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It’s been more than a year since the Adolphus Hotel’s famous French Room restaurant shut its doors for “major renovations” to the shock of Dallas foodies everywhere. And while it’s supposed to make an epic return sometime in the near future, all of our attention is on the Adolphus’s new game in town: City Hill Bistro. The restaurant just opened this summer with a Southern European menu that’s filled the French Room hole in our heart. Here’s why you need to get there soon.

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While some of the latest hot spots might have a reputation for being, shall we say, a bit bougie, this downtown gem is anything but. Here, you’ll only hear the buzz of friends catching up, the crackling of ingredients as they hit the hot pan and the cozy kind of laughter usually reserved for decades-old neighborhood pubs.

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The Design Is Swoon-Worthy

If City Hall Bistro were a sorority sister of yours, she would be the one who shows up to class with no makeup but still manages to look cool as a damn cucumber with a quiet confidence that you just can’t fake. One of those natural beauties. City Hall Bistro can thank the creative geniuses at Dallas-based SWOON, the Studio for that.

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The Drinks Are Next-Level

Wine lover? You’ll love not only the carefully curated selection but also the fact that you can order by the glass, bottle or quartino (game changer). As for cocktails, indulge your inner hipster snob with small-batch spirits, freshly squeezed juices, house-made infusions and bitters and the oh-so-unique garnishes. You know, for when a maraschino cherry just won’t do.

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The Food Is Fantastic (But Not Too Fancy)

And at the end of the day, this is really what it boils down to, isn’t it? From the oyster gratin at brunch to the divine house-made cavatelli for dinner, there are no poor choices on this menu. But if we have to pick a favorite, the standout is most definitely the chef’s paella, which changes daily. So that means we should dine here every day, right?

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Dessert and Coffee Will Bring You to Tears

Hyped from a show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center or a performance at the Meyerson Symphony Center? Drop in afterward for pastries, coffee or drinks. Try your best to get through the pine nut tart without waxing poetic. Add a cappuccino to the mix and there will be tears of java-infused joy. Trust us.

City Hall Bistro serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. To make a reservation, call 214-651-3686 or visit OpenTable.

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