It was happenstance that we got engaged at St. Martin’s; it was a convenient spot for after-church brunch, and while there, I got tricked into proposing. (Perhaps it was the food, perhaps the mimosas.) But it’s no accident that we returned there for our first anniversary, and a number of anniversaries since. It’s a lovely, romantic spot with a European vibe and dependably delicious food. Along with fellow Greenville Avenue stalwart The Grape, this is my choice for best spot in Dallas for romantic dining without the pomp and circumstance of a French Room or The Mansion. And for such a special-occasion type of place, it’s unexpectedly affordable. St. Martin’s is always running three-course specials for $35 or so, usually including a glass of wine. But the best deal of all is Sunday brunch for $16.95, including an adult beverage, an appetizer, and any main course.
We were most recently there for brunch on Father’s Day. The place was crowded, and the usual excellent and gracious service was slower than normal. A manager, noticing us looking around, jumped in and took our order while our waiter was engaged elsewhere. Complimentary muffins were a nice touch to stave off hunger while our order was prepared. The champagne brie soup is a signature dish, and has never disappointed. There are plenty of omelets on the menu, but I opted for the lemon sole on a bed of risotto - good to the last bite. My daughter’s Crab Cakes Benedict was also delicious. We forwent dessert, but from past experience, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
There are three different dining rooms, each with its own charm. My favorite tables are the one in the front window, and another located in a recessed alcove at the rear of the main dining room.
There’s free valet parking – much appreciated given the parking situation on Lower Greenville.
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