Located on Main Street in downtown Dallas, Dallas Fish Market advertises as “an upscale New American restaurant focusing on seafood”. The restaurant is part of the DRG Concepts group of restaurants which are all in close vicinity of each other; Chop House Burger, Dallas Chop House, and Wild Salsa.
We visited just after 5 pm on a weekday evening and decided to sit at the bar as we only wanted some light bites and a couple of drinks. Dallas Fish Market offers a happy hour from 3 pm to 7 pm Monday through Friday, so I was interested to see what was on offer!
We sat down and received prompt service & a friendly greeting by the bartender, we opted for a glass of white wine blend and an old-fashioned. Drinks were served up quickly along with both happy hour menus and full dinner menus.
To start off we ordered half-dozen oysters priced at $3 per oyster and the crab cake priced at $16, both off the full dinner menu. Unfortunately, the oysters left a little to be desired, not particularly flavoursome and the lemons served with them had clearly been sitting, cut up, a while already. The crab cake was also disappointing, at most 60% was crab meat with the rest being potatoes – a poor comparison to those served at many other restaurants, let alone those specializing in seafood.
Once the oysters & crab cake were cleared away (and drinks replenished!) we ordered 2 plates of the fish and chips, consisting of tempura Chatham cod, fries and kimchi tartar. The fish and chips arrived in good time, and the presentation was impressive.
The cod was brilliant white and very tasty inside the crispy batter, parmesan cheese on top of the fries was a great touch adding a nice flavour, with the kimchi tartar proving a great accompaniment for the fish. Moreover, this dish (usually $14) was on Dallas Fish Markets happy hour menu so was priced at just $7. Great value for the quality of food that’s for sure! This dish is what bumped up our value score to 3.7.
Once we finished off our fish & chips and ordered a final round of drinks, this time I switched out to a Negroni with Hendricks as my gin of choice, we agreed to take a look over the dessert menu that was offered to us. We settled on the chocolate soufflé, I was told it would take around 25 minutes to be ready once I ordered but this wasn’t a problem and assured me the soufflé was going to be baked to order!
As promised, the soufflé arrived around 20 minutes after we ordered it and was served with a small pot of cream. The soufflé didn’t disappoint, it has risen perfectly and maintained a soft gooey inner – textbook!
Around 15 minutes later we were all set for the off and closed out. The check for the food and 3 drinks each came to just under $130 before tip.
Whilst I wouldn’t discourage anyone from visiting Dallas Fish Market, I will call out the quality of food (in my opinion) doesn’t meet their advertised image. Definitely opt for the fish & chips if you attend during happy hour, and perhaps try the sushi as many servings passed us by during our visit and they looked very well presented.
Overall Dallas Fish Market receives a final score of 3.4 stars.