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About Tolbert’s Restaurant & Chili Parlor

Frank X. Tolbert’s life-long passion for chili inspired him to write his world-famous book “A Bowl of Red” 50 years ago. He founded the Terlingua Championship Chili Cook-Off in 1967 and joined forces with son Frank 2 in 1976 to open the first Tolbert’s Restaurant in Dallas, with daughter Kathleen helping manage starting in 1977. Kathleen, with her husband Paul Ryan, selected Grapevine’s historic Main Street as the new home of Tolbert’s in 2006. The tradition continues as Tolbert’s Restaurant & Chili Parlor features classic southwestern cuisine with our signature Bowl of Red, using the same recipe developed by Frank X. Tolbert and his son. Enjoy your visit and tell your friends! Kathleen, Paul and Steven Ryan

423 S Main St
Grapevine, TX 76051
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Southwest

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Monday: 11:00am - 10:00pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am

Cross Street:
Franklin Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(817) 421-4888

Website:
http://www.tolbertsrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking and public lots, all free

Tolbert’s Restaurant & Chili Parlor Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I was able to make a reservation in a very quick and timely fashion. I was also able to adjust my time that worked best for our group. This was my first time eating at Tolbert’s. Great food!! Great atmosphere and the service was superb yet quick! Thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommend and will return!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Casual, Fun
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

After visiting, we feel this restaurant might better serve smaller parties. The chili, which most of us had before our main meal was great! But the main course was less than exciting.
The dishes were either cold or burnt. It was good food and I'm sure with a small table it would be great, but the kitchen's time management was not on par.

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food3
ambience4
service3
value2

 
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 13, 2017

After living in the Grapevine area for a long time, we realized we had never been to Tolberts. We enjoyed the food and we have always enjoyed Downtown/Main Street Grapevine. We will be going back for more.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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food5
ambience4
service5
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

We had a great date night at Tolbert's. The reason we decided to go to Tolbert's, honestly, is because I began competing in chili cook-off's this year and HAD to have some chili from one of the icons of the chili cook off world. So, yes, we had some chili... but we shared only a cup because we wanted to try other items of the menu since it was our first visit.
We ordered beers and the sampler appetizer. Everything on the sampler platter was amazing!! So flavorful, some spicy and some not so much. I don't normally like as spicy as some items were, but they had such great flavor that I couldn't stop eating them.
My husband had chicken fried steak with okra and mashed potatoes (he added all the pepper you'll see in the picture) and said it was all great.
I had the catfish with grilled asparagus and mac & cheese. I'm always a little leery about asparagus because I like it with a little crunch to it and most places I have tried it don't keep the crunch. My asparagus was perfectly cooked!! The catfish was great, nice crunch on the outside and tender and flaky inside.
Kevin, our server, helped us with the beer selection based on what we normally like. He was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable... three musts in my opinion for a server.
We will definitely return and, hopefully, with a few friends.
OHH, almost forgot!! The music was awesome as well, and not overpowering or intrusive like at some other places. The volume was perfect.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Good for Groups, Romantic, Spicy, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was good, the Buddy Whittington Band was great.Service was good ,The cocktails were a bit weak.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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food4
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Good food and friendly service. Unfortunately our order for lost. Not only was our meal delayed, we asked for a divided dish that came out without being divided.

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food5
ambience4
service3

 
·Dined on September 22, 2017

Excellent food, gluten-frer menu, and the service was fantastic. Our server was Kevin. He was knowledgeable about the food, offered suggestions and did not rush us. Also he was knowledgeable in the local area.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

First time, tried it from Open Table on business trip, very good overall, and small down town area was a nice setting. Nice menu choices and did try and enjoy their famous Chili

Tags: Business Meals
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food4
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service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great venue, love that it's non-smoking! Wish they would bring in some bands like Professor D and Emerald City to mix it up some!!

Tags: Live Music, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Authentic, Bar Seating
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food4
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service5
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Went there to see VLB perform. The venue is very good for small audiences. The chili was not up to the level I would expect for supposed competition chili.

Tags: Fun
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food3
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value3

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Don't let babies into a bar. Lol.

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food4
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service5
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

A good casual spot if you are in or near Grapevine. Their brunch tacos were delicious, their chips and salsa good, and their burger was above average. I think this would be a good spot for a weekend dinner with a big group of friends or family. It's a casual and fun atmosphere (a bit noisy for some). If you enjoy live music, it would be a great spot to dine. Overall, better than average restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Live Music
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food3
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service3
value3

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