If you missed our first round-up of new restaurants to try in 2021, start there. Once you check those off, get out for dinner at some of these newest spots. Dallas chefs and restauranteurs are bringing everything from Tex-Mex and pizza to Asian influences and vegan, and they are all great options for hosting friends and family in Dallas we head into the holidays.
And heads up – for our purposes, we're considering anything opened Spring 2021 and beyond as new! Did we miss one? Let us know!
For the family
It's the price and kid-friendly environment that counts when you're treating the family (especially anyone under 12), and our list has some fun options. We wrote a whole separate blog about new restaurants for family-friendly dining – check it out here!
For a date night
- Check out Harper's in Deep Ellum for a dinner with no details missed. The tableside smoked crème brûlée is a fantastic way to end the night – but only if you're not totally full from foie gras pot stickers, whole grilled branzino or seared scallops.
- Postino Wine Bar opened in Deep Ellum in April 2021 and brought with it all the boards. We're big fans of the pick-four bruschetta board so you can taste a bit of everything. The patio has great views of the west end of the bustling neighborhood, ideal for people watching and relaxing before a live music outing nearby.
- The omakase at Manpuku will leave any date impressed. The signature tasting ($100 a person) includes six courses but if you need something more DIY, the kitchen menu includes plenty of appetizer, sushi and rice options to create an amazing meal.
- After a short break, Dakota's Steakhouse, a long-time Dallas dining staple, has reopened its doors. As the name suggests, you can expect stellar steak options along with specialties like jumbo sea scallops, short rib agnolotti, and lobster and king crab rigatoni.
- Mermaid Bar at Paradiso, a raw bar and cocktail room inside Paradiso in the Bishop Art District, is just as glamorous as its sister restaurant. Pair a glass of brut with oysters on the half shell or a butter-poached lobster tail – how luxe does that sound?! Pro tip: it's a no-reservations situation, so plan accordingly.
- While dining reservations at RH Rooftop Restaurant are a scarcity, the bar may be more attainable. Grab a glass of wine (the menu is extensive) and enjoy the patio!
- Stop by Atlas, another Bishop Arts District cocktail bar, for a taste of the world. It opened in June and has been serving up globally-inspired cocktails since. Get a feel for England with a Pimm's Cup or go with a Mexican twist with a Paloma.
- Go for tiki at Swizzle. The tropical escape along Greenville Avenue has $5 cocktails during Happy Hour, along with some fun bites like a pupu platter that feeds up to four ($25) and vegan fried spring rolls ($6).
For a celebration
- Local esteemed chef Junior Borges has opened Meridian, a modern Brazilian concept at The Village, one of Dallas' newest destinations. Expect stellar daily made breads, small plates and hearty pasta dishes.
- You can't have too many Tex-Mex options, and Joe Leo is proof of that. Its brunch offerings have already proven to be popular with dishes like divorced eggs and tres leches pancakes along with plenty of boozy brunch cocktails – breakfast margs, anyone?
- Ring in your next milestone – or hey, even a Tuesday! – at Monarch. Located on the 49th floor of The National in Downtown Dallas, the Italian restaurant is begging for a night of celebrations with your best friends in tow. The views alone are worth a visit! And for your next visit to The National, we suggest Kessaku, just one floor up from Monarch. The sushi and sake lounge also recently opened.
- Amé in the Bishop Arts District brings French-Indian inspired fare to Dallas' lineup of new restaurants. If you end up at this spot without an appetite, grab a seat at Elephant Bar, the restaurant's cozy bar, for drinks only (no food is served at the bar) – we suggest the Massala Sour!
For a casual night
- After a quiet opening last April in Oak Cliff, Ocho Latin Cuisine quickly caught our attention. Tucked into the back of a retail space, the restaurant surprises once you get through its door. Along with great Latin American cuisines, there's a fantastic patio waiting to enjoy.
- Plant-based restaurant Casa del Vegano will savor any vegan or vegetarian's taste buds. Trendy birria tacos are given a vegan twist with jack fruit and the black bean flautas are great for dipping. Find them along Jefferson Boulevard in Oak Cliff.
- Haywire, a suburbs favorite, made its way to Uptown earlier this year. Located just off McKinney Avenue, the ranch-to-table restaurant offers live music on Thursdays and weekday happy hour.
- Tijuana-style tacos found a home at Milagro in Trinity Groves. On a hot day, cool off with a tostada de ceviche; it comes with your choice of octopus, shrimp or a mix of the two. Check them out on Instagram.
- Southern food and live music come together at N'Awlins. The Design District (and Black owned) restaurant is opened for dinner service daily and offers reverse happy hour specials on select nights.
- Downtown Dallas got a little brighter when Uno Mas opened along Main Street. Located just across from The Joule Hotel, Uno Mas is open Wednesday – Thursday for dinner only and Friday – Sunday for brunch and dinner. Our vegan friends should note the vegan tacos dish, made with Beyond ground meat, and the cauliflower fajitas.