Here’s the Official List of Our Top 10 Restaurants in Dallas

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UPDATE: We’ve now revealed our full list of the 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas. Check it out.

10. Lucia
9. Pecan Lodge
8. Stephan Pyles
7. Fearing’s
6. Spoon Bar & Kitchen
5. FT33
4. Oak
3. Tei-An
2. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
1. Neighborhood Services

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96 comments on “Here’s the Official List of Our Top 10 Restaurants in Dallas

  1. Ahhh the Grape. The tourist trap that masquerades as a neighborhood spot. We stopped going after incurring an undisclosed $1.50 split charge for a salad that we told our server the table would share along with our other appetizers. I have never experienced something so silly. Not the way I would operate my business…

  2. So – you’re telling me that at $40-$70 per person at any of the places on this list, your experience was soured over a $1.50? Or – for 2 – $0.75 per plate. Balderdash.

    Nevermind ignoring the unique atmosphere, consistently excellent food, and one of the best brunches in Dallas.

    But yes, if you would rather eat your meal at an Alice & Wonderland tea party, then Belly & Trumpet is your place. Dig in and leave the two-tops at a superior restaurant for the rest of us.

  3. So – you’re telling me that at $40-$70 per person at 9/10 places on this list, your experience was soured over a $1.50? Or – for 2 – $0.75 per plate. Balderdash.

    Nevermind ignoring the unique atmosphere, consistently excellent food, and one of the best brunches in Dallas.

    But yes, if you’d rather eat your meal at an Alice & Wonderland tea party, then Belly & Trumpet is your place. Dig in and leave the two-tops at a superior restaurant for the rest of us.

  4. Or “your Top 100″, perhaps? On another matter, why even answer these whiners/snipers?

  5. They use open table and don’t have a “call ahead system”. You must not have been there recently. They take reservations.

  6. they are uploading the magazine online as I type. It doesn’t go live until subscribers and stores get their copies. It’s on the newsstand.

  7. I care what you think. Belly & Trumpet was not open long enough when I put the list together.

  8. Amazing list! I just ate an Cane Russo and it was amazing. Totally deserved to be the top pizza spot on this list!

  9. Amazing list! I just ate at Cane Russo and it totally deserves its spot at the #1 pizza spot on this list. Thanks Nancy!

  10. Let me get this straight……This is NANCY’s list, right? That means these are HER favorites, right? And you people are complaining about what SHE chose? I bet most of you can’t even agree with your spouse/partner/date de jour on where to go to dinner tonight.

  11. Stephan Pyles – REALLY???? I’m a trained chef and have never had a good meal at ANY of his restaurants…..

  12. I agree on #1 – fun, eclectic, buzzy, fun, “omg – did you see that dish just go by?”, and wonderful food.

  13. Well said. Any “list” like this is open to all sorts of stuff. You don’t have to agree with the list – use it as a reference. All good.

  14. And Fearings Sunday brunch is a great value for the food – they do a fixed price on 1,2, or 3 courses! I think one course is $24 and three is somewhere around $35ish…the fried chicken is divine

  15. Neighborhood Services deserves to be at the top – it is great food, diverse menu, good for a weekday dinner or a special occasion and it never gets old or boring. You could eat there every night for a month and never get tired of the food, the choices or the atmosphere. Can’t say that about too many places.

  16. Have you all read the article and the restaurant recaps? You might not question Nancy’s own personal professional blood sweat tears work if you read the article with the “back up” on her choices. I’ve been in the restaurant business here since Waltrina Stovall kicked my restaurant client to the curb and I have never been able to get a favorable review, mention, publicity bit from Nancy because we are friendly. Ever – and the implication that NS got number one because Nick B is freakin hawt is silly. I’m hot too and I’ve never gotten bupkiss in return. Do people argue this much about movie reviews?

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  18. I am not sure if Rockwall falls under the umbrella of Dallas. Nevertheless “The Fatted Calf” is pretty phenomenal. Located on the town square, we dine there at least twice a week.

  19. 71 and counting in the comments section, this list (which has nothing to do with how good or not the restaurants are) has accomplished it’s goal, “page views”.

  20. it is not the money, it is the principle. It is offensive. If Brian would reconsider this short sighted strategy, maybe more people from the hood would actually eat there.

    Belly & Trumpet is a superior restaurant. Have you been? The antelope heart tartare is divine. And when my wife and I share it, there is no hidden upcharge.

  21. Thank you Miss Nancy. I am a fan of the good work you do. Hope to see you at 20 Feet tomorrow for soft shell po boys and times ten sav blanc!

  22. Fantastic review, fantastic piece. Even better handling these comments. Bravo.

  23. Preston Royal location of NHS stopped using the original sesame buns, the new ones ruin what used to be the best burger in town. Now, for a great wood-grilled burger and fresh cut fries, we go instead to Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen, just down the street in Preston Center.

  24. Nancy, I enjoy your reviews. Have you had the burger at Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen in Preston Center? A little pricey, but wood grilled with fresh cut fries, one of the best in Dallas. Another find, is Mac’s Barbecue on Main, their specialty is jalapeño sausage and thick meaty ribs, only open for lunch.

  25. How about the remarks on Tei Tei? I don’t really care about the placement, however don’t you have to have been there in the last year?
    “Chef and Owner Katsutoshi Sakamoto continues the tradition. You can watch him in action at the robata bar, where he spears a chunk of fresh yellowtail and chars it……”
    Sakamoto switched to making rolls and pressed sushi over a year ago. FAIL.

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  27. The event was fabulous, the article was great. What will it take to get that event happening every year?! And yes, I need a cookie.

  28. Who chose this stupid list??? How did that beat all the 5 and 4 star restaurants in Dallas??? So stupid how a casual place can beat a nice restaurant. Explanation please. How does that place get number 1. Feel free to reply. I’m a local chef. Wtf. That place that one is horrible r u blind!!! Maybe a younger critic is required.

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  31. We love NHS at Preston Royal – just consistenly excellent quality and flavor. And love that they take reservations now. Would not even try to go to the one on Lovers – love the neighborhood feel of Preston/Royal. Not a fan at all of Stephan Pyles, but that’s just me. Do also love The Grape, which did not make it on here. My favorite Brunch (followed closely by Smoke) in Dallas and a new favorite for dinner (ahhhh, that mushroom soup, any steak on the menu – the only miss consistently being dessert, unfortunately). Trying FT33 this weekend, so will see.

  32. I couldn’t agree more. Stephan Pyles always leaves much to be desired, especially for the price.