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Alligator Cafe

#375 of 2,910 Restaurants in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
East Dallas
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9540 Garland Rd Ste 362, Dallas, TX 75218-3493
(214) 821-6900
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Dallas, Texas
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Alligator Cafe was our go-to place for ten years or so. Then, the ownership changed. Now, we will probably not be back. We got teased about the amount of times we checked in here. We got asked if we were stockholders. Finally, some of our pickier friends agreed to visit and see this wonderful place. They were a few... More 

Thank Kevin G
Dallas, TX
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I were frequent (as in a few times a week) patrons of this restaurant for over ten years. The original owner sold the restaurant a few months ago, and the new owner is ruining what was a great restaurant. We went for dinner with friends on a Saturday recently. Our friends had heard us rave about the... More 

Thank vrp3563
Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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93 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really wanted to start choosing restaurants that weren't the normal big box chains on the corner. So we read all the reviews and headed to Alligator Cafe. It was a Thursday night so we thought okay it wouldn't be crowded. Boy were we right...we were the only people there for most of our meal/experience except for 2 women who... More 

Thank TonyaH637
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

I ordered blackened trout. The fish was over-cooked and not so tasty. My kid order a shrimp gumbo and she said it was not so good compared with what she had before in New Orleans. Service was good though.

Thank Steve Y
Level Contributor
31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

I had the privilege of eating here with my daughter for her birthday. The service was great and they had many options on the menu. The waitress was very sweet and make wonderful suggestions. The decor was fun and they had live music, also.

Thank 869leishar
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107 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

We came here because of the crawfish. There were to be ready anytime at 5pm, well two hours later we decided to just get them to go. They were terrible, had no flavor what so ever. The "regular" food however was outstanding (since the crawfish wasn't ready we ordered from the menu) Blackened catfish with a cream sauce over dirty... More 

Thank sammyb
Phoenix, Arizona
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

Stopped here for lunch. The service was quick and courteous. The food was great as well. I had the Fried Catfish Atchafalaya which is a piece of Catfish covered in Shrimp Etouffee' over Dirty Rice. It was a good portion and nicely flavored. The gumbo was also rich and hearty. The Po Boys are large! Easily enough for a second... More 

Thank Al P
Alvarado, Texas
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

This was our 2nd visit. ..Love this little place. Ordered Blackened Catfish Pontchartrain with cheese grits... and sour dough bread.....Omg...sooooo good!!!! Only ate half and brought the rest for lunch so I can savor the meal twice! My husband ordered the gumbo and hamburger and he said it was good also...probably one of the best burgers.... They also have a... More 

Thank Texasrose19600
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95 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Went for lunch this time and the lunch specials looked delicious, but I couldn't not have their delicious shrimp and cheesy grits -- sinful, but oh, so good. We ate outside on the patio which was very enjoyable. My dining companion pronounced his shrimp po'boy great. Our waiter was attentive and helpful. What more could you ask for?

Thank SpinyStar
Stratford, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

Food was excellent and staff was very accommodation and helpful, we took our son with severe food allergies and the waitress was very helpful in getting his meal prepared a certain way and making sure that there was no cross contamination.

Thank Amanda M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9540 Garland Rd Ste 362, Dallas, TX 75218-3493
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Dallas>  > East Dallas
  • Neighborhood: East Dallas
  • Phone Number: (214) 821-6900

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?