The following list of Dallas restaurants compiled and recommended by Lia Thomas, Adriane dela Cruz, and Rachel Russo are divided into Dallas districts -- all within 15 minutes driving distance of the Hilton Anatole.
Back by popular demand are the AADPRT Networking Dinners. These social soirees with friends and new faces take place the first night of the Annual Meeting -- Wednesday, March 4. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity!
Official AADPRT Networking Restaurants are indicated with a SIGN UP link. Deadline was February 13. If you have questions, please contact program chair, Sallie DeGolia.
The area prides itself on being “Dallas’ most independent neighborhood”. This trendy area in South Dallas has lots of little shops. Try Emporium Pies, Dude, Sweet Chocolate or the two new ice cream stores (Azucar and MELT). Hankering for great BBQ? Check out Lockhart’s Smokehouse. Pro tip: get there by 11 – the meat will run out!
Boulevardier [AADPRT NETWORKING DINNER SITE] - Stylish destination offering upscale French bistro fare, classy cocktails, and an extensive wine list. Dinner: $18-34
Address: 408 N Bishop Ave #108Phone: 214-942-1828
Oddfellows – Casual American favorites in a hip setting. Great fried chicken. It’s also a good spot for breakfast.
Reservations: Call 214-944-5958
Address: 316 W 7th St.Phone: 214-944-5958
Gloria’s – Mexican, Salvadoran, and Tex-mex. Long standing Texas staples.
Reservations: Call 214-948-3672
Address: 600 N Bishop AvePhone: 214-948-3672
Stock and Barrel – Laid back destination serving seasonal, locally sourced, fire-grilled American dishes & drinks. Entrees: $12-29
Address: 316 W Davis StPhone: 214-888-0150
A new food scene in East Dallas, known to be an “incubator” for new restaurants. If you want to escape hotel food, try Off Site Kitchen for great burgers. Also, stop at Cake Bar for a sweet slice to take back to your hotel room.
AmberJax Fish Market and Grill – seafood with a Cajun flair.
Address: 3011 Gulden Ln #107Phone: 469-513-9088
LUCK (Local Urban Craft Kitchen) - a Texas brewpub with great food. Always start with the pretzel bites.
Address: 3011 Gulden Ln #112Phone: 469-250-0679
Souk – Morrocan food in a warm, festive atmosphere. Served individual and family style.
Address: 3011 Gulden Ln #114Phone: 469-458-2233
You can find sunrise yoga and mid-day food trucks surrounding Klyde Warren Park, which is within walking distance of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Garden, and the Crow Collection of Asia Art. Downtown is a short walk away, and if you get lost, you might find yourself in front of the original Neiman Marcus location. If you’re wanting Tex-Mex, go to El Fenix by the Perot Museum.
Savor Gastropub – Modern American, with an emphasis on seasonal. Set in a large glass box with cool views of Klyde Warren Park and the city.
Entrees: $18-42. (Credit card for parties of 8 or more.)
Address: 2000 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
Phone: (214) 306-5597
Fearings – Elevated American Cuisine from one of Dallas’ celebrity restaurateurs. Known for steak, it also has a great vegetarian menu.
Dinner entrees: $42-62
Reservations: Recommended with credit card
Address: 2121 McKinney AvePhone: 214-922-4848
CBD Provisions [AADPRT NETWORKING DINNER SITE] – Modern Texas Brasserie with an upscale homage to Southern/New Orleans cuisine. The restaurant celebrates the natural bounty and cultinary traditions of Texas with a contemporary point of view, a commitment to local and sustainable sourcing, and a passion for making things in house. Split a pig head with your group.
Address: 1530 Main StPhone: 214-261-4500
Americano – In the same hotel as CDB provision, this offers causal Italian.
Address: 1530 Main StPhone: 214-261-4600
The Woolworth – Good American fare and cocktails with a great view of downtown Dallas.
Reservations: call 214-814-0588
Address: 1520 Elm St #201Phone: 214-814-0588
Meso Maya [AADPRT NETWORKING DINNER SITE]– Traditional Mexican, great assortment of tequilas.
Entrees: $18-24 1611
Address: 1611 McKinney AvePhone: 214-484-6555
Beginning at the north side of downtown Dallas, Uptown is a dynamic district with shopping, restaurants, and nightlife destinations that are as popular with those calling the neighborhood home as they are with visitors. Included in Uptown is West Village which has a large concentration of national and local retailers, restaurants, and bars at an outdoor shopping destination spanning several city blocks. The Knox/Henderson area is also very walkable with restaurants, shopping, and the Katy Trail which is a 3.5 mile multi use trail that ends at Victory Plaza/American Airlines Center.
Howard Wang's -- Uptown China Brasserie. Since our opening in April of 2011, Howard Wang's Uptown China Brasserie has quickly become the destination for quality Chinese cuisine, great drinks and a relaxing, modern atmosphere. The recipes used are family recipes that breed a very loyal following at Howard Wang's China Grill. With a commitment to quality, the rolls and dumplings are prepared fresh daily.
Reservations: Click here
Address: 3223 Lemmon Ave., Suite 103
Menu: Click here
Baboush – This restaurant combines Lebanese and Moroccan styles inspired by street food cooking ideas to serve food that lets you escape. Located in the West Village, Baboush is a great place to go if you're craving authentic and modern Eastern Mediterranean and Moroccan style food.
Address: 3636 McKinney Ave.
Gemma – Seasonally inspired cuisine with global flavors are the highlight at this intimate Henderson space. Beef tartare, fried olives and veal cheeks are among the biggest hits.
Address: 2323 N. Henderson Ave.
Uchi – This contemporary Japanese dining and sushi restaurant is one of the best in the city. Located at Randall and Maple, Uchi is the downstairs restaurant, while Top Knot is the upstairs restaurant. Uchi offers a variety of fish that can make your head spin if not prepared for the experience.
Address: 2817 Maple Ave
La Duni Latin Café – Award winning Latin restaurant with incredible desserts by pastry chef Dunia Borga. They also have an extensive coffee list and awesome cocktails and are located near Knox/Henderson.
Reservations: Call ahead or waitlist via buzztable.com
Address: 4620 McKinney Ave. Phone: 214-520-7300
Dragonfly at Hotel Zaza – For some of the “best people-watching in town," locals head to this Uptown New American spot in the boutique Hotel ZaZa where the upmarket menu “is as eclectic and unique as the patrons”; the striking dining room is done up with trendy light fixtures and funky framed paintings, and the “lively” bar scene makes for “high” noise levels in the evening.
Address: 2332 Leonard StreetPhone: 214-550-9500
Sprezza [AADPRT NETWORKING DINNER SITE]– A casually chic Italian spot tucked into a craftsman-style house off Oak Lawn. Chef Julian Barsotti has an extensive menu of Roman food that tastes like it's straight out of Italy, plus an all-Italian wine list, Italian beers, and Italian-style cocktails.
Address: 4010 Maple Ave. Phone: 972-807-9388
A former warehouse district turned vibrant area that gets its name from the proliferation of upscale art galleries and interior design showrooms. It has also become known for its fine dining establishments. Be sure to check out Cidercade for a classic arcade with ciders made by Dallas based Bishop Cider Company and Bowl Lounge for a retro bowling experience.
Town Hearth - Swank space with raw bar, steaks & classic cocktails from Dallas chef Nick Badovinus.
Reservations: Call 214-761-1617
Address: 1617 Market Center Blvd Phone: 214-761-1617
The Charles – Stylish, upscale restaurant & bar serving wood-fired Italian classics plus wine & cocktails.
Address: 1632 Market Ctr Blvd. Phone: 469-917-9000
Oak – Contemporary American restaurant with wood-grilled steak and fresh seafood.
Address: 1628 Oak Lawn Ave.
Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ – Smoked brisket, ribs, sandwiches, plus full bar & live music in backyard setting with Ferris wheel.
Entrees: under $30
Address: 1950 Market Center Blvd.
El Bolero – Airy eatery offering regional Mexican cuisine in a colorful setting with patio seating.
Entrees $30 and under.
Reservations: OpenTable.com, grubhub.com
Address: 1201 Oak Lawn Avenue Phone: 214-741-1986
Papkoa Thai – Thai cuisine influenced by Bangkok street food.
Entrees: under $30
Address: 1628 Oak Lawn Ave.
Sassetta – Eclectic season menu with creative interpretations of an array of Italian dishes.
Reservations: Parties up to 6 via OpenTable.com
Address: 1617 Hi Line Drive
This neighborhood in the heart of Dallas is known for its luxurious family homes, highly quality restaurants, and shopping.
Neighborhood Services [AADPRT NETWORKING DINNER SITE] – Listed in the D Magazine Top 50. American restaurant from Dallas chef Nick Badovinus known for steaks, fish, and housemade pastas; also known for their creative cocktails. The restaurant is warm, welcoming, cool, and fun. A little tricky to find—look for the valet stand.
Address: 5027 W Lovers LnPhone: 214-350-5027
Fireside Pies – Truly elevated pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven. Fantastic appetizers (get the burrata!), salads, pastas, and cocktails. Also serves the best brownie in the city.
Address: 7709 Inwood Road
Lovers Seafood and Market – Fresh seafood restaurant from Dallas restaurateurs Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing. Seafood flown in from the around the country daily. Sleek and small setting.
Reservations: 214-414-9880 or Opentable.com
Address: 5200 W Lovers LanePhone: 214-414-9880
Celebration Restaurant – A favorite spot for Southern home-cooking since 1971 that describes itself as Dallas’ first farm-to-table restaurant. Menu includes classic Southern dishes like fried chicken and chicken fried steak along with salads and fresh fish. Menu emphasizes many locally sourced, Texan ingredients. The restaurant is built in a series of former houses and grows many of their own vegetables and herbs. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure what to order—you can get seconds (or thirds, or fourths), but be sure to leave room for banana pudding for dessert.
Address: 4503 W Lovers Ln.
Rise No 1 [AADPRT NETWORKING DINNER SITE] – The word rise in the name is an ode to the restaurant’s signature dish: soufflé. Enjoy savory (classics like jambon and gruyere along with Texan influenced choices like corn and serrano) and sweet souffles along with other classic French dishes. Charming, intimate setting.
Reservations: call 214-366-9900 -- NOTE: NETWORKING RESERVATIONS ARE AT 6:45!
Address: 5360 W Lovers Ln, Suite 220 Phone: 214-366-9900
Knife [AADPRT NETWORKING DINNER SITE] – Executive chef John Tesar creates cuisine at Knife that melds classic and modern steakhouse dishes featuring all-natural born and raised Texas beef, pork and lamb in dry-aged prime cuts prepared in cast irons and customary steakhouse broilers, as well as specialty cuts such as flat iron, Waygu skirt steak, tri tip, culotte, beef cheeks, pork belly, oxtail, pigs head, and exotic Akaushi beef.
Reservations: Call 214-443-9339
Address: 5680 North Central Expy Phone: 214-443-9339
Shinsei – Listed in the D Magazine Top 50. Sushi and Asian-fusion restaurant from Dallas restauranters Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing. Chic atmosphere.
Address: 7713 Inwood Road
Nonna – D Magazine Top 50. Authentic Italian restaurant utilizing local, organic agreements. High quality pastas and pizzas.
Address: 4115 Lomo Alto Drive
Another industrial part of Dallas; known for cool shops and artsy murals. If you’re wanting good BBQ, check out Pecan Lodge - wear comfy shoes. You’ll be waiting, but it’s worth it.
Cane Rosso – A casual place featuring true wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Simple, high quality, perfectly cooked pizzas, housemade mozzarella, and fresh pastas. Traditional and modern pizza toppings.
Reservations: call 214-741-1188
Address: 2612 Commerce St
Urbano Café – Cozy American/Italian bistro known for delicious food and wine pairings. Friendly and intimate atmosphere.
Reservations: call 214-823-8550
Address: 1410 N Fitzhugh Avenue
Rapscallion [AADPRT NETWORKING DINNER SITE] – High-end Southern food restaurant that pays homage to the origins of Southern cooking, including African, Caribbean, Native American, and Creole served in a neighborhood bistro setting. Carefully crafted (and highly enjoyable) cocktail program.
Address: 2023 Greenville Avenue, Suite 110
Local – Modern American cuisine that has been embracing the idea of eating local since 2003. Menu changes frequently but is always delicious. Located in the historical Boyd Hotel, the oldest standing hotel in Dallas.
Address: 2936 Elm St.
Kalachandji‘s– This is Dallas’ longest serving vegetarian restaurant serving a taste of India’s vast and ancient vegetarian tradition! They practice the timeless Ayurvedic art of cooking for the body, mind and spirit…and although their tradition is lacto-vegetarian, they are committed to serving the vegan community of Dallas as well! Noted to be one of the “top 100 dining establishments in Dallas” by D Magazine’s D Recommends in 2019.
Entrees: Buffet: $14.95
Reservations: Call 214-821-1048
Address: 5430 Gurley Ave.
Rodeo Goat (hamburgers, can sit outside if weather okay)
Meddlesome Moth – gastropub and small bites
Ojeda’s - classic Tex Mex; on Maple
Herrera’s Café - classic Tex Mex; on Sylvan
Pho Chau - hole in the wall Vietnamese place on Mockingbird
Ichiro Ramen Shop (very small place but very yummy; on Maple)
Maple and Motor – for burgers
Eatzi’s on Oak Lawn – a good place to get some comfort food/upscale snacks for their hotel room.