Where to Eat in Dallas Right Now

Dakota’s Steakhouse—back and better than ever.

Dakota’s Steakhouse in Dallas
Dakota’s Steakhouse | Photo by Beckley Photography
Dakota’s Steakhouse | Photo by Beckley Photography

There’s nothing quite like that new restaurant smell. And this fall, you’ll have plenty of recently debuted eateries offering wonderful aromas and flavors to entice the senses. Read on for some killer spots serving everything from modern Brazilian cuisine and southern California coastal to Detroit-style pizza and southeastern Asian cuisine in an opulent setting. In total—including all the new spots at The Village and its jam-packed food hall—you’ll have more than two dozen places to add to your dining repertoire while supporting the local restaurant scene as it continues to bounce back. Bon appetit.

Spatch and Sonny & Son’s
Spatch & Sonny & Son's | Photo courtesy of Spatch

The gist: Opening in adjacent spaces, this duo offers diners two different approaches to Southern favorites.
The food: The full-service Spatch features comfort favorites like Pimento Cheese, Chicken Fried Steak Tips, and Gulf Shrimp and Grits. Sonny & Son’s complements its neighbor’s offerings with fast-casual Nashville Hot Chicken, Fried Chicken, and Donuts in a variety of configurations.
The cost: Starters $8 - $9, entrées $17 - $39, beer $3 - $9, wine by the glass $9 - $29.

Available for Reservations
The Village Dallas Restaurants
The Village | Photo courtesy of The Village

The gist: The newly upgraded Village neighborhood—previously known mostly for its multiple apartment complexes—now offers residents and visitors more than 10 different culinary concepts overseen by chef Junior Borges in one walkable district.
The food: Among the numerous options are Roundhouse Food Hall for everything from raw seafood preparations to standout burgers, Meridian for modern Brazilian fare, and La Mina for Mexican regional cuisine in multiple forms.
The cost: Vendor prices vary.
How to book: Check out each concept’s website for reservation and take-out information.

Sister Restaurant
Sister | Photo by Manny Rodriguez Photography

Sister

Lower Greenville

The gist: The space formerly occupied by beloved long-time restaurant, The Grape, Sister whips up loosely interpreted Italian dishes for dinner (lunch coming soon) in a glamorous yet inviting dining room.
The food: Highlights of the creative fleet include Octopus Panzanella, Pepperoni Mussels, Grilled Swordfish, and Calabrian Chile Ravioli, among others.
The cost: Starters $13 - $23, entrées $13 - $65, wine by the glass $11 - $22, cocktails $12 - $18.

Available for Reservations
Suburban Yacht Club
Suburban Yacht Club | Manny Rodriguez Photography

The gist: Billed as a SoCal-style coastal cantina with a yacht club vibe, this new spot offers tropical cocktails alongside a roster of tasty crowd-pleasers.
The food: With a menu overseen by Brian Luscher (formerly of The Grape and Luscher’s Red Hots), diners can sup on Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Elote, Baja Beer Battered Fish Tacos, and Jala-piña BBQ Chicken Asado. To drink, curious cocktails like the Seafoam Surfer (Casa Noble Crystal tequila, Gran Marnier, agave, lime, salty seafoam) add to the beachy theme.
The cost: Starters and shareables $5 - $19, bar bites $13 - $17, large-format cocktails $30 - $35, beer $5 - $7, individual cocktails $12 - $14.
How to book: Join the waitlist via Yelp.

Second Rodeo Brewing
Second Rodeo Brewing | Photo by Kayla Enright

Second Rodeo Brewing

Fort Worth Stockyards

The gist: Located in the vibrant Mule Alley section of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, this 14,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor patio and garden welcomes visitors to kick back with a house-brewed beer.
The food: The concise menu features a long list of Chicken Wings (PB&J, Mexican Holy Mole, Black Garlic BBQ) and Cheesesteaks sent in hot from Truck Yard, accompanied by daily live country music and a hearty lot of expertly brewed craft beers.
The cost: Bar bites $12 - $24, beer by the pint $5 - $6, beer by the pitcher $18 - $22, cocktails $8 - $11.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Elephant East
Elephant East | Photo courtesy of Elephant East

Elephant East

Harwood District

The gist: Southeastern Asian cuisine leads the charge at this ornate addition to the Harwood District, now offering dinner service five nights a week.
The food: Korean Fried Chicken, Texas Wagyu with spicy long beans, Singapore Noodles, and Chinese Donuts represent some of the food highlights, while Singapore Slings and eastern-influenced margaritas top the cocktail list.
The cost: Starters and shareables $8 - $80, entrées $26 - $30, noodle and rice dishes $14 - $18, cocktails $12 - $14, sake $10 - $18, beer and wine by the glass $6 - $14.
How to book: Reserve via SevenRooms.

Nico’s MX Pizzeria & Cocktail Venue
Nico’s MX Pizzeria & Cocktail Venue | Photo by Kathy Tran

The gist: Mexico meets Italy at this self-proclaimed “street gastronomy” newcomer.
The food: The innovative concept translates to pizzas topped with fajitas, al pastor, and La Diabla, featuring a near-deadly Level 5 diablo sauce made with habanero, Carolina, and Scorpion peppers. A talented team of bartenders has created beverages to complement the food, including palate-priming Adult Frescas (AKA “one-minute cocktails”), each attributed to the local mixologist who came up with them.
The cost: Starters $8 - $12, entrées and pizzas $10 - $23, cocktails $10 - $13, beer $5 - $7.
How to book: Reserve online.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Dakota's Steakhouse
Dakota's Steakhouse | Photo by Beckley Photography

Dakota's Steakhouse

Downtown Dallas

The gist: Head underground to take part in the Phoenix-like return of the iconic Dallas steakhouse that shuttered during the pandemic, but found new life under the ownership of Meredith McEneny.
The food: All the classic steakhouse fare you love—including dry-aged beef, ocean-fresh seafood, and a never-ending parade of decadent side dishes—make for a memorable meal for special occasions or any time you wish to impress. (Pro tip: Get a seat on the patio to truly experience the subterranean magic.)
The cost: Starters $16 - $26, steaks $64 - $97, other entrées $30 - $43, sides $9 - $20, cocktails $12 - $18.

Available for Reservations
Thunderbird Pies
Thunderbird Pies | Photo courtesy of Thunderbird Pies

Thunderbird Pies

East Dallas

The gist: Launched as a Detroit-style pizza ghost kitchen, this brick-and-mortar debut is now tucked away next door to one of owner Jay Jerrier’s other pizza concepts, Cane Rosso, in a stripmall near White Rock Lake.
The food: Already on our list of best pizza places in Dallas, this charming slice shop will win you over with its deep-dish square pies accented with crispy, cheesy, crusty edges. Try the Thunder Mifflin, littered with crunchy pepperoni cups, sausage, and mushrooms.
The cost: Starters $9 - $11, pizzas $13 - $27, beer $5 - $7, wine by the glass $9 - $10, Pinot Freezio $6.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out via Aloha, or get delivery via Uber Eats.

Harper’s

Deep Ellum

The gist: The newest restaurant on the list debuted on August 5 in the Hamilton Building across from the Pittman Hotel. The concept features a globally inspired menu in a chic space dominated by dark woods and dramatic lighting, plus a fully enclosable patio.
The food: For folks who can’t decide what type of cuisine they’re craving, Harper’s offers a parade of international favorites courtesy of executive chef Jacob Williamson, who helmed the kitchen at Five-Sixty by Wolfgang Puck before it closed during the pandemic. The menu continues to evolve, but standouts include Bombay chicken tikka, Korean style beef rib, and Burmese tea leaf salad, plus whole lobster Benedict and Japanese pancakes when they launch brunch in the coming weeks.
The cost: Starters $13 - $26, entrées $24 - $195, cocktails $15 - $19, wine by the glass $12 - $35.
How to book: Reserve via SevenRooms.

Wok Star Chinese

North Dallas

The gist: The moment you walk into this recently opened spot at The Hill, you know you’re in for a good time. A large mural of rock stars past and present (with a soundtrack to match) provides a killer backdrop for family-style spreads of top-notch American-style Chinese food.
The food: You’ll find all the usual suspects here (Kung Pao Chicken, Beef and Broccoli), but focus on the noodle dishes and dumplings, which come from chef Charlie Zhang, formerly of Royal China. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch him in the kitchen tossing the dough into the air to create the hand-pulled wonders.
The cost: Starters $4 - $10, entrées $14 - $20, veggie dishes $10 - $12, cocktails $13 - $15, beer, sake, and wine by the glass $7 - $25.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or get delivery via Uber Eats and Favor.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

The gist: What was once a parking lot is now the spacious, mural-filled ArtPark, adding even more al fresco dining space to Trinity Groves. With 30 outdoor TVs, it’s a particularly popular place for sports watching.
The food: The beer garden offers a laid-back setting for enjoying creative bar food, from Spaghetti-O Fritters to burgers, sandwiches, and Hoffman Hots Hot Dogs—a throwback to one of Trinity Groves’ very first restaurants.
The cost: Starters $5 - $7, entrées and sandwiches $6 - $14, cocktails $6 - $12, beer by the bucket or pitcher $25 - $27.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

The gist: Chef Jesus Carmona has rebranded his beloved Tacos Mariachi in the same space, now with a lotería theme and an updated assortment of thoughtful tacos alongside familiar touches that won’t disappoint longtime fans.
The food: The menu features tacos in three categories: traditional (i.e. carne asada), gourmet (i.e. smoked salmon), and funky (i.e. grilled marinated octopus), as well as a burger topped with shrimp, a veggie bowl, and daily specials including birria tacos on Thursdays.
The cost: Menu items $4 - $8.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Roots Southern Table
Roots Southern Table | Photo by Alyssa Vincent

Roots Southern Table

Farmers Branch

The gist: Top Chef alum Tiffany Derry expands on her smash hit quick-serve Roots Chicken Shak with a finer full-service concept at Mustang Station in Farmers Branch. The location’s a bit of a trek for her Dallas devotees, but well worth the extra effort.
The food: Duck fat-fried chicken became one of Derry’s signature dishes back when she opened the gone-but-not-forgotten Private Social in Uptown, and it’s been a mega-hit ever since. Served family-style, it’s an absolute must, along with farm-fresh sides like Hoppin’ John, succotash, and creamed corn.
The cost: Starters $8 - $12, entrées $32 - $56.
How to book: Reserve via Tabit.

Loro
Loro Asian Smokehouse | Photo by Logan Crable

Loro Asian Smokehouse

Old East Dallas

The gist: James Beard Foundation Award-winning chefs Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue) and Tyson Cole (Uchi) joined forces in 2018, merging their respective masteries of Texas BBQ and Southeast Asian cuisine for a combination that works on every level.
The food: All the greatest hits can be found—brisket, smoked turkey, ribs—but everything on the menu benefits from an infusion of Asian flavors and flair, with addition slike coconut rice, curries, or splashes of tangy yuzu completely reinventing proteins and veggies. Pro tip: If you go on Mondays at 4 pm, you’ll be there for the one magic hour when you can try everything on the menu (not to mention enjoy happy hour pricing), including daily specials and limited-time offerings like baby back ribs, beef brisket, crispy smoked chicken sandwiches, and Loro cheeseburgers.
The cost: Starters and sides $5 - $11, meats $13 - $19, sandwiches $11 - $14, cocktails $8.50, beer and wine by the glass $4 - $10.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Steven Lindsey is a contributor for Thrillist.