Foodies in DFW are always on the lookout for new restaurants to shake up their taste buds. Lucky for them, a list of the 50 best restaurants in the area was just released by the Dallas Business Journal.
DBJ compiled its list using data from OpenTable, which is a website used for booking reservations and restaurant reviews. An array of different types of eateries specializing in an assortment of cuisines made the list.
On the grill side, there’s Dakota Steakhouse or Chamberlain’s Steak & Fish. In terms of exotic eateries, there’s Onesan Dim Sum & Sushi or Uchi.
OpenTable has its own diners’ choice list that ranked the following restaurants in the top 10:
- Salum Restaurant, 4152 Cole Ave., Suite 103
- Uchi Dallas, 2817 Maple Ave.
- Mot Hai Ba – Lakewood, 6047 Lewis St.
- Mariano’s Hacienda Ranch, 6300 Skillman St.
- Shinsei Restaurant, 7713 Inwood Rd.
- Uchiba Dallas, 2817 Maple Ave., Floor 2
- St. Martin’s Wine Bistro, 3020 Greenville Ave.
- Trova Wine + Market, 4004 Villanova St.
- The Zodiac Room at Neiman Marcus – Downtown Dallas, 1618 Main St., Level 6
- Café Pacific, 24 Highland Park Village
Michelle Bonds, owner of Trova Wine + Market, told The Dallas Express that recognition is always nice but ending up on this list is even better. Tova offers small plates, salads, sandwiches, and a variety of charcuterie boards to pair perfectly with sips from the wine bar.
“This is a little sweeter because it is honest feedback from our recent diners,” Bonds said. “We love that our customers enjoy exploring fun new wines, and continue to return for our fresh, locally-sourced dishes.”
Although it didn’t quite make it into the top 10, another popular restaurant that falls on OpenTable’s top 50 list is Ida Claire. This chic eatery is located at 5001 Beltline Road in Addison.
Service manager Josiah Smith told The Dallas Express that the restaurant is known for its Southern hospitality and comfort food with a worldly twist.
“We want to make sure whenever you show up, much like whenever you’re at your grandma’s house and you lose track for three or four hours just hanging out, that customers feel that relaxed and at home in the restaurant,” said Smith.
The restaurant was opened by a woman named Ida Claire who grew up in Southern aristocracy, Smith shared. She hated the culture of how she grew up but loved the food, which is why there are many familiar favorites — like shrimp and grits — on the menu.
However, she also took off in her airstream and traveled around the world, he explained. As such, Ida Claire put her experiences traveling on the plate as well, creating playful spins on the comfort food that people love.
“It’ll be Southern dishes that you may recognize like shrimp and grits, pork chops, chicken and waffles, but then we add in spices from Peru or sauces from Southern Africa to add a worldly twist,” added Smith.
If these two restaurant options don’t make your mouth water, you can check out another from the list on OpenTable’s website.