The Dallas dining scene is happily chugging right along and welcoming new eateries to our creative culinary scene weekly. And while we would be lying if we said we weren’t dying to check out the upcoming concepts by Julian Barsotti and Greg Katz (cough, cough, Barsotti’s Fine Food and Liqueurs and Greenpoint Seafood and Oyster Bar), a healthy heaping of quality food and drink options are keeping us entertained and very well fed in the meantime. Whether you have a hankering for steak, ceviche or Peking duck, here are the best new restaurants in Dallas. Full plates. Full hearts. Can’t lose.
These Are the 7 Best New Restaurants in Dallas
1. Crown Block
Local foodies are drooling over the mid-April opening of this highly anticipated restaurant located inside of Dallas’s iconic Reunion Tower. Serving up rare steaks and fine seafood, Blau + Associates and chef Kim Canteenwalla are sure to impress even the most dapper Dallasites with steakhouse staples in addition sushi, a chilled seafood display and a dessert bar showcasing pastry chefs in action. And the view, well, that’s a priceless menu item that can be best experienced in this sky-high eatery at sunset via a 7:30 p.m. seating.
300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, 75207
Still a relative newcomer on the Dallas dining scene (the eatery recently celebrated its one-year anniversary), this aesthetically pleasing and equally appetizing restaurant is maintaining marvelous momentum. That’s because this Mexico City-inspired eatery by Duro Hospitality has it all. From its cozy yet sophisticated and authentic atmosphere to its standout menu and Mezcal program, we don’t see this restaurant fading into the background of the Dallas dining scene any time soon. Between the Argentinian-style wood-fired meats to the house made tortillas and the masa-based dishes, it's the type of place that encourages people to come back again and again until they have sampled every creation on the menu.
1400 N Riverfront Blvd, Dallas, 75207
Hoping to piggyback off the smashing success of the restaurant’s original Miami location, this Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant in Dallas’s Epic Development (near Deep Ellum) is the hottest place to book a rezzy for signature dishes like Peking duck, plant-based Kung Pao chicken and sushi. The menu is big and bold and so is the setting, covering two stories of real estate with the capacity to seat 270 diners across tables, booths and bar seats. My 6-year-old would die to know that one of the cocktails is titled Pikachu. I’ll give him the character cup and take the 818 reposado tequila, yuzu, ginger, wasabi and honey that’s shaken up inside.
2550 Pacific Ave Ste 120, Dallas, 75226
4. Ramble Room
The Park Cities is positively pumped for this new, locally owned hang out that is sure to change the way the neighborhood dines. Owned by Jon Alexis of Imperial Fizz Hospitality Group, this restaurant is all about feel-good vibes. This means warm and friendly servers and hostesses that welcome you for lunch without a reservation, bartenders that know their regulars by name, and an all-around lovely experience for friends and family, whether you are popping in with your gals for book club unannounced or have been planning a baptism brunch for weeks in hopes of impressing folks from out of town. Early items getting two thumbs up include the Caesar Brussels, the three mushroom fettuccine and the house made corned beef reuben.
Located in a picturesque bungalow on Beckley Avenue, this restaurant is proving that you don’t have to be big and shiny to gain respect in a town that is known for loving bells and whistles. Owned by Michelle Carpenter, this restaurant serves contemporary Cajun food and recently has gotten some prestigious press by securing a James Beard nomination for 2023 in the Best New Restaurants category. All I know is that when I saw Mammaw’s Fried Chicken and local grits, I immediately headed to the bar and enjoyed amazing meal while sipping a Vieux Carrè.
1111 N Beckley Ave, Dallas, 75203
6. The Porch
The COVID-19 pandemic tried to take our beloved brunch destination away, but the hottest spot on Henderson is back with a bang offering a refreshed menu, updated but still recognizable interiors, and extended hours. You can also now make a reservation whereas before it was a first come, first serve only kinda place. If you’ve lived in Dallas long, you already know to order the spinach and artichoke dip and a strawberry crush, but there’s a hot tip for those of you that may be new around here. The brunch is seriously strong too with chilaquiles, French toast, and Bloody Marys taking center stage.
2912 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, 75206
7. Quarter Acre
It’s not every day in Dallas that you stumble upon a restaurant serving up food with roots from New Zealand, however, that is exactly what you are going to get from Greenville Avenue’s latest and greatest neighborhood haunt showcasing the travels and talents of chef Toby Archibald. The interiors are stunning, and the menu items are exciting yet approachable. Think Parmesan-buttered grouper, confit lamb belly sticks and chicken liver mousse. This is the spot to book to break out of your boring bites bubble.
2023 Greenville Ave #110, Dallas, 75206