Where to Eat in Dallas Right Now

A gamer’s paradise, two steakhouses with bold international spins, and the return of Rodeo Bar.

Wits Steakhouse
Wits Steakhouse | Photo by Kathy Tran
Wits Steakhouse | Photo by Kathy Tran

Some people get excited about the birth of babies, flowers beginning to bloom, or a sunrise over the mountains while sitting on a remote beach on Maui. Sure, those things all have their merits, but finding out about the opening of a fantastic new restaurant in Dallas-Fort Worth is one of our favorite things in the world. (It’s the simple things, really.) If you’re like us and love to try the latest and greatest, read on for some of the recent debuts that have us way too excited. Whether it’s making a reservation at a new Design District steakhouse or standing in line for New York bagels in the Park Cities, we’ve got our next few meals planned out right here.

Nuri Grill
Nuri Grill | Photo by Kathy Tran

Nuri Grill

North Dallas
$$$$

The gist: This upscale, Asian-inspired steakhouse opened in Koreatown in November, but it’s worth checking out because it comes from highly acclaimed Korean chefs (and the CEO of Smoothie King, of all people).
The food: Each table comes with an inset grill where the servers cook much of the food right in front of you (a nice change from the DIY places that are so popular) with choices ranging from Pine Nut Shrimp and Crab Fritters to Bulgogi and Chateaubriand. Craft cocktails made with Asian ingredients, Japanese whiskies, and an impressive wine list take things to the next level.

Available for Reservations

Farm + Feed

Plano
$$$$

The gist: The name of this new Plano spot doesn’t give any hints to the interesting new concept whatsoever, but (hint, hint) it’s one that will thrill legions of gamers.
The food: In addition to serving Pizza Rolls, Pork Lettuce Wraps, and ice-cold craft beers, you’ll also find items that riff on the restaurant’s concept, such as Tonic the Hedgehog. Yep, this 8,000-square-foot space features 20 booths equipped with 55-inch TVs for gamers, plus 34 computers loaded with video games for some epic battles in an entirely different reality.
How to book: Reserve via SevenRooms.

Rodeo Bar
Rodeo Bar | Rodeo Bar

Rodeo Bar

Downtown Dallas
$$$$

The gist: This longtime favorite closed down back in 2018, but after a complete overhaul, it’s back at the Adolphus Hotel with nods to the past and future of the Texas tavern.
The food: Burgers, nachos, wings, and corn dogs dominate the far-from-fancy menu inside what’s arguably one of the swankiest hotels in the city. It’s a nice juxtaposition and a far cry from must-visit fine dining establishment The French Room upstairs.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Wits Steakhouse
Wits Steakhouse | Photo by Kathy Tran

Wits Steakhouse

Design District
$$$$

The gist: The former Oak space on Oak Lawn Avenue is now home to this polished modern steakhouse.
The food: A new twist on the standard Dallas steakhouse, you’ll find South African-inspired dishes such as Peri-Peri Prawns and Braai Free-range Chicken sharing menu space with traditional chops and sides. The dinner-only restaurant features a large wine menu and beer list (both with South African options), each of which can accompany specific dishes for unexpected pairings.

Available for Reservations

Sclafani’s NY Bagels

Park Cities
$$$$

The gist: New Yorkers may disagree, but this new spot at Preston Center stocks some damn good bagels and schmear. Plan ahead because there will very likely be a line.
The food: In addition to simple bagel-and-cream-cheese combos, you can order up lox, several hearty breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and gourmet coffee drinks.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served ordering.

Spatch
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.

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.
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.

Available for Reservations
Suburban Yacht Club
Suburban Yacht Club | Suburban Yacht Club

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.
How to book: Join the waitlist via Yelp.

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.
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.
How to book: Reserve via SevenRooms.

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.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order takeout via Aloha.

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.
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.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Milagro Tacos Cantina

West Dallas
$$$$

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.
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.
How to book: Reserve via Tabit.

Steven Lindsey is a contributor for Thrillist.