Good Eats: A Foodie's Guide to Downtown Dallas

Not only is Dallas' revamped downtown area a haven for world class art and culture, it's also a dining destination for many of the city's top notch restaurants run by nationally acclaimed chefs.  

In the former Belo building, you'll find Bullion, a glamorous French brasserie by Michelin Star-awarded chef Bruno Davaillon. There also celebrity chef Dean Fearing's namesake restaurant in the posh Ritz Carlton Hotel. And up in the iconic Reunion Tower sits Wolfgang Puck's Pan-Asian eatery, Five Sixty.

Oh, and speaking of Asian, if it's sushi and innovative Japanese dishes you're looking for, it really doesn't get any better than at Tei-An, acclaimed Dallas chef Teiichi Sakurai’s Arts District gem. Did we mention there's a stellar rooftop lounge here?

But hold on, there's more. Scroll on for the compete list. We're sure you will find plenty of options that tick all the right boxes.

The Crafty Irishman Public House
Photo courtesy of Kathy Tran


Fancy a pint and a plate of fish and chips? Then you're in luck. A bit of Ireland has taken up residence on the ground floor of the historic Mercantile Building near Main Street Gardens. Owned and operated by Dublin native Alan Kearney, this...  Read More

Ellen's Southern Kitchen and Bar
Photo courtesy of Ellen's Southern Kitchen and Bar


This favorite West End eatery is a classic for big plates of hearty comfort-food standards, ranging from fried chicken and chicken fried steak to sandwiches, salads and burgers. But the thing Ellen's is most famous for is grits (the restaurants...  Read More

Meso Maya Downtown
Photo courtesy of Meso Maya


Sure, they've got terrific enchiladas and tacos here, but this colorful cantina's specialty is updated takes on classics from the regions of Central and Southern Mexico. We're talking cochinita pibil (a Yucatan-style pork dish braised in citrus...  Read More

CBD Provisions
Photo courtesy of Mei-Chun Jau


Named for the Central Business District for where it stands, this perennially popular all-day brasserie in the Joule hotel wins fans for its modern American, farm-to-table fare served in a rustically appealing space. Most, if not all the plates...  Read More

The French Room
Photo courtesy of Steven Visneau


Fresh off a recent multi-million-dollar makeover, the storied French Room, which opened with the Adolphus hotel in 1912, has once again regained its status as one of Dallas' finest dining experiences. The surrounds are still opulent, the service...  Read More

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
Photo courtesy of Five-Sixty


Reunion Tower is Dallas' most iconic landmark and Wolfgang Puck's Five Sixty restaurant resides at the top (560 feet up) of its glittering orb. The revolving restaurant is a destination for the setting alone. And the modern Asian menu only adds...  Read More

Cafe Momentum
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From its start, Cafe Momentum has had all the makings of a great restaurant: a relaxed ambiance, reasonable pricing, and innovative, delicious food. But above all, this place doubles as a nonprofit that provides culinary training to at-risk...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Fearing's


More than a decade in, celebrity chef Dean Fearing's eponymous restaurant in the swanky Uptown Ritz Carlton remains a consistent favorite with its sophisticated (yet unpretentious) vibe and locally sourced, modern Southwestern cuisine. The menu...  Read More

Tei-An Soba House and Sushi
Photo courtesy of Ilene Jacobs


Acclaimed Dallas chef Teiichi Sakurai's Arts District gem is regularly billed as one of the best Japanese restaurants in Dallas. And for good reason. The attention to detail that goes into every dish is extraordinary, the service is always...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Ilene Jacobs


Erected like a golden spaceship above the ground floor of the former Belo Building, Michelin Star-awarded chef Bruno Davaillon's glam French brasserie has been drawing crowds since opening its doors in late 2017. Serving lunch and dinner, the...  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