Feast on the Flavors of Dallas' Toniest Enclave

Located just five minutes north of downtown, the affluent town of Highland Park (often touted as the Beverly Hills of Dallas) not only boasts exclusive boutiques and some of the highest-dollar residential real estate in the country, it's also home to quite a few of Dallas' most beloved eateries.

In the mood for Italian? Then you've got options. Located on Knox Street, just outside of Highland Park proper– is Taverna, a rustic Italian restaurant that specializes in pizzas, pasta and risotto. This place is so popular that there's usually a line to get in the door, but locals say it's always worth the wait. Also worth waiting for is Nonna, a tiny trattoria with a serious reputation for modern Italian fare.

Next door to Taverna, is Toulouse Café, a bustling French bistro that's best known for its mussels and insanely decadent soufflés.

Have a craving for a juicy slab of beef? Then head over to Al Biernat’s, a neighborhood stalwart for over 15 years that's as famous for the celebrities who dine there as it is for it's first-rate steaks and seafood. There's also Knife, Dallas' go-to place for outstanding burgers and super flavorful cuts of dry-aged meat.

Over in Highland Park Village, the oldest shopping center in America, you'll find an assortment of places to tempt your taste buds. Bistro 31 showcases Mediterranean coastal cuisine, Mi Cocina is a local hotspot for Tex-Mex fare and Café Pacific is one of the city's old faves that has been serving up seafood for decades.

Speaking of local favorites, most everyone will tell you that a trip to Dallas should always include a stop at Javier's– where the margaritas and authentic Mexico City cuisine are always in high demand.    

And these restaurants are just a few of the delicious destinations you'll find in this 'hood. Here's the 10 Best rundown on where else you'll want to be eating in Highland Park.

Highland Park Soda Fountain
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A visit to Dallas isn't complete without a stop at this neighborhood institution, which has been serving griddled sandwiches and malted milks to generations of locals since 1912. It's even a favorite lunchtime spot for former first lady Laura...  Read More

Cafe Pacific


A magnet for Dallas' creme de la creme, this tony Highland Park institution has been a port of call for seafood and steaks for over 30 years– something many local restaurants have been unable to achieve. So how does it remain relevant amid a...  Read More

Mi Cocina-Highland Park Village
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This permanently buzzing cantina has been a Tex-Mex go-to spot for over two decades, not only for area locals, but for A-list celebrities as well. Angie Harmon, Conan O'Brien and even Kanye and Kim Kardashian have touched down here at one time...  Read More

Javier's Gourmet Mexicano
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Ask anyone where to find good Mexican food in Dallas and they'll unquestionably point you to this Highland Park mainstay, a rustically-chic restaurant that's packed to the rafters almost every night. In fact, Javier's has been one of the city's...  Read More

Al Biernat's
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Enduringly popular with Dallas' movers and shakers, Al Biernat's has been a neighborhood stalwart for over 15 years. And there's as much buzz around the celebs who dine here as there is about the food. The attraction is a combination of...  Read More

Taverna By Lombardi
Photo courtesy of Taverna Pizzeria and Rissoteria


If you're looking for a quiet, intimate restaurant in which to dine, then this is not the place–as it's always a roaring trade at this rustic Italian local–day in and day out. Plus you can't book for anything smaller than a table for six....  Read More

Toulouse Cafe and Bar
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With its fin-de-siècle decor and all the de rigueur trappings of a proper bistro--Café Toulouse would sit just as comfortably on the Left Bank of Paris (or perhaps in the center of Toulouse) as it does in Dallas. From weekend brunch to all-day...  Read More

Bistro 31
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Set within the swanky shopping haven of Highland Park Village lies Bistro 31, a popular chic retreat with a hip St. Tropez vibe, a menu that keeps on giving and a gem of a cocktail-cum-sushi den tucked away at the top. The menu takes its...  Read More

Knife Dallas
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Celebrity chef John Tesar's swanky bastion of beef, inside the Highland Dallas hotel--has been the talk of the town since it opened in 2014. And there's a good reason for all the buzz: Knife serves up superbly flavorful meat, most of which has...  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


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