Dallas >Theatrical Companies > House Of Blues
2200 N. Lamar Street, Dallas, TX | Directions 7520232.785326 -96.808089
Neighborhoods: Oak Lawn
Not impressed with the food nor the waitress – The food was not good, I ordered the baked macroni and chese, itwas not baked there was not much cheese, the pizza reminded me of something I made in elementry school project, the food came luke warm, the frozen dairqri was horrible. We saw our waitress 3 times with no refills. Just a big disappointment
For The Concerts – During August of '08 I went to the House Of Blues for a Tokio Hotel concert. The atmosphere around the stage was "loud" and exciting. It got me in the mood for the ear - deafening music. Of course they have have security guards around the stage so as the fans don't interfere with the concert. Before it all started, I was waiting around and the staff was walking around the lower level making sure people got what they wanted (food & drinks) so the people wouldn't lose their spots. For the parents who take their children to the concert if you don't really care for the band or their music, there's a bar and tables in the back. And if you don't wish to stand near the stage or with the huge crowd there's high tables so you can see past all the heads in front of you. I thought it was great overall. Although as soon as the concert started, the crowd sort of lost control and pushing and shoving was taking place. I know with all the adrenaline and excitment going on, you might be overwhelmed but HOB staff took no actions. I had to be aware of the people around me and I couldn't really enjoy the concert like I wanted to. If I didn't pay attention to the fans, I could've fallen and been trampled or stepped on multiple times. So if you don't want to deal with all the trouble I reccomend the upper level with seats. Another great thing about the concert hall is that it's behind the HOB restaurant. I don't know if the people heard the concert going on, but hopefully it wasn't a full on blast of hardcore bass. So basically a little mix of good and not so good. More positives than negatives I say. I absolutely loved the concert and I hope to visit the House of Blues again soon.
Great restaurant, good value, most venues are good – I've been to just about everything they have to offer now. Dinner is consistently good- especially for the price. Big portions, souther-style cuisine, great bands playing in the restaurant after 9 or so. The main (big) venue is a great place to see your favorite music. It's big but still intimate. You can choose seats up top or go general admission and stand. Both seem pretty good. It allows you to move around. The brunch is fun with good food but overpriced for a brunch. All-in-all a good experience. I've enjoyed eating a late dinner on Fri and catching a random band after in the restaurant. My main compalint was voiced by another. The small room upstairs is too close to the big one and the sounds bleeds through. Saw Cary Pierce and heart the hip-hop guy next door. I'd just recommend avoiding that one room (Cambridge?). Definitely worth a visit otherwise.
A fun time if your not too concerned for your personal well being and safety. – Tuesday, June 10, 2008/Natasha Bedinfield concert. We used the "Pass The Line" option/if you had dinner (food and wait staff were great) at the House of Blues prior to seeing a show you could get early access into the concert hall. At 7pm when the doors opened we got to go in before those standing outsise and we immediately got right up front at the stage/front and center. Neither of us are short guys - I am 6ft. 4in and he is a little shorter - there was a guy probably about 21-22 who stood behind us during the concert calling us "faggots" and "g@ys" and he was beyond drunk. He and his friends tried to get in between us (which they never did) saying they couldn't see and he kept saying that "we were too tall to be that close" - I alerted the security guys in front of the stage that we were being harrassed and they did nothing but stand there which causes concern for not only myself but others who might come to shows and be harrassed. If you can't get somewhere early enough to earn the place that you desire or if you don't take advantage of the options they offer to gain early entry then don't complain about it. Don't harass those who took advantage of the offered opportunity to gain early access. We didn't owe anyone anything, we paid money just like everyone else, stood in lthe "Pass The Line" and got too see our favorite singer up close and personal just as we had desired... but the lack of concern on the part of the security certainly makes me question what would happen should something like that get out of control... I am glad it didn't for us but that being said, then I guess a certain 21-22 year old would have been taken to jail, received an aggrevated assault and a hate crime offense since he had already used the words "Faggots" and "g@ys" as slurs towards us and of course, I would have sued him as well. All in all it was a wonderful night but just be aware of the security there lacking in securing a safe environment for everyone to fully enjoy the moment.
Terrible venue!!! – I went with some friends to see a comedian (Louis CK). There was a band in another room, so it was difficult to hear him over the noise of the band (think that you are trying to watch a serious movie in a theater, with Die Hard blaring in the next theater over). Once the show was over, we were hustled out to make way for a band playing on the same stage. On our way out, we wanted to go back to the front of the venue, but were shepherded out through a side door onto the street. We had no idea where we were, since we had come in through the front door.
In addition, we had reserved seats, but were told that all the seats were full. We were told to go up to the balcony to see if we could find seats there. It really ruins the whole premise of assigned seating, if they are not going to hold your seats.
In summation, I usually give places a few tries before I put them on my black list, but unfortunately, House of Blues - Dallas, is a place I will never go back to. It was impersonal and overall not a good experience. The final point is nothing is well marked. I would not want to be there in case of a fire, since it is pretty difficult to find your way around. But, don't bother asking anyone where to go, they will just point you out to the street and that's where you'll end up. Until you can find the $15 parking lot...
Great venue, great date night – Great place to hang out, mostly a couples bar or date place. Not very many singles. You can not beat the House of Blues period for live bands. Up close and personal. Food is better than average but almost a "Chili's of Creole food" has a cheap feel. Speciality drink menu has to be studied before ordering.
Does not stand up to the other House of Blues around the states, but by far the best thing going in Dallas
Amazing Venue, Great Food – I recently visited the HOB in Dallas for the first time. We attended the Corey Smith concert. My wife and I had dinner in the restaurant before heading into the main concert hall. I had the babyback ribs and she had the jambalaya. Both were really good. I also recommend the skillet of conrbread.
After the meal, we were able to get access to the music hall before the main line, because we had dined at HOB. (Some special perk they offer.) The main concert hall had plenty of space, multiple bars and had a really neat look and feel. Once Corey Smith took the stage, the crowd really got into it and the energey in the room was amazing. I think they might have the best sound and lighting system I've ever seen in a room of that size. (and I go to a lot of shows!)
Overall....a great night out....great food.....great show!
If you haven't been yet....I encourage you to check out the new HOB!
Not impressed – I thought the menu selection was terrible and ended up with the pizza which was the worst. My husband who will eat anything wouldn't even finish his piece. The service was slow and they were constantly messing up food orders around us. Just not impressed.
Boney James' star shines bright in Dallas at HOB .... – To the cute, nearsighted surgical nurse from Florida with the little black dress and the big pretty smile, this is the rocket scientist engineer who talked your ear off but was too stupid to get your number. I'm sorry we got separated after the show. Please meet me back at the HOB next Sunday at 7:00pm. I know this reads like a movie script, but it's real. Now to the Boney James review .... Why is this little guy a superstar in the world of smooth jazz ??? Well, had you been there Sunday night when he played to a spellbound house, you'd know the answer for yourself - he can really, really play his horns. He doesn't simply overpower you with raw power and volume like many other sax players try to, he has much more finesse and control. But the 2 qualities he has that supersede the others are: emotion and joy. If you can't feel both of these in every song he plays throughout his entire set, then maybe you should stay home with the blinds closed. This may be my first review but I am a huge fan of jazz sax . I've seen many smooth jazz artists over the years as they come through including Richard Elliott, Euge Groove, Candy Dulfer, Dave Koz (on DVD). I like and respect all these guys but Boney's music has the unique quality that the very first time you hear a song, it sounds familiar. He also manages to get himself right into the groove/pocket every time. You can't tell from looking at him but he's got it and it's all smooth. He entertains us and himself at the same time and that's a winning combination. His band was outstanding including the new kid on the guitar who looked to be all of 20 years old. I would pay to see him again and if you missed him this time, you should go home, open your blinds, and setup a tickler at the HOB website. You won't be disappointed. BTW, I tried the blackened prime rib and WOW - Great steak !!! The service is slow. And their key lime pie was a winner. Enjoy yourself at the HOB - Dallas, I did. Come see me cutie.
Bad Venue, Overpriced drinks... – Part of the reason I rencently went to see Jackopierce was to see the new house of blues....now i have to decide whether to see Mat Kearney in spite of it. Tickets are expensive, the design of the venue is horrible (standing below the balconey picks up a ton of ambient noise...hard to actually hear the show), and my double whiskey coke (size of a normal single) was $16!!! It's really sad that the chain of concert venues is taking over the music scene here (where's Trees and Gypsy Tea Room when you need them?)
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