Bonnie Ruth's Neighborhood Bistro

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$30 and under
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French American
Step into the relaxed sophistication of Frisco's favorite neighborhood bistro and dine on hearty fare rooted in classic French technique like steak frites, cast iron PEI mussels, and penne pesto as you sip a cocktail at our Belle Époque style bar. Fireplace Patio Dining. Experience an evening in the city of love and lights! Looking for the best desserts in town? Indulge in one of our made from scratch baked goods: red velvet cake with cream cheese icing, blackberry creme brulee, warm bread pudding, and more made fresh daily in our bakery.

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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Come and enjoy our award winning brunch on Christmas Eve, with an omelet and waffle station and all of your Sunday morning brunch favorites! Brunch served from 9:00a - 2:00p

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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j
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Their Thanksgiving buffet was good. They had Turkey, ham and prime rib. Wish they had rolls instead of biscuits and brown gravy along with the Turkey gravy but overall the family enjoyed dinner.

DS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was Thanksgiving and my family was not going to be able to make it to our house, this year, so I decided to let someone else do the cooking for me😁 I made my reservations 2 months in advance, since Bonnie Ruth’s has been so full every time I’ve called prior to this occasion.
We arrived and the parking lot was half full. We were escorted quickly to our table and the waiter came shortly thereafter to take our drink order. We, then took our turns at the buffet. We ALL had the shrimp cocktail, which was very tender and delicious. Then we went on the entrees... I had the ham and loved it! My husband had the prime rib and was very happy with it. We both had portions of the mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, and scalloped corn. It was all good but the corn was especially savory and delicious. After that, we made our way to the dessert tables which were covered in scrumptious delights! We both had the cream puffs and chocolate croissants, and I had some of the chocolate praline. None of it disappointed! Mmmmm.. so good😁Meanwhile our waiter anticipated our every need and we were made to feel like royalty😁Thanks Bonnie Ruth’s for making this a great Thanksgiving for us. We’ll be back!

OT
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Day buffet was quite nice. All our favorite comfort foods plus a few more exotic items. Dressing and gravy was just right in texture and seasonings. Very good service.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New ownership is doing a wonderful job! They’ve transformed the space and added a really cool speakeasy with awesome cocktails, jazz music and moody decor. Definitely didn’t feel like we were in the ‘burbs!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had drinks and appetizers in the Speakeasy. It was fantastic! Can’t wait to go back.

DS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Love this place- one of our favs- food is ALWAYS outstanding- service was slower this time which stood out since it has ALWAYS been fantastic previously- very busy PM and server may have been new
Live music- new updates to the restaurant including recent modification to “after hours” area- —ask them about it!
Must go - we will return - as always!

RW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We experienced great service and delicious food. The noise level was too much for me to enjoy the meal fully. A guitarist was singing but was not easily understood because of the noise of the many conversations.

Bonnie Ruth's Neighborhood Bistro
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thank you Ron for taking the time to review us, we appreciate the great feedback!

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DH
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

My husband and I booked our reservation for Halloween last week at 6pm. I was able to do without any trouble as I’ve done many times before. With this said, you can only imagine my extreme disappointment to walking up to the restaurant doors and finding a note indicating the where CLOSED.

If the restaurant had planned on being closed, that should’ve been communicated to Open Table allowing them to prevent people like me from placing reservations.

OT
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on the patio. Service was great. Good was amazing. Ambiance was beautiful.

RK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ate on the patio. Live music. Great ambiance.

OT
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful lunch with scrumptious food. It was loud due to a big party but we enjoyed it anyway.

o
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio, where there was live music, so the "noise level" was a bit higher than normal, but it was fantastic. Loved the music, and the food and service were as good as always.

D
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bonnie Ruth’s brunch was delicious. We got there before the rush and enjoyed a nice and quiet breakfast. We’ll definitely be back!

CR
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and friendly attentive service. Appears they are updating with fresh paint. The night we were there there was live music that was very good. Their patio is very comfortable and will be used frequently since the weather is a bit cooler now.

A
Dallas
44 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to catch up with friends over a relaxing meal.

SD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've loved Bonnie Ruth's for years. They've made some changes to the look of the restaurant, but the food is as wonderful as ever. They've got a great happy hour, 7 days a week. It'll be a Frisco standard for years to come.

MN
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love Bonnie Ruth’s. It is always a special treat. I highly recommend going there. Their bread pudding is to die for.

JM
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner & service. Arrived for Happy pricing on drinks & appetizers

FF
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Service was mostly good but left us alone too much. No water for all diners. We all ordered French Onion soup. Consensus, soup was muddy, tomato-ish, not beefy broth, lukewarm, couldn't find the bread, slab of cheese. Sooo salty. A fail. Disappointing as a signature dish. Cheese board had little cheese. Cocktails good except for a very odd Margarita, mix was funky. Avoid. Spaghetti Diablo with shrimp was good. Beef Bourguignon was more pulled beef with sautéed mushrooms and two large carrots in a cast iron pan, way too salty not much sauce. Not the rich red wine sauce with pearl onions and bacon. Would we return? There are way too many new restaurants in Frisco to try before returning.

BM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food & service, as always!!! Great location.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice! Great food and a beautiful building.

t
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and prices are reasonable. Desert portions are large. We'll be back.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was very good except it was to noisy making conversation difficult

OT
Mexico City
20 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente entrada de queso de cabra, un pato espectacular y un muy bello lugar

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OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Best mussels this side of the Atlantic!! Wide dessert selection and all are very good, had the Marble cake tonight and it is awesome!!

AS
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our daughters birthday and when we asked her where she wanted to go she didn’t hesitate to say, “duh, Bonnie Ruth’s”. This is one of our family’s favorite restaurants. The food is ALWAYS great and the atmosphere is very pleasant. We were sad to see the one closing in Allen at Watters Creek, but we’re hopeful another location will open soon that’s a little but closer. Keep up the good work! Oh and if you need help ordering, you’ll never be disappointed with the Chicken Paillard-delicious!!!

JM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Went there before a play as a party of 6 including 2 children. Everyone enjoyed their food ranging from salmon, pasta, salad to burger.

Minor problem with music being way too loud. We asked for it to be turned down and it was.

LD
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing. Really a nice atmosphere

VK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit really enjoyed the breakfast will most definately be coming back in the near future.

A
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very nice dinner. Food was great. We had duck two eats and chicken CB. Both great as well as their sides. We arrived during happy hour so drinks were a bargain to boot!

G
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We wanted a quiet getaway where we could eat and talk. Setting on the patio is exactly what we wanted. cool breeze, perfect with fireplace, trees, and plants. Tables were spaced to give you privacy.

The meal was a little pricy, especially since the rating was $$ moderate, it was $$$.
We chose to split the Bouillabaisse listed as $32 on the menu online menu says $28

I have a food allergy with one of the ingredients, but the chef able to delete the item, make a small adjustment and the dish was excellent.

The server was attentive, but not obtrusive. He was knowledgable of the entire menu and offerings

It was very enjoyable and we will be back.

L
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We were celebrating my husbands birthday and good friends 44th Anniversary. First off, my friend had his palate all set for escargot only to be told they had run out! And, it was National Escargot Day!!!! Although we sat outside to avoid noise and the evening was pleasant, it was a TERRIBLY long wait between all of our interaction with our waiter. We were there 2.5 hours and it wasn’t even crowded.
Overall the food was very Good, as always; and our waiter did make an effort to celebrate my husbands birthday and friends anniversary but we were disappointed in the service that night.

r
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Tables are a little too close and it was super loud.

OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The mussels are excellent! Save room for dessert, they have many choices and all are over the top fantastic! Love their patio!!

J
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

your review for "noise" bar chart should be reversed. I marked first one thinking that was lowest noise level because the bar is shortest. But I am not sure.

MR
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I gave 1 star because it wouldn’t let me leave 0 stars. I stopped in with my family for Mother’s Day dinner. We had a reservation. We waited over 5 minutes before anyone arrived at host stand. They were obviously short staffed and the disorganization was apparent. We ere eventually seated in what appeared to be a secondary dining room. Lights off. Worn and tattered furniture and fixtures. Funky odor in the room. Curtain hanging over a door masking either a storage room or janitor closet. We sat for about 2 minutes before we decided to leave and for another place to eat.

j
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Our first time dining at Bonnie Ruth’s was an uneven experience. It was obvious they were short handed tonight for Mother’s Day and it manifested in the food and service.

The appetizers were pretty good: calamari and assorted crustido. My wife and I each ordered the salmon; its accompaniments were delicious but the salmon itself was small portioned and dry.

We ordered pasta with marinara for our boys, only to find it incredibly spicy, even for adult tastes but especially for children. Adding chicken nearly doubled the cost of the plate at $6 each, which seemed excessive.

Water glasses went unrefilled until late in the service, which I believe speaks to the staffing shortage. The plate of assorted cupcakes as replacement for running out of cookies on the kids’ meals were indeed delicious.

Also excessive was the de facto 20% gratuity on our table of 6. I’m normally a 20% tipper anyway, but I found this practice excessive as well. I believe it’s customary to add 18% for parties of 8 or more?

We don’t plan on a return trip, which is a shame, since this restaurant is considered a Frisco institution.

L
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We like Bonnie Ruth’s and go there mostly for special occasions with family.
Unfortunately something happened with our reservation this time on their end and
they were not expecting our party of 7 when we arrived. I made the reservation by phone.
Aside from that everything was good. We love Nico. He made sure he was our server after
he found out about the reservation mistake. He remembered our 5 year old grandson from
a time not too long ago when we went there for brunch. He’s really pleasant and bends over backwards
to make everyone feel welcome. 5 stars for Nico!

B
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, service a little slow but there had been a serious kitchen accident just before our arrival. Overall it was still a good experience and worth the wait.

EM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Came here for Mother's Day with my parents. I always love Bonnie Ruth's for their cakes, but the food is exceptional too. My dad ordered the duck and was very happy with his entree. My mom and I shared the charcuterie board, which was excellent, and we both ordered lemon drop martinis. They have fabulous drinks and a nice selection of wines. But what keeps us coming back are the fabulous cakes and desserts. Even if you just go to Bonnie Ruth's for a drink and a slice of cake, you won't be disappointed. My personal favorite is the Italian Cream cake. We always have a great time and would recommend.