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Mot Hai Ba - Lakewood

4.9
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539 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Vietnamese
Mot Hai Ba has been an East Dallas staple since 2013, offering a seasonal menu inspired by locally sourced farms and ingredients, as well as influences from France, Asia & Italy.
Our original location in Lakewood offers a cozy, intimate dining room, as well as a lovely patio for your enjoyment.

Please call the restaurant to make a reservation for 5 or more. A credit card number will be required to make a reservation for a party of that size.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 539 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Leon
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love Mot Hai Ba, great for date nights or casual hang out nights!

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vipAlexandraH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and ambience. great service and outdoor patio, too.

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Kiki
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Mot Hai Ba for a late dinner after recently arriving in the area and cannot say enough good things. We shared the bao buns and crispy squid followed by the banana flower salad and eggplant curry. Everything was so delicious! The staff were very welcoming, there was hand sanitizer on every table, and I love that you can buy the kitchen a beer, what a great idea!

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vipTaylhug
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and thorough service. The food and overall execution is top notch here. Worthy of one of the top spots in Dallas.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Music is usually really upbeat and fun (old school hip hop is always fun to hear!) BUT this time metal head (classic?) rock was playing and it was awful TBH. We were the only ones inside (early dinner) but still, what happened to the great music?? Music makes such a difference. And it was loud AF for being the only table in the restaurant. Food and service was still spot on.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our Friday night patio meal—
Great evening, great food, great service!

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vipCristina
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my absolute favorites! The food is incredible. Definitely order garlic noodles.

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Kenny
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An old favorite of mine. Delightful staff, warm welcoming interior. Sit at the bar if you can!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything they serve. Great food. Great service. 💕

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Apps were good, mains were great. Service was attentive. Overall overpriced for portions. We’ll be back.

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MichelleMyBell
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent service as usual! I love our neighborhood Mot Ha Bai, it’s like going to a friend’s house to eat dinner. We tried the new Rockfish platter and it was delicious! The fish melted in my mouth and the vegan noodles complemented it perfectly. This was our first time trying the Pana cotta for dessert and it was delicious. It was very light and the strawberry fruit was the perfect sweetness.

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vipSmitty
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! The food is always excellent and the service was phenomenal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service!

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vipPria
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING. The service is outstanding, always. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best shaken beef!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so good. Really impressed w the place.

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Arg0402
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their food and atmosphere! Highly recommend

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MaydaD
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was more than we expected! The food was phenomenal! The chef made it a point to check on our table and our waiter was extremely attentive! This restaurant is highly recommended!

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vipSteve
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent, and the garlic noodles are not to be missed on any visit.

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EvaL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every course was perfection. Service was exceptional. Wonderful gem in Dallas!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is not a bad dish or drink on the menu! Love this place!

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vipClareD
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just love this neighborhood gem and have been coming since shortly after they opened. The sizzling shrimp cakes are something we crave and a must-have on every visit! Last night I had the whole fish that was bathed in a nuoc mam sauce with peppers and fresh herbs and flash fried. Every bite was mouth-watering. My husband had the ox tail stew with carrots over homemade chewy noodles and there wasn't a drop left on his plate! The staff are spot-on with wine parings from the small, but carefully selected wine list that compliments the dishes. Trudy's service is outstanding and the rest of the staff are top-notch as well!

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BradW
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and atmosphere were all outstanding. It’s not as casual as expected in terms of the food - this was high-end presentation and quality here. The service was attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. Food was amazing from appetizer to entree to dessert. The atmosphere may not be for everyone, as you may be seated close to strangers at the communal tables, and the stools are low to the ground, but I enjoyed it. I can’t wait to go back and try other items.

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GRes
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal in recent memory. Everything - literally everything we ate was DELICIOUS.

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vipCristinaS
Dallas
49 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never disappointed at Mot Hai Ba - we tried some new things tonight, like their short rib dumplings and curry chicken, both outstanding. Had to get the garlic noodles, they are heaven on a plate!

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vipgregf
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food4service4ambience1

Seriously? Communal eating, three couples to a table, crowded, noisy? Significantly overrated, there are plenty of options with similar food at a better price point - and without the bs. Don’t eat here.

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PatrickA
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. We got a lot of dishes and were not once disappointed, despite our high expectations.

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FrancescaB
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience2

I get the appeal of this place. You really feel like you stepped into a NYC restaurant. The food was great and the ambiance was great if you don't mind communal seating. The host is totally out to lunch- you get greeted by him telling you that you have less than 90 minutes to eat and leave. That should be something you are warned of when you make the reservation- I don't get a sitter for 4 hours to get kicked out of a restaurant in 90 minutes. We aren't lingerers but we also don't like to feel rushed- and God knows how long they are going to take to serve you- I've heard of 2 hour windows, but 90 minutes seems crazy especially considering our spots weren't ready when we got there, and we walked in right at our reservation time. It did take a bit for our server to get to us- he was very nice and attentive once he did.
Their alcohol selection is atrocious. They don't even have familiar premium liquors- do not expect a Woodford Reserve here- they have very basic like Bulleit and Makers. Their wine list is pretty lacking also. I had to drink beer, and I'm not a beer drinker. The food was good, but I've had better Vietnamese in Dallas with better alcohol and kindlier receptions. All in all, if you want a quick bite before a show, this is the place for you. But if you want a romantic evening with your spouse, not the place to spend your time/money.

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vipTexasTraveler
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy spot in Lakewood. The food is very good every time. The chef is always there and ensures the quality of every dish. In fact, he often delivers the food personally. We tried three new items this time and every bite was delicious. Can’t wait to go back.

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ToddP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best restaurants in the DFW complex! Delicious from start from to finish.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Second time here and my experience was a little bit different. Granted it was Valentine’s Day weekend but upon arrival we were told we only would have a table for 90 minutes. It happened to be our first time out of the house since having a baby so we weren’t trying to make a very long evening of it, but it was just an odd way to start the evening, particularly for a more expensive meal. That said all of our food was great and the service was good as well just felt a little awkward to have a time limit.

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cpa0016
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! We have been wanting to try this place out for awhile now and what better opportunity than Valentines Day? We started out with the Sizzling Cake with tofu and the Roasted Beets which were both phenomenal then moved onto the main course - Baby Carrots for the SO and a Valentine's special Pork Chop dish for me - the Pork Chop seasoning was on point and the meat practically slid off the bone (definitely one of the best pork chops I ever had) and the Baby Carrots peanut streusel was divine. Our waiter (Quade) was very competent and attended to our every request with haste. The atmosphere was cozy chic with about 10 other couples dining so it was fairly calm/quite with various conversations going at each table. The prices were a bit high for the amount of food you get, but the quality more than makes up for it. Cannot wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have a weekly date night st Mot Hai Ba. The service and food is impeccable and we love the ambiance. Cozy and inviting. Food is always delicious.

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WilliamS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely outstanding. The layering of flavors was phenomenal! We both oohed and aahed the whole meal. Well worth a visit!

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AmyE
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really outstanding, one of a kind food. No it's not authentic but it shouldn't be. The chef is amazing. The music was a fabulous curation. I have zero complaints other than the bathroom is very small (but hell, the whole place is very small so that's fine).

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good vibe. Staff was friendly and helpful.

Tastes like Vietnam!

We’ll be back

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vipNoFo
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

KS
vipKimS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was charming and fun. I enjoyed the communal tables. Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. I was taken aback when we checked in for our reservation as the hostess told us we had the table from 7-8:30 pm and I joked what happens when our time is up- and she said the next diners will be sitting down. Hmmm.... Ironically, our main courses took 35 minutes to come to the table after the appetizer but luckily no one "kicked" us out from our table as we went over our allotted time limit. I have never had a restaurant say this before. But I was relieved it was not an issue. The food was delicious and creative and the dishes were well presented and very enjoyable.

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vipJerry
Dallas
75 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Very interesting experience. Briefly, we heard great things but had no idea what to expect. Our waiter -- Kenny, I believe, was excellent --- patient and helpful. Cocktail was great, food was absolutely outstanding. But, I'm not sure I like the communal tables idea since you have no real privacy, and you have no choice at all about who you wind up having dinner with. SO. We sat at the bar -- nice but the bar stools are a bit close together, and more than a bit uncomfortable -- Hard, completely flat, and with no back. Stools at the tables seemed to have a little padding. So, do I recommend 1,2,3 -- yes. And, we will surely go back, but will now know what the venue is. Also, we saw more than a few people getting turned away lacking reservations. And, a heater would surely be nice in cool weather in the outside patio. I saw fans but no heater.

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lilstina
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming ambiance and wonderful service, especially seated at the bar as we were. Kenneth was excellent at explaining drinks and menu items and helped us make choices we loved, including two inventive cocktails that were not on the menu. We shared two appetizers which were tasty but the standout was definitely the ox tail entree, super tender meat and chewy rice noodles in the most delicious sauce. Rounded it out with the lovely panna cotta for dessert. Definitely on the wish list for return visit!

FAQs

Mot Hai Ba - Lakewood offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (972) 638-7468.

Mot Hai Ba - Lakewood is rated 4.9 stars by 539 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.