Taps: 42 / Bottles: 120
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
4.95/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The beer selection here is pretty damn phenomenal. There's very little standard fare to be found, and they always have limited edition brews and something I haven't had before. The wait staff is knowledgable and friendly and it's obvious that this place was made for the upscale and beer-geek crowds. That said, it is a bit pricey and the food is on line with a gastro pub. Expensive and not much of it. Very good though, and their menus specify what food will go with what beers, which is a nice touch.
I would go here more if it was closer to where I live and was a little less expensive, but overall, it's a great place. Highly recommended.
11-16-2010 18:54:18 | More by Scooteronomy
4.84/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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!
08-09-2012 23:06:18 | More by Iparedman
4.83/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
For my money, the Meddlesome Moth is not only the best beer bar in the DFW Metroplex, but is also a very well done, upscale restaurant. The small plate concept is great when bringing a group together for a celebration, or for grabbing a drink when an out-of-towner wants to get together.
I've been to the Moth three times and each time I've had good service. All three times have been in the evening, but only twice when it's been busy. Each time the server assisted with food recommendations as well as beer pairings. My only complaint is that once a server got over-zealous and brought an opened bottle of Brother Thelonius to a friend of mine...he had a bottle in his fridge. Some servers are better than others, but I love the concept that you can go in and have a meal coursed for you with an appetizer, main course, and dessert...all with the appropriate beer pairing.
I think what sets the Moth apart is the attention to detail and the variety of their offerings. It's very easy to either get the food or the beer right, but they nail both. Not only that, but it is rare to find a place where the beer selections change almost daily, and there is a good variety of beers I can't find at my local bottle shop. This makes it worth the drive and the experience memorable.
To give you an idea of the variety, here is a smattering of the beers I've had at the Moth: Avery Cask IPA, DFH Immort '07, DFH Burton Baton '07, Great Divide 16, The Abyss 2010, Allagash Curieux, Avery Dihos Dactylion, Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge, Allagash Confluence, and more.
07-15-2011 20:41:53 | More by AAxsom
District of Columbia
4.78/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The Meddlesome Moth is a top notch craft beer locale in Dallas. I might in fact be "the" top notch spot in the city, although I'd need further visits to verify that assumption. In any case it is an upscale beer gastro pub with good brews, nice food, and an overall very recommendable experience.
The local offers a contemporary design, dark, warm, with touches of decoration nodding to the stained glass of an abbey in the main dining area, which sits next to a nice exposed kitchen, located after a nice, and long linear bar.
I visited with local friends during my last visit to Dallas. None of them had been before and were psyched to give it a go.
The beer selection was phenomenal, great rotation of taps with a good broad range, some stimulating specials, and a cask engine. The bottled menu is pretty solid, hitting well most of the classics, with some nice local selections, as well as a couple of rarities. And it did the job rather nicely to please all the very different beer palates that we had sitting a the table.
The place is maybe over the "a bit pricey" bracket, but it is line with similar establishments. Perhaps more so around the food, given the small size/quality ration and how it works on a 5 people table like ours. Main selection is gastro/pub/tapas shareables, with nice choices, well taken care of. And pretty tasty nevertheless, which helped made for a memorable experience.
Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. We were taken care of by Angelica, which handled a big table, with vocal characters with admirable skill. She knew very well her menu, and when in doubt she recognized so and found the answer, shared useful honest opinions and recommendations, and was always eager to offer splash samples, and take care of our quirkiness. Top notch service. We also had a brief salute with the manager on the way out, very friendly and approachable, and apparently doing the right things to solidify the business.
The Meddelesome Moth is a place certainly worth the experience, and all the locals that I brought on my visit were very pleased, and left sure to keep it on top of their beer agendas, and looking forward to a revisit.
02-15-2011 04:16:09 | More by Daniellobo
4.68/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I was visiting the Moth for the first time, was there on a short vaca. in Dallas. I gotta say - this place has something special.
On the website - this phrase is noted: "Chances are if you've seen it in a commercial, we don't serve it". I absolutely love it, and 100% true. Knowledge about the beer list (tap and bottles) was superb. Great options for the local breweries as well. Had the 512 Pecan Porter and the Jester King Wytchmaker IPA (both from Austin) were very smooth and tasty.
It definitely leans towards the step above your avg. beer bar, and its location is in with other commercial businesses on Oaklawn, about a 4-5 min cab ride from the Dallas Hyatt.
They have an out-door patio set for having a pint and enjoying it between friends. Definitely a cool place to check out.
11-23-2010 19:06:45 | More by jcipa88
4.6/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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!!
02-20-2013 01:07:04 | More by SiCoBoy
4.6/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Moth is an absolutely must-visit spot in Dallas. I sat in both the huge indoor area and the also very large and beautiful patio, which are each great in their own way. The overall atmosphere is fairly upscale and the food is excellent.
The tap list is very impressive, with a cask on as well. They also have a nice big bottle list and a second bottle list with more limited selections and vintage selections that you have to ask for (be sure to ask for it, you won't regret it).
Service was very good and very friendly. Location is a touch out of the way, but if you are going to an event at the arena, it is only a 10-15 walk away.
11-27-2013 12:54:39 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.58/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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.
11-30-2011 17:30:02 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
4.55/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Wow.... definitly the fanicier beer establishment I have ever been to. The place it straight up pimped out. At first I was like this place will never make because it obvoius they spent a fortune to start up. But, I found out from the waiter that the Flying saucer owners on this too. So now i no where the backign comes from. They'll be fine....
This palce it top notch fine diding that lives up to menu hype. I had steak frites and it was fantastic but other mates had fish and chips and they said it was superb. Beer menu is way above avergae. Wonderful place and somethign differnt. If you can handle fine dining, thi sis the place for you.
09-17-2010 03:24:31 | More by CampusCrew
4.54/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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!
02-23-2014 23:07:24 | More by drbenderdo
Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX
95 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.