Let me just say that when Mercury first came on the scene, their food was what you want in a fine dining restaurant - different, delicious and like nothing you had ever tasted. Now it is the place that inexplicably pops into your head when nobody knows where to go and you are trying to think of a restaurant. I went here about three months ago for dinner, can't even remember what I had, yeah it was that good. I do know we had reservations and by the time I got to the restaurant my Aunt was mad because she and my uncle had been waiting 10 minutes already. When we were finally seated we had our meal and the waitress was almost perfect, even putting up with my grumpy relatives. This weekend, my aunt asked me to lunch and when I said I couldn't think of anything between us, she suggested Mercury Grill. I asked her if we didn't have a bad experience there last time we went and she said she thought we like it. So I pretended I was thinking of somewhere else . We met for lunch. I had the smoked salmon, which was fine and the shrimp cocktail, 4 small shrimp with cocktail sauce and a dollop of guacamole, also fine. My aunt got their kalamata olive bread salad which she like and the cream of mushroom soup, which tasted like salted half and half heated with mushroom puree. Average meal, not average prices. I probably wouldn't even care to write about one more average, overrated Dallas restaurant if not for the fact that I knew what this place used to be like. Downgrade!
Pros: atmosphere, location
Cons: average food, relatively high prices, service ranging from poor to spectacular