The Dallas restaurant scene is constantly evolving, yet it is also home to delicious restaurants of long standing. Whatever cuisine you prefer, food is just one of the reasons to visit Dallas, Texas. We take a look at some of the city’s most celebrated fine dining establishments.
Opened in 2009, this upscale eatery is the labor of love of renowned Parisian Chef, Jean-Marie Cadot. Born to a family whose love of food dates back to the 1700s, Cadot’s apprenticeship took place at his father’s bakery when he was just eight years old. Cadot went on to cut his teeth at Lasserre Paris, one of a handful of restaurants worldwide to possess three coveted Michelin Stars.
Cadot Restaurant’s appetizers include duck terrine with foie gras, truffle and pistachios; escargot sautéed in Pernod with garlic cream; and tuna tartar served with guacamole and caviar. The establishment offers fixed menu options as well as private dining experiences and caters for weddings and special events.
Located in the Meyerson Symphony Centre, Opus provides cuisine fit for pre-symphony diners. Tim Semenuk, Opus’s Executive Chef, concocts new menus each week to make the most of local, seasonal produce.
Menu highlights include Dijon mustard-rubbed pork loin and seared rockfish accompanied by crawfish tarragon butter sauce.
Dakota’s is a high-end steakhouse that has drawn diners to downtown Dallas for over 30 years. Its underground location makes for a unique dining experience, the site having been originally occupied by First Dallas Baptist Church.
Upon selling the premises, the Church included a clause in the deed prohibiting any future proprietor from selling alcohol “on the grounds.” Lawyers soon spotted a legal loop-hole in the deed, however, noting that this did not preclude selling alcohol under those grounds. Soon after this realization, Dakota’s Steakhouse was born.
Diners reach Dakota’s via a canopied glass elevator, descending to a cool underground oasis that features multi-tiered landscaping, a lava rock fire pit, and a black granite bar. The restaurant’s dark wood paneling, marble floor, and New Orleans-style gas lamps give it a sleek, stately feel. Its French doors allow sunlight to flood the dining room, bathing it in light and warmth.
Chef Gorji, proponent of New Mediterranean Cuisine, presides over this celebration of flavors and seasonal fare. This no-tipping restaurant has received numerous accolades, including being named Best Restaurant in Addison by Eater Dallas and being featured in the Renzell Rating System’s Top Three Dallas Restaurants.
Diners can sample offerings such as braised escargot in Pomodoro; lamb brain paté on crostini topped with tomato relish; and pulled rabbit paella with chorizo, mussels and shrimp.
The French Room
Located within the Adolphus Hotel in Downtown Dallas, this award-winning restaurant presents classical French cookery with a contemporary twist. The French Room has been painstakingly restored, yet it has lost none of the colonial grandeur imparted by its classical European architecture.
The French Room has received great critical acclaim along with numerous awards throughout its storied past. Its globally-inspired five course tasting menu created by Chef Anthony Dispensa is a memorable experience, punctuated by unanticipated pleasures.
The mission behind Abacus is to create an extraordinary experience through cuisine, cocktails and ambiance. Abacus boasts an extensive list of craft cocktails specially created by inhouse mixologist Jordan Gantenbein, not to mention an impressive wine list.
Private dining is available. Guests can enjoy sustainably-grown food sourced from local ranches and farms. Abacus prides itself on a lighthearted feel. However, the restaurant is serious about providing great flavors and never cuts corners on quality.
Menu highlights include the volcano roll, a fusion of crab, scallops, avocado, and mushroom finished with spicy mayo. Sushi, sashimi and nigiri are all well represented, with big plates ranging from Wagyu beef to wild Alaskan salmon.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
The Oceanaire Seafood Room offers a range of international cuisine. Its elegant décor provides the perfect environment in which to sample fine fresh seafood, which is flown in daily from all over the globe.
Oceanaire Dallas is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. These include Most Popular Restaurant from Zagat Survey, Dallas; a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and the Dallas Observer’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Seafood Restaurant.
Signature dishes include the grand shellfish tower; whole roasted Dover sole; grilled wild Alaskan halibut; and wild-caught Florida Amberjack.
The Mansion Restaurant
Regarded by many as one of the most romantic restaurants in Dallas, the Mansion has been delighting diners for over 35 years. Featuring chic European décor, the Mansion Restaurant is an elegant, unforgettable fine dining experience. Guests can select from locally-sourced fare and enjoy a range of ingenious creations.
The kitchen is presided over by Chef Archambault. Though a native Texan, Archambault grew up in France, where he developed a passion for cookery at an early age.
The Mansion’s dinner menu includes tempting dishes such as red snapper with green peas, scallions, and lobster bisque; Italian white truffle tagliatelle; and Maine lobster served with sweet potato ravioli.