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.

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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (26)
Special Occasion (24)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Romantic (21)
Notable Wine List (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Casual (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Great for Lunch (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Cozy (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Fun (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Seasonal (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
People Watching (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Sports (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Authentic (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food, great service. Always a satisfying experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined 2 days ago

great night out. The service and waitstaff as terrific. The food was awesome - I highly recommend the ribs - they were meaty and simply fell off the bone.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food and great service. Best sea bass I have ever tasted

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

Very nice evening.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Service, ambiance & food was excellent! Couldn’t have asked for a better place to host a business meal.

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·Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I went to Cool River Cafe for Valentines day. They had a select menu but let me tell you, this place was incredible.

Our server "Foster" (I think his first name is Chris, but they have several that work there) was spot on, even though he had plenty of tables he treated us like we were his only one. He made the night extra special for us and went above and beyond to ensure we had a great experience.

The manager, David Coakley, also came by to ensure everything was going well. He spent some time talking with us and it's little things like this that really make you want to come back.

Between the food, atmosphere, and service.. we certainly will be coming back. Great job to the entire staff at Cool River Cafe, and thank you to Foster and David!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Very bad service. Dirty wine glasses. It took out waiter 25 minutes to bring one drink. I will not go back or recommend this place.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 12, 2018

We celebrated an early Valentines this year. Cool River had a special menu which was fabulous. Salad, lobster, steak, veggies, and a shared dessert. Our waiters, Chris and Sadie were wonderful, giving us time between each course to thoroughly enjoy our meal. I highly recommend Cool River for any special occasion.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The steak and service was very upscale!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Another wonderful business lunch! Great variety on the menu. We all enjoyed and we will be back again soon!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Slow to get started - but the food & service following was very very good. It was a great choice & we will do it again soon.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Lunch meeting with a client. Service was just ok. bounced back and forth between a couple of waiters with no explanation as to who was our main person. Salad itself was good, but the steak with it was cooked improperly and had no taste at all. One of the worst steaks I have had here in Texas so far. For that price, should be much better than that for a place that is touting quality.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 3, 2018

After a bit of a rough start (the hostess informed us that we would have to wait when we arrived at our reserved time, but the manager got that straightened out), we couldn't have asked for a better dining experience. The service was very attentive and engaging, the food was excellent and the atmosphere was delightful. We'll definitely return and, next time, we'll try the manager's suggestion and sit in the bar area - just to give it a try!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food, service and ambience. Definitely will be back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Always consistent in quality and service. Can get a bit loud.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Five stars for David and his team in the dining room . This was a perfect evening for my friend and I to relax. From cosmos to our shared meal of the surf & turf served oscar style with the scalloped potatoes and scallops, we then shared the most delicious bread pudding with Maker's Mark sauce. What took the evening over the top was not the perfection of the taste of our meal, but the impeccable service we received from every single person. Will definitely be going back for more!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food and the service was great. Very noisy so if you want to have conversations across the table you have to shout.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

just ok. It had been years since I have been (before they removed the smoking in the bar) and I was interested in trying it again, since we just moved to Las Colinas a few months ago. However the entire experience just left me, in a word, 'flat'.

We sat in a booth at the bar because there were a few large parties in the dining room and they were VERY loud. Our server was young and tried very hard, but was just not great. The martini's came out warm (and I only attache this to her because I'm pretty sure she forgot to place the order so they rushed them out). And several times food came to the table and we were without silverware and had to wait for someone else to bring it to the table. Again- she was sweet, but just not polished.

The food was just.... blah. The Ahi Tuna starter was fine. The tuna was WAY too thick (almost like a thin steak) and it was tough. The slaw was good, but the sauce that it needed to pull it all together was mostly absent under the mound of slaw.

And the ribs were tough and overcooked. Only 1 of the 3 'trios' of ribs were really any good.

Not sure I will rush back - and if I do, I'll stay clear of the tuna and ribs.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I went for my birthday. All I wanted was a nice bottle of wine & some lamb. There was lamb on the online menu. Unfortunately, I found out the hard way that Cool River was no longer even serving lamb. That was disappointing, but the wine was not. Overall it's an ok place to have a nice dinner.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Noted it was our anniversary (49 yrs) with our reservation. This was not even mentioned.
3 at our table ordered the tenderloin filet. 2 were thick and wonderful.
Mine was 1\2 inch thick at best and over cooked- well beyond the rare+ as I ordered.
The replacement had a layer of fat film around the edge.
Will keep with our favorites for steak - Pappas Bros and Bobs.
Good wine value. Great salad and dessert.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Fantastic! Great service

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Outstanding venue and had a Wonderful Date night with my wife. Ralex was Outstanding and we will return. Thanks!!!!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Great meal! Fantastic service and atmosphere! My clients had a great evening.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 16, 2018

There were quite a few large tables in one room making it difficult to have a conversation with my guest. The larger tables dominated the service leaving us waiting much of the evening.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great restaurant with delicious food. The salmon was highly recommended and it did not disappoint. My boyfriend was very pleased with his 10 oz steak as well. Servers were very attentive. We will definitely have to visit again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Reservation of New Years' Eve was made in late December for late in the evening and it could not have been better

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was a great experience for NYE celebration. Service was great and food was amazing.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My husband and I met some old friends here while they were in Irving on business. We drove from Fort Worth to meet them at Cool River. This place was amazing! The service was superb, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was unmatched. We couldn’t get over what an excellent time we had. This is a place fit for all. Thank you Cool River Cafe. Cheers to a prosperous 2018!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We are at cool river before a play in Dallas. There were seven of us in our party. The waiter told us the menu had been re-vamped with a celebrity chef assisting in flavors and recipes. We were highly disappointed. The steaks were tasteless and tough. I ordered creamed corn. This was literally frozen corn heated in cream. The waiter was pretty good but not anything to write about. All in all, Texas Roadhouse is better than this place.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 20, 2017

First time in and it was amazingly delicious! Definitely will be back~

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was wonderful. Server was nice, but very inexperienced. We were a table of 9, so he was completely overwhelmed. It took over thirty minutes to get our first drinks.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food was outstanding I had the red fish and shrimp the service was great I would recommend The Cool River to all my friends

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I had never been to Cool River but they were recommended by a co-worker. The food was very good, service was very good and the ambiance was comfortable without too much noise. I would definitely go back again for personal or business opportunities.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The service was very good. The noise level was very high and it was hard to hear and carry on a conversation with others at the dinner table. For the price, I would prefer a much quieter ambiance.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 13, 2017

I met my daughter/boy friend on a recent business trip to Dallas. First the service, it was attentive but not over bearing, the waiter knew the wine list and most important, friendly. Second, the food stayed consistently outstanding from my days of living in DFW. The steak was cooked to the requested temperature and tender. The mushroom and mac sides were tasty.

Kudos to the waiter and manager. I ran late to catch my flight home and left my credit card at the table. The waiter did attempt to catch us but we were gone. The manager kindly held the card until my daughter could return to pick it up two days later. THANK YOU BOTH!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 13, 2017

When I arrived, the hostess explained that the restaurant had become busy, so they had cancelled my reservation. That's the whole point of a reservation, right?

Were told we could be seated in the bar or wait an hour. We opted to be seated in the bar. We waited and waited and waited for them to put a table together in the bar. After 10 minutes, they seated us in the main dining area. That's good, but I would have rather been seated immediately in the bar.

The waitress met us immediately, brought our drinks then took our order. We waited, and waited and waited. After 30 minutes, the waitress brought bread.

We waited, and waited, and waited. After 30 more minutes, the manager stopped by to let us know that our order had been placed behind a large private dining room's order, so it had taken longer than expected to get ours ready. He offered to pay for our lunch.

Ten minutes later - a full 90-minutes after our reservation, we were served. We gulped down our food and left.

Nice of the manager to pro-actively comp the meal. Not satisfied with the greeting experience or the wait for a table.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Server introduced himself and two other people who would be helping with our party of 7 people. The dining area was loud and extremely cramped. Server took our drink order and after 30 minutes we had to flag him down to remind him we still did not have drinks. Salads came out and were served wrong. When dinner was served, the server did not ask if the steaks were cooked to order. As it turns out, they weren't and we had to send one order back. They were very responsive to correcting the undercooked food and this time he did make sure it was cooked to order. The Salmon was overcooked and dry. By the way, we were never helped by the other two servers. For the price, the service and food should have been better.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Superb customer service; no complaints. Waiters were very attentive.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Live Sports, Fun, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I have been here an a few occasions and it never disappoints. Highly recommend for a delicious steak and a great atmosphere, although a little loud in the dining room, it is still good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, People Watching, Fun, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Work related event

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