Montlake Cut

4.7
776 reviews
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Nick Badovinus's love letter to his home town of Seattle. A definitive saltwater focus with a healthy dose of the Pacific Northwest influence!
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p
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always great ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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

Nice atmosphere, good wine selection, West coast type seafood set up

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JB
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Wonderful experience from beginning to end.

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c
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best seafood in Dallas! This was our third time to Montlake and won't be our last. The fresh oysters are phenomenal.

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LR
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good. Food and service are outstanding.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always...great food and great service!

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DF
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great taste & service but specials are overpriced. Add sides to a special & wine - you have a $70 meal....

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NG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great drinks, George our waiter was awesome, really enjoyed it.

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D
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

One and done. Got there a few minutes early and the bar was so packed there was nowhere to stand. It was awkward and uncomfortable. Hardly inviting.
We had an 8:15 reservation and weren’t seated until almost 9. Had to fight your way through to try and order a drink while then standing over people eating their meals at the bar. Awkward. When we were finally seated — at by far the worst table — we Weren’t offered drinks or an app to offset the wait or awkwardness. Nothing.
Service wasn’t impressive — we felt rushed the entire time. Like all they wanted to do was turn our table. Yet there weren’t any parties waiting. It was noisy - hard to hear each other talk.
We were there for my boyfriend’s birthday. While they did put a candle, We paid for the dessert. Overall disappointing location for a birthday dinner.
Food was good not great. Portion size on the smaller side. Simply not a good value.
Consider Gemma for your next celebration dinner. Excellent service and food. Plus a wonderful experience where it felt like they were celebrating with us.

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JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem that I didn’t even know was there. So grateful the bartender at our hotel recommended it!

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G
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was good and service excellent but for the price per person I felt it should have been more than an upscale fish house.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Branzino was tasty but not a value at $36. Cod looked much better. Noise level somewhat high. Ok overall. About the same as sister restaurant Neighborhood Services. Just ok. I GIVE THIS 3 STARS. DONT KNOW WHY THERE ARE MORE THAN THAT SHOWING

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HH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome night.

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c
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was really hot inside. They need to add more air conditioning. Our waiter was dripping sweat on us.

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c
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the decor and the ambiance. It is noisy but not overwhelmingly loud -- still easy to hear the other guests at your table. The oysters and the fish specials were absolutely amazing! And the rum cake dessert is mind blowingly decadent! We didn't love the mussels but three out of four wins on the dishes is a win for us. Thanks!

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MH
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was wonderful! Great bar and table service. Excellent dishes with great seafood quality. Love this cozy gem and will gladly return!

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Naples
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not as good as in the past. Very loud so much that it was hard to hear the waiter. Salmon special was to be medium per the chef's recommendation but it was dry. I'm from Pacific Northwest so had a different expectation of what medium should be. Wine list isn't as good as it was last year. Still a decent meal but not the greatest that it has been in the past.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service in delightfully decorated restaurant. But that decor does not absorb sound and the restaurant was a bit noisy. But the food makes it all well worth it.

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MK
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey, but excellent food and service.
Recommend the mussels, rum cake and noodle dish of the day (was King crab linguine).

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B
Dallas
132 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our second visit to Montlake Cut and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. My wife selected a pasta special with king crab and thought it was excellent. I chose the scallops and they were also very good. We finished with a rum cake and a key lime parfait, both delicious. We will definitely return soon to try more of the items on their very nice selection.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my new favorite place in Dallas. In fact I don’t even feel like I’m in Dallas when I’m there. I think I’m in A quaint, cool delicious restaurant with a Pacific Northwest vibe! Eat at the bar. Great bartenders and by all means, don’t miss the key lime pie!!!

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R
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinners were delicious. Excellent evening with friends. No pressure to leave.😀

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D
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Sorry friends. Was expectant about this place, but 3 of 4 in our party found their meal lacking. Wedge salad, BBQ snapper & Roast cod all needed salt (which wasn't on the table). Scallops were tasty but not much else on plate. Roasted brussels were oily and somewhat tasteless. Snapper had both a mayo based sauce (remoulade) & was served with cole slaw slathered in mayo dressing - overkill. Too loud in dining room to have much of a conversation at the table. My go to question when visiting a new place is this - would we go here again? Probably not folks. Probably not.

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J
Dallas
110 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The background music was way too loud. I asked for it to be turned down just a hair...not sure if that happened, but maybe. You do not need LOUD music...My Hailbut was overcooked and very dry, no taste.The oysters were good.

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LR
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. Sara was very knowledgeable.

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FO
Dallas
68 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I have been dining at MC since it opened and it has always been good. Really good. This was a bad day. 2 of the 4 of us ordered the crab in avocado and had to send it back because it was bad. We then ordered the flounder Milanese and it was dry. Really bad food from a good place but I will try again.

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent ambiance, and excellent dishes. Try the Ora King Salmon.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table was ready right on time. Excellent advice on the oysters and main course. Food was perfectly prepared and plated. Great ambiance and just enough action to provide energy but no so much as to overwhelm.

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PD
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! One of my go to spots for any occasion and always perfect!!

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R
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere for a fun and semi-casual date night out.

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JT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

This was a very disappointing evening. When I looked up the restaurant on open table the reviews said it was a fine dining, foodie, white table cloths, type of restaurant. When I made my reservation I indicated that it was our anniversary.
When we got there we were seated in a back booth that had a 2 top, 4 top, 2 top configuration. So they sat us back there right next to two other tables so there was no privacy or table cloths....not sure why those tables didn’t have them while all other tables in the restaurant did. I felt like I was at Big Shucks, not a fine dining restaurant.
We ordered some simple shrimp with remoulade sauce as an appetizer. The shrimp was tough like rubber. For our mains we ordered the panko crusted halibut that was really dry and over cooked. For 1 appetizer, two mains, a cheap screw top bottle of Chardonnay (for which we were charged $50) we had a bill north of $180.
The only acknowledgement of our special evening was the waiter wrote Happy Anniversary on our check. Really!?!
We will not return nor recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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PB
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Really disappointed.

The service was very poor. The waiter was focused on selling us the highest priced wine or items on the menu and then getting us out of there as soon as possible.

I ate the pasta of the day dish (Spaghetti and Crab) - the flavor was good but it was like mush. The spaghetti was broken - it seemed like it was left over from the day before. I ended up getting sick that evening with many trips to the restroom and a low grade fever - not fun.

I'm a big fan of Nick Badovinus - Town Hearth, NHS, Off Site - but this place doesn't come close to those.

Sorry to write such a bad review but not a good experience at all.

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c
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit to Montlake Cut, and it did not disappoint! Some of the freshest seafood in Dallas, we just got back from the Caribbean and the seafood there was not nearly as good. Highly recommend!

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C
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

After a wonderful dinner the first visit and eating at another excellent seafood restaurant a week ago, we set out to complete the comaprison, and of course enjoy a meal!! We started with the spicy ahi tartare and it was excellent; just the right amount of sharpness with each bit tender. My wife had the scallops in a tomatoe sauce, which was superb! Ahe ordered roasted asparagus as a side-wonderful from end to end. It was the same order as before!!! As note, I love sea bass and branzino, and since I tried it before, the question could it be done twice? Yep! Moreover, how did it compare with the other favorite. It was a whole branzino with the head in a wonderful tomatoe sauce similar to the scallops. Maybe a bit salty, but overall superb! No desert after this meal. Service was superb. Noise minimal at 6-7pm. Highly recommended again.

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M
Dallas
158 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always. Arctic char was delicious. Fantastic service.

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BF
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Best seafood in Dallas. The real deal with good fish, shellfish, etc, nice wine / beer, and not overdone with extra sauces that cover up the core of the meal. A class act.

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JH
Austin
54 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This has been my go to for quite a while. This time it was very disappointing. Server totally forgot my cocktail. (4 of us at the table) when serving dinner, we waited extra long for 4 persons plate to come out of kitchen - awkward. Then the fish was over cooked and dry. Way to expensive to have this kind of experience. Mother’s Day dinner bust. :-/

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P
Dallas
129 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Montlake is always a favorite for us. I had the tuna poke bowl and it was lovely, the scallops my husband had were cooked perfectly and he loved them. We enjoy the place, the people and the food so how does it get any better than that? it remains one of my favorite places to eat.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 1ambience 3

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J
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food did not justify the price. The flounder was good but not great. The crab was ok. Oysters were very good but not for 3.25 each. Certainly don’t mind the price if the food is excellent.

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