10 Tasty Destinations For Your Dallas Dining Bucket List

Looking for delicious ways to explore Dallas? You’re in luck– locals consider eating out as much a national pastime as watching football. And as such, the city is home to a flourishing dining scene with enough terrific culinary options to satisfy any craving and budget. The only problem you'll have is trying to narrow down which ones to choose. 

In the mood for handmade pasta, salumi platters and finely crafted regional specialties? Then look no further than Lucia in Bishop Arts. Reservations are practically impossible, but once you get in, you'll understand why. Ditto for Nonna, a cozy neighborhood eatery off Oak Lawn that excels at neo-Italian fare like gourmet pizzas, pastas and wood-fired meats.

Of course, when it comes to the best, it's impossible not to mention the city's most acclaimed, upscale dining destinations. First up is Flora Street Cafe, the latest creation of chef Stephan Pyles. Located in the Dallas Arts District, the restaurant serves sumptuous elevated Texas-inspired dishes that look like they belong on the wall of a museum. Over in Uptown is where another of Dallas' star chefs, Dean Fearing, can be found. His namesake restaurant in the Ritz Carlton is famous for its modern take on southwestern cuisine.

And although Dallas is not widely considered the barbecue capital of Texas, Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum certainly has done its share to put the city firmly on the BBQ map. Come for the ribs and house-made sausages, but stay for the brisket, it can hold its own against any in the state.

There's also everything from modern Japanese to locally sourced seasonal fare and sophisticated steaks. In short, if you’re looking for a great meal, you’ve come to the right place.

Pecan Lodge
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Dallas is filled with barbecue joints, but none can compare with the smoky goodness coming out of this rustic barbecue haven. Pecan Lodge's 'cue is so good that Texas Monthly named it one of the top BBQ joints in the state, and Food Network's...  Read More

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With a serious reputation for homemade pasta, wood-fired specialties and wicked desserts, it's no surprise that locals consider this handsome pocket-sized trattoria to be one of the top restaurants in town. Just be prepared, getting a table in...  Read More

SER Steak + Spirits
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With its location on the twenty-seventh floor of the Hilton Anatole hotel, the views from SER (pronounced sear) are, as you might expect, stunning. And if the views alone don't wow you, then the black angus tomahawk encrusted with smoked blue...  Read More

Wayward Sons
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This rustically-modern eatery, with a menu majoring in inventive farm-to-table fare– has been making waves with locals ever since it landed on Greenville Avenue at the end of 2015. Which isn't really surprising since the kitchen is headed up...  Read More

Tei-An Soba House and Sushi
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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

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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

Uchi Dallas
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The hype surrounding James Beard award-winning chef Tyson Cole's Austin-based sushi paradise hasn't diminished in the least since it landed in Dallas the summer of 2015. And as such, getting a reservation here can be a challenge. Fortunately,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Kevin Marple


Named by Bon Appétit as one of the Top 50 New Restaurants of 2013-- FT33 (restaurant lingo for "fire table" number 33) was already creating a buzz before it opened late in 2012. The restaurant is the brainchild of James Beard Award...  Read More

Lucia Dallas
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If you ask any discerning foodie which is the hottest restaurant in town, they'll point you to David and Jennifer Uygur's rustically charming 36-seat Bishop Arts trattoria. But be warned, the place is so popular that you have to either book two...  Read More

Flora Street Cafe
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Trying to get a table at this sleek Dallas Arts District restaurant (especially at dinnertime) can be tricky. Which is no surprise, as this is the new flagship restaurant from James Beard Award winning chef Stephan Pyles. And though it may be...  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