Nora Restaurant And Bar

4.4
283 reviews
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$30 and under
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Afghan
Our food is not just a meal, it’s a taste of Afghan culture! Our menu offers Afghan novelties such as Mantoo, Qabili Palao and Sabzi Chalao, as well as an array of grilled kabobs and menu items from other cuisines such as Dolma and Hummus. Each plate is made with exotic spices and served fresh. Stop in and see what we are all about and discover a cuisine you never knew you were craving!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Afghan, Mediterranean, Persian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(214) 828-0095
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Pikar
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Private party contact
Matt Pikar: (214) 828-0095
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Oram St.
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Parking details
Self-park lot behind our building (2nd two rows)
Valet (Thursday-Saturday)
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Entertainment
Follow our Facebook and Twitter pages for the most up to date information regarding live music or special events!
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
What 283 People Are Saying
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M
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a neat place, small interior very intimate but never felt loud. The food was amazing and the service was top notch, he was more than happy to give suggestions when asked or clarify what food was. Food was delicious, i will definitely be going back. Drinks were also very well done. The Nora 75 was my favorite! Perfect setting for date night or just a casual dinner, flexible setting for sure.

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N
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s one of our favorite restaurants in Dallas, such a wonderful food with so much flavor, we can eat it every day. Lana

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SS
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

A disappointment. Food mediocre at best, arrived cold after a long wait despite the fact that only two tables in the restaurant were occupied. Waiter smelled of smoke and handled glasses by their rims. It seems that this restaurant is not the same as reflected in earlier reviews... change of owner?

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GW
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, delicious flavors, warm fire in the fireplace. Excellent dining experience overall.

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CJ
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I went to Nora about a year ago and loved the food. Everything was terrific.
This time, in early Nov., not so much. Some of the problems were not the restaurant's fault.
Our host chose the wine and the starter. He selected the appetizer sampler. It was heavy and just OK. We were not given the option to choose a salad or any fresh vegetables. I would have preferred some veggies to the sampler.
Our wine was champagne which was good, but did not enhance the food.
My entree had lamb and eggplant with rice in a strong sauce. I could only eat about 1/3 of it and took home the rest. There I added tomato, green onions and spinach. That made it better.
Also I had some mango chutney on the side. That added some sweetness and vinegar to the heavy dish.
The green, liquid chutney at Nora is good, but acidic. I like both sweet and sour tastes when eating Middle Eastern food.
Nora's Afghan bread was wonderful.
A fellow dining companion had a chicken kebob with red bell pepper and red onion. The onion was not well cooked, too raw for her to eat.
I might go back and order for myself to give Nora another chance. The first time it was so good.
Come to think of it, our server was not helpful in suggesting the dishes that went well together, which would have maximized our dining experience. I don't think she knew what she was selling.
Afghan food is not common in Dallas. We have to be educated.
Both times I went to Nora the owner was there, sitting at a table. He could have been be involved in explaining Nora's food to diners and the cultural history. Lost opportunity, in my opinion. Afghan food is wonderful, if you know what you are choosing and eating.
The decor of Nora has a few interesting pieces that appear to be Afghan. Pointing these unusual objects out, and describing them, would help diners to appreciate the dining experience more.
The Dallas restaurant business is competitive. Selling your product and personalizing it is essential.

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MO
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had never had any Afghani food. It was wonderful. The lamb dishes were the best. Loved the hummus, unusual and very tasty. Will be back with friends.

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RB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, but the service was very sub-par. It was a relatively unbusy time in the restaurant with 8+ open tables. Yet, they still sat us in the very back, most undesirable table by the restroom (and we had a reservation). Then, our server was inattentive and had to be flagged down more than once to refill water and wine. He also spilled the coffee as he was setting it down and didn't offer to clean up or get a new one.

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CM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good...maybe a little expensive. Rooftop bar was cool, but music was louder than I would have liked.

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SU
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated quickly, server was very attentive and gave helpful suggestions. Food was incredible! Best rice ever.

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SS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Was disappointed. Not as good as in previous visits. Somewhat overpriced and way overspiced. So much so that it was hard to actually taste the food. Not sure if I will go back now.

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TV
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

My husband and I ate at Nora last week. We had heard wonderful things and it mostly lived up to the hype. The Kabul Mule was an amazing cocktail - the cardamom vodka was a real delight! The restaurant was not super packed, so we were surprised with both our appetizers arrived and were practically cold. However, the braised lamb shank we split for dinner was beyond outstanding.

While we were disappointed in the temperature of our apps, the overall experience was delicious and we would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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MD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was a little apprehensive when my fiancé said he wanted to try this restaurant that serves Afghan food! However I was totally surprised the food was excellent and the cocktails were amazing! You definitely have a new customer!

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TK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We go to Nora frequently because we love it and the owner is very hands on. He even jumps in to bus tables if need be! Three of us celebrated a birthday this past week so we were happy to get together. The drinks and food were excellent, maybe better than usual! Rookie waiter seemed lazy and was quite slow, so much that the hostess hopped in to pick up the slack and she was great! The owner made good and brought Lemondrop shots for the whole table. It wasn’t the experience we’re used to at Nora, but we’ll go back because the owners are SO amazing!

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l
Dallas
212 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Recommend, one of our local favorites for a great experience. Enjoy the creative and excellently prepared menu.

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D
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Interesting. I put in the note when I made the reservation that this was for a Birthday even listed the persons name Marci of which she was the only women. The waiter did not mention at all to her Happy Birthday. Thought this was strange. It came across that the restaurant does not care if the dinner is for a special occasion. Next time I would not list a note in the notes area when making a reservation. The food was great except for the vegetables with the grilled food entrees. They were raw. Big Raw onion.

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SS
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and decent service in a clean, trendy space but sadly overpriced. Spent over $100 on an app, some wine and two entrees that amounted to some rice with very little lamb. Everything was absolutely delicious and the service was good; unfortunately the trendy location just means that it is overpriced. Or probably that I’m just cheap.

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KG
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing! The sampler was a great way to taste several things on the menu! My husband and I shared the combination on the grill as well and the two were definitely more than enough for 2 people!

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SP
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in town. Great food and great service.

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j
Jackson Hole
19 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptional. And the rooftop patio is wonderful.

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TE
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Apricot drink was delicious. I had the Lamb shank and it was fantastic. Skip the variety plate appetizer.

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MI
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We are an Afghan family with out of town family visiting. A party of 10 with a reservation on a Thursday evening. Excited to try this restaurant because we are very familiar with the dishes and flavors as we cook most of the restaurants' dishes at home. Service was average but the waiter was not very pleasant and not in the mood for jokes. The restaurant was slow with only two other tables during our visit. We requested bread with our appetizer and our waiter brought out two pieces of small pita, for a table of 10! Appetizers, sampler platter x2 and mantoo x3, both served as hot dishes, came out cold. Main dishes of a variety of plates offered on the menu all lacked flavor and substance. Beef was hard as leather, chicken dishes were dry, flavors of traditional Afghan meals was sparse, the basmati rice didn't seem freshly prepared, as if it were heated up. Luna Grill serves basmati rice that is fresh daily, I mean come on. The eggplant dish had very few pieces of eggplant. I wish that I could say something positive about Nora as I really try not to write negatively, just so disappointed. A heads up to management- step in and fix Nora, it could be a gem as the locale is great!

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L
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Before theater

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L
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on our anniversary. Everything was wonderful.

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LH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was absolutely lovely and totally lived up to the Triple D Hype. I absolutely recommend!

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LH
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Nora and make it a point to eat there when we are in the Dallas area.

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d
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent bar; bartender and server/waiter were the best. They made the evening enjoyable. The appetizer was great, food was not hot but the restaurant was generous in compensating the plates that were not satisfying.

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E
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a nice dinner and got the most amazing food. Very savory and not at all spicy, although that was an option. Very strong drinks and rich meals. Even though most would not know what the items on the menu are, you are sure to find something you like. 10/10 would recommend and will come again.

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MG
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is outstanding! If you like Turkish, or Indian food you will love this place. The variety of flavors and textures is fantastic.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food but served a bit cold. The roof top bar is very cool however the dance club EDM was obnoxious.

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LH
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although it was Cinco de Mayo we had the place to ourselves. There was great people watching opportunities as the streets and sidewalks were busy. We all agreed that we enjoyed having the place practically to ourselves, save for a few other diners. It's decorated in a lovely minimalist styles. In fact my sister said that she was going to steal the idea for how the drapes were tied.
Wonderful food. You know the food is good when all at the table can barely stop chewing to make conversation.
The location was perfect and got us to the Winspear in time for the 7pm curtain.

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HR
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nora was an unexpected pleasure! We were running a little behind, but called the restaurant. They were very polite and accommodating. When we got there we were seated immediately! They had some very interesting cocktails, a good wine list that was well priced, and absolutely amazing food! The service was very good and the server was able to guide us to an excellent meal. I would definitely recommend!

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c
Dallas
41 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were delighted with the food. Very tasty. Our waiter was distracted & that didn’t make the experience as nice as we had hoped ( we were entertaining an out of town visitor as well as a local couple). We had to request our order of bread & chutney 3 Times. When it arrived the waiter told us it was complimentary & apologized for the delay. That was a nice touch. There were a couple of items on the menu we asked about & were told that they don’t offer them (one was soup) & that they really shouldn’t be on the menu any longer. Disappointing. The sampler platter was excellent, several very interesting & tasty item. The grilled lamb & saffron rice were delicious. Overall everyone enjoyed their meal. We will return

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NH
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was not open on the time we reserved using open table

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CW
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoy the menu and all it had to offer. Service from waiter and bartender was excellent as well.

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DL
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Easter Sunday Lamb and it was so delicious. Had the Lamb stew. Loved it.
Only thing is I wish they would bring back the Afghan bread.

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B
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to enjoy great food and great service. I look forward to going again

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, drinks and service. Can’t wait to go back.

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r
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is attentive, food is fantastic. There was a hidden heat that sneaks up on you in several of the small plates. Everything is delicious. One of our favorite restaurants.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good appetizers and superb entrees. Uncrowded, quiet, nice experience.

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DH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a hidden gem! I have been to AFG for work and had the honor of sampling Afghan cuisine first hand and Nora is a fresh and accurate representation of that. All courses of the meal were well prepared and developed. This place warrants many more visits.

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