Abacus
Creative global cuisine in modern digs
Bar · Knox-Henderson · $$$
The Zagat Review
4.7
Food
4.6
Decor
4.6
Service
 
This “destination for high-end dining” in Knox-Henderson “keeps things fresh and new” with an “inventive” New American menu of global flavors, including “trademark” lobster shooters, and “spectacular” cocktail combinations, all “attentively” served in “beautiful” contemporary digs enhanced by an open kitchen; it’s “pricey” , so perhaps best suited for “special occasions” or a “date night.”
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Monday
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
location 4511 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205, USA phone +1 214-559-3111 website www.abacus-restaurant.com directions Get Directions
What To Order
Lobster-scallion shooters
Hamachi, shrimp and avocado pressed sushi
Allen Brothers bone-in filet mignon
Insider Tip
Known for Continental American cuisine, this spot has gained a reputation for impeccable sushi as well as a fine cocktail program.
Known For
Special occasions
Lively scenes
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4.5
(264)
The food was amazing! Would definitely return for more. I had the mako shark and my wife had the venison. Our waiter (Daniel) was very knowledgeable, and explained everything that was on our plates. The only reason I didn't give a 5 star review is that where we were seated was a smaller room off the side of the main room where a big party too up 3 big tables, and they were so noisy that I couldn't hardly hear my wife taking from across the table or the waiter.
Kevin LaVergne · February 18, 2018
Abacus often gets lost up its own behind in pretentiousness. Its not that the food is low quality, and the chefs are headstrong, quite the opposite. The chefs and servers seem modest about their food, and the quality of all of my dishes were quite good, albeit a bit overpriced for what they were. With food, presentation is just as important as flavor, and that is where Abacus is lacking. The interiors are a strange mismatch that tries much too hard to be classy, all the while seeming drab and dated. Its similar to the business suite at the airport. Nothing is technically wrong with it, but it tries too hard to be something it isn't. Drink prices are fantastic, especially during special hours, and are made well, with the bartenders taking specific care towards their craftsmanship. The food is prepared well, and although plating could use just as much toning down as their interiors, balances flavors well enough.
Daniel Rockey · October 6, 2017
I have been to Abacus many times throughout the years with sensational experiences and when my last minute birthday dinner could not be had at Pappas, Double Eagle, or Nick & Sam's last Saturday I was thrilled to see that they had a reservation left. We made a plan for 4 and they were courteous to increase it to 5 last minute while still providing us a great table. Our service was great from our waiter as he was attentive, courteous, and kept our Champagne filled (and then later our Cabernets via the magnum he found room for on our table). The opening food was excellent as we had the lobster shooters, bacon flight, and the Picasso roll to start - all of which are some of their staples. Also of note, they ran out of bread that night which was insult to injury as they also had lost their pastry chef and didn't have their typical assorted bread basket that I raved to everyone about prior to dinner. However, the steaks were a colossal let down. For the first time in my life I sent back a steak (I eat a lot of them - had 11 out at restaurants in November alone); the aged strip I ordered was over cooked at medium and was also room temperature. The waiter was aghast, he took it back and replaced it quickly while comping some truffle fries to keep me eating but even the repeat steak was now rare instead of medium rate (albeit warm). I was further flabbergasted to hear that it wasn't just my steak; the entirety of the table had a room temperature steak that was cold within 1-2 bites that night. All of the steaks were presented with flare but I'm guessing the kitchen was behind as there was approximately a 70 minute wait between apps and dinner. The waiter and ancillary staff did a great job of conducting an audible throughout the night but I am not sure I can any longer think of Abacus as fine dining in Dallas any longer messing up one steak is ok but a table of 5 all having poorly prepared dishes is an embarrassment.
Scott Burdette · February 19, 2018