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The 16 Greatest Restaurants in Dallas

For years, Dallas’s top-notch dining scene was something of a well-kept secret, but in the last decade the buzz has increased in volume. Dallas celebrity chefs are cropping up, restaurants keep hitting national and international best-of lists, and once Bon Appetit magazine recognized Dallas as the 2019 restaurant city of the year, the hidden treasure had officially revealed its sparkle to the world.

What people outside of Dallas might not understand is that Dallas’s culture largely hangs on going out to eat. Therefore, the competition is high, so it’s hard to find a bad restaurant. It wasn’t easy making a “best of Dallas” list, because so many Dallas restaurants qualify. The ones on this list offer something for everyone—the fine diners, the barbecue lovers, and those who are all about ambiance. These are Dallas’s greatest restaurants.

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Diana Spechler
16 Restaurants
Updated April 04, 2022
Restaurants:Cane Rosso - Deep Ellum, Jose - Dallas, The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Pizzeria, Contemporary Mexican, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Deep Ellum, Park Cities, Turtle Creek / Oak Lawn
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Cane Rosso - Deep Ellum

$$$$
Pizzeria
Deep Ellum
4.6
307 reviews
When Jay Jerrier opened this Italian spot in Deep Ellum in 2011, pizza lovers lost their minds. Real Neapolitan pizza was hard to come by in Dallas back then (it’s still a commodity), and here Jerrier was with a wood-burning brick oven he built himself, authentic training in the Neapolitan pizza preparation style, and fresh dough made daily in-house with flour he imports from Italy. D Magazine named Cane Rosso Dallas’s best pizza five years in a row, and Jerrier opened four more spots around the city. When the chain expanded out of Dallas, the Houston Chronicle promptly awarded it best pizza in Houston. Dallasites know: If anyone asks, “Where should I go for good pizza?” the answer is Cane Rosso.

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Jose - Dallas

$$$$
Contemporary Mexican
Park Cities
4.7
1111 reviews
In the land of Tex-Mex, Jose, founded by local entertainment and development firm Woodhouse, specializes in just the “Mex” part—specifically beautifully plated regional recipes from the Mexican state of Jalisco: aguachiles and ceviches reminiscent of Puerto Vallarta, elotes from Guadalajara, carne asada, tacos (of course), and oceans of tequila. No matter what’s on offer, Dallas diners know it will be good; executive chef Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman was Eater Dallas’s 2018 chef of the year, and she was recently named a James Beard Awards semifinalist for Best Chef. The restaurant’s décor is heavy on beautiful ceramics, and the wall-sized, hand-painted black-and-white tile mural functions as the focal point.

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The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

$$$$
Contemporary American
Turtle Creek / Oak Lawn
4.8
2745 reviews
No Dallas restaurant is more iconic than “The Mansion.” Constructed in the 1920s, the grand mansion was once a home, inhabited through the years by various wealthy families companies, until 1979 when Rosewood transformed it into a hotel and then opened the restaurant. This pillar of Dallas fine dining has been graced through the decades by everyone who’s anyone—FDR, Tennessee Williams, Cindy Crawford, and Jay-Z, to name a few. Today The Mansion remains synonymous with haute cuisine, serving classic steak and seafood dishes in a setting that looks and feels like an opulent home. Seared diver scallops arrive with périgord truffles, the caviar is the rarest and most valuable kind (Platinum Osetra), and elegant details throughout the multi-roomed space include Renaissance-era decor and stained-glass windows.

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Kenny's Wood Fired Grill

$$$$
Contemporary American
North Dallas
4.8
7189 reviews
From the burger with brie fondue to the trout in lemon butter to the filet mignon, this Dallas classic with its hickory wood-burning grill has been making magic since it opened in a strip mall on Beltline in 2005. Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill is part of chef Kenny Bowers’s small but mighty dining empire. A native New Englander, Bowers has been opening restaurants in Dallas since 1992, and diners always feel the warm welcome in his laidback atmospheres and delicious, unpretentious food. Kenny’s Restaurant Group currently helms four other popular spots: Kenny’s Burger Joints in Plano & Frisco, Kenny’s Italian Kitchen, and Kenny’s East Coast Pizza.

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Reata

$$$$
Southwest
Fort Worth Downtown
4.7
6974 reviews
This sprawling four-story restaurant that has been a Fort Worth destination since 1996 is all Texas all the time—hunting trophies mounted on the walls, cowboy paintings, cactus glass art, lonestar bar stools. The menu, too, from the jalapeño and cheese elk sausage to the tenderloin tamales with pecan mash, pays homage to the state. Tourists know that Reata is a must, but locals love it, too, because the food is excellent, and from the rooftop, the view of Fort Worth is the best in the city.

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Al Biernat's - Oak Lawn

$$$$
Steakhouse
Turtle Creek / Oak Lawn
4.8
8395 reviews
Dallas diners’ go-to special occasion restaurant Al Biernat’s (named for its owner) opened in Oak Lawn in 1998 to rave reviews. Through the years, it remained so popular—collecting accolades including “Best Steakhouse” from D Magazine—that Biernat eventually opened a second location in North Dallas. Not only are the steaks flawlessly prepared, the white table cloths and dim lighting the picture of elegance, and the wine program (close to 700 bottles) among the city’s most impressive, but on Dallas’s dining scene, this is also the place for celebrity-spotting: Anyone who’s anyone winds up at Al Biernat’s. The bar is a work of art; belly up and check out the painting on the concave ceiling: spherical shapes that complement the drop lights and the curved shape of the bar itself.

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Whiskey Cake - Plano

$$$$
Contemporary American
Plano
4.7
3108 reviews
Diners at Whiskey Cake know they’re getting the freshest ingredients possible: honey, fruit, salad greens, produce, herbs, and more are sourced from Texan producers. Helmed by Front Burner Group Dining, the rustic-hip Plano location—rustic thanks to warm wood, exposed brick, and farm-to-table recipes; hip because, for example, it’s the first full-service restaurant in Texas to install commercial electric vehicle charging stations—opened in 2011 and garnered an OpenTable Diner’s Choice Award because the food. Think roasted butternut squash turmeric hummus, pork brisket steak with pickled green tomatoes, and burgers. It’s all always tasty, especially the namesake whiskey cake made from toffee torte, bourbon anglaise, spiced pecans, and whipped cream.

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Shinsei Restaurant

$$$$
Asian
Park Cities
4.9
1657 reviews
In 2006, Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing turned their longtime dream of opening a “little taco stand” into a reality—only it’s a far cry from a little taco stand. Their pan-Asian restaurant Shinsei is nothing short of an institution on the Dallas dining scene with its stylish décor, enticing flavor pairings (braised pork steam buns, crispy Brussels sprouts, hoisin baby back ribs), fresh sushi, and Asian-inspired cocktails such as the Toki highball (Japanese whisky, lemon, cucumber, mint, and a big ice ball). Rathbun and Fearing have since opened a second location in DFW Airport, as well as a popular seafood restaurant called Lovers Seafood.

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Uchi Dallas

$$$$
Sushi
Uptown
4.9
3798 reviews
In 2015, James Beard Award-winning chef Tyson Cole graced Dallas with his beloved Uchi, Austin’s favorite sushi spot since 2003. Inside the renovated two-story bank from the 1970s, tasteful lighting warms walnut and red cedar wood, creating a chic but homey ambiance (“uchi” is Japanese for “house”). Though diners can choose the classics they might find on any Japanese restaurant menu in the city (edamame, yellowtail sashimi), they can also enjoy wholly innovative recipes, including “walu walu”—oak-grilled escolar (a kind of snake mackerel) with candied citrus, ponzu, and Japanese ginger—and a one-ounce jar of caviar prepared with yuzu (an Japanese citrus fruit), cured egg yolk, chives, and sesame rice chips.

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Fearing's

$$$$
Southwest
Uptown
4.8
5562 reviews
Since 2007, Dallas celebrity chef Dean Fearing has dished up nothing short of opulence in the restaurant that Zagat named number-one in hotel dining in the U.S. and Esquire magazine awarded restaurant of the year—in short, Fearing’s is the crown jewel of Dallas fine dining. Fearing himself was already a television personality, cookbook author, and James Beard Award winner when he opened his eponymous restaurant inside the Ritz-Carlton, but he never rested on his accolades or choice location. The Southwestern recipes are both simple and elevated. Try the prime beef filet with chicken-fried Maine lobster, served alongside loaded whipped potatoes and a spinach taco with smoked tomato gravy.

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Town Hearth

$$$$
Steakhouse
Texas
4.0
0 reviews
Named for the spectacular fire pit in this extravagant 6,000-square-foot space, Town Hearth is the 2017 addition to Restaurant Group Flavorhook’s collection of successful Dallas restaurants. Chef Nick Badovinus is known and adored for the wild, crackling energy he brings to his work: One of his restaurants has a bunch of cars parked inside; his list of pandemic-era pop-ups (or “side hustles,” as they’re called on Flavorhook’s website) were impossible to keep up with; and Town Hearth’s dining room boasts 64 crystal chandeliers and a giant glass-encased yellow submarine. As the name and fire pit suggest, Town Hearth serves up steak and seafood cooked over open flame. Go for the perfect filet mignon and oysters. Stay for the random motorcycle on display in the center of a fancy steak house.

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Edoko Omakase

$$$$
Sushi
Irving
4.8
180 reviews
It’s hard to imagine a restaurant that encapsulates the term “hidden gem” more than this simple Japanese spot set in an unassuming strip mall. Edoko Omakase slings the freshest sushi, a carefully curated selection of sake imported from Japan, and innovative dishes from the kitchen—tuna pizza (ahi tuna, black olives, onions, and anchovy aioli on a crispy tortilla); spicy miso soup brimming with shellfish, including scallops and shrimp caught off the Japanese island of Hokkaidō; and Kakuni buns (marinated brisket and Jidori chicken with shishito peppers and seasonal onions). The plating is spare and colorful and the ingredients are the highest quality—even the wasabi is grated fresh from the root.

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Monarch

$$$$
Italian
East Dallas
4.7
254 reviews
Since its opening day in March 2021, this 49th-floor modern Italian restaurant helmed by award-winning chef Danny Grant has dazzled Dallas diners with its stunning bird’s eye view of the skyline, impeccable service, and ever-changing seasonal tasting menu with wine pairings. Quickly joining the ranks of the city’s top special occasion spots, Monarch won the CultureMap Tastemaker Award for Best New Restaurant and was listed as one of D Magazine’s Best New Restaurants, too. Menu highlights include wood-fired meatballs with buffalo mozzarella, house-made spaghetti with a whole Maine lobster, and a 40-ounce porterhouse prepared Florence-style: coal-charred with lemon, arugula, olive oil and sea salt.

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Pangea Restaurant and Bar

$$$$
American
Garland
4.6
2245 reviews
Go for the coq au vin recipe that shot owner Kevin Ashade to celebrity chef status (he won Beat Bobby Flay in 2016 with it); stay for…all the other amazing dishes on the menu in this unlikely suburban hideaway. That Ashade opened Pangea’s doors at the most inopportune of moments—January 2020—yet has maintained such a beloved destination on the city’s dining scene is testament to his talent. The chef, who has lived all over the world, offers Cajun dishes, international flavors, and a raved-about dessert menu. There’s the famous coq au vin, braised in red wine, bacon, carrots, onions, and celery; lobster mac and cheese loaded with five cheese and a four-ounce roasted lobster tail; and a sopapilla cheesecake that’s a must-order.

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Yao Fuzi Cuisine

$$$$
Chinese
Plano
4.6
1469 reviews
Every neighborhood needs its go-to Chinese restaurant, and in Plano, that’s the strip mall favorite Yao Fuzi. “Yao” is the family name of the father-son owners, while “fuzi” means “father-son” in Mandarin. Since it opened in 2008, Yao Fuzi has become a staple not only for Plano diners, but also for Chinese food-lovers all over the Metroplex—D Magazine has named it the city’s best Chinese restaurant several times. The Shanghainese menu honors the cooking style from Shanghai with a wide selection of familiar favorites such as handmade dumplings as well as a few delicacies that are tough to find in Dallas, like the jellyfish appetizer.

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Mesero - Preston Hollow Village

$$$$
Tex-Mex
Preston Hollow
4.5
436 reviews
You know the kind of restaurant that’s so consistent, so pleasing to all palates, it becomes the locked and loaded answer to “Where should we go for dinner?” With six locations around the Metroplex, as far north as Legacy West and as far south as Fort Worth, Mesero is that restaurant. Trey Dyer caters to Dallasites’ discerning Tex-Mex palates—the food is always tasty, the atmosphere both festive and stylish, the margaritas ever-flowing. Well loved Tex-Mex favorites (tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, chile rellenos) mingle on the menu with a few American comfort foods (hamburgers, hot dogs smothered in cheese, chicken fingers with fries). Cinco leches cake and chocolate flan provide a sweet end to the evening.

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