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About The French Room
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.
1321 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75202
Contemporary French / American
Hours of Operation:
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking available.
DART and DART Light Rail (Akard Street Station)
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The French Room Ratings and Reviews
We have always celebrated special occasions at the French Room! I had my wedding reception in the Grand Ball Room 37 years ago! We love the French Room and were very disappointed last Saturday night. The food was ok. The minute I entered the room, something didn’t feel right. It used to make you feel so special! It seemed so sterile this visit. The waiters have to push around a tackie white cart with wheels that seem to “fight each other”! The is not the French Room experience I remember. You don’t know how sad it made my husband and I feel. Sorry, I doubt we will be back
Terrific service from staff. Lacking was the quality of the food.
Ordered the 7 course tasting menu and two of the items were great, 4 were Ok.
The main course which was duck was so undercooked that it became difficult to chew.
Wine service was very good.
Terrible situation for a great staff with at best a moderate chef.
we had an excellent experience at the French room. we had the seven course tasting menu supplemented with black truffles for one course and white truffles for another course. we also had a half-bottle of krug champagne, a half-bottle of puligny-Montrachet and a half-bottle of Pontet-canet. we also had a sweet wine from the loire valley with our foie gras. it was an exceptional evening. more particularly, it was an exceptional evening for dallas. my wife and I recommend it highly. this is a unique institution for dallas.
My family from outside Dallas has stayed at the Adolphus since almost the year of the hotel's construction. I have the 1924 book "Norfleet", part of which takes place in the Adolphus. Personally I remember the Century Room with its floor show on ice back in the early 1950's. I identify with the Adolphus when the intersection of Commerce and Akard was the center of the world in Dallas for New Year's Eve and Texas/OU weekends. I returned to the French Room tonight. I wondered about the French Room since the hotel remodelinlg. It was a beautiful culinary experience. Each course was memorable and delicious. A 3 course or 5 course dinner was available. Portions were real creations and tasty and more than just tiny. My fish was outstanding. The service was pleasant and the waiter knew her menu well. The decor was regal without being stuffy or busy. Aside from the French Room, the bar was well appointed and welcoming, as was the remodeled hotel lobby. It's not just a remodeling. It's a recreation. Every thing was so fine without being overdone. I'll be back, not every night of course. It's a special place. But I'll be back at the next opportunity.
We have been coming to the Adolphus and the French room for 20+ years.
Well, since the recent remodel and Marriott taking over we think overall things have gone downhill somewhat.
The THREE COURSE PRIX FIXE menu had very limited choices. Too much of the French touch
for us. Seemed the menu was a little pretentious. And the 100 page wine book, wow.
Ninety percent of the wines we had never heard of and the prices were quite a bit higher
than before Marriott took over.
The food at The French Room was outstanding. As a long-time French Room diner, the atmosphere was not the same. However, the new décor is stunning, contemporary, and clean. The old world feeling and elegance is gone. While the website says coats for men are required, there we several in the restaurant in golf-style shirts. The hostess had to ask our names twice, which was never the case in previous years. The service was "spotty" at best. While the waiters were wonderfully attentive and knowledgeable, it was one hour after we were seated before the first food (other than two "stuffed button tomatoes) were delivered. Once the meal was brought, the presentation was outstanding and the food was more than outstanding.
Overall we enjoyed the evening, but The French Room has become another hotel dinning room, although a very good one.
The best meal and service I’ve had in Dallas in years. Made me think back to the first years of the Dean Fearing Mansion. Not a single detail was overlooked, including my name at the top of our table menus as it was my birthday. My husband had sticker shock, but I feel it was worth every penny.
Been brought up in Paris-France I can truly tell you that you definitely have to check out this restaurant. From the time we were greeted by the hostess to they time we left, we had an extraordinary night.
It was splendid to see the front of the house in action, we experienced an organized symphony in action.
The chef has impeccable French skills that show on the menu and on the food itself! The food represents La France of today. The evolution of French cuisine has been brought to Dallas and I am very proud to say so!
To everyone that had a saying on the renovation of the French Room and to all of you who work there, I have one word for you, BRAVO!!!
The French Room has been my go to place for birthdays and special occasions since 1985. I was put out to have to miss dining there on a "big" birthday last summer, and a little worried that it would not be as nice after the 16 months of renovation. I am happy to report that it is still an exquisite dining experience. It is different, the dining room looks more spare than before. It used to be comfortingly opulent, now it is more classical, instead of baroque. The staff is all new and different, much younger. But the food is divine and the service is superb, and they still treat me like an A lister;-) Will definitely be returning for the next big occasion. Bravo French Room.
The French Room has changed considerably since our last visit two years ago. The restaurant has been remodeled into a more modern style and the old guard who served us so perfectly is gone. On our previous visits, we always chose the Chef's Tasting Menu, a five course meal with a wine chosen to complement each course. Last time, we paid $155 per person. For our current visit, we had a choice of the Chef's Tasting Menu, and also the Holiday Tasting Menu at a considerable upcharge. Both are now seven course meals, at a cost of $195 for the Holiday Tasting Menu and $135 for the wine service. We were very pleased with the food, the wine choices, the service, but the cost is now so high we'll have to consider other alternative.
For this visit, the two most memorable courses were the foie gras, grilled to perfection; it literally melted in my mouth, an entirely unexpected treat. The other course was Texas Wagyu beef, with short rib, and gingerbread. Unbelievably tasty.
We had not been to the French room in a few years. The food and service were excellent. It is back to being the best French restaurant in Dallas since Bijoux closed. We loved the new, more modern decor(it had been overdue for an update) and the more laid back dress code(jacket but tie not required). I think all the people griping about the changes are the 80 year olds that used to go. We loved it and will be back. Price wise, I felt it was a great value. We got the full Holiday tasting menu for $135 pp. Of course, the best French restaurant in DFW will be pricy...DUH??
The French Room should be exceptional in all respects for the price. It is not! We were very excited to try the "new" French Room as we had fond memories of the "old" French Room. Unfortunately, only the wine service was excellent. The food which should have been the star at $135 per person for the tasting menu was only average and simply not that interesting. A few of the courses were also not as hot as they should have been. Very disappointing. The service was also not what it should be for a restaurant at that price point. It was inconsistent as well. This too was disappointing. Overall it was not even close to the experience of other fine dining restaurants in Dallas which are far less expensive.
The renovated French Room has lost some of its former opulence. The ceiling is now white with only accents along the columns. A round table that could seat 6 to 8 was our table for 4 which made conversation a bit harder and the table decoration was a single votive candle and a single small flower. We had to ask for our server after 10 minutes to simply get water. The server explained the delay on having to go over the menu at his other tables in detail which tells me that they were understaffed. When the menus were placed in front of us they were upside down, a small detail but telling in a 5 star restaurant that recently reopened.
The dress code has been relaxed as there were a number of men with no ties and at least one man wearing a jacket that was more appropriate for the local bar. The wait staff also did not wear ties and their attire was crisp but not as formal as it should have been.
Now the food... EXCELLENT as usual. I did miss, however, the sorbet palate cleanser between the courses.
The hostess at the front was outstanding, very friendly and willing to go the extra mile in helping us with pictures on the stairway.
We began at the bar and when the bartender leaned over to serve the drinks the smell of his smoking was overwhelming! The others in the party commented on it later as well and it took away from the otherwise very nice pre-bar experience.
We have dined at the French Room since 2004. It had become family holiday tradition. Dinner and then a walk to see the Neiman's windows. After waiting patiently for the renovations to be completed, we made our annual reservation. First let down, no James to greet us by name. When we entered the room, the taste of disappointment filled our palettes. The beautiful murals have been covered with a sterile white plaster. The opulent bouquets of flowers have been replaced with twigs and the staff was dressed business casual. The music was a weird eletro-lite dance variety that was completely inappropriate for the setting. We were sat at a round table in the corner by the kitchen door. Our waiter was nice enough but seemed a little nervous and unsure of the menu and wine. We were told that everyone at the table had to order the same type of meal, i.e. 5 course, 3 prix fix or 7 course. This is absolutely ridiculous to me. At a restaurant claiming to be of this caliber, everyone should be able to order what they want. As our water was being poured, we were overwhelmed with the strong stench of cigarette smoke coming from the kitchen. At this point, we contemplated leaving but decided to at least try the new menu. The brioche looked and tasted like toasted Wonderbread, the Waygu was very fatty. All of our meals (because they were all the same!) were very average. Service was spotty at best, my husband ate his entire entree before the waiter (not sommelier) finally brought him his wine. The waitstaff now uses Ikea type rolling carts in the production of serving the meal. Most were very confused by the process. I don't think any of them knew from which side to present and remove the plates. No sorbet palette cleanser, no soufflés! We are grateful for the amazing meals we've had in the past and this experience made us appreciate them even more. Unfortunately we will never return to The French Room. We've lost a decade plus tradition and Dallas has lost an icon.
We have been going to The French Room for over 30 years to celebrate our anniversaries . We were looking forward to going to the newly renovated version , hoping it still retained its old world charm ,superior service and amazing food. Unfortunately , in our opinion, only the service remained as special as the past French room. In their effort to be contemporary in decor & food, they indeed lost the unique experience of dinning there , which we enjoyed so very much! We were dissapointed & sorry to see the end of such a special restaurant. We spent over $400.00 for a "ok" dinner.
Goodbye to an old friend . . .
For so many years, the French Room was our destination for the truly special celebration - an anniversary, graduation or a last meal together before a daughter’s wedding. We found the “new” French Room to have transformed this multi-generational landmark into an average over-priced hotel restaurant with a limited menu, very average food and generally boring experience. There are many far better dining experiences in Dallas for far less money! We will miss our old friend.
This was our second time in the French Room. The other time was 2-3 years ago. It is no longer the French Room......more like the Funeral Room. They got rid of the classical music, and they got rid of the painted cherubs on the walls, and they got rid of the very professional men waiters in tuxedos who knew what they were doing, and they got rid of the menu altogether, now you eat what they serve, no choices! The place was horrible. My waitress was unprofessional, dressed like a slob and injected herself into our private conversation at the table. The food was a joke! Little spoon size entrees that were good tasting, if only you were able to get a second mouthful, pitifully comical! The wine was way overpriced and the service was below what one would expect at a food truck. Hotel Adolphus, get rid of the current French Room and bring back the employees of the previous French Room, hire a painter to repaint the cherubs, fire the current French Room manager, and turn on the classical music. Fire the Chef and hire the Chef at the City Hall Bistro across the hall, he has it going on!!! Otherwise, you guys suck big time!
The new decor is not nearly as elegant, and the food and service were not good. We were there twice last week and were very disappointed both times. The service was irregular. The meal took way too long - 4 hours, and the food was not impressive. Very sad for what used to be one of the most elegant dining experiences in Dallas!
The newly renovated French Room is beautifully and tastefully designed with a mix of old world charm and modern flair. The menu is also new. There is no longer an a la cart menu, there are two prix fixe menus. The 7 course menu did not appeal because most of the courses were meat. The 3 course had more options with a choice of cheese or dessert at th end. The food was good and very French, and the portions were very small. We prefer the old menu and missed the crab cakes. We like to have options. The waitstaff was young and excellent. The sommelier was friendly and knowledgeable. The wine was actually the best part of the meal. One thing hadn’t changed, it is still very expensive!
Such a disappointment after the major renovation. The food was average service fair. I will not come back. Young inexperienced wait staff. Chef and restaurant are trying to be fancy and charge fancy prices but they don't have the goods to back it up.
Birthday tradition has lost its flare with the “new French Room”. The room is still beautiful. The menu was ok. The wait staff is young. Random new age music was confusing to the senses. The uniforms are casual, wash & wear. No soufflés. No sorbet. No buttoned up but warm wait staff. Appealing to the masses is not special. The FR should be narrow and deep. Wide and shallow is typical at best. Going to wait for the “old is new” to surface before going back.
New chef, new menu, and new décor in French Room. Nice try at décor, but now missing a bit of the ambiance that Baroque décor lent to the dining experience - now brighter and less romantic. Tasting menu at $125 a bit overpriced for food not as good as before; $85 for pre fixe. Service very attentive, just a bit too attentive.
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