Ella B's Southern

4.4
51 reviews
$50 and over
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Ella B's Restaurant is the premiere food establishment of Arlington TX. Conveniently located across from the AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, Ella B's is the restaurant of choice for great food, live entertainment and a layed back vibe. Join us to Experience Ella B's Entertainment - TGIF Friday's and Saturday Night Live entertainment featuring Dallas/Fort Worth's best R&B and Neo Soul bands on Friday and Saturday nights. The Ella B's Culinary Experience features cajun and soul food recipes created by nominated Chef of the Year by Cultural Map and former Dallas Cowboy Sous Chef Patrick Whitfield. Reservations are required Friday through Sunday and walkin's are welcome Wednesday and Thursday. Stay tuned for the Ella B's Patio Experience coming later in August 2021.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 51 People Are Saying
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Cali
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been looking for some good local (Fort Worth) soul food but there isn’t any anymore😢 but Ella B’s thank you For two weeks in a row of five star consistency of food and service.

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StormN
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Our waitress B was great & also the manager Marvin was a good spirit. The drinks were great. The food was good. The only negative is for four pieces of fish you receive one tablespoon of tarter sauce. It’s $1 per each additional sauce. It gives the vibe of nickel & dime and that diminishes the experience. Also for a fish dinner with French fries & a fried chicken dinner I only received a tablespoon of ketchup and was told it cost for more.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love Ella B's it took only one visit and it's definitely my fave!! I taken 2 groups since my first experience.. I've been every week since.. the vibe, the food is everything!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress Jessica was SIMPLY AMAZING! She was very knowledgeable regarding the menu and attentive to our needs. Top notch service all around. Will definitely revisit!

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SteveH
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Way over price for the though. You have to pay for your side when your side should be part of the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Huge portions for the entrées. Atmosphere was great with live music adding to it. Adult beverages were a little weak.

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Susanna
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CAN HE SAY SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY at its FINEST. I took my Fiancé to Ella B’s for his bday and we ABSOLUTELY enjoyed ourselves. AMAZING service , host , food and entertainment. The atmosphere was contagious(in a good way) EVERYONE was dancing 💃🏾 singing and enjoying the DJ , band, the DELICIOUS meal options , cooked to order, and timely prepared meals. I ordered the Cajun salmon and let me tell you it was cooked to perfection served over a bed of buttery tasting mash potatoes with the étouffée gravy sauce😋 The owners, cooks and workers was on point making sure everyone had what they need and periodically checking to see if we wanted more! Ella B’s is definitely the PLACE to BE!! I most definitely will go back for more!!!

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DeeG
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I enjoy Ella B's. The ambiance is nice and the food is great. The only challenge is parking especially if there is a Texas Stadium event. Other than that I love this place.

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Tina
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Made a reservation for a group of ladies. One of the ladies was having surgery and we wanted to have a girls night to ease her mind and send her off with positive vibes. Being a black owned establishment within our community we were all excited about going there. Everything was going good up until we find a peice of thread in my crawfish etouffee. Before I was able to let me waitress know, the host came over out of nowhere and proceeded to take my plate to the back. He then comes back and explains that there was floss in my food, he asked the workers in the kitchen and no one claimed to have floss so he wasnt sure where it came from. With a confused look on my face I said I'm sorry what, floss? He said yes but we dont know where it could have came from because no one had any floss. I then stated what are you trying to imply because I would not put floss in my own food as I'm eating it. He stated not saying you would but we dont know where it came from. With a still confused look on my face he then asked if I was having a bad day, and brought up how I did not speak to him when I came in. He mimicked how I walked in and went to the table to meet my friends. I couldn't do anything but laugh, because I was shocked at how I was being handled considering the fact he just told me there was floss in my food. A simple apology and a question of would you like anything else was needed or required. Never once did the manager or the chef come to apologize for the mishap. My waitress did ask if I wanted anything else, but of course not. I wouldn't dare order anything else after the way things were handled. Nor will I ever go back there, for I am all about supporting my local black owned businesses but expect to be treated better then that as a paying customer. I hope and pray your first experience will be better then mines.

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LauraVee
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Trouble with parking due to Cowboys game, staff assisting with parking was RUDE. Wait staff was very nice and attentive. Food was ok, not great, chicken and yams could've used a bit more flavor for my liking (honey fried chicken, yams and cabbage). DJ was good so overall, it was an ok dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual! Love the vibes!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Catfish is terrible, too thin & fried too hard and it's not real catfish, it's swai

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PriscillaB
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience, service was impeccable, food came hot tasty and large portions, and the Signature Margarita tasted like top shelf with a heavy handed pour😋

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TikeshiaA
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. It was the best night out I have had in a while. The food and music was wonderful!

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ANDREAD
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was game day and didn't get opportunity to make better selections from main menu. Also, parking was terrible.

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MelvinC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Service was extremely slow.Our waiter was very inattentive. Reservation was for 8,didnt receive our drinks til 845.We were so frustrated by the lack of service we left without ordering any food.The band was great though.Was my first time,I'll probably try on another night other than Fri/Sat.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! The food was superb, the service was excellent, staff very friendly, attentive and conversational, the band was phenomenal. This was our 1st time and we will definitely be back.

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Dacook
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a good experience with the food being outstanding. Only disappointment is they were out of dessert and we arrived within 2 hours of the opening time. Everything was presented in an appetizing manner. The food was hot and fresh with serving sizes to share. We loved it and will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was very nice and great staff. The food was awesome

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Bevvy
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I really had high hopes, since it was highly recommended. However, I was a little disappointed. The food was just OK, and the customer service could be improved. The server wasn’t very attentive especially since the restaurant wasn’t very busy. Overall, I’m happy we supported the restaurant, but not sure if we will go back.

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Graham
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Sunday vibe!!

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AnddreinP
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music and Food was great! The Fish and Chicken was seasoned well!

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RoderickW
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the bomb. Great food. Good music and the dinks where on point. I will be going back soon…

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ChawnC
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience3

I love that you have live music and the food good but didn't like that I reserved a table and didn't get a drink for almost 1 half and it took 30 to 40 min before anyone came to use we had to stop a waitress everyone kept passing by but Christy I think that's he name did a wonderful job so she made it up but it took for ever on food and that was me and my wife date night and I want it to be good but I still love it and will come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food, Service, Entertainment

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was good but the service was very slow. Loved the music. Would go again.

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Joedi
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Hubby’s 55th Birthday!!
Great Food, service and atmosphere!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice location, great food, restaurant was out of a couple of entrees but all else was great

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Customer service was great! Our server GiGi was very nice & pleasant. Food was good, but service was a little slow. Overall vibe was nice! Good music.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

It was a beautiful environment and we hoped the service level matched. As we were leaving the dj acknowledged it was a birthday celebration, which was the extent of celebrating an occasion here.

Within my group we tried 4 different entrees and the pasta and oxtails were a hit, while the honey fried chicken and lamb chops were not. The chicken was average and the lambs were all cut and cooked different so half were medium well, as requested, and others were medium and well done. No need to dislike what they give you because as I was told later by the manger, whatever you order you pay for.

The signature Harlem drink was a hit for those that ordered it. I unfortunately ordered a drink that i tried from one of my guest and when i finally got it it tasted different because it was mixed by a different person. We waited an Unusually long time for the drinks, then I expressed my concern to the manger (who was serving us since they seemed short staffed) at which point he highlighted that as indicated on their website, even if you do not like something, whatever you order you pay for. I would’ve been ok with them remaking it but i was not going to allow him to throw away the drink they didn’t make correctly, then pay for it and try another drink that may not be good and pay for that too.

Maybe the experience would’ve been different as a couple and not a group. Despite all of this, because we are a group they still received an AUTOMATIC 20% GRATUITY regardless of our experience.

Though I’ve heard there is a live band in the later evening, I would not make an effort to return or recommend others after my experience was less than impressive for my birthday. SN: Always go with what you know when celebrating a special occasion, not trying somewhere new.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Texas
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ella B’s is a nice place to dine. The music is at a level we’re you can still have a conversation without shouting. The food is off the chain delicious. The service was excellent!!! I can’t wait to go back next week.

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My1stTime
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very grown & relax atmosphere. Wonderful place to end a long week, unwind, have good drinks, good food and amazing music

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

It was my birthday, I came with 2 other friends our reservations was at 8:30pn the atmosphere was nice but my food was horrible….I ordered the crawfish Etouffee, my rice was not done and my food was cold. My friend ordered the lamb asparagus and mashed potatoes, the lamb was dry and none of the food looked appealing, my other friend ordered fried chicken, Mac and cheese and cabbage, her chicken had no seasoning and her Mac and cheese was supposed to be baked but it looked greasy with pieces of bacon in it, her cabbage was over cooked. The band was excellent

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vipNikNak
Dallas
36 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this spot!!!! Seated right away, band was great. Food was delish & drinks were strong! I will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently phenomenal, the reason my Husband and I continue to return to our date night and bring our family in. We love Shane, who provides us impeccable service each and every time. We highly recommend Ella B's. The portions and price points are perfect. We really enjoyed the live music on Friday night and the patio is our favorite for some good conversation and hookah.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, Food was great, Great atmosphere

DA
DrewryA
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience.. I brought out of town guest and they were impressed with the ambiance and the presentation. Servers were great.

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vipGigi
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was great as always. Not the best service during this dining experience though.

JP
JominqueP
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The experience wasn't what I'd expected. Was there to celebrate my birthday. Took at least 15 minutes for us to get our drinks ordered and even longer to receive them. Same for food. Reservations are for a 2 hour max per website and they looked out for time. Now I will say there is a possibility they happened to be short staffed and get that happens. It just took away from what I came to do, which was celebrate. The cabbage and mac and cheese is a high recommendation non-the less.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience5

Overall I have the 2 stars was due to the fact of I was just going out

FAQs

Ella B's Southern offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (214) 288-0186.

Ella B's Southern is rated 4.4 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.