Lonesome Dove. The garlic stuffed filet and jalapeño cucumber margarita did not disappoint. Must get reservations here when looking for a special night out!

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AJ
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great food! Our favorite special occasion restaurant in DFW.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Appetizers and salads were great. We waited over 40 minutes for our entree and two of the four were not hot, almost cold. We ordered the gnocchi and it was dense and not very flavorful. On the other hand, the tomahawk rib eye was great. Good experience in general but the entree execution and timing could have used some help. Until next time!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and it was a great experience! The food was delicious and our service was great! Definitely coming back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice surprise. We were afraid this place would be a tourist trap. Very original, great place. Brought clients there and they were impressed. Great job LD!

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SK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 4

We had 8:15 reservations for 4. Got 4 Appetizers and 2 Entrees...each time we ordered it took 30 -45 Minutes to get the food. It was incredibly slow. Even the waiter was embarrassed. Our Entrees were promised by 10:45 (40 minutes after ordering) and we didn't get them until 11:15...more than an hour after ordering. The food was excellent but I am embarrassed we spent $400 on dinner and had such horrible service from the Kitchen and we didn't even complain. I would have expected a manager to come by to 1. Make up and excuse 2. Apologize 3. Buy us a cup of coffee while we waited...Nothing We had plans to go dancing afterwards but didn't get out of the restaurant til almost Midnight. I have always enjoyed Lonesome Dove but after that experience I probably won't go back. I think they expanded their seating and didn't expand their kitchen and can't keep up....good luck to those waiters and waitresses....what a miserable experience....

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Sat us 30 minutes after our reservation time...we were there almost 3 hours in total. Decent food but overall disappointed...MUCH better restaurants in Nashville!!

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WM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tim Love Flagship and best. Provides excellent menu choices, expertly prepared. The steaks are really great, but you should try the Texas Redfish done with veggies in par chment paper. Outstanding with a side of mushrooms. OK to wear and in fact welcome to wear your cowboy hat in this place, but white table clothes. Had a great table for two in the corner to the right of the entrance where we could see the whole dinning room and bar. Well done and strong cocktails and outstanding service. My favorite place in the Fort Worth Stock Yards to be sure and one of my favorites anywhere.

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S
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very interesting combination of menu items - very Western/Texas with some French influence.
We haven't been there before and we chose this place now b/c of the 'different' menu offerings. We very not disappointed, actually we were very pleasantly surprised. All in all, it was great, although I felt that it was a bit overpriced.

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BB
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic steaks and excellent service. The best steak house in Ft. Worth.

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tim Love's Lonesome Dove Western Bistro has consistently been a great experience. I have had four previous business dinners at the restaurant over the past two years, and this past week's fifth visit was as enjoyable as the first. This time I tried the Venison Short Ribs and they were spectacular. Unlike beef short-ribs, they were not fatty and very tasty. If you enjoy eating meat, they are well worth giving them a try.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food - a little pricy for portion size

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BM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

We were sat at a table downstairs near the back door. The wait staff came in and out of the back door at least 50 times during our meal. The cold air and the distraction ruined our dinner. The down stairs dining area is very loud and it is difficult to carry on a conversation. We like Lonesome Dove, but Tim Love can do better by creating a complete experience beyond the food.

I will not sit down stairs in the future. The main dining areas are much better. I would welcome a call from Lonesome Dove to discuss further.

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s
Atlanta
54 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have now visited Lonesome Dove several times when visiting Fort Worth, and I just love this place. Gabriela our server was wonderful, and everyone who visited the table was friendly and top notch. Food was excellent.

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A
Oklahoma City
29 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Lonesome Dove’s food is so good it’s worth a flight in to DFW from Burlington VT. I was visiting a friend, and we could not stop talking about how his annaversary dinner with his wife was similarly priced but not nearly as good. I have been to 3 star Michilin restaurants where the food was not as good; and I’m pretty sure the only reason this place isn’t Michilin stared is because they don’t know about it yet. Honestly, you should do yourself a favor and try this place. Get the elk steak if they have it, and try the smokes the word cocktail with it (and maybe even before it)!

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YI
Tulsa
30 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Hush puppies were very good Venison shank tasted like pot roast. Rabbit rags so bland it was not edible, rags was beige, and the pasta was more like gnocchi will not b going back

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k
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite celebration venues, always enjoy the food and atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for special occasion. Pricey but the food and service are outstanding

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Wife and I have been to Friday lunch regularly, and today’s Saturday lunch wait 1/19/19 (wait as in waiting more than 6 minutes before the waiter approached us) was out of the norm. The food was excellent and delicious as always. My double jack and coke was more coke then it should have been being a double especially at $18. We consider this restaurant one of our “go to” places and will continue to do so. Just a bit disappointed in todays visit. Just want to say. The food is ALWAYS incredibly delicious here.

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant! I had heard great reviews for special occasions and thought I’d try it out for my husbands birthday! It was impeccable! For sure try the rabbit rattle snake sausage for the first course and we split the chili and salad for the second! It was wonderful. I had the roasted stuffed garlic tenderloin and let me say! Yum!!

They did a sweet dessert for his birthday and even signed a card for him! Great place! Will for sure go back!

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r
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful romantic dinner. Superb service and absolutely excellent food. Perfect as always!

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HH
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely best truffle Mac n cheese around, and I’ve tried ALOT! Also recommend rattlesnake sausage & smoked old fashion from the bar. Enjoy

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CB
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Lonesome Dove twice. Without a doubt they have the best steak I’ve ever eaten. Their appraisers are interesting and very good, even if the portions are small.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were downstairs in the wine room. The food seemed unusually delicious last night. We had great cocktail specials - all 4 of us got a different one, and they were great. Their version of the Manhattan and the French 75 were so great. The kangaroo nachos were perfect - tastes went well together. Our server was extremely attentive -and knowledgeable (and fun) - water glasses never got vlow, main course presentation was lovely and it was a perfect spot to celebrate a birthday. The concrete floors made the background noise a little loud, but a minor inconvenience in an otherwise perfect evening! Can’t wait to go back!

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