Cuisine: American, Continental, Southwestern
Group Friendly: Arguably one of Dallas' most celebrated restaurants, Fearing's is where to go when you want to inject a bit of Texan-style glamour to your evening soiree. Located in the swanky Ritz Carlton, the restaurant boasts a plethora of different spaces to entertain from eight to eighty people, including a formal dining room with soaring ceilings; an intimate wine cellar; a romantic glass pavilion and a dreamy moonlit patio. As for the food, expect to find everything from mesquite-grilled ribeyes and buffalo tenderloins to chicken-fried Maine lobster. Best seats in the house? Dean's Kitchen, where you and seven of your best pals can have a ringside view of all the action.
Steakhouses: James Beard award-winning chef Dean Fearing's namesake restaurant in the swanky Ritz Carlton has long been known for its elevated American cuisine, but since adding a line of Texas sourced Wagyu/Angus steaks, it's now become a hub for phenomenal beef. Featured slabs include ribeyes, prime strip loins and prime-plus filet mignons which are grilled to perfection over live-fire mesquite and served with house-made sauces like a molasses-based West Texas mop and béarnaise. There's also achiote glazed antelope and maple-black peppercorn buffalo tenderloin plus a slew of sides like chicken-fried Maine lobster and lump crab mac-and-cheese. Wash it all down with Dean's signature margarita and save space for the miniature fried pecan pies with maple bourbon ice cream.
Downtown: More than a decade in, celebrity chef Dean Fearing's eponymous restaurant in the swanky Uptown Ritz Carlton remains a consistent favorite with its sophisticated (yet unpretentious) vibe and locally sourced, modern Southwestern cuisine. The menu shuffles often, but expect to see things like barbecue shrimp tacos; chicken fried quail; glazed antelope; and some of the tastiest Texas Wagyu-Angus steaks in town. Pro tip: snag a seat in Dean's kitchen where you can have a ringside view of the action and perhaps a chat with the exuberant Fearing himself. Save space for the banana pudding tart or anything chocolate.
Best Restaurants: Dallas has long had a love affair with celeb chef Dean Fearing-- whose modern take on Southwestern cuisine has earned him numerous accolades over the years, including a James Beard Award for best chef of the Southwest. Here at his namesake restaurant in the swanky Ritz Carlton, Fearing and his chef de cuisine Eric Dreyer turn out hits like wood grilled pork tenderloin glazed with sorghum, mesquite grilled salmon with peach barbecue glaze, and of course, Fearing's signature tortilla soup. The dining experience is all the more enhanced by the restaurant's seven distinctive indoor and outdoor settings-- including a formal room with chandeliers and soaring eighteen-foot ceilings; an intimate wine cellar; and a romantic glass pavilion. If you plan it right, you can snag a seat in Dean's Kitchen where you can have a ringside view of the action and perhaps a chat with the exuberant Fearing himself.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Dallas, TX 75201
Group Friendly: "Don't miss the complimentary guacamole and mini margaritas on offer in the hotel lobby every night starting at 6 p.m. Valet parking for guests of Fearing's is complimentary, make sure to have the restaurant validate your ticket."
Steakhouses: "Free guacamole and mini margaritas are on offer at 6 p.m. in the hotel lobby. Also, find $7 cocktail specials in the bar during Happy Hour, Monday â" Friday from 4â" 6 p.m. and Sunday â" Thursday from 10 p.m. â" 12 a.m. Valet parking is complimentary for guests at Fearing's."
Downtown: "If you can't score a table in the restaurant, you can enjoy a meal in the Rattlesnake Bar without a reservation. Also, don't miss the free guacamole and mini-margaritas on offer at 6 p.m. in the hotel lobby. Note: Valet parking is free for guests of Fearing's."
Best Restaurants: "If you can't score a table in one of the main dining venues, you can enjoy a meal in the Rattlesnake Bar without a reservation. Also don't miss the free guacamole and mini-margaritas on offer at the Rattlesnake Bar every night starting at 6 p.m."
Best for Group Friendly Because: Fearing's offers a wide variety of settings for parties of all sizes and is a popular spot for wedding showers.
Best for Steakhouses Because: Fearing's is where to go for killer steaks that literally melt in your mouth.
Best for Downtown Because: Fearing's is nationally ranked as one of the city's best restaurants.
Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: When you're in the mood for a bit of glamour, Fearing's ticks all the boxes.