Good Eats: A Foodie's Guide to Downtown Dallas

Not only is Dallas' revamped downtown area a hotbed for world class art and culture, it's also a dining destination for many of the city's top notch restaurants by Dallas' most celebrated chefs.

When it comes to a romantic night on the town, it doesn't get any dreamier than dining at the French Room– where you'll experience old world elegance and exquisitely prepared haute cuisine in the legendary Adolphus Hotel.

If it's views you're after, then head up to Wolfgang Puck's Five Sixty restaurant perched atop Reunion Tower. Here you can enjoy delectable Asian-inspired dishes while soaking in a 360 degree view of the city.

Speaking of views, Lark on the Park boasts spectacular views of Klyde Warren Park and equally impressive global fare.

In the Dallas Arts District, you'll find everything from imaginative Japanese cuisine at Tei An to some of the best steaks in town at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille.

The two celebrity chefs responsible for putting Dallas on the nation's culinary map also have restaurants in the area. Dean Fearing's namesake restaurant in the posh Ritz Hotel serves outstanding Southwestern cuisine–and Stephan Pyles offers South American dishes at his Latin fusion hotspot, San Salvaje.

In the heart of downtown, you'll find CBD Provisions, a chic brasserie at the Joule Hotel that serves delicious modern American fare. Nearby is Neiman Marcus, offering sensational lunches at its legendary Zodiac Restaurant. And the best southern comfort grub can be had at Ellen’s Southern Kitchen in the West End. 

The Zodiac
Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus

When the Zodiac opened in 1953, it served as a glamorous lunch retreat for white gloved ladies during their downtown shopping excursions. Today the restaurant, located on the 6th floor of the flagship Neiman Marcus store, still echoes a bygone...  Read More

Ellen's Southern Kitchen and Bar
Photo courtesy of Ellen's Southern Kitchen Facebook

Dallas may be filled with culinary hot spots, but if you're hankering for some tasty down home cooking, it doesn't get any better than Ellen's Southern Kitchen down in Dallas' Historic West End. This homespun diner dishes up elevated comfort...  Read More

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
Photo courtesy of Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

It may have started out as just a meat market in 1979, but this Houston based family owned chain now operates out of twelve locales-- including this one in the Dallas Arts District. The restaurant's luxurious digs include a dining room with...  Read More

Lark on the Park
Photo courtesy of Lark on the Park

Pretty much everything restaurateur Shannon Wynne touches turns to gold and he's certainly carved out a jewel box of a restaurant with Lark on the Park. Its soaring ceilings, artist rendered chalk drawings and walls of windows overlooking Klyde...  Read More

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
Photo courtesy of Five-Sixty

Reunion Tower is Dallas' most iconic landmark and Wolfgang Puck's Five Sixty restaurant resides at the top (560 feet up) of its glittering orb. The revolving restaurant is a destination for the setting alone: floor-to-ceiling windows provide...  Read More

San Salvaje
Photo courtesy of Kevin Marple

Dallas' celeb chef Stephan Pyles has the Midas touch when it comes to creating memorable restaurants and his Latin-inspired restaurant, San Salvaje (Spanish for wild saint)-- is no exception. A vibrant and colorful decor, complete with a wall of...  Read More

CBD Provisions
Photo courtesy of Mei-Chun Jau

Pigging out is a good thing at CBD Provisions (named for Dallas' Central Business District)-- where executive chef Michael Sindoni brines, braises and roasts a Berkshire pig head and presents it on a platter with corn tortillas and roasted...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Matt Callahan

Dallas has long had a love affair with celeb chef Dean Fearing-- whose modern take on Southwestern cuisine has earned him numerous accolades over the years, including a James Beard Award for best chef of the Southwest. Here at his namesake...  Read More

Tei-An Soba House and Sushi
Photo courtesy of Tei-An

Getting a table at this Dallas Arts District hot spot has been a challenge ever since it opened in 2008. Understandably so, as Tei-An is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Dallas. And its chef/owner, Teiichi Sakurai, has been a...  Read More

Y. O. Ranch Steakhouse

Located in the heart of Downtown Dallas, Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse is the perfect blend of Fine Dining and Western cuisines. The restaurant and menu are inspired by Texas Hill Country, and some of the most popular entrees there include steak and...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. Ilene got hooked on this wanderlust lifestyle after...  More About Ilene

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