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Permanently Closed - Madrina

4.3
211 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Madrina, a new elevated dining restaurant concept from the Misery Loves Co. Restaurant Group (Sal Jafar, Michael Martensen, and Jeremy Hargrove) has won D Magazines Restaurant of the Year 2015 for Dallas, TX.

Chef David Fingerman's menu features Mexican dishes crafted via French techniques, such as hay-smoked foie gras made with jaggery, plantains, pepita and coconut; steak tartare with pickled papayas, dried jicama, capers, shallots and egg yolk; and okra-bell pepper ratatouille with masa crepe.

Michael Martensen (Proof + Pantry) is putting together a cocktail list of Mexican and French inspired drinks, and the wine menu will heavily feature French varietals.

Misery Loves Co. has partnered with design firm, Breckinridge Taylor, on the restaurant’s aesthetic. The space, like the food, will draw inspiration from Mexico and France — more specifically Paris and Mexico City.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, French American, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday 11:00am- 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday- Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday- Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm


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Phone number
(469) 513-2505
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Fingerman
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Cross street
Wycliffe Ave
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Parking details
There are self parking spaces located in front and in back of the Highland Park Shops. And Valet is located in front.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Food was great - service was not.

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4.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

We met up with some friends for New Year's Eve. Great prompt service, food cooked perfectly, nice sized servings, menu had new things not seen at all the other Dallas restaurants. All 4 of us agreed that Madrina is a "keeper". Will definitely be back.

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Marsh (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2016

The food was excellent, but I do think it is a little pricey. Two chardonnays were offered and one was $23/glass. Service was good but not up to the standards of the price paid.

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vipKGJ14 (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on December 18, 2016

It was just OK. Not memorable or impressive in any way.

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

Second time dining experience at Madrina and it continues to impress! Really enjoyed the fried settas, brussel sprouts!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2016

Love it more each time I eat there! A neighborhood gem!

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2016

This was my second visit to Madrina and it didn't disappoint. I was so happy to find that it was just as tasty the second time. The appetizers (guacamole and queso) were fresh and yummy. Entrees were unique and appealing. And I could go on and on about the service. Madrina might just become my new go-to spot!

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Shaunv (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

Hands down best restaurant in Dallas. The service is incredible! Food and drinks crafted with the highest level of attention!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

Don't get me wrong, we love Madrina but there were some misses on our recent dinner. The filet came with frites that were soggy. The tortilla that accompanied the wild setas were cold and tasteless. The "tag team" servers can be confusing and sometimes overlap. Love the cocktails.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2016

Second time I've been Madrina & absolutely love the cuisine. Had great service both times. My only complaint is my friend & I split an entree & they served me the entree & gave her a salad plate to put hers on. The waitress did split for us, but my friends portion looked horrible on the small plate! Very unappealing!

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Teamer (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2016

Excellent food, by far the best meal I have had in a very long time.

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R45M (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2016

The food was great and waitress, Aubree, really helped make our 9 year anniversary special and fun!! Service was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2016

Great meal - Service from Aubrey and team was outstanding. All the dishes delicious - dessert (churros and the chocolate cake) were the most amazing! Will come back!

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vipdave (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on November 15, 2016

WE have eaten here several times. The menu appears to change quarterly so there is very good variety. Food quality was outstanding as was the service. There is a very good wine list.

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vipBenergizer (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

Superb service from Joshua. Great signature cocktail, the MLC.
Salads were fresh and inventive. Entrees included the tacos, the enchilada and the Barbacoa. The first two were fresh light tastes. Didn't get to taste the barbacoa but was told it was succulent. The horchata dessert was imaginative. Price point seemed a bit steep.

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vipPonocat (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on October 30, 2016

The music is way too loud. The service is good and the food is too.

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Mercedes (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

The open seating is very inviting. The music is at a perfect volume so that the ambiance is upbeat without impeding the ability to have a conversation. We especially loved the imaginative handcrafted cocktails! The salmon for entrée was light and flaky and had hints of fennel. Very different but welcome flavor pairings! Definitely will be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2016

Our server was incredible and the food was delicious! Perfect for date night if you have an adventurous palate.

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OpenTable Diner (Naples)
1.0  Dined on October 23, 2016

There were 6 people in our party. We all agreed the food was terrible.

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viptismfu (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on October 21, 2016

Very fresh and unique for Dallas. Stingy on the number of chips to accompany $10 guacamole. But overall, a nice new restaurant for the area. Will definitely return.

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HappyAnniversay (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2016

We celebrated our 10th anniversary Madrina. Our dinner was fabulous! I would the mussels and the pork chop. We consulted with the sommelier about a bottle of wine and she comped us two glasses of champagne since we were celebrating. The only drawback was the noise level. We were thinking of taking my parents there when they come to visit but we are afraid they won't be able to hear above the din. We will go back in the future, though!

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vipFoodie (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2016

Aubrey was incredible with recommendations and gave outstanding service.

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vipLindallas (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on October 16, 2016

I enjoyed it!

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vipJCW4 (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2016

First time to dine at Madrina and cannot wait to go back. Excellent food and overall experience.

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vipHawthorne (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

We were at the restaurant to celebrate a birthday - I always like to try new venues. First time here and loved it - the food was outstanding; service a touch slow but we were there for the long haul anyway. Had the goat tacos - very flavorful. My son-in-law had the pork which ranks up there as one of the best. We will be going back very soon. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Frank (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2016

Awesome place! Went on a first date, sat at the bar and transitioned to a table. Went really well. Was well taken care of by friendly staff!

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SSL16 (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on October 8, 2016

One of my favorite places to eat in Dallas. Consistently good menu. Inventive, fresh, delicious, all accurately describe their food. Service is good/ food is prompt and on time, but wait staff seems to lack a little bit of polish that you might find at other high end restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on October 8, 2016

Everything we ordered was delicious - the wild setas appetizer, the rabbit and skate entrees, and the gateau noir dessert. Service was knowledgeable and just the right amount of attentive.

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vipGeorge53 (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2016

Madrina is amazing...very high quality food and service. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
2.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

Positives: Amazing food. New York modern atmosphere. No distracting tv's. Did I say the food was amazing?

Negatives: Service was polite, but terrible. Server took our order and we didn't see him at our table for 35 minutes. Water was empty within 5 and he was close by constantly. Never even acknowledged our need. A (manager?) did take my water and never returned it. Bar drinks are good but 90% ice.

Summary: Worth the lousy service and noise for the food, but had the service been better we would have ordered dessert, more drinks, and tipped very well.

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