Food & Drink

The Best Restaurants in Dallas Right Now

Updated On 08/13/2019 at 05:31PM EST Updated On 08/13/2019 at 05:31PM EST

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Hillside Tavern

Hillside Tavern

Est. 2019 | Lakewood

Casual neighborhood tavern serving cozy comfort food
Amazing food? Laid back vibe? Ample strip mall parking? Check, check, and check! The sustenance alchemists who brought us Boulevardier and Rapscallion have started slinging unpretentious-yet-upscale bar fare from a revived space at Hillside Village Shopping Center back in April. Should you check it out? Allow us to answer that question with a much longer question: Do you enjoy relaxing with adult beverages and hot meat enveloped in thick slabs of bread? Hillside Tavern recognizes game with fantastic cocktails, a fine selection of regional beers and wine, and some of the best burgers, patty melts, and muffulettas you’ll ever ferociously cram into your face. Tell them Grandma sent you -- and she wants her recipes back.

The Clover Club

Clover Club

Est. 2019 | Uptown

The swankiest, swinging-est supper club in town
Put on your nicest pair of pants and prepare your palate for the most elusive of rarified air. Though it’s only been open a short while, Clover Club has established itself as a preeminent purveyor of posh eats, craft cocktails, and smooth sounds. Whether you find yourself atop its sky-soaked rooftop patio or seated snugly it its low-lit dining area, the club gently bathes you in an inescapable atmosphere of elegance. Sophisticated drinks prime cultured conversation as oungy jazz and big band acts provide the live soundtrack for a refreshingly erudite evening with best friends (or your super-special someone).
 
Of course, without great dishes, Clover Club would be nothing more than a sophisticated speakeasy. Chef Anthony Van Camp puts the supper in the club with expertly executed steak and seafood plates (food-based fortes include braised short ribs and lobster potstickers), transforming an exquisite evening out into an almost cinematic dining experience.

The Henry

The Henry

Est. 2019 | Uptown

Upscale chain offering more than just crazy-good brunch
Depending on how you look at it, The Henry’s whereabouts in the primo-contempo mixed use space that is The Union is either a very happy accident or a meticulous custom fit. Situated comfortably in the office-retail-residential hub that proudly ties together Victory Park and Uptown, The Henry’s third national location (following spots in Phoenix and West Hollywood) offers something wonderful for everyone at every conventional mealtime.

Indeed, if you happen to be unencumbered by budget, you can conceivably enjoy each and every meal at The Henry -- or you can simply review the dusk-to-dawn menu, choose a chow time, grab a date, and follow through. We recommend brunch because we’re suckers for the bread pudding French toast (smoked Norwegian salmon when we’re feeling fancy; also, brunch is pretty much the only time when drinking from a tableside Bloody Mary & Mimosa cart is not frowned upon in polite society.

Beverley’s Bistro & Bar

Est. 2019 | Central Dallas

The panache of Dallas dining, with the flavors of a Brooklyn deli 
You need only be in Dallas for approximately six minutes before you notice parts of town where one neighborhood ends, a second neighborhood begins, and a third neighborhood somehow appears out of nowhere. Beverley’s on Fitzhugh Avenue finds itself in such a peculiar location; north of the Uptown vibe that permeates beyond Cityplace and the West Village, east of where Turtle Creek bends into Highland Park, and somehow both west and south of Knox/Henderson. This is a fuzzy non-area where better-known neighborhoods intersect and co-exist, and while it may be difficult to place in a few words, this border locale is exactly where Beverley’s belongs.

The menu -- with highlights that include oysters on the half shell, matzo ball soup, charred Spanish octopus, chicken schnitzel, and whole branzino -- is a cross-culture love letter to New York City kosher cuisine, Mediterranean seaside cafes, and the cool chic of North Texas restaurant culture. Moreover, residents of the bordering neighborhood cluster have helped Beverley’s achieve local bistro gold status, flocking to and feasting at Beverley’s in droves, converting a once ill-defined swath of strip mall into the heart of a new-old ‘hood.

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Tiki Loco

Est. 2018 | Deep Ellum

Vegan tacos and smoothies for the soul
Food in Deep Ellum isn’t just pizza and donuts and hot dogs anymore. Which is good news for those who are looking for healthier fare. Oliver Pecker, longtime owner of Deep Ellum staple Elm Street Tattoo and star of reality show Ink Masters, has brought vegan nibbles and ultra healthy smoothies to the neighborhood. Juices, coffees and smoothies are great to go. But the flavorful and filling vegan tacos at Tiki Loco are what has everyone in town talking.

Macellaio

Macellaio

Est. 2018 | Oak Cliff

Where cured meat is king
Getting a reservation at Oak Cliff’s Lucia has been nearly impossible since it opened. To accommodate the foodie demand and to show off their fluency in cured meats of all kinds, Lucia launched Macellaio this year. The more casual bar and cafe atmosphere at Macellaio allows for diners to sample the vast array of charcuterie focused offerings without having to make a deal with the devil for one meal at Lucia.

Scout

Scout

Est. 2018 | Downtown Dallas

Finger foods served in a mid-century modern setting
The renovated and reborn Statler Hotel is the hottest destination in the city for food, drinks, and fun. And the recently opened Scout provides plenty of all three. In a setting that looks like Wes Anderson’s idea of a 1970s rec center, Scout features shareable plates such as wings, sliders, potato skins, and ribs. Did we mention that Scout also features bowling, foosball, table tennis and pool tables? Put on your best sweatbands and head to the Statler for some of the classiest food you’ve ever eaten while bowling.

Imoto

Imoto

Est. 2018 | Victory Park

Pan-Asian options in an elegant environment
When Chef Kent Rathbun left Abacus, many of his Dallas fans wondered what was next for him. Their question has finally been answered. Imoto, his new upscale Victory Park concept, will be serving up Rathbun’s trademark twists on Asian classics, such as his famous curry-based scallop shooters and Korean-style fried chicken. Located in Victory Park at the foot of American Airlines Center and steps from downtown Dallas, the marriage of this location and Rathbun’s culinary reputation proves to be a compelling match.

Fish & Fizz

Est. 2018 | Richardson

Fish and chips on a first-come, first-served basis
British chef Nick Barclay and his wife have brought a completely authentic slice of seaside fish and chip shops in England to the North Dallas area with Fish & Fizz. The star of the show is the incredibly fresh and generously sized portions of cod used with traditional hand-cut chips (fries), as well as must-haves like minted mushy peas and lots of malt vinegar to drown all of it in. The decor, featuring brightly colored recreations of English seaside shacks, gives the restaurant a lighthearted and fun ambience. Note that they do not take reservations.

Twilite Lounge

Est. 2018 | Fort Worth

A New Orleans bar with best po-boys in town
Long a favorite of Deep Ellum, Twilite Lounge opened their Fort Worth outpost in early 2018. But there’s one advantage that the Fort Worth location has over its Dallas sibling: a kitchen. But not just any kitchen.  A kitchen which cranks out the most amazing and generously garnished po-boy sandwiches in the city. Complete with plenty of what Twilite calls “debris”. The kitchen is open late and offers not only po-boys but boudin balls and extra dirty red beans and rice, a tribute to its New Orleans roots.

Legacy Food Hall

Legacy Food Hall

Est. 2017 | Plano

A foodie heaven with dozens of stalls to choose from
Thanks to Legacy Food Hall, you may never have to have the “I don’t know, what do you feel like?” dinner conversation ever again. A truly epic culinary destination, Legacy Hall contains over 22 chef and artisan driven food stalls as well as a half dozen bars with everything from craft beer to kitschy cocktails. The hall also hosts live music regularly which makes it the perfect destination for a romantic date night with an undecided or picky eater.

Sixty Vines Plano

Sixty Vines

Est. 2016 | Uptown

Popular Plano wine bistro in the Crescent
For wine enthusiasts who don’t have the time or money to book a trip to Napa Valley, perhaps a visit to the newly opened Dallas location of Plano’s Sixty Vines will scratch the itch. Located in the Crescent, the new spot will feature 40 wines on tap as well as the pizzas, burgers and salads that the original location is known for. And what would a restaurant with dozens of wines on tap be without a cheese board? The charcuterie boards feature locally sourced meats and cheeses as well as artisanal and seasonal additions which rotate out and can pair beautifully with the wine of your choice.

Zaytinya

Zaytinya

Est. 2016 | Frisco

Elegant Mediterranean from an international culinary star
Chef José Andrés may be one of the most famous and respected stars of the culinary world right now, and deservedly so. So, when he opened Zaytinya at The Star in Frisco, Dallas foodies lost their minds in the best possible way. His modern take on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean classics has surpassed the already high expectations of fans of fine dining. From hummus to flatbreads to spit-roasted lamb, Zaytinya gives Dallas diners an elegant dining experience and maybe a little bit of bragging rights as well.

Street's Fine Chicken

Street's Fine Chicken

Est. 2016 | Oak Lawn

Consummate comfort food connoisseurs unlock a treasure trove of chicken dishes
The folks behind beloved, locally grown home cooking chain Black Eyed Pea have mined their homestyle roots again with this fried chicken concept set in the old BEP on Cedar Springs. In addition to brined fried bird, you can dive into roast chicken, chicken tenders and a peri peri chicken that’s been marinated in hot pepper sauce. There’s a shortlist of beer, cocktails and decadent side dishes, all served in the shadow of the restaurant’s cheeky wall of cocks (that is, a wall of framed painting of chickens. What were you thinking?).

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Trompo

Est. 2016 | Oak Cliff

An unassuming space for unbelievable tacos
Birthed from the popularity of local pop-up parties, this OC storefront’s main attraction is the Mexican-style spit-roasted pork that’s sliced, griddled, then folded into tacos and quesadillas. There’s also bistek on hand, as well as veggies and paneer for vegetarian palates, but the rotisserie signature is the can’t-miss menu feature by far.

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Off-Site Kitchen

Est. 2015 | West Dallas

Unpretentious gourmet burgers in a wide open space
With its move from tiny Design District digs to a lofty, kitschy space on the edge of Trinity Groves, this burger joint has more room to fit in its rabid devotees. Your chances of sitting down while eating any of OSK’s sandwiches, American cheese-topped burgers, tacos, and fries may actually be better, too.

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Montlake Cut

Est. 2015 | University Park

Seafood fresh off the boat
Neighborhood Services wizard Nick Badovinus strikes again with another inspired, upscale destination for the Park Cities. With Montlake Cut, Badovinus aims to evoke the feel and flavors of his former Pacific Northwest digs. Think seafood and more seafood, including seasonal raw bar selections, in a nautical-themed space. That said, the Tillamook cheeseburger has gotten all kinds of buzz, as has Montlake Cut's extensive wine list.

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Rapscallion

Est. 2014 | Lower Greenville

Upscale Southern delights at Lowest Greenville prices
Before you get your straw ready to sip on what sounds like a cocktail, know that this dish is actually the Southern-flavored gastro-tavern’s spin on Nashville hot chicken. Don’t be shy, though, and double up the heat with some shakes of the Fresno chile sauce on the table. And round out that plate: Rapscallion excels at openers like rib-eye carpaccio and decadent sides like fried sorghum and "Gammy’s baked mac."

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El Come Taco

Est. 2013 | East Dallas

Traditional street fair with a simple touch of flair
From beginners just starting to dive into the city’s street taco scene, to old hands who know their cabeza from their cecina, this Fitzhugh Avenue hot spot draws all levels of taco lovers. And with fillings ranging from brisket to crispy grasshopper, it's bound to have something for you to swoon over.

CBD Provisions

CBD Provisions

Est. 2013 | Downtown

Cocktails and comfort food that achieve opulence without arrogance
Executive chef Nicholas Walker continues pushing this modern American restaurant’s menu forward. Case in point, fascinating additions like chargrilled broccoli sprouts, “grits” made of rice and house-made merguez sausage over creamy corn. But if you simply can’t bring yourself to venture past the super-popular pig’s head carnitas or grass-fed beef cheeseburger, we can’t blame you.

Mesa - Oak Cliff

Mesa

Est. 2011 | Oak Cliff

Mexican fine dining meets family style dishes
It's no wonder big-name stars of stage and screen (Beyoncé, Conan O'Brien, and many more) pop into this cozy, family-owned Mexican restaurant -- the Veracruzan specialties are legit. Taste the Reyes family love poured into every mole dish and each plate of ropa vieja... and definitely pair those with beer or one of Mesa's irresistible cocktails.

El Jordan Café

Est. 1995 | Bishop Arts District

Hearty Tex-Mex favorites in a no-frills diner setting
Long before valets sprouted up like weeds in this ultra-hip North Oak Cliff dining district, El Jordan Café was serving up affordable-and-delicious Tex-Mex that made it a neighborhood favorite for creatives and newcomers alike. You'll find no fusion dishes or tweezer-aided presentation here -- just legit Mexican staples like menudo, tacos al carbon, barbacoa tortas and all huevos rancheros that your breakfast-loving soul craves. For those not in the mood for Tex-Mex, the menu also includes Americanized diner favorites like patty melts and grilled cheese sandwiches. A trip to El Jordan Café means comfort food and a chance to mix and mingle with the diverse residents who make Oak Cliff a Dallas destination.

Cosmic Café

Est. 1995 | Oak Lawn

Indian comfort food in a peaceful and endearingly quirky atmosphere
Located on the edge of Uptown in the historic Oak Lawn neighborhood, Cosmic Café has provided vegetarian and health-conscious fare to those seeking enlightenment (and a full belly) for more than 20 years. Nestled into an old house and painted in vibrant red and yellow hues that are tough to miss, Cosmic Café features Indian favorites such as samosas, dahl, and paneer, as well as veggie takes on tacos and bowls. In addition to the delicious food on the menu, Cosmic also serves as a meeting place for the community in which yoga and meditation classes are offered. It's often a meeting place for filmmakers, foodies, and artists as well -- just ask Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson about their time spent writing early screenplays here.

Bob's Steak & Chop House Dallas

Bob’s Steak and Chop House

Est. 1993 | Oak Lawn

Dallas icon for quality cuts of beef
Travel around the country, and one of the first things foodies will want to talk to you about when they learn that you're from Dallas is the original Bob’s Steak and Chop House on Lemmon Avenue. While the restaurant has franchised out locations in cities like San Francisco, Austin and New York City, most diners swear that the best steak they've ever had comes from the original Bob’s location in Oak Lawn. The simple, one-page menu showcases a selection of high-end cuts of beef, so there’s not much here for the non-steak lover. That said, if you love quality steak and have slightly deep pockets, you're unlikely to find a better option in the country. Bob’s even found a way to make a giant glazed carrot irresistible.

Mai’s

Est. 1982 | East Dallas

Clay-pot Vietnamese dishes in a BYOB space
Long before pho became mainstream, Mai’s set up shop in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it brick building along a somewhat industrial stretch of Bryan Street. Curry clay pot dishes mingled with noodle soups and Vietnamese pancakes, and the restaurant’s relaxed atmosphere and BYOB policy made Mai’s the go-to choice for those living in Lakewood and East Dallas who cherish good company and great food over flashy décor and exclusivity. As the area surrounding Bryan Street surges with new residents and high-end development, though, the secret of Mai’s local popularity has been revealed. Grab a bottle or two of your favorite wine and invite a half dozen of your favorite people for the penultimate East Dallas dining experience.

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The Grape

Est. 1972 | Lower Greenville

European comfort food mainstay
This charming European bistro has been around since 1972 but feels like it’s always in the current swing of things, with menus that change to reflect what’s fresh, as well as hardcore classics that keep regulars coming back. In addition to the tartines, the famed mushroom soup is as addictive as you’ve heard -- ditto for the uber-popular brunch here.

Norma's Cafe

Norma’s

Est. 1956 | Oak Cliff

Classic neighborhood diner with devoted fans
Norma’s began serving hearty diner fare way back in 1956, in what was then considered the far-flung suburb of Oak Cliff. Focusing on Southern staples such as biscuits and gravy, fried catfish, and chicken fried steak, Norma’s weathered many a storm over the past six decades, thanks in large part to the cult-like devotion of diners and brunch aficionados who travel many miles to stuff their faces with home-cooked goodness. With five locations in the city, it’s still Norma’s original location on Davis Street in Oak Cliff that features lines around the building every single weekend.