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Meddlesome Moth

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Meddlesome MothMeddlesome Moth
BA SCORE
97
world-class

66 Ratings
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Taps: 42
Bottles: 120
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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(Place added by: SSW117 on 05-09-2010)
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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%

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!

DoubleSimcoe, Aug 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Jason, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of bulldogg915
5/5  rDev +13.4%

bulldogg915, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jaydoc, May 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Todd, Apr 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

kylehay2004, Jan 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

dwagner003, Yesterday at 03:57 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Texasfan549, Saturday at 02:14 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

halo3one, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

CraigTravor, May 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Bwagner1122, Today at 03:20 PM
Photo of HardTarget
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

HardTarget, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

CampusCrew, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

smcolw, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Daniellobo
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Daniellobo, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of coldriver
4.1/5  rDev -7%

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.

coldriver, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Westyn
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

Westyn, Jul 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

MattSweatshirt, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of wolffman17
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Meddlsome Moth is a gastropub located in the Design District just northwest of downtown Dallas. It seems to be on its own as far as restaurants and bars in an area that otherwise consists of interior design shops and galleries. Owned by the same people that brought us the Flying Saucer chain.

First impression upon entering is that it is clean, modern (but not necessarily trendy, thankfully), and minimalistic. This creates a calm vibe and is a nice change from the usual visual clutter of typical beer bars. "New American" restaurant feel. Hostess seats guests. Tables and booths fill the dining area to the right; long bar area on the left. A long, skinny table in the bar area separates the two spaces. There is also a nice, large outdoor dining area for times when the weather permits. Three large stained glass "windows" are mounted on the sloped back wall of the dining room. Apparently these were acquired from Hard Rock. A mish-mash of reclaimed tiles from the previous occupants make up the floor. One unexpected detail I noticed midway through our meal is that they installed soundproofing foam, like the type you would see in a recording studio, on the ceilings. This seems to really help with the volume level, and my wife and I had no problem hearing each other at normal speaking levels. Big plus considering how loud restaurants and bars can get. A nice place, but not stuffy at all; appropriate for casual on up.

On to the beer. 40 taps, 75 bottles. Keeping with the clean design, the taps themselves are missing the usual brewery specific tap handles and instead use the basic black knob. Beer names are written above the handles on a black chalkboard. Looks good, but finding a particular beer can be more difficult than usual. Draft selection is American weighted including a good local representation. No BMC. Two cask engines. Specialty casks are brought in on a regular basis. Draft prices range mostly from $5 to $7 with some a dollar or two more. On this particular visit, my wife and I enjoyed New Belgium Eric's Ale, Live Oak Pilz, and Old Rasputin (nitro). Excellent, high quality selection and just the right quantity...no need for a dizzying 100 taps, 400 bottles. One big positive note is the available glassware. The regular pints are served in a 16oz nonic pint glass (this is a smaller nonic, not the 20oz British style). There is also 22oz Weizen glasses, 16oz Pilsner glasses, and 12oz (I believe) tulips for Belgians, specialty, and higher ABV offerings. Looks like there is also logo'd glassware for serving certain brands. I cannot state how exciting it is to see that many styles of glasses.

The food menu is where "The Moth" really attempts to separate itself from the typical beer centric spot. "New American" comes to mind again. Salads, mussels, and fish & chips meet artic char, shin of beef, meat pies, and bone marrow. Eccentric and interesting to say the least. The menu lends itself to sharing and makes for a unique meal given the potential for many atypical combinations. Seared tuna salad, mussels & frites, cold potato leek soup make for an unfamiliar yet tasty Saturday lunch, considering the beer focus. Refreshing experience. Prices are appropriate given the quality and originality. This is not the place to go to if looking for an inexpensive outing, relatively (to other beer spots) speaking...three beers and three plates came to a little under $50 pre-tip for lunch. Another lay-out observation: the kitchen is completely open to the bar and dining area. I like this idea a lot and adds positively to the overall experience.

Attentive, seemingly knowledgeable service. Not many downsides to this place, though I wonder how accepting it would be if a patron arrives solely for beer, but can't find a spot at the bar and insists for a table in the dining area.

Overall, Meddlesome Moth is a great addition for beer enthusiasts in Dallas and really, for Texas in general. Biggest pluses for me is the low volume level and large glassware selection. I will definitely attempt to visit any time I'm in Dallas. I think the highest compliment I can give is I wish Houston had its own version of The Moth.

wolffman17, Jul 26, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Domvan, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Heretic42, Oct 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Abbbp, Aug 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Canada_Dan, Jul 02, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev -5%

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?).

ZombiesAteMyDog, Mar 19, 2013
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Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX
97 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.