Craft Dallas

★★★☆☆
  • 2440 Victory Park Ln

    Dallas, TX 75219

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  • 214-699-4425

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★★★★★

It's a great hotel but if any of you are looking to save some $$ then book it at goo.gl/FPxYD They have some of the best hotel deals on the web!

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In all honesty, this is the best meal I have ever had in Dallas, and I have lived here for 15 years. The atmosphere, employees, and food were all perfection. Our host and waiter were both extremely attentive and very well informed. My date and I were impressed with their attention to detail and thorough service. The food was impeccable- I recommend the scallops or the filet. Definitely a great place to celebrate a special occasions or to go if you are in the mood for an amazing night out.

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★★★★★

In all honesty, this is the best meal I have ever had in Dallas, and I have lived here for 15 years. The atmosphere, employees, and food were all perfection. Our host and waiter were both extremely attentive and very well informed. My date and I were impressed with their attention to detail and thorough service. The food was impeccable- I recommend the scallops or the filet. Definitely a great place to celebrate a special occasions or to go if you are in the mood for an amazing night out.

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WOW, it was by far an unforgetable experience. From the moment I called and made reservations. The gentleman named Frank answered the phone and was a delight. He asked if we were planning on attending the Bon Jovi concert that evening we said yes, he asked if we were celebrating a special occasion, we said yes. It was like he was reading our minds.
When we arrived we were sat in a big banquet for two people. It was outirght beautiful. The decor was top notch and the atmosphere was delightful. Our waiter Joshua was equipped with knowledge far beyond the normal waiter. You could tell every employee enjoyed their jobs. The food was amazing and we had way to much and our waiter warned us but we acted like kids in a candy store. We had the grilled octopus, amazing. The spinach salad was light and had just the right amount of acid on the dressing. For our entree we ordered the braised short ribs, to die for and the scallops which were cooked to perfection. As far as vegetables we tried just about everything but a must have is the roasted mushroom assortment. Dessert proved to be delicious we had six not one missed. The overall experience was outright mind blowing and we'll be back. The waiter Joshua even sent a hand written thank you card, outstanding.

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★★★★★

WOW, it was by far an unforgetable experience. From the moment I called and made reservations. The gentleman named Frank answered the phone and was a delight. He asked if we were planning on attending the Bon Jovi concert that evening we said yes, he asked if we were celebrating a special occasion, we said yes. It was like he was reading our minds.
When we arrived we were sat in a big banquet for two people. It was outirght beautiful. The decor was top notch and the atmosphere was delightful. Our waiter Joshua was equipped with knowledge far beyond the normal waiter. You could tell every employee enjoyed their jobs. The food was amazing and we had way to much and our waiter warned us but we acted like kids in a candy store. We had the grilled octopus, amazing. The spinach salad was light and had just the right amount of acid on the dressing. For our entree we ordered the braised short ribs, to die for and the scallops which were cooked to perfection. As far as vegetables we tried just about everything but a must have is the roasted mushroom assortment. Dessert proved to be delicious we had six not one missed. The overall experience was outright mind blowing and we'll be back. The waiter Joshua even sent a hand written thank you card, outstanding.

Pros: service, food, reservations

Cons: none

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★☆☆☆☆

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Pros: risotto

Cons: service, money, atmosphere

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When I first moved to Dallas, my sister and brother-in-law wanted to take us somewhere very nice for dinner. She found that Craft had just opened at the W. We had such a great time. Since it was a new restaurant at the time (and we went on a week day) it was pretty empty. This made it a very quiet and quaint restaurant to enjoy fabulous food and great company. I highly recommend eating here. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. However, be prepared for a big tab.

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★★★★★

When I first moved to Dallas, my sister and brother-in-law wanted to take us somewhere very nice for dinner. She found that Craft had just opened at the W. We had such a great time. Since it was a new restaurant at the time (and we went on a week day) it was pretty empty. This made it a very quiet and quaint restaurant to enjoy fabulous food and great company. I highly recommend eating here. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. However, be prepared for a big tab.

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Collichio, spend a little time guiding your substitute chefs. The current state of affairs at Crap...I mean Craft is pretty pathetic. Inedible food, expensive wine, interesting but unavailable wait staff...well, why on earth would I ever come back? Couldn't cut the mushrooms with a serrated steak knife, bland al dente vegetables, chewy pan bread desert...Blechhhh. That's about it.

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★☆☆☆☆

Collichio, spend a little time guiding your substitute chefs. The current state of affairs at Crap...I mean Craft is pretty pathetic. Inedible food, expensive wine, interesting but unavailable wait staff...well, why on earth would I ever come back? Couldn't cut the mushrooms with a serrated steak knife, bland al dente vegetables, chewy pan bread desert...Blechhhh. That's about it.

Pros: Ghost Bar alternative

Cons: simply bad food...and expensive to boot

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Where do I begin? A $500 meal which amounted to little more than a good bottle of wine and tasty french fries. The rest was pathetic and inedible. Colicchio? Pack your knives an go home. That's where you'll find me when the opportunity for dinner at Craft presents itself again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Where do I begin? A $500 meal which amounted to little more than a good bottle of wine and tasty french fries. The rest was pathetic and inedible. Colicchio? Pack your knives an go home. That's where you'll find me when the opportunity for dinner at Craft presents itself again.

Pros: Good wine and french fries

Cons: terrible food otherwise and spotty service

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I went to Craft with 2 coworkers and a client from Belgium. We all loved the decor, and the service was attentive and very professional. Things looked good. Then we got the food. It was not even close to what we expected. The food was either bland or over-seasoned...or just plain not good. We tried a variety of things, and we weren't impressed with any of our selections. I was so excited about the pumpkin ravioli, and it was probably the worst thing. The pasta shell was way too chewy, the seasoning boring, and the inside was way too sweet. Our waiter raved about the chicken, so two people in our party ordered it. They were both sorely disappointed- it was too chewy and certainly not special.
I'm glad I went to check it out for the decor, but save yourself $500 bucks and just peek in instead. Skip the food.

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★★☆☆☆

I went to Craft with 2 coworkers and a client from Belgium. We all loved the decor, and the service was attentive and very professional. Things looked good. Then we got the food. It was not even close to what we expected. The food was either bland or over-seasoned...or just plain not good. We tried a variety of things, and we weren't impressed with any of our selections. I was so excited about the pumpkin ravioli, and it was probably the worst thing. The pasta shell was way too chewy, the seasoning boring, and the inside was way too sweet. Our waiter raved about the chicken, so two people in our party ordered it. They were both sorely disappointed- it was too chewy and certainly not special.
I'm glad I went to check it out for the decor, but save yourself $500 bucks and just peek in instead. Skip the food.

Pros: Beautifully decorated, great service

Cons: Terrible food, Expensive

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THe atmosphere is eclectic and peaceful.... The service is impecible. All of the staff was comletely knowledgable about every item on the menu. The family style dishes are delightful and offer the opportunity to try more than just one thing. Desserts are amazing. Every need was handled effeciently. Honestly, the best meal Dallas has to offer!!

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★★★★★

THe atmosphere is eclectic and peaceful.... The service is impecible. All of the staff was comletely knowledgable about every item on the menu. The family style dishes are delightful and offer the opportunity to try more than just one thing. Desserts are amazing. Every need was handled effeciently. Honestly, the best meal Dallas has to offer!!

Pros: FOOD!! Service and atmosphere!!

Cons: 0

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I didn't expect a lot from this ubertrendy spot to be honest. The hotel in which it is located is full of some of the most vapid people in Dallas; however I was extremely pleased with the service here and the food was quite nice too. The only experience I could compare the service to would be a Ritz Carlton. Anything we requested was brought quickly and with a genuine sense that the personnel took true pride in their work. Recommendations were very good and we love the way they serve everything in the center of the table so that all can share without passing plates around.

I highly recommend the Kobe Flank Steak, the mushrooms, and aparagus. And the Strawberry/Rhubarb pie was hilarious, delicious, and a great trip back to my childhood.

Only complaints would be the location...why this hotel? And the hostesses seem to have more of the hotel attitude than the rest of the restaurant staff. We arrived at 8 pm for a 8:30 reservation planning to grab a drink in the bar. We checked in at the hostess stand just to let them know we were there and were told ungraciously by the hostess that they would be seating us at 8:30...end of comments (note that we didn't expect to be seated early). We had to ask where the bar was? (I guess she assumed we were just going to stand there for 30 minutes) Were told "take a right just past the door to the lobby." When 8:30 rolled around, they did not come get us as we would have expected from an establishment such as this. At about 8:35 we went over to check and were told that they were "waiting for us." I would also comment that they were not crowded during any part of these activities...so "being busy" was not a reason for the rudeness. Luckily the rest of the meal made up for the lack of welcome from those working at the hostess stand.

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★★★★☆

I didn't expect a lot from this ubertrendy spot to be honest. The hotel in which it is located is full of some of the most vapid people in Dallas; however I was extremely pleased with the service here and the food was quite nice too. The only experience I could compare the service to would be a Ritz Carlton. Anything we requested was brought quickly and with a genuine sense that the personnel took true pride in their work. Recommendations were very good and we love the way they serve everything in the center of the table so that all can share without passing plates around.

I highly recommend the Kobe Flank Steak, the mushrooms, and aparagus. And the Strawberry/Rhubarb pie was hilarious, delicious, and a great trip back to my childhood.

Only complaints would be the location...why this hotel? And the hostesses seem to have more of the hotel attitude than the rest of the restaurant staff. We arrived at 8 pm for a 8:30 reservation planning to grab a drink in the bar. We checked in at the hostess stand just to let them know we were there and were told ungraciously by the hostess that they would be seating us at 8:30...end of comments (note that we didn't expect to be seated early). We had to ask where the bar was? (I guess she assumed we were just going to stand there for 30 minutes) Were told "take a right just past the door to the lobby." When 8:30 rolled around, they did not come get us as we would have expected from an establishment such as this. At about 8:35 we went over to check and were told that they were "waiting for us." I would also comment that they were not crowded during any part of these activities...so "being busy" was not a reason for the rudeness. Luckily the rest of the meal made up for the lack of welcome from those working at the hostess stand.

Pros: Service, service, service, food, ambience

Cons: Location, Hostesses, lack of coordination with services at the hotel despite the location

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My friend and I went on a Saturday night with reservations. The decor was beautiful, unfortunately, the food wasn't. The foie gras terrine was terrible, the wild boar was tough and flavorless, and the asparagus and garlic risotto was salty. The martini was weak also. Servers took forever to come by and refill our wine glasses. There are much better restaurants in Dallas. Don't waste your time with this one.

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★★☆☆☆

My friend and I went on a Saturday night with reservations. The decor was beautiful, unfortunately, the food wasn't. The foie gras terrine was terrible, the wild boar was tough and flavorless, and the asparagus and garlic risotto was salty. The martini was weak also. Servers took forever to come by and refill our wine glasses. There are much better restaurants in Dallas. Don't waste your time with this one.

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As my guest and I entered the restaurant we were greeted with a warm welcome and a bright smile from the Maitre d? followed by one of the Managers, after being escorted to a table we were very impressed by the hospitality, manor, and overall attitudes of the entire staff. I would have to say with the first impression and analysis of the staff and restaurant it was like a thriving, adapting, and progressing team of talented individuals who work at Craft Dallas.

First course: The yellowfin tuna; which was cubed very small and coated in a citrus sauce, which was artistically placed on a small rectangle plate. The yellowfin tuna was a deep ruby red and pink in color. The texture and taste of this dish was delicate but creamy at the same time then the finish flavors were a as acidic citrus which only made the tuna dissolve on you tongue so fast that you wanted to get another bite of yellowfin tuna back to your mouth.

For entree: We ordered the Maine diver scallops, apple wood smoked bacon and mushroom risotto, and the gnocchi. As the entrees went on the table I noticed the scallops right off there were three of them which were a golden brown on top, and were a delightful tasty tidbit from the sea that were spongy to the touch but melted like butter in your mouth. The smoked apple wood bacon and mushroom risotto was thick and creamy in texture with a smoky finish.

For dessert, we ordered a lemon tart and chocolate chip cookies.

We were very impressed and I can say everytime I eat at Craft Dallas the consistency, preparation, appearance, and taste is phenomenal

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★★★★★

As my guest and I entered the restaurant we were greeted with a warm welcome and a bright smile from the Maitre d? followed by one of the Managers, after being escorted to a table we were very impressed by the hospitality, manor, and overall attitudes of the entire staff. I would have to say with the first impression and analysis of the staff and restaurant it was like a thriving, adapting, and progressing team of talented individuals who work at Craft Dallas.

First course: The yellowfin tuna; which was cubed very small and coated in a citrus sauce, which was artistically placed on a small rectangle plate. The yellowfin tuna was a deep ruby red and pink in color. The texture and taste of this dish was delicate but creamy at the same time then the finish flavors were a as acidic citrus which only made the tuna dissolve on you tongue so fast that you wanted to get another bite of yellowfin tuna back to your mouth.

For entree: We ordered the Maine diver scallops, apple wood smoked bacon and mushroom risotto, and the gnocchi. As the entrees went on the table I noticed the scallops right off there were three of them which were a golden brown on top, and were a delightful tasty tidbit from the sea that were spongy to the touch but melted like butter in your mouth. The smoked apple wood bacon and mushroom risotto was thick and creamy in texture with a smoky finish.

For dessert, we ordered a lemon tart and chocolate chip cookies.

We were very impressed and I can say everytime I eat at Craft Dallas the consistency, preparation, appearance, and taste is phenomenal

Pros: . I would have to say with the first impression and analysis of the staff and restaurant it was like a thriving, adapting, and progressing team of talented individuals who work at Craft Dallas.

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i was very excited to drive into dallas to experience the "craft experience" only to be let down in a waste of time way. i could've saved the time, gas and money to have a wonderful meal here in austin. the front of the house service was great, our waiter so-so, and the food alright. Nothing special. the worst dish was the sea bass. was not flakey, skin was tough and rubbery and a lil fishy. the mushroom assortment was bland yet salty, didn't make sense to me either! :P And worst of all the waiter didn't care if we were unhappy. maybe next time i will travel to nyc, where people tell me it's fab. but i am not so sure.

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★☆☆☆☆

i was very excited to drive into dallas to experience the "craft experience" only to be let down in a waste of time way. i could've saved the time, gas and money to have a wonderful meal here in austin. the front of the house service was great, our waiter so-so, and the food alright. Nothing special. the worst dish was the sea bass. was not flakey, skin was tough and rubbery and a lil fishy. the mushroom assortment was bland yet salty, didn't make sense to me either! :P And worst of all the waiter didn't care if we were unhappy. maybe next time i will travel to nyc, where people tell me it's fab. but i am not so sure.

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I went to the Dallas outpost of the original Craft Restaurant in New York City. Tom Colicchio has really worked his magic. The food here is creative, elegant and delicious. The waitstaff was highly attentive. The food is served family style and meant to share. While simple, the dishes were amazing and brought together some of the best flavors from around the world. I dined on Kobe Beef Skirt Steak, Scallops, Heirloom Beans Salad, Heirloom Squash and Roasted Mushrooms. All of the dishes were awesome, save the Heirloom Squash. It wasn't bad, per se, but it just didn't measure up to everything else on the menu. Finally, I finished the night off by sharing a Chocolate Cake with Fermented Berries. Phenomenal.

I highly recommend trying out this restaurant, though don't go with an empty wallet. You'll need some cash, and you could quite possibly leave with empty pockets. My opinion, well worth the experience.

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★★★★★

I went to the Dallas outpost of the original Craft Restaurant in New York City. Tom Colicchio has really worked his magic. The food here is creative, elegant and delicious. The waitstaff was highly attentive. The food is served family style and meant to share. While simple, the dishes were amazing and brought together some of the best flavors from around the world. I dined on Kobe Beef Skirt Steak, Scallops, Heirloom Beans Salad, Heirloom Squash and Roasted Mushrooms. All of the dishes were awesome, save the Heirloom Squash. It wasn't bad, per se, but it just didn't measure up to everything else on the menu. Finally, I finished the night off by sharing a Chocolate Cake with Fermented Berries. Phenomenal.

I highly recommend trying out this restaurant, though don't go with an empty wallet. You'll need some cash, and you could quite possibly leave with empty pockets. My opinion, well worth the experience.

Pros: Great food and better service

Cons: The line for Ghostbar is just outside the door to the restaurant, making it somewhat hectic at times

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My friends and I go to brunch almost every weekend and we wanted to try something special for a birthday. We heard that Craft did brunch and we were very excited. However, we were extremely dissapointed. My egg sandwich did not have the promised blue cheese, which was the whole reason i ordered it! Then, they charged me when I asked for some. The duck confit hash browns, were packaged, frozen hashbrowns (the kind that are perfectly square and soggy) and the duck confit was two little pieces ontop that didn't even taste like duck. On the up side, the pancakes were huge and fluffy, but you can get the same quality at the Original Pancake House. Overall, the restaurant was beautiful, but the food was dissapointing. The service was okay, but we were one of the only tables. It all seemed like bad hotel breakfast food. Your better off at Breadwinners or Trece.

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★☆☆☆☆

My friends and I go to brunch almost every weekend and we wanted to try something special for a birthday. We heard that Craft did brunch and we were very excited. However, we were extremely dissapointed. My egg sandwich did not have the promised blue cheese, which was the whole reason i ordered it! Then, they charged me when I asked for some. The duck confit hash browns, were packaged, frozen hashbrowns (the kind that are perfectly square and soggy) and the duck confit was two little pieces ontop that didn't even taste like duck. On the up side, the pancakes were huge and fluffy, but you can get the same quality at the Original Pancake House. Overall, the restaurant was beautiful, but the food was dissapointing. The service was okay, but we were one of the only tables. It all seemed like bad hotel breakfast food. Your better off at Breadwinners or Trece.

Pros: Beautiful Design, Good Music, Okay service

Cons: Terrible food, overprices, overhyped

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After a 75-minute wait for a reserved table the night before, I phoned Craft to make sure our group of 12 would be seated on arrival. Of course, they said: ours is a high class restaurant. And so it was. Our table was waiting (this in spite of a huge convention in town) and we sat down to an outstanding and varied meal. The approach is different: You choose from a list of foods and decide how each is to be prepared. They are served "family style." The selection of foods and styles of preparation had us thinking, but everyone got into it. We had a great evening and my reputation as a judge of restaurants was restored, thanks to Craft.

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★★★★★

After a 75-minute wait for a reserved table the night before, I phoned Craft to make sure our group of 12 would be seated on arrival. Of course, they said: ours is a high class restaurant. And so it was. Our table was waiting (this in spite of a huge convention in town) and we sat down to an outstanding and varied meal. The approach is different: You choose from a list of foods and decide how each is to be prepared. They are served "family style." The selection of foods and styles of preparation had us thinking, but everyone got into it. We had a great evening and my reputation as a judge of restaurants was restored, thanks to Craft.

Pros: Service, food, way-cool ambience

Cons: Runway-style music in men's room a bit over the top

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When you are going to spend 100 dollars per person on dinner, you expect delicious food, and impeccable service right?
Not the case with Craft.
The food was way below par. We had 2 different salads that were very plain and not tasty, the NY strip was inedible, it was as if the meat had gone bad. The Sole with lemon sauce was average but that is not hard to mess up. The side dishes: Sweet potatoes- had a weird spice on them, although they looked nice with the carmelized marshmallows. Pumpkin Ravioli- the pasta part was hard and undercooked, the filling was too sweet. Spinach- too much lemon.
The only thing that was good was their homeade pineapple sorbet.
The service was so slow, had to ask 3 times to get them to bring me hot tea.
The whole dining experience took over 3 and a half hours.
I do not recommend this place to anyone. If you want to spend top dollar stick with Hibiscus, Bob's, Abacus, where the food is much better, and the service is too.

1
★★☆☆☆

When you are going to spend 100 dollars per person on dinner, you expect delicious food, and impeccable service right?
Not the case with Craft.
The food was way below par. We had 2 different salads that were very plain and not tasty, the NY strip was inedible, it was as if the meat had gone bad. The Sole with lemon sauce was average but that is not hard to mess up. The side dishes: Sweet potatoes- had a weird spice on them, although they looked nice with the carmelized marshmallows. Pumpkin Ravioli- the pasta part was hard and undercooked, the filling was too sweet. Spinach- too much lemon.
The only thing that was good was their homeade pineapple sorbet.
The service was so slow, had to ask 3 times to get them to bring me hot tea.
The whole dining experience took over 3 and a half hours.
I do not recommend this place to anyone. If you want to spend top dollar stick with Hibiscus, Bob's, Abacus, where the food is much better, and the service is too.

Pros: Good sorbet, Trendy scene

Cons: Horrible food, Bad Service

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Like the rest of the W - over-rated.

Chestnut soup was creative, but too sweet. Salmon mostly good, but center temperature was too cool - let the fish rest a little before cooking or cook at lower temperature. Braised short rib over-cooked - it's a robust meat and needed some more texture. Bacon and Abalone Risotto was gaggingly oversalted. Assorted mushrooms were great and even though it was just a side-dish, the best plate of the evening. Waiter added someone else's drinks to my bill in error.

Great space and good effort, but expensive for what you get and I would say really not up to "Top Chef" standards.

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★★★☆☆

Like the rest of the W - over-rated.

Chestnut soup was creative, but too sweet. Salmon mostly good, but center temperature was too cool - let the fish rest a little before cooking or cook at lower temperature. Braised short rib over-cooked - it's a robust meat and needed some more texture. Bacon and Abalone Risotto was gaggingly oversalted. Assorted mushrooms were great and even though it was just a side-dish, the best plate of the evening. Waiter added someone else's drinks to my bill in error.

Great space and good effort, but expensive for what you get and I would say really not up to "Top Chef" standards.

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ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL PLACE!!!! I really think this will be the first NY restaurant to make it in Dallas. Not expecially because of the food - more because of the way the menu is set up to encourage sharing and everyone ordering different things and passing the plates. We've been there a couple times with 6 - 10 people and it is always fun to order a bunch of differnt things and pass it around. The food was not as consistently stellar as I wanted it to be. Only about 25% of the things we had were off the charts. Most items were in the good but not great category which is really good for most restaurants but a little disappointing for Craft. It is very expensive but we will go back with larger groups to enjoy the sharing!

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★★★★☆

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL PLACE!!!! I really think this will be the first NY restaurant to make it in Dallas. Not expecially because of the food - more because of the way the menu is set up to encourage sharing and everyone ordering different things and passing the plates. We've been there a couple times with 6 - 10 people and it is always fun to order a bunch of differnt things and pass it around. The food was not as consistently stellar as I wanted it to be. Only about 25% of the things we had were off the charts. Most items were in the good but not great category which is really good for most restaurants but a little disappointing for Craft. It is very expensive but we will go back with larger groups to enjoy the sharing!

Pros: Gorgeous decor, fun to share stuff

Cons: very expensive

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My boyfriend and I want to this restaurant before heading to the Ghost Bar and were looking forward to this place. The decor and atmosphere was fantastic. The food on the other was the worst food that I ever had at the price we had to pay. The sea bass, potatoes, and salmon where the blandest foods that I ever had. The froi gras was not up to par. We we extremely disappointed and would not recommend this place to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I want to this restaurant before heading to the Ghost Bar and were looking forward to this place. The decor and atmosphere was fantastic. The food on the other was the worst food that I ever had at the price we had to pay. The sea bass, potatoes, and salmon where the blandest foods that I ever had. The froi gras was not up to par. We we extremely disappointed and would not recommend this place to anyone.

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My boyfriend and I stayed the night at the W and decided to catch brunch at Craft. The food was tasty, the service was nice, and most of all the decor was gorgeous! You have to stop by to see that alone. Not to mention, the livingroom bar downstairs has a small menu of Craft items that are yummy as well.

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★★★★☆

My boyfriend and I stayed the night at the W and decided to catch brunch at Craft. The food was tasty, the service was nice, and most of all the decor was gorgeous! You have to stop by to see that alone. Not to mention, the livingroom bar downstairs has a small menu of Craft items that are yummy as well.

Pros: Ambiance, food

Cons: Price (kinda), really busy at night

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My first encounter with Craft: somewhat disappointing. Lots of hype about the W, the designer and Craft. Disappointing in terms of excessive design. Prices pretty darn high but service, pretty darn good. Quality...acceptable but odd to have such a high end restaurant serve family style. Still a bit puzzled by it. However, it was only the second or third week of operation. I understand about the need for perfecting the process. And time and effort is the only remedy for that. Clearly. In a party of 10 or so at the time, the service was the only thing to point to as "first rate." Then reluctantly, two months later, with limited time and a hungry guest most interested in visiting the Ghost Bar, we decided to have a second go at Craft. Much to my surprise at 10:30pm, we were seated. Our very estute waitress overheard a comment and immediately arranged for a more suitable table. Exceptional. Then course by course, we were overwhelmed with the superb quality of the food, the wine, the impeccable service. All at a time when most kitchens would be shoring up the completion of their serving day and therefore willing only to throw a few crumbs and an occasional table check to see if we needed salt or pepper. Mais non! Every item from the beet salad, the halibut, the steak, the roasted fennel which was ever-so-mild and melt in your mouth delicious, the creamy potatoes, the broccoli rabe...superb. Each sauce, each herb in perfect balance with its respective dish; each texture in perfect balance with flavor. The wine an exquisite bottle of Pomerol, and my favorite, and almost never on a menu, a bit of cheese to complete the meal and finish the wine. Not even a moment of hesitation when I asked for a small piece of savory blue to finish my meal. It came to me not by its lonely awkward self, but with perfectly selected fruit- just enough to demonstrate the palate of the very talented chef. Superb. I bow down to Colicchio and his polished staff.

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★★★★★

My first encounter with Craft: somewhat disappointing. Lots of hype about the W, the designer and Craft. Disappointing in terms of excessive design. Prices pretty darn high but service, pretty darn good. Quality...acceptable but odd to have such a high end restaurant serve family style. Still a bit puzzled by it. However, it was only the second or third week of operation. I understand about the need for perfecting the process. And time and effort is the only remedy for that. Clearly. In a party of 10 or so at the time, the service was the only thing to point to as "first rate." Then reluctantly, two months later, with limited time and a hungry guest most interested in visiting the Ghost Bar, we decided to have a second go at Craft. Much to my surprise at 10:30pm, we were seated. Our very estute waitress overheard a comment and immediately arranged for a more suitable table. Exceptional. Then course by course, we were overwhelmed with the superb quality of the food, the wine, the impeccable service. All at a time when most kitchens would be shoring up the completion of their serving day and therefore willing only to throw a few crumbs and an occasional table check to see if we needed salt or pepper. Mais non! Every item from the beet salad, the halibut, the steak, the roasted fennel which was ever-so-mild and melt in your mouth delicious, the creamy potatoes, the broccoli rabe...superb. Each sauce, each herb in perfect balance with its respective dish; each texture in perfect balance with flavor. The wine an exquisite bottle of Pomerol, and my favorite, and almost never on a menu, a bit of cheese to complete the meal and finish the wine. Not even a moment of hesitation when I asked for a small piece of savory blue to finish my meal. It came to me not by its lonely awkward self, but with perfectly selected fruit- just enough to demonstrate the palate of the very talented chef. Superb. I bow down to Colicchio and his polished staff.

Pros: superb service, food and wine

Cons: pseudo-fractal design and $$$$ (but worth it)

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Like its siblings, Craft features Tom Colicchio's take on simple, regional dishes made with the best ingredients. First courses, mains, sides and desserts are listed in columns with further subsections dedicated to cooking styles: roasted,…

 

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