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About City Hall Bistro at the Adolphus Hotel

Our light, bright all day dining restaurant gets its name from the hotel’s legacy as the original site intended for Dallas’ City Hall. The buzzing local bistro features a menu of Southern European-inspired cuisine with updates to classic breakfast fare, house-made breads and pastries, grain and vegetable salads, wood-roasted vegetables, fresh fish, and aromatic braised meats. The chef-prepared dishes are complemented by a robust wine list featuring a variety of quartino options and a menu of craft cocktails.

1321 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
European, Spanish, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:45am, Saturday - Sunday: 6:30am - 9:45am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:45pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:45pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Akard St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(214) 651-3686

Website:
http://cityhallbistro.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet for diners

Executive Chef:
Jeramie Robinson

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Mon - Fri 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 6:30PM

Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM

City Hall Bistro at the Adolphus Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.4

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79% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (12)
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Business Meals (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
People Watching (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

The service was awful, our server basically sat down with one of his tables to talk for half an hour and never check in on us or asked us if we needed more drinks, dessert or the check. For the value youre better off elsewhere

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 13, 2018

What a great restaurant at a fabulous hotel. The food was amazing. Every dish was executed so well - octopus, papardelle with pork ragout, duck breast salad, and the mussels were outstanding. We enjoyed the tapas approach of sharing and we will be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent food. Delicious veggie dishes. Great service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The food is good but not good enough to make a special trip downtown . D magazine raved but I didn’t have the same experience . Pretty basic diner fair with a twist .

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The service was perfection. For a date night, the lighting is a little bright but other than that , this is a sophisticated restaurant with a bit of professionalism (but not too stuffy) - as the name should imply. The food - is amazing though. I had the prawns in the most amazing (bread-dipping) sauce I've ever had - and my husband had one of the amazing paella dishes - even stuffy foodies would be won over. We also had the oysters for an appetizer - while the vinegary brine they were served with was not my fave, they were very fresh. We didn't try dessert, but I can bet they are wonderful too.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Fun, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great service. Our appetizers of oysters and sunchokes were great! Our entrees weren’t great though the steak was one of the worst I’ve had, hard to cut full of tendons and Gristle. my girlfriends pasta dish lacked flavor.
The churro desert was good

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We had charcuterie, sunchokes, a pork secreto, and the whole branzino. The charcuterie and sunchokes were both tasty, as expected. The pork secreto was well-cooked but far too bland; it's prominent flavor was mere sweetness. The grits accompanying it were tasty, but not spicy enough for balance. The branzino was nicely cooked, but again trended toward blandness.

Dessert--the churros--was delicious. The saffron ice cream complemented the sweet churros well. I would have liked chocolate in addition to caramel for dipping.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went for brunch was great

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I must first issue a disclaimer. I am not very big on brunch, especially when the menu is 80% egg centric so I was disappointed to find that on a Saturday lunch outing at 1:00 p.m. I was stuck with a brunch menu. Having said that, the shakshuka ordered by my guest was wonderful and full of warm, rich flavors. The pork secreto sandwich that I ordered was less successful--there were way too many things going on with this sandwich, and the pork itself was rather disappointing. The egg itself was beautifully cooked, but I could have done without all sauces and cheese. They rather overwhelmed the dish. The paps bravas, however, had just the amount of spice and were cooked perfectly. The service was friendly and top notch, making for a very enjoyable dining experience. I will definitely go back, but will do so when a regular menu is being offered.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great service. The lamb burger was incredibly overdone. The cheese plate and the short rib sandwich, however, were excellent as were the drinks.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 21, 2017

My girlfriend and I came here for Christmas lunch thinking the hotel would be lovely. It was minimally decorated. Hotel construction at the entrance definitely did not set a grand impression, not the restaurant's fault at all. We came to CHB because of D magazine's "Top 10 New restaurants" review. The ambiance is stark and uninviting, all white and cold white subway tiles. I got the leafy green salad with shrimp. It was nothing special at all, small, not much flavor and just pretty boring shaved carrots. The 3 shrimp (additional $9) were small but cooked perfectly. My friend got the Duck salad. She said it was good, but not great, way too much radicchio. The toasted sourdough bread was the highlight. We opted out of dessert as nothing appealed. The service however was very attentive. It was nice that the restaurant validated our valet parking. I would not return to this restaurant, in my opinion, it was overrated, over priced.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Difficult parings on menu. Also out of several items. Odd offerings.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Everything was superb. Went back to City Hall Bistro for brunch the next day and totally enjoyed it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food and service was good. A little disappointed that they were out of the branzini fish as this is what 2 of the folks in our group wanted. We went on a Friday night so you'd expect them to not run out.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Good food. We had late dinner so they were out of some of the menu items. Server made up for some of his mistakes, so it was all good.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a reservation after the symphony at 10:15 on a Saturday night. Clearly was within their open hours. After looking at the menu we were then told by our waitress that many items were not available because they had run out of ciabatta bread that accompanied them. A full service gourmet restaurant is next to this more casual one so you’d think they could have substituted something. This impacted our choices tremendously. When we finally settled on entrees the portions served to us were clearly a lunch size if that and at dinner prices. The ribeye was substandard at best. The restaurant should not have late hours if they are not able to accommodate customers then.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Exceptional food, service and atmosphere. Each dish was incredibly fresh, delicious, special and beautifully presented. Can’t wait to return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The restaurant is not the original one any more. Its name is not even the same. Taste of every dish is off, too salty, too sour, no real flavor at all. Didn’t see other people come to this place, besides two individuals. Two dishes weren’t charged after manager tasted the soup and agreed it was too salty. Not going to this place again.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This is a "small plates" kind of place (we like that) working out a menu that (at the time of this writing) is only 2 weeks old. Had a hilarious incident w/ the salads. The food runner who brought them couldn't identify them (and neither could we). Plus they were SO small (I'm not making this up) your hamster would have eaten one then asked for more. We were so dumbfounded we just started laughing. Waiter sent over the manager Josh Hume who was a really nice guy; he struck the salads from our bill and said many others had complained about the new salads too so some changes will be in the works. The mussels w/ frittes are in a spicy red sauce that I thought was fantastic. Highly recommend this one. The linguine w/ clams also delightful although too salty for my taste. No American wines on the list. Room is not too loud. All in all an enjoyable meal.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was our first time to City Hall Bistro. The hotel has been undergoing a renovation and the new space is exciting. The ambiance is urban bistro. The staff were friendly and helpful. The brunch menu had just changed the prior day and offered a number of choices with good fresh ingredients. I ordered the frittata, my husband ordered a short rib sandwich and our friend ordered a farm breakfast. The food took about 15 minutes. My husband and I received our meals first. Our friend did not receive her meal for another 5 minutes. This type of circumstance can be awkward as the 3 of you wait for the 3rd meal. We called a member of the waitstaff over and inquired. Subsquently the 3rd meal arrived. The meals were all flavorful, well-prepared and well-presented. We would return again, but I do hope the food service issue was a quirk and not a habit.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Really wanted to like City Hall Bistro, especially after reading about their paella and learning from the waiter that it would take 35 mins to prepare. Expecting something exquisite and European, I left with a $150 meal that I could've made at home.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Good menu of small plates with a Mediterranean emphasis; nice wine list. The bar just outside the restaurant in the Adolphus Hotel is terrific, with the best martini I've ever had in a beautiful wood-paneled space with seating around two fireplaces.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food is pretty rich so I would suggest getting a few things to share.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Wonderful!! Overnighted at the Aldophus for the MFM show on Sunday, so obviously super convenient for breakfast when I woke up.However, I would definitely recommend and come back even if I wasn't staying. City Hall was perfect for a light breakfast, and quiet setting. The coffee, and food were fresh and everything about our breakfast was delicious!! The staff were friendly and full of suggestions. Would highly highly recommend going!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This place definitely did not live up to the hype on Eater. The Food overall was rather ordinary.
To begin, the bartender did not know how to make an Aperol Sprtiz. Since the directions are on the bottle, I cannot understand what went wrong. Hummus was very good, but pita bread was boring. I did not care for the smoky flavor of the baba ganoush. Falafel was quite nice. Asparagus salad was not exceptional in any way, and again very pedestrian. Pasta dish with beef was the best item. The wine we ordered was fabulous, and priced high.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

I had a wonderful experience there for my Birthday dinner. The restaurant is gorgeous. Couldn't stop admiring it. And our server Caleb was amazing, entering, friendly and just plain awesome! Overall had the best time and will be back to try brunch!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I really loved everything I personally ordered. The leeks and vegetable flat bread were very yummy. We had a mishap with my flat bread but they were nice enough to omit it from the receipt and remake it. The cocktails were nothing special for the price to be honest. My boyfriend ordered the 1912 bourbon cocktail, which was $18 and wasn't blown away by any means. The beef tenderloin was a bit of a disappointment for him as well. Not in flavor, but in size. When you think tenderloin you think a thick piece of meat, well it's not. It's sliced like lunch meat with a bit of endive, cheese crunchies and a white sauce dabbed over it. When you walk in, you don't get the vibe that it's going to be a tiny dished gourmet restaurant type deal, it's very plain and small. I will say this though, you have to order dessert here. The basil basil gelato is amazing. I was happy with my choices but my bf definitely left super sassy knowing he spent $76 and was still really hungry. City Hall Bistro is just not optimal for every day dining. I recommend coming here for a light bite before an outing or with a group of friends to share the small plates.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Wonderful dining experience!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I had the pasta with seafood - a good amount of seafood, but so salty!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Had a Birthday lunch after church. Shared half a dozen dishes. All varied tastes and very good. Even though the plates were small we were satisfied and full at end of meal. And the bonus churros comped by restaurant for birthday celebration were EXCELLENT.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great ambiance, food and experience. Recommend it for a special occasion.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Loved the aesthetics and the service. Food was just a little too much on the small side for my husband's taste but still very good. The hotel also did not have a working ATM so we were unable to get tip money for the valet.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great service. Small portions for the price. Linguini pasta way too spicy. Gorgeous decor!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 27, 2017

great food and ambiance. really impressive!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food is excellent as always, but our service was less than expected on our last visit.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Celebrating a friend’s birthday was fun & delicious at City Hall Bistro. Amazing food, ambiance and service!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Cool spot in the Adolphus Hotel--ambience is great, you walk through the magnificent, historic hotel lobby to a bright, modern restaurant. I recommend the genever cocktail, the mezze plate, and linguine.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

We came for dinner and tried the atayef, short rib stuffed pequillo pepper, the octopus and the churros. All were delicious and we are definitely looking forward to coming back to try some of the other dishes!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Black ink squid pasta was our favorite selection. Service was a little slow.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Cucumber and tomato salad is delicious!

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