Cool River Cafe - Dallas

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Cool River is an upscale steakhouse featuring fresh seafood and Certified Angus Beef and serves lunch and dinner daily. Their full service bar includes an award-winning wine list. They also offer private dining with seven room options to choose from.
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.1
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4.2
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here several times. Well managed location. Great staff. Appreciated the recommendations of off menu items.

O
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was outstanding, the food was very good, and the staff very accommodating.

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Responded a day ago

Thank you for your review! We hope to have you back soon!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Cool River did not honor my Open Table reservation.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded 4 days ago

Hello, would you mind sending us a message with information about your reservation? We'd really appreciate the opportunity to address any issue you encountered.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Waiter did not listen to my client- kept telling her no as opposed to giving her what she wanted....a variety of steamed vegetables.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded 4 days ago

Hello, we're very sorry to hear of this experience and we'd really appreciate the chance to apologize and address this issue. Would you mind sending us a message with your contact information?

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RR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Didn’t get the sautéed onions that we ordered. Staff at beginning was great but service was very slow and there were only a handful of tables occupied. Food was tasty.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 19, 2020

Hi Rhea, we're very sorry to hear about the service issues you encountered. We'd really appreciate the opportunity to address these issues and apologize to you personally. Would you mind sending us a message with your contact information?

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time here I have enjoyed the food

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you! We hope to have you back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very nice place, the staff were very kind and food was perfect! Ambience was a littler but noisy...

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you!

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DW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Biggest complaint was the wait!
Hostess called 2.5 hours prior to 8pm reservation to confirm- great
Arrived at 7:55. They ask us to wait for table in approximately 20 minutes
They placed multiple couples before us. One group of 5 told me they had 8:30 reservation. -- they were seated 10min before us.
Finally I approached them as to why this was occurring. A table "opened up" 5 min later.
Btw when they Finally seated us; there were no less than 15 open tables dressed for party of two!!

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 18, 2020

DeWayne, we're very sorry for the delays in accommodating your reservation. Your feedback will be shared with our managers and addressed with our host staff. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention and hope that you'll dine with us in the future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful!

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Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank you!

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OT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Horrible experience. There is so many things that went wrong that it take me 3 paragraphs to write. Suffice it to say under cooked and cold food, wait staff uninformed and slow, management that was no help, and couldn’t seem to even get a drink at the bar! We will never be back or recommend to anyone if asked.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hello, we're terribly sorry to hear of your experience and would really appreciate the chance to address these issues and apologize to you personally. Could you send us a message with your contact information?

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TK
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Overall the worst experience I've had here to date. I visit Cool River 6-8 times a year but this one was the poorest showings we've had. The waiter just poured the wine without offering a taste first - good thing for him we liked it. I had to ask for bread to be brought to the table, the steaks were under cooked (again, good thing we aren't too picky) and then I had to ask for the dessert menu. I really was embarrassed for our group at the level of service received.

We've traditionally enjoyed our service and the food here so I'm chalking it up to the Valentine's day "hangover" but it sure made for a poor experience on my daughter's 18th birthday :(

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 18, 2020

Hi Tony, we're so sorry to hear of the service issues you encountered. We'd really like to extend a personal apology, would you mind sending a message with your contact information?

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were outstanding and the price for all was reasonable.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food great except for Cool River Salad. We ate at 5:00 so was not crowded.

NR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We had reservation for 9PM and we had to wait around 15 minutes, we were not seated on the main area which was way nicer and at some point the manager came and apologize and offered to take care of the drinks but we were charged so it didn’t happen. It was our second Valentine’s there and likely the last.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hi Nelson, we're very sorry to hear of your experience on Valentine's Day and for the oversight on your tab. Would you mind sending us a message with your contact information? We'd really appreciate the opportunity to make it right.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience3

We had a 9pm reservation. When arrived the host said it’s a 30minute wait and you can wait at bar area and we would send a text or call. We never received the call or text and just ended up eating at bar area. I mentioned this to the host at front and her response was - Hope you give us another chance.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hello, thank you for dining with us on Valentine's Day. We're terribly sorry to hear of the issues with you reservation and how it was handled. We'd really appreciate the chance to apologize personally, would you mind sending us a message with your contact information?

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Came for Valentine’s Day. We were 18 min late for our 8:15 reservation and ended up having to wait about 40 min for our table. When I asked one hostess (kind of tall, black hair, with glasses) about my table...she was very rude...the other hostesses were nice.

Took forever for anyone to come and take our order, but I do understand it was very busy...so I’ll give the waitresses a pass. Ordered surf and turf (Steak and lobster). The steak was not cooked as asked (had to send back and when it came back still wasn’t cooked right)...lobster was rubbery.

The manager was very apologetic though and provided recompense for the issue. For that reason I will give them another shot, as customer service is very important to me and in the off chance that my experience is not the norm.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hello, thank you for dining with us on Valentine's Day. We're sorry to hear of your experience with our host staff, delays in service, and food quality. We really appreciate your willingness to dine with us again despite that. Would you mind sending us a message with your contact information so that we can reach out to personally apologize?

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience1

We have been here on several times for special occasion. Birthday Anniversary Valentines Day.
Last night was without a doubt the worst. There was apparently only one valet person working because I waited for almost 20 minutes to park my car. Then the hostesses acted as if everyone was putting them out by being there. It’s a restaurant and it’s Valentines Day what did they expect. Waited a good 5 minutes for a waiter. Another ten for drinks and then had the worst Caesar salad ever. Guys you actually have to put Caesar dressing on the salad. Then noticed people around us getting food that hadn’t been there half as long as us. Not sure when or if we will go back.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hello, we're sorry to hear of your experience and we'd really appreciate the opportunity to apologize personally. Would you mind sending us a message with your contact information?

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

We were put in a converted cigar lounge that wreaked of smoke. Dinner was server on fold up tables. No flexibility on the fixed menu at all. Wife’s Chilean Sea Bass wasn’t even as good as a Gordons fish stick. Breaded, dry and Luke warm. It was an awful dining experience.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hi Ken, we're very sorry to hear of your experience and the food quality issues. Could you send us a message with your contact information? We'd really appreciate the opportunity to apologize personally.

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l
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Valentine’s Day - I’m speechless. Everything that could possibly go wrong, did. Service almost didn’t exist. We had 8 of us. Waiter never wrote down anything so drinks were screwed up and several didn’t get theirs. Reservations were at 7:15. Ate around 9:30. Begged to see manager after food was cold. He/she never came by. Charged for drinks we never received. Food was buffet quality. Will NEVER go back.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 17, 2020

We're so sorry to hear of your experience and would really appreciate the opportunity to apologize personally. Could you send us a message with your contact information?

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BE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The overall quality has gone down. I had higher expectations.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 17, 2020

Byron, we're very sorry to hear you were dissatisfied. Would you mind sending us a message with your contact information? We'd appreciate the chance to apologize personally and learn more about your experience.

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OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible venue for Valentines Day. They took reservations and had tables setup next to bar area with big screen TVs. This special occasion turned into the worst date in history. Most folks that were sat in this area, including me, left.

What a joke!

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hello, we're very sorry to hear of your experience and that you left as a result. Could you send us a message with your contact information, we'd really appreciate the opportunity to apologize personally.

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LS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food ! We will be back for sure.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you, Luvonne! We look forward to it!

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D
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I haven’t eaten at Cool River in quite some time. But the last time I ate here, I remember it being a superb experience. Well, my latest visit fell short of my expectations based on my prior visit.

First off, the dining room temperature was entirely too warm to make for a comfortable dining experience. We voiced that concern and were told by our waiter that a number of guests mentioned the same thing but that the General Manager was “set in his ways.”

We then ordered our food with a house salad to start. The next person to come to our table was one of the kitchen staff, not our waiter. He was delivering our entrees. We never did get the salads. The entrees were served with the wrong sides and the steaks were cooked entirely too long. Our waiter did not come back to check on us after our entrees were delivered to make sure everything was prepared correctly. That’s a relatively minor point, however, because at that point there wasn’t going to be an opportunity to get the order straightened out.

Despite the conditions, lack of service, wrong entrees and wrong meal preparation, the General Manager did do his best to remedy the situation by comping us a bottle of wine.

I’m not one to complain but I don’t see it as likely that we’ll entertain at Cool River again anytime soon.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hi Derrick, we're very sorry to hear of your experience. The service issues you encountered are well below our standard and what our servers are trained to provide. Could you send us a message with your contact information? We'd really appreciate the opportunity to apologize personally.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner with my girlfriend .

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Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you!

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H
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I’ve been coming to Cool River for about 17 years. I have always ordered the filet oscar style and recommend the filet oscar to friends and customers. I brought my wife to Cool River for Valentines Day and ordered the filet oscar style for both of us..: huge disappointment. I have never had a bad filet at a Cool River, but this was bad. The steak was undercooked, warm and tasteless. The oscar sauce was looked like it was left under a lamp and tasted fishy. 🤢 on top of the bad steak, the service was slow and not the typical great Cool River experience. All disappointing...

Ps - the interior hasn’t changed a bit since I started visiting in early 2000. It may be time for a remodel...

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hello, we're very sorry to hear of your experience on Valentine's Day. We aim to deliver the same food quality and service on holidays that we do everyday and apologize for not doing so. Could you send us a message with your contact information so that we can reach out to apologize personally?

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M
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It took us 25 minutes to be greeted. Three tables that arrived after sitting right next to us were greeted sooner, so I had to inform the hostess that we haven't seen a server even though our waters had been refilled twice. I think our server was running late, but she also greeted us after a table that was there maybe 3 minutes. Fortunately, we weren't in a hurry.

Once we were finally greeted, the service was decent enough. The food was immaculate and perfectly cooked. For the price point and white table cloth atmosphere, I would expect the service staff to be more aware about their tables. Otherwise, it was a decent experience.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hi Matt, thank you for dining with on Valentine's Day. We're terribly sorry for the delay that you experienced and we'd really appreciate the chance to apologize personally. Would you mind sending us a message with your contact information?

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M
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated very quickly & our waiter was very attentive during a busy lunchtime. Our food was exactly as we ordered it & was served within a shorter period of time than expected--which was a nice surprise. The green beans almandine was delicious!

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for your review! We hope to have you back soon!

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S
Dallas
106 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you, Shelley!

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M
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Highly recommended.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 14, 2020

Thank you!!!

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CK
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Bar service is virtually nonexistent. Bartenders are slow and disappear frequently. Very inattentive. Food quality is pretty good but service is lacking.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 14, 2020

Hello, we're very sorry to hear of your experience and will be sure to address this with our staff. Would you mind sending us a message with your contact information so that we can reach out and apologize personally?

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it... was my husband birthday and he loved it..: Jesse was the best and made our date memorable.. thinking about coming back soon ❤️

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 14, 2020

Thank you so much for your review! We'll be sure to share it with Jesse and we hope to see you again soon!!

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OT
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The service is nice. The location is nice. The food and drinks are just OK. It’s been that way for years.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 10, 2020

Hello, we're very sorry to hear that you're unsatisfied with our food and drinks. Could you send us a message with your contact information? We'd appreciate the chance to discuss this further to be able to address any specific issues.

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K
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We attended the SUPER BOWL celebration this year and it was a first rate experience. Had a group of ten and the servers were very attentive. Buffet was top notch. Must. Have. Potatoe Salad. Recipe.!!! It was soooooo good! Can't beat the price. We have plans to come back next year!

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 6, 2020

Hi Karlina, thank you so much for your review! We're happy to hear you had a great time and look forward to having you back in!

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SH
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Initial drink service was very slow. The rest of the evening was good in terms of service

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 3, 2020

Hi Shawn, we're very sorry to hear about your experience. Could you send us a message with your contact information? We'd really appreciate the chance to apologize to you personally and to ask for a few more details so that we can address the service issues you encountered.

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KW
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great....service was perfect!

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Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you, Karyn!

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d
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

horrible service by a waitress who acted like we were an imposition on her life. In two hours we were there we were only able to eat an appetizer (Tuna tartare which was delicious.) She would only come by every 10-15 and ask if we were ready to order which we were not but she never asked if we wanted another drink (the first one took 20 minutes to get to our table from time we sat down) Although this is supposed to be one of the best places in Las Colinas, I am not sure I will ever go there again.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 10, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of your experience and would really appreciate the opportunity to apologize to you personally. Could you send us a message with your contact information?

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SG
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you, Steven!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ian is absolutely the most knowledgeable and experienced server I have ever had the pleasure of receiving service from. ASK FOR IAN WHEN YOU MAKE A RESERVATION!

OT
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite spots

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on January 27, 2020

Thank you!

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G
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Steak was outstanding, service was truly impeccable. Nice wine list. Very enjoyable meal.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas
Responded on January 27, 2020

Thank you, Gordon! We appreciate your review and hope to see you again soon!

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