Abacus

4.7
2668 reviews
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Contemporary American
Located in the Knox-Henderson area of Uptown Dallas, Abacus' cuisine will not disappoint. Don't miss our signature dish Lobster Shooters. You will also find prime beef, sushi, fresh fish are flown in daily and much more on the ever-changing, innovative menu perfect for romantic or business dinners. Twice a month you can order the 5-course Chefs' Tasting Menu for $50 per person, which can also be paired with wines from our award-winning wine list. Tuesday nights are Wine Night with 1/2 price bottles of wine, Wednesdays are Ladies Night with a special menu & special drink prices. Enjoy great Happiest Hour menus on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. For parties of 8 to 11, you can dine at the Chef's Table. Come early and enjoy The Bar at Abacus. See you soon!
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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

ABACUS WILL BE OPEN ON EASTER SUNDAY!

Join us for a Family Style Easter Brunch at Abacus, Sunday, April 21st 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. We will be offering a special prix fixe menu $75 pp plus sales tax and gratuity.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Let me begin by saying I have been coming to Abacus since it opened many years ago. I have always thought, and still do, highly of Chef Rathbun. Very creative and lots of great tastes. But the last 3 visits over the past several months I have noticed a decline in the food quality overall. The service was superb. It is somewhat loud. The main reason for low rating on food was the venison. It was tough and I could not chew all of it. Had to remove grit from mouth repeatedly. Also the venison was not very flavorful. The black truffle risotto was superb as always. But it was not enough to overcome the poor quality of the main course. Very disappointing. It bothers me because I know abacus can do better. I hope you will improve and stay in business, but this is concerning.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was quite attentive. I didn’t find the menu to be very interesting and the food was just okay. Nothing wrong with the food. It simply didn’t make much of an impression. I had eaten there some time ago and remember being significantly more taken by the food.

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RI
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience, impressive wine list, great service! Lobster shooters, venison, and swordfish, all highly recommended, but you can't go wrong, really, with anything on the menu. This is our new favorite, will be back soon!

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JT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding as was the service. The booth was very nice for 2 people and we'll be back again.

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FN
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were so many interesting and appealing choices on the menu for the both starters and mains that we found it hard to choose. What we did choose: quail knots, mussels, pork tenderloin and duck were outstanding.

Service was attentive but not intrusive. When the kitchen got a bit backed up with a large private party they filled the gap with a tasty complimentary salad, which was most welcome.

We enjoyed some cocktails, a well priced good wine and a leisurely meal in the back room part of the restaurant which was a little quieter than the front.

We are looking forward to returning on a Tuesday which is half price bottle of wine night to try something more pricey.

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TI
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The waiter was a little slow at the start, but everything went well afterwards - Thanks

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MB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service band atmosphere was wonderful. This is one of the best restaurants in Dallas

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AK
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent variety of menue items!

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adam was great. Food over the top delicious. Venison, steak, mussels all perfect.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Abacus had great food and the service was amazing.

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TC
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Abacus is an excellent restaurant, and the fact that they have been so consistently rated for so long shows that they are a cut above the rest of the morass that is the Dallas dining scene.

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MR
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Abacus for years and love to celebrate special events there. This trip was a little less than we expected but still good. Service is always good and our waitress was wonderful and attentive. Our reservation was at 7:30 so the restaurant was hopping but we were seated immediately and had a drink in hand in 5 minutes. What we had on our minds to order (the Redfish) was sold out so we opted for the steak and the venison. The steak was well prepared but pared with veggies that were not so tasty. The venison was excellent! We opted for mac and cheese side (nothing special) and brussel sprouts (perfection). Dessert was chocolate cream brulee and something else - can't remember.... but they were good, just not anything special. We will come back but I hope next time it will be as good as I remember from times past. All in all, a great place to eat and have a good, pleasant meal.

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, Cliff's service was even better!

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Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I first went to Abacus nearly twenty years ago and as usual on Saturday we had an excellent meal and great service.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience really made you rethink food as a consumer. The lobster shooters were really good and so neat to eat/drink! Definitely a great choice for fine dinning!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Risotto was amazing

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TC
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience! Eclectic menu, wonderful flavors, and delightfully attentive service.

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LA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great quality of food, and the service measures up to its reputation. Wine prices are a little high.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Pretty mediocre, nowhere near as good as it used to be

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Dallas
37 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit....don’t know why it took us so long. Couldn’t have been a more satisfying experience. Exemplary service and food to die for from sushi through four different entrees and desserts as artistic as delicious. Plus a polished bar for after dinner drinks. A neighborhood gem with big city ingenuity.

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PG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an early dinner to catch a musical. I thought the food was OK? We had the Lobster Rolls--tasty! I had the duck and it was not "gamey" at all. I thought everything was OK not spectacular!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience for ladies night!

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J
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our time was great. Service, food, ambiance.

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MF
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lobster shooters never fail to delight. The sushi was wonderful as usual. Our service was very very good and we all enjoyed our meal cocktails and want to eat very very much

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun time, great atmosphere and service

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DA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and you really get an amazing overall experience for the price. Love it.

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TD
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner here. Despite a busy dining room, the food came out well paced. The lobster shooters are always great and the short rib and wagyu filet were both outstanding. The lobster bisque is good, but it's not the traditional creamy, rich soup you might be expecting. Highly recommended!

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Dallas
73 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've been coming to Abacus since the very beginning. The service is still very good, as is the food - except two entrees were not even warm so had to go back to the kitchen, but were returned a few minutes later hot. Unfortunately I have two complaints: #1) When I made the reservation, I explained it was my husband's birthday, so I was surprised the only acknowledgment was the waiter saying happy birthday. I would have thought one dessert would have been complimentary. #2) We eat at a ton of restaurants in the Dallas area, from cheap tacos to fine dining, and we can't understand why the wine list doesn't have a wider range of prices.

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CG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have dinner. Enjoyed everything about the experience.

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AH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly, when is a meal ever worth over 300? But if you are going to spend that much, this is a good place to do it. Great food, drinks, and service

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LA
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter, wonderful food and wine.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. This is my favorite place to eat.

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Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wines with amazing steaks, and sushi rolls to boot. The team is range to deliver the very best in food, and service!!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak I’ve had in Dallas!

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San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid value and good service. Nothing remarkable, but consistent and good. Fair wine list but could use updating. Very good cocktail choices.

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Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding value for quality food and outstanding service. Friendly staff as well as knowledgeable in all positions from the bar though dessert. Great for a date in the main dinning room or a group of friends in the bar area, especially during their great happy hour!

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NT
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In addition to taking advantage of great happy hour specials in the bar before dinner, we really enjoyed our salads and dinners - lamb and ossobuco. Both were fantastic. Friendly and low key service. Always end up enjoying our meals even more than we expected.

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BH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really excellent meal again. We've eaten here several times, and will certainly be back again. Management went above and beyond to make our evening special. This remains one of Dallas' finest restaurants, and to some extent almost a 'hidden' gem of Dallas now - as quickly as fine dining restaurants gain and lose favor in this town, Abacus stays consistently excellent as well as unique.

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MW
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was great! Not sure our servers name, but he was tall (6'3/6'4) white guy with blonde hair. He was great. Made our date fun, and is really good at lightening up the mood.

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B
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Abacus hasn't really been the same since it lost its found, Kent Rathbun, some 3 years back. The decor, although elegant seems a bit dated and the limited menu cries out for some other options. However, the service is still superb and the entrees are spectacular. We weren't as thrilled with the appetizers. The shrimp poppers were about on par with something you pulled out of the freezer and the lump crab with BBQ sauce reminded us of the overly breaded crab cakes you'd expect from an all-you-can-eat buffet. The BBQ sauce made for a different flavor profile as you might expect, but fairly disappointing over all. Of course, you can always go back to the Rathbun delicacy, lobster shooters, but it seems disrespectful to order them somehow.

The entrees were in another class entirely, however. The grilled Cervena Venison with blackened gulf shrimp, pepperjack grits and guajillo chili butter was scrumptious and worth a hearty recommendation. The venison was especially good, not gamy and cooked to a savory and tender perfection. My wife who is taking a break from the mercury enhanced seafood, including Ahi (her favorite fish) went with the smoked chicken breast with a bleu-cheese walnut stuffing. Very good as well.

We finished off with mixed berries and whipped cream and two superb Carajillos ( a wonderful drink made with espresso and Liquor 43 over ice). You should try them.

We arrived early but the rooms filled up quickly for a Friday night and from what I could tell, everybody was having a great time. We'll keep Abacus on our rotation for now, but here's hoping for a little innovation before the next visit.

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