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Cool River Cafe - Dallas

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

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  • 91
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    Very good
  • 37
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  • 11
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pricey but good. go see the Limelight band!!!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
nanaLowe
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

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.

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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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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

Never thought in this days and ages an establishment in this country would not offer a non smoking area and when we asked to be seated in the dinning room (only non smoking area) they would not honor their happy hour menu, and force us into their -overpriced- dinning menu. A shame since this was my go-to place at Love... More 

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Coronado, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

A friend visited from California. We went there. She ordered a steak. It was amazing!!! The drinks were great and there was a live band which was good also!! The service was fantastic, even after it got busy.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I cohosted a large business dinner at Cool River. The experience was good, but fell short of my expectations. When the nightly specials are included, the average entrée price at Cool River is well over $30. However I do not feel that the quality justifies those high prices. We had a wide variety of appetizers and entrees. The consensus was... More 

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Montgomery, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

Walk in and to the left is an excellent restaurant, to the right an excellent high quality wine and beer bar, to the right again a Billiards room, and in the Bar cigars are welcomed but a high quality AC system prevents air quality issues for all but the most sensitive. And - by the way - the food and... More 

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Bat Yam, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This place brings you in a world where men would drink their whiskey and smoke their cigar in an old style lounge...after having enjoyed a good steak. If you don't like such ingredients, skip it,,but if you have about 150 dollar left you can have it all...or more..for more dollars. About the service I can only say that it was... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I recently met some people for a lunch meeting at this place. It is big and has the restaurant on one side and the bar on the other one. I don't smoke but I was pleasantly surprised to find out you are allowed to smoke at this bar (since smoking bars are few or non-existant any longer). It brought back... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We were planning a meeting with our financial advisor and, of course< HE was going to pay! Didn't want to go to yet another "fabulous" Dallas steakhouse (yawn). Cool River was a perfect blend of upscale/casual dining experience. Very nice selection of vegetarian options which were NOT boring. Our wait staff was very attentive and very knowledgeable; the bartender had... More 

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Flower Mound, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The food was fantistic but Carlos the waiter was not the best. Everything was I'll get it immediately and then 10 minutes later he would show up. Drinks never came we finally left. Another note. I don't think I should be subjected to cigar smoke smell when I'm eating, It ruined the great food. The bar allows Cigars but it... 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: Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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