Lonesome Dove Western Bistro - Fort Worth

4.7
2451 reviews
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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.

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Lonesome Dove is opening for Mother's Day BRUNCH! May 12th 11:00 - 3:00 pm. We're offering a three course, $49 per person pre fixe menu. Please call 817-740-8810 to make reservations or visit our website, lonesomedovefortworth.com

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Dallas
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I would recommend Lonesome Dove, but for their regular menu, not their fixed Easter menu. Selections were odd (soup or salad for 2nd course with eggs Benedict, french toast, or empanadas for main) and definitely not worth $39/person. And only 1 choice of dessert, coconut sorbet, with no hint of chocolate on Easter? I love Lonesome Dove normally, but this menu was a complete miss.

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

I very rarely return to a restaurant. Simply because I prefer always trying something new. This restaurant is an exception. It is one of my faves and I will continue to return.

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

By far one of the best meals we have ever had. Chef Love and his team put new and exotic spins on classic dishes that will blow you away.
When the weather is nice I suggest sitting outside on the patio.
The elk was delicious and cooked just perfectly as was the buffalo ribeye.
Also enjoyed the oysters, lobster hush puppies and the Mac and cheese.
Just a perfect meal!
Service was the perfect blend of personable but expedient.
Will certainly be back soon!

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

had a great time celebrating my friends bday! Everything was delicious!

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ES
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was exceptional with our tenderloin having been coked to our liking. Try the fried spinach. It is a unique flavor. The goat cheese cake described on their website was disappointingly not available. Our server, Dave, was appropriately attentive.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Quail is s great app
Prices too high
NYStrip was gristly

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

Had a lovely dinner. Great wine list and adventurous menu. Service was excellent.

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

Our son gave us a gift card to Lonesome Dove and encouraged us to get out of our comfort zone. We ordered lobster hush puppies (A+); Texas Red Chili (A); okra, corn, tomato and cucumber salad (A+); I had Elk Loin (A- The elk was well prepared and tasty. However, the shiitake mushrooms were over cooked and tasteless other than a much too peppery seasoning); My wife ordered venison short ribs (F Full disclosure, I don’t care much for venison. This, however, had an overwhelmingly gamey taste and also seemed to be over cooked. She only ate two bites.); Finally, the warm ancho chocolate cake was to die for. (A+ Pro tip: ask for two scoops of ice cream if you are sharing)
Lonesome Dove was a mixed bag for us. Will definitely go back but will order more conventional fare.

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J
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food imagination! The rattlesnake sausage and antelope tacos were excellent appetizers. The beef tenderloin was awesome. The venison dinner was very salty and took away from the flavors.
Worth going back and telling them to hold the salt!

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TA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, the food is excellent. A nice choice for beef eaters, fish lovers or vegetarians. My steak was prepared perfectly and just melted in my mouth. The staff is also always very accommodating. The seating is a little tight and the noise level a little high. Nothing that stops me from coming back every time I am in Ft Worth.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Tim does more than smoked meat as his Mahi-mahi en papillote was great in presentation and taste

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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PN
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the experience from start to finish was superb. The food was exceptionally good. This was our first time to dine at Lonesome Dove but without a doubt not our last. Lobster hush puppies were second to none!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wilson our server was the best!!!!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had eaten about 7 years ago at the Dove an first time to be back in the area so wanted to see if the restaurant lived up to my first experience. I would say they exceeded my expectations. Had the elk, prepared superb. It was melting in my mouth. Great and friendly service and excellent wine list!
Recommend it for anyone wanting to enjoy local fare presented well and some dishes different than most restaurants these days.
Give it a try I don’t believe you will be disappointed!

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T
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere. The food was absolutely phenomenal! Will definitely be back!

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

Great food, great service! Server very knowledgeable regarding wine and food.

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TC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my Fiancé love Lonesome Dove. We have been coming here for the past two years and the staff and food is simply outstanding. Our experiences have always been amazing and we always look forward to our next date night out there.

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SY
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible! The rattlesnake and rabbit snack was spicy, and tasted great. The elk sliders were amazing. The steak was one of the best that I ever had. Great place to eat, and enjoy great food.

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AG
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service. Excellent food. Wine list is high end. Good advice on it, but not much under $75. Excellent cocktails. Definitely would go back.

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PH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This spot was a hidden gem to my husband and I. We went for a “Day date” and was fortunate to get the $16 prime rib lunch special. The prime rib cut like butter. It was AMAZING! And we were celebrating our 16th anniversary they brought our sparkles, dessert and champagne to celebrate with us! Brandon was our server and was kind enough to give us a tour of the restaurant. The space is sooo much bigger than it appears! Definitely planning a private dinner party in the very near future!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my brother's 40th birthday. Everything was excellent! We will be back next time we visit Fort Worth!

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London
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, Brannon delivered superb service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special place

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Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always

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SQ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal!! Loved the rabbit and rattle snake sausage appetizer. The pork main course was also delicious and the ancho chili chocolate cake was to die for!!

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l
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Noise level in basement was even higher than the main dining area. I cannot discuss thenoise level enough....we could barely hear the person next to us. Even the 20 somethings could not hear anything. 3of our5 meals were just ok... not off the charts as our past experiences. Maybe they were just too busy. Wine excellent. Maybe next time it will be back up to par.

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DW
Richmond
29 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is AMAZING + the cocktails are even better! Our waiter, Craig, was informative and took great care of us. Lonesome Dove is always a favorite when we visit Ft Worth!

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We were recommended to this restaurant from our friends that live in Ft. Worth. We came into town to visit and decided to come together. When our friends came prior, they had an excellent experience; amazing food and exceptional service. This time was not. The food was great but the service was extremely lacking. As a large party arrived, we were then forgotten about. The large party was taken care of promptly and individually served and cared for while we were left to care completely for ourselves, our drinks took a very long time and weren’t checked on. We had to flag down other weight staff and ask for items or our waiter.

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KB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here once previously for dinner and it was fabulous I came here today for lunch it was absolutely amazing the service is first class

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GG
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Prime Rib we've ever had!! Celebrated Anniversary and was definitely worth it!

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BT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved the food and service provided by Lonesome Dove. It was a bit dim but that didn't diminish the delicious food and excellent service provided by all on staff. I would highly recommend the lobster hush puppies and garlic stuffed beef tenderloin!

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MO
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere, amazing food and great drink selection. Deserts were delicious as well.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is my favorite restaurant in the Fort Worth area. I always have a great meal there

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was definitely one of the best restaurants we have dined in!

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B
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, very knowledgeable and personable staff. Overall a great experience, highly recommend if u get a chance to splurge every now and again

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food-you could make a meal just from the appetizers. The Elk loin was actually better than the filet!

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BK
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been wanting to try this place for several years. We visited on a Friday at lunchtime and were fortunate enough to get to take advantage of their $16 prime rib special! It was perfect in every way! The waiter even convinced the chef to make us some blue corn lobster hush puppies since we were from out of town... these are normally only a dinner item. We will definitely return for future special occasions!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Buffalo ribeye was great. appetizers were wonderful but my wife’s chicken fried steak came out nearly raw so they recooked it and by that time I was nearly done with my steak. The nice waiter took it off our bill without even asking.

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

Excellent waitstaff/food!! Everyone knew and acknowledged our anniversary when we were there...that made it special. They knew because we had checked the “anniversary” box on open table ...I didn’t know by doing that we would get special attention, but we did. Nice!!

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