The French Room

4.7
2079 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Inspired by its original design and the grand tradition of timeless European architecture — The French Room has been thoughtfully restored.

An evening at The French Room has historically been a coveted experience. The recipient of numerous awards and critical acclaim received throughout its storied past, the restaurant has hosted countless special dinners and milestone moments. Led by chef Michael Ehlert, The French Room’s menu draws on French culinary traditions and methodology with a fresh sensibility, including thoughtful table-side flourishes and a comprehensive wine program.

The experience is warm, classic and memorable. Engaging and knowledgeable service is punctuated by moments of unexpected delight creating a new perspective on fine dining with style and grace.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(214) 651-3615
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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Michael Ehlert
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Akard
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Parking details
Valet parking available.
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Public transit
DART and DART Light Rail (Akard Street Station)
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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GF
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The renovation is nice but liked the before a little better when it had more color. The service was excellent as I remembered. I don't mind paying 3x retail for wine in this nice of place, but the food was not near as good as it was several years ago on our last visit. It was seven courses with a bite sized portion for each. The taste of the food just wasn't equal to the ambiance or the price.

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K
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from the moment we arrived. Great service and the food was delicious

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AM
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have always loved the French Room. Their food is superb and now the dining room is even more beautiful. It brings to mind the glamour of the 1920’s.

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ER
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

This is a pretentious French restaurant with a rolling cart to bring a single bottle of wine to the table !!! It operates on what appears to be limited personnel in the kitchen and it is best to describe the meal sequence as the menu is exactly as in the web site with no daily specials. The maître d’ explained that the two of us should chose the same dishes as “to permit they being served at the same time” and in an evening with only 12 guests in the restaurant it corroborates it is a kitchen short on personnel. We opted for the 3 course selection however as soon we chose the rack of lamb we were told they were out for the evening. Not a promising start with so few choices.
The amuse bouche was a delicious carpaccio followed by a insipid clear broth with a few cherry tomatoes. Somebody in the kitchen forgot that “torchon” means “dish towel” and the final product should be compact and solid, not loose and unappetizing. The quail dish was very good but not exceptional and the beef wagyu two ways acceptable, the sauce seeming out of a can. The cheese course was excellent and varied but the torte tartan a disaster as apple pieces were plopped on a very hard round biscuit. The wine list was good and varied and the staff very friendly.

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NP
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The French Room did not disappoint! We had not dined there since before the renovation. The dining room is exquisite!!! Even more beautiful than before; exactly as it should be. The service is 5-star in every respect. The food is outstanding in taste and presentation. The staff, top to bottom knows their stuff! From the captain, to the Sommelier, to menu details, to the final desserts and cheese course; the meal and overall experience was exceptional. I can't think of anything that they did not execute to perfection.

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JS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Top notch service. Incredible food. A joyous experience.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fine dining experience I've ever had. Food was delicious and service impeccable!

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SM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

The soup taste like dishwater
The food was not good at all. The chef was not creative so they used disgusting ingredients to look cool

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TO
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it. The food, knowledgeable staff, the setting. It just goes on and on. Our server helped us with several homer in suggestions. Can’t say enough.

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OT
Dallas
38 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The French Room and always enjoy our visits there.
Yet again they cake through with an amazing experience for us.

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ER
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our very favorite place for special occasions. However, this time, every course was not delicious as had always been the case. Our waiter recommended the Tuna, but did not say anything about it would be raw. I attempted to eat it, but definitely would not have been my choice.

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B
Dallas
59 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and the ambiance made it a dinner to remember. The added tastings during the meal added to our dinning experience. The French Room is our special occasion choice for dinning and we are looking forward to a return visit.

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JN
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for my granddaughter's 16th birthday. Everyone treated her like a queen and she felt special.

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s
Dallas
126 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The French Room used to be my favorite so I was happy to try the new one. We missed Jim Donohoe & Carlos our favorite captain, but our service was lovely as was the new maitre'd. The room looks beautiful, albeit a bit sleeker. The scallop amuse bouche was like velvet, but the accompanying sauce was lack-luster. The tomato consomme was lovely. Chilled crab and lobster was abundant and very nicely prepared, the tulles were paper thin, but rather sweet considering the savory nature of the dish, and the sorrel sauce or puree was almost tasteless. The foie gras torchon was well seasoned and perfect with the toast points & kumquat. My friend raved about the quail and sweetbreads and my halibut was nicely seared and the sunchokes looked nicely browned, but very subtle. The clafoutis bore no resemblance to its namesake, but the chocolate souffle was as good as I've had anywhere, with a deep chocolate flavor. The apple tart was also very nice. The pre-dessert meyer lemon sorbet with consomme was fine, but post dessert pate aux fruits, chocolate covered salted caramel, key lime truffle, etc were lovely. It was an elegant meal.

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NS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service from Connie was outstanding. The renovation is now complete and beautiful, but I miss the cherub paintings on the ceiling. This is truly the most special dining experience in Dallas. The service is above and beyond anything you will ever experience.

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WC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We were disappointed in the dining experience. it was our first time since the renovation and the food was so sadly lacking. It was not as it previously was and despite the nice physical upgrades to the restaurant; the food was underwhelming. We would not go back and that is sad as I have been there dozens of times over the past twenty years.

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D
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have eaten here numerous times over the last 15 years. This was the first time (we moved to Florida) since the renovation. As before the service was superior, the food was delightful and the ambiance was great. Having said, while the new decor is elegant, I much preferred the former decor. Having said this, I wouldn't hesitate to dine here again if my travels bring me back to Dallas. It was good to see one of the wait staff (Connie) who we remembered from before we moved.

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BK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at French Room to celebrate birthday this past week. Service was top of chart. Amazing foods! Not to mention Leslie, the somelier, picked the best wines to complement our dinner.

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s
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there Saturday night for our anniversary. We had not been since it had reopened. I do miss the painted ceilings but it is still the most elegant restaurant in Dallas. We did 3 course dinner for $85 (or $80). Considering the added amuse-bouche, palate cleansers and sweets at the end it is really pretty reasonable.

Everything was well prepared and delicious and the service was well paced. Halibut was perfectly cooked, meats were delirious and my beet salad was divine. We both had the souffles and thought they were the best we had ever had.

Talked to the sommelier who provided advice for a red to go with the meat entree. The service was attentive but not overbearing. Since I had mentioned it was our anniversary with the reservation, they had a personalized menu that we took with us, a nice touch!

Glad to see there is still a first class old world French restaurant in the city!

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DC
Dallas
44 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the French Room since the "refresh". Lovely room, but miss the "cherubs" on the ceiling. The food was divine, of course it is pricey, but for those very special occasions, it's worth the expense. Service was near perfect.

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C
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We arrived. There was no at the desk to seat us, and so we stood at the entrance where we could be seen by the wait staff, the wine people, etc., for about 5 minutes. NO ONE bothered to aid us. Finally a gentleman appeared and we were seated. The service was far less attentive than when we had last dined on May 1. (Then we enjoyed the 7-course tasting---this time the 3 course). The food was good but not exceptional.
The staff did not visit our table except to serve.
For the price and the expectation this was a disappointing evening.

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RL
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went to the new, "improved" French Room and was dissappointed. Decor is updated and a bit more modern but some of its traditional elegance has been lost. The food was ok but not outstanding. The lamb for two was very gamey. Came for a special occasion but it just didn't feel that special.

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CB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class food and service. Celebrated my wife’s birthday and her name was written on the menu.

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FW
Dallas
82 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time there after the extensive renovation. Although we enjoyed the previous decor, the new version is also good. Food and service remain terrific. Two fix price menus from which to choose. Very good experience.

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M
Dallas
110 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. From the greeting to the departure, there is no experience that comes even close to The French Room. The service and food was fantastic. A very memorable night for my wife's birthday. If you are looking for a top notch experience, go to The French Room.

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A
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The "new" French Room is just that, new. While I definitely appreciated the prior formality (which I characterized as a "southern" formal - think Commander's Palace in New Orleans) the new French room presents a feeling of a modern European dinning experience - think Monaco. Gone are the white gloves, but today's attire of modern gray sport jackets still sets an ambiance, just different. The service and food remain excellent, although a few options for some of the more eccentric items on the tasting menu would be nice. Overall, if you are expecting the "old" French Room, you may be disappointed, but keep an open mind and I think you will find the new French Room to be a wonderful dinning experience not otherwise available in Dallas.

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CK
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to sample the food after the renovation and reopening. As always, the food was exceptional; however, I was not enthralled the premium wine pairing selections. Left most of the wine in the glass to be taken away. Overall the renovation was breathtaking and my husband and I had a great, quiet anniversary celebration.

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KM
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely wonderful place to dine. Unforgettable and delicious. Every moment from when you walk into the bar is great and the people are so nice. Our go-to dinner in Dallas.

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CM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at the French Room was a "bucket list" item for my husband due to family history. I must admit I had concerns based on some of the reviews since their renovation in 2017. Rest assured the new French Room will not disappoint. From the moment we entered the restaurant everything was incredible. Our waiter, Morgan, was amazing. He was professional, knowledgeable, attentive and kind. We started with caviar. Excellent taste and presentation. The Tasting Menu was perfectly matched with beautiful French wines. Toward the end of the meal we had a wonderful surprise addition to the team waiting our table. He name is Connie and she has been with The Adolphus since 1985. What an inspirational delight she brings to the entire restaurant with her very presence. Yes the meal was expensive, but it was worth every penny! Great food, great service and wonderful memories! My sincerest thanks to the chef and staff of The French Room!

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CB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal service and world-class food. Well worth the price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best dining experience we’ve ever had. Phenomenal work by the chef. The food had fresh flavors and was beautifully presented. We do not like huge chunks of food and appreciated the small pieces that were truly works of art. A special thanks to the sommelier Leslie. She listened attentively to what we like in a wine and bought us a bottle that was exactly as we wanted. The surroundings are opulent and I was glad to find a place where we needed to dress beautifully. We are hoping to return in the near future. Thank you from Johanna for making Stan’s birthday dinner exquisitely special.

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t
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the last restaurants in Dallas that is elegant and upscale. Its romantic and very cozy. Great for special occasions and for that special date. Can't wait to go back.

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TX
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very creative. Disappointed in the service. Long wait after being seating to be contacted.
Pacing was off. Long and uneven waits between courses. Final bill was incorrect. Hoped for and did not receive a flawless dining experience.

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FP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superlative food and setting, amazing service without being stuffy. Connie was our captain for the evening and she treated us like old friends. Not a single misstep and worth every cent. Will definitely be back!

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MJ
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable from start to finish. We couldn't have been happier.

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F
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time to The French Room. Previously learning that it is one of 5 restaurants on the 2018 WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE BEST WINE LIST RESTAURANTS in TEXAS (1 of 100 in the nation), we determined to check it off our bucket list for our anniversary. The fact that the interior decor was recently refreshed was just a plus. Our friends who also just had an anniversary they had not had time to celebrate, agreed to join us. Our reservation was for 5:30 and it's a good thing, as we did not leave until 9:30. We all went with the 3 course meal, however, there were 3 complimentary additional dishes (courses?) brought to our table. We were all 4 blown away by the knowledgeable, approachable, friendly staff (thank you, Jillian).
The food was outstanding in creativity, freshness and flavor. The lamb seemed to be a table favorite as well as the golden beet salad. The restaurant is beautiful and the wine list very well balanced. Wine prices were surprisingly reasonable. A great time was had by all. We hope to return, probably for another special occasion as the experience is pricey and a distance from our home.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Good place... the price value formula... i don’t know.... the bar was better

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c
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrating our anniversary. Had a lovely dinner with amazing service from Connie! Great food, outstanding service and a wonderful memory.

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KA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding reception was held there five years ago. We go as a couple several times a year. We do miss some of the frescas and angel paintings but the charm is still there. Mason, Connie and the new maître 'd were great!!

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YG
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed all parts of my visit
I was alone but the whole staff made sure I was not feeling alone.
From the host to the chef , everybody engage some great discussion.
Service was the highest level of French service I have seen in years. Attention to details was outstanding.
I had the “Chef menu” and that was incredible.
Sommelier is very knowledgeable.
I’ll be back for sure !!!

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