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Cool River Cafe - Dallas

1045 Hidden Ridge, Irving, TX 75038-3821
(972) 871-8881
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Ranked #15 of 484 Restaurants in Irving
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $45 - $55
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Grill
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: MacArthur Blvd.
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171 reviews from our community

78% Recommend
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English first
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Excellent service and awesome food. The III Forks salad was a great summer salad with a slice apple and pecans. I had the Jim Beam rib-eye that was cooked to perfection and exceptionally seasoned. The great treat was the six cheese scalloped potatoes and white cheddar and chive creamed corn. If you smoke cigars, they offer an impressive selection. Gluten... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I'm a smoker so I love the smell of cigars in this place. That's already a plus for me. Food is great, love the decor, and service is really something great.

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Dallas, Texas
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We had an excellent dinner in terms of food and service. Service a bit better than the food. Wine list was adequate but few good red wines under $100. Food was brought quickly. The problem is that the center of the restaurant is a giant cigar bar. Every corner of the restaurant smells like cigars. If you are bothered by... More

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Duluth, Georgia
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130 reviews 130 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The service here was quite good. The steaks are a quite good. There are some other menu choices but they are best known for steaks. The wine list is adequate. They accommodate a larger group well. This is a nice choice for a business dinner.

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Midland, Texas
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138 reviews 138 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Went for a late lunch, very nice and set up for the sports bar crowd. Service was average, food was good and reasonable. TV's in the place are huge, bigger than I have seen elsewhere. Smelled smokey but really should not have as I don't think they allow smoking.

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Top Contributor
164 reviews 164 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went here with business associates on their recommendation. It is definitely not a "cafe" but more of a steakhouse, and is excellent. The food was awesome, I had the bacon wrapped shrimp, a friend had the bacon wrapped scallops and another had the sea bass. The gentlemen in our group all had filets, and said they were excellent. We shared... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Tried Pepper Chicken. Coworker had the Lobster & Grouper Po Boy. Both great choices. Highly recommend it.

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Miami Springs, Florida, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The restaurant was very nice, extremely large inside. The bar area was huge and they also had pool tables for your enjoyment. The one thing that made this experience less enjoyable is that smoking is welcomed....preferably cigars. If you can deal with the smokey environment while eating it is a great place to visit!

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

Great restaurant however the smoking is too much. Best steaks in town but don't eat at the bar or cigar room (obviously) as someone is doomed to sit next to you and fire up a stogy. Lots of cigar smokers here. I enjoy a good cigar but dang it's smokey here and kills my eyes. Muscles and three fork salad... More

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Denton, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Went to this restaurant (one of my long-time favorites) on Friday night with friends for a 9pm dinner. Hadn't been there in some time since they'd remodeled, and I was not disappointed by the food or service. We each had something different from venison to grilled shrimp to the special of the night, steak stuffed with crab meat. All were... More

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