Best Seafood Restaurants in Dallas: From Fried Gulf Seafood to Sushi

Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature dishes really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Dallas has had much success cultivating great restaurants and creating a substantial market for Seafood.

Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at a wide variety of popular restaurants. No matter what your seafood preference, Dallas has it all. If you're in the mood for New England fare, such as lobster or New England clam chowder, visit Daddy Jack's Lobster and Chow House or Kenny's Wood Fired Grill.

If you're in the mood for an elegant, romantic seafood dinner, go to Cafe Pacific or Oceanaire Seafood Room in the North Dallas area. These restaurants offer extensive wine lists, caviar and flown-in daily catches from both coasts.

Want to try some fresh gulf seafood? Sure you do - you're in Texas after all! Make a special trip to visit the local favorite, Hook Line and Sinker, which serves the best fried catfish and shrimp in all of Dallas. If you have a hankering for oysters, go to S&D Oyster Company in Uptown. Dallas isn't in Louisiana, but several local spots serve some of the best Cajun seafood, including Dodie's Seafood Cafe.

Kenny's Wood Fired Grill
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This elegant restaurant is located in Addison (North Dallas). It has the atmosphere and decor of a 1940s Chicago chophouse combined with New England-style seafood. Meals begin with Kenny's famous popovers, along with a wide variety of great...  Read More

This elegant seafood restaurant is located in the North Dallas neighborhood of Addison. It has won several awards, including the "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator between 2002 through 2007. Start off your meal with one of many seafood...  Read More

Hook Line & Sinker
Photo courtesy of Hook Line and Sinker

This Uptown dive is one of Dallas' best kept secrets. Hook Line & Sinker doesn't have a website, but it does have some of the best seafood in town. The atmosphere is casual and the crowd is one of the most diverse in Dallas. Some of the best...  Read More

Tei Tei Robata Bar
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The Tei Tei experience starts well before you enter the modern dining room. On approach, a modest stone pathway leads through a lovely garden that seems worlds away from busy Knox-Henderson. Inside, steel, copper, and exposed brick complement...  Read More

This New Orleans-style restaurant, with its sea shack-inspired dining room, has kept Uptown well fed since 1976, thanks to savory po' boys, barbecued shrimp, and gumbo. Of course, oysters are the joint's specialty, and they're prepared just...  Read More

Oceanaire Seafood Room

A cheery, 1930s-era ocean liner motif welcomes diners to this popular seafood restaurant, where the specialty is fresh fish flown in daily. Start off your meal with one of many delicious appetizers like the Oysters Rockefeller, fried red chile...  Read More

When Cajun food cravings strike, Dodie's is sure to satisfy. This family-run seafood restaurant's appeal is universal among the locals, who love to sit on the patio, people-watch and dig into spicy Cajun treats. Be sure to try the Cajun tamales...  Read More


Teppo attracts a bevy of hip young patrons excited about feasting on fresh sushi and sashimi. It's located on Lower Greenville, so it's a great place to start out an evening of fun. Menu favorites include the yakitori and a large selection of...  Read More

Lobster Madness specials, stuffed shrimp and " without question " the best lobster bisque in Dallas make this casual cafe a must for seafood fanatics. Every dish at Daddy Jack's Lobster & Chowder House comes from Jack's family recipes...  Read More

Café Pacific

Fresh, excellently prepared cuisine is served by a white-jacketed waitstaff at this Highland Park treasure. The menu options range from grilled seafood accompanied by tasty dips to more substantial items like goat cheese-stuffed rack of lamb....  Read More


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