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Culture ETX, Tyler, TX

Culture ETX

4.8
4.8
385 Reviews
$50 and over
Regional American (Contemporary Southern)
Texas inspired global cuisine by award winning (Texas Bucket List "Bite of the Season" 2021, Cochon 555 and Food Network Chopped) Chef Lance McWhorter. Steaks, chops, seafood, pasta, charcuterie, cheese, salads, artisan sandwiches all served from a kitchen that is right in the dining room! Our goal is offering cutting edge cuisine only found in the big cities in an ultra-casual, and incredibly fun setting.

Come on out and enjoy exceptional food and service, in a dining room where every seat is the Chef's Table!

Patio seating is now available for reservations! Indoor replacement seating may not be available for reservations interrupted due to inclement weather. Reserve at your own risk. Due to the size of our small (yet mighty!) dining room, no high chairs or room for strollers is available.

Exceptional selection of wine, fine sake, and craft beer.

Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB)

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Regional American (Contemporary Southern), Fusion / Eclectic, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (903) 787-5800
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Persons with Disabilities, Veteran
  • Executive Chef
    Lance McWhorter
  • Private party facilities
    Restaurant is available for buyouts
  • Neighbourhood
    Tyler
  • Cross Street
    Erwin and South College
  • Parking Details
    Parking on the Square, or free covered parking 1 block south in the Fair Plaza Garage (208 S College Ave)
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 385 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Texas

    Best Overall

  • East Texas

    Best Food

  • East Texas

    Best Service

  • East Texas

    Best Ambience

  • East Texas

    Best Value

  • East Texas

    Good for groups

  • East Texas

    Good for special occasions

  • East Texas

    Lively

  • East Texas

    Most Booked

  • Tyler

    Most Booked

385 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    East Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was wonderful! Service was great! Wine and Beer we we ordered was great! I love that the place is small! We will be back!!

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  2. CharlesR

    East Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank ya'll for a great night! We look forward to our next visit.

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  3. JeffP

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time to Culture ETX. It was definitely on the list of places to go and we WILL return soon!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    East Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience!!! Food is sooooo good!! Chef Lance is amazing at what he does. Love the staff! Definitely will be back

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  5. Nisen

    East Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing! Food was perfect and ambience was exactly what we were looking for. Everyone was so nice. The service amazing. Will be coming back in a regular basis for sure.

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  6. JamesY

    East Texas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are regular customers to Culture ETX, and this visit was a typically great experience! We always enjoy Kyle as our waiter! He really makes us feel welcome and is a gracious host! Food was awesome!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    East Texas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    My girlfriend and I went to Culture ETX for Valentine’s Day and we were looking forward to it! We were told in advance that we would be seated outside. We started with the cheese course which was $24 and did not come with bread or crackers, after having to reread the menu, the waiter refused to bring cracker or bread explaining we can buy a bread plate for $14, the cheese course is now $40. ABSURD! Next we ordered the salmon, spaghetti carbonara and the Crawfish Mac and cheese, the salmon was great and the carbonara was meh, the portion was too small, we never received the crawfish Mac that we ordered which speaks to the poor service. We enjoyed the bread pudding for desert which was unusual but tasty. Then to add insult to injury they charge a credit card fee at the end. 3% Was very displeased with the experience. Overall some of the food was good, some was poor. The service was worse than the food. The price was fine if we had gotten what we paid for. Will not go there again. If you are in Tyler skip this place.

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  8. JoeN

    East Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited for Valentine's Day & a birthday. It was one of the best meals I've had with my wife. Our server was fantastic offering ideas for menu choices & drinks. He checked with us often, but not too much. We were close enough to the kitchen to watch meals being plated up & even had the chef lean over to ask us about our meal. We hope to bring our daughter & her husband here sometime soon. Thanks!

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  9. davida

    Houston

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    While this is a highly rated restaurant, with an adventurous southern styled menu, we left feeling like we didn't get their best effort on Valentine's day. Perhaps our expectations were too high, but the dishes were good, not great. The plating was kind of weird (piled arugula on top of the pork chop?) The said chop had at least 3/4" of fat around it, and our server was knowledgeable, but not entirely dialed in to dishes, ingredients, where they were sourced, etc.

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  10. JamesM

    East Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In my opinion, this is hands down the best restaurant in Tyler. Everything we ordered was so good! It was one of the best meals I’ve had in awhile.

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  11. NB27

    East Texas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing. Service was very nice as well. Great selection of craft beer. You can only get cocktails from the speakeasy outback so it takes some time for that. Highly recommend.

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  12. JeffH

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, food is always fresh and fantastic. Tremendous service from Kyle. We had the tuna and salmon with a side of vegetables. Oh, and my wife ended with the death by chocolate cake which she said was incredible.

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  13. BrittneeA

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food with impeccable service. It was quite with updated music. It was also very personable as the chef came and asked how the food was. Highly recommended the death by chocolate cake if it makes another debut.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    East Texas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Culture ETX is one of our favorite restaurants in Tyler! Great food, great service, fun atmosphere. We really the open kitchen and being able to watch chef and his staff prepare all of the food. The French fries are the best we’ve ever had!!

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  15. MarkC

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a beautiful restaurant with amazing food! Service was awesome and very attentive. I will definitely go back and invite friends come along and have a few drinks.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our favorite true culinary place to eat at! Absolutely love the food each time, and they make it from scratch right in front of you.

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  17. AustinC

    East Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best pasta I’ve ever had in my life. Kyle our waiter was the best

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    East Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was jaw dropping amazing. The atmosphere was perfect. The waiter was perfect. The food was “am I still in Tyler TX?”

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    East Texas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are always excited to visit Culture ETX. The staff are wonderful and of course the food is delightful!!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely incredible chef prepared dishes that change seasonally

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  21. MaryellenS

    East Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Great service--Deep Fried Banana Pudding is uh-mazihg!

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  22. BrianB

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were amazing. Could not have asked for it to be any better.

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  23. TinaS

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We come here regularly and have our favorite table and enjoy and appreciate all of the staff. Mitchell, who greets every guest upon arrival. Kyle, our amazing server who is attentive but not intrusive and takes the time to get to know our family and preferences. Executive Chef & owner, Lance, and all of his assistant chefs who make every mouth watering dish to perfection EVERY SINGLE TIME. This is our go to restaurant for every special occasion but also for a chill Tuesday night when we just want delicious food. We drive an hour each way to come here and it is SO worth it!

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  24. GingerS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! We all ordered different entrees and were all very pleased. Excellent service…looking forward to going again!

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  25. KristiD

    East Texas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great, service was great, quality of food was great. For the price, I expected a better eating environment. Simple table and chairs packed in a small space.

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  26. TylerTexas

    Austin

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Off the chart quality and creativity! We always look forward to the menu items!

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  27. Cat82

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great food and service. The sea bass was one of the best I’ve had and the ossobuco was wonderful. The mixed vegetables had a great flavor. Great place, good wine list, great experience.

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  28. JoeH

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our dinner at Culture ETX and our after dinner drink at the “other place.” Service was exemplary, food was flavorful, and we loved being able to share several small plate options to try more things. Every dish was a standout and we left very satisfied.

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  29. DebbieR

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an enjoyable meal. We love introducing foodie friends to Culture as we did last night. The osso bucco pasta was amazing.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience as always! Great food, great wine! Would highly recommend!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent overall! This is a gem of a restaurant!

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  32. MikeA

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great dinning experience on the square in Tyler TX.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful atmosphere and amazing food! Best food in Tyler! The chef and the entire staff are super friendly! Will be back !

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  34. LayneB

    East Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our 4th visit here, we love it! The main server Kyle is great and remembers us when we visit each time, making it a more personal experience each time. Small and intimate dining area and we love the feel. We got to sit facing the chef and loved watching the kitchen team in action. Chef is very friendly and checks in to see how you are enjoying the dishes. They make great recommendations and the food is perfect every time! Flavorful menu combinations and quality ingredients that are hard to come by in East Texas. Also worth mentioning, the playlist is always enjoyable and has me swaying in my seat. Great date spot!

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  35. Jacob

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down this is the best food and service in Tyler right now. Would have gone back Sunday but they are closed Sunday and Monday. That is ok we have a reservation for Tuesday!

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  36. CBLP

    East Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the pleasure of eating here a few weeks ago while in town for business and I decided I had to bring my wife and kids at some point so I did. We also purposely watch Lance's Chopped episode before coming so the kids thought that was pretty cool. My whole family loved every dish and maybe they are exaggerating but they each said that was the best meal they ever had!

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  37. JenniferB

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent. Perfect choice for my birthday dinner.

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  38. BenB

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent! Started off with the bone marrow, which is amazing. A lot of the entree options looked enticing, but I went with the pork chop as usual, and it did not disappoint. My wife had the lobster which was great also.

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  39. AndyS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Every meal was well prepared and very tasty. Chef’s passion was evident in every plate.

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  40. AmandaS

    East Texas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent. We had the cheese Flatbread for starters and the sign of a good restaurant is simple ingredients done well so kuddos for that! The service was better than last time but could still use some polish. It's a bit loud but it's a downtown restaurant so that's expected. I would like to see the decor upgraded a bit. The visual surroundings could be better- to match the quality of food but that's just personal taste. We will definitely be back.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Culture ETX using the Order Online button. Culture ETX also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (903) 787-5800.

Culture ETX is rated 4.8 stars by 385 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Culture ETX

118 West Erwin St, Tyler, TX 75702

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Erwin and South College
  • Neighbourhood
    Tyler
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Regional American (Contemporary Southern), Fusion / Eclectic, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Parking on the Square, or free covered parking 1 block south in the Fair Plaza Garage (208 S College Ave)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Persons with Disabilities, Veteran
  • Executive Chef
    Lance McWhorter
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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