Best Bites: Dishing It Up at Preston Hollow's Top Restaurants

The sprawling Preston Hollow neighborhood may be best known for its multi-million dollar estates and high-profile residents, but the enclave is also becoming the city's go-to spot for casual eateries and trendy restaurants.

A good place to start off is in the Preston Forest Shopping Center, where you'll find The Mercury, one of Dallas' most chic dining haunts offering everything from gourmet burgers to sushi and sous vide short ribs. For those craving something south of the border, Meso Maya's menu puts a unique spin on interior Mexican cuisine. Pizza lovers will want to add Dough Pizzeria Napoletana on their restaurant hit list. The Neapolitan-style pies here even attracted the attention of Food Network's Guy Fieri.

Next up is Preston Royal Shopping Center. Here, you can dive into some of Dallas' best fish and seafood at TJ's Fresh Seafood Market or tuck into handmade dumplings at Royal China, a Dallas institution since 1974.

Craving Italian? Princi Italia, also in Preston Royal– is the spot for fresh salads, homemade pastas and stellar wood-fired pizzas.  Or, for a more intimate setting, sit at one of the dark booths or sidle up to the bar at Neighborhood Services Bar & Grill and indulge in well-executed American dishes ranging from burgers to steaks and seafood.

DISH, a perpetually buzzy restaurant with a massive cocktail list and an eclectic roster of insanely good food– is certainly worth the short detour over to Hillcrest Road.

Or head over to Preston Hollow Village, off Walnut Hill Lane and I-75–to tuck into the newest neighborhood hot spots: Pakpao Thai for Southeast Asian food and Blue Sushi Sake Grill for its daily happy hours and extensive selection of raw and Asian fusion fare.  

Pakpao Thai Preston Hollow
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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

Meso Maya
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This bustling cantina, spanning out over a cavernous two room space, dishes up modern takes on interior Mexican classics like cochinita pibil, a traditional slow-roasted pork dish from the Yucatán Península that dates back to Mayan times....  Read More

Princi Italia
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Handmade pastas and wood-fired pizzas play a lead role at this neighborhood fave, nestled on the back corner of Preston Royal Shopping Center. It's an airy, polished-looking place that manages to feel both upscale and casually comfortable at the...  Read More

Blue Sushi Sake Grill
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This buzzy Nebraska import, with its signature blue-hued dining room and red-lit sake lounge-- has been a hit with locals since it opened earlier this year. And with prices starting at around $7.50 for eight pieces of sushi and happy hour...  Read More

DISH-Preston Hollow
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This strikingly contemporary haunt, in an unassuming strip center off Hillcrest, is perpetually abuzz from open until close. And it's not just because of the food, which-- no doubt will have your taste buds watering. But it's also a place of...  Read More



A stalwart of Dallas' Chinese food scene since 1974, this family-run restaurant is perennially popular for its authentic dumplings, perfectly prepared dim sum and fantastic regional Chinese dishes. While you can expect to find iconic...  Read More

Dough Pizzeria Napoletana
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Of all the joints in town that lay claim to the Neapolitan-style standards of pizza making, only a handful turn out pies as exceptional as Dough. Evidently, Guy Fieri agrees since he featured the restaurant's San Antonio sibling on Food...  Read More

TJ's Fresh Seafood Market
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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--boasting a daily supply of freshly-caught seafare flown in from all over the world. Served in a comfortable breezy back...  Read More

Neighborhood Services Bar & Grill
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Perfect for power lunches, leisurely dinners or a romantic dinner for two, if you're looking for a restaurant that offers all things to all people-- whatever the occasion and whatever the taste, chances are Neighborhood Services fits the bill....  Read More

The Mercury
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Don't let the nondescript shopping strip location fool you, The Mercury is a chic dining haunt showcasing terrific modern American fare by Chris Ward, an award-winning chef who has cooked for the likes of former President Bush and ex-Prime...  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