Dallas

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ShermansTravel experts know where to find the best meal in town at the best price. Our restaurant reviews sift through the mountains of menus to highlight neighborhood gastronomic institutions and up-and-coming foodie hotspots – not to mention where to go for affordable, dependable fare complemented by a charming atmosphere.

Top Restaurants in Dallas

Charlie Palmer at the Joule

Touch screen tablet wine lists wow as much as the food at Charlie Palmer’s first Lone Star location. Expect twists on old-fashioned steakhouse dishes, like sautéed black cod soaked in a rutabaga puree, as well as a focus on artisanal cheeses and vegetables. Even teetotalers should peruse the impressive book of wines, all of which are plucked from Next Vintage, the restaurant’s on-site store that stocks exclusive bottles, such as Dom Perignon’s limited edition champagne tribute to Andy Warhol, one of the only stores in Texas to do so. 

1530 Main St., TX, 214-261-4600, www.charliepalmer.com
Tags: expensive | notable chef | notable wine list

Cosmo Rouge

In the burgeoning Bishop Arts District, locals feast on eclectic global brunches while jazz fills this airy, generous room.

407 N. Bishop St., TX, 214-942-0202, www.cosmorouge.com
Tags: moderate | eclectic

Fearing's at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas

Socialites and soccer moms rub shoulders at Fearing’s, the Ritz-Carlton’s decadent, crowd-pleasing eatery that corrals four dining experiences into one restaurant. The most distinct of the areas is easily The Sendero, a temperature-controlled glass-walled patio that can convert into an open-air room when the Texas weather relents. Fussier eaters should opt for The Gallery, a white tablecloth room set for formal dining, while laid-back patrons can choose among Dean’s Kitchen, a boisterous scene backdropped by the exposed cooking area, and The Ocaso, a seasonal outdoor patio. All diners order from the same menu, which refashions down-home classics into splurge-worthy gourmet dishes, like chicken fried lobster and charred corn and pheasant chorizo street tacos.

2121 McKinney Ave., TX, 214-922-4848, www.fearingsrestaurant.com
Tags: expensive | notable chef | local favorite

Fuse

Tex-Asian fare stars in this cavernous venue; choose your dining area, from somber vaults to cheerful banquette-lined spaces to Fuse’s enticing patio, complete with hot tub.

1512 Commerce, Ste. 100, TX, 214-742-3873, www.fusedallas.com
Tags: expensive | patio | asian

Matt's Rancho Martinez

Matt’s flotillas of fajitas, flautas and chiles rellenos make it a perennially popular stop for mouthwatering Tex-Mex.

6332 La Vista Dr., TX, 214-823-5517, www.thetexmexchef.com
Tags: family | budget | tex-mex

Nasher Café

Pitch-perfect ambience redeems average eats at the Nasher Café, a 100-person indoor/outdoor restaurant inside the Nasher Sculpture Center. Choose from sandwiches, salads, and soups before taking a seat on the outside patio, which overlooks the museum’s tranquil sculpture garden and rippling lily pond.

2001 Flora St., TX, 214-242-5144, www.nashersculpturecenter.org
Tags: budget | views | patio | cafe

Patrizio's

Locals fancy the original Highland Park Village location of this six-restaurant Dallas-area chain for its standard Italian dishes like chicken Romano and classic lasagna, as well as its proximity to the outdoor shopping center’s high-end designer boutiques, including Chanel, Jimmy Choo, and Hermes. Expect a swift lunchtime crowd on weekdays and a lingering patio scene during cool evenings.

25 Highland Park Village, TX, 214-522-7878, www.patrizios.net
Tags: moderate | local favorite | italian

Sammy's Bar-B-Q

You can’t come to Dallas without downing ribs, sausages, and sides. Get in line for lunch at Sammy’s, a former grocery store near the Federal Capital Reserve Building.

2126 Leonard St., TX, 214-880-9064, www.sammysbbq.com
Tags: budget | bbq

Smoke

Myriad iterations of meat – smoked, dry rubbed, pulled, and grilled among them – star at this laid-back barbecue joint, which gives off a quirky-cool vibe more typical of Austin than the Big D. Arrive hungry, as plates come piled high with hearty Southern comfort foods like mac ’n‘ cheese and pickled green beans, but leave room for one of the specialty cocktails, which incorporate fresh juices, natural syrups, and some house-made infused liquors.

901 Ft. Worth Ave., TX, 214-393-4141, www.smokerestaurant.com
Tags: moderate | trendy

Stephan Pyles

Theater-goers and gourmands alike seek out Stephen Pyles’ eponymous restaurant, the polished Dallas Arts District eatery that the Southwest’s first James Beard Best Chef Award Winner opened in 2005. The cuisine broadens the scope of the chef’s trademark Southwestern fare, blending a menu of Peruvian tiraditos and Mediterranean sides with signature dishes like a Southwestern salad topped with jalapeño-polenta croutons and parmigiano Reggiano chicharron. Specialty cocktails and desserts combine more playful flavors, with both a lemon merengue pie-themed drink and gourmet s’mores on offer.

1807 Ross Ave. Suite 200, TX, 214-580-7000, www.stephanpyles.com
Tags: romance | expensive | notable chef | local favorite | southwestern

The French Room

Put on your finest frippery to sip champagne and sample the Chef’s Selection tasting menu in the regal chandelier-draped room at the grand Hotel Adolphus. It’s the Big D’s brightest dining star.

1321 Commerce St., TX, 214-742-8200, www.hoteladolphus.com
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | reservations | french

York Street

With an exquisite wine list, knowledgeable staff, and an ever-changing menu that uses the freshest ingredients, York Street dazzles; reservations essential.

6047 Lewis St., TX, 214-826-0968, www.yorkstreetdallas.com
Tags: expensive | notable wine list | new american

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