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Restaurant for guy's night out?

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I am putting together a dinner for about 10 men. Most are married and all are 34-40 years old. Our plan is to have dinnner (sometime between 7:00 and 8:00) and then go out afterward. Price is not really a limiting factor but value is more of a consideration. All of these diners will drink heavily (mostly cocktails and beer, perhaps red wine with steaks). I am looking for someplace that will allow us to have a good time and make a little noise while filling our bellys with good food. Staying downtown Dallas, Uptown, Park Cities is the best location. Last year we went to Javier's and it worked out well.

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  1. i can't speak for the food, but for atmosphere javier's is one of the few places that in dallas that is great for an upscale guys night out. if others say the food isn't top notch, check out the cigar bar at some point in the evening

    1. I would check out Steel. They have a wine room, just off the main dining room, enclosed in glass. You can still see what is going on in the restaurant, but your noise level is somewhat controlled.

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      1. re: vstock

        If you are going to have sushi, Shinsei is the best. Hattie's in the Bishop Arts District has amazing food and fun atmosphere, but that may be too far for you. Hibiscus is good. I have heard the new Ocean Prime is good, it's right behind the Cresent, Bob's Steak house is good, Nick and Sam's....

      2. Thanks for the responses. Since we did Javier's last year we want to do someplace else this year. (I am a fan of Javier's Filet de Cantinflas, MMMMMM) We have been considering Nick and Sams, Trece (but I am having a hard time finding good reviews for this place so I might just go check it out for my self), and Al Bienet's. I am a fan of Hibiscus but I eat there frequently so I'd like to go somplace different. While I like sushi, I don't think it is the right choice for this occasion.

        Can anyone tell me more about Ocean Prime? I have not been there yet.

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        1. re: fixer

          Forget Ocean Prime and instead, go to Oceanaire in the Westin Galleria. Superb fresh fish beautifully prepared.
          Great wine list. Beautiful dining room staffed with helpful, knowledgeable wait staff. My absolute favorite!

          And, Stephen Pyle's, Samar. Downtown.

        2. Also, Capital Grille. A perfect (manly) steakhouse.

          1. Al Biernet or Charlie Palmers would be my first thought for a he-man meal in Uptown vacinity.

            And, yea, Javiers is pretty kick ass. Greatness in cocktails and you can smoke a cigar still.

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            1. re: DallasDude

              i'm just glad the food is still good at javiers. i hadn't eaten in a few years (not exactly in my budget) and didn't want to endorse something i wasn't sure about.

              1. re: JonFromTJs

                Ahh, Jon, I will have to take you up there some night. Thursday night at the cigar bar is particularly great.