With a density of restaurants greater than New York City, Dallas is truly a food-lover’s town. While first-time visitors might conjure images of Texas steakhouses and barbecue joints, Dallas long ago found its way onto America’s culinary map with innovative restaurants and talented chefs mining the flavors of American, Italian, Asian and Mexican cuisine. Downtown Dallas is home to an incredible variety of restaurants, from critically acclaimed destinations like Dakota’s Steakhouse the French Room to the unique concept restaurants like Fuse to casual neighborhood favorites like Local and Victory Tavern.
The Grill on the Alley has, since its opening in 2006, become one of Dallas Texas's signature restaurants, offering famous prime steaks and chops, fresh seafood, pasta and much more. The Grill also houses an extensive wine list, with unique selections from California's most well-respected wineries. And for the foodie looking for something a little stiffer, the full service bar offers unique and hand-crafted classic cocktails. With an interior that feels both intimate for a small party and inviting for large groups, The Grill on the Alley is the perfect stop for anyone looking for a palate-testing menu.
American, French, Fusion.
The Dallas location of the popular contemporary American/French fusion restaurant of namesake Charlie Palmer features a "breezy" décor in homage to the state of Texas' prolific wind-generated energy practices - large slowly turning fans are set into the ceiling along with warm, covered lights. The downtown Dallas Charlie Palmer prides itself on using exclusively locally farmed and artisanal ingredients.
600 N. Akard St., Dallas TX 75201
This iconic and highly rated downtown Dallas restaurant is located a full story below ground. As the story goes, Dakota's Steakhouse had to be "lowered," as the street level of the property it occupies was formerly a Baptist Church and the terms of the deed forbade alcohol sales on the grounds. So Dakota's Steakhouse of Dallas went below ground, taking advantage of its unique surroundings with a sculpted waterfall and literally tons of Dakota marble.
Dallas Chop House
1717 Main St., Dallas TX 75201
A high-end steakhouse in Dallas, the Dallas Chop House is known for deftly prepared seafood and dry & wet aged beef. The menu features appetizing starters like oysters and carpaccio, as well as robust salads and mouthwatering entrees like bone in “cowboy” rib eye, lamb chops, Asian BBQ salmon, and cold water Australian lobster tail.
Dallas Fish Market
1501 Main St., Dallas TX 75201
The Dallas Fish Market is an upscale seafood and steak restaurant that flies in fresh seafood from all over the world daily, based on market availability. The Dallas Fish Market features preparations of their fresh seafood and fine steaks as continental as the origins of the ingredients, take for example the piri piri dusted Pacific big eye tuna, with Medjool date tabouli, roasted pepper muhamara, pomegranate molasses and crispy carrots.
Fedora Restaurant and Lounge
1722 Routh St., Suite 126, Dallas TX 75201
With a sexy location in One Arts Plaza, Fedora Restaurant & Lounge is a stylish Dallas restaurant that takes a cue from the low key, black & white visual style of Hollywood’s classic film noir days. The menu focuses on classic preparations of traditional Italian cuisine, including flavorful pastas, pizzas, and hearty entrees like filet with a Sangiovese reduction, stuffed guinea hen, and rack of lamb with a white bean ragout.
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas TX 75207
American, Asian, Sushi.
Set atop the 50-story landmark Reunion Tower, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck is one of the most distinguished fine dining restaurants in Dallas. Floor-to-ceiling windows afford stunning city views as patrons sup on well-crafted Asian fusion cuisine and imaginative sushi creations. This restaurant also features two stylish bars; an ultra-contemporary glass bar that looks on the exhibition kitchen, and a rotating bar that lets patrons look out onto the dining room and city skyline.
Iron Cactus - Dallas
1520 Main St., Dallas TX 75201
Iron Cactus Dallas is a breathtaking, 14,000 square foot restaurant that belies its stunning style with a completely casual attitude. Aromas of Mexican and southwestern cuisine entice patrons to sample all that the menu has to offer, while the signature cocktails encourage a visit to the rooftop patio for sipping, schmoozing and appreciating fabulous downtown views.
Jorge's Tex Mex Café
1722 Routh St., #122, Dallas TX 75219
50 years of Mexican and Texas family traditions come together in every recipe at Jorge’s Tex Mex Café in Dallas. This casual yet contemporary dining spot features fresh, made-to-order Tex Mex cuisine, including one-of-a-kind queso, chile rellenos grilled in egg whites, hand made tamales, individually grilled crispy tacos and more. It would be a tragedy to visit Jorge’s Tex Mex Café without indulging in the signature margaritas and deserts like the tres leches and creamy flan.
2400 Victory Park Ln., Dallas TX 75219
Dallas restaurant goers rave about the experience at Kenichi, one of four national locations for the namesake restaurant of original "Iron Chef" Chen Kenichi. The Dallas Kenichi restaurant is located near the American Airlines Center, and is thus popular amongst the post-sporting event and concert crowds for its take on cocktails, Pacific Rim fusion cuisine and sushi.
2936 Elm St., Dallas TX 75226
The devil is in the details at Local, a trendy and quite popular contemporary American restaurant in the historic Boyd Hotel of downtown Dallas. Chef Tracy Miller and her kitchen serve precise dishes focusing on fresh, local ingredients prepared with careful flavor combinations and presentation at the fore. Restaurant critics point to the unpretentious atmosphere at Local, despite its popularity and cuisine.
Morton's, The Steakhouse
501 Elm St., Dallas TX 75202
Morton's, The Steakhouse is a national brand of steakhouses that specialize in the distinctive presentation of highest quality steaks, chops and seafood, brought to the table on elaborate carts by tuxedo clad waiters. Morton's in Dallas is a popular restaurant among the business crowd, featuring private "boardroom" dining rooms for larger parties, as well as with couples out for a romantic dinner for two.
2201 Stemmons Fwy., Dallas TX 75207
Perched on the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole Hotel in downtown Dallas, Nana restaurant features breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Nana is one of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in Dallas, frequently mentioned in "best restaurants in the country" lists of numerous publications. The cuisine is contemporary American with influences as far ranging as Thailand and the Mediterranean.
Pyramid Restaurant and Bar
1717 Akard Street, Dallas TX 75201
With an enviable address in the heart of Dallas’ Arts District, Pyramid Restaurant & Bar is a contemporary restaurant that doubles as a super sleek nightspot. The contemporary American cuisine is as imaginative as the setting, whether patrons are stopping in for cocktails and appetizers with clients, pre-theater dinners, or even post-performance deserts and coffee.
RJ Mexican Cuisine
This staple of the Dallas restaurant scene features an expansive menu of traditional Mexican dishes, and newer creations of chef Ronald Van Hatten, from all eight culinary regions of Mexico. Dallas restaurant critics make note of the broad selection of wines at RJ's Mexican Cuisine - fairly atypical for a Mexican restaurant - and one of the broadest selections of tequila in Dallas.
1722 Routh St. #132, Dallas TX 75201
In a beautiful, elegant Southern setting, Screen Door offers new American cuisine with a Southern twist. Imaginative dishes populate the menu, which includes highlights like cane syrup cured pork tenderloin, pan roasted Block Island swordfish with butternut custard, barbecued marrow bones with sweet onion jam, and seared Buffalo carpaccio with pickled huckleberries & rosemary aioli. Be sure to indulge in the Pre-Theater Dining Package—which includes transportation to the Arts Distric theaters—when taking in a night on the town.
1807 Ross Ave. Suite 112, Dallas TX 75201
Southwest, Latin / Spanish.
Stephan Pyles is the namesake of chef Stephan Pyles, who with this ultra high-end restaurant - located in the heart of the Dallas Arts district - has created what he terms "new millennium southwest" cuisine. Drawing on numerous continental influences to emphasize organic southwestern ingredients, the food at Stephan Pyles is as much a work of art as the rotating pieces by local Dallas artists that adorn the walls.
The Butcher Shop Steakhouse
808 Munger Ave., Dallas TX 75202
From the moment one enters The Butcher Shop Steakhouse of Dallas, it’s evident what this popular restaurant is all about. Dallas restaurant goers choose first-hand the finest cuts of USDA prime beef and the freshest seafood from the restaurant’s front room butcher's display case. The Butcher Shop Steakhouse offers high-end steakhouse quality with an emphasis on more reasonable prices.
The French Room
The Adolphus Hotel, 1321 Commerce St., Dallas TX 75202
The French Room, located in the posh Adolphus Hotel of Dallas, has won just about every award a restaurant can win. With traditional French preparations of seasonal, local ingredients, and a rococo setting that draws comparisons to French royal dining rooms, The French Room continues to wow Dallas food critics and restaurant goers.
701 Ross Ave., Dallas TX 75202
The Palm Steakhouse brand has been around for over 80 years, giving it the edge of experience in the crowded game of national premium steakhouse chains. The Palm of Dallas is located in the city's West End, and boasts of being a destination of Dallas celebrities and power brokers. The Palm of Dallas features the standard fare of USDA prime aged beef, chops and seafood, but also offers Dallas restaurant goers some traditional Italian menu items.
Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse
702 Ross Ave., Dallas TX 75202
It doesn't get much more Texas than the Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse, a Dallas institution named for the historic Y.O. cattle ranch. Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse predictably features the finest Texas longhorn beef and local chops, but is perhaps best known for one of the finest selections of wild game anywhere on the Dallas restaurant scene. The Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse also features the Longhorn Lounge, a massive bar with a wide selection of Texas wines and local microbrews served the Texas way, on ice.