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Il Dolce Far Niente, Wolfforth, TX

Il Dolce Far Niente

4.4
4.4
81 Reviews
$50 and over
Traditional French
Chez Sami is a family-owned restaurant and art gallery that is introducing the people of West Texas to traditional French recipes and an immersive fine dining experience.

Chez Sami, pronounced shay sam-ee, is a French restaurant and art gallery owned and operated by Chef Jon Walter and his family in Wolfforth, Texas. With a commitment to traditional French cuisine, we have created an upscale dining experience with an intimate atmosphere that captivates our guests. Our multi-course menu reflects the world travels and experiences of Chef Walter, who perfected his craft as a private chef for yachts sailing across Europe.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Traditional French
  • Hours of operation
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (806) 789-2665
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Wolfforth
  • Cross street
    Fifth St. and Dowden Rd.
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Public transit
    Across from Frenship Middle School
  • Additional
    Banquet, Chef's Table, Private Room

What 81 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

81 Reviews
  1. KathrynD

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I heard so many great things about this restaurant we were excited to try everything. I feel like with the reservation we should’ve got a notice that it was BYOB. We ended up having to leave and go get some wine and then come back. The waitress was very friendly and happy and nice it was just a party of, six of us and it took forever for us to get our food. Once our food came. The note was bland. I ended up salting and peering the food to make it taste better. Everybody else’s food didn’t have much flavor either there was one other couple that was in the restaurant that day so it wasn’t like he didn’t have time to focus. appreciate the food was made scratch it definitely needed more seasoning

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite date night spot! Food, service and ambiance are always excellent for a quiet night out.

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  3. KarlaC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Prefer totally finishing appetizer before salad or soup and likewise, totally finished soup or salad prior to entree. Cold in restaurant in Wolfforth

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The closed sign was displayed even though we had reservations. It’s a small place so it was just the server and chef. We were the only couple there when we arrived, about 10 mins later one other couple showed up, so not busy. The server messed up our order, and in general, was confused. She messed up the table next to us as well. The food was not fresh or hot. For the price and reviews we have seen and heard, we had much higher expectations and were really disappointed overall with the experience.

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  5. Felicia

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The table service was outstanding. Started with escargot and lobster gnocchi the Beef Wellington for entree. Too full for desert but definitely will be trying the crème brûlée next visit…. Yes will be returning.

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  6. diner

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was excellent. We especially enjoyed the escargot, the beef wellington, and beef bourguignon. The service was very professional. In summary, a highlight of the Lubbock area restaurant scene!

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  7. Annie

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant in Lubbock!! Their seasonal menu always hits and I have loved every dish I’ve ever tried. This is my go-to place for a fancier dinner in town 💖

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  8. ScotinTheWoods

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We chose this restaurant for our son’s Graduation celebration. We don’t live in the Lubbock area and booked on the recommendation of friends . The food was delicious and our server was friendly and helpful. The exterior of Chez Sami was a bit of a surprise, but Inside the restaurant was cozy and welcoming. I would highly recommend Chez Sami.

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  9. CraigC

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the first time I have been to their new location. The inside was very nice and the food was amazing. I will definitely be back.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time, as always. The meals were divine and service perfect. The Lobster Thermidor and Rack of Lamb were both so delicious. Thank you.

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  11. BillV

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience at Chez Sami was a very enjoyable one. The atmosphere is great, quiet and allowed for covnersation without shouting. The food was exccellant as was the service. The menu choices are excellant and the opportunity to either order form the menu or the prix fixe menu is great.. The rack of lamb was tender and prepared perfectly as was the Prix Fixe with the petite filet. Our second visit and certainly not our last.

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  12. SarahC

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chez Sami is one of our most favorite places to dine! This is a must for anyone living/traveling in Lubbock/surrounding communities. Chef Walter is a true culinary genius! You can tell he cooks with passion and love!

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  13. PatMahomes5

    Amarillo

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is quiet and intimate. We went right when they opened; I recommend this if you want some alone time with your partner. We had the prixe fixe, which was delicious. The main entree was a surf and turf paired with some asparagus and pan seared potatoes. It was all very delicious. I recommend coffee with your dessert!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    👍 We have lived in Paris and enjoyed the French restaurants. So to find a French one here was very enjoyable. Don’t let the outside fool you it’s much nicer inside. I had the scallops and my spouse had the lamb chops. Oh we started with the onion soup. Meal was excellent. Waitress friendly and gave us good advice and service. Small dining area so recommend you have a reservation.

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  15. YungN

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This was our first visit to Chez Sami for dinner and we will definitely be back. The serving staff was friendly and efficient, checking on us several times throughout the meal. The food was delicious and very nicely plated. We ordered the escargot and charcuterie plate to start with. Both were yummy. The only feedback we have is maybe include more variety of meats and cheeses for the charcuterie. (There were only two of each.) For the main course, we had the duck confit and beef wellington - both quite yummy. The mashed potato that came with the duck was so creamy! Our only complaint is really not about the food but the lighting or rather, the lack of it. Besides the kitchen (??), the only real source of light was at the back of the dining room and the curtains at the front of the room were drawn closed. We were seated in the middle of the room, next to a wall. By the time the main course arrived, it was sunset already and a bit dark to eat by just ambient light from the back of the room. For example, the roasted duck and the dark sauce it was in just sort of looked like a dark brown blob. My husband noted he couldn’t really see my face because I was backlit. We saw fluorescent light fixtures on the ceiling but the bulbs had been removed. Perhaps the proprietor would consider sconces or a lamp at each table. Otherwise, this was a pleasant experience and we plan to be back.

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  16. MrMrsHungry

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner! I had the beef wellington and Hubs had the lobster thermadore. We'll be back soon!

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  17. DavidH

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time to dine at Chez Sami but definitely not our last! The food was outstanding, service was exceptional, and we loved the dining atmoshere. Cannot wait to return! 5 Stars!!

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  18. BrianN

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was poor. Food was just warm. We have had good experiences in the past but likely will not go back

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a amazing experience. Great food. Nice setting. And no rush.

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  20. GLENT

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A little warm inside. But did get cooler,will be back. Food was fabulous, staff courteous and professional. Chef came out to ask about our experience.

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  21. Oscar

    Amarillo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our 3rd time out to chez Sami and the food has been outstanding every time! This time unfortunately the service wasn’t great. Shortly after we arrived the waitress took out drink orders followed by the appetizer order. About 5-10 minutes later the waiter came to take our order for the entrees. After 45 mins passing with very little service to see how we were doing we continued to patiently wait. Closed up to waiting an hour we noticed another table that ordered after us had received their appetizers so I asked our waiter and he went to find out. Turned out the waitress was new and did not turn in our appetizer. They offered to get it made quickly but we were starving at this point so we opted for our entrees to be out shortly after. It was just disappointing because we were looking forward to trying the chefs selection of hors d'oeuvres. The entrees were delicious and the cream brûlée was awesome as always.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We try to make it to Chez Sami once a weekend! We love it. Tonight, we brought friends who had never been and had a great evening! ♥️

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  23. BillM

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very personal service by knowledgable staff. The owner/chef is very involved in the experience.

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  24. BillV

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, waitstaff very attentive and friendly. Gourmet dining with a great intimate atmosphere. Date night done right!

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  25. KarenB

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Who knew you could have a superb French meal in Lubbock Texas. Chez Sami has surpassed our favorite French restaurant in Dallas. The complexity of the watermelon salad and the croquet monsieur were on the level of a Michelin star restaurant. We will definitely be back!

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  26. Kirk

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Where else can you get Beef Wellington these days? And it was fantastic!!! As others have said, the outside of the place is underwhelming, but the ambiance inside is great, the food is fantastic, and service was really good. Everyone in our party of six loved their food as well. We all agreed we will be back!!!

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  27. SteveS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is absolutely amazing! Beyond compare...

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  28. KasMD

    Dallas

    33 reviews

    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food. Slow service. Good ambiance with unique quirky charm. Very noisy when full.

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  29. TravelinTexans

    Denver

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The service and the food at Chez Sami's are excellent. However, the ambience is somewhat lacking. It is located in what must have been a diner in the 1950's. The kitchen is not well separated from the dining area (somewhat like a diner in the 1950's). It is quite visible as you enter. They have done what they can to add a little charm, but the building is what it is. In the Texas summer, it is probably impossible to cool down the interior, especially with the open kitchen. I hope that they do well enough financially to relocate to a venue more appropriate to the quality of the food. We will return later in the year when temperatures are not in the 100's, because the food really is excellent. I had the lobster thermidor and my husband had the beef Wellington.

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  30. KirkW

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding food and service. What a hidden gem.

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  31. memy

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The scallops, lamb chops, bouillabaisse & gnocchi were delicious. The servers were very helpful & nice.

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  32. joshuas

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible value and service, exceptional quality of food, and wonderful service. Unlike anything you will experience in Lubbock. Make the trip and try it!

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  33. LLopez

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We celebrated our anniversary at Chez Sami. Everything was delicious (duck breast & beef wellington were our main entrees) and the waiter was very attentive. We will definitely be back soon!

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  34. FoodAdventurer

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing flavorful food. The chef selection of hors d’oeuvres was great for the summer season. The beef Wellington was a perfect medium in the crust was excellent. The black berries and cream for dessert were the perfect finish.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding!! Thank you for a wonderful evening!!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved everything about our evening at Chez Sami! The service was friendly and attentive. The menu selection was so impressive it was hard to decide what to order. This is our favorite little getaway dinner spot, reminding us of romantic dinners at The Frenchman and Chez Suzette.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    the service really didn't seem enthusiastic during the entire process. the food was okay, nothing outstanding with it. what i didn't appreciate was how other people kept staring at us while dining. it wasn't how i expected our night to go. glad to have experienced the place but wouldn't come back again.

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  38. ThomasS

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of if not the best places in town. The food is great and I love the BYOB.

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  39. Kelsie

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it. The food was amazing it was nice and quiet. Perfect for a date night.

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  40. TanyaC

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was delicious. We had a great time and enjoyed everything we all ordered

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FAQs

Il Dolce Far Niente is rated 4.4 stars by 81 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

11:00 PM


Google Map for Il Dolce Far Niente

709 Main St., Wolfforth, TX 79382

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Fifth St. and Dowden Rd.
  • Neighborhood
    Wolfforth
  • Hours of operation
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Traditional French
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Public transit
    Across from Frenship Middle School
  • Additional
    Banquet, Chef's Table, Private Room
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