11 Places to Eat and Drink in Dallas

The best spots for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, cocktails, coffee, beer and more. This Texas city has it all.

Photo courtesy of Commissary

Although Dallas is best known for its barbecue and Tex Mex, this melting pot of a city also serves world-class cuisine that spans the globe.

“Dallas has a sophisticated culinary scene, but what’s great is that a large portion of it focuses on authentic versions of some of the world’s greatest cuisines, ” says Justin Fourton, co-owner and pitmaster at Pecan Lodge. “From authentic Texas barbecue at our place to luxurious bowls of ramen or handmade tacos [elsewhere in the city], Dallas has pretty much got it all covered.”

Here are some of the best spots to eat and drink.


Photo courtesy of Up On Knox

Up on Knox

Up on Knox is just steps from the famous Katy Trail and an ideal place to grab a delicious bite —like The Texan, which includes a pastry, eggs and bacon and freshly squeezed juice.



Hudson House

Nosh on avocado dip, lobster rolls, and seriously stacked salads at Hudson House, a strip-mall spot that transports guests to a Cape Cod neighbourhood eatery.



Gemma, photo by Kevin Marple


Gemma is a darling diner run by a husband-and-wife duo. From oysters and Texas quail to crafty cocktails, there is something for everyone on the menu.


The trough at Pecan Lodge, photo by Kathy Tran

Pecan Lodge 

The Trough is the best way to sample all the magnificent meats offered at Pecan Lodge—a restaurant in the Deep Ellum neighbourhood that attracts tourists and locals for its insanely flavourful food.



Emporium Pies

Indulge in a slice of pie at Emporium Pies and you’ll be back every time you are in town. Try the Smooth Operator, pretzel crust topped with a chocolate rosette, or the Drunken Nut, shortbread crust with bourbon, brown sugar and Texas pecans.


Coffee, beer and cocktails 

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Whether you opt to hang out at Commissary or take a cup of Counter Culture coffee to-go, don’t skip the freshly baked bagels and schmear.


White Rock Alehouse and Brewery, photo by Kathy Tran

White Rock Alehouse and Brewery

Take a walk or bike ride around White Rock Lake and then grab a seat at White Rock Alehouse and Brewery, a new brewpub that serves craft beers and hearty local fare.


Doctors Orders at Bowen House, photo by Susie Oszustowicz

Bowen House

Bowen House in Uptown mixes creative cocktails that are equal parts daring and delicious. Doctors Orders—peppered gin, carrot juice and buckspice ginger bitters—is a regular on the menu.


Best tasting menu

The French Room, photo by Steven Visneau

The French Room at The Adolphus Hotel

As if the restaurant’s stunning renovation wasn’t exciting enough, guests can indulge in a seven-course tasting menu with a US$135 price tag. Seared foie gras, duck Bigarade and bavarois has never looked or tasted better. For a further splurge, go for the wine pairings.


Best foodie neighbourhoods 

Photo courtesy of Dolce Riviera

Harwood: Eat at Dolce Riviera

Alfresco dining is this district’s specialty thanks to Dallas’ warm climate. You’ll be spoiled for choice at Dolce Riviera with its ice-cold cocktails and homemade pasta and seafood dishes set amongst an Italian Riviera-inspired backdrop.


Downtown: Eat at Bullion

A recent renaissance has resulted in many restaurateurs bringing their businesses back to the city’s centre. Snag a reservation at Michelin-Star Chef Bruno Davaillon’s Bullion for a fancy evening out noshing on refined French fare.