Oak Lawn: A Mecca Of Tasty Treasures For The Diverse Palate

Along with being celebrated as one of the most gay-friendly districts in the country, Oak Lawn, located minutes from downtown, is also undoubtedly one of Dallas' hottest neighborhoods for dining. No matter what kind of cuisine you’re after, the options are diverse enough to satisfy just about every culinary craving and budget.

Want to paint the town red? Here's where you'll find some of the city's most famous eating establishments. First up is the legendary Mansion on Turtle Creek, an opulent restaurant housed in the former estate of a 1920s-era cotton magnate. The restaurant showcases modern American and French cuisine and has served everyone from royalty to rock stars.

More celeb sightings and tasty treasures can be had at Al Biernat's, a neighborhood stalwart for over 15 years that's known for its impeccable steaks, wild game and seafood. There's also Nonna, a pocket-sized trattoria that consistently receives rave reviews from restaurant critics and locals alike.

Further cementing the area's status as a food destination is Uchi, Chef Tyson Cole’s sushi paradise– which, at the moment, is the most sought after reservation in town.

For something more casual, try the killer sammies at East Hampton Sandwich Co. or the gourmet pub grub at The Meddlesome Moth. There's also eatZi's, an epicurean marketplace and cafe that's great for grab-and-go.

Some of the city's best seafood can be had at TJ's Seafood Market & Grill, a cozy eatery that churns out insanely delicious lobster rolls. And if a lively neighborhood bistro is more what you have in mind, head over to Parigi, a local favorite serving up stellar seasonally-inspired dishes.

Finally, be sure to stop in at the Cosmic Cafe, not only for its vegetarian fare, but also to check out the eclectic decor.

eatZi's Market & Bakery
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With its piped-in opera music and diverse culinary offerings, this gourmet food emporium-cum-cafe has remained a popular foodie pit-stop since it first opened back in 1996. Since then, eatZi's has spawned several more locations throughout the...  Read More

East Hampton Sandwich Co. Turtle Creek Village
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Pretty much everything tastes better between two slices of bread, and this industrial-chic gourmet sandwich spot, named after the posh seaside village, delivers the lot. First off, everything is house-brined, hand-carved, fresh baked and also...  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

Cosmic Cafe
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It's virtually impossible to miss this place. Furnished with a riot of wall-to-wall Indian kitsch (think expansive wall murals, Hindu art work, Buddha statues and the like), this neighborhood restaurant is anything but subtle in looks. In fact,...  Read More

TJ's Seafood Market & Grill-Oak Lawn
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It should come as little surprise that one of Dallas' best seafood eateries happens to be tucked inside of a fish market which boasts a daily supply of freshly-caught seafare flown in from all over the world. Served in a breezy, nautically...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Parigi


Comfortably chic with a bustling atmosphere and a friendly vibe to match, Parigi (meaning Paris in Italian) is a cozy neighborhood bistro, that even three decades in, remains as popular as ever. Owner and chef Janice Provost deals in delicious...  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

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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

The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Photo courtesy of The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek


Dallas has no shortage of fine dining options, but the Mansion Restaurant, tucked inside the iconic Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek hotel-- has remained a standout for more than 35 years. Luxuriously kitted out with sleek contemporary...  Read More

Uchi Dallas
Photo courtesy of Erica Wilkins


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


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