The Common Table
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 199
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
4.16/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The only thing holding this place back is the unremarkable food (but typical for a pub) and the average service. Otherwise, at least last night, the beer selection was very impressive. Parabola was served as part of their 3rd anniversary celebration, but as if that wasn't enough, Victory at Sea was on tap along with a nitro bourbon barrel aged sweet stout from a local, Lakewood Brewing. Several other offerings I've had before on tap, but most of them bigger beers at 8% and up. Service was ok, but the bartenders were not terribly chatty and were slow at times to notice my empty glass. A little on the hipster side too. Still, a solid option and perhaps the best one yet that I've experienced in my many visits to Dallas.
06-06-2013 14:19:03 | More by jim102864
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
You can not beat the selection of tapped beers. 25 beers on tap. Food is good quality. Very good atmosphere. For a traveler looking for a good craft beer establishment, this was right on. Found Common Table by searching BA. There was a Firestone brewery TX debut here while I was in town, couldn't attend, but they tapped Abacus and Double Jack. Can't beat that. I had a 2010 Big Foot Ale, which was great and smoothly aged. If you're looking for great craft beer establishment, this can not be beat. One thing more, use the valet parking.
03-29-2013 03:12:13 | More by Fusebuddy
3.35/5 rDev -15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
went here twice during a trip to Dallas. once for their Monday beer dinner and another time just ordered off the menu.
The beer selection is very strong and varied. great local representation and respectable imported and national offerings. The food is absolutely fantastic and isn't horribly priced for the quality and atmosphere.
The service was horribly lacking though. first time, when we asked the server if they could call us a cab we were told to do it ourselves. when we told them were from out of town and asked the phone number they said, "don't you have an iPhone?". the second time, we did the four course beer dinner and it was all brought out in under 45 minutes. courses we being brought out before we had even finished the one in front of us.
so great food and beer. horrible service.
01-29-2013 23:27:54 | More by gueuzer
5/5 rDev +25.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I agree with the previous post,this place should be in the high 90's. The Common Table may only have 20+ taps but they are always pouring an awesome selection of beers. Id rather drink here than any other bar in DFW! I used to frequent the Flying Saucer but the past year and a half i find myself visiting TCT more and more. The bartenders are always quick and friendly,and the food is amazing. Prices are very reasonable,especially on "Brewsday Tuesdays". This is a must stop for anyone visiting Dallas looking for great beer and an awesome atmosphere!!!
01-06-2013 17:47:13 | More by jforeman
4.65/5 rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
For the life of me I don't know why this place is rated an 86. In my opinion it's closer to a 186. I've spent 1/3rd of my life drinking some of the best beers on earth, working for maybe the best and getting paid to drink some mighty fine ones. The beer experience at The Common Table is unsurpassed. I've never found a place in N. America that consistently exceeds all my expectations - be it the Green Dragon or Horsebrass in Portland or the Tornado in SF (appologies to Jim, Don and Dave). The Table ALWAYS has something I've never heard of and that totally blows me away. Tuesday Oct. 23 they will dedicate their taps to 2012 GABF medal winners and their bar to the brewers that brew them. I can't think of a better reason to drive 200 miles for a beer unless it's to drive 1,600 for a Marble. Cheers and condolences to you who cannot make it to the Table Tuesday or at least once in your life.
10-22-2012 00:40:33 | More by bobbrew
4.3/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The wife and I were talking to the sweet bartender over at Ginger Man and when I asked her about another good beer destination around the area she didn’t hesitate: Common Table. “Their selection is better”, she shushed.
So there we went, a five-minute walk from Ginger Man in that same “Uptown” area of Dallas that is… whatever. Common Table offers 24 taps and a more upscale atmosphere than Ginger Man, but without overdoing it. The bartender is still friendly, and the bar flies will chat you up when “craft beer” is overheard in the conversation. I think I like these Dallasites! Y’all so damn nice.
The focus here is on rarer handles. No Guinness on tap here! Left Coast Hop Juice (had and loved it, malty and biscuity), New Belgium LOF Fresh Hop, Dogfish 90, St Arnold Elissa IPA, Deep Ellum Darkest Hour Imperial Stout (local brew, had it and loved it), Sierra Ruthless Rye, Sierra Bigfoot, Southern Star La Mort Vivant (a rare local saison). The bottle selection is similarly obscure and enticing, what with Mikkeller/FFF “Bitch Please”, Draft Bear and Worse plus Brewdog Tokyo among many others.
The food looks sorta like upscale pub grub, not terribly attractive and a little pricey but hey, didn’t try, so who knows. They have cool cocktails with names such as “Tito’s visits Moscow” and “Fabrizio” (drummer for the “Strokes” band).
Service is very nice (beer nerd knows his shit) and prices are a little high, but this is quality stuff so it is understandable. $5 for our half pints, $8-$9 for full serving. I loved “Common Table” and will return next time I’m in Dallas. Quantity over quality!!
01-28-2012 05:15:20 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Went this past Saturday night. Lots of empty tables with 'Reserved' signs on them but we were sill seated rather promptly. Big porch out front and a nice feel in side. I'd say it fits right in with the whole Uptown Dallas scene. Place quickly filled up and by 8 the place was hopping.
Service was prompt, friendly and overall damn good. Our waitress was able to answer my general questions about the beers and even made a few recommendations to others at our table. Beers and food were served quickly. Never sat with an empty beer unless I chose to.
Beer list was nice but nothing earth shattering. A better taplist than you will find at all but a few of the restaurants in Dallas. A few rarer taps but nothing that I have never seen anywhere else before. Bottle list was rather extensive but I never ventured down that road.
Food was decent enough but nothing spectacular. A few interesting takes on different dishes which were fun. Everybody at our table was satisifed with their orders. My only complaint would be that the portions were a touch small given the price, but I was in Uptown so it is about par with anything else in the area.
All in all I really enjoyed the Common Table and I would certainly recommend it to anybody. The next time I am in Dallas it will certainly be on my list of places to go back to.
10-04-2011 19:31:59 | More by ckeegan04
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
So I haven't written a review in ages... but then I saw Common Table's "B-" average and pretty much shat myself in disbelief.
In all seriousness, this is my go-to bar in Dallas. I don't know anyone in the Dallas beer scene that tries as hard as Corey and his staff. They have excellent, affordable beer dinners, rare beer tappings, visits from brewery reps, and beer festivals. Add to that they're starting an extensive cellaring program, and you can see why it's easy for a beer enthusiast to love this place.
Atmosphere: Very cool, laid back atmosphere... I love the patio... can't wait for it to cool down again so it's tolerable.
Quality: I have never had to question whether the tap lines were clean. Beer is always served in appropriate glassware and usually at the appropriate temp.
Service: I have almost always found the service to be great. I can only think of one time where I waited any significant amount of time for a server, and then I went up to the bar to get my own. Some waitstaff are more beer-knowledgable than others, but all in all they all seem to be pretty enthusiastic about beer.
The selection is solid and rotates regularly. Do they have as many taps as the Moth? No, but everything they have is quality.
Lastly, their food is very solid... especially during their beer dinners, when it is exceptional.
All in all, I would recommend this place to anyone, beer connoisseur or not... can't wait to start drinking some cellared stouts and barleywines!
08-25-2011 21:39:26 | More by nickss
2.13/5 rDev -46.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Always heard good things about the common table and when they got Dallas' only keg of dogfish bitches brew it seemed like a great time to check it out. The place is cool, love the slick decor inside and the patio is a perfect tree covered oasis. Everything is downhill from there.
The selection is slim to say the least. If not for the dogfish tasting day they wouldn't have nearly the selection I'd expect from a good beer bar. The service was atrocious. It took 40 mins from when we placed our order until we got our drinks. Not only that but the beer flights we ordered were not the right beer and the server didn't even know which ones were which. They had a Randall the enamel animal running 90min through some fresh hops. The only problem was the type of hops used. The bartender says they were using willamette, which is a English ale hop. Not complimentary to the IIPA and frankly ruined the beer. Its like they have no knowledge of the beer they sell and promote. Awful, awful experience.
The food was average and I have to say my grilled cheese was quite tasty. The problem is the two others that were ordered at the table came out Luke warm with not even melted cheese. So based on that the food can be hit or miss. The prices aren't unreasonable for the area but with the lack of service and poor selection makes them not worth the price.
I would NOT recommend this place to anyone and I can't see ever going back.
03-27-2011 15:51:24 | More by jbphoto88
1/5 rDev -74.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1 | $$$$
I feel bad about this review but if it happened to me it could happen to anyone.
Myself and a friend were seated at The Common Table, given menu's, ice cold water and we sat... and sat... and sat.
The 1st 10 minutes were frustrating I tried like hell to flag down a waiter to be served. By 20 minutes or so I gave up... 30 minutes in it then became a game to see just how long we could sit there and continually get our waters refilled. My buddy bet me a beer that there was no way we coud just sit there for an hour without being served.
We went to Flying Saucer on the Lake, my buddy bought me that beer.
The Common Table was busy but not a "packed house". Shame on them, they lost what could have been two very faithful customers.
10-05-2010 02:53:22 | More by mattisloco
The Common Table in Dallas, TX
89 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.