Gemma-Dallas

4.7
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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, 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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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CC
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive waiter, offered specials, great low key ambiance

T
Dallas
86 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had two types of fish and both were excellent. The raw oysters, although expensive, were also excellent. Gemma is a go to restaurant and it always lives up to our high expectations.
We recommend Gemma highly.

SW
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gemma never disappoints. It is the epitome of neighborhood gem. The rabbit sausage appetizer is amazing, the desserts were outstanding (bring back the fig dessert) and the service is always top notch, not pretentious or overbearing. There is a reason that this restaurant is still packed after years of being in business. Well earned success.

RH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant meal I have ever had. The menu features an amazing blend of flavors that truly awaken the taste buds.

D
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant that is worth driving across town. Interesting menu with great flavor profiles. Everything was fresh and prepared perfectly. Truly enjoyed this experience.

SF
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about Gemma! We can’t wait to get back!!

J
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Gemma was fantastic. The service, food, drinks, and everything else was amazing. I would recommend it for a special occasion.

E
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frank’s customer service was incredible.
He is a value added moment in the dining experience.

QN
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone must go and request JEFFERY CLARK, Chris Hemsworth/Thor Vibes. <3

MO
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal.

CK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have eaten here in the past and have loves it. This experience was different. There was a 3 course menu for Valentine’s Day. Every single item on the menu was so salty. The main entree I ordered was filet mignon and it was over done and dry. My husband had the trout and it was so fishy and dry. Dessert was ok nothing to rave about.

HC
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for Valentine’s Day and there was a prix fix. But it did t disappoint! The pork shank literally fell off the bone - and the seasoning....amazing. The chocolate cake was out of this world.

Can’t wait to go back and try the full menu!

KG
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've had many fine meals at Gemma-Dallas, but this was probably the best of all! The plating, flavors, and service were impeccable.

R
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent, friendly service, great food, enjoyable meal.

k
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

One of us ordered the cauliflower fritters which turned out to be a bowl of burned balls of mush in which no cauliflower was detectable. They were shockingly bad. We mentioned our dissatisfaction to the server, who barely responded. We noticed another table being served the fritters and they were equally burned, so this must be the norm. The braised beef dish was also cooked in an overly intense manner, with only 2 very small dabs of mashed potatoes to relieve the intensity.
Gemma has always been one of our go-to places over the years; but we were taken aback by the quality of theses two menu items.
The olives and pecans and the biscuits were delightful as always.

OT
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner at Gemma on Sunday. We had started with the King Trumpets, which were delicious. Followed that up with the rabbit pappardelle, which was my favorite. Then we split the pork chop, which was also solid, a little salty for me, but still good. We followed that all up with the persimmon cake which I really enjoyed. Overall, I think we will add this to our date night rotation.

EP
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Attractive comfortable room, professional friendly service, creative and delicious food. Minor gripes about chicken porchetta being too salty and martini not properly cold.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Birthday dinner

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go often and it’s always great

PK
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server, Rene, was phenomenal. We love the wine list and appetizers - highly recommend the fried olives. The red snapper was a miss, in our opinion. I was disappointed there wasn't a seafood pasta on the menu - I had squid ink pasta at over a year ago at Gemma and still remember how delicious it was. The rabbit pappardelle, on the other hand, was absolutely amazing.

JR
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

favorite special occasion restaurant! Also delicious & fun!

b
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This was our second and last try for Gemma. I was very disappointed with my meal. The red snapper was improperly cooked. A third of the filet was charged to cardboard. To get this level of char, the rest of the filet was very over cooked. We were long time residents of New Orleans and have eaten red fish in many restaurants, from high end to casual. My dinner would not have been tolerated in a city that knows how to cook fish.. Our server appeared at the end of the main course and asked if we enjoyed our dinner. I responded “no really”. There was no comment.

WM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and menu. Had the Octopus, baked oysters, chop and fish. Totally enjoyed it!!

PR
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

One of the most awkward experiences I have ever received or been a part of. We came in to celebrate my birthday, walked in and the maitre-d just stood there. No greeting. No hello. He had this face like we were supposed to be the ones to initiate the conversation. We came to an early dinner so it wasn’t busy really, but for some reason the maitre-d only gave us one menu to use and it took him five plus minutes for us to get another. Our waiter was kind of the same, would awkwardly walk up to us and wait for us to initiate conversation. At one point, I honestly looked at my girlfriend and asked her if she wanted to go to another restaurant because the experience was so uncomfortable and felt uninviting. We told him we preferred to order separately as opposed to his suggestion of ordering everything all together so we could just do our own thing. But every time he came back to the table he kept pressuring us to order so we finally did so he would leave us alone. The food was amazing as always though. Unfortunately we were sat at one of the smaller tables so our server took our oysters away before we had finished them because our appetizers had come out. Only one left but still, those are little details that should be looked after. The only real good service we received was from an older gentleman (who had readers) who actually greeted us and told us about our appetizer (olives). Our meal was delicious, like I said the food was great but I’ve never received more awkward service in my life and I’ve been in the customer/service industry for almost twenty years. Won’t keep us from coming back because the food is so good but it’ll make me think twice about getting a table instead of sitting at the bar.

OT
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great!

T
Dallas
87 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The dinner menu was outstanding as always. The dessert selections were not up to Gemma standards. However, we enjoyed the evening.

R
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great taste, wonderful service. Had the rabbit pasta dish and this amazing bone in pork chop. Both tasty beyond belief.
Service was amazing, love going to a place where the water glass never gets empty. Desert was explosive with flavor but to heavy for us after such a filling meal.
Totally will be back

TR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is as magnificent as the service from the staff!!! Our number 1 Favorite place to have dinner when we’re in town!!! Gemma.... you are the BEST!!!!! Thanks for your hard work, it shows in the service and in the quality of the food.

K
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, thoroughly enjoyed our dinning experience.

J
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We made reservations for a Friday evening, and the place was packed! That's a testament to the food at Gemma. We loved the flavor profiles we tasted. We ordered the fried olives and rabbit sausage for appetizers, and both were fantastic. The sausage - paired with black eyed peas and kale was even better than we expected. Our entrees were both excellent. I ordered the wild boar bolognese and my boyfriend ordered the steak. Both had excellent flavor! Their wine menu is extensive and I had a hard time selecting something that would pair well with what we were eating, so we asked for some assistance from their director of wine. He was incredibly helpful and suggested at Beaujolais that we really loved. We really enjoyed the experience and hope to come back soon.

BM
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Family birthday celebration. Been there before and loved it, but this was a very different experience. Waitress was okay enough, but host called on to help with wine selections had limited knowledge about the choices, then slow to bring the bottle even when everyone was out of wine and we were well into the dinner. Food was okay, but not great. A touch too cool and not a great presentation. Still a good restaurant, but not inexpensive and didn’t leave this time feeling the way we did about it last time.

w
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This Gemma experience was in sharp contrast to the previous one. We waited an extraordinarily long time for our appetizer. My entree was a pork chop that was very thick but not very tender. Others at my table had seafood, but nothing suggested that the food was worth the wait or the price. The appetizer, once it arrived, was tasty; and the butter lettuce salad was quite nice.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My best friend and I went for a little girls night out dinner while she was in Dallas! It was cute, clean and fresh! I had the parpadelle and she had the cavatelli .. we both enjoyed our dish and I will certainly be returning!

KB
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was a little disappointing. Salty and fritters were over cooked. Sat in a corner with high traffic-bumped into a lot.

DF
London
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Seems like they are trying to keep main menu prices down with much higher wine by bottle. No Cabernet less than $79 if I remember correctly.

K
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday - complimentary appetizer was a nice surprise!

MW
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Usually the service is fantastic, as is the food. However , our most recent visit was not pleasant because of the service. We love the little things about Gemma. They usually offer sparkling water or flat. However he just came over and poured flat without asking. That might not be such a big deal but then he disappeared for a ridiculous amount of timely get our drinks , took our bread plates without asking if we wanted any more . When he finally returned he asked if we had any questions on the menu. Being that we dine there pretty regularly I said “do you not have any off the menu items tonight? “. Then he proceeded to tell me about them but he would not have had I not asked. To top it off 2 other tables received their entrées who sat down after us who had different servers. It was disappointing. Service can make or break a date night at a restaurant.
We will return because we have had several good experiences but I will be sure to request we do not sit in that servers section.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was good food no doubt, but it didn’t blow us away. We much preferred some of the other spots in the city.

MS
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food, exceptional service....a little noisy, but will certainly be back at any opportunity!

AM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for dinner with friends! We ate there before a show downtown and the group had a blast.

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