Dallas >Food & Dining > Nandina Asian Tapas
5631 Alta Ave, Dallas, TX | Directions 7520632.813438 -96.770820
Neighborhoods: "M" Streets
AWFUL DELIVERY! – If you like sushi, don't bother with this poor excuse. The rice is sugared, I guess to cover the low quality of the fish. We finally received our delivery after an hour and a half and two phone calls.
Nice Uptown Place – Really good food! This is the only place I know that stays open real late. The people are really nice and they can answer all your questions. Its great be able to go to a place with such a great environment. I can take my family yet still take my crazy friends and we will all have a great time! Its a great place for any occasion, from their private rooms to the outdoor patio. Its awesome!
Poor service ruins the whole thing. – As my party and I were waiting on our sushi and assorted appetizers to arrive at Nandina, my friend commented that he had read some reviews on a website for the service. He raved about the food though. Sampled a few rolls, lettuce wraps and edamame. Tastey food for the price range. The smooth jazz did leave something to be desired. Our food arrived in okay time. At the end of our meal the waitress came to ask if we needed to place an order for an entree and we declined, asking for the checks. We had not had any special requests and were otherwise a non-problematic table. We were just ready to get outside and smoke a cigarette. We waited 20 minutes for the check and the waitress came back again asking for our entree orders. We had to request the check from another server and explained to him we would be on the patio to smoke a cigarette. The original server brought us our check outside. We had two checks and I paid me and my fiance's portion. As I was fiddling around trying to make change and debate what tip was acceptable for the horrible delay on the check, I gave incorrect change. She sat on the patio and counted everything while my friend paid for his check. I assumed we were good to go and was a bit perturbed as I hate it when waitstaff hover when you are deciding the tip. We leave Nandina and are down the block and the waitress accosts me in front of several people saying I was stealing. I happily gave her the five dollars I had neglected as I was not attempting to ditch the check. However what perturbs me greatly is that she could have said something while we were waiting on the patio after she counted the money. I find it rather embarrasing and unprofessional for the staff of Nandina to chase me down and treat me like a theif. Honest mistake -- could have been circumvented. Also, avoid their patio.... It is right next to their garbage dumpster and the smell is horrible. Decent food, but the experience was too awful for me to return.
Bad service = bad Nandina – One night the bar tender decided it would be alright to call me 'baby' (which is NEVER appropriate). He proceded to hit on me in a vulgar manner and didn't stop until I left. Last night I ordered sushi to be delievered to my house. I was told it would arrive between 45 minutes to an hour. I waited an HOUR AND A HALF to get my food. I called several times and the girl that I spoke to repeatedly hung up on me saying that if I wasn't ordering I shouldn't be calling. Finally, a man picked up and he assured me that my dinner would be free. When he arrived it wasn't. He said the next time I ordered from them I would get a 5 percent discount. That won't even cover tax. The manager has avoided my complaints. Bad management and bad service equals a bad experience.
Cheapskates. Not coming back. – In February 2006, my friends & I celebrated my birthday 3 days early at Nandina's, and they DENIED me a free slice of cake because my driver's license birthday didn't match up with the current date.
I understand that drunk kids probably stumble into the restaurant trying to bum free desserts after a night of drinking on Greenville. I also understand that someone's birthday could actually be 6 months away. but my birthday was THREE days away and they were too cheap to make one customer happy. The restaurant has good food, but they compromised customer service to save themselves a few cents.
So I've told this silly incident to my friends , co-workers, & you (the reader). I hope the restaurant is happy with their extra pocket change.
Awesome – I love this place! This is by far the best overall restaurant in Dallas for quality and what you get for your $$$, and ive been to alot. Great tapas and awesome sushi. I usually get a few tapas and 2-3 sushi rolls to split with my date and it always under $50. I would definately recommend this to anyone wanting to try something different and new. Great date spot. Request the waterfall room for a little more privacy. Two thumbs way up. :)
Great value & open late! – Coming from Austin, home of Kyoto on Congress, I was on the lookout for a well-priced sushi place. Well, I've found it in Nandina's! The prices are very reasonable for sushi, and the atmosphere is quite trendy. The location right off of lower Greenville is interesting as well, as the place stays open until 3:00am on weekends. I went after bar-hopping one night, and it wasn't very busy at all. They were also playing hip-hop music in the background, which was pretty interesting since it's smooth jazz during normal hours. The service isn't the best, but it's typical of the Greenville area. There is also a bar with a flat-panel LCD TV, and they usually have that tuned in to the top sports event on at the time. Great place!
An unexpected surprise... – I ended up in DFW for the weekend. A friend introduced me to this place and it was awesome. The service was a little quirky - very lower Greenville Ave I'm told. We sat out on the patio and they even setup a fan for us to make it cooler, and complimentary bug spray - 2 essentials in the Texas summer.
Food was great - we had apps, sushi and entrees - all good stuff.
Sushi and Thai tapas spot just off the Lower Greenville path. – The Scene
The sleek interior features lightly toned walls, accented by dark floors and ceiling. A clear waterfall draws attention while the outdoor patio provides a (just far enough away) view of Greenville. The patio is a quieter area for dining. Servers are attentive and courteous, while patrons consist of business types and M Street residents. Delivery is offered to a limited area. The full bar offers sake, wine and beer in addition to mixed drinks.
The menu is sushi and Thai dishes designed for sharing. A strong starter is the pot sticker-like basil chicken wrap. For variety and simplicity, sushi combos are a good bet with tuna, shrimp, salmon pieces. The crunchy roll is fetching with the interior tempura mixing with the soft rice exterior. Thai options include invigorating curry dishes, such as the chicken panang--the zesty sauce is addictive.
food to make your mouth water – This place is truly the place to go when you want to splurge. When you first look at the prices, they don't look so bad, but then you realize that Tapas means "small protion"
But don't let the prices of Nandina get you down. The food is just amazing! There are different cooks for the different types of dishes, Sushi, Thai, Japanese. And the cooks really take pride in their work. In fact, the servers take pride in their crafts as well. Everytime I go in, we have the same server and he always gets me to try something new and sinfully wonderful. I highly reccommend the kobe beef strips. This dish is covered with strips of Camembert cheese and laid on a bed of green apple sticks. I know, it sounds a little strange, but it's my favorite dish. Also, the unfiltered sake is highly reccommended. It's almost nectar-like.
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