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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.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
Contemporary American, Wild Game
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Friday & Saturday:
11:30pm - 2:30pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Main and Exchange Ave.
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Background Texas music at the restaurant nightly.
Full Service on and off-site catering offered.
Valet parking offered for $5.00 per vehicle. Off street and street parking available.
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
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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...
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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