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5 restaurants pushing the envelope in Dallas

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by OpenTable team
Updated December 21, 2022

Posh steakhouses. Hole-in-the-wall barbecue joints. Chips and salsa for days. These are just a few of the compelling reasons to take a bite out of Dallas’s renowned dining scene.

The area’s most innovative restaurants display a fierce, Lone Star swagger. A downtown sushi den offers avant-garde rolls, topped with lesser-seen ingredients such as cashew pesto and yuca crisp. In Fort Worth, a “cowboy fine-dining” spot steered by a prolific chef serves up kangaroo carpaccio nachos and rabbit-rattlesnake sausage.

Seek out these restaurants in Dallas for a truly unmatched experience. These are the Metroplex’s five most unique spots to make a reservation at right now.

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4.9
4.9 (3951)
$50 and over
Sushi
Uptown
About the restaurant
Uchi is a longtime Dallas favorite because of its utterly unique approach to sushi. There’s not a California roll in sight on James Beard Award winner Tyson Cole’s inventive menu. Cole and chef de cuisine Rhonda McCullar, known for reducing waste by creatively repurposing unused ingredients, offer avant-garde delicacies such as snow crab maki with cashew pesto, asparagus, and brown butter; smoked yellowtail with yuca crisp and Marcona almond; and fatty bluefin tuna with truffle oil and Welsh onions. With a massive sushi bar as its focal point, mood lighting, and exquisite Japanese design accents, Uchi stands out for multiple reasons.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Uchi has never failed to be a five star experience. The quality of the food is unmatched, free valet, extremely fresh products, always great service. This is truly a five star restaurant.
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4.8
4.8 (433)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Fort Worth
About the restaurant
In a sea of casual Tex-Mex restaurants, Don Artemio, one of the Metroplex’s most anticipated 2022 openings, distinguishes itself by serving sophisticated regional Mexican fare. Executive chef Juan Ramón Cárdenas takes cues from the cuisine of Saltillo in northeastern Mexico, where he was born and raised. The Fort Worth location marks Don Artemio’s first outpost outside Mexico; its original Saltillo edition was featured in Netflix’s Taco Chronicles docuseries. All menu items, including the tortillas, are made from scratch. Some of Don Artemio’s more innovative dishes include the costillas de cabrito (fried ribs with oregano-pickled red onion) and the chile hojaldrado (a cream cheese and pecan-stuffed poblano chile, wrapped in puff pastry, served over tomato sauce). Feast on it all in a space inspired by Saltillo’s old homes, decked with handmade clay bricks from Mexico.
Top review
mich409vip
Dined on Jan 22, 2023
We had a great first time experience for dinner. Benjamin is the best waiter. He walked us through the menu and we took his recommendations. It was a delicious dinner. Loved the ambiance too.
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4.7
4.7 (330)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Plano
About the restaurant
Texans take immense pride in their steakhouse standards. And this unassuming Plano spot is a cut above the rest. BAR-Ranch is a craft butchery by day and an elegant, white-tablecloth spot at night, complete with live piano and artistic charcuterie boards. All steaks are dry-aged for at least a month in a glass-walled salt chamber onsite. The restaurant is small but mighty: With just seven tables for two (turned every two hours), it’s a place that has everyone talking about its cool use of space—and its culinary prowess.
Top review
Sparc
Dined 6 days ago
What a great experience. Note, you must enjoy steak to eat at Bar Ranch. It was amazing. The service, the food, the setting, very enjoyable evening. Highly recommend
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4.2
4.2 (512)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
West Dallas
About the restaurant
Lexy’s, an Instagram influencer’s fever dream, offers unmatched whimsy. Its interiors are some of the most playful in town, adorned with feathered chandeliers, pink booths, faux roses on the ceilings, and a Champagne vending machine. As are its drinks, which include an over-the-top “high” (CBD-infused) tea service, featuring clouds of dry ice, plus cocktails with dainty floral garnishes. Shareable plates such as wagyu tacos and shrimp-crab-artichoke dip are reliable crowd-pleasers. But let’s face it, you’re really here for the glamorous ambiance and Lexy’s inimitable vibes.
Top review
MorganC
Dined 4 days ago
Absolutely outstanding! I could seriously eat here every night for dinner. The service, the atmosphere and vibes, the food, the drinks… 1000/10!! Our server was so attentive, friendly, and fun! Anytime I come to Dallas in the future, this is one of the first places I’m going!
A photo of Lonesome Dove Western Bistro - Fort Worth restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3763)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Fort Worth Stockyards
About the restaurant

No Forth Worth spot claims more buzz than Lonesome Dove, chef Tim Love’s “cowboy fine-dining” venture. With a menu that features rabbit-rattlesnake sausage and kangaroo carpaccio nachos, this Stockyards spot offers a one-of-a-kind meal. To that, add an eclectic backdrop, complete with trophy heads on the walls and a chandelier made of deer antlers, and you’re in for an unforgettable experience. With a dozen restaurants spread across Texas and Tennessee, chef Love is renowned for other cutting-edge concepts, including Caterina’s, an Italian restaurant where diners have to relinquish their cell phones. But Lonesome Dove is arguably his wildest and his most popular.


Top review
Kenyon
Dined 1 day ago
The restaurant is fabulous and the menu is wild…. Literally!!! Tommie and his staff were phenomenal! A cool Fort Worth treat!!!!
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