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Cafe Momentum

4.7
4.7
876 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Cafe Momentum is a non-profit restaurant that serves as a paid post-release internship for juvenile offenders. Youth are released from detention into the sheltered environment of Café Momentum’s post-release program. Café Momentum’s program teaches critical skills that allow youth to re-enter society in a safe, real-world environment of nurturing accountability. By participating in our program, at-risk young people rotate through every aspect of the restaurant from waiting tables to washing dishes, while working side-by-side with established chefs.

The paid internship gives them the opportunity to exercise and practice their new skills while continuing to develop leadership, social, and vocational skills for as long as they choose to maintain involvement with Café Momentum. Additionally, Café Momentum works with the Dallas County Juvenile Justice Department to serve youth deemed highest risk for incarceration.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (214) 303-1234

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chad Houser

  • Catering

    We offer catering on-site for breakfast and lunch events, as well as dinner events during off nights. Off-site catering is always available.

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (214) 303-1234

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Akard

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet parking is available in the parking garage adjacent to the restaurant. Please pull into the garage.

  • Public transit

    We are located next to the DART Rail - Akard Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 876 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. SN

    SaturdayNightFlair

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service- everyone was so nice from valet to waiter to bartender to table busser. Love the ambiance just hard to hear due to noise level. Food delicious- a bit pricy for the portion (I had the pork chop) but all for a good cause. Someone else at my table had the chicken with greens and it was a massive portion (and delicious).
  2. m

    mari

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great! Definitely will recommend and return. What an awesome program!
  3. RM

    RonM

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Thank you Chef John for coming up with Habanero Creamed Spinach! OMG!!!
  4. j

    jcamacho

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lamb meatballs were a meal unto themselves! Remind me to order 40 for my next party, please. We skipped salads because we were celebrating and moved onto entrees. Cafe Momentum did not disappoint. A buttery steak, my partner ordered but I craved. Perfectly done scallops lifted off the pan just in time- I shared 1/2 of one scallop. We’ll be back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating valentines and our first time there. Great food and good people. I love to support places like cafe momentum that build young people and cost for food was excellent.
  6. KR

    KimR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for Valentine’s Day. Best experience. Best food. The staff was great. A delight overall!
  7. RS

    RachelleS

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food! My waiter was a bit distracted because of the large crowd (Valentine’s Evening) and kept forgetting to bring items ordered but he was very courteous and seeking to make sure we were satisfied. If you’re an out of towner, this is a must visit spot. We’ll definitely be back!
  8. D

    Dallaslocalfoodfinds

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great purpose to the restaurant and the quality of the food was impressive.
  9. JN

    JudyN

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful! Our server was in training with your lovely trainer. She was a great coach and he was charming! Discovered a great wine,too.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We love what cafe Momentum is all about! We’ve been aware of Chad Houser/Cafe Momentum for several years but this was our first visit. Our service was good, menu interesting. Everyone in our group loved the food, noting that the chicken dish was excellent but a little too salty. The spinach was wonderful and I will order it again next visit. The warm breadbasket was over the top delicious - our party of six ordered a second to share.
  11. TK

    TaraK

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The smoked fried chicken was a bit on the salty side. The kale salad was delicious as was the creme brûlée! The real star of the show was the collard greens, divine!
  12. OJ

    OJ99

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, greater mission. Food was excellent and worth a trip on its own. Staff was courteous and obviously trying very hard. Complimentary valet is a nice perk.
  13. JR

    JulieR

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Absolutely fabulous evening! To begin with, the mission makes the whole experience worthwhile...but add to it the flipping amazing food and it is a total homerun! The service was a little slow, but that's to be expected when considering these young adults are learning new skills. The food made up for it. It was a nice, relaxing evening and fun was had by all!
  14. RW

    RWood

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, experience, and cause! The fried chicken was awesome! And the appetizer with comeback sauce was great as well.
  15. LN

    LaraN

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m really in love with this place and it’s mission plus I feel good when I eat here and on top of that food is really really great!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Great food. Great cause. Complimentary valet parking too.
  18. m

    mtm1969

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Love this place! Food is outstanding and they do for the community puts it over the top.
  19. RD

    RandyD

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    I love the mission of this restaurant! Chad Houser is an exceptional human being and has dedicated his hospitality career to helping our youth, the future of this country. More important than just filling your belly and social calendar, this restaurant fills a spiritual void many successful people have. Long live Cafe Momentum!!!!
  20. MA

    MATTHEWH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third visit, fantastic food, save room for dessert .
  21. MR

    MikeR

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff, atmosphere, food. The story and mission of Cafe Momentum is worth the visit in itself, but couple that with great food, friendly/caring people and a fun atmosphere and the experience is a 10 out of 10.
  22. B

    Brian

    Dallas

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A nearly perfect meal. Love the mission of Momentum cafe, will definitely be back!
  23. JW

    JillW

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Love the CAUSE, the food and the service! The scallops were my favorite; the New York strip was good and the pork chops were yummy! Unfortunately they were out of the dessert that we ordered, but that's ok, b/c the gingerbread cheesecake was delicious! I wish more restaurants would adapt this "give back to the community & help our youth better themselves" concept!
  24. O

    Outofthebubble

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! We had the steak and smoked chicken. Delicious! Love their mission of giving troubled adolescents job skills and foundation for a good future!
  25. RG

    RobertG

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Mia served us wonderfully. Will recommend it to our friends
  26. VM

    VeronicaM

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I organized a family dinner with a party of 9 plus a toddler. Our server Kejuan was fantastic! He took the time to tell us about the program when he introduced himself and willingly answered questions we had. The order was served perfectly, and the food was delicious. I love this program, and the food is absolutely delicious.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cause is incredible, the food is high quality prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Can’t say enough great things about cafe momentum. The story behind what they do is heart warming and you can see the love and patience the leaders have with the kids they are helping. The interns going through this year long program I could tell they felt proud and happy someone took a chance on them.
  28. P

    Penneym

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great! Our waiter was new to the front of the house and did a nice job. The young woman refilling water glasses answered our questions about their program with confidence and pride. We definitely will be back! I’m so glad there is such an awesome program available for our city’s youth and the food... yum!
  29. JC

    JoyC

    Tulsa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food, great service, amazing mission.
  30. LP

    LeslieP

    Dallas

    48 reviews

    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great experience. Affordable bottles of wine available to cork and take with you. Good food. Great concept with great service!
  31. Y

    Yumisfun

    Dallas

    59 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    My steak was undercooked and tough. I love the concept, but these young people are so green, so nothing they do or say is comfortable for the guests......to many issue to list.
  32. QO

    QuiteOK

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    This review is specific for the evening of December 5. There was a very large group of young people at one end of the large room. Their behavior was certainly above reproach, but the background noise (sound) made it almost impossible to hear those who were sitting on the other side of our table. I have no solution to recommend, except some acoustical tiles on the ceiling. (All of the surfaces are "hard".) This detracted substantially from our enjoyment of a delightful menu for our party. As expected, the food and service were terrific.
  33. M

    Meetingwithafriend

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went with friends for a birthday celebration, and everyone enjoyed their dinner. We appreciate what 'the program' is doing for these otherwise mis-directed youth. Nice atmosphere and very nice people. I will definitely be back!!
  34. GS

    GaryS

    Dallas

    49 reviews

    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & service were top notch as always! It's always a pleasure to see Chad (owner) & the staff. THANKS!
  35. JP

    JimP

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Café Momentum is a joining of an excellent cause with high quality food. I strongly recommend Café Momentum for those who have not had the experience.
  36. F

    Fresco3

    Dallas

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was our first visit to Cafe Momentum, although I've been familiar with it since it opened in 2015. Why didn't we go earlier? Inertia, probably - but I'll be back soon and I've already told friends. Will also post on Facebook. The mission alone is worth supporting - but go for the food and atmosphere and you'll be pleasantly rewarded. Our party of 4 all agreed the food was delicious. Raves for the cauliflower starter, brussel sprout side, fresh fish, pork chop and scallops. All fantastic. Our primary server, Aja, told us without pause or embarassment the story of how they work and how much she is looking forward to studying culinary arts in college next year. She'll go far.
  37. D

    Dave

    Dallas

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We’ve been to Cafe Momentum many times and are always impressed with the experience. Service and food were great. We had the Chicken and the Scallops. Portions were nice sized and prepared well. Valet Parking was a breeze. Can’t wait to get back there again soon!!
  38. MD

    MDUSEats

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant doing great community work to give people opportunities to develop a successful career. Management was great and the staff were well coached to be outgoing and customer oriented. The work being done at this restaurant is changing lives for the better, providing communities to support thier people, and making Dallas and the world a better place. Now on to the food and atmosphere; great food, grear beer and wine, and a welcoming small cozy environment. If you want a good meal with friends, family, or coworkers then this is a place to go. I would also encourage supporting this Non-profit organization if you feel lead to do so. They welcome donations and these are well served to change lives. Thanks from our group who represents the Society of American Military Engineers who were in yown for a Conference.
  39. l

    luvtoeat

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends, husband and I enjoyed a lovely dining experience at Café Momentum last week. The food and service was excellent. We took the train from Garland to downtown Akard station. Being unused to the downtown area, we had a little trouble finding the Café, which was the only negative element to our evening. Thanks for everything, especially finding purpose for the young.
  40. BS

    BlytheS

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was amazing. We had cauliflower for app, strip steak and pasta for dinner with sides of brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes. It was all really tasty (but was a bit on the salty side). The service was not great, but knowing the mission of the organization, we tried to temper any frustration (our server stopped waiting on us halfway through in order to eat - we later found out he had been awarded employee of the week, which means he got that as a reward). Personally I didn't mind the inattentiveness at times because the servers aren't professionals, they're still learning. It felt good to be able to make a positive impact with my dollars and hopefully help them get on the right track.

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Cafe Momentum is rated 4.7 stars by 876 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Akard

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet parking is available in the parking garage adjacent to the restaurant. Please pull into the garage.

  • Public transit

    We are located next to the DART Rail - Akard Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chad Houser

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (214) 303-1234

  • Catering

    We offer catering on-site for breakfast and lunch events, as well as dinner events during off nights. Off-site catering is always available.

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (214) 303-1234

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