Food is just as much of an attraction as events and monuments. Sometimes a bite of prime-cut, dry-aged steak can be just as much of an experience as walking through a museum or park. Not a steak person? Try out some Mexican-inspired cuisine, or European souffles. If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Dallas, check out this list specially curated for you.
Owned and operated by Mexican-American chef Nico Sanchez, Meso Maya’s extensive Mexican-inspired menu is considered without a doubt one of the best restaurants in Dallas. Chef Nico’s cooking is praised for its fresh flavors and complexity, and is faithful to its central and southern Mexican roots.
Voted the best breakfast in recent years, Maple Leaf Diner has won multiple awards for bringing its very own slice of Canada all the way down to Dallas. Alongside traditional diner delights and meals, patrons are given the opportunity to eat delicious Canadian classics like poutine, Canadian bacon, and so much more.
With the most incredible dry-aged steaks in all of Texas and undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Dallas, Pappas Bros. serves some of the top steaks in the country. Every option on the menu is an experience, each prepared with the highest-quality ingredients to give guests a once-in-a-lifetime meal.
The first of many rise restaurants, owner and operator Hedda Dowd drew from her French heritage and experiences in Southwest France to create the perfect European bistro in Dallas. Having been open for over a decade, rise has introduced classic French souffles to the Southern scene. With both sweet and savory souffles made with the freshest ingredients, rise has earned its place among the best restaurants in Dallas.
Located in the Deep Ellum neighborhood in Dallas, the Pecan Lodge has become synonymous with smoked meats and classic Southern BBQ. A family business, the Lodge is considered one of the top four BBQ joints in the world and offers an extensive Southern menu made from scratch, with everything from fried chicken, to mac n’ cheese, to banana pudding. If you’re ready to try some of the best barbeque in Dallas, swing by and get ready to be served.
Bringing a taste of the local communities from the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia, Hattie’s gives Dallas residents and visitors a taste of the low-country. Hattie’s sticks to their roots, offering guests delicious food, comfort, and traditional Southern hospitality while giving old-school recipes a fresh and modern twist. They consider themselves an American bistro with a southern low-country influence, and offer brunch, lunch, dinner, and desserts.
Another contender for the title of “Best Steakhouse” in Dallas, Knife considers itself a reinvention of the steakhouse experience. True to its Texan roots, Knife uses the finest quality ingredients with locally sourced meats from local Texan ranchers and farmers. Knife’s menu features dry-aged Texas beef, pork, and lamb, as well as more exotic and specialty cuts.