Encina

4.7
167 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 167 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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viproland451
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great. The restaurant has a fun vibe but not so loud that you couldn't enjoy the conversation at you own table. (A big plus in my book!) We had Sunday brunch and highly recommend the french toast and the turkey hash. Both were great. Look forward to trying this restaurant again.

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vipGregg
Dallas
294 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Nothing special. Long way to drive for mediocrity.

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Stephanie
Dallas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! Everything from my “mocktail”, appetizers, entrees, and dessert was delicious. We can’t wait to go back. 😊

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BonnieD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and service. There wasn’t anything that didn’t explode with flavors.

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RuthS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 4 of us. We got the chicken thy, muscles, shishito peppers, and salad. It was more than enough food. The broth for the muscles was incredible and by far the standout dish. We were seated right away, the food and drinks came out promptly, the server, James, was friendly and gave great wine pairing suggestions. Thank you and well done!

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CarlA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wasn't sure what to expect beyond i had seen it and wanted to check out places in my new neighborhood and wow. It was excellent. Pastrami beffcheek, woah. Get it

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It has retained the best of its history but it’s refreshed and modern. The menu is exciting and priced very well. The see I’ve was excellent. Wine choice limited but good.

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vipfamily
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10 out of 10.👍🏾

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vipAbbyC
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the vibe and the food was delicious! Can’t wait to go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Love the wait staff! So attentive. The drinks were GREAT! The menu could have used at least one or two vegetarian or vegan options.
The biggest complaint and it’s big. The entrees level of salt was just over the top. We tried four different things and all of them were so salty that they just missed any other flavors. Trout, chicken, risotto, brat all Salted to an extreme amount. The couple at the table next to us said the same thing.
If they can dial back the salt on everything this will be five stars.

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Seattleguy
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with old friends and everything was perfect. Food was outstanding. Service was great. Highly recommend Encina!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and ambiance! I was excited to learn that the chef from Bolsa took over ownership, revamped the restaurant and has made it even nicer. I'll be back for sure!

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Geordie
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great. One of our diners was vegan and the chief prepared an amazing vegan dish for him. The fish was also very well prepared. Great service.

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SarahA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Delicious food, great service. Seating was close, not bad. Noise was loud and unpleasant with a sub woofer bass rhythm that amplified the bangy clattering acoustics in the former service building.
Could be just Dallas diners expecting an aural experience in addition to eating. Maybe weeknight would be more pleasant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat!

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stephanieB
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Our server was great, most people were unmasked, but he was wearing one and that was nice to see. Food was excellent. Cocktails were good but overpriced for what they were.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were so amazing!

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SuperdD
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They took the Bolsa menu and took it to a whole new level. Brunch was fabulous. Love that breakfast Flatbread.

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vipRandyR
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We wanted to try a little bit of everything so we started with the Black eye pea Fritters. Very tasty! Then the Beet & Avocado Salad. Again, it was fantastic! I had the Pork Chop and my wife had the Veal Bratwurst. Both great but I think the Bratwurst took 1st place. Very enjoyable evening.

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vipDavidP
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beef cheek pastrami was a highlight! Great service. Enjoying meeting Chef Matt Balke.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience2

Was unimpressed after all the hype. Service sucked, the waitress kept forgetting things every trip to our table.
Also said we were there for a bday and they didn’t even say anything.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

everything was delicious. the ambiance was lovely, but the noise level was too high. it was hard to hear each other.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Took my wife and toddler son. Server couldn’t have been less interested in us. Not sure if it was because we had a child and it was a nicer place, but got the impression they didn’t really want us there. Ate our appetizer and left.

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dfw75208
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a special place! Chef Matt has taken the Bolsa (prior restaurant in this space) and elevated. The interior layout looks the same, but every element is nicer and better. The bar is spectacular.

The food has highlights from Bolsa (Salmon rillettes, beef tartare, flatbreads, etc) but also so many new, seasonal additions. The skillet cornbread with whipped feta is unlike anything you have ever had.

Service was friendly and professional. We felt right at home. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Mother’s Day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the brunch burger and quiche- delicious! We had a reservation and had to wait but it was worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Our food was very good. It was a Mother’s Day brunch menu which was not their usual but we found items we enjoyed. Everything was super fresh and delivered hot. Our waiter was just ok. He was unfriendly. He didn’t come by very often we had to ask for drink refills overall he just seemed like he didn’t want to be there. If we had had a different waiter I think we would give 5 stars. The hostess was very friendly and on it. I think my neighbors had this same waiter a few days before. I described him and she said yep he was so unfriendly to them as well. On a special occasion when you’re treating someone you like friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We celebrated Mother’s Day at Encina and we’re not disappointed. The food and drinks were incredible! Highly recommend this gem in the Bishop Arts district.

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vipRachaelTurin
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing meal at our favorite neighborhood spot. Our new tradition for out of town guests is sure to include Brunch at Encina, followed by live music at Reveler's Hall. The brunch burger NEVER disappoints, though we were sad to see a replacement for the house made chips. The chicharrones were good, but it was a little too much for us with the rich/salty burger as well. I love that you guys are always trying new things. :-)

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vipCrissyP
Dallas
40 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute place and fun menu. Food was excellent, but if you order the burger...ask for a runny egg.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best.

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TXgirl
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. I look forward to my next visit!

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vippmb128
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. The cocktails delicious and well portioned and great wine list with plenty of reasonably priced but fun bottles. The food blew me away - simple menu but elevated flavors. It is clearly thoughtfully curated to be the greatest hits of the chef and team. Can’t wait to return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant by the same chef of Bolsa in Bolsa’s old space. Has the same edgy, warm heart of Bolsa but updated and fresh. Service was great. The duck was perfect with crisp skin and light spatzle. The skirt steak with English pea mashed potatoes was a generous portion and perfectly charred. The star was the appetizer of pastrami of beef cheek, which was out of this world. The music was the same emo tracks from 5 years ago with some current alt-hits mixed in, which some folks might snub their noses at, but it was pretty much like listening to my playlist on Amazon music so I loved it.

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Christina
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We really enjoyed the patio when it was Bolsa, but unfortunately it has been remodeled and the noise level is HIGH. In fact, we left before dessert because we couldn't talk to each other at all once the patio neared capacity. Food was fair- would not recommend the gnocchi(flavorless) and the goat tacos had tortillas that weren't very good so my friend ate the filling alone. Service was fair. Drinks were good.

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MajorLeague
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Feels a lot like my old favorite Bolsa, in both food and ambience, but a little spiffed up coming out of the pandemic. This restaurant is not "Dallas"....it has a lot more character than "Dallas" restaurants, more laid back and yet sophisticated. Just a great place.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All our dishes were tasty! Staff was friendly

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viprellim73
Dallas
44 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was so disappointed when Bolsa closed, and now I can rejoice that Encina has taken it's place with a very similar concept. Highly recommend the beet & avocado and field greens salads - outstanding. The twig flatbread never disappoints. Great service and space!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch experience! The drinks were delicious and the food was awesome. Will definitely be back!

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JP84
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beat pork chop ever!!!

FAQs

Encina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (469) 620-3644.

Encina is rated 4.7 stars by 167 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.