The Oar House

4.6
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70 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

Come to The Oar House in Rockwall for lunch or dinner and prepare yourself for a meal you won't forget. Close to The Harbor Rockwall and Harbor Lights Cruises, this restaurant makes a wonderful choice for a meal with anyone.

The Oar House has delicious choices both for lunch and dinner. Come and have one of the salads like the finisima Con salmone or the caprese clasica or one of the hearty soups like the lobster bisque. If you're a fan of seafood, there are choices like farfalle al salmone and risotto frutta di mare. For those who love Italian dishes, there are choices such as pollo monsignore and vitello marsala. The Oar House also has a nice spread for Happy Hour, with choices such as ravioli di formaggio and lasagna Bolognese. The restaurant has something for everyone so no one goes home hungry.

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4.6
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4.6
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KJay
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Have heard of this place for so long, with good reviews. Decided to take husband there for his birthday. I ordered the filet with peppercorn sauce and he ordered a shrimp pasta dish. My steak was inedible .. was cooked properly (medium) but was so stringy and gristly that I even had difficult cutting it. Chewing was even more difficult. When our waitperson came by, I was frank and told him how disappointing it was. He immediately apologized and took the steak back to the kitchen. The manager came out and apologized as well and said he could see that it was not a good cut. I was offered something else from the menu, but was already somewhat full and didn’t want to wait. They took the steak off our check. My husband said his meal was “tasteless”...but I know he’s really picky. Even though the staff absolutely did the right thing, nor sure we will return there.

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rowsktr
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent friendly service and superb food. Steven and Jessica are amazing servers.

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MARGK
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going to The Oar House since 1997. It NEVER disappoints! Calamari is always tender and crisp...and the marinara just makes it even better. Salad with house dressing is crisp and fresh. Soups are creamy and delicious...especially the lobster bisque. Cognac filet and grilled pork chop with portobellos are a go-to on the menu if none of the specials of the day suit your taste. $116 + tip for 2 with 4 alcoholic beverages. Great that they are now using OpenTable to make reservations.

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marks
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall4food1service5ambience5

All the food was very heavily salted. Everything else great

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KimJ
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Third time to try and it was just ok. The salad and dessert were the only thing we ended up eating. My husband and I split the halibut and it was not good. The fish was either spoiled or not cooked thoroughly. Really not sure but it tasted very fishy and had an odd gray color which is not typical of halibut. Mgr did offer another entree but we declined. Very disappointed in an expensive date night

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vipLuigiP
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been looking for a down to earth, high-end restaurant in Rockwall and The Oar House is it. Excellent menu, great-tasting food, and classy service. I will be back.

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RickS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants in Rockwall. The staff is the most professional I have ever had! They are kind and caring and friendly and expedient. The food is superb and and the drinks are well poured. It is a pleasure to dine here. It is like dining with great friends. The atmosphere is relaxing and enjoyable.!!

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vipnono
Dallas
60 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was great except lobster crepes were very fishy but our waiter did us right
Soup was amazing

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Roger
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The red snapper and peppercorn filet are 2 of the best dishes anywhere in the metroplex.
Never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our first time here-and we will go back. Nice ambiance- kind of “English- pub” like.

Food selection was excellent. Service was a bit slow- but not horrible.

Overall, a very nice find in Rockwall.

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lesac
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Table is in great area. Food was awesome but service was slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Very good atmosphere. The angel hair pasta was pretty bland but that could be my opinion concerning that dish. Regarding customer service, it took about 10 minutes before someone even came to our table. It didn't look like they were understaffed so it was quite offensive on a Wednesday.

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vipWendellP
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. My wife and I both had the chicken Parmesan. It was very good. I also had a Caesar salad which was one of the best salads I've had in a long time. Nothing unusual about it, just really good. Service was spot on. Definitely recommend and will definitely return.

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vipMarshaB
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love dinning at The Oar House. When our friends come into town, they always request another dinning experience from The Oar House. From the moment you walk into the restaurant, you feel like you are welcomed with open arms. The staff members are fabulous and the food is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

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KevinM
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous gourmet cuisine with impeccable service and an excellent wine list. My girlfriend and I have been many times and never had a bad meal or experience. We both order something different every time and never run out of choices.

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RENEEW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Food was mediocre and was way over priced. Service was unfriendly and rushed. Will never go back. No social distance was being used.

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RuthJ
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always served hot and tastes wonderful. I had the filet mignon with cognac sauce. It didn't list vegetables or sides, but it did come with two and a salad (but I upgraded to the lobster bisque - delicious!). The filet was cooked perfectly and so tender and flavorful! My husband had the red snapper and it was just perfect! The decor and ambiance is always so nice. They didn't have music (this was a Sunday evening in the midst of Covid-19) and I always enjoy it when they do, but it was a fabulous dining experience, as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. They went the extra mile to make my girls birthday very special! Great Job!

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ShirleyM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my friend's birthday actually was in April. We've been putting off celebrating because of the pandemic. Great dining again at the Oar House!

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JimD
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have enjoyed the Oar House for over twenty years and have never had a disappointing visit there either for lunch or dinner. Best upscale restaurant in Rockwall, bar none!

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ScottD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian food offerings. The wine was a bit pricey, but the service made up for it.

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CarolR
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to go ..... I like the people, the food, and the drinks. All the employees are super and the bartenders are great!

I go at least once or twice weekly!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall1food5service2ambience1

50th birthday for my wife. Made the reservation over 10 days in advance. Been dining there since previous owner. My first visit was July 13, 1991.
Ok. Open tables in dining area. Couple behind us coming in was provided a table there after hostess explained our table by door was all they had. WRONG. Manager was dismissive. My wife was so upset we left and tipped waiter very well. Not his fault. You social distanced us to a standing around us flipping waiting area.
You just lost any future business and I will share as much as I can so they are treated as poorly. Nice job.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Robert as our server very knowledgeable and he gave us great service,
Food was great and it was so good to get out after being in lockdown for 2 months

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KathyM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time to a restaurant. The Oar House has done a wonderful job of making diners feel safe a special. Every was great. Don’t be afraid, they have opened right. Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great as always

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vipKenN
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restuarant. Great food!!!

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Bubba
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oar House was spectacular as always! Friendly waitstaff, outstanding food and overall great first date after Texas opened up again!!

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ScottY
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Social distancing was observed and we had an amazing experience.

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vipMarshaB
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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StephanieM
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the appetizer and and salad (both specials of the evening), and they were wonderful. Very
attentive staff. We got there early so it was very quiet. Had the back room to ourselves for a short while.
It was getting very busy by the time we left. Go early if you are trying to avoid crowds.

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DavidJ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just great.
We will definitely be back.

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vipSandraS
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very good place for dinner we went a week ago and then again on Saturday and each time a very pleasant experience. Food is very good, service is excellent, first time did not know a dinner salad came with the entree's and for value that Really made it worth while. Would highly recommend. Make sure you have reservations as it fills up

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renater
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our experience was beautiful - dim lighting, romantic and great tasting food. The menu was amazing. We had such a great time, and we will definitely be back for another special occasion.

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Sandy
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Oar House! Our steak and pork chop were cooked to perfection. Always wonderful food and live music.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Early Valentine day celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants!! The Oar House never disappoints. We had excellent service as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy birthday for my boyfriend.. the table behind us was way too loud and obnoxious

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The Oar House is rated 4.6 stars by 70 OpenTable diners.

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