Via Reál

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2157 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican / Southwestern
This beguiling southwestern hacienda offers cuisine to tantalize your taste buds. Delicious food, gracious hospitality and a staff dedicated to your comfort and satisfaction will leave you saying “When can I come back?” Via Real specializes in private parties, from 10 to 250, with four private dining rooms.
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EM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and service. Would easily come back here next time in dallas.

b
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of our favorite places to eat in Irving. Always have a table ready, and the service is outstanding. Nice to have a special word from Fran, she is so gracious.

MD
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always! Fran and team are so kind and gracious!

OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful.

MM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was to say “Thank You” to a couple of friends!

OT
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Buffet was good as always

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed dinner at Via Real last night with some good friends. As always, the service was impeccable. I ordered the Chilean sea bass. It was crispy around the edges and buttery soft inside. Perfection! The cilantro mashed potatoes in a pineapple boat made for a beautiful presentation. My husband ordered the coconut shrimp. It tasted great - he wished he had been served more than four, though.

The restaurant was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and Fran was lovely in her red leather jacket, warmly greeting all her patrons.

Since the 80’s, this is still our favorite Dallas special
Occasion restaurant.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Via Real is a hidden gem. The atmosphere is cozy. It’s a perfect place for dinner with friends. Food is always yummy.

JW
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend Via Real to everyone - small or large parties. There were 10 of us and our waiter was outstanding (I wish I had gotten his name...). He was very quick with our drink orders, he suggested appetizers for the table and was very descriptive with the features. Great personality as well! The food was outstanding, generous portions, and beautifully plated. It was lovely in all aspects...

Via Reál
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Jana! It's wonderful to hear how much you and your guests loved visiting us - thank you for sharing.

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W
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! The coconut shrimp was especially delicious. The pumpkin cheesecake was rich with flavor. Perfect with a rich cup of coffee.

Via Reál
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Wendy! We are thrilled you enjoyed your time with us and appreciate you letting us know about it. Hope to see you again soon!

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J
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never been here before and the buffet was outstanding! The tomato basil soup was delicious, my made to order omelette was fabulous. Everything was so good! I had reserved a table with the open table app and the host couldn’t have been more accommodating. He gave us a very nice table out where the fireplace was.
We will definitely go back!

Via Reál
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much Jennifer! Your kind words mean a lot to us, and we are so delighted to hear you loved everything. It will be our pleasure to have you back in with us sometime!

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AD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time doing brunch there. It was great.

Via Reál
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Asif!

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OT
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellence service, and we found a new favorite table for the times we need some quiet. You can’t go wrong at Via Real!!

Via Reál
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you! We're so glad you found another great table you like!

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BC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time and delicious meal! My grandma’s favorite!

Via Reál
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Brooke, we appreciate you and I'm sure we know who your grandma is and love her too!

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WJ
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can not overstate how much I enjoy dining here!! I took my 7 year old there and she said “ dad if I have to rate this food as good or great...I would say amazing instead!! :).. Could not have said it better...She loved the guacamole and quesadilla!! I tried the Pecan Crusted Sea Bass tonight and it was simply amazing!! The flavor they instill in their recipes are exquisite.. We have enjoyed everything they have brought out.. my wife had the spinach enchiladas and she could not stop raving about them. However, the best part is the ambience and the service...have had nothing but amazing experiences every time we have walked in door.. our favorite place to eat...anywhere!!!

Via Reál
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you so much Will! This means the world to us to know how you and your family love your experiences here. We sincerely appreciate you letting us know!

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TM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

This is my favorite spot for a Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas at a very reasonable price with a nice atmosphere in DFW. Did I mention bottomless mimosas?

Via Reál
Responded on November 27, 2019

Thank you Todd!

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AC
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Birthday brunch. We where sat right outside of a private room with a large b day party of ladies who where extremely loud. It was like we sat in there hall as all 20 of them would get up like a Hurd to go to the food bar in unison. Disruptive as they brushed my back numerous times.
Hot food should be hot not cool, cold food should be cold not room temperature. For the pricing a little bit disappointed.

Via Reál
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you for taking a minute to share your thoughts. This is valuable to us and definitely not something we want any guest experiencing. We are so sorry for the large table's behavior. It can be difficult sometimes to control that, and would understand if you wanted to be moved. I am sorry we did not realize what was happening for you. As far as the food on the buffet, you are right, and this is completely under our control, and we are sorry. This is not typical so we will investigate.

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OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love going to Via Real! Always great food!

Via Reál
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you!

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LN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HANDS DOWN. ..
OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN THE DFW AREA. My wife loves the cedar flamed tenderloin. "THE BEST"
The owner Fran and the staff at Via Real has the best customer service, extremely great tasting food and well prepared entrees ever!!

We love you guys.
Mr & Mrs Lawrence M. Hall Sr.

Via Reál
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Lawrence! We are absolutely thrilled to hear this! We love you guys too, and hope you know how grateful we are to have you as a couple of our highly treasured guests.

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j
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! A different type Mexican. We had the Adobbo shrimp. Our server Gabriel was wonderful too.

Via Reál
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Jimi!

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D
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The service was very good. However, one of the 6 orders was very good. The rest were average. One order was missing the sauce that the other person got with their order. The "grey Goose" drink was tiny , watery and didn't taste like gin. The per glass wine order was a shock at $25 which we weren't told about. However, after complaining, the manager reduced it to $15 per glass. We could have ordered a whole bottle for this price! The restaurant used to be much better it seems.

Via Reál
Responded on November 26, 2019

We are so sorry to hear this. Grey Goose is Vodka so that would explain why it didn't taste like Gin, it was served on the rocks in a rocks glass as is the norm, and we don't have any bottles of wine for less than $40. Your server should have communicated the cost per glass regardless. I hope the server got that missing sauce right away, and I'm glad we could help you out on the wine price. The restaurant is still just as good, and we are so sorry you didn't feel like it was.

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d
New England
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best kept secret, if you call a resturant open for over 30 yrs a secret. Great food, from the standard menu to the speicals. The wine peerings and staff are outstanding. I have met numerous people who have beeing visting for over 30 yrs, if that is not the best endorsement then nothing is. Visit, come hungry and be ready to be blown away.

Via Reál
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Dan! What an incredible thing to read today - you have sincerely brightened our day. This gives us the fuel we need to keep doing the best we possibly can every single day to make sure our guests all feel like this. We appreciate you. Thank you again!

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LR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The restaurant never changes-it's a whole dinning experience especially for a special occasion. We had our wedding there for 50 people and service, food etc was perfect! That was 8 years ago.

Via Reál
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Lorraine! We are so honored to be a special place for you where you've made special memories. We are so grateful to have you as our guests!

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MS
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous brunch. Great service. Excellent variety.

Via Reál
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Melanie!

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JN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals at Via Real are always outstanding. The service is professional and personable. One of our favorite restaurants in the metroplex

Via Reál
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Jon!

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JT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at via real as usual! Food was fantastic and above and beyond service that we always have!

Via Reál
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Jenny! We appreciate you very much.

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CM
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great seafood dishes and tasty sides. Wait staff was a little slow.

Via Reál
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you! We are very sorry about slow service. That should not happen. We'll reinforce with them that they can and should always ask for and get help from another server or manager if they fall behind. We hope to see you again, and that next time the service is on point as it always should be.

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C
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good dinner and experience. Paul was well trained. Had been a regular years ago but hadn't been here for a long time. Need to put it back on our regular rotation.

Via Reál
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Cathy! We like Paul too. We'll make sure he sees your compliment.

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2
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Jimmie and Miss Fran for the hospitality.

Via Reál
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you!

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MS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Please place a bowl of salsa on the table for each guest seated at the table. No guest should have to share a bowl of salsa in this luxurious setting. I didn’t eat any chips and salsa because I didn’t feel comfortable sharing with the guest at my table. Thank You.

Via Reál
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Marie! We understand what you're saying about the salsa. We used to do that and so much of it was completely wasted; BUT we will always bring any guest their own salsa if they would like it. Just let us know and we will make it happen.

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WJ
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was amazing.. We have eaten all over the DFW area and just came across this by being in the area.. result???...our new favorite place!!!
First the service was personable and professional, and our waiter was on his 5th year of service.( should tell you something).
Second, the atmosphere was equally great!! Decor, music (think Spanish guitar), and the noise level created a very enjoyable dining experience.
Lastly, the food was amazing, guacamole was fresh, salsa was fantastic, enchiladas, tamales, scallops, sea bass all perfect!! Had the bread pudding with ice cream for dessert and needless to say, there was nothing left... had a scotch ( decent options) and nice wine list. Can’t wait to try their brunch (Sunday’s).

Final notes.. this was a great find and a place that should be on you to try list. It would be great for a special date, (they have private dining)...or just a casual meal.. I do not think you will be disappointed!!!

Via Reál
Responded on November 26, 2019

Will, this truly warms our hearts to hear. Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so delighted to hear your thoughts about your experience. We can't wait to have you in as our guest on Sunday too!

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S
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem in Irving! Everything was perfect!

Via Reál
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you so much!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch, everything was delicious. Eggs Benedict was done perfectly.

Via Reál
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you! We're so happy to hear it!

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JB
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took my mom for her birthday dinner. They took our picture and gave it to us! Very nice touch!!

Via Reál
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you James! Happy birthday to your mom. We're so glad you chose us as the place to celebrate it, and that you all enjoyed everything!

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DG
Dallas
52 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been many years since I’d been to Via Real and I was not disappointed.

Our server was outstanding and attentive. The food was equally as good. Most refreshing was the owner was in the dining room insuring complete guest satisfaction.

The noise level was low enough to hold a conversation.

Will return.

Via Reál
Responded on November 13, 2019

Welcome back to Via, David! We're so glad to hear you feel just as happy with us now as you were back then. It means a lot to us, and hopefully we will have you back in again more often. Thank you!

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MV
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place for a date with my wife! Will be back for sure...every chance we get.

Via Reál
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you Mark! It will always be our pleasure to have you and your wife back in with us. See you again soon!

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s
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I used to work nearby and would eat there all the time. I had not been in literally 20 years but it was still the same awesome atmosphere, service, and food as I always had loved. Thank you for not letting me down! :)

Via Reál
Responded on November 13, 2019

Well, welcome back Sam! It's wonderful to hear this; it really warms our hearts. We're glad you made it out here after so long. Hope to see you back as often as you can!

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SC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Experience; had out of town business folks in that enjoyed it very much

Via Reál
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you Suzanne! We're delighted to hear you and your guests enjoyed your time with us, and we appreciate you bringing them here!

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KS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a business lunch reservation at Via Real based on online reviews and was super impressed! The service, food and ambiance were perfect. And the cost was reasonable for everything we got. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

Via Reál
Responded on November 13, 2019

That's wonderful to hear, Kathleen, thank you! We're thrilled to hear it, and we are grateful you chose us for your business lunch.

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K
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going here since the mid 80's and it remains one of my most favorite restaurants anywhere!
Food is creative and menu updates frequently. Their unique sauces and presentations are outstanding. Great place for a business lunch/dinner or special occasion - and very reasonable for the quality.

Via Reál
Responded on November 6, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words - we are honored to have had you as our guest for so long. You are so very treasured. We will see you again soon!

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