Local Traveler

4.3
188 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Casablanca meets Star Wars. Eat. Drink. Relax. Easy going vibe. Comfortable. Classy. Eclectic. Approachable. Refined casual. Your place.
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J
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Unfortunately, very bad experience today. I’ve been a few times in past month and service and food service dwindled each time. Today, Easter, we got no food. Kitchen had a complete meltdown and after waiting over one and a half hours, had to leave to get some food at Tom Thumb. There was no explanation for the kitchen issues so I have to point to bad management. I hope they will come back, it’s a great patio and atmosphere.

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MF
Dallas
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

So grateful that it is such a kid friendly place!

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g
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The four of us ate on the patio early Saturday evening. The service was outstanding, the food was excellent and the patio view and ambiance very relaxing. We will enjoy Local Traveler, both on the Patio and in the main dining room many more times in the future

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RB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great addition to Lakewood dining experiences. The salmon entree was really good. We'll be back.

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JR
Dallas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were both good. We will definitely go back and will recommend to friends. A children's menu would be nice addition. The lack of a children's menu indicates perhaps not the clientele they are wanting to attract.

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R
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

I have been here multiple times and except for the awesome patio, I may not go back. The service was terrible. Really slow with no explanation or apology. It wasn’t even that busy - maybe 10 tables with 3 waiters. Took forever to get food and drinks. 3 out of 4 of us got our meals and then the waiter disappeared and when he came back had to be reminded that our 4 th person hadn’t gotten their food. We had placed an order to go when we ordered and he never put order in and we had to leave before we could get it since everything else took so long. Very disappointing. This place has the best patio in East Dallas but we won’t be going back.

Local Traveler
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Rana, While I'm glad that you enjoy our patio, I am truly sorry that we failed to deliver a quality service experience on your last visit. I will speak to our staff that was working that night and figure out what went wrong. Thank you for taking the time to let us know your thoughts. If you have anything else you think we should know, please feel free to share it with me directly. Best regards, Joseph Waite, GM

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TN
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is prepared well, and met my expectations at this price point. Service is spotty.

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DR
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Beautiful lighting, good food and attentive service.

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OT
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience! Will be back soon.

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B
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was quite friendly and accommodating. The food was excellent and the vibe was amazing. I went with a friend but will probably go back with my husband for a date night in the near future.

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LA
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We were seated next to the stage and the sound level was unbearable for conversation. We requested and were kindly given a table at the opposite end of the patio, but the sound level was on the edge of being uncomfortable. Service was slow.

Local Traveler
Responded on April 8, 2019

Hi Les, If the volume of the musician is uncomfortable on any future visit, please alert a manager on a future visit and we will be happy to ask our musicians to turn the volume down. The comfort and dining experience of our guests is our top priority. I apologize for any slow service issues you encountered on a busy Friday night, but am happy that you enjoyed the food that we served. If you have any other specific feedback, please feel free to share it with me. Best regards, Joseph Waite, GM

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g
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great east Dallas location, something the area needed !
easy access, love the back door parking
wide menu choices,,changes frequently to remain interesting
very good bar
somewhat noisey,,,'energetic'
will certainly go again and again

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SA
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location. Great wait staff. Peaceful ambience on patio. Admittedly it was a weeknight. Maybe more crowded in weekends. We had a wonderful experience! Would recommend.

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BC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Great food & ambience.

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JA
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always. Our server, Michael, took great care of us (as he always does) and the patio was perfect this time of year.

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AL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Pros: Low quality bland food that was very overpriced
Cons: The outdoor patio is a cool area on a nice day

Local Traveler
Responded on April 8, 2019

Hi Ashley, We are sorry you didn't enjoy your food on the last visit. If you have specific feedback to share about the dishes you tried, I will be happy to share them with our chef and make improvements for your next visit. Best regards, Joseph Waite, GM

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CZ
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! Loved this place and the atmosphere was amazing...definitely going back. Enjoyed the outdoor covered patio area!

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere on the spacious patio. Food was excellent, had fish and chips and the eggs Benedict with salmon. Great service by Preston, and the manager, Joseph was gracious, friendly, and made sure our experience was enjoyable! Will definitely be back!!

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KG
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck tacos are delicious and patio was perfect for wine and snacks!

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RM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

It took 45 for our food to finally come out at 11 am. The crowd hadn’t even arrived. Our waitress was spread out over too many tables. Food was tasty but pricey. Nothing outstanding and very small portions.

A dog was allowed to come inside the restaurant from the patio. Not acceptable.

Out first visit so we will try again but skeptical. Too many other great brunch places.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the live music on the patio.

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c
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Overzealous young waiter.
Hard to have a conversation with the constant interruptions

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T
Dallas
83 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Local Traveler is a local gem. We eat there often and the restaurant always performs.

Local Traveler
Responded on March 10, 2019

Thank you for your kind words! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best regards, Joseph Waite, GM

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RF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks in a cozy chair by a fire, followed by the best pozole soup and to-die-for chicken in a comfortable booth. It was a quiet Monday night, lovely!!

Local Traveler
Responded on March 10, 2019

Hi Ruth, Thank you for your compliments! We agree, a bowl of our pozole by the fire sounds like a perfect evening. See you again soon! Best regards, Joseph Waite, GM

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a very nice experience this past Sunday afternoon. Cocktails, food and service were excellent. My server even ran out with my forgotten iPhone. I'll be back for sure.

Local Traveler
Responded on March 10, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! I'm glad you had a great experience, and that we were able to reunite you with your lost property. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best regards, Joseph Waite, GM

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AR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I liked it more than my husband did. Great food and drinks. Service was smooth and efficient - had read negative reviews about the service, and was therefore pleasantly surprised.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I saw it was from some of the same people who are involved in The Lott I set my expectations very low. I was very pleasantly surprised with the food, atmosphere, and service here. I would highly recommend giving this place a try. I would also highly recommend closing The Lott and starting over with something else.

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r
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Food was great, service was extremely slow and problematic. Spoke to a manager who ultimately made it right, but only after 1.5 hours of waiting on food.

Local Traveler
Responded on February 28, 2019

Hello Regan, I'd once again like to apologize for your experience last Saturday. I'm glad we were ultimately able to make it right, and I'm happy that we have still earned your recommendation. Please reach out to me next time you come in and I'll work to make sure your next experience goes much more smoothly. Best regards, Joseph Waite, GM

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l
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was good, atmosphere was good. Waitstaff was generally attentive and pleasant but drinks took WAY too long to come from the bar.

Local Traveler
Responded on February 28, 2019

Hello locallytravelled, I'm glad you enjoyed our food and atmosphere, and apologize about the long drink times. It's something that I am addressing with our bar staff, and working on quickly rectifying so it shouldn't be an issue in the future. Next time you come in, feel free to reach out to me directly and I'll make sure you have an even better experience! Best regards, Joseph Waite, GM

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OT
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If valet is too long I found out you can park next door in the lot parking lot and walk over.
Once inside local traveler........ awesome experience! The fig and goat cheese flatbread is THE BEST around.
I had the salmon and veggies and it was done perfectly, the veggies were a mixture and tasted grilled and were crunchy and well just wish I could have eaten two orders of them!
There was live music and he guy was very good.
This was my second time here and have not had anything that wasn’t just great off the menu.
Can’t wait for warmer weather to try out the back patio.
You will love this little gem

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KG
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really delicious brunch! But the dusty interior was a shock. Our waiter quickly dusted after we pointed it out.

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RF
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place! The food was outstanding - fresh and tasty - and you can pick healthy (veggie omelette) or decadent (cinnamon roll). We did both :) The place has a great vibe and was quiet enough for easy conversation. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive for the most part, but could have been a little more tuned in when we ordered.

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CH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Local traveler is a wonderful addition to the White Rock area. From the gentleman parking cars to the waiter staff and the food, it was a pleasure to entertain a guest from Houston at your establishment. This was my second trip to LT and I find the food quality and selection to be very good. Hang on to the gentleman in the lot. He is a great asset!

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C
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Service was very friendly but slow / oddly timed. Good price for what you get. Good and well-priced beer selection.

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OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

I really wanted to like this place, but it just didn’t live up to the hype. Service was slow ..... it was busy but wait staff just not very friendly or attentive. The food was just so-so. A bit of a disappointment.

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RH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and great food. What else could you want!

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AP
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I would recommend for ambiance but food and drinks are way over priced.

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MD
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience in a really great addition to the East Dallas neighborhood!

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Z
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Ambience is great but the food is truly a joke for the price. Our salad was basically a bowl of croutons, and didn’t even have dressing... Seriously? For what we ended up paying $50 (with tip) we were extremely disappointed (A salad with no dressing, 5 onion rings, and a margarita pizza, topo Chico and a hot tea). I want to like this place given the location and ambience but we won’t be going back.

Local Traveler
Responded on February 12, 2019

Hello Zion, I'm disappointed that you didn't enjoy the food on your last visit. I would like to let you know that we hired a new chef a week ago, and he just revamped the Panzanella salad and made some major improvements to it along with other areas of the menu. Next time you come in, I will make sure to send you our new panzanella, on me, so you can taste the difference. Best, Joseph Waite, GM

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D
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Went for a date. Initially we were going to sit inside, but it was pretty loud so we asked to sit outside on the patio. The restaurant was nice enough to accommodate. We ordered an appetizer, the smoked trout, which didn’t come until after our entrees were served. The French onion soup was tasty but could have used about 10x more cheese. The tortellini pasta was delicious, but there were only 4 in the entree. The rest was a lot of mushrooms in a somewhat bland sauce. The bolognese was okay. Overall, it has potential, but I was somewhat disappointed.

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