Meddlesome Moth

BA SCORE
95
world-class

94 Ratings
Meddlesome MothMeddlesome Moth
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1621 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, Texas, 75207-3401
United States

(214) 628-7900 | map
mothinthe.net

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Added by SSW117 on 05-09-2010

PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Ratings:
94
Reviews:
34
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
6.24%
 
 
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of ShaneMullen
3.15/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of Onslow
3.23/5  rDev -25.4%
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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Photo of oldbowhunter
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

My wife and I visited the Moth on a Saturday afternoon. Although it is relatively small, at this time it wasn't at all crowded. The first thing we noticed was how cold it was inside. It was very warm outside, and this was probably in anticipation of the Saturday evening crowd to come. Our waiter, Matt, was attentive but was a bit pushy. Again, this wasn't because of the crowd - at the time we visited there was far more wait staff than patrons. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the food but, contrary to other reviews I had read, he wasn't knowledgeable about their beers and had nothing to offer in this regard. For example, when I inquired about the Hop Head Flight, our waiter had no idea which IPA's were included. He was able to find out though. The beer selection was good and far better than most places, although all selections were routine for Texas - nothing special our unusual for Texas. The beers were pricey; a 22 oz bottle was 3 x's retail price. We ordered the Hummas and Tapenade and the Fish & Chips. The Hummas/Tapenade was very good, and the portions were large. The Fish/Chips were average. My wife and I frequently have business in the Dallas Design District and, therefore, will visit the Moth again, most likely for lunch. But, it isn't the "go to" place we were hoping for. We definitely won't make the 20 mile trip from our home just for a very expensive beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of txbrew81
3.66/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Was very excited to try this place and was a bit let down. They have a great beer selection probably twenty - thirty taps and goos selection of bottles. The beers were a bit pricy but certainly not unfair. I didn't eat there but I did notice they have a very unique menu, certainly not your normal bar fare. The bartender was attentive but really didn't go out of his way to make suggestions or small talk. I don't expect a barkeep to have a conversation with me but he just seemed indifferent. The inside was very nice, but its just not my type of atmosphere. It feels more like a restaurant than a pub, and maybye a little uptight. Not a bad place to take a date though. But for my dollar I would rather go to the gingerman or the flying saucer, same caliber of beer selection and less pretentious. Some might appreciate its atmosphere just not for me. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of reverseapachemaster
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of casapy
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of twincano
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of HardTarget
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Heretic42
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of coldriver
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Very nice beer bar/gastro pub in the Oaklawn area of Dallas. The bar features 40 taps, with some that rotate and others that stay on permanently. The food is upscale and a little expensive, but most of it is pretty nice. Some of the plates are basic such as fish and chips and burgers, while others are more adventuresome such as sweetbreads with bacon jam and bone marrow. Other offerings such as the cheese plate and pork platter are way overpriced for what they offer. The bar taps rarer casks and kegs on Wednesday. Past tappings have included Stone IRS aged on American Oak. There is also a large wine and spirits menu if that interests you. A newer place, but one that has great potential.

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4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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!

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Photo of Redrover
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of phingdong
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
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?).

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Photo of spoony
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

V-The Moth is a upper scale restaurant with a nice, long bar up front and about 35 taps sitting behind that nice, long bar. I visited for dinner on a Wednesday around 8 pm and the place was slammed, so be prepared for people if you go. The Moth tries hard to be hip with tattooed servers and people milling about. It mostly works and isn't offensive, but this place is not mellow.

Q-The beers on tap were all craft and mostly American with lots of Texas influence. The selection was pretty solid for a restaurant with higher end food.

Ser-Service during the heat of the dinner rush was pretty good: reasonably prompt, food timed well, etc. The beers were poured into beer-specific glasses and the pours were pretty close to correct (I could have used a little more head on my hefe than the half finger that I got).

Sel-For a higher end restaurant, the tap list is great. I didn't notice a bottle list, but with 30-plus taps you can probably find something you want. It is Dallas and it was mid-June when I dropped in, so the beers understandably skewed to towards lighter options, but there were a few darker beers offer too.

F-My beet salad was good, but a little overdressed. The lamb skewers with yogurt and chickpeas, however, were dy-no-mite. The other food around me looked good too.

O-The Moth is a nice spot for good food and good beer. It may be a little hectic for some, but I would come back for the lamb and more food anytime.

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Photo of zizouandyuki
4.2/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Domvan
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX
4.33 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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