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Cool River Cafe

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American, Bar, Pub
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3200 E Airfield Dr, Terminal D - Gate 25, Dallas Fort Worth Airport, Dallas, TX 75261-4904
+1 972-973-8888
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Midland, Texas
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286 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten at Cool River in Love Field on a number of occasions. Quality of food has detereorated. Crab cakes arrived as black, overcooked, greasy balls. My wife sent them back. The new serving was not much better - not cooked as hard, but greasy. My sliced beef sandwich was large, but mostly bun. The meat gave the impression... More 

Thank BillM551
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Completely oblivious waiters apparently don't understand they are working in an airport where people don't have time to wait endlessly for service/food. And when politey asked to take an order they cannot be more snotty and inconvenienced. Choose this place only if you have a 2+ hour lay over.

Thank Maureen M
Astoria oregon
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1,666 reviews
1,066 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 701 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is in Dallas airport, we have had long lay overs in Dallas/Fort Worth and this is an ok place to grab a meal on the go.

Thank Journeyman644
El Dorado, Arkansas
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130 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I shared a roast beef sandwich au jus and cole slaw along with fries that I've never experienced before but they were the cat's meow.....Our server was very polite and friendly and very efficient.....If you've got some time to spare and are in terminal D at the DFW airport, you should give this place a visit.....

Thank drcody775
Dallas, Texas
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are stuck and need food, go to any of the fast food venders and not here. The only thing they offer is alcohol, a there than that the food was not eatable. Stay away from all of the starters.

Thank Brady123456
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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305 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Every road warrior knows that the best places for a layover meal in DFW are all in Terminal D - the expansive, modern, international terminal. Cool River Cafe contributes to this, with good (not great) steaks, huge specialty salads, well-made sandwiches and soups, and a few good beers on tap. If you're "in the know," you'll know you can sit... More 

Thank Holokauahi
Boca Raton, Florida
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46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

I will say that the airport has a ton of restaurants to choose from. I had breakfast here, an omelette with home fries. For airport food, it wasn't bad. But otherwise, it was just so-so. Honestly it was a little dry. But the service was good and everyone was friendly so all in all, not bad!

Thank Beth M
Sydney, Australia
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85 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

It was dinner time, 4 hours before boarding the late night flight. Not far from gate D40, Cool River Cafe was like a beacon in a deep fried / hamburger sea of food offerings. The girls had Chicken Panini (one is enough for two) and I had the Chop House salad (see photos). The Panini was good honest food. The... More 

Thank AnthonyCordato
Anacortes, Washington
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

It looked good in the case, but the chicken salad was mushy and tasted sweet. Almost as if there was some relish in there. Not worth the money, for sure.

Thank Mark O
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We had time to kill because of a flight delay and wanted a good steak. We got a good steak but decided to share a steak and a salad. The steak came with one side. The portion was enough to share and be satisfied. Ordered a beer on tap and it was not cold. The waitress brought me another and... More 

Thank Biztraveler4two

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3200 E Airfield Dr, Terminal D - Gate 25, Dallas Fort Worth Airport, Dallas, TX 75261-4904
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Dallas
  • Phone Number: +1 972-973-8888
  • This restaurant is at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (after security)

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?