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Meddlesome Moth

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BA SCORE
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world-class

83 Ratings
Ratings: 83
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: n/a
Taps: 42
Bottles: 120
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1621 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, Texas, 75207-3401
United States
phone: (214) 628-7900

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mothdallas

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Photo of nickfl
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Very cool place. My wife described it as having a "yuppster" vibe, too fancy for true hipsters but very obvious with its over the top efforts to be cool. It's a bit much, but fun and very Dallas. The food looked promising, though we didn't eat. The beer was well kept and the staff seemed very legitimately knowledgeable. The draft selection was very good and the bottle selection is approaching epic, though you apparently have to know to ask for certain things that aren't advertised on the menu. I'd put this on the must do for any hardened beer geek visiting Dallas.

Photo of LittleDon
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

A trendy place that balances both the tap selection and food. Was there on a Tuesday at about 6. No wait for a table, but the place filled up soon after. Make reservations! High quality tap list with about 40 items. Not enough locals (2 or 3) and too much Dog Fish Head (at least 10), but good stuff, none the less. The food was superb.Small dishes, all very well prepared. I was with three others and we shared the mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, mussels Diablo, and meat board. The sprouts, with its tasty bits of caramelized pancetta and the mussels with plenty of garlic, spicy broth were the standouts. Service could have been a bit speedier, but not that big a deal. Very little parking, plan on valet. Would I return? For just the food, no. For just the beer, no. Having both, though makes it worth the trip.

Photo of casapy
3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Good selection within the 40 taps. Plenty of bottled choices if the taps don't excite you. Friendly and knowledgable staff. Kind of loud but not overpowering. Great place to go when you're in Dallas.

Photo of Redrover
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I was in Dallas for work and was able to stop by for an enjoyable customer dinner.
This is an attractive space. As you enter there is the hostess stand and then the bar is off to your left. The dining area and washrooms are off to the right.
I liked the stained glass Elvis, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. The ceilings are angular and of varying heights. There is also a patio which is always nice.

The waiter was friendly and knew the beer & food menus.

The beer list is large and varied by brewer and style. I had a great Gose and a really nice Pale Ale. Beer was served in the correct glassware.

The food was very good. We enjoyed a lamb appetizer, some good salads and entrees. Dessert was an awesome Blueberry Crumble with Ice-cream.

It was crowded and had a nice buzz. You will have to speak pretty loud as the music is played a pretty high volume.

This is new favorite place in Dallas.

Photo of ianw87
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Must visit if you are in Dallas. Amazing food, great beer selection.

Photo of Westyn
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is one of my favorites. Constant revolving draft menu with a lot of sought after beers. The servers here really know what they're talking about too. So if you can't decide on what to get, tell them what styles you like and pickup a flight.
The food here is outstanding! You can get the usuals here, but if you want to explore and get some new dishes you haven't had before this is the place. I recommend the rabbit pot pie

Photo of Beertraveler73
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here based on BA reviews and was not disappointed. It was about 3 in the afternoon and I had wrapped up work early and decided to check it out.

Walked in to a long bar with a bunch of tap handles, tons of seating. I had asked for outdoor seating. They have about 6 public house style tables and 10 tables outside. So if you are waiting for an outside seat, it'll priobably be a while. Not to mention its right on the main drag so it is noisy but it is private.

Selection was decent. With 40 draft lines, there was a style for everyone. Word to the wise. Don't read off the fancy drink menu, its outdated and they have a separate sheet now. I may have caught it on off day (Monday) but there was very little local beer on draft. I was lucky to grab a Lakewood Mole Temptress on draft...

Food was decent. It's kind of like a tapas place with beer. Not cheap but decent portions.

Service was spot on. Which was probably due to the hour I was here. So YMMV.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend it and would be back in a heartbeat. I wish I had another night to come back.

Photo of drbenderdo
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visted Dallas for a conference and had a chance to check out the Moth on a Friday night. Parking: valet or do what we did and use the free lot a block away. Very cool exterior. We didn't have reservations, so there was a 1.5 hr wait for a table...good thing we like to eat at the bar ;-)

Took us about 15 min of hovering (enough time to check out the monster tap selection) to get prime seats at the bar. We were greeted quickly and drinks and food arrived promptly. Had the duck wings and steak tartare...very good! Beers were phenomenal...Prarie Bomb was a nice treat for a Michigander!

Prices were what I would expect for the selection, menu and atmosphere. Primarily a younger crowd. Good music. Gave a lower rating for service since it seemed like forever in between rounds, even though we were smack dab in the middle of the bar. Found our bartender (and fellow Beeradvocate member) quite knowledgeable about beer. Looking forward to my next trip to Dallas!

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

A special treat. I took the time to study the menu(of beers) online before I got there. I always want to try something I haven't had before. The aged Scottish ales were on my radar and they did not disappoint. Remember Harviestoun.
Our party got "share" plates of food. I got to try different things and they were all good. I have been back and will be excited to return. Trying something new and different is exciting for this old timer.
I thought the wait staff were very knowledgeable about their beers and food. The gastropub itself was different. It was a crowded, busy evening my first time. The din was becoming unbearable for me and my wife. It may have been our seating location because the next time it didn't seem so loud.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

The Moth is an absolutely must-visit spot in Dallas. I sat in both the huge indoor area and the also very large and beautiful patio, which are each great in their own way. The overall atmosphere is fairly upscale and the food is excellent.

The tap list is very impressive, with a cask on as well. They also have a nice big bottle list and a second bottle list with more limited selections and vintage selections that you have to ask for (be sure to ask for it, you won't regret it).

Service was very good and very friendly. Location is a touch out of the way, but if you are going to an event at the arena, it is only a 10-15 walk away.

Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Meddlesome Moth is the best, closest-to-downtown beer bar Dallas has. Still, it's about two miles away. The atmosphere is Dallas chic--a modern bar with an open kitchen, which I appreciate for the smells wafting into the dining area.

It's a dark place with the bar to the left as you enter. The dining room, to the right, features tablecloths and trio of large stained glass lights that highlight early rock and roll legends (Chuck Berry, Elvis, but I can't identify the third--possibly Bill Haley). The bar is 20 yards long and became very, very busy as the night wore on.

The service was above and beyond--the bartender brought me eight different Texan micro bottles to consider.

For food, I ordered Tandoori Lamb, which was superb. The "raiti" sauce was like tzatziki and it was delicious.

Overall, this was a very good experience. My only wish is that it was closer to downtown.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

The Meddlesome Moth is a cool and classy beer-centered restaurant and bar in the upscale "Design District" area of Dallas. I was expecting a Ginger Man redux and was floored to find such a beautiful, well-designed space.

I love the bar area, where you can seat not only at the bar proper but at a slim long back bar overlooking the dining area (great for people watching).

Tons of beers on tap, with a bit of everything: Double Jack, Real Ale Kraken, North Coast Rasputin, Lakewood Temptress, Dogfish 90, Stone Sublimely, St Feuillien Speciale 2011... plus the biggest bottle selection I've seen in the DFW area! Lots of sours and rare brews.

The food is outstanding- we had a steak tartare and shishito peppers with goat cheese mousse, pricey but truly delicious. This is not your typical bar food!

Service at that back-bar area where we were was spotty, but it seems to be alright in the dining area and the bar itself.

Expensive all around, no doubt, but oh-so-worth-it. Shall return soon!

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The worker at the Dallas Contemporary suggested this place for a bite to eat since I was so close. Fellow BAs had brought it up, but with mixed reviews.

A - They apparently bought stained glass windows from the the failed HardRock, which were very cool if too big for the space. It was one of the only funky items; everything else was upscale and gastropubish in aesthetic.

Q - I'm glad I sat at the bar because the wait staff didn't seem to have a clue about the beer selection. My food was good, and fairly priced, but the beer was pricey.

S - Bartenders were nice and knowledgeable, but not very fast. I got a bit annoyed when the guy corrected my pronunciation of "mikkeller" when I know I was correct because I met Mikkel's brother.

F - I had Thai curry mussels ($13) and they were quite good. The prices were fair and the menu wasn't obnoxious, so I don't have much to complain about.

V - The moth wasn't cheap, but it wasn't outrageous either. Their bottles were high, but it was what I was expecting. I did not ask if I could bring a bottle with me, but I would not have been able to since I was traveling in a group. JK Funk metal was $25, JK/Mikkeller sunbelt was $18... Taps were high, too. JK El Cedro was labeled $10, but I was charged $9 (lunch discount?).

Photo of SiCoBoy
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

So much wonderful beer! I have been here on numerous occasions and have always had a great experience. The beer samplers are a great concept and help you really discover the drink you want. I will make this place my local very soon. The food is delicious too!!

Photo of reverseapachemaster
3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Meddlesome Moth is the upscale version of the Flying Saucer -- they are all owned by the same owner. Meddlesome Moth is more upscale in the food offerings, which are delicious. The Moth tends to get more eclectic offerings from the Flying Saucer, which is nice. There is frequently a cask offering and some random new stuff. The downside is there's no updated list online to know what beers are on tap. I can appreciate the business strategy of making it a mystery to have to come see what's there and since you're there, drinking. However, there's enough options around town that if I don't know what you have I'm not showing up to find out. Just post it online. At least air it out on facebook more frequently. There's usually several beers I'd like to have on tap but if I know somewhere else has something I really want, that's where I'm going.

Meddlesome Moth is not the typical dive-ish beer bar. It has a very trendy, upscale appearance and appeals to that clientele. It's not snobby but it's not covered in dudes with beard in shorts at midnight, either.

Biggest gripe I have is with the servers. For being a beer-forward place, none of the servers are well versed in the menu. I can't recall a time I've had outstanding service but I have had really terrible service several times. Bar service is usually pretty good although with all the people sitting at the bar when it's crowded it's hard to find a place to order.

Photo of Iparedman
4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Meddlesome moth (Mother of a Tap House) was a phenomenal experience. I was visiting Dallas for one week and went twice, wishing I would have gone more instead of wasting time at other establishments. Upon the first visit, I was struck by the atmosphere and bar service. The bar is clean, crisp, and fresh appearing. One of the best looking bars I have ever experienced. All beers are written with chalk above the unlabeled taps, leaving the gaudy tap handles elsewhere. The great thing about this is it clearly shows they are constantly changing their taps and often obtaining hard to find brews. The staff is incredibly knowledgable about their brews and you won't find miller, Budweiser, etc on tap although there are over 40 taps.

On my second visit I found myself sitting next to a pleasant, friendly man, Keith, a co-owner of the bar. While he was there enjoying the evening with his wife, he spent a significant amount of time discussing the background of the bar and the details behind it. It was obvious they pay attention to detail, thoroughly cleaning the lines during handle changes, selection of beers, etc. Throughout my visits I spent the majority of the time drinking Petrus pale, boulevard saison Brett 2012 ( on tap ), and lagunitas investigation shut down ale; however, Keith and I did share a bottle of The Brux (Sierra Nevada and Russian river combo Brett beer).

Overall, this is a great place if you enjoy microbrews and hard to find rare beers. This is not a place to go if you are looking to get "wasted" and loud. I did not try the food, other than the farmers board of cheeses and meats, and look forward to the next time I'm in Dallas to have dinner there!

This is not your typical beer bar and is actually an upscale, classy, yet unpretentious, bar. Highly recommend!

Photo of ShaneMullen
3.15/5  rDev -28.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is a bar that hordes their best beers in the back for employees and special occasions that one must be invited to. I highly recommend going to the Common Table which is only a couple miles from the Moth. Their beer selection is just as good, but they actually let you purchase their rare-find beers. One more thing, one of the mangers at the Moth (Tim) is quick to jump on people having fun there if you're too loud or too rowdy. However, the management at the Common Table will hang out with you and get to know your name. They treat you like you're welcome there.

Photo of fragilehearted
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been here only once before, and with DFH 120 on tap, it was high time I paid a second visit. Parking is "free" valet (which you obviously would tip, so not free), which I personally can't stand at all, but since it's hip/upscale, I understand. BF & I elected to instead use the plain ol' street parking just a little ways down. I expect there might not be as much of that convenience at a busier time, though, so keep that in mind.

The overall atmosphere/vibe is a great. Slightly upscale and trendy, but still quirky (loved the music) and not snobby. We were both wearing jeans and didn't feel uncomfortable, but it was for an early dinner rather than a night out, so just keep that in mind. Since it was early in the evening, bf and I got a huge comfy booth to ourselves. The clientele appeared to be foodies or beer nerds also wanting that "only served on tap in Texas" DFH 120.

Service was good but nothing extraordinary. Waitress wasn't able to answer a question about an ingredient on the menu, but she was more than happy to run back to the kitchen to check for us. I've had better luck at the bar the last time I was there - those people seem to know their stuff, which is great for a place like this.

Selection is lots and lots of beer. The bottle list is generally what you can get at your craft beer bottle shop (and with the markup, wasn't that interested); however, their taps are great. Love the chalkboard - after all, that tap list is always changing. They do rare/special tappings frequently and post about them on social media (Facebook/Twitter), so it's very helpful if you've got your eye out for something specific and special. The taps are reasonably priced for what you're getting (my DFH 120 was $6 for the glass - again, remember, this is a nice place). No crap beer at this place.

The food is well...I felt like I was eating from menus from Top Chef. It is upscale, no doubt about it. I liked the small plates for sharing, definitely helpful for big groups. The food is in the "a bit pricey" (a bit, not overly) area for what you get. It's fancy food, but the menu is overly complicated in my opinion if I can find several words and wonder "What the hell is that?" It's for foodies, and I'm not that. But the quality was great, I'll give them that. Got my bf to try tofu for crying out loud!

Overall, if you're in Dallas and you like beer, you should try this. However, not really going to be a regular hangout for me, since I don't live in the neighborhood. I'd consider it a special treat type of place.

Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Fascinating little spot this is. There is a neat sculpture overhead as you walk in and while small and cozy, the atmosphere is big in here. I love the stained glass windows with pop icons painted in. Creates a wonderful ambiance from the colored light coming in.

Sat at the bar and had a nice chat with the bar maiden. We lucked out coming in on a weekend of an event and getting to taste some rare tappings.

Price is on par with other trendy craft pubs and the food menu is amazing. Food is certainly not your average bar fare and the price reflects that. They have a very nice balance with the rotators vs. staple offerings. Will definitely come back in next time I was in town.

Recommended to us by everyone in Dallas within the craft scene.

Photo of shoky01
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Visited the Moth for the first time this weekend. It was recommended to us by almost every other place we hit in Dallas. It was relatively easy to find although there was a little construction near it. The free parking lot was a short walk away, would be nice to park close without valet but its nice joint so its understandable.

Walking in we felt a bit underdressed. For a bar/lounge place it was very upscale and trendy. We almost got a table but since we were only interested in the beer we sat at the bar. Very comfy stools btw. The 40 taps or so they had were all nicely arranged with chalk board above to write whatever was on that tap, guess they change them often enough.

We got there during a cellar fest, so they had afew rare and cellared beers either on tap or bottled. I had the Mikkeller Black Hole (red wine), which was really awesome. The beer selection in general was impressive, rivaling that of the Flying Saucer.

All in all i liked the place, but it was a bit pricey and we didnt even eat. Couldnt go there as often id go to the Saucer just for that reason. But for special occasions it would fit just fine.

Photo of HardTarget
3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: A nice upscale place, low light, able to have a conversation, crowd seems a bit yuppy Dallasite, not a hippy hangout by any means.

Service: Friendly, professional, but a little lacking in beer knowledge. I've been twice and both times the servers didn't really know much about beer, once bringing me the wrong beer.

Selection: A good, but not great selection. Maybe I've become a little jaded, but I expected to see some more local representation. They did have some Live Oak Hefe, which is always nice.

Food: This is where they shine. Bacon Lollipops were decedent.

Value: Pricey, but worth it. Small plates mean you can get out with a reasonable bill.

Overall: I try to visit whenever in town.

Photo of coldriver
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

visited on a Saturday afternoon. A little surprised that they had valet parking going on with the self parking a block away. Great selection of taps with lots of local Texas and other crafts with not a Miller lite in sight. They were in their afternoon to dinner transition and the bar staff situation was very confusing with four different bartenders waiting on us over the course of a few hours, often two (or sometimes none) at the same time. But all-in-all the service was pretty good with very knowledgeable bartenders. Really liked the easy to read chalk boards over the taps - would like to see that elsewhere in the DFW area. A little uneasy on the vibe - it's a beer bar trying to be an upscalish restaurant. Bar area was attracting beer-nerd types with the restaurant (which is open to the bar) attracting a very different cliental. Didn't try the food but it looked interesting. Overall a very enjoyable beer venue.

Photo of Randallt11
4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This was my go-to place while spending a summer in Dallas. I was a weekly visitor to the bar, and quickly became friendly with the bartenders. The bartenders always provide outstanding service to me and anyone else who walks in the door. The taplist is of very high quality (w/ a good TX-centric happy hour), as others have mentioned, and the bartenders are quick to provide useful suggestions and tastes. Top marks for the bar for quality and service.

Two problems with the place, neither having much to do with the bar. First, I don't care much for the bulk of the clientele. It's too yuppy for me. Usually places like this are hipster-laden, but hipsters don't really exist in Dallas, so this place has yuppies. Second, the food isn't great. It's a bit overcomplicated and difficult to thematize. I suspect they would call it 'New American gastropub.' There are a lot of small plates which look alright. The mussels are extremely buttery, not brothy. The burger is fine, but not worth $13.50.

Drink beer here. Chat with the bartenders. Ignore the herds.

Photo of AAxsom
4.83/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

For my money, the Meddlesome Moth is not only the best beer bar in the DFW Metroplex, but is also a very well done, upscale restaurant. The small plate concept is great when bringing a group together for a celebration, or for grabbing a drink when an out-of-towner wants to get together.

I've been to the Moth three times and each time I've had good service. All three times have been in the evening, but only twice when it's been busy. Each time the server assisted with food recommendations as well as beer pairings. My only complaint is that once a server got over-zealous and brought an opened bottle of Brother Thelonius to a friend of mine...he had a bottle in his fridge. Some servers are better than others, but I love the concept that you can go in and have a meal coursed for you with an appetizer, main course, and dessert...all with the appropriate beer pairing.

I think what sets the Moth apart is the attention to detail and the variety of their offerings. It's very easy to either get the food or the beer right, but they nail both. Not only that, but it is rare to find a place where the beer selections change almost daily, and there is a good variety of beers I can't find at my local bottle shop. This makes it worth the drive and the experience memorable.

To give you an idea of the variety, here is a smattering of the beers I've had at the Moth: Avery Cask IPA, DFH Immort '07, DFH Burton Baton '07, Great Divide 16, The Abyss 2010, Allagash Curieux, Avery Dihos Dactylion, Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge, Allagash Confluence, and more.

Photo of Onslow
3.23/5  rDev -27.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

Stopped by on a nice quiet afternoon, maybe 20 people in the house .. . cruised the tap chalk board (chalkboard, love that feature for a tap wall) and found only one new brew and it was the one i hoped for, Pecker Wrecker (tasty!) .. . Very upscale feel to this place, not quite pretentious but hell, the food menu is very much so.. shared 2 different pies, not labeled as POT pies but pies, and frankly, they were terrible, the chicken tasted spoiled but the lamb was decent, but muddled.. I don't see the magic of this place at all, just a yuppie bar to me, but if i am there again, i will definitely give it another go just in case,... so many beer guys love it so i do have respect for it.. just didn't gel with me this time..

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Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX
97 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.