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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Dallas

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Dallas? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Salum Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2944)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Uptown
About the restaurant
Centrally located between the West Village and Knox - Henderson areas, Salum is a casual yet elegant and comfortable space composed by Julio Quiñones, one of Dallas’ most progressive young designers. The spacious dining room displays a welcoming palette of brown, green and beige, with a sleek open kitchen as the focal point. Salum combines the intimacy of a neighborhood establishment with the quality of a fine dining restaurant with an atmosphere that is approachable and distinctive yet unpretentious ~ a marriage of vision, passion and skill with the goal of providing its visitors with an extraordinary dining experience. Owner and Chef Abraham Salum offers an array of contemporary American cuisine that combines the highest quality seasonal ingredients with a nuanced use of contrasting and complementary flavors to create a vibrant and visually inviting menu. Menus change once a month.
Top review
LoisF
Dined 2 days ago
Outstanding meal from beginning to end. Monday night was pleasantly quiet.
A photo of The Zodiac Room at Neiman Marcus - Downtown Dallas restaurant
4.9
4.9 (988)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
We are currently only taking reservations for our Holiday Buffet from November 22-December 30.

For 70 years, the Zodiac at Neiman Marcus in the Downtown Dallas location has been the place to dine in Dallas. Housed on the 6th floor of the flagship store, Stanley Marcus first conceived this restaurant as a convenience for out of town customers who were spending a full day shopping in the store.

Looking to host an event? We pride ourselves on creating the perfect menu and ambience for your event in our chic and inviting atmosphere. Pamper the glowing bride- or mother-to-be in your life with the shower of her dreams or a lavish luncheon.
Top review
KimK
Dined 5 days ago
Wonderful lunch at zodiac room downtown. Highly recommend for a quiet lunch
A photo of Kenny's Wood Fired Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (8055)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
North Dallas
About the restaurant
Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill is reminiscent of a 1940’s Chicago style chophouse with a classy, relaxed and warm atmosphere featuring the finest wood grilled seafood and meats. Our well rounded menu represents the traditional American classics with an emphasis on Kenny’s specialty, New England style seafood. And, while you are waiting for your table in the dining room you can enjoy the energetic “goose bar” sipping on a Grey Goose™ martini poured from our signature frozen tap system or a great glass of wine.
Top review
foodlovervip
Dined today
We had a great dinner with our friend for his birthday. We appreciated the later seating of 8:30 or 9 PM being available. The evening was perfect with awesome food and service.
A photo of Neighborhood Services - Oak Lawn restaurant
4.7
4.7 (568)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Turtle Creek / Oak Lawn
About the restaurant
Serving Honest food and drink in the American Tradition. We love large groups. Please call the restaurant if you would like to make a reservation for 7 or more. 972-803-5563
Top review
karenkvip
Dined 2 days ago
Katie was an awesome server. Everything was great, was freezing in the restaurant but hey it’s Texas.
A photo of The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3107)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Turtle Creek / Oak Lawn
About the restaurant
Comfortably sophisticated and welcoming, The Mansion Restaurant features new American cuisine with French influences, coupled with the freshest local ingredients. Executive Chef Charles Olalia has created refined yet approachable menus with bold flavors complemented by a curated wine selection.

Top review
JohnBvip
Dined 7 days ago
Wonderful as usual. Wish their lunch menu was a bit more aggressive.
A photo of Bazille - Nordstrom NorthPark Center restaurant
4.5
4.5 (911)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Park Cities
About the restaurant
Bold flavors elevate beloved bistro classics in chic and inviting Bazille. Meet up with friends at the bar for internationally sourced wines and handcrafted cocktails. Stay for appetizers, salads, brick-oven pizzas and our tempting housemade desserts.

Bazille is located on the third floor of upscale North Park Center in North Dallas. Some signature items on our menu include the Crab Stack made with jumbo lump crabmeat, mango, avocado, tomato, cucumber and toast points and our warm white chocolate bread pudding.

We are open for dine-in service and pickup or delivery orders via DoorDash. Call (214) 231-3810 to place your order. Join us for Brunch on weekends.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Sebastian was very helpful. Food was great! Best French fries☺️
A photo of State & Allen Kitchen + Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (513)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Uptown
About the restaurant
State & Allen Kitchen+Bar is one of those Dallas neighborhood establishments that is as real and as effortlessly fun as the people who frequent it. A place for a quick cocktail, or impeccably prepared food accompanied by a selection from an impressive wine list. We are your living room away from home, where you can hang out on our patio and enjoy good drinks, catch a sports game on the big screen—and above all, have a great time with old friends while making new ones.
Top review
JoyceMvip
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
First time and service was outstanding. Brunch bloody mary was delicious.
A photo of Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill - Dallas, TX restaurant
4.4
4.4 (237)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Preston Hollow
About the restaurant
Offering gastropub fare and from-scratch cooking with a culinary commitment to local and seasonal ingredients, the food is both craveable and bold. At the bar, a wide range of local craft beers are available, an option for every palate and plate. Craft cocktails are made with fresh fruit purees, juices, and premium liquors, while wines come in 25 varieties. Enjoy your lunch, dinner, daily happy hour or weekend brunch craft brew while watching the game on one of the flat screens amidst an open kitchen, central bar and a patio that soaks up the sun. Whether it's a cozy dinner for two or lunch with the whole office, Thirsty Lion is the perfect destination for any party size, including large groups and events.
Top review
NatalieN
Dined 2 days ago
Great place to watch a sports game. We ordered the southwest chicken salad and sliders and they were both very good.
A photo of Meridian restaurant
4.5
4.5 (129)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Northeast Dallas
About the restaurant
An upscale twist on modern American cuisine, the award-winning Meridian has been long hailed as the pinnacle of excellence in East Dallas dining. Featuring an a la carte, seasonally-inspired menu, Meridian’s wood fire grill and locally-sourced ingredients pair perfectly with its lively, polished casual vibe. With selections as tantalizing to the tastebuds as they are appealing to the eyes, Meridian welcomes everyday patrons, and special occasion guests alike, to a sophisticated, yet comfortable, dining experience.
Top review
RandallE
Dined 4 days ago
Welcoming vibe. Salmon was seared perfectly and not overly salty. Service is friendly and attentive. Always a win here.
A photo of Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1420)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Uptown
About the restaurant
We are continuing to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and are currently open with modified hours and a limited menu.

One of the finest restaurants in Uptown Dallas, the Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa is a top choice experience for dining and nightlife. Executed by an expert and passionate culinary team, the Dragonfly offers a diverse menu of American classics that make for some of the best dinner in Dallas. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, feast with delectable menu items. Dragonfly encompasses the ultimate escape within the city filled with inspiring favors, colors and an art-infused ambiance that expands out to the terrace and around the pool for dining and cocktails under the stars.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Dragonfly was a great experience. Really good cocktails and appetizers, the goat cheese was great. Short ribs were awesome.
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