Where to Eat in Dallas Right Now
From fantastic seafood to an Instagram dream, we’ve got you covered.
As we start looking ahead to the holiday, we would like to take a moment to look at the gifts we’ve already received—several fantastic new restaurants across Dallas-Fort Worth. Since June, multiple venues have debuted. In this roundup, we present an Instagram-worthy eatery that’s a love letter from a chef to his wife, a laid back burger-and-taco joint, a new Italian concept from two seafood pros, and an Australian-inspired bistro with everyday brunch and an international menu. So, as you start planning which restaurants to gather with friends and family during this festive season, refer back to this list of 11 new (and reborn) concepts worth making a reservation.
Wineyard Grille and Bar
This outdoor dining restaurant debuted on October 19, right on cue for perfect patio weather in North Texas. Located on the back lot of Hotel Vin, Autograph Collection Hotel next to this historic Grapevine Vintage Railroad, the live-music eatery capitalizes on the city’s penchant for great wine. Order a glass while you peruse the unique BBQ fusion menu that creatively blends elements of European cooking and Texas standards. Try the smoked brisket (of course) or put the concept to the test with a platter of three giant U-8 tiger prawns served with BBQ, brava, Roquefort, olive, or chimichurri sauces with black truffle manchego fries or smoke gouda mac ‘n cheese.
With a mission to elevate the nightlife scene at The Star in Frisco, David Nguyen, Snow Vo, and hotelier Sobe Ahmed have joined forces to create a progressive experience that starts with dinner and goes late into the night with a progression of music from the 1980’s to today. The internationally inspired food menu comes from chef Walter Bandt and the cocktails hail from the mind of Tipsy Alchemist’s master bartender, Steve “Scuba” Underhill. Standout items include the Kimchi Calamari, Wagyu Empanadas, Quinoa Chaufa Stir Fry (available with salmon, chicken, shrimp, or Wagyu), and the signature Snowbird cocktail made with tequila, orange liqueur, coconut cream, lime juice, a Tajin rim, and a spritz of pea tea bitters.
How to book: Reserva a table online.
Chef Julian Rodarte (the Son in Beto & Son) should win a prize for the best gift a husband could give his wife—a restaurant devoted to Lexy’s favorite things to eat and drink, as well as dishes inspired by their travels together. The result is an Instagrammer’s paradise, complete with a Champagne vending machine, floral backdrops, and food that simply demands to be photographed. It’s especially noteworthy, however, because the food lives up to what could be gimmicky in less-skilled hands. Among numerous menu standouts, make sure to try the whole red snapper, prepared two ways, tempura-fried, and roasted.
The classic South Texas icehouse gets a modern (and more sophisticated) makeover with an approachable menu from owner Gary Stapleton as a tribute to his dad. Bites range from burgers made with house-ground beef, tacos wrapped in fresh tortillas, seven kinds of oyster preparations, and a quartet of “Slutty Fries.” For a taste of each of these, try the Spicy Back Home BBQ Burger with cheddar, bacon, and caramelized onion; the barbacoa tacos; elotes-inspired “You Know the Spot” Slutty Fries topped with crushed Flamin’ Hot Cheetos; and grilled Black & Blue oysters with black pepper-bleu cheese compound butter. And like any good icehouse, should pair all of these with a super-frosty beer.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first serve seating.
Isla & Co.
Inspired by Australia’s coastal towns, this popular establishment already has successful locations in Brooklyn and Midtown Manhattan, so it brings some major street cred to the charming Bishop Arts District in the small, 40-seat dining room that formerly housed Lucia. Highlights of the menu created by executive chef Matt Foley, include daily brunch offerings like the Brekkie Roll (soft scrambled eggs, bacon, white cheddar, and arugula on toasted brioche) and three types of Benedicts, as well as dinner dishes such as Spicy Shrimp Vodka Rigatoni, Thai Green Vegetable Curry, and the Isla Burger with grass-fed beef.
Hailing from Miami, this artisanal pizza place uses a delicate, thin crust that rests for 72-hours before being transformed into edible masterpieces like the Star Luca. This fun star-shaped pie features Italian tomato sauce, ricotta, spicy salami calabrese, mozzarella, and fresh basil. Solo diners will love the small pizza options (under $10 each), and the healthier-minded can create their own salads from a vast list of veggies, proteins, and greens. Most ingredients on the menu are sourced from either Italy or a local purveyor, so you’re assured top quality and freshness no matter what you order.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first serve seating, call 214-432-4434, or order online for takeout. Delivery starts November 1.
Not to be confused with the Drug Enforcement Administration, this Dea comes from the creative minds of seafood mavens Lynae Fearing and Tracy Rathbun, the duo behind Shinsei and Lover’s Seafood. The coastal European concept (think: Naples or Palermo) sets the stage for a luxe evening with its sumptuous decor and superstar dishes ranging from a Bistecca alla Fiorentina and Ribeye with Calabrian Chili Butter to a buttery daily risotto or handmade pasta dishes, such as a classic Pappardelle Bolognese. For a truly memorable experience, grab one of the four seats at the Kitchen Table for a chef’s tasting in the middle of the culinary action.
How to book: Reserve a table via SevenRooms or call 214-764-3334 to book the Kitchen Table.
Though not technically a new opening as much as a relocation, the new HIDE on Lowest Greenville Ave. feels both nostalgic and altogether different than its former Deep Ellum locale. Now serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner and open each day from 8 am to midnight, HIDE is now more than just a great cocktail bar (and it’s still that, too, don’t worry). If you visit early, try the Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit or the Ribeye Scramble (and maybe a mimosa). At lunch or dinner, feast on TX Egg Rolls made with chicken and jalapeños or an OG Hide Double Cheeseburger made from a combo of brisket and chuck. Happy hour is a great time to sample cocktails, too, when most clock in at a budget-friendly $7.
This spin-off of Preston Center’s JIA Modern Chinese brings Lakewood a much-needed infusion of first-class Asian fare in a more casual setting. In addition to Chinese favorites from its sister restaurant including the Signature Kung Pao Chicken, this new location also boasts a full Thai menu. On the latter, both noteworthy Drunken Noodles and Spicy Red Curry await, each customizable with anything from tofu to a combo of chicken, beef, and shrimp. A robust sushi menu is also available.
Celeb chef Tim Love’s latest venture finds him in an Italian state of mind with Caterina’s in the heart of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. On the menu is an exclusively Italian wine list to create perfect pairings with dishes such as Linguine Alla Vongole with garlic and lemon, a tableside Caesar, or Lobster “Alison,” a two-pound beauty served with sweet corn ravioli and parmesan cream sauce. And if you didn’t get enough tableside action with the salad course, order from the rolling bar cart where one of six signature cocktails (including Negronis and Americanos) get shaken to order and paired with small plates from the kitchen.
Fans of Trompo rejoice each time the taco shop finds a new home, renewing hope in a world where the closure of great taco joints can be genuinely soul-crushing. The Monterey-style restaurant’s newest reincarnation finds it back in Oak Cliff where people are already lining up for their signature pork Trompo Tacos and other street taco classics, as well as outside-the-box creations including tortillas filled with paneer and poblano, or combinations of trompo and steak served as quesadillas.