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Cool River Cafe - Dallas

Steakhouse, Grill
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1045 Hidden Ridge, Irving, TX 75038-3821 (MacArthur Blvd.)
(972) 871-8881
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great place to dine

My husband and I visited this restaurant for the first time. It was something different and we really enjoyed the food. The service was great. I would visit this restaurant again based on the service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2015
Patricia S
Addison, Texas
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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Addison, Texas
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

My husband and I visited this restaurant for the first time. It was something different and we really enjoyed the food. The service was great. I would visit this restaurant again based on the service.

Thank Patricia S
Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Cool River isn't the best Texas style bbq...and it ain't the worst. Atmosphere is lacking and service was slow. We left disappointed, but the good news is there is a lot of better competition!

Thank USMA1983
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

We have gone to Cool River twice now as part of a meeting at the Four Seasons. Very attentive staff, interesting upscale sports bar. The food is very good although we have only selected from a limited menu since we were part of a hosted group Great value!

Thank BewK
Ft. Worth, Texas
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

we went here for a business lunch in a group 8, had reservations and were promptly seated. They do not seat large groups until everyone is present there. For those that have not been here before, this establishment is smoking, or at least the bar area is, the restaurant area is non-smoking but you'll certainly smell the smokiness in the... More 

Thank jbsjp
Dallas, Texas
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

The food at Cool River is great, but the facility is a restaurant, connected to a bar, connected to a night club. I find the smoke is usually strong at Cool River and it takes away all the other advantages the restaurant should have.

Thank Tag G
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

I love a place with a relaxed atmosphere yet high end food. Cool River is upscale but they maintain an unpretentious attitude. The food is worthy of a trip. It's a regular stop for us when we visit the Dallas area. It's located just down the road from the Four Seasons Hotel.

Thank Jana S
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I had lunch here with a co-worker and fortunately didn't experience the issues with cigarette/cigar smoke other reviewers have mentioned as that would've been an issue for me. I'd just gotten in from the airport and was starving. The Pepper Tenderloin Salad was a good choice - filling but not overly so. We were seated promptly and the wait staff... More 

Thank Ikkuma
Irving, Texas
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The food here is excellent along with the service - kind of a hidden gem. There is an enclosed cigar lounge also. The bar with live music is a great place for after hours fun. Bar service is lacking so patients is a must.

Thank Trojan0027
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Cool River Cafe is the down-market sister establishment of an upstairs steakhouse located in the same DFW terminal, offering a standard menu of meat, chicken and fish entrees to transitioning passengers. It helps to have a long layover, as service can be spotty to non-existent. Next time we'll spring for the fancier joint.

Thank Kirk E
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The food is excellent here. It is expensive so if you dont want to spend less than $75 for 2 people without liquor it is not the person for you. In addition, check to see if they have the Limelight band. the band is grert and you can dance. they start with 70s and move to later times as the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1045 Hidden Ridge, Irving, TX 75038-3821
    (MacArthur Blvd.)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Irving
  • Phone Number: (972) 871-8881

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 45 - 55
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Grill

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business, Bar scene, Romantic


Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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