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Cool River Cafe - Dallas

1045 Hidden Ridge, Irving, TX 75038-3821
(972) 871-8881
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Ranked #17 of 483 restaurants in Irving
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Wisconsin
Top Contributor
160 reviews 160 reviews
73 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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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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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89 reviews 89 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Cool River is a HUGE restaurant. That was unexpected to me. Also I made a reservation for a group of 15 that we called and revised to 17. When we arrived we found that all 17 couldn't be seated together - and 3 of our folks had to peel off and eat in the bar. They were fine with the... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We came for lunch and wished we had visited for the bar atmosphere the previous night. The restaurant is beautiful! There was a wine room, a cigar room, a bar area, and a pool table room. My husband had a burger that was delicious. I had a steak salad, also very good. We had a side of fries and cream... More

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Lake Mary, Florida
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124 reviews 124 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I had dinner here after hearing how great this place was from others. I was not disappointed. Our party of 6 was easily accommodated despite not having a reservation. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very nice. I could have done without the cigar smoke smell upon entering the restaurant, but learned they have a cigar bar within the restaurant.... More

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Arlington, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I stopped by for lunch and I first thought the prices would be outrageous but to my surprise the prices were fair for this 4 star restaurant. I had the grilled chicken pa-mini with asparagus and it was delicious! I even had the bread pudding for desert with ice cream along with caramel.Great service and ambiance. Next time I will... More

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Novi, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I have been to Cool River in Irving many times. What is somewhat unique about this place is that they have a very formal dining room on one side of the restaurant, and a bar/restaurant on the other side. It gives you the option for a quiet dinner/meeting or a more relaxed atmosphere on the other side with perhaps a... More

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