There are some things that are more fun kept among friends. Some experiences, some meals, some destinations that are for the few, the thirsty, the elite. Don't Tell Supper Club is one of those places.
The newly opened 10,000 square foot restaurant/nightclub seems like the type of place that would be perfectly comfortable were it located in the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Lucky for you, it's in downtown Dallas. Hashtag blessed.
A cool, dark, space that serves dinner Thursday-Saturday from 6-10 and then transitions into a nightclub, Don't Tell features a menu designed by celeb chef Tre Wilcox and entertainment provided by magicians, contortionists, musicians, and burlesque dancers. Truly, anything could happen when you walk down the roped-off red carpet and into those double doors. (Valet your car right next door - it's complimentary - or of course grab a Lyft.)
Inside the double doors awaits a carnival of cocktails, food, and performance art. Chandeliers in bird cages soar above the bar, while a brick wall ensconced by dramatic crimson curtains teases for scenes to come.
A stage waits for the performers to arrive. Meanwhile a magician roams the room performing disappearing coin tricks and swallowing his sword. Casual, right?
The staff greets with a complimentary cocktail. On this evening, a Caribbean punch.
The waitress explained to us that most of the menu is designed to be shared, tapas style, and the offerings can vary from one weekend to the next. There are only two entrees on the menu, and both are served for 2 or more people. Sounds like a great chance to double down on apps and drinks, no? We tried the Big Eye Tuna Tartare - with scallions, Yuzu, Togarashi, and black radish. The Smoked Yellowtail Sashimi was also recommended, and we did enjoy the grapefruit, jalapeno, cucumber, and avocado puree that complemented the fish quite well.
The cocktails were all served with dramatic presentation. Take, for instance, the Old Fashioned titled "Skinny's Remedy", a Rittenhouse Rye with Benedictine, Cocchi Torrino, house made root beer bitters, served in a medicine bottle.
During our visit a duo appeared to perform some tunes. At other times, especially later, the entertainment varies.
Part of the fun in Don't Tell lies in just looking around, taking in the fun and quirky details at every turn.
If you're looking for a place to drink, dine, or be entertained, consider Don't Tell for an experience unlike anything else to be found in North Texas.
And remember, let's keep this one between friends, Dallas.
2026 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75201
*While our evening at Don't Tell was complimentary, as always, all thoughts remain my own.