10 New Dallas Area Restaurants That Should Be On Your Radar This Spring

Spring has sprung and with it comes a slew of restaurant openings. In fact, there’s so many new arrivals on the Dallas area food scene right now, it’s almost impossible to keep up, much less narrow the list down to the ten best choices.

For starters, there’s a massive new food hall in Plano, a buzzy, wine-centric Italian joint in Uptown and a cozy, Pan-Asian tapas lounge in East Dallas. Speaking of Asian, one of the most anticipated arrivals has been Gung Ho, an innovative American-Chinese eatery with a favorite local chef at the helm. Meanwhile, one of the city’s legendary restaurateurs has returned out of retirement to rebirth the defunct Cedars Social into a restaurant and bar specializing in modern Mexican cuisine.     

And while the Dallas area may not have a Michelin restaurant yet, it recently landed two dining spots by Michelin-rated chefs: Bullion, a contemporary French brasserie by Chef Bruno Davaillon, and Zaytinya, a chic Mediterranean-inspired mezze restaurant from celebrated Chef José Andrés.

In case these have you drooling, just wait until you see the rest of the list. There’s something tasty to satisfy every craving. Just make sure to arrive hungry.

Cris and John Vietnamese Street Food
Photo courtesy of Cris and John Vietnamese Street Food


Like Vietnamese food? Like Mexican Food? Then you're in luck. This cozy neighborhood eatery fuses both cuisines together to create some rather tasty results. The restaurant is run by a husband and wife team (one who grew up on the streets of Ho...  Read More

East Dallas
Photo courtesy of Alice


As they say, sometimes the best things come in small boxes, and Alice is a perfect example. Set in East Dallas, this tiny (50-seater) brick-lined eatery-cum-weekend lounge offers a 50s vibe along with a small selection of Pan-Asian inspired...  Read More

Legacy Hall
Photo courtesy of Gensler-Alicia Spaete


In the mood for Mexican or Italian? BBQ or burgers? For those times when everyone in your gang wants something different: Meet Plano's newest gem–Legacy Hall–a soaring, 55,000 square-foot emporium filled with artisanal food stalls, bars, a...  Read More

Fogo de Chao-Plano
Photo courtesy of Ilene Jacobs


Dallas' favorite Brazilian churrascaria is now carving up an endless array of impeccably cooked meats at its new, ultra-chic flagship location in Plano's Legacy West development. And if you thought this place was good before, you're going to...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Ben Gibson


The Henderson Avenue's ever-growing restaurant scene just got a boost with the arrival of Smithy, a seriously handsome eatery by the crew behind the Woolworth downtown. The kitchen's focus is on globally inspired dishes and the menu covers...  Read More

Sixty Vines
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Plano's buzzy wine-centric restaurant has just touched down in Uptown's Crescent Court bringing forth good food, great vibes, and of course terrific wine, lots of it in fact. Named for the number of taps behind the bar, Sixty Vines boasts around...  Read More

Gung Ho
Photo courtesy of Ben Gibson


West-meets-East at this sleek Greenville Avenue restaurant which opened in February after over a year in the making. Overseeing the kitchen is executive chef Kirstyn Brewer (formerly of Victor Tangos) who has created a menu of modernized...  Read More

South Dallas
The Cedars Social
Photo courtesy of The Cedars Social


There has been much ado about the reopening of The Cedars Social near downtown Dallas, and for good reason. It's been resurrected by one of the city's most legendary restaurateurs, Monica Greene (who came out of early retirement for the...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Ilene Jacobs


One of the most coveted tables in town is inside Michelin Star-awarded Chef Bruno Davaillon's dazzling new gold-clad restaurant, Bullion, which can be found erected above the ground floor of the former Belo Building in Downtown Dallas. The menu...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Zaytinya


Of all the recent restaurant openings, Zaytinya, the sophisticated Mediterranean marvel by Michelin-starred chef José Andrés– has perhaps drawn the most buzz. The restaurant, which is located at The Star in Frisco (the entertainment district...  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. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene