Downtown Dining

Downtown Dallas' French Room reopens with chic bar but bye-bye cherubs

Downtown Dallas' French Room reopens with chic bar but bye to cherubs

The French Room
Gaze on the cherubs for they are now painted over. Photo courtesy of the Adolphus

In big news for the old-school downtown Dallas set, The French Room, the Zagat favorite and legendary restaurant at The Adolphus hotel, is back, following a 16-month restoration designed to return it to its roots as a top Dallas dining destination.

Opening on October 4, it will feature chef Michael Ehlert's interpretation of classic French cookery, seamlessly blending the technique and discipline of fine haute cuisine with the warmth and approachability of modern, elevated dining experiences.

Building on the numerous awards and accolades earned over the years, including the coveted AAA Five Diamond award for 25 consecutive years, The French Room begins its next chapter paying reverence to the past while welcoming guests old and new.

Ehlert's cuisine will be offered in a variety of configurations: as an evolving seasonal three-course menu; a seven-course tasting menu; and a 15-course experiential menu incorporating the Salon, Bar, and dining room.

Adolphus general manager of food & beverage operations Anthony Cournia and his team will cultivate a knowledgeable, engaging style of service that integrates charm and wit to guide guests through a warm, intuitive, and gracious dining experience. This will incorporate tableside presentation and service of dishes such as the Lamb Saddle for Two served with tomato-braised fennel and panisse or the Wild Striped Bass in Salt Crust with braised salsify and sauce Bretonne.

Sommelier is Jeff Gregory whose wine list showcases some of the finest examples from across the globe.

In addition to The French Room, two brand-new concepts debut as companion pieces: The French Room Bar and The French Room Salon.

The Salon is a lounge located just outside of The French Room with artwork from prominent Texas artists curated by Nasher Sculpture Center’s Lucia Simek.

The Bar is adjacent to The French Room and is a cocktail venue with a beverage program from beverage manager Anna Pereda and shareable plates from chef Ehlert's kitchen.

Last refurbished in the 1980s, the restoration features candlelight white plaster walls reminiscent of Parisian landmarks complementing gilded Louis XVI-style chairs, and twin Italian Murano glass chandeliers, restored to their original sparkle and lowered to be more prominently displayed.

Hours will be dinner Tuesday-Saturday from 5-10 pm, with The French Room Bar serving cocktails Fridays and Saturday until 1 am.