Marliave Gets My Nod...
I regularly meet my wife for drinks and a meal in DTX. We usually end up at Silvertone. I love Silvertone and will continue to go there, but tonight we stopped by Marliave and it delivered.
My burger was cooked medium-rare, as ordered, with a nice brioche bun. Rosemary fries were tasty. DC had the ravioli which she enjoyed. My three Ward Eight's (Lowmasney's -sp?) were on par w/ES, Deep Ellum, & Green St (the ultimate standards for me).
The downstairs room was mostly full and the upstairs seemed to be getting good business. Overall, a good evening.
They've had growing pains, and a number of people seem to genuinely dislike the place, but I have never had a poor experience at Marliave.
my husband works near dtx and we go to Marliave for dinner often. The food is excellent. They have a delicious onion soup with beef short ribs in it that is silky smooth, intensely flavored and not overly salty. I get it every time I go.
Also, if you are in the mood for a top notch steak, their steakhouse menu is great. I've always thoroughly enjoyed my meals there.
I've definitely had better experiences at Marliave than most here, I think. I tend to stick to the simple, hearty stuff: meatball sliders, rarebit, scrambled eggs (awesome), gnocchi with a really good red sauce. Their prices have come way down from that over-ambitious start: there are only a couple of entrees left anywhere near $30 (and I really like one of them, the rabbit).
Bartending has been a sore point, a mix of really good and really inept people, but they'd brought in some good new talent last time I was in. The wine list needs to be scaled down to the food some more, too: they amassed a trophy-bottle list that doesn't make sense with the current menu at all, especially the reds. Still, I'm a fan, and overdue for another visit.
I also ended up at Marliave recently because Silvertone was too packed. The portobello sandwich was excellent, on the same brioche bun mentioned above. We also had the rarebit app which I would recommend.