Dallas Chop House
1717 Main Street #100
Dallas, TX 75201
November 24, 2012
Dallas Chop House is a steak house that in their own words “…has been created to provide a completely new approach to steakhouse dining.” Frankly, I didn’t see it. I saw standard steakhouse fare in a standard steakhouse environment at standard (read high here) steakhouse pricing. This is not to say that Dallas Chop House doesn’t do a decent job as a higher end steakhouse in a competive steakhouse market. It just means they do nothing that make them stand out against the crowd.
We arrived right on time for our 7:30PM reservation. We were quickly shown to our waiting table by the smiling, affable hostess. We were quickly greeted by our overly boisterous waiter that quickly took and filled our drink orders while we perused the menu and chatted with our dining partners for the evening. Once our last party member confirmed she wouldn’t be able to make it we informed our waiter at which point we were offered very nice rolls to nibble on while we honed in on our final dinner selections for the evening. I’m not sure why we weren’t worthy of some bread until we confirmed our final dining patron was indeed not showing but I guess that’s the policy at Dallas Chop House.
I started my evening with the appetizer of Tenderloin Steak Tartare ($13.00). This absolutely huge portion of tenderloin tartare is prepared with corncichons, capers, sharp mustard, aged Parmesan and crispy lavash topped with a quail egg. I found the zesty bordering on spicy tartare moist, flavorful and very satisfying. This appetizer is recommended for lovers of tartare and can easily be shared by 3-4 people.
My entree for the evening was the 18oz Ribeye ($40.00). This dry aged grass fed selection of beef was well marbled, a good quality cut and prepared perfectly to medium rare as requested. Seasoning was light yet noticeable without being overbearing. This more than satisfying portion could easily be shared if desired. This steak is recommended.
Side dishes are all served ala carte. We ordered a mix to be shared by the table but I found none of them to be noteworthy myself. The three desserts we ordered to share by the table were all nice but nothing stood out among it’s peers.
Service was pleasant throughout the evening from the valet to the hostess to the waiter and support staff. They were not engaging, just pleasant and seemingly available whenever needed.
Dallas Chop House does not allow BYOB as they have a mixed beverage permit which precludes BYOB under state law. They have a serviceable wine and beer list with a couple of gems scattered here and there on both lists. Most wines are however three times retail, beer approaching $8-9 per serving and cocktails hitting an eye opening $14-15 per cocktail so you’ve been forewarned.
Dallas Chop House is open Monday through Friday for lunch from 11AM until 3PM. They are open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5PM until 10PM. They stay open an extra hour until 11PM on Friday and Saturday. Attire is dressy casual. Slacks and sport coat are desirable but trendy jeans and button down shirt will definitely get you in the door. Major credit cards are accepted. Parking is either self park in the Comerica Bank parking lot (fees apply) or valet for $7.00 (silly in my opinion) plus gratuity if you desire.
Dallas Chop House: standard steak house fare and expected prices. I would go back but won’t deliberately seek it out.