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9 Dallas restaurants perfect for special occasions

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by Diana Spechler
Updated December 18, 2023

Dallas is all about its special-occasion restaurants—they’re the city’s crown jewels, scattered throughout Downtown, Uptown, and the unassuming suburbs.

Whether you’re celebrating a personal or professional win, an anniversary, or just the joy of making it through the year, Dallas’s neighborhood bistros, steakhouses, and growing number of luxe transplants from other cities can turn any meal into a special occasion. Read on for a guide to nine stellar celebration restaurants to book in the city now.

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4.7
4.7 (478)
$50 and over
Italian
East Dallas
About the restaurant

Dress up for this chic and celebration-ready Italian spot. It’s steered by chef and owner Danny Grant, who once led Chicago’s RIA to two MICHELIN-star status. At Monarch, he serves wood-fired delicacies from the hearth. The pasta is housemade, the cocktails are expertly crafted, and diners get the best view of downtown in the city: Monarch is perched on the 49th floor of the National skyscraper and wrapped by windows for an occasion-worthy 360-degree look at Dallas.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
“Brandon” who met us downstairs with champagne could not have been nicer. Food and service were good. 
A photo of Cafe Pacific restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3742)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Park Cities
About the restaurant

This long-standing seafood spot is quaint, elegant, and a go-to for intimate anniversary dinners. Though celebration meals usually mean crab remoulade and grilled Texas Gulf red snapper, Café Pacific is also a hidden gem for excellent steak, like pepper-crusted prime filet. Beautiful service—attentive, but never stuffy—completes the flawless fine-dining experience. Don’t miss the restaurant’s signature dessert, a toasted pecan-encrusted ball of vanilla bean ice cream with housemade chocolate sauce and an almond tuile.

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JonathanJvip
Dined 1 day ago
Consistently Outstanding!!! Menu, Food Preparation, Service, Ambience, Location all shine. My long standing Go-To Dallas restaurant. Cafe Pacific hits an A+ on all cylinders.
A photo of The Saint Italian Steakhouse restaurant
4.6
4.6 (240)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Downtown
About the restaurant

Just off Deep Ellum’s beaten path, this new Italian-inspired steakhouse aces the ambiance test, making it perfect for anniversaries or special romantic evenings. Mood lighting, cozy booths, jewel tones, and one of the most beautiful bars in Dallas set the sexy scene. As do sumptuous mains like dry-aged wagyu New York strip glazed with a silky béarnaise sauce. Bonus points for oyster and caviar hour (expect discounted apps, bubbles, and craft cocktails) which happens daily at the bar and lounge from 5 pm to 6 pm.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great atmosphere, food, and service. I would highly recommend if you are visiting Dallas
A photo of Tei Tei Robata Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (285)
$50 and over
Japanese
Knox / Henderson
About the restaurant

The menu at executive chef Katsutoshi Sakamoto’s intimate and authentic Japanese restaurant is an ode to robata, a precise way of grilling over natural oak charcoal. From okra to artichokes to whole squid—ingredients you wouldn’t necessarily think to throw on the grill— the food is surprising and delicious, fueling a unique experience for an extra-special night. The sushi also stands out, and so do six kinds of toast-friendly Japanese whisky.

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AkiYoshi
Dined 2 days ago
This restaurant never makes me disappointed in all aspects, food quality, freshness, services, atmosphere, and even all the preparations I can think of. Used be higher priced, but while many other restaurants are increasing prices (smaller portion, switch to cheaper ingredients, lower/cheaper services, etc), they keeps working hard to minimize the impact of inflation, they are even greater.
A photo of Kenny's Wood Fired Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (8043)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
North Dallas
About the restaurant

Chef Kenny Bowers, owner of five popular Dallas restaurants, grills everything to perfection at this bustling, occasion-friendly bistro, including oysters, asparagus, and burgers. Thanks to warm hospitality, a solid wine list, and a willingness to prepare any dish to your specs, Kenny’s draws plenty of revelers. The most famous part of the menu is the seafood, and the wood-grilled redfish, served with crab, shrimp, and creamy spinach is a must. The motto at this celebratory culinary staple? “Every day’s a holiday and every meal’s a feast.”

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EarlD
Dined 1 day ago
The food was delicious, hot, & the service was excellent.
A photo of Pangea Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.3
4.3 (2890)
$31 to $50
American
Garland
About the restaurant

At chef Kevin Ashade’s sophisticated Garland restaurant, made for group celebrations or special date nights, even the sides stand out. Case in point: crowds can’t get enough of the collard greens stewed in African spices with smoked turkey. The kitchen is a pro at shareable Cajun standbys like seafood gumbo and blackened catfish, plus international treats like jerk-roasted lamb shank. Ashade won “Beat Bobby Flay” with a coq au vin recipe in 2016, and lucky for you and your big night out, that’s on the menu, too.

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LiveBand
Dined today
Great place for any occasion. We hosted a family dinner and there was plenty of seating and menu selection.
A photo of Al Biernat's - Oak Lawn restaurant
4.8
4.8 (9748)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Turtle Creek / Oak Lawn
About the restaurant

Restaurateur Al Biernat opened this Oak Lawn steakhouse in 1988, and it’s only gotten better throughout the years, earning all sorts of culinary cred. Known for celeb sightings, a super impressive wine list (at nearly 700 bottles, it’s one of the largest in Dallas), and world-class steak and seafood, the restaurant is a special-occasion classic. In addition to chophouse faithfuls, there are unique dishes like Japanese horseradish-crusted halibut. Don’t skip a pre-dinner drink at the bar, where a mesmerizing glass art-inspired painting spans the domed ceiling.

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ScottBvip
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Great meal! Great service! Definitely a must while in Dallas!
A photo of Baboush restaurant
4.7
4.7 (406)
$30 and under
Middle Eastern
Uptown
About the restaurant

Dreamy cushions and lanterns add a transportive vibe to your night out at this Lebanese and Moroccan spot. Baboush is the brainchild of restaurateur Yaser Khalaf (of Darna Euro-Mediterranean Market in Plano) and just as great for early-in-the-game dates as it is for an easygoing birthday celebration. The restaurant is adored for kebabs and tagines, though the mezze platter gets special-occasion MVP status for having a little something for everyone. Share hummus, baba ganoush, and harissa labneh with friends, and be whisked away to the other side of the world.

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CGLTXvip
Dined on May 19, 2024
A hidden gem in Dallas. Delicious food, wonderful presentation and outstanding service made for a memorable meal prior to going to the theatre nearby. Highly recommend the lamb, beef cigars and of course the baba ghanoush. Will be making a return visit for sure.
A photo of Fearing's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6053)
$50 and over
Southwest
Uptown
About the restaurant

This Southwestern icon in the Ritz-Carlton pulls out all the celebration stops, from a pristine open kitchen to powerhouse chef Dean Fearing’s renowned tortilla soup. Fearing’s is known as a sought-after backdrop for popping the question, but it’s also a go-to for a birthday brunch with friends or a celebratory cocktail at the Rattlesnake Bar. The menu offers a mix of innovative dishes like achiote-glazed antelope served with a braised rabbit enchilada, plus locally inspired comfort foods. More likely than not, Fearing himself will pop by your table in his cowboy boots to say hi.

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ThatFoodieDad
Dined 1 day ago
We had a wonderful time celebrating our anniversary at fearing. The food, the service, and the atmosphere were all wonderful. We will definitely go back!
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