Restaurant Review: Reata Fort Worth, TX

Our dad was in Dallas this week for business, so he came to Fort Worth on Wednesday evening to take me out to dinner. We dined at Reata, one of Fort Worth’s most popular restaurants. Reata specializes in fine Southwestern cuisine. When you eat at here you have to request to sit on the roof top, weather permitting. Reata has a beautiful rooftop bar and dining area that overlooks downtown and is lit up with twinkling lights at night. The ambience is relaxing and will make you feel like you’re on top of the city.


My dad ordered a bottle of wine for the table. Their 2008 Estancia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles from Keyes Canyon Ranches was on special. This bottle of red was delicious. For having just been opened, it was very smooth and already tasted like it had opened up. I would definitely recommend this wine.

I started off with the Field Greens salad. It comes with Texas Goat Cheese, San Saba Pecans and Sherry Wine Vinaigrette. This is probably my favorite salad in all of Fort Worth. The dressing is the perfect mix of tang and smoothness and it’s not over-powering. The creaminess of the goat cheese checks the dressing and blends nicely with the candied pecans.


My dad ordered the Chopped salad, which came with Pablano Buttermilk dressing. I really enjoy a good chopped salad. This one reminded me of a club salad. It came with bits of bacon sprinkled on top along with pieces of boiled egg, a slice of gingered apple, and tomatoes. The Pablano Buttermilk dressing did a wonderful job of tying all of the flavors together.


For my entrée I had the grilled Mahi Mahi topped with Lobster Florentine. The fish was accompanied with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans. This is one of my favorite dishes at Reata. If you love fish, this is the dish for you. The Mahi Mahi was cooked perfectly. It was flaky to the touch and slightly crisp on top. The Lobster Florentine consists of chunks of delicious lobster meat in a decadent cream sauce with wilted spinach stirred in. Reata’s mashed potatoes are out of this world! They are so creamy and garlicky. These mashed potatoes are so good that you could just order a plate of them for your entrée! The green beans added a nice crunch and some green to the plate that helped lighten it up and balanced the creaminess of the potatoes and sauce.

My dad had Reata’s Chicken Fried Steak with Cracked Pepper Cream Gravy. The same delicious garlicky mashed potatoes and green beans accompanied it. This is a true down-home Southern meal. The chicken fried steak was perfect and the gravy really made this dish a home run.

When you come to Reata, you have to save room for dessert because all of theirs are amazing. We had the Dessert Tacos with Caramelized Bananas and Chocolate Gravy. The taco shell was made out of caramel and was filled with vanilla bean ice cream drizzled with chocolate and caramel and had bits of strawberries and bananas sprinkled on top. My mouth is watering just thinking about this dessert, it was the perfect end to the perfect meal.


For more information visit Reata’s website.

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