Meddlesome Moth

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95
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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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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 jaydoc
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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 kylehay2004
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of dwagner003
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of nickfl
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of SimcoeKid
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of halo3one
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of bulldogg915
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Todd
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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 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 LittleDon
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of CraigTravor
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of timlyon
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Abbbp
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of CRJMellor
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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 CampusCrew
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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