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Dallas Engagement Evening Restaurant Suggestions?

As the title would indicate, I'm proposing in the near future, and am searching for a good place to have a dinner which will be either just before or just after I actually pop the question (note: I won't be proposing at the actual restaurant). I'll also need a restaurant that will be open on Sunday evenings which I realize limits my options significantly.

The best suggestion I've found thus far is the Nana Restaurant in the Anatole hotel, but I'm a little concerned with some recent reviews I've read about their new head chef. The view of Nana is appealing and I'd say the atmosphere is almost more important than the food given the occassion, but not so much that I'd look into Antares (previous bad food experience there).

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. The Mansion has the best service in town, excellent food quality, and elegant decor. It would be a contender on any night, but it's easily the best option on a Sunday (unless there's a place that has some personal significance to you or your fiancee).

    Whether you intend to propose before or after the dinner (wherever you decide to go), secure your reservation early and let reservationist and maitre d' know the nature of your special occasion so they can ensure that you have the best possible experience.

    Good luck!

    Scott

    1. The Grape. It defines romantic, and is neither overwrought nor contrived.

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      1. re: Epicurious Esquire

        I had some concerns about Nana as well before I recently dined there. I must say that it was one of the better meals I have had in Dallas, certainly in recent memory. The waitstaff and chef were very accomodating and the food was spot on. I think the tasting menu was far better than what I have had on a few occasions at Lola (both in the main dining room as well as the Tasting room). The view speaks for itself and certainly heightens the experience. The wine list is thorough on all fronts except I wish they had more half-bottle offerings.

      2. Thanks to you all for your quick replies. After looking through pictures I could find online of the mansion, the grape, and nana, I've read mixed reviews of the mansion, and the grape didn't appear to be a fancy enough atmosphere from the pictures I could find online (I'm looking for more of a white tablecloth environment as opposed to checkered) Therefore, I decided to go with Nana as I believe it will have the best atmosphere for the evening given the skyline view and the emphasis on art (which my girlfriend is really into).

        I just called to make the reservation, but now I'm having second thoughts after speaking with a woman who could only offer that they would put down my "request" for a table overlooking the skyline but couldn't make any promises regardless of the event I was bringing someone there to celebrate. At this point, I'm going to read more about the mansion, but thank you all again VERY much for your suggestions and if you have any other advice on other places, or any other way I could somehow have a better shot at a window view table at Nana, I'd love to hear back from you.

        Thank you!

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        1. re: danielsmu

          As for getting a sense of atmosphere, forget about pictures. Find a free evening and go to each of the restaurants you're considering and see what they're like first hand. If you can swing a meal at each, do it. If not, just call ahead and let the maitre d' know you'd like a quick tour of the dining room (and why).

          Scott

        2. On a Sunday night, I don't think that you should have any problem at all getting a table at the window. I was there on a Friday and the restaurant had a few open tables. When we called to make reservations, we got sort of a cool response from the hostess or whomever it was taking the reservation. But, as I mentioned above, that was in no way how we were treated once we got there. If I were you, I would call back and explain your situation to the reservation person. If they are not giving you what you the proper response, I wouldn't hesitate for a second to ask for the manager.

          If you still have concerns about Nana, then I would suggest Lola or Bijoux which are both nice restaurants that are not overly loud/crowded. I agree, the Grape is probably too casual for such a momentous occasion.

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          1. re: Bhutani

            Neither Lola nor Bijoux are open on Sundays.

            Scott

          2. I had lunch today at The Mansion. It was incredible. Expensive, but incredible.