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LightCatcher Winery & Bistro
Ranked #365 of 1,716 Restaurants in Fort Worth
Price range: US$8 - US$20
Cuisines: Southwestern, French, Contemporary
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: We are a boutique Texas winery, producing wines made with grapes grown on the Texas High Plains. We offer styles to suit all palates, from sweet to smooth and fruity to big dry reds. Our four acres of oak-treed grounds include the winery, Pavilion and elevated flagstone Terrace (protected and umbrella-ed outdoor seating), herb and vegetable gardens, lawns and a small demonstration vineyard. Indoor seating is in our Barrel Room where our wines are aging in barrels. Wine Tastings are done in our Tasting Room, where there is also additional seating for light bites with wine. Please see our Bistro and Winery hours.
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Lightcatcher Winery is possibly the best bistro with authentic and innovative cuisine in the metroplex. Open for limited hours on weekends, the dining is quietly romantic and elegantly presented. From braised lamb to Beef Wellington, the portions are perfect, the flavors exciting, and the service excellent. We ran late, but the staff were most gracious and engaging. The whole dining experience is not to be missed. Also, the wines....

Thank Rangran
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Reviewed 13 December 2016

We had a company Christmas dinner party for 30 people last Saturday evening. We paid $500 for exclusive use of the restaurant which was to be closed to the public. Our employees and guests were to arrive at 6 for wine in the tasting room with dinner and wine at 6:30 in the dining room. The menu was to be prime rib, salmon and chicken. I had made the reservation and arrangements with the owner who could not oversee the party because she was called away on pressing personal business the night of the event which we understand.

When the owners of the company arrived at 5:15 to set out the presents in the dining room, the person in charge got a dolly and helped us get all of our presents and decorations into the restaurant. A good start, but there was a party of four at a table in the dining room who did not leave until shortly before 6:00. A waitress called them “KOAs/Campers” because they didn’t leave. The woman in charge at Lightcatcher did not seem to be concerned whatsoever and was rather curt with me about their presence there while we were trying to get the presents set up. The head table was in a different part of the dining room and needed to be reset so that we could all be together. She was uncooperative and resistant to my changes. The staff was not particularly accommodating either.

Once guests began arriving for wine before dinner in the tasting room, there was no wine service offered. I had to ask the woman in charge if our guests could get wine at about 6:10 to 6:15. There was no hospitality to speak of and the person in charge was dressed very casually in what we considered to be inappropriate attire for the event and her position. It was more kitchen attire than for the front of the house.

The staff counted heads in the tasting room, but when we were seated they were one place setting short. When it was called to their attention that one guest did not have a salad, we were told that they would have to count heads (AGAIN?). She did finally get her salad.

We were seated for dinner at the schedule time, and the wait staff took everyone’s order. No one was asked how they would like their prime rib done, e.g. rare, medium, etc. Ten or so minutes after we were seated, we realized no one had been offered or served wine. I had to ask the staff for wine service well after we were seated. We were not offered or served refills of wine. I had to ask staff for wine refills for the President, myself and others.

Guests who had the salmon and chicken said those dishes were good, but several said the mushroom sauce and au gratin potatoes were warm, but the chicken was cool to cold underneath. The prime rib all came out very, very rare (the rarest I have ever seen at Lawrey’s, Ruth’s Chris, Del Frisco, or anywhere). Numerous guests sent theirs back to be cooked more. And the prime rib was tough! Out of eighteen prime rib orders, I saw most of one left on the plate because it was too tough to chew (the President’s), and I personally saw four taken in to-go boxes to feed to their dogs because they were not fit to eat. No one ever came to the table to ask if the prime rib or other items were prepared to their liking.

I had addressed this very issue with the owner when making the menu because when we had our 2014 Christmas party at the Lightcatcher (which cost about $3,000), our owners had an issue with the toughness of the prime rib. Our President could not even chew hers. The owner assured me she had bought Choice prime ribs, and we wouldn’t have the same problem, so we gave her the benefit of the doubt and booked our second Christmas party with her. Well, we did have the same problem to the tune of $2,619.00. We were extremely disappointed in the food.

In recent years we have held our Christmas parties at Del Frisco’s (last year), Ruth’s, Joe T’s, Bonnell’s and The Cattlemen’s. We enjoy sharing special times with and treating our employees and guests to fine food and wine in a convivial atmosphere. We still had a good time with our employees and guests no thanks to the Lightcatcher.

We do not plan to eat there again!

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4  Thank Bandersnap
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Reviewed 10 December 2016

Check the website for the hours, but the food and wine offered at this slightly off the beaten path vinery is top notch.

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Thank BillfromFTWTx
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

this winery has top knotch cooks and delicious and healthy choices. the wine and the atmosphere are very relaxed and festive.

Thank Brian G
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Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

We were looking for something different to do before traveling home after a race weekend. Super food. Great wine and very pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. We definetly plan to go back again.

Thank Debbie C
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