Ten Best Restaurants in Dallas to Score a Fresh Catch

Landlocked Dallas doesn’t exactly scream seafood destination, but surprisingly this meat-eaters haven also boasts a number of excellent eateries that are able to source fresh seafood from all over the world.

Of course, you know your fish is fresh when you can see it glistening in the case or swimming around in tanks before it hits your table, which is what you’ll find at Water Grill, a swanky West Coast seafood haven located in Uptown. Barnegat tilefish, Lake Ontario walleye pike, Alaskan halibut and Chilean seabass are just a few of the freshly flown in offerings at TJ's Fresh Seafood Market, a popular fishmonger and restaurant with locations in North Dallas and Oak Lawn. It doesn’t get any fresher than at The Keeper, a Pacific Rim-inspired seafood spot in Plano featuring fish sourced from Hawaii, Thailand, Vietnam and the Pacific Northwest.
And if there’s anything more impressive than the decadent lobster rolls at Hudson House, it’s The Royal, a multi-tiered tower jam-packed with oysters, shrimp cocktail, tuna tartare, king crab and a whole two-pound lobster. Speaking of lobster rolls, 20-Feet Seafood Joint is known for having the best lobster rolls in town. It’s also the place to dig into the likes of New England-style clam chowder, blue point oysters and crispy cod po' boys. Even better? Everything on the menu can be had for $20 or less.
If these places are making you hungry, the rest of the list is sure to reel you in. Behold, the 10 best places for fresh seafood in Big D.

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

20 Feet Seafood Joint
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Tucked in an off-the-beaten-path shopping strip near White Rock Lake, this overwhelmingly popular, counter-service only spot is one of the best places to indulge in East Coast-style chow. Which means you can expect to find everything from fresh...  Read More

Water Grill
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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

Hudson House
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For lovers of seafood, this lively and convivial Park Cities hotspot ticks all the requisite boxes. Freshly shucked oysters? Check. Alaskan king crab legs? Check. Whole Maine lobster, maple planked salmon and clams casino? Check, check and...  Read More

Ocean Prime-Dallas
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Want to feast on succulent crustaceans in swanky surrounds? Look no further than Ocean Prime, a sprawling, high-end surf 'n' turf spot from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. That means you can expect to find everything from seafood towers,...  Read More

The Keeper
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This Plano newcomer sets a beachy vibe with a nautical-chic interior, an inviting outdoor terrace, tropical tiki cocktails and a wide selection of Pacific Rim-inspired seafood delicacies. The focus is on wild-caught, sustainable fish, mostly...  Read More

Uchi Dallas
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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

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

Tei-An Soba House and Sushi
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Getting a table at this Dallas Arts District hot spot has been a challenge ever since it opened in 2008. Understandably so, as Tei-An is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Dallas. And its chef/owner, Teiichi Sakurai, has been a...  Read More

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
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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: floor-to-ceiling windows provide...  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