ELLIE'S

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$30 and under
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Located at the much-anticipated HALL Arts Hotel in the Dallas Arts District, Ellie’s Restaurant is inspired by dining traditions that harmoniously balances an art-filled, modern aesthetic with great food and genuine hospitality at every table.

Its seasonal American cuisine is refined yet approachable, staying true to its namesake, Ellie Hall, an artist and mother who emanated elegance and warmth with a fondness for lively conversation and friendly informality.

Enjoy live music, daily while sipping specialty cocktails or your favorite wine vintage in this relaxed space. With an elegant Steinway piano as its centerpiece, both local and national entertainers will fill the room in perfect harmony.

Accepting reservations for its opening night of December 6th and beyond, treat yourself to contemporary American cooking at the peak of freshness, seasonality and creative inspiration - any meal of the day.

Finalized menu, coming soon.
January 2020: Weekend Brunch & Daily Happy Hours
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KG
Dallas
67 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was good but I expected more options on the menu. The space is beautiful but the vibe is kind of off. Ellie’s feels kind of like a daytime casual cafe? But is meant to be high end hotel restaurant? Feels like the lighting and tables are wrong. The HALL arts hotel itself, lobby and entrance to the restaurant space are a knock out - worth the trip for that experience alone.

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Dining area sterile, too bright. Feels like eating in a conference hall. No intimacy whatsoever. Lackluster salad and appetizer. Solid entree and side.

K
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Service was not good, had to beg for another cocktail, wasn’t even that busy. It’s pretty new though

GW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful birthday celebration! Great food, attentive service and not rushed. We will
be back!

CJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Poor service, average food and way to noisy

Do not recommend dining here until they get their act together.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so nice and the experience was very friendly I would definitely be planning on going back

B
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Cool spot with potential but service has to improve. Had breakfast and multiple servers took initial drink order yet nothing came for 20-30 min and just general waiting for every aspect throughout meal. Went back to try the bar a few days later and same thing - 20min minimum for every drink to arrive from time of order at our seating area 3 feet from the bar.

SE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Went for brunch. Service was slow. Food was good but portion was super small. Nice ambience.

BM
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ellies is very classy and sleek. Beautiful and modern. The staff & service were outstanding. The food delicious.
Would recommend for a nice experience downtown Arts district.

G
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The music was so loud we couldn't hear at our table, plus the musicians faced away from us the whole time. That is one thing they can lose in that small space. Food was very good, but service kept dropping silverware. Slow service. Poor lighting, 1 out of 10 bulbs worked.

EW
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Over all the meal was fabulous! noise was moderate up until 7 PM. At that time it was just short of unbearable. We saw the piano when we arrived, thought we would be in for a treat and some soft relaxing music. When the musicians arrived... we realized a Cello, a drum set and a vocalist were joining in on the "fun". That place is beautiful, elegant and far to small for all those pieces. Please lose the vocalist and the drums! The staff was amazing. The beer list was very short. My scallops had a little grit. Lose the vocalist and drum set, I would give you 5 stars!

E
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful night at Ellie's food-wise and service-wise. We started out with the green eggs and ham and the ahi tuna tartar. Amazing! Then we had the a scallop and a salmon entree. Outstanding! Our server did such an excellent job. I am so sorry that I can't remember his name. It is a beautiful restaurant as is the rest of the Hall Arts Hotel. We highly recommend Ellie's.

K
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and wait staff very accommodating.

OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very inexperienced service- only one waiter & 1 coffepot - no offer of refills or birthday dessert - cheap coffee mugs!!

HB
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent spot to impress someone or simply grab a drink & snack before a concert. :)

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The art is beautiful and the food is excellent but the layout of the restaurant is horrible. The tables are arranged in what feels like a long hallway corridor. There was a great jazz band that was wonderful for the bar lounge but deafening in the dining area. I could not hear the guests on the opposite side of the table and left with a headache. The bar is on one side of the building and the kitchen is on the opposite side so staff was constantly running by with tasks (ice service, bins of dirty dishes, paperwork, coat check, maintenance workers) and hard to get the attention of service staff which was slow and disjointed. Drinks that we ordered in the lounge took another 15 minutes to arrive after we were seated. Then we were brought the bar bill as we were looking at our menus. It wasn’t transferred. The second drinks ordered when our entrees arrived came when we were finished eating.
Great jazz lounge, gorgeous outdoor seating area, excellent food, definitely will not return for indoor dining. I hate to leave this review because I had such high hopes for a dining experience as beautiful as the art and architecture which, by the way, is spectacular!

ES
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a nice dinner at Ellie's. The food was excellent. And while we were a bit concerned about noise level based on some of the prior reviews, it was totally fine. Yes, there was a jazz combo playing but it wasn't super loud. It was actually pretty nice. The prior complaints about noise, at least to us, were unfounded.

ELLIE'S
Responded on January 15, 2020

Dear Evan S, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are glad that you enjoyed the entertainment as much as you enjoyed the Food. We look forward to welcoming you back for many great meals in the future. Sincerely, ELLIE'S TEAM

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C
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food was nothing special. On par with other hotel restaurants.

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

There was a jazz combo playing during dinner. They were very good. This is a small room, maybe 30 tables and much too small for drum solos. Live music is fine, but this was overpowering and diminished the evening.

DF
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

service was awful. They were out of two wines we ordered, wait staff didn't tell us until the entrees arrived. Lighting was way too bright. Restaurant is the same they use for breakfast. Set up like a Diner. Very disappointed.

KD
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. The ahi tuna tartare appetizer was outstanding. The pork chop was delicious. Beautiful modern artsy decor. The live music was too loud but it was the only issue. Because the restaurant is brand new, we expect the noise level to be down a bit at our next visit.

JA
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful location. Love the live music. Friendly staff. Food was very tasty. The one thing that seemed off to me was an entree that was priced at $34 that had only 3 medium sized scallops with a diameter under an inch is pretty skimpy. Oddly, they were plated with potatoes and root veggies in 5 clumps but only 3 had scallops. Maybe a kitchen mistake? I not into big volume food, but, that seemed like an appetizer for an entree price. Still we will be back and look forward to where things are going.

c
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Eric has done a masterful job with this new menu. The space is lovely, the art is lovely and the food and ambiance are outstanding. We'll be back!

AD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's suffice to say I've already been back for dinner with friends since my first experience and will be hosting a brunch social in the near future. Ellie's has truly hit the mark! Don't change a thing!

b
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Do not go to this restaurant. It was terrible. They were out of one appetizer we wanted and the wine we ordered. The red wine was way to cold. The pasta dish had no flavor, the chicken was dry, and the scallops were raw in the center.

d
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and delicious food. The burger is outstanding!!

W
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Had high expectations. The vibe was ok but the bar to restaurant floor plan felt disjointed. Waited way to long to be approached. Ended up going to the bar to ask if I needed to order drinks there.

Once seated for dinner the layout of restaurant again felt off. Food was the biggest disappointment. I could make a better Caesar salad and chicken could not have been more bland

Maybe caught them on an off night

KE
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Just very so so experience. Its not really a restaurant, but rather an open lobby area masquerading as a restaurant. Service was horrible - young, inexperienced, flighty. Date enjoyed scallops, but the chicken was scary undercooked. Evidently they use a method where they boil it - waiter says “yeah, everyone sends it back”. WTH?

RG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

More of a maybe. I like the food and space, but I’ve been twice and the service has been subpar on both occasions. My first time in, it took 15 minutes for them to tell me they didn’t have the wine I ordered. This time, it was just super slow in all aspects of the meal (water, cocktails, entrees delivered at different times).

NF
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask for Emmitt, the waiter! Beautiful art. You can hear each other converse. Lunch was Most Excellent

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the first bite and throughout our entire meal, the food was sublime. We all chose different entrees and each one was cooked to perfection. The pasta was so fresh and the sauce was the perfect compliment. The Wagyu tenderloin literally melted in my mouth and the fish was fantastic as well. Absolutely divine food everyone in our group. Such innovation and talent!

TC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary which happens to be New Year’s Eve !
Everything was great. Special menu was excellent !
Piano player was superb too!!

g
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Beautiful setting. Food was very unremarkable. For the price point, I would expect exceptional food quality.
We were also seated in the bar area, rather than in the main dining area. No reason for a return visit.

t
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Very nice space and interesting menu. Being “new” they have a lot of things to work out. There was a long delay between the time we were seated and when we were first offered a drink. Then no time between getting our drinks and taking our dinner orders.

M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a beautiful space in an awesome hotel filled with art.
The service was exceptional, the food delicious...a jazz trio played the night we were there. We loved everything.
Our cocktails were creative concoctions and tasty.
We shared a tuna tartare appetizer. I had the salmon and my husband had the scallops. We both enjoyed our dishes. We shared a chocolate dessert that was yummy.
There is a large patio off the restaurant/bar that is fantastic.
Everything was wonderful.

D
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Verygood service and excellent meal.

MF
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Horrible $32 pork chop. Three people asked me about it and I shared that it was a horrible cut with too much fat and gristle. The manager said “he would pass that on to the chef”. There was no “can I get you something else” or “let me take that off your bill”.

LD
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The space was lovely. The food was average, nothing that made you say “Mmmmm” when you bit into it. But the service was abysmal. We had to ask 3 people to bring us water, 3 people to take our drink order, and three different people to take our food order. No one had any idea what was going on. We were waiting so long on our food, we asked for some bread. The staff person said they didn’t have bread service at lunch. I pointed out there were bread plates and butter knives on the table so they probably did have bread. The bread was brought to our table when we were completely finished with lunch. The sever set it down and said “piping hot” as steam rose from the 3 rolls. We eagerly ate it because the portions for our food were toddler sized. We were still hungry, but we couldn’t eat the rolls. They were still frozen in the middle. Lunch took 2 hours! Go look at ELLIE’S - but do not eat there.

PT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great!

OT
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The service was excellent, and it was fun to see the new hotel. I was disappointed in the restaurant, though. It felt “cold “to me. And the food was not amazing.