Gemma-Dallas

4.8
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Gemma is located in Dallas’ Knox/Henderson neighborhood. Gemma is a seasonally inspired Modern American Bistro with ethnic influences in a warm, friendly, cozy setting. Gemma has a full bar featuring seasonal cocktails, beer, and a price friendly international wine list. Gemma offers a late night menu from 10:30PM until 1:00AM Fridays and Saturdays, and from 10:30PM-12:00AM Sundays, Tuesday-Thursdays and closed on Mondays. We were named 2014 Restaurant of the Year by The Dallas Morning News and D Magazine and the best Wine list in Dallas by the Dallas Observer.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.7
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N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

On a Wednesday night we were given a nice table. Service was good with wife's allergy handled professionally. Server was knowledgeable and made good recommendation for drinks and wine.
Appetizers and Main Course was good as always. Place is consistent and a pleasure to visit.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. Staff were professional but friendly and gracious. Perfect accommodations for my large party of 9. Will definitely be a return diner.

OT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious food and service

S
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their fried olives are to die for. I highly recommend them.

TD
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was great as always. The service was sub par this time. I don’t know if our waitress was new but it took her a long time to get to us to order and check on us.

DC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it!

JV
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and the restaurant and employees went out of their way to make it extra special!

BI
Seattle
51 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food tasted delicious, and we enjoyed our server Jeffrey. It was a nicely paced meal. We didn't feel rushed. Highly recommend.

AV
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had been here several times in their first year or so after opening...didn't disappoint then and didn't last Friday nite! We walked in at 7;25 for our 7;30 reservation and were immediately seated, which is really rare for most places these day that are popular. Great waiter; witty and knowledgeable...the scallop carpaccio? Well suffice to say I literraly licked the bowl...Rabbit bolognese, roasted chicken wrapped in chicken skin then deep fried! YUMMERZZZZ!! Now to the wine and the sommelier, Yuri. Again, Yuri was the MAN!! we love southern Italian/Sicilian wines and he steered us to a wine that was aged in terra cotta casks...Can we order a case, Please!!! Goin' back soon!!! You should go NOW!!!! 5 Stars + 5 Stars!! all the way!!

k
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed our 33rd anniversary at Gemma. The corner booth was lovely and so was the service. The food was creative and presented beautifully. A couple of dishes were on the salty side but I should say that neither my husband or I salt our food. They gave us two small glasses of bubbly rose which was a nice complimentary touch. Overall, we had a nice evening.

AN
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good place. Great food and service and it’s the place to go If you wanna have a nice date night, catch up with a friend or discuss business with colleagues over a good meal.
Wine selection is great as well.

m
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional on every level.

G
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing. It wasn’t to loud and I really enjoyed the ambiance. The only negative was we felt rushed. It’s a fairly small
Place and they want turn the tables.

CH
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Our food at Gemma was, as always, outstanding. The burrata was solid, the pumpkin "fritters" were a highlight and the cavatelli was packed with flavor. The rainbow trout and pecans and coffee desert held their own against the stars on the menu while the Fizz was good enough to cause me to give up mixed drinks. The only downer was the server, and she was a real downer on the evening. She must have been having a really really bad day because her service would have caused us to have a really bad night had the food not been so delicious.

N
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never gets old and its quality never drops. It's been my favorite in Dallas for 3+ years running.

AN
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Manager was a little unfriendly- barely a smile much less a greeting. Food portion was minimal and the taste did not justify the price. We had sauteed shrimps, kale salad, sauteed baby octopus, dozen oysters, and apple pie. Definitely better food a night later at another high end restaurant.

MC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Gemma has a nice environment and really good service. However, the dishes my party and I ordered weren’t good at all. I ordered the pork chop, which was tough, and embarrassing to try to cut into - it was so tough that my plate would scoot around when I tried to cut a piece. Two in my party ordered the steak and said it was just ok. Another person in my party ordered the halibut and said it was just ok. The best part of our meal was the beginning, which included an amazing bowl of battered/fried olives, and also a scone type bread with figs-really delicious. I’m sorry to not recommend Gemma, as it was recommended to me as one of the best restaurants in Dallas. My party and I were overall disappointed.

KB
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fantastic and we look forward to what’s new on the menu.

LN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From greeting, service, appetizers, main meal everything was perfect. Our server was on point and made great recommendation. Our food arrived promptly and was very flavorful and well prepared. Would come back in a heartbeat the next time I am in Dallas.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gemma is “our” place for date night and meeting friends. Menu is a good balance of old favorites and new seasonal offerings.

N
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

YES I WOULD RECOMMENDED TO A FRIEND THIS PLACE IS AMAZING AND TASTE SO GOOD

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its always a pleasure to have dinner at Gemma. It never disappoints. Tonights experiences was absolutely fabulous. From the host to the waiter to the manager everyone is so nice and friendly. I always recommend this place to my clients and they all seem to enjoy it just as well. Keep up the amazing work Gemma

K
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I was really excited to go to Gemma! We both had the oysters, a salad and the Halibut and the fig dessert. The food was good just not great- nothing left either of us dying to come back. We were celebrating our 10 yr anniversary so it was very special occasion to us- but it wasn’t even acknowledged. It might have been the ambience that was disappointing- we sat at a very small 2 top table and got to listen to a very loud table next to us (it’s noisy!) Glad we went though.

N
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved having SIX baked oysters ! And the warm greeting and cheerful server.

TR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the most special little restaurant with the highest quality of food and service and we are regulars there when we are in town. The ingredients are always the freshest and what’s in season. The wait staff is so attentive, kind, and sweet but not overbearing. Gemma will always be our little gem!! Thank you to the whole entire staff of Gemma, front of the house and in the back of the house, y’all are the best and you always make our dining experiences five stars!!

DL
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It aint cheap and you can spend $30 on a plate of jazzed up pasta, but the food is very good. It took forever to get our entrees out though. Nice staff--trendy atmosphere.

D
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice ambiance, but the food was amazing. Thank you!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great farm to table food - fresh and unique.

GM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and food was excellent. I will definitely return.

L
Dallas
47 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Pork chop served pink (as in under cooked, raw). And it was barely room temperature. The serve did do a check back after food came. We had to flag a runner to get help.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gemma was amazing. Great food and solid service.

CW
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was really good and the service was pretty solid. However, it would have been nice to have the food described to us since we were first-time guests and were curious about the components. When asked about stand out items that shouldn't be missed, our server pretty much talked about all the dishes with little emphasis on the content of the plates and more 'this is the dish all the reviewers talk about'. Will definitely be back because overall it was an enjoyable experience.

CK
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great date night dinner at Gemma! The food was fun and very tasty and the service very attentive. I have a good allergy and they were very proactive about making sure all the food we ordered was safe for me.!

S
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Gemma on Saturday evening with friends. Food was outstanding, and service good. Wine list probably could more moderate priced wines. Overall, it was a great experience and would return in the near future.

WV
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul was incredible! Truly made my birthday so special! I’ve been wanting to dine at Gemma for such a long time, and the whole experience blew me away! I can’t wait to come back! Thank you, Paul! Thank you, Gemma!

DL
Dallas
45 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A charming restaurant with delicious choices. Many menu items have an origin in southern cooking but interesting new touches have been added, reflecting Latin, Spanish and Texas flavors. We enjoyed the burrata with pesto and tomatoes (plenty to share), the pork chop and the flat iron steak. Service was prompt and professional, and the server's wine suggestions were spot on.

BA
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food is okay, not exceptional. The service was okay, not exceptional. It was a decent experience, not exceptional.

The dessert menu was very complex, but not in a bad way. It was difficult to make a decision on dessert because the flavor wasn’t entirely clear from the menu. However, dessert was the best course. I was extremely pleased with both options at our table.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my boyfriend’s birthday and they managed to make is so special. A friend of ours called in and bought us drinks before we arrived. Gemma even got him a cute card and service was top notch. We loved the experience and he had a great night! Thanks so much

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails before dinner. Bartender was great. Food was fabulous!

MO
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. Loved the food, wine and service.

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