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Business Details

61

years

in Business

BBB Rating:
A+
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Hours:

Regular Hours

General Info:
Since 1969, the Lovers Lane location is a true throwback to it's big brother on Harry Hines Blvd (set.1955). This neighborhood restaurant and bar is famous for mesquite grilled steaks, chops, quail, chicken and seafood all cooked on open pits in the dining room. Dunston's garden fresh salad bar is a fan favorite for generations of Dallasites. Locals and out-of-towners alike, have come to know Dunston's as an "old school" Dallas institution.
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Primary Phone: (214) 352-8825

Phone: (214) 352-0587

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Location:
Lovers Lane Shopping Ctr
Neighborhoods:
Greenway Park, Northwest Dallas
AKA:

Dunston's Prime Steakhouse

Dunston's Steak House & Bar

Categories:
Steak Houses, Barbecue Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information:

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Soul, Barbecue, Steakhouse, Cajun & Creole

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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Posted: 1/9/2009

Overall
I Love Dunstons!

Ok...It's not the finest steakhouse in town...but it's the best place to go and relax and be among friends. It has good food at a good price. The salad bar is great and Judy and Homer make you feel very welcome! The front part is for the tourists...the Back Door Bar is warm and friendly. Linda and Shirley take good care of you and Alex pours a great drink (although, I must admit, not as good as Juan used to!).

Nice, casual, welcoming...believe it or not, Monday night is the toughest to get a table. The Country Club's kitchen is shut down so everyone meets at Dunstons!

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Posted: 8/7/2008

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Rudest experience I have ever witnessed!!

I am lucky enough to work for a company that takes us out to eat for lunch on occasion. Today we were being treated to steaks at Dunston’s Steakhouse, and not for the first time. Two co-workers ordered chicken, both of which said it tasted funny, like it was spoiled. One of them tried to send it back and get something edible. Well the server huffed about it and said she’d have to get the manager. The manager, who happened to be the owner Judy Dunston herself, came over with an attitude that I have never witnessed in any service oriented establishment in my life! She was beyond rude, repeatedly saying that there was “Nothing wrong with the chicken!” and “Why did you order it then?!” When she asked if she could just have something else Judy threw a fit about how she was “Already losing money” on her!! Dunston’s lost more then the cost of a chicken today! Our table of ten most likely would have ordered dessert, and even returned again. After today, we will not ever be going back there for our company lunches! We were all so flabbergasted by Judy’s antics that we will all be passing around the word not to eat there to our family, friends, and YOU!

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honeegryl

Posted: 8/7/2008Provided by Citysearch - 

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Undignified Service/Servers...all because of

I will never forget my experience at Dunston's Steakhouse on Lover's Lane. After sending back obviously spoiled chicken breast- I was REPRIMANDED (several times) by the cook, the server, and to my ultimate disappointment the owner, Judy Dunston. I was told that ""there is nothing wrong with our chicken."" Ms. Dunston continued by stating that she had 15 other orders for chicken breast that day void of complaint. This seemed rather impossible since the restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived for our 11:45 reservation.

As though this weren't insulting enough, I was expected to explain why I didn't like the chicken--to which Ms. Dunston replied, ""Well, why did you order it?"" She continued by saying ""I've already lost money on YOU!"" I was speechless and she was spitting mad (yes, over a piece of chicken). With her servers in tow, the owner walked away from our table...and did not return.

I was in such a state of disbelief that I could not leave without expressing my disappointment. I began to calmly assess their service from my point-of-view. She rudely interrupted me by repeating the same sentiments (yep, the chicken), referencing the economy, and vainly referring to herself in 3rd person (You're about to ""tick"" Judy Dunston off!). This poor poor woman could not see beyond a piece of rubbery, spoiled chicken in order to realize the a value in a happy customer(s). Dunston's Steakhouse is a waste of your appetite, time, money, but most of all your dignity.

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AppalledDiner

Posted: 8/7/2008Provided by Citysearch - 

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Worst customer service I have ever seen! And the food is poor quality at best.

I have just witnessed the single most appalling display of customer service ineptitude.

My fellow coworkers and I went to Dunstons for lunch. Most of ordered the steak, however two opted for the grilled chicken. Both found the chicken?s taste to be ?off? and possibly spoiled. One opted to send it back to get something else. She called for the waitress and told her she did not like the chicken. The waitress seemed to take this reaction personally and informed my coworker that there was nothing wrong with the chicken. She sent over the cook who had a similar reaction stating there was nothing wrong with the chicken. The cook stormed off and then the owner Judy Dunston came to the table. When my coworker calmly stated again that she did not like the chicken, Mrs. Dunston then berated my coworker stating ?there is nothing wrong with our chicken.? ?Many people have ordered the chicken today? and she invited my coworker to see the computer to view that for herself. She also asked ?Why did you order the chicken? and stated ?I?ve already lost money on you?. Mrs. Dunston did not offer her another meal; she left the table and did not return.

My fellow coworkers and I were astounded at this display of utter disrespect and from a ?service? industry no less! After most of us left, my coworker stayed behind to speak again to the owner. I am told that Mrs. Dunston continued to stand by her chicken stating again that ?there is nothing wrong with the chicken?; ?you wasted a perfectly good meal.? When my coworker continued to stand her ground, Mrs. Dunston then stated ?You are about to pi$$ off Judy Dunston!?

Needless to say we will go back there again. However I feel compelled to share this experience with others lest anyone else incur the wrath of ?Judy Dunston? over a piece of chicken.

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mizzblizz

Posted: 8/7/2008Provided by Citysearch - 

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Dunston's! Where you better like our food or ELSE!

Unfortunately I was witness to this spectacle at Dunstons today (see honeegyrl's post). I feel sorry for the ladies who ordered the chicken. The way in which they were treated was completely uncalled for, and just down right rude. Our employees were repeat customers as we had lunch together there previously and we were all looking forward to it. We experienced rude service from the moment we walked into the restaurant until the time we left. I wasn't even able to finish my meal after I witnessed the server, the cook AND the owner scold one of my coworkers the way she did. What a shame.

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pelliott99

Posted: 8/1/2008Provided by Citysearch - 

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Bring out the steak (misteak) sauce and it will be ok

Dunston's on Lovers Lane is proof positive that you get what you pay for. If you're looking to step back in time, have a steak with A-1 steak sauce poured over it and a bowl of iceberg lettuce, then this is your steak house! We knew what we were in for and didn't mind, until my 10 oz filet arrived with soggy BACON wrapped around it. I asked the manager if I should have been able to see anywhere on the menu that this filet came with bacon on it (the nightly special said so, the menu did NOT), and he not only did not apologize, but rolled his eyes and practically shouted at me that yes, that filet comes with bacon. He was very rude. I can't imagine ordering a filet in the usual prime steakhouses we frequent arriving with bacon! The high-end places don't need to disguise a boring cut of meat!

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Posted: 8/6/2007

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Health Problems

My visit to Dunston,took a friend out for his birthday meal. We were sitted and waited for sometime for the waiter to take our drink order.

I was looking around and noticed a waitress carring things out to tables and as I watched she was coughing not cover her mouth. As I watched her I she started picking at her teeths.

We order our meal and the waitress walks right by me and coughs in my direction and this upset me but I didn't want to say anything during the meal.

While we ate I was looking towards the kitchen only to see the same waitress picking her teeths again and coughing while handling food.
This went on for a long time. As she was picking up food she rubbed her face and it was as if no one that works there even noticed or said anything to her.

We finished dinner and I asked my friend to please wait outside. I went up to the casher and started to explain to her what had happen and what I saw. The casher acted like she didn't want to hear what I had to say and I then asked her for the managers name and phone nubmer only to have her turn around while I was talking to her. This is when our waiter stepped in and asked if he could help, I again as for the managers name and phone number only to have them ignore me again. The waiter told me that the manager was in the kitcher cooking.

Ms. Dunston then came to me and asked what the problem was and I explained what had happened and what I noticed about her wait staff. Ms. Dunston said she was sorry and left me feeling like she didn't even care.

Teach your waitstaff not to cough on customers and food. Teach your employees how to communicate with customer and give them the managers name and phone number if they ask.

I would not recommend this for a place to eat.
It's ceretainly not what it used to be.

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gagirl1

Posted: 1/1/2007Provided by Citysearch - 

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good experience

in town for cotton bowl. We were looking for great food, nice atmosphere. Don't care about the price. Called Bob's, chamberlains, and every other steakhouse we had heard of in Dallas. They all had a set menu for new year's and a late sit down time. So we called Dunston's....had also heard about it. Didn't have a fixed menu...could get us in at 7:30. The guys wanted steak. Instead of paying $85.00 for prime steak...per person...we paid less than half that and got prime steak cooked to perfection. The recommended au gratin potatoes were cubed potatoes immersed in cheez whiz, so we were disappointed in those. The rolls were light and fluffy, warm and good. The Caesar salad was fine. The interior was very nice...but this is a family steakhouse, not the ambience that we were looking for. ...but still nice. But the important thing was...the steaks...prime steaks, aged and cooked to perfection for every order. At less than half the price we would have paid at the other steakhouses in town. We were happy. Order the baked potato and it's fine. Oh....and our waitress was adorable, friendly and in a great mood! All good.

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killough55

Posted: 7/17/2006Provided by Citysearch - 

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Great food at a good price...

Our favorite family style steak house in Fort Worth recently closed, so my wife, mother, sister, 5yo great-nephew, and I ventured to Dunston's for our Saturday evening meal. We all had a great time, great food and great service. We were seated immediately, our waitress [Stephanie] was friendly and attentive and the meal was above our expectations. If you are seeking a great meal at a good price, drive to the intersection of Harry Hines and Regal Row in Dallas for one of the best deals in the DFW area.

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traxtrue

Posted: 12/31/2003Provided by Citysearch - 

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Birthday Meal!!

I love going to Dunston's @ Lovers lane great service I have celibrated my Birthday there for the last ten or more years. Great fired grilled out in the open where you can see everthing. Warm and inviting place to eat. See ya'll there Jan 3rd!!

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