City Hall Bistro

October 10, 2017

Colton and I love tapas style restaurants, because we get to try a variety of entrees. We like to order a few different things that sound good and share it. Typically, after dinner, we talk about who “won” (who ordered the better meal), but with tapas, we both win. You know it’s a great meal when you leave and you are unable to pick a favorite dish. City Hall Bistro invited us out for dinner last week, and we had one of those meals. From the water to the dessert, every detail was perfect, and the food was incredible.

About City Hall Bistro

City Hall Bisto is located inside the beautiful Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas. It’s bright and beautifully decorated with modern art, marble counters, white subway tile, and wood floors. It’s the perfect place for a date night or a night out with friends. They pay great attention to detail, which is obvious by their choice of lighting, chairs and more.

The dinner menu features European favorites from the garden, sea, and land. Not only is the restaurant beautiful, but our waiter Jared and the rest of the staff were attentive and wonderful. Colton loved that they offered sparkling water for the table too.

The drinks

City Hall Bistro features an expansive wine list to compliment your meal. I prefer hand-crafted cocktails when available, so I was excited see they had some mouthwatering options on their menu.

The Lilly’s tonic is simply gin with house-made traditional or pomegranate tonic. I opted for the pomegranate to add a bit of sweetness.

If bourbon is more your style, the 1912 is a classic old fashioned.

A bitter night is a rye option made with coffee-steeped campari.

The food

Everything on the menu sounded amazing to both of us, so we asked Jared to order some of his and the chef’s favorites for us. Honestly, I can’t wait to go back and try more menu items.

The atayef, savory Lebanese pancakes, are stuffed with pear and duck confit. These delightful  are primarily savory, but they have a bit of sweetness to them too.

Colton loved the linguini with lump crab, shrimp, and a spicy tomato sauce. It has the perfect amount of spice and is full of flavor.

Another great spicy item, the shortrib stuffed pequillo peppers are served with arugula, lemon, and pine nuts.

When Jared handed us the dessert menu, my eyes immediately went to the chocolate creme catalan. However, he convinced us to order their most popular dessert, the Spanish churros. They serve these warm churros with saffron gelato and caramel. Apparently they run out of these because they are so popular. I now understand why.


Next time you are looking for a place to try for dinner, head over to City Hall Bistro because you are sure to find something that everyone will enjoy.

What would you like to try? Leave me a comment below. 

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Thank you to City Hall Bistro for hosting us for our delicious dinner. All thoughts and opinions remain my own. As you know, I wouldn’t share a place with you that I didn’t love. 

  • Tanvi Rastogi October 10, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Looks like a great place. Love the classy vibe of the venue.


  • Sara October 10, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Hi from Houston! That looks like a really special place–repurposed buildings are the best. I love a great craft cocktail too!

  • Lena October 10, 2017 at 8:59 am

    What an adorable spot! Great photos, sounds like you had a wonderful experience!

  • Thu Nguyen October 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    It sounds like an amazing and cozy place to have dinner with your family. The food is so attractive and delicious. Wish to have dinner at City Hall Bistro someday. Thanks for your sharing.

  • Stephanie October 10, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I haven’t been to Dallas yet, but this looks like a great place whenever I do get a chance to go. The food looks amazing and I love churros so that dessert would definitely be hitting my table!

  • Angela Tolsma October 10, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I prefer hand crafted cocktails too and so I am always excited to find a restaurant that has a good selection! This food looks so good!

  • Monica October 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

    That place is so cute, and the food looks absolutely delicious. Sounds like such a fun date night! My husband and I are actually headed to Dallas soon and have been looking for different restaurants to try out! So happy you shared this.

  • dawn October 11, 2017 at 9:41 am

    i would love to visit this spot! it looks like a perfect place to get a gorgeous cocktail. the atmosphere looks really cool too.

  • Carol Cassara October 11, 2017 at 9:41 am

    The food looks amazing there and I love the ambiance. It would be so nice to try dining there! I’m definitely excited about the food!

  • Amber October 11, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    THIS LOOKS AMAZING!! It looks like a fun foodie experience.

  • Emily October 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Looks like such a cute place!! And those drinks looked delicious!

  • Mayuri Saxena October 11, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    It looks like an amazing place. I am going to share it with my brother who has recently moved to Dallas. I love atayef….yummm!

  • Jereann Zann October 11, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    We love tapas restaurants too. Why settle for one entree when you can mix and match so many delicious options is what I say. These tapas look incredible.

  • Tanya @ Intimate Explorations October 11, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Ok, your meal looked amazing. And I love a good Old Fashioned. I don’t get to Dallas often, but I’m adding this to my list if I ever make it to that neck of the woods! 🙂

  • Rachel October 11, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    This looks incredible! The decor looks fabulous and I would LOVE to try the atayef! It actually looked like banh mi at first! 🙂

  • Ingrid Rizzolo October 11, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    When you go out to dinner and the dessert, main course are delectable is perfect then you can describe your evening as approaching perfection. But when you add to that a bright and beautiful decor with correct lighting then your dining no longer approaches but situates in self in the sphere of perfection. If all this describes Citi hall Bistro then it is a place I will like to experience

  • Krysti October 12, 2017 at 7:00 am

    This certainly sounds like my kind of place! Will definitely check it out if I’m in the area, it looks amazing.

  • Brandi October 12, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I love all of the drinks and the food! I would love to visit.

  • Sharon October 12, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Yum! Spanish churros with saffron gelato and caramel, please!? Actually your first drink looked yummy too!

  • Charlotte October 13, 2017 at 3:18 am

    I love the look of this bistro! The food looks so gourmet and you can’t beat a cocktail or two! What a lovely place to visit

  • Shibani October 13, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I’m not a person who visits a restaurant because of nice wine as I am a non drinker but the food here looks so delicious! The pictures are really so so tempting, I love it 🙂

  • Jack Jaleby October 13, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    I food look amazing , The cocktails look amazing . Thank you for sharing with us !!