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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.
Dallas, TX 75202
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary Valet for diners
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
City Hall Bistro at the Adolphus Hotel Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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