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“Lovely Uptown Lunch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fearing's Restaurant

Fearing's Restaurant
2121 McKinney Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, TX 75201 (Oak Lawn)
214-922-4848
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Ranked #28 of 3,165 Restaurants in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Southwestern
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Oak Lawn
Cross street: Pearl and McKinney
Description: #1 in the U.S. (Zagat-rated 2009). Elevated American Cuisine - global flair with the unmistakable signature of one of Southwest Cuisine's founding fathers, Celebrity Chef Dean Fearing. Rare wines, outstanding cocktails and plenty of local favorites.
Ardmore, OK
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9 restaurant reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Lovely Uptown Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

After spending the morning at the Dallas Tower Antique Show we were looking forward to
an exceptional meal at Fearing's. My friend and I were pleased to be served delicious scallops,
white cheddar cheese grits, and a crunch salad. The food couldn't have been better.
The lunch time crowd wasn't a quiet group overall but while there you get the feeling you are in the
best place to enjoy a good visit over lunch on any given day of the week.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Louisiana
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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Food is still stellar...service needs a little tune up!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We were staying a couple of days at the Ritz & called for a take-out order (trying to minimize a service charge to our room & I was going down-stairs anyway). The Fearing's receptionist directed me to Room Service...even after I told her I preferred to pick up the "take-out" order myself. Room Service was eager to assist me, but lacked knowledge of the menu items I questioned. When paying $44 for Elk & $48 for buffalo...knowledge of product is key! Fearing's would do better to capture hotel guests "take-out" or "room delivery" requests for meals themselves- ensuring all inquiries are answered quickly & correctly. Possibly, the Ritz may wish to reconsider the room service options to minimize any future confusion. Nonetheless, the quality of the food was stellar, despite the conundrum.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Richardson, Texas
1 review
“Don't Bother....”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

My girlfriends took me here for my 50th birthday dinner. We were sat in the very back of the restaurant, almost inside the waiter's serving station. The waiter and "staff" of helpers were extremely arrogant, had trouble answering a simple question from the wine list and overall inattentive. We had to ask for water several time. The food is all smoky - nothing special and all ends up tasting the same. Will not go back.....

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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New York, NY
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Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Expected greatness but was let down”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

I am familiar with Chef Fearing from the Mansion so when I heard he moved from the Ritz I was excited to try his new restaurant. The staff was very nice and the Chef's visit was unexpected but the amount of staff just roaming the restaurant watching over each table was annoying. I do like a full glass of water but having managers walk by every 2 min and just stand there watching over the room is odd. The meal was good but I expected more of an exotic meal with exciting flavors. It was not worth the money and the patrons in the bar made it feel very sleazy (old men/ young women/ ladies of the night).

Visited May 2013
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“Failed to meet expectations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

We dined at Fearing’s on our last night in Dallas after presumably eating over the course of 9 days at some of Dallas’s best. The point was to save the best for last. We’d had better.

First, our greeting at the hostess desk was disappointing. There were two young women standing at the outside station. One was attired in very casual dress,entirely inappropriate given the Ritz Carlton setting and the attire of guests. The welcome was ungracious and indifferent.

We began with cocktails, both good. I had the tortilla soup and was less than impressed. It’s addictive in that it stimulates endorphins, but it failed to measure up to its reputation. My partner’s barbequed oysters were good. Lobster and filet were good but nothing noteworthy. The sampler was tasty, except for the barbequed duck tamale: The ratio of meat to corn was too low.

For dessert, we had the banana pudding, which was very good, and the popcorn cake, which was unrefined and poorly prepared. The cake lacked flavour, the popcorn garnish was almost burned, and the theatre candy tasted like off the shelf. We had debated ordering the chocolate mousse bombe and our server very graciously brought us one of the fired chocolate fried pies to sample. I’m glad we didn’t order it.

Dean Fearing came by our table, as he did others, to say hello and we also saw him on the line. It’s a nice touch to meet the chef.

Our cost including 2 glasses of wine exclusive of tip and tax was $181.00, which I thought was very fair.

I'm giving this 4 circles, but just barely.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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