The Clover Club is open for dinner and a show. (Photo by Louis Rajsich)
The iconic Clover Club cocktail. (Photo by Louis Rajsich)
The Braised Wagyu Shortrib is a must-try at The Clover Club. (Photo by Louis Rajsich)
Grilled Texas Quail (Photo by Louis Rajsich)
Lobster potstickers (Photo by Louis Rajsich)
Lobster Mac + Cheese (Photo by Louis Rajsich)
The rooftop bar has great views of Uptown. (Photo by Louis Rajsich)
Happy hour on the rooftop is from 6 pm to 9 pm Wednesday through Saturday. (Photo by Louis Rajsich)
Uptown Dallas’ newest live music venue and supper club, The Clover Club, officially opened a few weeks ago. But it turns out it comes with a twist that any foodie would appreciate.
PaperCity revealed the details of The Clover Club’s plans back in May. Differing from the rest of nightlife in Uptown, this new club offers a more adult twist with big band music. And although I am not in the 35-plus age range the restaurant is looking to cater to, I still had a great time.
On a recent Friday evening, I discovered that The Clover Club is more than just a live music venue and great place for cocktails. It’s a worthy dining experience with delicious food as well. The weekend before, I had checked out happy hour on rooftop that overlooks Cedar Springs Road and Maple Avenue. My boyfriend and I got a glimpse of the food menu and decided we had to come back.
The main dining room has a much more sophisticated vibe than the rooftop, but that’s what makes it feel so exclusive. The rooftop is definitely nice, with the views, cabana-style seating with bright red sofas and umbrellas, and a full-bar with a lot of the cocktails offered downstairs. But on the roof, men can wear shorts, whereas downstairs they cannot. And that definitely creates a change in tone.
We were seated around 7:30 pm for dinner at a small round table with black leather chairs. The stage was lit up with the signature clover against the red curtain, ready for the band to take the stage a bit later on. Arlington-based Michael Hix and The Classix would be performing. I immediately ordered a Clover Club cocktail, since I’d had one before and loved it. I was pleasantly surprised when this time, the drink had cocktail art, a pink three-leaf clover that stood out against the white foam.
For starters, we tried the lobster potstickers with soy-ginger dipping sauce and the grilled Texas quail, which had a sesame glaze and mushrooms. I’d never tried quail before so I didn’t have much to compare to, but it was good. And lobster potstickers are always good. There’s also jumbo shrimp cocktail, tenderloin tartare, hamachi crudo and foie gras for appetizers.
When it came time to order an entree, the Braised Wagyu Short rib was highly recommended so we gave it a try. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it was one of the best things I have ever eaten. It comes with the most tender piece of beef you’ll ever cut into, fried rice, a fried egg, Thai glaze and cucumber salad.
I also tried the Jidori Chicken, which comes with a breast and a leg, charred vegetables, fingerling potatoes and tomato-ginger jam. This was tasty, especially when you mix the chicken and jam with some vegetables in one bite, but nothing could compete with the short rib.
Other specialties on the menu include grilled Atlantic salmon, sea scallops and curried cauliflower. You can also order “From the Grill” meats, such as prime filet or beef, cowboy ribeye, NY strip, or double cut porkchop. Sides that can be added on are garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, creamed corn, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, and more.
My only regret is not trying the mac and cheese with lobster. That’ll be something to look forward to for next time. Oh, and another order of the Wagyu short rib, of course.
One can make reservations for dinner at The Clover Club by calling 972-685-5128. And a Sunday Brunch is now being served from 11 am to 4 pm as well.