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City Hall Restaurant in Keller

Went to City Hall Restaurant in Keller on Sunday and WOW it was delicious. We went as a family on Saturday and I was very impressed. The service was great, and the restaurant looks fantastic. Not the best location (I think it should be in Southlake but I'm biased).

We got to meet Chef Otto from Top Chef! He was so friendly and I appreciated that he came by each table. We started off with the oysters and they were wonderful! They were fried, but not heavy or greasy. Delicious!

I had the scallops as an entree and they were fantastic! Golden colored on the top, and served with this delicious potato/leek concoction. My mom had the rack of pork and my dad had the grilled salmon, and both were fantastic. We also appreciated that they had a kid's menu. The only thing that was just okay that we ordered was the flatbread. I don't really get the whole "flatbread" thing. It wasn't bad, just not that great compared to the other things we ordered.

Chowhounds, I encourage you to check this place out. Keller desperately needs good, non-chain restaurants, and City Hall certainly could use your support!

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City Hall Restaurant
201 Town Center Ln #1101, Keller, TX 76248

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  1. Loved City Hall too. Beautiful interior and fantastic food. I think it should do quite well....and NO it should not be in Southlake!

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    City Hall Restaurant
    201 Town Center Ln #1101, Keller, TX 76248

    1. Website's a little hard to find ... http://www.cityhallarthouse.com/

      I wish the menu were more exciting ...

      1. oh my gosh, Lfitz200, I was just thinking about going out and visiting City Hall tonight when I coincidentally stumbled across your comment. It's like there's this completely organic grass-roots viral type GROUNDSWELL of excitement brewing for this exciting new jewel on the landscape of Keller, Texas. Your description of the food really had my mouth watering, and I've got like 10 kids, so anyplace with a kids menu is an automatic YES

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        1. re: teegee

          We had dinne rther this evening...amazing! My scallops were perfectly cooked and just melted in my mouth. DH had pappardelle with meatballs and loved his dish too. Highly recommend to anyone in the Keller, NRH, Southlake, Grapevine and Trophy Lake area. We finally have a REAL restaurant in the area!

        2. Hi folks, please pardon the interruption.

          We've removed a number of posts from this thread that made broad statements about the respective chow scenes in Dallas vs. Fort Worth vs. elsewhere in the region. In our experience, these don't help anyone eat better, and inevitably lead to flames.

          If you've got comments about City Hall Restaurant, by all means post away, but please keep it focused on specific chow.

          Thanks!

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          City Hall Restaurant
          201 Town Center Ln #1101, Keller, TX 76248

          1. After all the smacktalk last week, I was drawn to find how hyped (or not) this place really is. I was impressed. It's a great space with motif and design that one would expect from any casually, upscale restaurant anywhere at this day.... and they have a good variance on an inviting menu.

            I was there for lunch (as usual as I just don't like to pop for the dinner prices) and ordered the rotisserie prime rib sandwich which I found outstanding. There was no shaved beef here. Knife cut, 2 slices of med-rare beef couldn't have been more tender or seasoned any better. Served on a sandwich-sized, tender-inside, crispy-crust baguette, it was fine as is and really didn't need the lackluster jus or under-"radished" horsey sauce which accompanied. The french fries along side were nothing special - I had hopes of twice fried. On that note, you might want to opt for the side salad instead - on this day, it was arugula based dressed with a balsamic vinegarette.

            My partner decided on the daily special chicken sandwich with no complaints there either. Also rotisseried, moist slices of chicken breast were layered on a very light textured (egg?) bread/bun. It was dressed with an attention getting roasted tomato/herbed mayo... really tasty mayo. And smartly, she ordered the salad.

            The only short-comings of note are that 1) they really do promote the Top Chef thing, 2) perhaps because of the newness, the open kitchen allowed me to witness my french fries had not been started until after both sandwiches were plated, and 3) service inexperience - small issue, but not - my friend wanted more ice in her water glass, the ice would not come out of the pitcher; the young server never offered a new ice filled glass - she just continued to laugh nervously while unsuccessfully trying to get the ice to release from the pitcher.

            1. We plan on going this coming Sunday. My Daughter actually has a Gymnastic comp in Kellar and we are always ready for dinner after it is over. I will report back.

              1. I have eaten there five times since it opened. This is the sort of place that we have been looking for in the Keller - Southlake area.

                Love the chicken. Wine list is good and not too pricey. Try the salad with the mortadella. Black bean soup was mild with good flavors and chunks of ham. Nice. They serve fresh potato chips with the warm blue cheese sauce. Yum.

                The manager, David, is a great guy.

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                1. re: Jgannon87

                  When I called on Saturday to inquire about the dress code, they said it was upscale and I would feel comfortable in something a little more dressy than business casual, but certainly not blue jeans. Just curious, how dressy is this place?

                  1. re: flomogal

                    Because this was not my "destination" goal when I left the house, I was in blue jeans and a t-shirt. But it was also Sat., 11:30 am. By the time I left, there were probably 4 or 5 other tables that had filled. Everyone was dressed "Saturday morning" casual that I noticed. That said, as it moves into the dinner hour, jeans and a t-shirt would not be appropriate -

                    1. re: CocoaNut

                      Maybe I'll give it a try for lunch this weekend. I noticed only one menu on their website. Are the prices any cheaper at lunch?

                2. Went tonight for dinner. As always I like to be totally honest in my reviews. We arrived early the place was pretty empty so we were seated right away. We loved the vibe of the space and the bar is beautiful.I can see it being a great local hangout. The waiter was really nice and friendly. There were 3 adults in our party and one child. We ordered drinks and the guys had beer which was nice and cold I hade iced tea and it was really good nice and strong. Our child had a gingerale which was nice that they had it. We ordered the special flat bread with goat cheese to start and also the oyster's rockafeller. The flat bread was yummy but I thought a bit over priced. $ 10.00 and a small serving. The oysters were a little under seasoned for our taste however they were good. We has a hard time deciding on entree's the menu is pretty small and actually we were told by the Chef Otto who came out to chat with us that the menu will be changing next week. It is nice to have the Chef come out to visit and I did see him do that all night as the place began to fill up. We ask him about a few items on the menu and was thinking of ordering the pappradelle but hhe told me the pasta was not fresh. I was really surprised they would feature that and not use fresh. Anyway our adult son ordered the pork dish and thought it was fantastic. I ordered the scallop's and thought it was good. It hd an orange cream sauce with a small diced potato. The potato tasted as if it had been baked the day before then put in the fridge then cut up into the sauce. You know how a left over potato get's that taste. that was a bit dissappointing. My daughter had the kids spaghetti which was fine. My husband had the rib eye steak special. So he ordered it med rare. The steak in a word was not good. It was not seared in a proper manner. When our very nice waiter came to check on us we told him and he sent chef Otto out. It took a few min. for him to come to our table when he did my husband had already eaten about half the steak. He agreed with us that it was not cooked and it had been cooked on to low of heat and just came out sort of gray with no searing. He ask if we wanted to send it back but didn't insist and my husband who didn't want to wait on another steak just sorta blew it off and said I'll just eat it. I would have sent it back had it been my decision. After this complaint our service got less good. We finished our meal and then ordered two dessert's. The cream burlee and the chocolate molton cake. Both were very good. When our bill came my husbad paid for it and we left the restaurant. When we got in the car I ask him if they took the steak off . He said no and then I said did they comp the dessert. No he said. I was shocked. I really can't beleive that they actually made no effort to correct the problem. This is no way to start a business. I would not go back because of this. Over all we enjoyed it but would we go back "no" . If only they would have made the effort to say hey I know the steak wasn't that great but we wanted you to have a dessert on the house. ??

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                  1. re: Analisas mom

                    Thanks for the review. I think I'll skip it. I hate to pay for a high priced meal and then be disappointed in the food and service.

                    1. re: Analisas mom

                      Thanks for the detailed review.

                      I had a situation once at another restaurant (Kenny's Wood Fired Grill) where my dish wasn't prepared properly. I'd had it several times before ... the onions are nearly caramelized (sauteed per the menu), but mine were completely raw. I too didn't feel like sending my food back, but I mentioned it at the end, just because clearly someone in the kitchen was confused & needed to know how the dish was supposed to be made. The waiter expressed regret that I hadn't mentioned it earlier, next thing I know the manager is at our table, I got a gift card with the price of the entree, and they also comped it. I wasn't asking for any of this ... now *that* is the way to handle a mistake. (I almost wished they'd been a little more low key about it ;)

                      It's nice to know that even if you're being easygoing about an error in the kitchen, the restaurant has high standards for themselves that they are enforcing.

                      Looking forward to seeing the new menu ...

                      1. re: foiegras

                        Kenny's has excellent service as does its smaller cousin and pub-like location in Plano off 121 and Legacy., where you can actually just buy one rib if you so desire.

                      2. re: Analisas mom

                        Sorry to hear of your experience. We recently had the "party room" for my birthday a couple of weeks back. We had about eight people and about half ordered the steak and thought it was devine....perfectly cooked, with wonderful green pepper sauce. Our waiter was outstanding ...perfectly attentive to our group as a glass of wine or champagne was never empty.

                        City Hall is a place we really love to eat and relax.

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                        City Hall Restaurant
                        201 Town Center Ln #1101, Keller, TX 76248

                        1. re: FoodChic

                          FoodChic, it's obvious you're a "big fan" of City Hall, so i had a question about your steak: when you say it was "devine", do you mean it was REALLY good or just 'good'. also wondered about that party room. did they add on a tip for a large group? was also curious to know if they have drink specials, and if so, on what days

                          1. re: teegee

                            Can't a person just really like a restaurant without having to defend their every word about it? Based on personal palate, "just" good vs "really" good is quite subjective. To truly clarify that distinction would require a first-hand tasting experience.

                            1. re: teegee

                              Typos occur when trying to get thoughts in at work...it happens. Where did "big fan" quotes come from? I never used the term big fan.

                              As for the room, yes they did add on a 20% gratuity, but we made it 30% based on the food and service. They let my DH pick from the menu of what we liked to create a special menu for our event. City Hall also provided the cake...red velvet.

                              As for drink specials, I can't speak to that. DH and I rarely go outside of our alcohol norms, and to date those have never been on special.

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                              City Hall Restaurant
                              201 Town Center Ln #1101, Keller, TX 76248

                              1. re: FoodChic

                                thanks FoodChic and hey CocoaNut have a great day! always enjoy reading your posts

                        2. Did Chef Otto win Top Chef?

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                          1. re: OCNC

                            I don't watch the show, but I believe an earlier post in this thread explains that he was eliminated in the 2nd round or so ...

                          2. We visited Kellar, TX during a visit to the Dallas area. We stumbled upon the beautiful new development that has restaurants, stores, homes, etc. Someone recommended the City Hall restaurant. Loved the food! Loved the service!! Loved the environment!!! We look forward to eating there again on our next trip to Dallas or Fort Worth.

                            1. Groupon available today. $17 for $35 at dinner or $7 for $15 at lunch!

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                              1. re: kairosntx

                                Some interesting changes there this past year. Chef Otto has been gone since late summer. It was a good thing for the restaurant...new chef means new menu and better customer service.

                                City Hall experienced some real lapses in customer service around summer of 2010 through early fall. Things started out strong with Otto, but seemed to take a big nose dive by June/July. We stopped going for about three months until we heard that there were some changes...and it made a huge difference.

                                For those that gave up, give it another shot. New management has made a tremendous difference in service and the food is really great. Chef D’Andrea obviously knows what he's doing. This is think kind of place the Keller/Southlake needs to keep around!

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                                City Hall Restaurant
                                201 Town Center Ln #1101, Keller, TX 76248

                                1. re: FoodChic

                                  Thanks for posting this. I googled it a few weeks ago and saw some pretty bad stuff - wondered what had happened as it was pretty good during the first few maiden months. I don't get to Keller often, so it fell off my radar. Glad to hear that whatever "bad" happened is seemingly resolved!

                                  1. re: CocoaNut

                                    FYI - Otto is now head chef at Central Market in Southlake. The chicken pot pie is really, really good there now. Full of flavor and texture with a tasty crust.

                                    1. re: Jgannon87

                                      WOW, that's a stretch in a direction less than successful.

                                      1. re: CocoaNut

                                        That is a wow. It may be, though, that he has young children & is committed to staying in the area, and perhaps also wanted more free time. I would imagine that in this field you couldn't ask for better hours than you'd get at CM.

                                      2. re: Jgannon87

                                        Yes, he's been there since last fall.

                                2. City Hall is gone. It has recently been taken over by another group, and is currently closed for some changes being made. As I understand it, the new restaurant is going for the French bistro style. Not date yet on when it opens back up, but I hear within the month.

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                                  City Hall Restaurant
                                  201 Town Center Ln #1101, Keller, TX 76248

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                                  1. re: FoodChic

                                    It has reopened - still has the City Hall moniker.

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                                    City Hall Restaurant
                                    201 Town Center Ln #1101, Keller, TX 76248