Best Restaurants for Fall in Dallas

10 new Dallas area restaurants to check out for fall 2021

The pandemic may be far from over, but fortunately the Dallas area food scene continues to plow full steam ahead with new spots opening all over town and even more set to debut this fall. Best of all, every restaurant on this list offers alfresco seating, which not only provides a perfect place to enjoy the cooler temperatures but also a good option for those who feel safer dining outdoors.

The latest entries on the restaurant roster include a trio of dining spots in the Village Dallas entertainment district: there’s The Village Meridian serving contemporary Brazilian cuisine; plus Mexican eatery La Mina, and pan-Mediterranean wine bar Anise, both situated in the newly opened Drey Hotel. And barbecue fans will want to check out Loro, the Asian smokehouse by pitmaster Aaron Franklin and Uchi chef Tyson Cole. Also keep an eye out for the opening of Neon Kitten, a quirky drinking den in Deep Ellum featuring elaborate cocktails and Asian small bites. 


Elephant East
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Joining the burgeoning lineup of eateries in the Harwood District this fall is this atmospheric Pan-Asian-inspired restaurant and bar featuring a menu designed to inspire a spirit of shared celebration. To that end, expect a drinks list filled with Asian twists on classics (think Asian old fashioned and matcha green tea mojito) as well as an array of small plates that will include items such as house-made pork baos and Singapore noodles with in-house cured ham. Sweet endings include goma dango, a mochi-style donut filled with sweet bean paste and coated with toasted sesame.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Elephant East is a good option for a date night.

Ilene's expert tip: There is a complimentary self-parking lot on Olive Street.

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The Exchange at the AT&T Discovery District
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Those who love options will want to hit The Exchange, a massive food hall sporting indoor-outdoor dining at the AT&T Discovery District in downtown Dallas. Spanning 26,700 square-feet, the space houses an upscale cocktail lounge, a small plate concept and a Japanese fusion restaurant on the second floor plus sixteen fast-casual eateries on the ground level. Here you can tuck into everything from burgers and frozen pineapple whips at Bobbers Burgers & Whips; pizza by the slice at Zalat, lobster rolls at the Dock; to tacos from Revolver Taco. And if you're looking for something to whet your whistle, Double Tap offers cocktails, beer, and wine on tap.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: This is the best place to go when everyone in your group wants to eat something different.

Ilene's expert tip: Valet is available at 208 S. Akard, and there is also a self-park garage at 1212 Jackson St. which offers free guest parking after 4 p.m. on weekdays, and all-day Saturdays and Sundays with validation from any restaurant at the AT&T Discovery District.

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Photo courtesy of Manpuku

Meaning "to be happy with a full stomach" in Japanese, Manpuku is a Tokyo-based yakiniku restaurant that set up shop on Lower Greenville Avenue this past summer. A la carte selections include everything from salmon tartare and Kobe beef sashimi wrapped around sea urchin to a variety of yakiniku-style beef, pork, and chicken. But the best way to get acquainted with Manpuku's greatest hits is to opt for the one of the omakase-style meals. For a fixed price of $40-$100 per person, you can score a selection of meats (U.S. Prime, American Kobe or Japanese Wagyu) plus appetizers, salads, soup and rice. To drink? A raspberry lychee martini or Japanese old fashioned.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Manpuku is the perfect place for carnivores who enjoy interactive dining experiences.

Ilene's expert tip: Score 50% off house sake, cocktails, beer & wine, Mon-Thur from 5-6 p.m., and Sat/Sunday from 12-4 p.m. There is free parking available behind the restaurant and along Greenville Avenue.

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RH Rooftop Restaurant Dallas
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After a being closed for renovations, RH Gallery (formally Restoration Hardware) unveiled its stunning three-level store on Knox Street this past May. With it came a gorgeous rooftop restaurant with retractable glass walls opening out onto a lush outdoor terrace. And beginning this fall, the restaurant's terrace will be open for outdoor seating, making an ideal space for drinking and dining at any point of the day or night. Regardless of where you sit, this is a perfect place to indulge on things like lobster rolls, truffled grilled cheese sandwiches and charred ribeye steak.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: RH Rooftop Restaurant is a trendy spot for lunch, afternoon drinks or early dinner.

Ilene's expert tip: There's valet parking located off Cole Avenue behind the store. Additional free parking is available along Knox and Cole Avenue. Note that the restaurant serves nonstop all day. Reservations are advised.

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Neon Kitten
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Deep Ellum is set to welcome late-night spot Neon Kitten on October 1, and with it comes craft cocktails made with Japanese spirits and Asian small bites. The lounge, complete with a breezy patio and hidden speakeasy in back, is the brainchild of Bhuvanesh "Bob" Khanna who draws his menu and drink inspiration from places he lived while helping open a variety of international restaurants and hotels. Drink-wise, the playlist includes innovative cocktails such as the Pina-Kyoto, made with Japanese rum, pineapple, Calpico (a fruity milk drink), pink pataya and sweet potato. As for the food, expect to find summer rolls, maki, and poke along with dim sum classics like prawn & pork siu mai, and mushroom dumplings.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Neon Kitten is a great place to find exotic cocktails.

Ilene's expert tip: Metered parking is available in front of the lounge. Keep an eye out for the speakeasy lounge, Blackbird Society, to open in early November.

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Loro Dallas
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What do you get when you combine two James Beard Award winners, one known for Japanese fusion cuisine, the other famous for Central Texas barbecue? A menu featuring a mashup of smoked meats with Southeast Asian-inspired sauces and sides. Welcome to Loro, the new Asian smokehouse by chef Tyson Cole (Uchi and Uchiba) and pitmaster Aaron Franklin (Franklin's Barbecue). As for the food, expect to find everything from an array of sandwiches to oak smoked salmon with cucumber-yuzu broth. Also expect to order at the bar and enjoy it all in a casual, communal space with a pet friendly patio. Did we mention the boozy slushies and candied kettle corn topped with brisket burnt ends?

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Loro is where to go for a fusion barbecue meat-up.

Ilene's expert tip: Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 2-5 p.m. and features discounted menu items along with things like brisket tostadas ($7) and a crispy smoked chicken sandwich ($8). Also find slushies, wine, beer and cocktails priced at $4 to $5. There is free parking on the premises.

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Terra at Eataly
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Set on the third-floor rooftop of the iconic food emporium Eataly, Terra boasts a perfect outdoor terrace to hang out on day or night. The centerpiece of the restaurant is a wood-burning Italian grill, so expect a menu filled grilled specialties like Colorado lamb, smoked PEI mussels and wagyu steak alongside a selection of sharable apps and pasta. The bar boasts an impressive list of botanical and smoke infused cocktails as well as Italian wine by the glass. Made-to-order fior di latte gelato is a must for dessert. Open for weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Terra's sprawling rooftop terrace makes for the perfect date-night spot.

Ilene's expert tip: Reservations are highly recommended. Make sure you ask for the complementary bread.

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La Mina at The Village Drey Hotel
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Opening this fall at The Drey Hotel in the Village entertainment complex is La Mina (meaning 'the mine"), a hip, subterranean cantina specializing in authentic regional Mexican cuisine. Signature dishes include items such as, hamachi aguachile, blue crab tostadas, grilled steak mole, and barbacoa tlayuda (a Oaxacan specialty made with heirloom corn from Mexico, nixtamalized and ground in-house). Also find enchiladas along with an assortment of tacos, ranging from pork belly al pastor to cochinita pibíl. Central and South American wines as well as Mexican lager are featured on the drinks list, but cocktails like frozen margaritas made with Cazadores Reposado, St. Germain, lychee and lime are worth seeking out.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: La Mina is a terrific late-night spot to gather with friends over mezcal cocktails and Mexican bites.

Ilene's expert tip: There is a paid parking garage on either side of the property or valet parking located in front of the hotel. Weekend brunch is also on offer.

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Anise at The Village Drey Hotel
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From the same team behind hit Brazilian restaurant Meridian and La Mina is this new pan-Mediterranean wine bar in the Drey Hotel lobby. Expect to find a global selection of wines offered by the bottle as well as in 3-ounce, five-ounce and 12-ounce pours. Foodwise, Anise features a wide-ranging menu of mezzes and mains inspired by the cuisines of Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, Spain, the South of France, southern Italy (including Sicily) and North Africa. Which means you'll be digging into everything from falafel and crispy octopus with pimentón aioli to whole roasted branzino and lamb shoulder tagine. There are also two outdoor patios for those who wish to dine alfresco.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Perfect for oenophiles, Anise offers a wide-ranging selection of wine.

Ilene's expert tip: There is a paid parking garage on either side of the property or valet parking located in front of the hotel. Weekend brunch is also on offer.

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The Village Meridian
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Since its summer debut at the new entertainment district in the Village apartments, executive chef Junior Borges' sleek Brazilian restaurant has been playing to a packed house. And now with the weather cooling off, there's not a better time to pay a visit where some of the most coveted seats are under a canopy of live oak trees on the terrace. After snacking through apps like tapioca cheese fritters and cured fluke tartare, expect to tuck into mains that range from blue prawn moqueca with charred plantains to wood-fired whole octopus with green garlic-chile vinaigrette. Like the food, cocktails are also Brazilian influenced. Whatever you order, don't pass up on pastry chef David Madrid's daily bread course.

Recommended for Best Restaurants for Fall because: Meridian is the only place in DFW to try inventive, modern Brazilian cuisine.

Ilene's expert tip: Score Happy Hour specials on select snacks, cocktails, wines by the glass and bottled beers from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Note that there is complimentary valet parking, just be sure to pick up a validation ticket when you dine. There is also self-parking available in the garage for $3.

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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. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene