Mot Hai Ba - Lakewood

4.8
686 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Due to our limited seating capacity we require that you call the restaurant to make a reservation for 5 or more. A credit card number will be required to make a reservation for parties of this size. In the event you fail to give 24 hours notice before cancelling, or if you substantially reduce the size of your party without notice, a $100 charge will be processed.

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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 686 people are saying
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JenniferL
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh and flavorful and the service was great. Cozy atmosphere and lively scene. They told us ahead of time they were short staffed in the kitchen and apologized in advance if the food took a little longer to come out. It came out timely regardless. I will definitely go back.

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lss28
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambience!

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vipThk22
Dallas
92 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food is always exceptional. This is one of our go to places when friends are in town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly bartender and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative and delicious food with excellent service. Always a favorite!

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Soulero
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another flawless meal was had. Get the fried okra, you’ll thank me later.

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vipItwasdelicious
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our teenagers here for a family birthday. They’re adventurous eaters, but even we were surprised by how much they loved the turnip dumplings and whole branzino. The crispy rice cake appetizer was a crowd pleaser. The fried avocado salad was just the right amount of spicy. The scallop entree was fantastic. The kids were happy to finish with beignets. Servers were warm and attentive and offered great suggestions. I look forward to going back.

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vipZackH
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Never had the chicken curry and it was divine!

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GINAR
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. We enjoyed the crispy rice cake (which really exceeded my expectations), the turnip dumplings and grouper. Great find for a birthday dinner.

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vipAlex
Caribbean
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Mind blowing flavors. Not the classiest ambiance but still perfect for almost any occasion. Definitely a good find for foodies!!

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Soulero
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another flawless meal at my favorite place in Dallas to eat.

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DustinE
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Small cozy place. Very nice attentive service. Food was a bit slow coming out of the kitchen, but everything was fantastic!

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RonF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent, high-quality, and friendly.

My top 3 in Dallas.

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vipmmellis
Dallas
65 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner group dined there last night. We had an incredible experience. We shared four appetizers and six entrees and each one was outstandingly delicious. The food came out piping hot and was beautifully presented.. The service was excellent and unobtrusive. All dishes were great. Notable were Bahn bao, turnip dumplings, Shaking beef, whole fish, Kimchi dumplings….oh, and the garlic noodles are to die for! If you have room for dessert try the buttermilk beignets or pineapple cake. Yum!

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JenniferC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 4, 1 new to Vietnamese cuisine. All of us loved every item we were served and we all made happy plates!

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kbs3042
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Some of the best tasting food in Dallas! Never disappoints.

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KenDan4th
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner and it was as usual outstanding. Food superb, Service was informative kind funny on-point and great personality. Mot Hai Ba is a must and trust me it will became a staple in your life.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, tasty drinks, great to share, Sabrina was excellent. Was a bit hot on the patio, but overall wonderful.

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vipThomasO
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food is really good, service was lacking, overall a good experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bánh bao
Shaking beef
Buttermilk beignets
Will be having all these again and so much more to try on menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dumplings were really good.

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vipblue
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great to be back again. Everything was perfect. The separate tables are nice but I think it brought up the noise level.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is just amazing. Food and cocktails are incredible good.

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vipLulu
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

WON’T BE BACK ; DOESN’T MATCH THE HYPE

The problem with this restaurant is not the food which was good; however although described as a Vietnamese restaurant, those offerings are limited. We thought expensive also.

The salad was crisp and the entrees hot and these came out promptly.
Ice water glasses were refilled as needed.
Our server, a young woman, was very good, attentive but not hovering.
All waitstaff wore masks which was appreciated.
We were the only ones there for an hour.

The initial problem was finding the restaurant which is quite tiny and wedged between what looked like a derelict garage to one side and an unkempt expanse on the other. We had this problem despite knowing this area of Dallas well and using Google maps.
There is no parking designated. The only place to park is on the street -you discover this after going around the block a couple of times. This is fine if you had known that ahead of time.

From the outside, the restaurant looks like the proverbial hole in the wall, with a patio of sorts on the front of the restaurant surrounded by plastic sides. Very poor signage. The actual interior,once we were allowed in the door, is attractive.

The REAL negative was the greeter. As we tried to enter the restaurant (masked) we were blocked by a young woman in a face mask and a boucle skirt who wanted to know in an aggressive voice if we had reservations. We did. Trying to get past this guard person was not pleasant. This was subsequently addressed reportedly.
We stayed to eat because my companion’s hunger overcame the aversion to the greeting.

But, all in all, not worth the trouble or expense. There are a LOT of Asian restaurants in Dallas; we won’t be back to this one.

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NancyK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening. The wait staff is especially wonderful.

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VictoriaP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a reservation for two on a Tuesday night. Upon arrival, my date and I were greeted and promptly sat despite the almost full dining room and party in front of us.
Our server, Kat gave us great recommendations and detail about each dish. We absolutely loved the appetizer turnip dumplings, and jasmine tea. Garlic noodles, and Kimchi foie gras dumplings were delicious as well.
We were impressed by the attentive service and attention to detail, especially between each course. Transitions were seamless. Thanks Mot Hai Ba for a fantastic dining experience, we will be back soon!!

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vipMoflo
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most amazing, eclectic, and delicious places in all of Dallas. The food was terrific and the service was fantastic…

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KellyM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of our all-time favorite meals. We sat at the bar and our bartender gave us all of her best recommendations since it was our first time in. The Turnip Dumplings are amazing, as are the Garlic Noodles and the Shaking Beef. Dee-Lish!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Place!

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AllisonM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food & service! Tiny restaurant with a very different atmosphere than your usual place. Will be back!

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vipRpas
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Sat on patio at 6:30. Flies and mosquitoes were out in full force. They had fans and each table had a small fan but it was still a problem. Otherwise it was great. We will be back but not on the patio in the summer

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RobertR
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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TaraE
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE this restaurant! Food is delicious & service is always great. One of my favorite date night spots.

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Parker
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. The waiters are very attentive and kind. The food is inventive and tasty.

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ipray2ok
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was SUPERB!! Our waiter was awesome too - thanks Ryan!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was well prepared, but overpriced. Drinks were good. Opted for family style, which was recommended, but entrees were very small, more like small plates with entree pricing, and were served 2 at a time for 4 people. Not great.

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Bobb
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful experience. The service was attentive without being intrusive. The grilled octopus appetizer was tender, smoky, and delicious. My wife had the pork and peach entree which she refused, violently, to share. I ordered the foie gras dumplings which were a delight. We had one order of buttermilk beignets and coffee to top off a perfect evening. We will go back.

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vipRpas
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been here in a few years. Food was excellent as were cocktails. Service was professional.

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Kmdallad
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Finally visited after COVID. Food was great; a different profile than most Vietnamese restaurants. Very loud! Next time we will sit outside. Also, portions for salad and entrees are right size but the server recommended two of a starter that we could have easily had one.

FAQs

Mot Hai Ba - Lakewood offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (214) 826-0968.

Mot Hai Ba - Lakewood is rated 4.8 stars by 686 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.