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About Lonesome Dove Western Bistro - Fort Worth

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.

2406 N. Main
Fort Worth, TX 76164
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Wild Game

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Friday & Saturday:
11:30pm - 2:30pm
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Main and Exchange Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(817) 740-8810

Website:
http://www.lonesomedovebistro.com/

Entertainment:
Background Texas music at the restaurant nightly.

Catering:
Full Service on and off-site catering offered.

Parking Details:
Valet parking offered for $5.00 per vehicle. Off street and street parking available.

Executive Chef:
Tim Love

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro - Fort Worth Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

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4.7

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4.7

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4.3

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (60)
Good for a Date (57)
Good for Anniversaries (49)
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

The best restaurant in theStockyards. We've been to several and Lonesome Dove blew them out of the water. Will definitely be eating here again. Wait staff was great, food was exceptional.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We get the chance to eat at Lonesome Dove about once a year and have done that for many years now. We have always had excellent food and excellent service. Definitely a foodie experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Enjoyed the experience, food was excellent and the service was even better. Thanks for a great meal and an enjoyable night out!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Booked for restaurants week which it still was but they wouldn't honor it said they only do it for one week. Had told friends it was an they don't have a lot of money. It was imbarasing an really over priced

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

The quantity and quality of the food was exceptional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We love this place. Only thing we were disappointed in was the Lobster 'hushpuppies'. Very bland, needed salt and maybe jalapenos. Otherwise another great dinner.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

I will never go to this place again! My husband and I were with our 5 month old child and when I made the reservations I made them aware of this. They placed us in a small corner table and placed the high chair off to the side and behind where my husband would be sitting. Obviously we changed that set up so that our son would actually be at the table with us. Then came the slowest service possible. Everything is over priced and that macaroni and cheese was undercooked. The appetizer combo we ordered was insanely expensive and was so small! This whole experience was such a let down and for the high prices I expected more.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The waiter was super

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We made a reservation weeks ago and were asked if we were there for Restaurant Week. When we replied yes, thinking we'd get both menu options, We were then put in the dark, unfinished basement that was very loud. We never saw a regular menu and never had been there before...did not get to see decor we had heard about. Courses were rushed, and the bill was brought and the waiter returned to pick it up - all before I started dessert. A built in 20% gratuity was added to the bill ... for a party of 2? The normal tip line was "extra tip". In a dark room, it could easily mislead a consumer. There are too many fine restaurants in Ft Worth to be treated this way.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 12, 2017

After our first visit for our anniversary earlier in the year, my wife and I thought there was no way we could have a better experience. We were wrong. Lonesome Dove out did themselves with our combined birthday meal. The food is tremendous! The drinks are amazing! After our latest visit we had only one word to describe the entire experience...PHENOMENAL!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

For Restaurant Week my wife and I decided to try Tim Love’s Lonesome Dove Bistro at the Stockyards in Ft. Worth. While the location, ambiance, and décor were all great, the food left quite a bit to be desired. As Tim Love is a former Iron Chef winner, I went in with high expectations. I’ve been looking forward to this meal for years, I wish I could say that it was worth the wait. I will break down my thoughts for each dish.

Elk Sausage Sliders, Seared Foie Gras, Blueberry Jam

We started the night with this appetizer. I knew the meal would be expensive, and we prepared for that, but $14 for two sliders got the meal off to a bad start. I suppose if they had both blew our minds then maybe I could have understood. But for all the flavor described in the dish name, I couldn’t taste anything other than a slightly undercooked, under seasoned tiny hamburger. I couldn’t taste the Foie Gras or Blueberry Jam at all.

Roasted Garlic Stuffed Beef Tenderloin, Western Plaid Hash, Syrah Demi-Glace

I ordered my steak medium, what I got was medium-rare to rare. But that was only the beginning. The steak tasted burnt on the outside, and cool on the inside. The demi-glace had yet more burnt flavor. I honestly don’t know what it was supposed to bring to the dish. Lastly the western plaid hash tasted like the leftover scrapings after a stir fry had sat too long on the grill at Genghis. Some kind of mixture of potato, been sprout and carrot, I think. It was difficult to tell since all I tasted was carbon.

Warm Ancho Chile Chocolate Cake

I only had a few bites of this, have to watch my glucose, but what I did have was more brownie than cake. There was no chile flavor to be found, all I got was really REALLY dark chocolate. Now, I like dark chocolate, but this was too much. I think if the chile had been there it would have helped. But given that this was the dish that he won with on Iron Chef, I expected greatness. Instead what I got was a warm dark chocolate brownie.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We celebrated my son getting a job offer after he finishes his degree in Dec 2017. Great place a little cramped and a little noisy but food was excellent.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

We visited Lonesome Dove to celebrate my wife's 50th bday with our daughter and my wife's parents. We had a wonderful time and a fabulous meal. The appetizers were excellent and the main course was outstanding. Everyone enjoyed our meal at the highest of levels and the service was "top notch". The atmosphere is great and the entire staff did a wonderful job serving us. We will be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Romantic, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We had a great dinner. The service staff were excellent even taking our 15 month old on a little walk around when she was tired of sitting allowing my wife and I to eat our main course without trying to satisfy a toddler. We have been to the Woodshed and Love Shack multiple times and have enjoyed the food and Lonesome Dove just continued my belief that Chef Love's restaurants serve great food! I absolutely enjoyed my elk and my wife absolutely enjoyed her steak. Thanks we will be back!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 11, 2017

It was a good +$200 lunch

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Overall an incredible dinner. I had been here before on multiple occasions and been very pleased with a couple different red meat entrees, but I was pleasantly surprised with the skin-on trout this time. Could have eaten three plates of it! Only downside is the cost relative to serving sizes (especially on appetizers). Jalapeño margaritas are my favorite too.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Dining experience one of the best we have ever had. Don't be fooled by outside decor.
It was wonderful from welcome to us leaving .
Service was attentive and knowledgable.
Team worked together seamlessly to ensure all preferences were taken into account resulting in a perfectly cooked steak for me and my husband.
Cocktails and wine list were well balanced and the margaritas were best we have tasted.

Tags: People Watching, Notable Wine List, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Restaurant Week success!!!! So yummy

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 10, 2017

The food and service was first rate. We were not rushed and the Restaurant Week menu was great. The only complaints are the noise level and the closeness of the seating. We practically had to yell at each other to be heard (even with her hearing aids my Mom had a hard time hearing us). Why do restaurants use all hard surfaces that don't absorb sound? We were almost in the laps of the diners around us. This is not a place for a date or quiet dinner. Patio seating might be better but not this time of year.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 9, 2017

3.5 hours. Took 20 mins to get waters. 1 hour to get bread. Two menus available but the table could only choose one and everyone had to agree. The poor waitress had no help. No reason a table of 12 didn't have 2 waiters. Worst group dinner experience ever.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Even the items that sounded really strange were very good. Our server, Wilson, was knowledgeable, friendly and did a great job.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

The garlic stuffed beef tenderloin just melted in our mouth. Desserts were more than fabulous, even the ice cream is divine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We had a table of 4 and we all had a great time and would recommend it. We started off with an appetizer sampler we tried the lamb lollipops, kangaroo nachos, rabbit-rattle snake sausage and Thai shrimp. We all agreed the Lamb Lollipops were our favorite and could have had a whole plate of them. Next half the table had the butter lettuce salad and the other half the shaved vegetable salad. I could eat the smoked bacon lardons all day long it made what could have been a normal salad into a hidden gem. For the main course again the table was split 1/2 had the stuffed beef tenderloin (always a great choice) and the other half the Rocky Mountain Elk with wonderful Brussel Sprouts and a delicate tasting white truffle Mac & Cheese . I grew up in Nebraska and Wyoming so I love Elk and could not wait to come here to try it and it did not disappoint. Take a bite of the perfectly cooked not over seasoned Elk and then follow up with one of the candied grapes and it was like a flavor explosion in my mouth. I am forever ruined, from now on I will want those amazing grapes with my Elk so I guess I will just have to keep going back. For the dessert some had a wonderful key lime pie and I chose a non-traditional choice of the Stockyard smoker. I had been watching and smelling this amazing drink and had to try it. This wonderful whiskey comes out being smoke infused with cherry chips, they open it and the smoke fills the air and you see an amazing little campfire next to it. It really is a show stopper of a drink. Not only was our food amazing but Travis our waiter made great suggestions and was attentive to our needs with out hovering. I will absolutely be back again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Made reservations for DFW Restaurant week. Called to confirm date and time and ask about the menu. Got there, paid the valet, went inside to stand with other couples who were being told they were not participating in lunch this year. Very disappointed.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Incredible experience and eve better food. Chef Love fits the label! A new Dallas favorite.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

First time to visit and we were not disappointed! Great food and service. Steaks were cooked perfectly, side dishes can feed four!
We will be back...

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·Dined on August 3, 2017

Extremely loud, but the meal was very good.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Me and my wife visited this fine establishment for our 5th year anniversary. Its a perfect place for dinner and drinks. I had the elk loin and my wife had the filet. Both were absolutely two of the best seasoned and cooked steaks we've had at a restaurant. Both to perfection.

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Appetizers were the highlight of the meal until we got to the tenderloin! Try the appetizer sampler; they can mix and match several appetizers so everyone in your group gets to try one bite of each. The rattlesnake-rabbit sausage and kangaroo carpaccio nachos were the best. Side dishes, such as the truffle Mac and cheese were decadent. Bacon plus onions = the best Brussels sprouts. For dessert, we had peach cobbler. The perfect sweet ending to the meal. Our server was Beau and he was knowledgeable about the menu but unobtrusive with his suggestions and service. Great ambiance!

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The staff is amazing and the restaurant is a neighborhood gem.

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Our water was fantastic! I think his name was Wilson.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Not our first rodeo. We have been to several of Tim Love's venues but the Lonesome Dove is the original and in our opinion, the best. Excellent wine list. Start with the elk sliders (or any of the eclectic appetizers) split a salad and feast on a 16 oz buffalo ribeye. Finish with a delicious blackberry cobbler and a fine porto. In the heart of old downtown Cowtown it just doesn't get any better than this.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great service. Wonderful food. A special dining experience!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The dinner was amazing as always. The elk is always outstanding.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Everything was wonderful from start to finish. We had a lovely waitress and probably the best steak ever! It was a little on the expensive side, but definitely worth treating yourself!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We love Lonesome Dove. They always remember us by name and make us feel welcome. The food is excellent and for lunch, quick without feeling rushed. One of our favorite spots.

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

The elk sliders were fabulous!!! May make a meal out of a dozen or so next time.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Chef Tim Love lives up to his Iron Chef winner reputation. The menu is fun, creative and most importantly, tasty, from start to finish. His chili chocolate cake is up there with my top 3 fine dining desserts of all time- right next to Gordon Ramsey's sticky toffee pudding and the Chocolate Soufflé at Le Cirque. I am still thinking about it...

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Wonderful environment, excellent food and great service! Made our daughter feel extra special for her birthday. Can't wait to go back

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Having eaten at Lonesome Dove before and knowing our out-of-town friends from southern California would enjoy the whole Ft. Worth / Stockyards / Lonesome Dove experience in Texas, we didn't miss the mark with this one. Great food, service, and overall experience has been the subject of several conversations since then -- all good!

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