Inspired by but not limited to the South, Dallas is a haven for fine dining and authentic eateries. Luxury restaurants sit beside charming gems, offering the palate a journey from Italy to France to Japan, spiced with a touch of Americana. From the rustic to the exotic, and from the regional to the global, the emphasis is on independent, inventive and inspired cuisine, featuring the freshest, most wholesome ingredients.


Masterminded by Chef Tim Byres, Smoke serves rustic, old-school fare with a sophisticated edge. Taking the farm-to-fork mentality seriously, jellies, jams, honey and butter are made on-site, while eggs are farm-fresh, and meats are smoked on-site. Named one of 2012’s Best New Chefs of the year by Food & Wine magazine, Chef Byres shows his guests that there is a world of gastronomical delight beyond simple barbecue.

901 Fort Worth Avenue, Dallas, TX 75208, United States
Telephone: +1 214 393 4141


Tucked into a historic building in the Bishop Arts District, Lucia is a small gem of an Italian restaurant owned by the chef himself. Using classical Italian as a springboard for more innovative fare, the menu changes constantly and is high on inventive handmade antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci. Fiercely independent with a maverick streak, this adventurous Italian restaurant excels at the simplest handmade pasta too.

408 West Eighth Street, Suite 101, Dallas, TX 75208, United States
Telephone: +1 214 948 4998


One of the most popular eateries in town even for the city’s famed chefs, Teichi “Teach” Sakurai’s hotspot in One Arts Plaza specializes in Japanese handmade soba noodles from nutty-tasting nutritious buckwheat flour. First-time diners will be charmed by the exemplary service, and will certainly welcome the introductory sampler of four sauces, including rich, nutty pecan and walnut, plus soy and black sesame.

One Arts Plaza, 1722 Routh Street, Dallas, TX 75201, United States
Telephone: +1 214 220 2828