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Dallas features an outstanding fine dining scene. Whether it be creative, contemporary influences on traditional Southern meals or fine dining with seasonal ingredients, Dallas hosts some of the best upscale restaurants in the nation. Read ahead for our guide to where to dine for either special occasions or to splurge on rare and upscale cuisine in Dallas, Texas.
One of Kent Rathbun’s famous restaurants, Abacus rolls out the red carpet for its eclectic menu of Asian fusion. Try their tasting menu Mondays through Thursdays, or a 9-course tasting menu. Enjoy the sushi and sashimi, but also try their award-wining contemporary global entrees, like the roasted maple leaf farms duck breast with cheddar grits and peach gastrique, or or any of the other seafood plates.
Abacus, 4511 McKinney Ave Dallas, TX 75205 214-559-3111
The posh, upscale and multi-award winning French Room is both a nationally recognized and critically acclaimed restaurant as well as the most picturesque restaurant in Dallas, drawing comparisons to Louis XV’s palace with its exquisite Baroque architecture. Although their menu is seasonal and subject to change, it usually boasts a handful of seafood dishes such as the Nova Scotia halibut with macadamia nut crust as well as classic meats with seasonal dressings. Renowned plates include the tenderloin of veal with lobster and veal cheek ragoût. Neither denim nor sneakers are allowed, and male guests are required to wear jackets.
The French Room, The Adolphus Hotel, 1321 Commerce St Dallas, TX 75202 214-742-8200
Fearing’s offers elevated American cuisine described as having ‘bold flavors and no borders’ with Southern flair. On the menu, you’ll find maple soaked buffalo tenderloin or antelope sirloin with exotic accompaniments like Mexican papaya or avocado chutney. Fearing’s eclectic menu has made it one of the top restaurants in the city and has garnered award-wining recognition. There is no dress code, but the dining room has the modern elegance of a mid-century bar. You might also catch the chef walking around in his cowboy boots every so often.
Fearing’s Restaurant, 2121 McKinney Ave Dallas, TX 75201 214-922-4848
Frank is a private dining experience set underground with an exclusive reservation list. You can send an email to get on the list for the next seating, and when they email back, you have 24 hours to respond for a party of up to 4. However, reservations are then only selected by a random lottery from the response pool. When you do get picked, Frank will be one of the best fine dining experiences to have in Dallas. The communal table will introduce you to others who enjoy fresh, local food and you’ll also dine and make friends with the chefs. The multi-course meal will come with complimentary wine, beer and/or cocktails made with artisan ingredients. The rare, foraged ingredients on the menu change every dinner, but themes range from ‘New Orleans’ to ‘North and South Italia’.
Frank, Address available upon reservation, Dallas, TX 75226 214-997-3306
The Mansion Restaurant at the Rosewood Hotel has long been called one of Dallas’ best fine dining restaurants for serving haute cuisine with a Texas twist. Inspired by French influences, the menu offers a seasonal menu with items like mushroom risotto, stuffed Texas quail, Shigoku oysters, or Berkshire pork with ramen broth and green onion gnocchi. You’ll find unique flavors on classic dishes, like in their maple leaf duck with a rhubarb pistachio sponge and hibiscus jus. Try to sit on the veranda, which is complimented by celadon fabrics and Palladian windows with views of the terrace.
The Mansion Restaurant, Rosewood Mansion 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd Dallas, TX 75219 214-443-4747