About Cool River Cafe - Dallas

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.

1045 Hidden Ridge
Irving, TX 75038
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - close

Bar: Sun - Wed: 11:00am - close,Thur - Sat: 11:00am - 2:00am

Cross Street:
MacArthur Blvd.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(972) 871-8881

Website:
http://www.coolrivercafe.com/

Entertainment:
We have 7 private rooms available to host your next business dinner, happy hour, birthday or game watching party.

Catering:
Full service

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet or self-park

Executive Chef:
Senoia “Samuel” Burgess

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Book your next private event today. To book a private event call 214-492-0343 or email lascolinasevents@coolrivercafe.com and our event coordinator will gladly assist you.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Make your Thanksgiving reservation today! Savor the turkey special featuring hickory-smoked or herb-crusted turkey breast for $26.95, selections from the regular menu are also available. Open Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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Private Dining

The ultimate dining experience is extended to accommodate private parties, celebrations and business meetings. Each of our rooms delivers a memorable experience with excellent food and quality service in an upscale atmosphere.

Cool River Cafe - Dallas Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.5

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4.5

value

4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (28)
Business Meals (27)
Good for a Date (27)
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Good for Anniversaries (25)
Romantic (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Notable Wine List (18)
Bar Seating (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Cozy (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Fun (9)
Live Sports (9)
Casual (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Authentic (6)
Hot Spot (6)
People Watching (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Great Beer (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

My server was very pleasant and made us feel welcome

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Food and service are always great.

The atmosphere is very inviting.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was excellent, service attentive, beautiful dining room.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The crab. Cakes are a must have appetizer. Great wine list food is prepared perfectly. Service is good.

Wine list is extensive .

Great place

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Everything was absolutely wonderful! Thanks again for another great experience!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Enjoyed the food and the ambiance. Will recommend Cool River to all my friends.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food was impeccable and the service was equally as exceptional!

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very good food as well as service. Extensive wine list and bar menu. Waiter was excellent in describing foods and sides as well as topping for steaks.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

For this business dinner, we were seated promptly. The wait staff was pleasant and efficient. The food was very good and everyone was pleased. I would always recommend this restaurant for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Took customers to Cool River and had a great time. Wait staff was great, made good suggestions and everything was brought to the table right on time. Prices were a little on the high side but worth the money. The bar was a great place to meet and start the conversation before dinner. If I had to do it again, we’d just stay in the bar area and eat there. I will definitely be going back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Excellent choice for business get together with clients. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Enjoy the food and chef specials. Good wine choices, but young waiter was unfamiliar. He'll learn. Great place for business meals.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

John was exceptional. He had great drink recommends for my date

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

It was me and my girlfriends first time ever coming to this restaurant. I was disappointed in how the nights events unfolded. We were seated as soon as we came in. Our waiter was very friendly. I ordered a sweet tea and was brought a warm unsweetened tea without warning. Still was charged for the tea despite me stating I didn't want it. You would think for the price of the meals it would have been a nicer place. The noise level was so loud I couldn't hear my girlfriend speaking to me who was sitting right across from me! What's the point of going on a date here if you can't even hear the person your holding a conversation with. Then we ordered and our waiter made sure to tell us the prices of the specials but not that the side salads he offered didn't come with our meal. We made appetizers our meal and normally at other restaurants they will offer you a side since that is your meal without an additional cost. I felt like him leaving out the fact we were going to be charged $7 each for a side salad that they threw away despite our request to box it up was unacceptable. We got charged for something that we didn't even eat and for them to just throw away and ignore our request. We ordered calamari during the half price hours and when we asked to make sure it was half price our waiter informed us we had to be sitting at the bar and didn't offer to cancel it. Nowhere on the website did it say you had to be sitting at the bar. During our meal our waiter didn't offer to refill our drinks. One of the bus boys came up once we were waiting for our check to refill the drinks. We sat at our table for 30 mins after eating waiting for our waiter to come bring us our check. He had other tables right next to us and not once did he check on us once he was finished with them. We aren't the richest people but still expect to be treated like every other customer not just someone you assist when you feel like it.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Excellent food and excellent service! It was my first time here and I was not disappointed. I will definitely return!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great place for a business lunch in the Irving area. It was busy but not too loud.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Attempted to book several other restaurants for Sunday dinner after Cowboys game. However, settled on Cool River because they were the only one in the area with an opening between 6-9 PM.... found out the hard way WHY!
Party of 7 for business meal and drinks. Understaffed even though the restaurant was only 1/3 full which made the entire experience a negative because someone was always waiting on a drink or other request. Food was mediocre at best. Server and manager seemed to be making excuses and apologizing to everyone.
Bad experience, will not return.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food, slow service but very nice waitress.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We enjoyed excellent service for a special anniversary dinner. Careful attention to my gluten allergy and a complementary dessert!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Excellent service and ambiance. A little price by excellent dinner

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Noisy Y

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Experience exactly as planned - a "nice place with a great steak & seafood" menu for business discussion prior to goint to Rangers baseball game.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Very large bar area which is great to gather a group for drinks before dinner. Limited menu but the food was good. Great steaks and nice sides.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fun
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great all around. Manager and server were welcoming and attentive. Food was excellent. Good atmosphere. Enjoyed a few drinks at the bar after dinner. Will definitely return.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

We scheduled a company dinner here and our numbers kept shifting. They were very accommodating even when our list shrank to just 3 people. The food and service were excellent!! It is pretty loud when the restaurant gets busy (and it was) but as small as our group was it was fine. A larger group would be hard to hear unless you booked a more private area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great place for a business meal and it was very quiet so conversation was not a problem at all.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Birthday celebration.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

From the time we were seated, took about 20 minutes for server to greet us and take our drink order, and another 10-15 minutes to bring the. In excusable. Salads were fine. When entrees were served, our waiter asked if we needed anything else, and left. Our friend commented that the prime rib was so tough, it was hard to cut, and impossible to chew. We waited for another 10 minutes and the waiter never came by to see how the food was. A manage saw one in our party not eating and we explained why. He promptly asked our friend to order something else, and took the order to the kitchen. When the manager brought the filet out 15 minutes later, the rest of us were done eating. The manager comped the filet. And when we were completely done, the waiter showed up to ask how everything was. Needless to say, he was oblivious to the fact that the prime rib was sent back...and equally oblivious to the fact that our cocktail glasses had been empty since the salad course.
I will NEVER talk guests there again! What a complete disappointment it was!

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Awesome atmosphere, great manager, Tuna On the salt block was to die for! Loved everything and we will be back for sure!

Tags: Live Sports, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Bar Seating, People Watching, Tapas, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The margaritas are terrible. The service was very slow even when they did not appear to be busy. The steaks we ordered were pretty good but they were over-cooked and not worth the high price. There are many other places in the area with better food for the cost. Would not recommend.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Vegetables excellent. Pork chop disappointi ng. Filet good. Server Rio, was excellent.
Classy atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 31, 2017

The food, environment, ambiance and service were fantastic. I wanted to introduce some friends and colleagues and Cool River didn't disappoint. Awesome experience- as always. Looking forward to the next engagement!! GH

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The food was excellent. The restaurant wasn't full, but it was very LOUD--too loud! And our waiter disappeared for periods. But the waiter did surprise my friend with a piece of birthday cake with a candle--a very nice touch.

I'll be back.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Absolutely amazing, my wife and I had an incredible night and wonderful service!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 21, 2017

I can't say enough good things about Cool River. When you walk in the door, the decor is stunning. The bar is beautiful. The staff are welcoming and very attentive. The bar with its extensive selection of selections and brews is very satisfying. And the food... wow, the food. If you're a foodie, this place is a must. We had the Ahi Tartare as an appetizer and I could have eaten two of them by myself. Wonderful layers of tuna, apple slaw, avocado, and jalapeno. It was clean, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and spicy. Served with fried wontons, it was to die for. For dinner I had the marvelous crab cakes with the house-made cocktail sauce. Every bite was relished. I look forward to going back again one day soon!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great meal. Really enjoyed the evening. Had a great deal on 1/2 price wine by the bottle, so that was really nice and unexpected.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We went to the Café Sunday evening and the whole establishment was empty of ANY customers. This being the case you would not expect any problems with service. We sat in the bar area and were the only customers at a table,a few at the bar. We literally had to hunt down someone to wait on us and that was the order of the evening. Manager stopped by for feedback, proceeded to tell us the story of his life, we told him we were unhappy with the whole experience. Nothing changed,service continued to be bad. Servers were in a corner having conversations and could care less. Second visit for me and I wanted to give them a chance since the first time was disappointing also. Never going back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Can't beat the filet at the river. Add the mac & cheese on the side, u gotta winner. Great wine list to boot. Was a lil disappointed no live music during the summer, but still an exceptional meal.. just much quieter for a Sat nite. Can chill in the cigar room after meal w/ a great cigar

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 20, 2017

It was my birthday and my son birthday so we go here for the first time. We order the Sharable Starters- Ahi Tuna Tartare was awesome, my son has 10 oz Flat Iron Steak and my daughter has 10 oz Hickory Smoked Prime Rib and they both was delicious , my sister has 12 oz Bone In Pork Chop it was okay , my disappointment entree was the Neuske's Bacon Wrapped Gulf Shrimp when it first come out was the shrimp overcook and dry. I mention it to the waiter and couple minute later the manager have brought out another plate, and this time the shrimp was cook in right temperature. At the end the desserts of Cool River 5 Layer Chocolate Cake and Texas Pecan Bread Pudding was excellent, a complimentary from the restaurant for both of our birthday celebration. Which have make up for my little disappointment earlier.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 19, 2017

This was my first time dining at Cool River and I thought it was great! The steak was cooked perfectly and all three courses were wonderful. The service was great, though I had to wait a while for the check. I would highly recommend Cool River.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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