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Front Room Tavern

3.6
3.6
315 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Front Room is a food and beverage concept rooted in nostalgia, serving up classic American dishes with a youthful spin. Located across from SMU campus, Front Room offers guests and locals alike a dining destination complete with playful menu items reflecting regional flavors and local influences.

The intimate space features a sleek mid-century design and covered courtyard patio overlooking Southern Methodist University. Located in The Lumen Hotel, Front Room Tavern is open for dinner daily from 5-10pm with Happy Hour M-F from 4-6pm.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–12:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (214) 219-8282

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Front Room Tavern can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Josh French: (517) 927-2110

  • Neighborhood

    Park Cities

  • Cross street

    Binkley Ave

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 315 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.4Food
  • 3.4Service
  • 3.5Ambience
  • 3.3Value

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  1. M

    Mandy

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    The food was fine, but the service is poor. Incredibly slow and not attentive service.
  2. WC

    WynneC

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Mother’s Day
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food omg!!
  4. KH

    KimH

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    Great ambiance. We had a party of 6. I appreciated that the chef came out to ask about our meal. We didn't have the heart to say that 4 of us had the same egg dish that was very runny. The plates all came out with drastically different times between each. The server was very nice, but it didn't make up for the mediocre food and poor timing that made our meal disjointed. We've eaten here in the past and had a great experience, so maybe this was just a one-off.
  5. DD

    DallasDiner

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    If I could give all zeros I would have. Service bad. Food even worse.
  6. CJ

    CherylJ

    Greensboro

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The service was awful and so was the food. Half of the order arrived cold. The food delivered did not have the sides described on the menu. Evidently the restaurant has new owners. Not nearly as good as it used to be.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience1
    KJ our server was great!!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, food was delicious, service was quick and friendly. Will definitely come again.
  9. JM

    JaquelineM

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Made a reservation however told to just sit anywhere. Almost seemed as if it was a first come first serve atmosphere. I've visited FRT in the past and had a more personal welcome in line with what you expect when making reservations. The server was friendly, but the food did take a bit to come out. There was one other table aside from the 5 of us in the restaurant. Portion relative to pricing was a bit small, especially being in Preston Hollow area it doesn't align to what you would get at a similar restaurant. The decor was fantastic, clean, and a nice experience aside from this.
  10. AC

    AshC

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The food was delicious! Our server was nice e Pugh
  11. AJ

    AshleyJ

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Unfortunately the food was poor; both the chicken sandwich and the chicken in the pasta dish was tough and rubbery, the hanger steak had very little flavor but was quite tender actually, but on the hamburger the got the order wrong and did not hold the “special sauce” as requested. Our waiter however was very good and tried to be as accommodating as possible. The issues appear to be in the kitchen.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Headed to Front Room Tavern following church today with my parents and 3 kids. We were not greeted upon arrival and it took an excessive amount of time, maybe 15-20 minutes, to get the attention of the staff - who told us to self-seat our party of 7. We pulled our own tables together and then sat another 20ish minutes before anyone approached our table. It was comical how long we were there for breakfast. We arrived at 10:40am and did not depart until 1:25pm - with 3 kids under 10. Our food arrived at approximately 12:55pm with my personal meal arriving around 1:20pm. The food was not good. The wait staff was very sweet and kind, not their fault. This place should shut down until management can come up with a better plan for taking care of its guests.
  13. OO

    ObjectiveObserver

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    I hadn’t been there in two years. The menu has changed dramatically and is very limited and basic. Not the same, and not as good.
  14. b

    busyfamily

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    We were told to seat ourselves despite having an Open Table Reservation. The restaurant was very quiet with an atmosphere that is low key and inviting. Unfortunately, the food was very mediocre that night. We started off with the artichoke and spinach dip which was nice. Of the four of us, two were very disappointed by our meals. The Chimichurri Chicken was cut very thin and it was overcooked making the chicken very dry with roasted veggies that were also cooked far too long. The Flatbread Basil Pesto Pizza was also extremely dry with an strong cilantro flavor - not basil at all. It had a dry soapy flavor that was unsatisfying - almost like holding a thin piece of soap in your mouth as punishment for saying a naughty word. Despite telling our server that the flatbread wasn't good (not eating it) and reordering a different meal instead - we were charged for that meal along with everything else. This may have been an off-night. The cocktails were made well. The vibe of Front Room Tavern is super cool and could have only improved with some mellow music to go with the candlelight and mod furnishings. I hope the chef takes the food off the grill a bit quicker and distinguishes herbs better when prepping food for future patrons.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    No steak knife; tough steak; cold, tough chicken. This place has tons of potential, but we were really disappointed.
  16. C

    Clementine

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had dinner after the football game. Great service and food!!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Food was HORRIBLE. Menu reduced to bar food. Everything severely over seasoned with salt etc. order burger got a chicken sandwich.
  18. DM

    DalMom

    Dallas

    25 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The worst service I’ve had at a restaurant in SO long. Eaten here several times but this poor waiter must have been new. He forgot to put in our entree order. Food was taking forever so he brought out Mac and cheese which we didn’t order and neither of us could eat. After complaining, they said it was due to slow kitchen. But when food finally came, my short rib wasn’t even warm. We tried to be as nice as we could but it was beyond ridiculous.
  19. A

    Antony

    Dallas

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Excellent ... great place for a quiet lunch ... service is excellent and the lunch menu is perfect
  20. JK

    JKayP

    New Orleans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Horrible experience. They were short handed, the food was sorely undercooked (grits and pasta) and cold, and the service was slow. They were clearly not prepared for a busy night with a popular performance going on across the street at SMU. We even had an early reservation (5:00 pm). Sadly disappointed with the evening.
  21. B

    Beth

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Disappointed at several things like having to request sugar with coffee and salt/pepper with the meal. They wouldn’t provide a piece of toast with a $16 omelette. Really? Won’t go back.
  22. f

    food

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We want early at 5pm, 30 minutes prior to our reservation, got seated right away, great service and food.
  23. o

    oziparty

    Dallas

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2019

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Brunch buffet was terrible, cold food and very unhealthy options
  24. b

    borndull

    Kansas City

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great location to campus for SMU graduation. Small but nice wine list. Our server,Amy, was excellent. Catch of the day and burgers were excellent. The spaghetti and flank steak were fair. Flank steak very tough. 3 pp ordered and all felt the same.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    Service was incredibly slow for an empty restaurant
  26. D

    Dinerw

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2019

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    It was loud. Poor service. And my credit card not returned, and not found
  27. LH

    LHTX

    Dallas

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    So glad John (waiter) is back. All of waitstaff is terrific. Wish menu had some more basics/classics because I feel the chef tries too hard to make the menu too upscale. Customers in this neighborhood just want good food and drinks. Doesn’t need to be too exciting.
  28. JS

    JillS

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2019

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    We’ve been to this restaurant before, so we are hoping that they were just having a bad night. The food was actually good, but they seemed short staffed. We waited to be seated. We waited to place an order. They forgot our appetizers and got our order wrong— unapologetically. Dinner took twice as long as it should have simply out of neglect. Even picking up our car proved difficult as the valet was doubling as the hotel check-in and bellhop. The cars were so backed up in the drive up that we were just given our keys and pointed in the direction of where they parked our car. That being said, the food was good and it is certainly close and easy. Again just hoping they were having on off night.
  29. m

    mias

    Dallas

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food! We had brunch...omelet with all the fixings except tomatoes, and biscuits biscuit gravy was quite yummy, and liked the biscuit prep. Scrambled eggs were a surprise under the gravy, I might have asked on the side had I known, but were good. The hash browns were a revelation - crispy yet creamy. Fantastic cheesey grits on the side, along with good quality bacon. Nice cocktails and great coffee. Service was very friendly but a bit sporadic...drinks showed up long after food, and a requested cappuccino was completely forgotten (though comped once discovered. We'll be back!
  30. BC

    BruceC

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An associate and I had a very fine lunch/meeting at the Front Room Tavern. The food and service were very good, we could hear each other without being overheard, and the space was quite contusive to a relaxed interchange of information.
  31. JH

    JamesH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ask for John. Great service and a ton of fun. Gastro pub iconic with an impressive wine list.
  32. MB

    MBP1

    Tallahassee

    35 reviews

    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2019

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    You have a great location and good ambiance. Food is good. Your service is consistently inconsistent. My guests and I waited approximately 10 minutes before our server greeted us or told drink orders. No excuse for this.
  33. AM

    AMJG

    Tahoe

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2019

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Had onion soup and the rigatoni. Neither were anything special. The onion soup was almost sweet. And the rigatoni didn’t have much flavor.
  34. 2

    214sasha

    New York Area

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    OMG- my brunch buddy and I shared the everything (except red onion) omelet (bacon, cheese, herbsand more)and the pancakes. Both were extraordinary but I’d place my money on the pancakes- light, fluffy, accompanied by maple syrup, whipped cream and butter and fresh berries- very fabulous indeed! PS the Bloody Mary was equally great. Our server was indeed a gift, appearing at just the right moments and leaving us when we were engrossed in conversation. Highly recommend the Front room
  35. R

    Rickybob

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The Chef was accommodating in that he substituted duck for shrimp in the risotto entree for my wife who is deathly allergic to shrimp. The duck and shrimp (which I had) were very tasty. The risotto, however, was disappointing. It was dry and flavorless and not the variety of rice (Arborio) usually used in the Italian dish. The oysters on the half-shell and French onion soup that we had as appetizers were very good.
  36. DR

    DebbieR

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed!!!
  37. LG

    LonghornGirl

    Houston

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really good brunch and selections. Loved the ambiance.
  38. S

    Suby

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great fro brunch! Tuna melt sandwich is great as is the coffee.
  39. SL

    SuzyLovesEating

    Las Vegas

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On our last visit to Dallas, we had the opportunity to eat at the Front Room twice - once for lunch and once for dinner. On previous visits, we have eaten at the Front Room and while we enjoyed the food, the service had really gotten bad (bad enough that we had even complained to the hotel management that something needed to be done, as it was reflecting on our impression of the hotel). Well, enough people must have complained, as the service for both of these meals was outstanding. For lunch, we received prompt service while enjoying nice selections such as Caesar Salad, Cobb Salad and the Power Lunch (half of a grilled pimento cheese sandwich with a side of their incredible french fries). For dinner, we had requested a table near the bar area (to watch the Cowboys game), and they literally moved a table right next to the bar for us! (This was while school was out, so a slower time where they could do this - probably not possible when kids are back in school when hotel is more busy.) So when we arrived to see the nice set up, we knew we were in for another great experience. All three of us were in the mood for something warm and comforting, but light, so we all ordered their Rigatoni pasta - a very light presentation that hit the spot. After dinner coffee was served in a coffee press (nice touch!) and the chocolate mousse for dessert was heavenly. It was so nice to see that they have their game back on and we look forward to coming back again on our next visit!
  40. DF

    DallasFoodie

    Dallas

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Third visit back to this great restaurant. The french onion soup, the shrimp scallop risotto, and burger were delicious . The waiter John was wonderful about dinner suggestions and wine selections.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Front Room Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (214) 219-8282.

Front Room Tavern is rated 3.6 stars by 315 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Front Room Tavern

6101 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Binkley Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Park Cities

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–12:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (214) 219-8282

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Front Room Tavern can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Josh French: (517) 927-2110

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