Dallas Dining Bucket List: Ten New Restaurants to Try Out This Spring

Dallas is a food-obsessed town. After all, it’s known for being one of the most restaurant dense cities in the country. So, it should come as no surprise that there’s never a shortage of restaurants to try. In fact, the city’s food scene has never been hotter than it is right now, with dozens of new openings, plus a whole lot more to look forward to over the next few months.

In Deep Ellum, locals are digging the meze platters and modern Lebanese fare coming out of Zatar, a trendy new dining spot with a lively hookah lounge to boot. Deep Ellum is also where you’ll find Hide, a buzzy new bar that churns out jaw-dropping cocktails as well as top-notch bar bites.

And when it comes to new dining destinations, look no further than the Uptown neighborhood, where you’ll find everything from the legendary Brazilian steakhouse, Fogo de Chao and the popular Canadian export, Moxie’s Grill and Bar to Nikkei, a seductive Brazilian-Peruvian restaurant boasting an eye-catching decor and dishes to match. 

These are just a handful of tasty examples, read on for more of Dallas’ latest crop of must-try eateries and be sure to keep an eye out for more new spots to pop up in the near future.

Chelsea Corner
Photo courtesy of Chelsea Corner


Following a massive makeover, this newly reopened gastropub is back with new owners and one of Dallas' biggest chefs heading the kitchen. The menu features a roll-call of upscale pub fare and anyone familiar with Chelsea Corner's famed pizza...  Read More

Public School 972
Photo courtesy of Public School on Tap


Hand tossed pizzas, bacon-cheddar tots and PB&J burgers with smoked bacon and blackberry habanero jam—these are the things that school cafeteria dreams are made of. Enter Public School on Tap, a popular class-room themed gastropub chain which...  Read More

Water Grill
Photo courtesy of Kevin Marple


Dallas might not be near an ocean, but there's a veritable aquatic bounty to be found at this West Coast seafood haven that sailed into Uptown in January. This means you'll find everything from oysters (over 13 types), sea urchin and crudo to...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Hide


Opened in late January 2017, this Deep Ellum spot has quickly made a name for itself thanks to its cutting-edge beverage program where mixologists employ all sorts of fancy equipment (think: centrifuges and roto-vaporizers) in the making of...  Read More

Pok The Raw Bar
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It's official, the Hawaiian poké craze has taken over Big D and among the new arrivals is this airy West Village café peddling gluten-free raw-fish salad bowls plus all things matcha. Try one of the signature bowls, like the albacore with...  Read More

Moxie's Grill & Bar
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Perhaps it's the terrific food and cocktails — or just the vibrant atmosphere itself, but this Canadian export has taken Dallas by storm since it set up its first stateside location in Uptown last November. In fact, good luck trying to score a...  Read More

Fogo de Chao-Uptown
Photo courtesy of Fogo de Chao


Known as a venerable temple for carnivores, this Brazilian based steakhouse chain, which landed its first U.S. location in Addison back in 1997, has just opened a second Dallas spot in Uptown. But this time, it comes loaded with an expansive...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Mirador


Couture, cocktails and cod cakes are what you'll find at Mirador, the new ultra-chic downtown eatery perched atop Dallas luxury retailer Forty Five Ten. Boasting floor to ceiling windows and a seductive garden terrace overlooking Tony Tasset's...  Read More

Nikkei Dallas
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Recently creating some serious buzz is Nikkei, a new 4,000- square-foot Uptown stunner, named for the Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine inspired by Japanese immigrants who settled in Peru in the late 1800s. That means, diners can expect to find...  Read More

Zatar Lebanese Tapas & Bar
Photo courtesy of Zatar Lebanese Tapas & Bar


Spicing up Deep Ellum's ever expanding restaurant scene is this bustling Lebanese eatery that turns out a modern spin on the country's classic cuisine. Named after the Middle Eastern spice blend, Zatar delivers a roll-call of sharable...  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