Where to Eat in Dallas Right Now
From $5 salad to $1000 Alaskan king crab and everything in between.
If you ever need additional reassurance that things are getting back to (somewhat) normal, look no further than the Dallas restaurant scene. Dozens of establishments opened during the peak of the pandemic in 2020 and the rate of debuts doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Even more promising, several new high-end concepts seek to prove that the economy’s on enough of an upswing to support them—and we sure hope so, because after the industry’s near-collapse last year we want everything to succeed.
In this batch of fantastic places to dine, you’ll discover classic Tex-Mex, a sophisticated Indian-meets-French spot in a beloved Bishop Arts District space, a quick-and-healthy salad joint with multiple outlets on the horizon, and a quartet of eateries stashed in a refurbished 52-story building in the heart of downtown. Get ready to taste your way through Dallas’ culinary future at these must-try area restaurants.
RH Rooftop Restaurant
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.
Joe Leo Fine Tex Mex
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.
Salad and Go
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.
Nine At The National
The gist: A breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch spot on the 9th floor of the Thompson Hotel sporting the most casual vibe of the hotel’s four onsite restaurants.
The food: Breakfast fare includes sourdough pancakes, a biscuit Benedict, and a loaded chicken sausage breakfast sandwich while brunch incorporates additional offerings such as caviar waffle bites and Texas prime rib with eggs. Lunch features a small menu of composed salads and sandwiches, including an open-faced stunner with blackened fish with kale slaw.
The cost: Breakfast $9 - $16, brunch $7 - $24, lunch $7 - $16, cocktails $13, beer $7 - $8, wine by the glass $11 - $22.
How to book: Stop in for first come, first served seating or call 469-726-4121 for take-out.
The gist: Travel up to the 49th floor to reach the Thompson Hotel’s flagship fine dining destination showcasing Michelin star-rated chef Danny Grant and his celebrated take on contemporary Italian fare.
The food: Start with wood oven-roasted giant prawns or Osetra caviar service before moving on to whole Maine lobster spaghetti or a 40-ounce bistec alla Fiorentina that’s big enough to share, but good enough to hoard. And if you really want to show off, bust out the Black Card and splurge on the $1000 live Alaskan king crab.
The cost: Starters $12 - $230, salads $14 - $22, pastas $18 - $58, butcher’s reserve steaks $85 - $240, mains $30 - $140, cocktails $17, chef’s tasting menu $290.
How to book: Reserve via SevenRooms.
The gist: Michelin star-rated chef Danny Grant is also bhind this lively sushi and sake lounge offering superb 360-degree views of Dallas from the 50th floor of the Thompson Hotel.
The food: An incredibly focused menu spans just 14 types of sushi (eight of them rolls), sake, and cocktails. Showstoppers include the king crab nigiri with drawn butter, miso, and caviar, as well as a sashimi trio of ahi, hamachi, and Ora King Salmon. Finish things off with a Faithful Geisha, a $175 cocktail made with Hakuchu 18-year, Carpano Antica, and Angostura bitters.
The cost: Sushi and sashimi $18 - $63, cocktails $20 - $175, sake by the glass $16 - $50.
How to book: Reserve via SevenRooms.
The gist: Pronounced ah-mmh, Âme means “soul” in French and classically-trained chef-owner Afifa Nayeb aims to infuse exactly that into each one of the elegant Indian dishes she whips up using French technique in the space formerly occupied by Hattie’s. The cozy Elephant Bar complements the culinary stylings with champagne service and cocktails.
The food: Begin your experience with a few appetizers (beet samosas and poppy seed lamb rolls are great picks), then follow it up with family-style dishes for the table like lamb vindaloo, cashew chicken tikka, and tandoori fish curry with sea bass, sweet peas, and lemongrass.
The cost: Starters $12 - $24, entrées $27 - $42, desserts $9 - $11, cocktails $15, wine by the glass $13 - $20, beer $7 - $12.
How to book: Stop in for first come, first served seating, reserve via Resy, or call 214-782-9696 for take-out.
Ngon Vietnamese Kitchen
The gist: Coursed Vietnamese fare that goes above and beyond the usual pho and banh mi rigamarole sets a distinctive tone while a picturesque patio with views of the vibrant Lowest Greenville shenanigans add to the allure.
The food: Of course, you can get the dishes you already know and love, but venture out and opt instead for one (or all) of these three brilliant standouts: Tropical rolls filled with tofu, mushrooms, mango, and green apple; duck curry featuring grilled duck breast in a creamy coconut broth served with rice or baguette; and the king crab banh canh, a tantalizing soup highlighted by an 18-hour pork broth, clear tapioca noodles, shrimp, ham, char siu, and two full ounces of king crab meat.
The cost: Starters $7 - $15, banh mi $8, salads $13 - $15, entrées $14 - $25, wine by the glass $9 - $15, beer $4 - $6, cocktails $6 - $13.
How to book: Reserve and join the waitlist online, call 469-250-7183 for take-out, or order delivery via Grubhub.
The gist: This neighborhood joint near White Rock Lake showcases elevated versions of all-American comforts in a space reminiscent of a 1950s-era New York saloon complete with a slick 40-foot coppertop bar and quaint side patio.
The food: Secret-recipe wings, empanadas, Clams Casino, burgers, and salmon fish and chips top a menu filled with twists on traditional crowd-pleasing pub grub. A generous weekday happy hour offers bottles of wine, beer, and appetizers at half price, plus $4 call drinks.
The cost: Starters $5 - $13, soups and salads $10 - $16, sandwiches $10 - $18, entrées $18 - $20, draft beer $8, wine by the glass $9 - $18, signature cocktails $12.
How to book: Stop in for first come, first served seating, call 214-924-3742 and order via Toast for take-out.
The gist: Enter this massive 46,000-square-foot Italian marketplace (the global chain’s Texas debut) and prepare for sensory overload courtesy of more than 10,000 local items and Italian imports, including a variety of prepared gems from bakery to butcher, multiple restaurants and patios, and every conceivable ingredient needed to replicate the magic at home.
The food: You’ll find every classic Italian dish imaginable throughout the complex plus many you’ve likely never heard of including several unique pasta shapes and even deep-fried pizza. A brand new Caffè Lavazza is stationed on the first floor and stocked with impeccable espresso drinks, pastries, sandwiches, and cocktails.
The cost: Marketplace prices vary, pasta $14 - $29, pizzas $13 - $23, entrees $20 - $52, signature cocktails $13 - $18, wine by the glass $12 - $29, beer $7 - $10.
How to book: Stop in for first come, first served seating and shopping, call 469-759-2800 for restaurant take-out, or order restaurant delivery via Uber Eats and market delivery via Instacart and Mercato.
LaVui Vietnamese Restaurant
The gist: From the owners of local sushi favorite Oishii, this no-frills Vietnamese joint specializes in spring rolls, banh mi sandwiches, and noodle and rice dishes.
The food: Spring rolls are a must for presentation as much as flavor with each served in pieces like a sushi roll, but with peanut sauce for dipping and fillings you’ve likely never seen in a spring roll. Everything seems tailor made for takeout, too.
The cost: Spring rolls are $10 - $19, appetizers are $6 - $17, sandwiches are $8 - $16, signature dishes are $14 - $19, and pho and vermicelli bowls are $12 - $14.
How to book: Call 469-776-8212 for takeout or order delivery from Postmates.
The gist: We can’t wait for spring weather when the garage doors can open up and let the sun shine in at this rustic-chic neighborhood eatery where chef Matt Balke has committed to dishes that highlight a single ingredient with simplicity, consistency, quality, and execution.
The food: The adventurous menu includes elevated versions of iconic dishes, including beef cheek pastrami with pimento cheese, a Reuben-style flatbread, grain risotto with braised rabbit, and goat tacos with local tortillas.
The cost: Starters are $8 - $17, salads are $11 - $12, flatbreads are $15 - $16, entrées are $20 - $36, beers and hard seltzers are $4 - $10, wine is $9 - $24 per glass, and signature cocktails are $12 - $15.
How to book: Call 469-620-3644 or order online for takeout.
The gist: Restaurateur Nick Badovinus brings another killer concept to town, this time shining the spotlight on a quintet of lobster rolls, as well as other seafood dishes.
The food: Start with a platter of east coast oysters and jumbo snow crab claws before moving on to popcorn lobster tacos, steamed clams, or a beef-and-lobster burger aptly named Serious Biz. Of course, the lobster rolls shouldn’t be overlooked, especially the unique Texas-style version with fried lobster, bacon, jalpeño, and buttermilk herb dressing.
The cost: Starters are $13 - $24, tacos are $14 - $23, steamed shellfish is $15 - $31, burgers are $17 - $25, lobster rolls are $27 - $30, entrées are $19 - $34, wine is $9 - $22 by the glass, beer is $4 - $10, and signature cocktails are $9 - $12.
How to book: Call 214-559-4245 for takeout.