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#120 of 1,948 Restaurants in Dallas
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Italian, American, Fusion
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner, Breakfast
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1.9 km from The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
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Reviewed April 9, 2024 via mobile

First of all this is a very different, very eclectic take on Italian cuisine. There is some pasta with shrimp (very good) and fig/burrata salad (good) with a chicken dish (fairly smoky) and very good okra (hardly Italian). It is a “shared plate” menu, not...my favorite. Waitstaff was good, wine by the glass a bit limited, overall menu a bit limited, and no comment on desert as we had none. Conversation a bit tough as very loud. Good for an occasional visit, but for me not a “go to” place.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 10, 2024 via mobile

If you’ve heard of, or been referred to The Charles and comments include, beautiful, amazing service or exquisite cusine; They’re all true! Hands down, one of the best dining experiences I’ve enjoyed in Dallas, and I’ve enjoyed many amazing places. From the moment you arrive...to Valet, and the hostess, you’re greeted with the warmest of greetings. You’ll appreciate the teamwork every member of the staff, right to the GM, exude, to assure your experience is amazing. Our server Austin was so knowledgeable and warm, our time passed far too quickly. The Charles enjoys a diverse clientele, both in demographic and attire. The eclectic dining area with its open kitchen and stylish bar are petite in size, arousing memories of the ambiance of fine dining cars of luxury railways. Not to be outdone, they’ve even managed to incorporate through the kitchen, a speakeasy (Bar Charles) that elevates the vibe of the night, while maintaining the same amazing service, and dining experience. You can always visit for cocktails, however, If you’re on a tight budget, the full Charles experience may be one you’ll save for a special occasion; it will be so worth it. I look forward to seeing there soon! Xoxo LorenzoMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed December 8, 2023

This restaurant was extremely accommodating when we were seated next to the front door. It was our anniversary so it wasn't an optimum location. The food was great. We ordered octopus, meatballs, a pasta dish or two and dessert. You can't go wrong with anything...you order. The service was spectacular. One of the best experiences we have had in a long time.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed October 21, 2023 via mobile

This restaurant is top notch in every possible way. We had dinner here with our daughter to celebrate a birthday. The food is delicious. The service was perfect. The servers are attentive, helpful with spacing courses perfectly and no detail went unnoticed. Cannot recommend this...fine establishment highly enough. It was just perfect!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed August 9, 2023 via mobile

The food and service were amazing. The waiter took the time to explain the menu and offered some of his favorites. The staff were all attentive and thoughtful. Our waters never got below half full, they were clearing plates to bring fresh ones between courses....The food is some of the best I’ve had in Dallas. I ordered the pork blade chop and it was so tender and perfectly seasoned. My friends and I all ordered different entrees and shared. Everything tasted fantastic.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 16, 2023

I cannot say enough good things about The Charles. We celebrated our 10th anniversary at The Charles. My wife and I had such a great time! Once the staff found out that we were celebrating a special occasion, they made us feel so special including...checking in multiple times and their service and concern was just out of this world. The food was awesome but we really cared about the experience which was brilliant! This was one of the best restaurants I have been to and highly recommend it. Our server (David) was just amazing and cared about our experience.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed September 4, 2022 via mobile

We had an amazing experience at the Charles!‘s everything about our evening was extremely well put together by the staff at the Charles! From the valet greeting, to Grisby’s pleasant greeting at the door, to our wonderful server Sydney, to the incredible food and atmosphere,...it could scarcely be better in any way we could think of. Delicious cocktails, wonderful wine list, delicious salad, and probably the best short rib we’ve ever eaten, we cannot say enough great things about our experience. We are already plotting our return!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed May 15, 2022

I took the advice of a friend who said, "If you want a restaurant with great food but is eclectic, then go to The Charles!" We also took the advice of my friend, the server, and the chef and ordered the octopus entree. Very good...and tender....almost like lobster charbroiled. We ordered the meatballs and olive oil cake--all great choices. We were there for our anniversary and the GM came by to greet us and thank us for choosing The Charles for our special occasion. Every server and staff member went above and beyond to ensure our evening was the best. We were a little surprised at first when our seater took us through the restaurant...into the kitchen....to the bar area at the back. Very eclectic area where we sat very close to other diners (Ala Italy restaurants) and truly enjoyed visiting with them too. We will be back.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 30, 2022 via mobile

Really nice really expensive Italian food. We got seated at the secret bar in the back and were happy to get a spot, it’s the new in spot, for now in the designgef district. You’ll likely go to the pizza place across the street to...get enough food, like we did.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed November 14, 2021

Really a nice, friendly place. Very pretty, and a very nice date night or friends outing. We loved the gnudi pasta with ricotta and lemon, the oysters, and the crispy potatoes. I would not order again the following: The polenta, the thing they call “the...pie”, which is like an expensive pot pie with a tasteless crust, or the dry olive oil cake. In fairness, if all we had was “the pie”, we would have liked it. But coming with the other dishes, it was just bland. We snagged very last minute reservations at the bar. We were hesitant about it, but the two female bartenders / servers were beyond fantastic. I would definitely go again but would not order the 3 listed things. Complementary valet parking—-you’d be a bit lost without it. I don’t think I’d go on a weekend——it was Thursday and crowded and very loud—-don’t assume you’ll have intimate conversations there! Beautifully decorated. The tables are extremely close together. We loved half of our dishes and didn’t love half of them. But we still had an excellent time, and will be prepared to pick better next time.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed September 10, 2021

The Charles offers Italian food with a Texas twist. This means the food is excellent and all the recipes are unique to The Charles. The Pasta is hand-made. We had five courses and couldn't finish the entrees although we got halfway through! You SHOULD try...it!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed July 28, 2021 via mobile

Best Italian food we have had since being in Italy. Plus it is a fusion between farm to table and Italian. Great vibe and service.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed March 25, 2021

Wow, The Charles never lets up. Every visit (I think this was our 5th) has been a joy. It is a classy place with skilled waitstaff and a menu and kitchen to die for. Each dish is well designed, composed and prepared .... My only...regret is that we don't get there often enough and I have not tried everything on the menu .... yet, but I am working on it. Don't leave without trying their Italian Old Fashion and the crispy polenta. BTW - when the manager learned that we were there for our anniversary he served us complimentary champagne. Thank you !More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed November 22, 2020

Tonight we had one of the best meals of our lives, an experience that cannot be compartmentalized. It's strange to write those words without qualifying our travels, but needless to say we have are good travelers and appreciate dining as an experience to be treasured....The Charles is urban upscale, unpretentious and exacting, The location in the design district lends an urban hip vibe to it, and while the interior is cool, nothing your eyes rests on will be repeated. The staff is polished but warm, something you would expect at The Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills, but instead refreshingly find here in Dallas. Kevona, our server aka Keki, was the navigator of our journey, and we cannot give enough credit to her for making our evening above and beyond all others. Every suggestion that she made from starter cocktails to wine and share plates elevated our dining experience to something beyond just another out of town dinner. It's possible that we might have had everything on the menu.. (I jest) but the most memorable items were the octopus, the pastas (ricotta gnudo), the mouthwatering lobster gnocchi and the halibut. Kevona treated us in such a way that we felt at home, if we lived in Dallas we would be annoying regulars here and spoiled rotten. Besides Kevona (Keki), the chefs, managers, and staff at The Charles work together to seamlessly create an unforgettable memory. Don't hesitate to put The Charles on your destination list, if you enjoy incredible food, service, decor and the unspoken element that makes a dining experience a life experience. We will be back! The TurnersMore

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed November 10, 2020

Restaurant food was fine; service was great but got our order wrong (they corrected) but every single table was full and not space apart at all - close to another and they were definitely not 6 feet apart. People were standing at the door waiting...for tables with no masks on and about 2 feet from seated patrons.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5