4 Stars

10 8 Dakota's Steakhouse

Address: 600 N. Akard St., Dallas, TX 75201
Dakota's Steakhouse
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The slow descent in a glass elevator is the first indication that the experience at Dakota’s is going to be unique. The subterranean restaurant sits 18 feet below street level, with a layout that includes a recessed patio surrounded by cascading waterfalls, a fire pit, and a granite bar. Inside, French doors let in natural light, while art-deco accents and bistro-style furniture create an elegant, dreamy setting. The menu showcases premium steak and seafood, with an extensive selection of dry-aged Midwestern corn-fed USDA Prime steaks as well as premium meats including Berkshire pork, Colorado Lamb, and Scottish Salmon.

10 8 Picasso's Pizza & Grill

Address: 12300 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75201

10 8 Pizza Cactus

Address: 2929 Kings Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

10 8 The French Room

Address: 1321 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75202
The French Room
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The design of this stunning Adolphus hotel restaurant is a trip back in time to 17th-century France where opulence and grandeur predominate and rococo architecture creates heavenly settings. High cathedral ceilings, hand-blown crystal chandeliers, and hand-painted, pastel-colored murals of cherubs and clouds set the stage with breathtaking elegance. Executive Chef Jason Weaver’s dishes match the grandeur of their surroundings, with stunning presentations, exquisite seasonal ingredients, and delicate preparations. The daily prix fixe menus include three, five, and even exquisite 13-course options, allowing an experience at The French Room to be as decadent as you dare to make it.

10 8 PRO FITNESS

Address: 610 Uptown Blvd, 2000, Cedar Hill, TX 75104

10 8 Sikhay Thai Lao Restaurant

Address: 3301 NE 28th St, Fort Worth, TX 76111

10 8 Stephan Pyles Restaurant

Address: 1807 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75201
Stephan Pyles Restaurant
$$$ Top 10
From the moment you step into Chef Stephen Pyles’ self-named restaurant, you know you're in for a feast for all five senses. The Restaurant décor exudes sophisticated opulence, while the sheer size and number of dining options aim to accommodate numerous party sizes. The extensive Southwest-inspired menu is similarly lavish, offering ceviches, tapas, appetizers, flatbread pizzas, and a raw bar selection just to start. South American, Spanish, and Middle Eastern flavors meld to produce dishes like the Coffee Masala-Rubbed Strip Steak. And not to be outdone, the wine list spans the globe and compliments the jet-setting menu.

10 8 Bijoux Restaurant

Address: 5450 West Lovers Ln., Dallas, TX 75209
Bijoux Restaurant
$$$ Top 10
Old World elegance meets contemporary charm in Bijoux Restaurant. The expansive dining space is warmed by floor-to-ceiling drapes, lit by pristine chandeliers, and polished by rich wood tones. Executive Chef Scott Gottlich has constructed dishes that measure up to the fine décor both in their elegant plating and refined construction. The prix fixe menu gives the patron a choice between three and five courses, and the tasting menu recommends a different wine for each dish. While five courses might sound overwhelming, dishes like Crispy Pork Belly with fava bean “succotash,” corn, and tomato and the “Childhood” Chocolates dessert all in ...

10 8 Local

Address: 2936 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75226
Local
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Owner and Executive Chef Tracy Miller spent six years turning her contemporary American café, Local, into what it is today – an upscale and intimate space that offers straight forward, approachable, clean, and composed dishes that aim to intrigue and inspire. Each meal begins with warm spiced nuts and a Petite Soup Amuse, and ends with a Cranberry Thumbprint Mignardise. Other delights include the Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras with House-Made Texas Toast, the Hazelnut-Mustard Crusted Halibut, and the Braised Pork Osso Buco. Local is housed in the historic Boyd Hotel, and embraces the long artistic past of the building ...

10 8 Nick & Sam's

Address: 3008 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75201
Nick & Sam's
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Timeless charm and refined elegance set the mood at Nick & Sam’s, which boasts an impressive array of steaks, chops, and seafood selections. The thoughtful and well-focused menu is highlighted by Chef Dhurandhar’s keen eye for fresh and bold flavor. Patrons may first warm their palates with a sampling of the Oysters of the Day, or perhaps the decadent Hudson Valley Foie Gras. House specialties include the 16oz Prime Bone-In Filet and the Maine Lobster Mac-n-Cheese. Other favorites include the Sam’s Whole Roasted Chicken, the Colorado Lamb Chops, and the Diver Scallops.

10 8 Fearing's

Address: 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75201
Fearing's
$$$ Top 10
Fearing’s at the Ritz-Carlton in uptown Dallas provides a truly consummate, elegant dining experience. There are six stylish dining rooms and two bars from which to choose to accentuate your fine dining experience, and each of them is decorated in a different motif. Regardless of where you dine, you will be surrounded by art, design, and furniture reminiscent of a European palace. Award-winning chef Dean Fearing has cultivated not only a luxurious dining atmosphere, but has also combined gourmet dishes with unique Southern cooking techniques to create a menu of excellent flavor and refinement. Voted the #1 Best Hotel Restaurant ...

10 8 Rough Creek Lodge

Address: 5165 County Rd. 2013, Glen Rose, TX 76043
Rough Creek Lodge
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Nestled on 11,000 acres of picturesque Texas Hill Country, Rough Creek Lodge takes the edge off of roughing it and indulges guests with excellent amenities and finer cuisine. Some visit this upscale lodge to unwind at the spa, while others flock here for the unique hunting experience; many more know the true meaning of destination dining in every dish they savor from Chef Thompson’s rustic American cuisine menu. The Grilled Rib-eye is succulent; the Pan-roasted Tasmanian Salmon is visionary; and the Brown Butter Plum Tart is downright decadent. It’s easy to see why so many are staking their claim, and ...

10 8 The Old Warsaw

Address: 2610 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75201
The Old Warsaw
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The Old Warsaw has bragging rights as “one of Dallas’ most romantic candlelit restaurants.” The delicate way the food is prepared combined with the performance of serving it amidst its chic atmosphere and antique décor make The Old Warsaw an inspired Old World escape. An establishment that has been open since 1948, the restaurant serves up its best French-Continental cuisine seven nights a week. Along with an A-list selection of steaks, the menu also contains dishes such as Roasted Quail with Sautéed Mushrooms and Muscat Wine and Whole Maine Lobster, and a full wine list of California and French wines.

10 8 Brandon's Dinner Playhouse

Address: 314 FM1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Brandon's Dinner Playhouse
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The purpose of Brandon’s Dinner Playhouse is to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and the central role they’ve played in U.S. history, and to acknowledge the black history that pre-dates the slave trade. Many believe that slavery is the only event to occur in black history before the civil rights movement but there's more to the story, more to every story. Our ancestors endured many events since the 1860s, and we’re here to tell their stories through live theatrical productions and a superlative dining experience.

10 8 Steer Cafe

Address: 2211 McKinley Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164

10 8 Aurora Maison de Cuisine

Address: 4216 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219
Aurora Maison de Cuisine
$$ Top 10
Aurora is decadence at its most classic. The quaint and intimate dining room exudes romance, with subdued lighting, candlelit tables, and soft accents. The open kitchen, set behind a frame of etched glass, looks like a theater stage, with the kitchen staff acting out a nightly performance. Their creations are as whimsical and elegant as the décor, with an array of French-inspired dishes that play on premium ingredients, inventive combinations, and classic pairings. The menu changes weekly, but entrees like Chicken Crusted with Lemon Thyme, Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Pomme Puree, and Lamb Rib Medallions with Sweet Potato Gnocchi suggest ...

10 8 Craft

Address: 2440 Victory Park Ln., Dallas, TX 75219
Craft
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Transplanted from the hit restaurant that opened in New York in 2002, Craft Dallas maintains owner/chef Tom Colicchio’s original vision – to prepare the best seasonal ingredients simply and with finesse. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, Craft’s menus offer dishes as diverse as the Short Rib and Shishito Pepper Hash for breakfast and the roasted and braised Muscovy Duck with cranberries for dinner. Every dish is presented on a platter at the center of the table to encourage sharing, and the gesture may extend to divvying up one of the many home-made desserts and pastries.

10 8 York Street

Address: 6047 Lewis Street, Dallas, TX 75206
York Street
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York Street Restaurant is governed by an ethical culinary philosophy, where “supporting sustainable, responsibly raised food lies at the heart of what we do best.” Chef Sharon A. Hage uses fresh ingredients in dishes like Wolf Fish Di Parma, which features a prosciutto roast, thin green beans, and sherry-shallot vinaigrette, and pairs her menu with a selection of teas that stands in for a more traditional wine menu. Also at the heart of what York Street does best is promote its family – get to know baker Armando Castillo; the waiter, Clint Patronella, and receptionist, Sheryl White. But most of ...

10 8 The Fish

Address: 3636 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
The Fish
$$$ New
With dramatic red Asian lanterns and bold art pieces, The Fish creates an atmosphere that is both vivid and lively. This restaurant prides itself on innovative culinary creations and wild interior designs. Try the Ribeye Rolls appetizer with seasoned ribeye, avocado, cilantro and teriyaki sauce, or the Crunchy Tiger Eye Roll with salmon, cream cheese and jalapenos. They also have specialty menu items with such fun names as Bubba Gump, The Godzilla Roll, and Lickitty Split. The sushi and sashimi selections present a wide variety of seafood choices, including seasonal offerings. Located in the West Village, The Fish is a ...

10 8 L'Ancestral

Address: 4514 Travis St., Dallas, TX 75205
L'Ancestral
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This casual French eatery has been open since 1983 and delighting locals and tourists every step of the way. Casual elegance with a true French neighborhood feel has helped to keep L’Ancestral French Restaurant a favorite in Dallas for so many years. The restaurants earthy colors, soft lighting and quaint stone patio are reminiscent of the French countryside. As for the cuisine, you won’t find any Americanized French cuisine at L’Ancestral. Simple and fresh ingredients are used to create truly inspiring French dishes that perpetuate the romantic and intimate atmosphere of this traditional and authentic French dining experience.