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Encina, Dallas, TX

Encina

4.8
4.8
743 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Encina is a warm and inviting neighborhood restaurant offering New American cuisine, cocktails, wine, and beer with influences from Texas, California, and the South in the beloved Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, American, Gastro Pub
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (469) 620-3644
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Matt Balke
  • Neighborhood
    Oak Cliff / Bishop Arts
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 743 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dallas

    Best Value

  • Dallas

    Great for brunch

743 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. The food was absolutely delicious. We each had something different and loved anything we ate.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Blue corn pancakes live up to the hype. Delicious. Cool spot for brunch. A bit on pricey side.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Matt and team do a great job as always. Will be back soon.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Blue Corn pancakes were amazing! My husband wasn’t a fan of the migas and the flatbread had good flavor. Overall, it’s about a 7/10. Our service was GREAT!

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  5. DavidP

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    One of our favorite places in Dallas. The croquettes appetizer was nicely done, crisp and not greasy on the outside and warm and fluffy on the inside. Enjoyed the romesco sauce that came with them, but would have liked a little more. The mixed green salad with the lardons is really good, enough for 2 to share. I'm a big fan of their Berkshire porkchop but this time went for the veal cheeks and did not regret it. Drinks and wine were very good and reasonably priced. Oddly, a little slow on the service, mainly the cocktails and wine, although they were not that busy. The atmosphere is industrial, but the tables are nicely appointed in the main dining room, lighting is well done and the seats are comfortable. Overall outstanding food value.

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  6. StacyB

    Dallas

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food. Service could have been better considering the restaurant was fairly empty, we often found ourselves waiting on drinks and condiments to be refilled, which my sister never got her drink refilled. The restaurant definitely wasn’t shorthanded. The appeared to be several staff standing around by the bar. They just weren’t attentive.

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  7. KailaR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The pancakes are delicious! But all of the food is delicious, yet light. You can’t go wrong with tour selections.

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  8. StephanieM

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Can't wait to go back for dinner!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We got the steak tartar- absolutely delicious. Plus not messy or anything comes pre-spread on the sourdough. We got the bolognese and the pork chop. Both absolutely delicious and big portions. We got the apple thing for dessert and it was so delicious! Great value for excellent food.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently delicious and inventive farm to table cuisine in a friendly setting. One of Dallas’ best.

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  11. DavidC

    San Antonio

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Over priced and probably don’t pay waiters enough

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  12. WillBeBackSoon

    Dallas

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentine's dinner was best spent at Encina. The team had a fantastic menu available- not too many options, not too few. The food was absolutely delicious. It's been a while since we have been in to see the gang, but we will be back again very soon.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I went there for Valentine’s Day with my wife. Encina offered 85$ per person for fixed menu but it was the most disappointing meal we ever got. Meals didn’t stand out and portions were way too small. 170$ menu wasn’t even including any drinks! This place is big No for us.

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  14. DianeJ

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely Valentine’s Day menu. The duck confit was delicious!!

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  15. TooCritical

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I ordered the breakfast flatbread. It was presented without banana peppers as advertised. They re-fired, which I appreciate. Overall, even after a second attempt, the pizza lacked eggs; the sauce tasted too tangy and the leeks were too burnt, giving it a sour flavor. I barely ate it and ended up only eating the burnt bacon that topped it. My partner enjoyed the breakfast burger.

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  16. CHLO

    Dallas

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brunch before the mardi gras parade was awesome! Packages and chocolate croissants were excellent.

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  17. MatthewG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service. Definitely will be back.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Encina is always a good time! From incredible food, delicious drinks and wonderful service. What could be better?! Do not miss this neighborhood favorite.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall great experience every time I return with family or with friends!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The perfect place for a quiet brunch. Amazing food, friendly staff, and great atmosphere.

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  21. ToddP

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service always on point. Patio can be a bit loud on weekends for brunch.

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  22. anooshh

    Dallas

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Im not much of a brunch person and yet alone pancakes but damn you guys have the best pancakes ever. Great food and service

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  23. Lesley

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent brunch. Can’t wait to go back for dinner!!!

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  24. LizS

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Best service I’ve ever had for a large party. Delicious micheladas. Thanks Encina for a special bday brunch!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second time to visit (back to back) and I already want to go again. The food is delicious and service is amazing. I’ve tried to migas, blue corn pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and breakfast pizza…all amazing! Big portions. We shared a pancake each time 😁

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love it here and the food is just the best!

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  27. ChrisH

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Generally a very good meal but could have a little more quality control. Pork was tasty but too salty and a couple of minutes too well done. Duck was great. Brownie dessert was burnt.

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  28. MichaelAmyG

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was perfect! Wish we found this place sooner!!

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  29. StephanieK

    San Antonio

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a wonderful way to ring in the new year! We were able to nab one of the last seatings of the evening, due to a work constraint, but the staff was incredibly accommodating and worked with us to create a memorable visit. It was a double edged sword to hear they were out of several mouth watering dishes by the time we arrived but on the other hand, that is a fantastic sign of a great restaurant with dishes high in demand. It made us choose dishes we might now have otherwise ordered but helped us explore some new phenomenal dishes. (read: 'not possible, melt-in-your-mouth veal cheeks). The staff was apologetic and accommodating due to the changes and brought wines not included in the wine pairing offerings that were delicious and perfect with the veal. The finisher was a beautiful trio of in house made desserts. Again, there remained a solo red velvet macaron so the sweet waitperson augmented perfectly with Two extra caramel chocolate pastries to assuage our disappointment. No need! EVERYTHING was exquisite. We will be back. Oh, yes. We will be back. THANK YOU. Oh, and when my husband left his credit card the sweet waitperson came RUNNING out to catch him. Beautiful place, beautiful food, beautiful people.

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  30. BPenTob

    Dallas

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great NYE dinner. This restaurant has some truly delicious food! Hard to find this level of food that is done right in Dallas!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great NYE Dinner spot! 4-course meal at an affordable price. Excellent service and good ambiance!

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  32. DiningDoug

    Denver

    142 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a find! We had the most enjoyable meal from start to finish. True craft cocktails that were creative and delicious. House made pineapple/basil shrub made the Heard Bird one of the best tiki cocktails ever! We transitioned to appetizers and asked our server for help. His recommendations did not disappoint. The pork jowl was SO good we ordered another while still working on the first! The steak tartare was exceptional with the cornbread rounding out the apps. The entrees were equally delicious. The blackened redfish was a beautiful large thick filet cooked to perfection served with flavorful black eyed peas and crispy crumbled cornbread. The pork chop was also cooked perfectly and paired well with the collard greens. The duck confit satisfied our most critical diner, and he enjoyed so much no one else got a taste! The chicken fried steak with corn gravy was comfort food at its best. We closed the evening with one of each desserts after our server recommended the apple butter cake. While the coconut cream pie was excellent, the apple butter cake was exceptional and we could have eaten two of those had we not been so full. Great service, great cocktails, superb food made for a great evening!

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  33. MichaelS

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Encina never disappoints. A thoughtful, eclectic menu, meticulously crafted cocktails , and always the most genuine, kind service are consistent hallmarks of this underrated gem.

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  34. CarlA

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never been so impressed with a brunch before. Food and service was excellent

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good! Service was also good! I’d definitely go back again!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Encina never disappoints! Apps are great - we especially enjoy the mussels, as well as the cocktails and wine selections. Service is exceptional!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Italy

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good experience, maybe the menù it’s not perfect but is a good restaurant. I will return back ..

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing. Love it!! Best salad with the catfish was the comment. Chicken fried steak was great also. No complaints!!

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  39. ArthurM

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Hostess was great wishing my mother a happy birthday. Were sat immediately, on time. Took some time for service to start but water was prompt from a server assistant. Montreal long haul was grand and delicious. The flatbread is a thin pizza literally, this isn’t a bad thing. Drinks were prompt and never empty. Great value. Lots of bang for your buck. Please sit inside to view their beautiful open kitchen.

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  40. FrankP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The drinks and food are exceptional. Made with such care. Great gathering place.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Encina is rated 4.8 stars by 743 OpenTable diners.

Encina does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Encina

614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208-4744

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Oak Cliff / Bishop Arts
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, American, Gastro Pub
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Matt Balke
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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