Montlake Cut

4.7
1094 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Nick Badovinus's love letter to his home town of Seattle. A definitive saltwater focus with a healthy dose of the Pacific Northwest influence!

For bar reservations, please call the restaurant.

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
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1094 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarkP
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food/ great service
Been many times - would recommend

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MLDiner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ambience. Recommend Montlake.

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VictoriaK
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was good, but pricey, as always. We enjoyed the experience, but the restaurant was hot, even though we were sitting directly under a ceiling fan. Management had an air mover going full speed on the Bar, but it couldn't contend with the hot temperature outside and the crowd. Not sure what the issue is but it is time to spend some money to fix the equipment or buy as new system so customers can dine in comfort. Might have stayed longer but we were happy to head home to some air conditioning.

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vipDavidC
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, chef driven appetizers and entrees that arrived at the perfect temperature and were all absolutely delicious.

Having lived in Seattle for 15 years, the atmosphere reminds me of my older home.

Our family will be back.

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vipmaryfromdallas
Dallas
68 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The waitress did a great job!!! We loved sitting in the back room. I will definitely request that next time we're there!

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Highxpectations
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Debbie the server was wonderful! The restaurant was hot and they couldn't cool it off. The Alaskan salmon and Halibut were delicious. The sides are all good.

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RichardH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are so consistently good. Very busy! Always a full house.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

I used to go here monthly before Covid. The host knew my name and my drink and would order one from the bar for me while I waited on my table. He moved to Cafe Racer when it opened. While that level of service always felt like a treat, it seems the service has dropped a notch. Our oysters were removed while one still remained from the Nick’s dozen we ordered, nothing was offered for my girlfriend’s birthday when that wasn’t the case in the past, and apparently now we’re boxing our own leftovers? I used to think this was one of the best in Dallas. I’m not sure what happened.

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pcbm11
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are repeat customers on a regular basis
Food quality is the primary reason

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Air conditioning was out so it was pretty uncomfortable

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Very consistent. Fantastic service.

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David
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Very poor AC (or not working), it was unbearably hot!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Randy was fabulous! His service was 100% and the meal was excellent.

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LutherN
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Had reservation for 7:45 and had to wait in a very crowed area by the front door for 25 minutes. It’s an attractive, high energy place but we had a very hard time hearing each other due to ambient noise. Food was really good but a bit pricey.

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RamseyJ
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We used to love this place. This was our second time they were out of certain menu items. A month ago, they were out of the chicken appetizer. On Thursday night, they were out of shrimp. They also charged us for my husband’s birthday dessert without letting us know they were bringing out a dessert.
We are disappointed and likely will not be back given the price point.

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Plady
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Have always thought this place is over-priced, but it’s always packed, so I’m in the minority - food is good - you just get the bill and it’s always…. WOW…. Good to take a date and or meet friends. Very small bar - and you have to make reservations at the bar.

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vipMisterTravelFella
Nashville
45 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have time that might make her the number of times, and I’ve never been disappointed. Though the prices are at the top of the range for the DFW metro area, the food, service and overall experience ate all terrific. Highly recommended to all seafood lovers!

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JaymeM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Just like every other experience with this restaurant group. The food lacks soul, it's just not there... The pacing of our meal was amateur hour. Desert was a disgusting attempt at a Key Lime Parfait that had not had time to set and was cloyingly sweet.
French 75 was delicious, so at least the bartender is capable!!! All in all, I would not recommend.

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vipSabrin
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place! I live in Los Angeles and was visiting Dallas and just got lucky by trying this restaurant. The food is amazing. The oysters are fresh and delicious without a heavy "ocean" taste. We sat at the bar and splurged on oysters, salad and the house Mac and cheese. Just delicious! The bar was lively and fun and the 2 bartenders are wonderful. Very sociable and professional. Made us feel right at home. A wonderful evening in a truly great city. Thank you for the great memory...XXO

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vipFoodie
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual! It was so nice to see the restaurant hopping after this past year!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary and was not disappointed at all! Amazing service, food, and atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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vipNicholasR
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. First time ever going and definitely worth every penny spent!! 😉

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DougP
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great little spot in Dallas with wonderful food. My dinner was a business meeting and the noise level made it very difficult to hear each other. That said, I will certainly return for a more casual dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!

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vipMarciaR
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with Randy, food was excellent!

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vipMichaelH
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

51st Wedding Anny! Great!

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GeorgeM
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Updates to the menu have elevated an already fantastic menu. King Crab and Chef specials were excellent additions.

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vipKayeS
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The entrees were delicious and may be the reason for a return visit. However, it took 20 minutes for a waiter to come to our table. It was an hour from the time we arrived to our first course. The wedge salad and the oysters were mediocre. Something was happening in the kitchen because three different people around us sent their food back. When my entree arrived I had no silverware for five minutes while my food was sitting there getting cold. Our sides never showed up. If the entree fish had not been so wonderful, we would not be back. The server was very nice and while some of the problems were his fault, this clearly was a problem with the receptionist seating too many too fast and whatever was going on in the kitchen that was delaying food to come out.

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vipJimL
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

only had 2 fish options....Salmon and Halibut.......oh well....no one is perfect.

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LinM
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food! The Halibut Cheeks appetizer was creative and delicious, all the different flavors and ingredients complimented each other! My son had the King Crab which was awesome, and we loved the Soft Shell Crab Milanese, it was truly delicious!! We did have to wait quite a while for our table but the food and service made up for the wait!

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vipHeatherH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I love this restaurant but the noise level is so loud. I wish they could do something but I know it’s not a easy fix.

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CarlosM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from start to finish. All the seafood is fresh as heck! Debbie was a spectacular server. The rest of the FOH team was very hospitable!! Will be coming back for sure!

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vipCCMH
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food and cocktails. Very loud during peak hours so just be aware. Friendly staff just had small issue with timing on a couple of things. I will go back though!

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vipHenryC
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the COVID, I had forgotten how great a place this is!

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Anonymous
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Took the wife there for her birthday since she wanted ceviche and scallops. Both the ceviche and the scallops were good, along with the cocktails. Our service was good. I have no real complaints. My feedback would simply be that seeing as Montlake is a kind of a seafood restaurant, I would like to see a few more seafood offerings on the menu. I didn't look at the menu beyond what the wife was interested in. Had I done so, I would've noticed ahead of time that the menu is fairly limited. I didn't want a burger, fish and chips, or bbq shrimp so I settled for a poke bowl. I would've preferred a grilled salmon dinner or something similar.

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Spencer
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food & service was great as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place! Food was amazing!

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vipClintonTwiss
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Marvelous restaurant with delicious food. The only knock against it, which we were forced to consider on this visit after an almost half-hour wait for our reserved table, is an inability to honor reservations in a timely manner. True, it was Friday prime time — but that’s why we’d reserved! Still, we will certainly return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Montalke cut. All delicious. Debbie took wonderful care of us

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vipchompindown
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

If we had not had Debbie as our server, I would have given this place a 1 star. Let’s start by having to have to wait for over an hour for our 8:15 dinner reservations. That’s abhorrent. There were available seating, they just chose not to seat us. They kept saying they were putting us at a larger table but we still sat at a 4 top. Come on folks. I mean the hostesses were very nice but they had us wait for that table to clear. Ridiculous. The fish of the day was the halibut. I love halibut but this was overly salted and over cooked, not to mention a small piece. For the prices you pay I expect my table within a .15 to 20 min window, as that what the restaurant would have waited for me if I was late. No compensation for having to wait for this table and really mediocre food. I know it’s a popular spot amd we took some Dallassites there for their first time. Likely their last. Debbie did pull it out on service and we rewarded her so. I won’t go back unless involved to have a better experience. This one sucked.

FAQs

Montlake Cut does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Montlake Cut also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (214) 739-8220.

Montlake Cut is rated 4.7 stars by 1094 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.