The Design District: Eating Your Way Through Dallas' Trendiest Dining Hub

The Dallas Design District has long been known for its industrial warehouses and interior design showrooms. But it's only recently that the area has transformed into a magnet for foodies, boasting an ever evolving lineup of top-notch restaurants, eateries and pubs.

For elevated pub grub and a solid selection of brews, hit the Meddlesome Moth and Wheelhouse. Speaking of good grub, the Rodeo Goat cranks out burgers loaded with everything from candied bacon to brisket chili. And if brisket tantalizes your taste buds, then you're in for a treat at The Slow Bone 

For those craving something more cutting-edge, head over to Oak, where you'll find an array of dazzling creations in an equally dazzling space.

And when it comes to dazzling, SER Steak & Spirits is the place to go for over-the-top steaks and spectacular views of the city. 

If these spots are tantalizing your taste buds, then feast your eyes on the other dining picks that you should be checking out now in the Dallas Design District. 

El Bolero
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This contemporary Mexican restaurant, named after Mexico's omnipresent street-side shoe shiners, aims to take diners on a South of the Border journey-- not only through its cuisine, but also with its decor, which includes everything from custom...  Read More

Pakpao Thai
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Don't expect to find your usual bout of sates and curries at this popular Thai restaurant. Instead, plan on satiating your palate with a menu of elevated Southeast Asian fare, much of which has been constructed by Food Network's celebrity chef,...  Read More

The Slow Bone
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Not only can Jack Perkins flip a mean patty at his iconic Dallas burger spot-- Maple and Motor, he can also smoke up some killer barbecue at his cafeteria-style (lunch-only) diner, which fired up the Design District in 2013. Recycled church hymn...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Oak


When Oak opened in 2012, not only did it receive rave reviews from the local press, it also earned a nod from Bon Appétit Magazine for being one of the Top 50 Best New Restaurants in the country. Along with a polished decor and inviting...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Wheelhouse


This sleek, indoor/outdoor gastropub is all about housemade sausages, burgers and small plates that cover everything from steak tartare to grilled shrimp tacos. It's one of a trio of eateries (along with Sassata and grab-and-go concept Go Go)...  Read More

Sassetta Dallas
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Ultra-thin crust pizzas, homemade pastas and a selection of small plates rule at this casual-chic Design District hot spot. It's the "Italian by way of California" sibling restaurant to Wheelhouse and Go Go (all owned by Headington Companies)...  Read More

Rodeo Goat Ice House
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This Fort Worth based burger and beer emporium (by the same people behind the Meddlesome Moth) is known for pushing the burger boundaries by tricking out its patties with an array of unique accoutrements. The menu features around sixteen burgers...  Read More

The Meddlesome Moth
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The district started becoming known as foodie destination in 2010 when this popular gastropub flew in offering a solid lineup of brews,(over 100 global varieties) and a menu full of gourmet grub. Food-wise, you'll find a unique assortment of...  Read More

The Charles
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One of the Design District's most recent additions is The Charles, a renaissance-chic eatery featuring a lineup of housemade pastas and wood-fire-grilled fish and steak. Owners Chas Martin and Chef J Chastain use classic Italian fare as...  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 26 oz prime porterhouse drenched in lemon-rosemary...  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