Best Restaurants in Dallas

By: Jo Montgomery

Dallas is not just the land of steakhouses. Far from it! It’s chock full of hip neighborhoods each with its own seemingly endless stock of innovative eateries. And all of them are serving meals in a variety of formats, including outdoor dining and takeout. So, isn’t it time you got off that merry-go-round of restaurants you go to all the time and make meals exciting again? Break out of that boring meal-time rut with inciting Indian and French blend cuisine at Ame Fine Dining & Elephant Bar, or brunch on a killer rooftop patio at RH Rooftop Restaurant. If you’re a foodie, prepare to loosen that belt, it’s time to eat your way through the best restaurants in Dallas! Here are our top 10 picks:

  1. Meridian, at 5650 Village Glen Drive, is modern Brazilian at its best. Chef Junior Borges, who shined at spots like Uchi and FT33, has made a triumphant return to the Dallas dining scene. His clearly modern take on traditional Brazilian cuisine creates imaginative plates like the “snack” they call Tapioca Brazilian Cheese Fritter, with house pickles and their smoked hot sauce. And their Head Baker and Pastry Chef, David Madrid, whips up Yucca & Coconut Cake to die for!
  1. RH Rooftop Restaurant Dallas, at 3133 Knox Street, is the spot to see and be seen. It’s perfectly perched atop furniture retailer RH (formerly Restoration Hardware). From flawlessly charred ribeye to brown butter broiled salmon, your mouth will be watering before you even sit down. And if brunch is your thing, you must head in and indulge in their truffled grilled cheese paired with a peach bellini or mimosa. 
Group of friends in their mid-20s enjoying a meal in a busy restaurants
  1. The Pecan Lodge, at 2702 Main Street, is Texas barbecue at its best! They are known for “smokin’ the rest of the competition for miles around.” But be warned that at lunchtime the line can wrap around the block. The secret is that you can go right to the head of the line if you order five pounds of meat or more. An all-time favorite is “The Trough”. It’s a beef rib, pound of pork ribs, pound of brisket, half-pound of pulled pork, and three sausages. So, bring your appetite, and while you’re at it, bring friends. And if you have any room after all that deliciousness, dig into Aunt Polly’s banana pudding with its scrumptious sticky fingers.
  1. The Commons Club, at 1445 Turtle Creek Boulevard, is a modern social club with inspired cuisine, live entertainment, and more. Now this is one of the hottest dinner reservations in town, and the menu can be a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. The good news is that there are a few pleasingly affordable things on the menu.
  1. The Commissary, at 1217 Main Street, is casual dining at its best. Centrally located on the corner of Main and Field in the heart of downtown Dallas, it’s a true European-style market. From morning coffee, pastries and egg sandwiches, to brunch and lunch, the menu is clean and tasty. Word has it that the Butcher’s Hash can cure a hangover in no time.
  1. Rapscallion, at 2023 Greenville Avenue, is a hybrid bar/restaurant in one of Dallas’ hottest neighborhoods. Their brunch, dinner and drink menus are fresh. From the Fried Green Tomato & Crab Benedict, to their signature Rapscallion Bloody (Mary), every bite and sip is delish. Come for brunch and stay all day, and all night!
Aerial view of people toasting together over food
  1. Ame Fine Dining & Elephant Bar, at 418 N Bishop Avenue, is a unique and inspired melding of traditional Indian flavors and French techniques. Now there were no elephants at the bar, but what it does offer is a delightful blend of the two different cultures. The menu features items like Tandoori Fish Curry with lemongrass and Leek puree, and Pistachio Lamb Chops with pistachio mash. You can finish it all off with the refreshingly chilled Lavender Malai, and you’ll feel satisfied but not stuffed.  
  1. Catbird, at 1401 Elm Street, is one of the coolest new restaurants and cocktail lounges in Dallas! And, its terrace-level location, inside the Thompson Hotel, is primo. It has an eclectic menu with delights like Smoked Bone Marrow with Italian relish and toasted sourdough, and the tableside flambe show when you order the Catbird S’more made with fudge brownie, cinnamon ice cream, vanilla bean meringue and smoked bourbon pour.
  1. Yardbird, at 2121 N Pearl Street, is soul food at a fair price. From its Chicken ‘N’ Watermelon ‘N’ Waffles, to its Shrimp ‘N’ Grits, it celebrates southern cooking at its best. It’s also a nice addition to the Dallas brunch scene.  
  1. Yo! Lobster, at 33B Highland Park Village, is the most casual spot in our lineup. But don’t let the laid-back vibe fool you, it is popular!  They make mouth-watering lobster rolls, and also deliver tacos, burgers, steamed shellfish and impressive chopped salads. You can even make a reservation on their website for their indoor and outdoor dining – which is recommended.

There’s no denying that Dallas does dining well, whether you eat in or go out, there’s always something new to delight you. This list is just a place to start your journey of what will hopefully be many great meals. Dig in!