First, you should have a sense of the lay of the land. Dallas has a lot of restaurants, but it is a sprawling city. The restaurants within a somewhat close walk of the hotel or otherwise downtown tend to be among the most expensive. Deep Ellum, an easy Lyft/Uber ride away, has lots of good eateries. Other good areas to look for: McKinney Avenue; Lower Greenville; Knox-Henderson–all easily accessible by Lyft or Uber, and you can take the McKinney Avenue Trolley to the restaurants lining that avenue far as Uptown/the West Village, which also has a lot of places to eat (it’s about 2 miles north of the hotel). Another happening place is the Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff, which is about 7 miles away and will bring you across the river.
Here are some more specific recommendations; please also see the links at the bottom of this page.
Flora Street Cafe
Modern Texan and Southwestern style food served in an elegant space alongside beer, wine, and cocktails. Vegetarian options are available.
2330 Flora St #150, Dallas, TX 75201
According to the Dallas Observer (which ranks it the 7th best restaurant in Dallas), “if the exterior and interior of Bullion demand attention because of its look-at-me style, the food demands attention for a better reason: It is damn good.”
400 S Record St, Dallas, TX 75202
560 by Wolfgang Puck
Has expansive five, seven, and nine course menus served high atop Reunion Tower, Dallas’ 560-foot landmark with its glowing ball. Diners enter on the 50th floor and feast alongside floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a 360-degree view of the city from the revolving dining room. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options are available. Dress code is business casual.
300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, TX 75207 (downtown but too far to walk)
Sophisticated salads, soups, and sandwiches served with an expansive view of downtown through 11-foot floor to ceiling windows and a wrap-around terrace overlooking Tony Tasset’s outdoor sculpture, Eye. Great place for cocktails. Vegetarian options are available.
1608 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201
Dallas Chop House:
From their website: “Our steaks are specialty dry aged in the restaurant with Himalayan Sea Salt for a unique and delicious flavor and texture. Ranging from an 8 oz. filet to the 24 oz. Cowboy, we have a steak for every guest. Other menu highlights include our sous vide Niman Ranch Pork Chops and incredible seafood selections. Pair any entrée with seasonal sides like our famous Crawfish Maque Choux and a wine off of our award-winning list for the perfect evening.”
Dallas Fish Market
From their website’s About Us: “Every day, the freshest catch is prepared by a continually acclaimed team of chefs. Culinary treasures from the world’s great food traditions provide an innovative approach to seafood in a stunning and stylish setting.” A Dallas Observer review says that “it’s a something-for-everyone kind of place with good execution in the kitchen.”
1501 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201
Lucky Cat Vegan
Don’t try to go there in person! If you feel like staying in, you can order from this delivery-only vegan restaurant through food delivery apps such as ubereats.com, doordash.com, postmates.com, and trycaviar.com
1512 Commerce St SUITE 100, Dallas, TX 75201
The Dallas Observer ranks this barbecue joint No. 25 in its list of the top 100 Dallas Restaurants.
2702 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75226
Zatar Lebanese Tapas and Bar
From their website: “Armed with passion to bring Dallas the flavor of Lebanon and the love of community that culture embodies, Zatar has created a foodie haven. Some say this restaurant has seen the light. Drawing on the simple elegance of traditional Lebanese food and pulling on the luxurious flavors that culture is known for, Zatar is an experience like no other. Located in the energy centric historic Deep Ellum, this modern twist on traditional Lebanese food has become the pinnacle for flavors from afar.”
2825 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
Revolver Taco Lounge
The Dallas Observer writes that “every ingredient here is premium quality, most of all the tortillas themselves, made from scratch and so fresh that you can smell the corn on your hands after eating.” Ranked No. 1 in the Dallas Observer’s 2019 list of the top 100 Dallas restaurants.
2701 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
Big Guys Chicken and Rice
From Eater Dallas: “For a neighborhood that is home to tons of bars and music venues, Big Guys Chicken & Rice is one of the few truly late night dining options in Deep Ellum. Tasty chicken & rice platters and aloo gyro wraps are on offer until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.”
2614 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
Ramen place in Deep Ellum with a distinctive black garlic oil in their ramen. They are known for their ultra-spicy dish, the Oni Reaper, which includes a formidable lineup of spicy peppers such as the Carolina Reaper and habanero peppers. Recalling her experience, a reviewer for the Dallas Observer writes that “the big, beautiful bowl was perfectly rich and filling, with plenty for leftovers.”
2822 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
McKinney Avenue, Uptown/West Village (Accessible via the McKinney Avenue Trolley):
Baboush Mediterranean Cuisine
From the Dallas Observer: “Hummus and babaganoush are safe plays, served with plenty of warm pita for dipping, but the entire menu warrants attention. Shrimp and chicken kebabs and other street plates deliver bites that push conventional Moroccan cooking while staying true to tradition.”
3636 McKinney Ave #160, Dallas, TX 75204
Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille
The Dallas Observer writes, “Whether you’re seated in the seven-table wine cellar or one of the main dining rooms, the beef ordered in this elegant, earth-toned establishment is hand-selected, USDA prime and dry-aged for 28 days.”
2000 McKinney Ave #100, Dallas, TX 75201
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Burger chain from Austin with a wide variety of burgers, creative cocktails, and shakes to die for. Recommended if you’d like a delicious dinner without breaking the bank.
3227 McKinney Ave #102, Dallas, TX 75204
From the Dallas Observer: “Owner Jack Ekhtiar’s small restaurant is a place where hip meets classic. Dark wood frames live jazz. Rustic Mediterranean fare, predominately Northern and Southern Italian, is presented elegantly. Among the examples are farfalle carbonara, a 6-ounce Brazilian lobster tail over spinach linguini alfredo and shrimp as well as carpaccio Avanti with white truffle oil.”
2720 McKinney Ave. Dallas, TX 75204
Knox-Henderson and Lower Greenville:
Ranked No. 8 by the Dallas Observer, which describes it as “Mediterranean-accented California cooking.” Very highly rated.
2323 N Henderson Ave #109, Dallas, TX 75206
From their website: “Some cool things about us: we use only the freshest ingredients available to offer a menu that explores the edge of multi-cultural boundaries, liberating tacos to a whole new level. We make our own tortillas, slow roast our own chicken and corn, use lots of booze in our margaritas, and make everything from scratch. Which means our food tastes really awesome.” Vegetarian options available.
Two locations: 3012 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 and 4622 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Long-standing Greenville Avenue Italian restaurant and bar. Frequently has live music.
2815 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
HG Sply Co.
Restaurant and bar with a variety of food that caters to omnivores and vegetarians/vegans alike. From their website: “Simple, clean food, classic drinks and humble hospitality. It should be that simple.”
2008 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Knife Dallas (not on Knox-Henderson or on Greenville, but close to SMU)
Rated the best steakhouse in Dallas by the Dallas Observer. From their 2018 “Best of” review: “Knife is a complete restaurant, and in-the-know diners are just as excited about the cryptic menu item “Something Green and in Season” as they are about the 90-day dry-aged rib-eyes. But let’s not undersell the steaks. Knife was a national pioneer in the dry-aging movement, and it’s still the reigning champ. Whether you choose “old-school” meat or “new-school,” which employs sous vide to ensure a flawless cook, you can’t go wrong.”
5300 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206
Oak Cliff/Bishop Arts:
From the Dallas Observer: “The flavors are intensely fresh and the dishes creative without being overwrought. And if that’s not enough, the owners designed Bolsa with great sensitivity to the building’s historic look and feel. OK, so it’s an old auto shop-it still feels like part of a 1940s neighborhood. Open, airy, with a cool “beer garden”-style patio. Still one of the best Bishop Arts has to offer.”
614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
Monterrey style street tacos. Easily some of the best tacos you will have while visiting Dallas. Vegetarian options are available.
839 Singleton Blvd #150, Dallas, TX 75212
From a D Magazine review: “The fare is chic, but always still bistro. Boulevardier has always seemed a place that fit far more people into the space than should be possible, that tight squeeze and cozy cram an integral part of the laid-back neighborhood bistro feel.”
408 N Bishop Ave #108, Dallas, TX 75208
From Eater Dallas: “Home to some of the city’s best barbecue, Lockhart Smokehouse brings a Hill Country pedigree. Owner Jill Grobowsky Bergus’ grandfather helmed the iconic Kreuz Market in until the 1980s, and it’s still in the family. With no need to improve on a classic, this spot has its sausages shipped in fresh from Lockhart.” Their toppings (especially the spicy pickles) nicely complement the delicious barbecue.
400 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
We also encourage you to comb through the following guides if you’d like to do some culinary exploration: