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St Martin's Wine Bistro **** of ***** [DFW]

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lillymao Sep 6, 2008 01:09 AM

FOOD **** of *****
The crab cakes were good, with plenty of tasty crab kibbles inside. Lesser places would skimp on the crab. St Martin's doesn't. The escargot has the boldness of garlic with a flavor that is very well balanced, not too salty nor bland. It is just right with a hint of wine. The champagne brie soup is rich and creamy with a hint of champagne. The cheesecake is good, not a creamy as the Cheesecake factory, but good. The steak has, you guessed it, a hint of wine in the sauce. It's filet mignon, but it is the toughest cut of filet mignon I've ever had in a luxury restaurant. It has a superb flavor and it is by no means tough, but I don't think it has been aged. Just order it rare and you'll be fine. It's a great restaurant with great food, but I get the feeling that the chef can only cook superb dishes only if it is in wine sauce. If you like your steaks rare and really enjoy a rich, creamy, garlic strong traditional French wine sauce then St Martin's wine bistro is for you.

ATMOSPHERE ***** of *****
This and Antares are probably the two most romantic restaurants in town. They have many cozy, private booths. It is very quiet in there and you'll dine while listening to a live pianist. Tip the guy a couple of bucks and he'll play any tune you desire (as long as he knows how to play it).

SERVICE **** of *****
They don't have a waiting team with a waiter, busboy, and assistant waiter. However, the one waiter is very good about keeping up with your needs.

CONCLUSION
The food is very good, but the chef lacks culinary range. Almost everything is cooked in wine sauce. This is great if you like wine sauces (I do). The atmosphere is very romantic. If you're going to propose, this is the perfect spot. The service is good. It has better service than any family restaurant or chain. However, they don't have waiter teams. I really like St Martin's. There are many things that I like about them, but what I like most is the value. Their champagne Sunday brunch with 3 courses is only $14.95. Wow! Their $38 set meal dinner with 3 courses includes a bottle of wine only costs $38. I actually wanted to give them 4 and a half stars but it is impossible to type a half star using text characters. Therefore, I give St Martin's Wine Bistro of Dallas **** of ***** stars. Other restaurants offer meals, but St Martin's offers you and your honey a memorable event that will last a lifetime....

  1. jinet12 Sep 7, 2008 02:14 PM

    Years ago, this place was wonderful...Now it's ambience is the biggest thing that it has going for it...Yes, the lighting, seating, and music are wonderful...You will have MUCH better food a couple of blocks south at The Grape....

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