Encina

4.8
223 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 223 people are saying
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vipSpud
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth a trip to the Cliff.

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DustinE
Austin
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and drinks!!

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MikeB
Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The grits were amazing that came with the pork chop. Flatbread rueben was an unexpected pleasure.

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EricH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A top 5-10 restaurant in all of Dallas

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vipYossarianYossarian
Dallas
35 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, innovative food. Every bite was amazing. Very reasonable wine list, lots of fun choices!

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Foodlover
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family and I went for my sisters birthday and it was a hit! Everyone loved everything about the restaurant. We ordered the fish, the Italian sausage risotto, chicken thigh, and a flat bread. Everything was very flavorful and delicious. My boyfriend and I want to come back for a date night and definitely try their brunch!

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Kristi62
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food was very good! Our party all ordered different dishes and we were all blown away! The stuffed French toast was to die for as was the turkey confit hash, the skillet quiche and the brunch burger. The noise level, however was almost unbearable. We were seated in the side annex of the restaurant. That is the only reason for less than 5 stars.

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Qube
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved it.. kept the good of what was Bolasa. Then made everything else better. It felt different, yet it felt familiar.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE the mussels. Everything we ordered was perfectly delicious. Friendly service and great atmosphere.

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Voxanne
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Fresh not reheated. The service was spectacular. I live in Fort Worth. Well worth the drive

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LisaLAV
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SUCH a lovely experience!! A total gem of this neighborhood with stellar, GENUINELY friendly service. The food is delicious - those Shishito Peppers tho!!! Mussels - cheese board - skillet cornbread- STILL thinking about them today. Do not miss the pimento cheese. Blue Corn Polenta Pancakes will change your life and are an absolute MUST TRY. Beet salad - crazy delicious.

Encina is definitely one of the best restaurants in Dallas!

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vipJosie
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and amazing. Service was awesome too. Great spot

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vipBarney
Dallas
43 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was great. The service was slow and the room when eat in was way to loud.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Can’t believe this is the same chef from Bolsa. First of all, although I repeatedly asked the waiter if the Seabass on the menu was Chilean Seabass and he insisted it was, and it wasn’t. It was catfish or tilapia and pretty bad - blackened and sitting on black eyed peas. How do you mess up steak tartare? It came on toast smeared with some kind of flavored mayonnaise so that it was all pretty gooey. What a shame.

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AmyV
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Encina was so great. The food was amazing- service was fabulous and ambience was great. Would highly recommend this restaurant and will be visiting again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Portions for entrees and salads are huge. We started with the dates stuffed with blue cheese and bacon. I had the beet salad. My friend had the other one. Both were huge and delicious. We shared the pork chop it was cooked to perfection. The polenta was tasty and the collard greens were spicy abs yummy. The only con is that it was kind of loud and had to speak really loudly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!! We had a group of 7 for brunch and we were all very pleasantly surprised how good everything turned out. The green biscuits and gravy was bomb!! The biscuits were slightly undone so that they were perfectly moist underneath a blanket of the most perfect breakfast gravy with ground sausage topped with the most beautifully prepared sunny eggs and fresno peppers. I paired the meal with a Cactus Jack.. love at first sight and taste. I tend to be extremely particular and its so nice to experience such a nice meal perfectly prepared with thought and creativity. My Husband had the burger with an egg on top. Although he wasn’t a fan of the pork rinds he said the burger was probably the best burger he’s ever tasted in his life. He’s 48 and been all over the country to all the nicest restaurants. Compliments to the chef and all the staff that worked to create such a great brunch experience.

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vipCharley
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time visiting this year, since Encina opened as the new iteration of Bolsa. My table and I actually discussed whether we felt this was a different restaurant or Bolsa with a new name... we were divided. It doesn't matter though because it's still excellent! Some changes have been made, but we still get to enjoy well-prepared food using a mixture of cuisine inspiration and local ingredients.

The menu suits a wide-range of tastes without compromising quality and originality. We shared the mezze platter and the shishito peppers, and across the table our entrees were the pork, goat tacos, lamb bratwurst and the vegetarian bake. All were unique and delicious. We were only slightly underwhelmed by the size of the mezze platter... the assortment was tasty but the portion slight considering it was described as a "platter." The brownie and panna cotta finished the meal excellently. Service was just as it should be... courteous and efficient without being overbearing.

So whether Encina is really Bolsa renamed or something altogether different, it doesn't matter. News of Bolsa closing was met with sadness in the Bishop Arts area, but what has taken its place almost feels like a logical next chapter for what had been a staple restaurant in the area. Make a reservation and go enjoy yourself!

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TammyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new Sunday brunch addition! Food was excellent, well prepared, great flavor combinations, nicely plated.

Very friendly staff and great service.

Really enjoyed the space and there was great energy in the restaurant.

We’ve already booked brunch for next weekend and look forward to trying dinner!

Thank for a great meal; see you again soon!

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vipAcceptable
Toronto
50 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of the best places to experience brunch in Dallas. The ambience is terrific... very open and filled with natural light. The food was amazing... you must try the Blue Corn Pancakes. My guest had the Turkey Confit Hash and loved it. Want to try it all! Don't miss the English Muffin either. I'll be back!

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vipLiveinOC
Dallas
49 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we came here today. Terrific brunch menu. All of us (four) totally enjoyed our meals. Migas pronounced "the best" by someone in our group who's eaten more Mexican food than anyone I know. Stuffed french toast with such fresh fruit---terrific! Also the biscuits and gravy---OMG delish. Very reasonable wines by the bottle selection and price-wise. Cocktails looked amazing. They have a nice enclosed, a/c patio, nice and large. Big sit-at bar area as well.

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vipJosie
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dear baby Jesus,
Thank you for matt balke.

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vipVikram
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and service. Waiter had a great personality and knew the menu very well and what to recommend. Would definitely recommend and come back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place They always take great care of me and my peeps

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JillV
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From making the reservation, to the restaurant confirming the reservation, the food, the service and the atmosphere, it was an a great experience. We had a party of 10 and the restaurant/staff took great care of us. I highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The environment was so cute and the food was just as good as the environment. Drinks were amazing and so was the dessert (the brownie with ice cream). 10 out of 10 recommend.

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Iggy1976
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with my love!

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Cooky
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food here is consistently excellent!
The chef never disappoints!
This is one of my favorite restaurants and I highly recommend dining here!

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Jonathan
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Encina was great! The food was delicious and the drinks were superb. I'll definitely be going back. Great addition to the neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and creative menu. Great setting and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible, thoughtful food and cocktails. Excellent example of elevated Texas cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and service, but the noise level was so loud it was difficult to have a conversation.

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KathyC
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One could make a meal out of the appetizers! My favorites are the smoked salmon rillettes and the devils on horseback. A fairly new entree is the lamb bratwurst — so yummy!

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vipKgodlove
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was excellent as usual!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Ask the waiter

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HSHMN
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great family brunch. Excellent food. Service was above average. The climate controlled patio is casual but clean and classy; nice California-austin feel. Food a little pricey but excellent. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brunch.. innovative and delicious.. we all had something different and all great!! Specialty cocktails delish too

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early morning Sunday brunch attentive staff and delicious food

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CotyW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant atmosphere, and our server, Valerie, was very attentive and professional! I ordered the Flower Patch as a beverage, which was very light and delicious! We split the mussels appetizer and then I ordered the trout as an entree. All of which was delicious! We will definitely put this on our date night rotation :)

FAQs

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

Encina is rated 4.8 stars by 223 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.