The Grape restaurant has been a Dallas favorite since the early 1970’s, and almost 40 years later; you can find it on the “Best in DFW” list of the Dallas Morning News. It still has its intimate charm, its quality food, and its steady business.
SETTING – A small, 1920’s building on lower Greenville Avenue. Within a few paces of the front door are a number of busy restaurants and bars, such as The Blue Goose, and other well-known Dallas eateries. There is parking in the rear, and also a valet. The attire is nice casual.
FOOD – The Grape restaurant has not rested on its laurels. They still serve the traditional cheese board (choose from 10 cheeses), the pate’s, etc. But the menu has evolved over the years from French bistro cuisine to a “new” French – influenced by Asia, America, and the Southwest. A total of eight to ten creative entrées, all under $20. No heavy creams (except in the restaurant’s famous Cream of Mushroom soup – highly recommended).
WINES – A lengthy list of 200 labels – half are American.
AMBIANCE – The candle-lit interior is dim and romantic. The tables are close. It will remind you of a cozy neighborhood restaurant tucked away on a Paris side street. The Grape still has its blackboards on the back wall with the menus and specials, but written menus are also provided. I am always impressed with the service — it is warm, smooth, relaxed in pace, and unobtrusive.
DOWNSIDE – The traffic and parking on Greenville Avenue are always an adventure. But what the heck – a couple bucks for the valet is well worth it.
RESERVATIONS – Recommended, especially on weekends. But if you are reservation-less and have to wait, the Grape has a quiet little bar in an adjacent room – worth arriving early for a cocktail or staying late for a coffee.
BOTTOM LINE – If you’re looking for a quiet or romantic dinner spot (or lunch), The Grape is as good as it gets.
The Grape Restaurant
2808 Greenville Avenue
Dallas – 75206