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Top 10 Tables To Book Right Now In Dallas
By Adrianna Lacarra
Photo: Lucia Restaurant in Bishop Arts, Dallas
408 W Eighth St #101
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 948-4998
With only 36 seats, exclusive is an understatement.  David and Jennifer Uyger’s brainchild, Lucia, is a mystical spot that everyone wants to visit, yet no one seems to be able to get on the list.  When you do finally get a seat, you realize that it’s worth the wait and you’ve been spoiled for any other “Italian” restaurant in Dallas.  Lucia hand-makes their pastas daily and infuses Italian ingredients into their dishes to create something truly inspired. The menu is updated often, as it should be, so it’s never a dull moment.  There’s obvious care and attention to detail as well as respect at Lucia, not only for their beautiful craft, but for the lovely ingredients that make it all possible.
118 W. Jefferson 
Dallas, TX 75208
If it’s good enough for Beyonce, it’s good enough for…everyone else.  Even before Queen Bey put her stamp of approval on the Mexican restaurant in Bishop Arts district, it was clear that Mesa was going to be a success.  Chef/Owners Raul and Olga Reyes hail from Veracruz, México, an area in the Gulf of Mexico where seafood is bountiful. They use traditional Mexican flavors and techniques to bring the dishes like ceviche and mole to life. Mesa is the perfect place to gather around, eat, talk and repeat.
2201 N Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 761-7470
There are a lot of steak places in Dallas and they’re all quite nice with excellent food and wine. However, SER has something special… There’s the exciting ride up the elevator to get to your perch atop the Hilton Anatole, the spectacular view of the downtown skyline, the beautiful dining room and the impeccable service and the gran finale- the delightful food.  SĒR has some of the best steaks and freshest seafood in Dallas, paired with thoughtful and inventive sides, this place hits it out of the park every time.  Save your calories and splurge- it’s worth it.
Al Biernet’s  
4217 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 219-2201
Owner Al Biernet has one of the best bar scenes in Dallas that also just so happens to have some of the best food in Dallas.  The wonderful ambiance and phenomenal service facilitates a lively and happy crowd.  Dinner here never disappoints; the steaks are cooked to perfection and side items seem to never end.  It’s also the best place for people watching and networking- you never know who’s going to there!  
2633 McKinney Ave #140
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 969-5533
This incredibly small, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it joint is amazing and it’s the perfect spot to head to with a hot date. Just don’t order a California Roll, #fail!  Get creative and have fun with your food, because Chef Yutaka sure does, taking classic Japanese cuisine and blending it with Western influence.  Whatever he creates, it’s always superb and imaginative.  There might be a wait, but that’s part of the fun, put your name on the list and walk two doors down for a cocktail and light appetizer, they’ll call you when your table’s ready. 
Tanoshii Ramen + Bar
2724 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 651-6800
This is so far from that stuff you ate in college that they shouldn’t have the same name. Dallas’ first ramen bar is a true art form and appreciation for food.  Recipes were meticulously crafted in order to ensure that everyone enjoyed their experience from broth to toppings to the all important noodles. The community table is a perfect place to meet and greet, especially when you’re dining alone and the casual, Deep Ellum atmosphere makes it feel like they’ve been there for years.
Toko V
33 Highland Park Village
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 522-6035
Above Village Kitchen is a hot spot that doesn’t disappoint when it comes to a few essentials- drinks, food, people watching and shopping- Toko V brings it all together in one beautifully decorated atmosphere. Chef Chau’s blend of Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese flavors in his unique combinations and crafts cocktails enhance and compliment the seasonal and evolving menu that changes seasonally. Best spot to wrap up girls’ day out…or kick off girls’ night out!
2323 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX
(214) 370-9428
Gemma is new on the scene, but they’ve already made a splash.  They have a menu that is fresh, seasonal and uncomplicated.  Chef Rogers melds various cuisines to create something that showcases the beauty of the locally sourced ingredients and makes something that is decidedly craveable.  His wife created a wine list that is equally as international as the food, yet unfussy.  Their craft cocktails rotate with the menu for excellent pairings.  They also have a late supper menu until 1am, so that drive-thru is becoming obsolete!
Kitchen LTO
3011 Gulden Lane
Suite 108
Dallas, Texas 75212
Issues with commitment?  Here’s the spot for you.  Kitchen LTO (Limited Time Only) changes every four months and gives new talent a shot at their dream of running their restaurant.  In the brand new Trinity Groves, the “permanent pop-up” is cranking up the heat and making it possible for a classically French trained chef like Norman Grimm to flex his American Cuisine muscles. They don’t just let anyone in the door, oh no, chefs have to apply and then get put through the jump through some serious hoops to get a chance.  Luckily, weall get to taste the fruits, meats and veggies of their labor.  Change is good.
Company Café on the Trail
3136 Routh St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 468-8721
This is one of those neighborhood hangout spots, a Cheers, if you will. When you’re feeling indecisive and no one really knows what they want to eat, go here. They have a little bit of everything in a relaxed environment and everything is always fresh and delicious.  It’s just off the Katy Trail, dog friendly and has one of the best burgers in Dallas- plus everything is gluten free.  What more can you ask for?  Oh…the strawberry cake…yeah, always ask for the strawberry cake!


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