The gist: Gone is the old Restoration Hardware and in its place comes the near-$40 million, 70,000-square-foot RH Dallas complex complete with a rooftop restaurant and park plus a wine and coffee bar.
The food: Hearty salads, lobster rolls, and a luxe 16-ounce Prime ribeye dominate a curated bill of upmarket bites. All entrées are served a la carte, which lets you customize your meal with a variety of decadent sides including truffle fries (with real black truffles) and wild mushrooms with garlic, fresh thyme, and sherry vinegar.
The cost: Entrées $20 - $59, sides $9 - $18, wine by the glass $14 - $35, beer $8.
How to book: Stop in for first come, first served seating or call 214-520-7255 for take-out.
The gist: After success in Houston, this Arizona-based wine café continues its Texas expansion with a spectacular Deep Ellum addition featuring a large patio overlooking the once-again bustling entertainment district.
The food: Everything here is designed to pair with wine and beer, so don’t expect to find any hard liquor behind the bar. Known for their charcuterie-style boards (including an enticing vegetarian option) and mix-and-match bruschetta platters, it’s all about the shareables. But don’t worry— those less inclined to swap utensils can feast on single-portioned sandwiches and salads all to themselves. Daily happy hour deals include $5 wines and pitchers of beer before 5 pm and every Monday and Tuesday after 8 pm, a bottle of wine and a bruschetta board runs just $25.
The cost: Snacks $6 - $14, appetizer boards $14 - $16, salads $10 - $12, sandwiches $12, wine by the glass $9 - $13, draft beer $6.
How to book: Stop in for first come, first served seating or order take-out and delivery via Toast.
The gist: Tex-Mex devotees flock to this East Dallas newcomer for old-school comforts served with a modern twist in an unpretentious cantina-like setting. Named after founder Kyle Noonan’s grandfather, the indoor-outdoor concept’s garage doors connect the dining room to a dog-friendly patio with a fire pit and ornate fountain.
The food: Queso, guac, margaritas, fajitas, nachos, quesadillas—the usual suspects lead the charge here, but it’s the Golden Tacos that truly steal the show thanks to what the menu describes as an “offensive amount of cheese.” (For the record, we were far from offended.)
The cost: Starters $9 - $17, fajitas $19, Golden Taco platters $15, combo plates $14 - $20, cocktails $9 - $26, wine by the glass $9, beer $7.
How to book: Stop in for first come, first served seating, call 214-363-2699 and order online for take-out, or order delivery via DoorDash.
The gist: Expect elevated Asian street food with a massive dog-friendly, tree-shaded patio in the heart of the historic State-Thomas district of Uptown.
The food: The name Anju translates to “creative dishes consumed with alcohol,” and that pretty much hits the vibe nail on the head. Dishes from China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand dominate the menu, with highlights including Angus beef dumplings, pork belly bao buns, and crawfish and kimchi fried rice.
The cost: Starters $6 - $9, salads $9, entrées $12 - $17, brunch mains $14 - $18, cocktails $10 - $16.
How to book: Stop in for first come, first served seating, call 214-965-9595 for take-out, or order delivery via Postmates, Grubhub, DoorDash, and Uber Eats.
The gist: A drive-thru restaurant that’s actually good for you, not to mention just as affordable as the typical burger-and-fries joint. The first location just came on the scene with several additional offshoots planned to debut in the coming weeks.
The food: Alongside the obvious salads, you’ll find wraps, breakfast burritos, and soups, all made to order from scratch with fresh, consciously sourced ingredients including homemade dressings. Everything is highly customizable, to boot.
The cost: Salads and wraps $5.74 - $8.23. Breakfast burritos $2.99. Coffee and soft drinks $1.
How to book: Stop by for drive-thru or pick-up window service or order take-out online.
The gist: This ultra-swanky, 9th floor cocktail lounge marked by a beautiful terrace is just one of four recent food and beverage venues to open inside the Thompson Hotel’s National building property, completely renovated to the tune of $460 million.
The food: The entire menu’s designed for sharing, from communal favorites like oysters and smoked bone marrow to less-expected table-pleasers such as bone-in New York strip steak and miso-marinated salmon.
The cost: Shareables and mains $3 - $58, desserts $8 - $15, cocktails $16 - $18.
How to book: Reserve via Resy, call 469-726-4115 for take-out, or order delivery via Grubhub.