The Common Table
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 199
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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1/5 rDev -74.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1 | $$$$
I feel bad about this review but if it happened to me it could happen to anyone.
Myself and a friend were seated at The Common Table, given menu's, ice cold water and we sat... and sat... and sat.
The 1st 10 minutes were frustrating I tried like hell to flag down a waiter to be served. By 20 minutes or so I gave up... 30 minutes in it then became a game to see just how long we could sit there and continually get our waters refilled. My buddy bet me a beer that there was no way we coud just sit there for an hour without being served.
We went to Flying Saucer on the Lake, my buddy bought me that beer.
The Common Table was busy but not a "packed house". Shame on them, they lost what could have been two very faithful customers.
10-05-2010 02:53:22 | More by mattisloco
2.13/5 rDev -46.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Always heard good things about the common table and when they got Dallas' only keg of dogfish bitches brew it seemed like a great time to check it out. The place is cool, love the slick decor inside and the patio is a perfect tree covered oasis. Everything is downhill from there.
The selection is slim to say the least. If not for the dogfish tasting day they wouldn't have nearly the selection I'd expect from a good beer bar. The service was atrocious. It took 40 mins from when we placed our order until we got our drinks. Not only that but the beer flights we ordered were not the right beer and the server didn't even know which ones were which. They had a Randall the enamel animal running 90min through some fresh hops. The only problem was the type of hops used. The bartender says they were using willamette, which is a English ale hop. Not complimentary to the IIPA and frankly ruined the beer. Its like they have no knowledge of the beer they sell and promote. Awful, awful experience.
The food was average and I have to say my grilled cheese was quite tasty. The problem is the two others that were ordered at the table came out Luke warm with not even melted cheese. So based on that the food can be hit or miss. The prices aren't unreasonable for the area but with the lack of service and poor selection makes them not worth the price.
I would NOT recommend this place to anyone and I can't see ever going back.
03-27-2011 15:51:24 | More by jbphoto88
3.35/5 rDev -15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
went here twice during a trip to Dallas. once for their Monday beer dinner and another time just ordered off the menu.
The beer selection is very strong and varied. great local representation and respectable imported and national offerings. The food is absolutely fantastic and isn't horribly priced for the quality and atmosphere.
The service was horribly lacking though. first time, when we asked the server if they could call us a cab we were told to do it ourselves. when we told them were from out of town and asked the phone number they said, "don't you have an iPhone?". the second time, we did the four course beer dinner and it was all brought out in under 45 minutes. courses we being brought out before we had even finished the one in front of us.
so great food and beer. horrible service.
01-29-2013 23:27:54 | More by gueuzer
3.86/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
Stopped by as part of a Dallas pub crawl. First ding - parking is very limited and when I pulled up to Valet he told me he wasn't taking any more cars as he had a gig in Frisco later that night and needed to eat before he worked again! So, I parked semi-illegally and hoped not to be towed. The beer selection is decent, but at the prices charged I don't think I will ever return (there are places closer with a better selection with reasonable prices). It is upscale, has a nice patio out front, and from what others in the group said the food was pretty good.
08-23-2010 18:58:52 | More by schoolcb
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
went to the common table last night... they posted they had Racer X, so I went. nice little place, expensive as hell though... but I understand why. They had about 20 people working, and as soon as I put my fork down or took a sip of water the fork was gone, or the water was full. I had 4 different appetizers, and had 5 different plates for them, I am not even sure how that happened!! Everyone is very nice that works there. The crowd is more of the elder hipsters (40ish) that can actually afford this place. I cant imagine going there often, it would bankrupt me! $15 for a draft beer, while great beer, is still out of my league. Nice rotating draft selection, and they do get some nice stuff in, like the racer X. Worth a stop in, but cant possibly frequent.
07-10-2010 18:00:47 | More by crusian
4.05/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
New (June 2010) gastropub in the space that used to be Lola's and, before that, Barclay's restaurants, two of the finest eateries Dallas had ever had. It's in a converted house on a tree-lined street, with art galleries as neighbors. It's a tony neighborhood, and TCT holds its own. It's a nice space; my favorite sitting area is in front of the bar, by the picture window that looks out on the shady patio which, by the way, as a long communal table conducive to meeting new people.
The beer selection is medium-sized but very well thought out. The owner (Corey) said they worked on the list for a year to arrive at the right format and focus. There are about 20-25 drafts, I think, half of which are rotaters. Unlike the also recently-opened gastropub The Meddlesome Moth, you WILL find Bud and MillerCoors products on the list here. Boo Hisss. The food is exceptional for a pub--buffalo meat balls, pulled pork fried spring rolls, chicken-fried ribeye, ginger-marinated ahi. The menu was devised by the sous chef of The Ivy in London. Overseeing the beer program is a very nice and earnest young man named Jeff, who is a CBS and is prepping for the Cicerone exam.
Pretty crowd, good staff/owner, VERY thoughtful beer selection, and outstanding gastropub fare. A winner.
07-03-2010 14:56:05 | More by BadIke
4.16/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The only thing holding this place back is the unremarkable food (but typical for a pub) and the average service. Otherwise, at least last night, the beer selection was very impressive. Parabola was served as part of their 3rd anniversary celebration, but as if that wasn't enough, Victory at Sea was on tap along with a nitro bourbon barrel aged sweet stout from a local, Lakewood Brewing. Several other offerings I've had before on tap, but most of them bigger beers at 8% and up. Service was ok, but the bartenders were not terribly chatty and were slow at times to notice my empty glass. At little on the hipster side too. Still, a solid option and perhaps the best one yet that I've experienced in my many visits to Dallas.
06-06-2013 14:19:03 | More by jim102864
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is a really cool place. Hip, urban contemporary, super cool decor, and a fantastic patio. The location is very nice too. Located on Fairmount on a tree-lined street with plenty of shade.
The quality of the finish outs, patio, inside decor, food, beer, and cocktails is all top notch. I don't really have any complaints, but it's hard issuing a perfect score to anything for me.
Service was pretty good. A little bit slow at times, but fairly friendly and given the age of the place (brand new) they were somewhat educated on beer as well which is good to see.
Selection pretty awesome really, especially for a new place. While they don't have 100 taps, they're not trying to be that kind of place and they shouldn't be. A wide range of things across many styles, I was impressed to see a couple of beers I haven't seen anywhere else in town on tap.
Food was really very good. I thought the portions were a bit small for the money, but that's the new thing. Small plates, high quality, with a lower price tag than a fine dining place but most of the quality.
Overall a really great establishment that I'll be back to!
07-01-2010 16:17:27 | More by thirdeye11
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Went this past Saturday night. Lots of empty tables with 'Reserved' signs on them but we were sill seated rather promptly. Big porch out front and a nice feel in side. I'd say it fits right in with the whole Uptown Dallas scene. Place quickly filled up and by 8 the place was hopping.
Service was prompt, friendly and overall damn good. Our waitress was able to answer my general questions about the beers and even made a few recommendations to others at our table. Beers and food were served quickly. Never sat with an empty beer unless I chose to.
Beer list was nice but nothing earth shattering. A better taplist than you will find at all but a few of the restaurants in Dallas. A few rarer taps but nothing that I have never seen anywhere else before. Bottle list was rather extensive but I never ventured down that road.
Food was decent enough but nothing spectacular. A few interesting takes on different dishes which were fun. Everybody at our table was satisifed with their orders. My only complaint would be that the portions were a touch small given the price, but I was in Uptown so it is about par with anything else in the area.
All in all I really enjoyed the Common Table and I would certainly recommend it to anybody. The next time I am in Dallas it will certainly be on my list of places to go back to.
10-04-2011 19:31:59 | More by ckeegan04
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Stopped by for an early dinner and beer on a Sunday afternoon.
Great looking place, upscale but comfortable, very nice patio area.
All the beer and food were top notch so full scores on quality.
Have to report a ding on service. Place was pretty dead but our server was split between multiple tables. Took a while to get our orders in, and took forever to get a beer, in fact our beer beat our food by 5 seconds. Little glitches on our orders too, I didn't get one of the beers I ordered on the pick your own flight, our server mentioned he hadn't seen one of my selections in a bit, I think he just switched it out and didn't update me. Also pushed one of the prepackaged flights on my friend, but didn't name the beers in the flight. The men's room was out of towels as well for the close to 2 hours we hung out. All in all, picky kind of complaints, but given the costs involved here, I'm expecting a higher level.
Selection is very well thought out and very nice examples of what we can get in Texas. The Live Oak Hefe was exceptional. Not a ton of choices, but again, high quality ones.
Food was very tasty, had the pulled pork sandwich and thinking about it is making me hungry again.
Value; it's high end quality and that comes at a price. $50 for a burger, sandwich, couple of flights and a full beer. Factor in valet, and tip, well, it's not an everyday destination.
Bottom line, glad I went and will visit again.
09-28-2010 05:57:57 | More by HardTarget
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The Common Table in Dallas, TX
89 out of 100 based on 21 user ratings.