Lonesome Dove Western Bistro - Fort Worth

4.7
2902 Reviews
$50 and over
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2902 people are saying
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JenniferW
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a birthday dinner - always a great time and great food and service. Highly recommend!!!

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MaverickMatador
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to dine at Lonesome Dove. Service was very good. Food was outstanding. Ambiance is nice as it is rustic western (Lonesome Dove is in the Stockyards district, after all). Because of COVID issues, table are spread apart appropriately. Upon entering, the hostess takes temperatures of guests, and you have to record your contact information should it be needed at a later date for contact tracing.

Was a really nice experience. Will definitely return in the future.

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Luv2eat
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unrealistically amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant and great job w Covid protocals

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

We were sat five feet from the restroom. The view the entire night was a revolving bathroom door. The food was good just a little confusion about the order.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection. Pork loin was of the type you dream about.

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GlennN
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, server was friendly and attentive, overall great birthday experience for my birthday

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vipShan8
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They take temperatures before seating diners and ask about COVID symptoms. It's way more food than I would eat on a regular basis but the flavors of the appetizers and second courses were fabulous and innovative! Definitely try some that the waiters recommend! All was scrumptious and attention was paid to my friend's gluten free needs too.

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ThelmaH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there celebrating our wedding day and everyone was so nice and the food was excellent.

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LauraA
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You do NOT come here for the food... You come here for the ENTIRE EXPERIENCE! The amazing food is just a part of it! Service is not pretentious, however its upscale and makes you feel like you are so important! People wear jeans, people wear Mink Coats... this place has it all...If you love an Old Fashion... well get the smoked Old Fashion you will never be the same, the wine list can keep you in a budget or splurge like you're a millionaire! either way you are guaranteed a GREAT bottle of wine! oh yea... we haven't even gotten to the food... IF you are lucky... ask about the basement seating.... that's a whole experience in itself... we have eaten there several times and that was just about the most fun we've had in a long while (granted the lock down has us desperate for anything new) but it almost seems like your in a secret room! Now....to the food...I don't know what to tell you...The Oysters, never had anything like it.... YOU love raw, but not raw...with a bite! this is your starter! I love chicken so if you want to play safe then the chicken thighs are your dish but there's a surprise it has a kick!... the tenderloin was so amazing my husband didn't even offer me a bite....but if YOU don't get the truffle MAC AND CHEESE>>> then don't even bother going... that is the stuff you dream of when you go to a place like this! Don't be afraid of the menu... nothing taste ODD...its ALLLLLL soooo yummy, I could go on and on... but I'm out of my allowed words... DO NOT miss this charming, place, with food that will have you trying to explain the experience for weeks... to your friends until you finally say... I can't explain it... LET"S JUST GO THERE!!! LOVE...LOVE LOVE this place! 10/10 stars EVERYTIME!

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David
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food! Rattlesnake/Rabbit sausage was superb.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good place but didn’t like how they were asking for my information to trace me. I won’t be back anytime soon until that over with.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was recommended to us by a friend and let me just say, it did not disappoint! The food was AMAZING and the service was phenomenal. We’ll definitely be back the next time we are in town!

JM
vipJarrodM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place , we enjoyed our visit and will be back

LB
LindaB
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience! Highly recommended! Food is creative and perfectly prepared. Service is flawless! A wonderful evening celebrating our special event!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I’ve had in Fort Worth!

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TimS
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The price was on the higher end but the food was well worth the price. The staff and atmosphere was great. We plan to visit them again on our next trip to the area.

JG
J9GCA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Elk Sliders were a hit shared by all. Great service and every dish was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and good were outstanding!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really great, the service and food was impeccable.

CN
CodyN
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot that captures the gamy cuisine of the west and Texas. Highly recommend taking out of town guests or a date night.

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vipDallasDiner
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time at Lonesome Dove. Wilson was amazingly attentive and made some fabulous recommendations. We elected to split the wagyu, start off with a couple appetizers and some shareable sides. I highly recommend trying a glass of Tim Love’s Trees. Can’t wait for my travels to bring me back, so I can dine once again.

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vipdchang
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was pretty fun and enjoyable although a few items came out cold for some strange reason. The biggest opportunity was the service. For a high end restaurant you would expect a better server experience including filling water when it is empty, taking away dirty plates instead of leaving them there to the side (even after they came to ask for dessert), and at least offering to explain all the food options vs just pushing the steaks) . We also asked for two hush puppies but they brought out 4. We told the person who gave it to us that we only ordered four and they said that it was our lucky day, but when the bill came they charged for four. Oh well. Disappointed but would love to give them another shot. The other servers seemed more on point.

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Texasgirl
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 6 had a wonderful experience with Wilson serving us. The food was delicious, notable items include the elk and chili. Beautiful view from patio. The biggest standout was Wilson. Great big personality and supreme kindness.

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Mark
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was disappointing. Chicken fried steak was very garlicky , oyster were small and gritty. Service was great but not enough for a return visit

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RachelP
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We have been several times and the food is always amazing. Food was amazing as always and our waiter was top notch.

This time around we sat near the outdoor patio area and the noise level was so loud I felt like I was yelling to have a conversation. Definitely wasn’t great for a date or any kinda romantic situation, felt like I was at a college bar on game day.

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vipstevieG
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Been probably 60 or 70 times to LD. Wish the appetizer menu would evolve .

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AmandaL
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our wedding reception there in 2016 and we go back for our anniversary dinner every year. The elk sausage sliders are amazing and the steaks melt in your mouth. Our favorite place!

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AonicaA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

My state that originally came out was horrible it took them 25 minutes to redo my steak and by then my husband had already finished his whole meal so I took it to go. I get home cut into the steak try it it’s worse than the first one so my dog got a $50 fillet. In the future I’d rather eat at outback them to eat at this place.

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Beans
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Looking forward to returning when visiting Fort Worth in the future.

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IRSGAL
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in the door, the service was attentive but not obtrusive. We were having an anniversary dinner, and we loved the ambience and the opportunity to have a quiet gourmet meal. Every item we tried had amazing flavor and presentation. A perfect place for a special dinner.

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RussellC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time! Food was delicious, service, spot on. Would definitely recommend this place!

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flava
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So after a less than stellar experience with the wait staff last November James Bolet, the general manager at the time, reached out to me due to a review I posted on Open Table.
He apologized and encouraged me to call him. Unfortunately, we had a death in the family and then the COVID crap hit. So fast forward to last weekend when we ventured out to the Stockyards and Lonesome Dove once more. I called Mr. Bolet who actually recalled my review (nearly a year later) and although he was no longer the general manager and was in DC, called the wait staff he still knew there and told them about our negative experience.
After we were seated the new GM apologized for our last visit and comped us some champagne and three tasty appetizers each- the elk slider, the kangaroo nacho and the Hamachi tostada. This was awesome as it allowed us to sample some of the other appetizers which I never do because the elk sliders are so friggin' good. I got the Blue Point oysters and my bride got the crab enchilada (huge). Travis and Chris took excellent care of us. I got my usual 16 oz Buffalo ribeye and milady got the redfish en papillote. That paired with a bottle of Perrier Jouet makes for a perfect repast.
The next day Mr. Bolet texted me to make sure they took of us! A true customer service professional. A shout out to him and the wait staff for going above and beyond.

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PeteD
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

We had to send one of our entrees back as it was cold! The waiter Jevin was fantastic though!

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BrandiW
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are in the area try this restaurant!! The service was outstanding. We had the kangaroo nachos and they were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great anniversary night! Generous pours and fabulous food! Excellent service made us feel welcome and spoiled.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had a very nice experience overall. Appetizers, sides, wine, and dessert were very good. Service was very good. Both of our steaks, however, were sub-par.

BH
BetsyH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is incredibly good and the drinks are also outstanding. We have been here several times and just happened to have a subpar waiter this time. In the past they asked us if it was a special occasion and if it was they gave us a free desert. The last 2 times we came and they asked if it was a special occasion but didn't bring a desert. Maybe they don't do that any more. The prices are such that we can only go here once or twice a year.

BH
BrianH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Seated at a table adjacent to a crowded bar with folks standing adjacent to a low wall overlooking our table and a glaring lack of social distancing. Cocktails were great and the food was disappointing this visit.

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Lonesome Dove Western Bistro - Fort Worth offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (817) 740-8810.

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro - Fort Worth is rated 4.7 stars by 2902 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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