Best Restaurants in Uptown Dallas

Uptown Dallas is a charming, trendy neighborhood in Dallas, Texas, home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the city.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect banh mi at Malai Kitchen or wild boar chili at The Rustic, the best restaurants in this neighborhood offer delicious, unique dishes.

These spots feel fresh, trendy, and full of life – you may feel inclined to spend the entire day hopping from one place to another.

17 Best Restaurants in Uptown Dallas, Texas

So, if you’re in the neighborhood, here’s what we recommend: 

  1. Tango Room
  2. Mendocino Farms
  3. Moxies Dallas Uptown Restaurant
  4. Doc B’s Restaurant
  5. The Rustic
  6. Sixty Vines
  7. Malai Kitchen
  8. Avanti Restaurant
  9. The Capital Grille
  10. Las Palmas Tex-Mex
  11. State & Allen
  12. Uchi
  13. Dragonfly
  14. The Standard Pour
  15. Haywire
  16. Si Tapas
  17. Fearing’s Restaurant

1. Tango Room

Address: 1617 Hi Line Dr. Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75207

If you decide to visit Tango Room, prepare to have your preconceived notions about steakhouses blown away. No jacket is required – here, the focus is on the beautiful selection of food and wine.

You’ll recognize the steakhouse classics on the menu, but they’ve been modernized with new, fresh flavors.

Even better, the wine list includes a variety of rare, top-shelf wines that will leave you wanting to sample each and every one.

Tango Room is classy and elegant without feeling stuffy, so it’s a good choice for a date night or a meeting.

Specialty: Steakhouse

Open hours: Tues-Thurs 5-10 pm, Fri-Sat 5-11 pm

Deal offerings: Happy Hour Tues-Thurs 5-7 PM

2. Mendocino Farms

Address: 3700 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

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Who doesn’t love a good sandwich and salad? Mendocino Farms does have something for everybody, so there is no need to be intimidated here.

Serving a full, healthy menu entirely made with whole ingredients, this restaurant is committed to nourishing its guests with the highest quality foods.

Not only that, but Mendocino has a bright, welcoming environment, and that, paired with a good sandwich, is hard to beat.

Specialty: Sandwiches and salads

Open hours: Mon-Fri, 10 am-7:30 pm

3. Moxies Dallas Uptown Restaurant

Address: 100 Crescent Ct, Dallas, TX 75201

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Located right in the heart of Uptown Dallas, Moxies is a newly renovated space that serves equally modern takes on dishes and cocktails.

Their menu is extensive, with everything from potstickers to guacamole to baby back ribs.

It reads like a fresher, classier take on some of our more familiar American restaurants, so it’s perfect for those who like a little familiarity.

The chef’s pick for dishes is the Roasted Tomato Bruschetta, so be sure to try it out if you stop in.

Specialty: New American

Open hours: Mon-Wed 11 am-12 am, Thurs-Sat 11 am-1 am, Sun 11 am-11 pm

Deal offerings: Happy hour Mon-Fri, 3 pm-6 pm

4. Doc B’s Restaurant

Address: 2021 McKinney Ave #190, Dallas, TX 75201

For a mix of bright, fresh flavors and homey, comforting flavors, try out Doc B’s Restaurant in Uptown.

This spot does a good job of creating the perfect ambiance to enjoy a casual but elevated meal with friends or family.

Visit during the daytime and grab Knife and Fork Cobb, or come at night and order The Internal Affair, a mysterious cocktail buzzing with flavor.

Doc B’s is versatile, so it’s a good pick, no matter the time of day or flavor you’re craving.

Specialty: American

Open hours: Sun-Thurs 11 am-9 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-10 pm

Deal offerings: Happy hour Mon-Fri 5-7 pm

5. The Rustic

Address: 3656 Howell St, Dallas, TX 75204

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Live music junkies will surely have a blast at The Rustic. With selections like smoked brisket tacos and cactus fries, it’s hard to get more Texan than this spot.

Enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner on their huge patio, which is perfectly rough and chic around the edges.

The Rustic is a great space to meet up with friends, listen to music, and eat tasty Texan eats.

Specialty: American

Open hours: Mon-Wed 11 am-10 pm, Thurs 11 am-3 pm, Fri 11 am-1 am, Sat 10 am-1 am, Sun 10 am-10 pm

Deal offerings: Daily happy hour 3-6 pm, Free live music Tues-Sun

6. Sixty Vines

Address: 500 Crescent Ct Suite 160, Dallas, TX 75201

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With 60 wines on tap, Sixty Vines isn’t playing around. They pour wines from kegs versus bottles, saving tons of trash from landfills.

They offer four different-sized pours, ranging from a half glass to a carafe, so trying out various wines is easy.

To pair with the wines, Sixty Vines offers a refined menu with cheese and meat boards, bacon-wrapped dates, pizza, pasta, and so much more.

Sixty Vines is for you if you’d like a casual but elegant dining and sipping experience.

Specialty: New American Wine bar

Open hours: Mon 11 am-9 pm, Tues 11 am-2 pm, Wed-Thurs 11 am-10 pm, Fri 11 am-11 pm, Sat 10 am-11 pm, Sun 10 am-9 pm

7. Malai Kitchen

Address: 3699 McKinney Avenue #319, Dallas, TX 75204

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Malai Kitchen serves beautiful Thai and Vietnamese cuisines in unique and classic ways, so you can have something familiar or try something new.

The setting is fairly casual – focusing more on the perfectly crafted dishes and the extensive drink menu.

For those who love craft beer, Malai Kitchen prides itself on its house-brewed beer.

They even serve a house brew flight, which is great to enjoy with Thai chicken wings.

Specialty: Thai, Vietnamese

Open hours: Sun-Thurs 11 am-10 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-11 pm

Deal offerings: Happy hour Mon-Fri 3-6 pm, all day Sunday

8. Avanti Restaurant

Address: 2720 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

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Avanti Restaurant is a classy, intimate dining experience where delicious Italian-Mediterranean cuisine is served.

Its perfectly crafted date night menu, which costs only $95 per couple, features selections like farfalle carbonara and peanut butter chocolate pie.

In addition to the date night menu, you’ll find decadent dinner and dessert menus.

If you’d like to enjoy an indulgent dinner in a sophisticated atmosphere, Avanti is for you.

Specialty: Italian

Open hours: Sun-Tues 5-9 pm, Wed-Thurs 5-9:30 pm, Fri-Sat 5-10 pm

9. The Capital Grille

Address: 500 Crescent Ct, Dallas, TX 75201

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For fine dining aficionados, The Capital Grille isn’t quite new. This restaurant is well-known for its setting – it is sophisticated, refined, and classy. The atmosphere feels upscale, and the food is no different.

Their specialty lies in their cooked-to-perfection steak and other meats, but they offer a variety of other meticulously crafted classic dishes like Caesar salad and tuna tartare.

Specialty: Steakhouse

Open hours: Mon-Thurs 11 am-9 pm, Fri 11 am-10 pm, Sat 5-10 pm, Sun 5-9 pm

10. Las Palmas Tex-Mex

Address: 2708 Routh St, Dallas, TX 75201

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Las Palmas Tex-Mex is the perfect spot for elevated Tex-Mex. You’ll find all your favorite classics, such as enchiladas, tacos, and chimichangas, accompanied by newer creations like bacon-wrapped shrimp.

Their cocktails are perfectly crafted alongside the food menu, with selections like a Mexican gin and tonic and a spicy margarita.

The ambiance is homey, with the building painted a bright pink and the restaurant interior comfortable, making this a great place for family dining.

Specialty: Tex-Mex

Open hours: Sun-Wed 11 am-10 pm, Thurs-Sat 11 am-11 pm

Deal offerings: Happy hour Mon-Fri 3-6 pm

11. State & Allen

Address: 2400 Allen St, Dallas, TX 75204

State & Allen is a comfy neighborhood spot serving the most tasty bar food you can imagine.

Fish tacos, pizza, chili, burgers – you name it. That’s not to say they don’t offer a wide variety of elevated dishes, ranging from grilled filet mignon to crab-crusted salmon.

Good food, good drinks, a casual setting, and deals almost daily make for a fun and relaxing dining experience.

Specialty: American

Open hours: Sun-Wed 11 am-10 pm, Thurs-Sat 11 am-11 pm

Deal offerings: Happy hour Mon-Fri 3-7 pm; see other daily specials here.

12. Uchi

Address: 2817 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

The Austin-born Uchi made its way to Dallas in 2015, so we couldn’t be more thankful.

Uchi serves some of the most artfully prepared modern Japanese cuisine, with dishes like Wagyu Tataki and Madai Crudo.

Each Uchi location, including in Uptown Dallas, features specially selected art and exquisite design, creating an elevated ambiance (to say the least).

Uchi is a great pick if you’re looking for a memorable experience and a delicious meal.

Specialty: Japanese

Open hours: Sun-Thurs 4-10 pm, Fri-Sat 4-11 pm

Deal offerings: Happy hour every day from 4-6 pm

13. Dragonfly

Address: 2332 Leonard St, Dallas, TX 75201

Dragonfly is an upscale fine-dining restaurant serving brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Its menu is a tasteful mix of American comfort foods and newer takes on classic American cuisine.

Visit during brunch and grab their Agave Marmalade cocktail to pair with an everything bagel and lox, or come for dinner and try out their baked brie and lamb lollipops.

Better yet, come for every meal so you can explore every inch of this beautifully refined menu in a swanky environment.

Specialty: New American

Open hours: Sun-Thurs 6:30 am-12 am, Fri-Sat 6:30 am-2 am

14. The Standard Pour

Address: 2900 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

Photo courtesy of the Dallas Observer

The Standard Pour is where you go when you want to feel comforted by a tasty meal in a not-so-stuffy atmosphere.

The ambience is somewhere between that of an old-timey pub and a more modern bar, and we’re into it.

The menu includes dishes like a BBQ bourbon burger and a King Ranch chicken sandwich, so it’s safe to say that you’ll leave satisfied.

They also have many drinks to choose from, including a carefully crafted cocktail menu.

Specialty: American

Open hours: Mon-Thurs 5 pm-2 am, Fri 5 pm-2 am, Sat-Sun 11 am-2 am

Deal offerings: Happy hour 5-7 every day and all-day Mondays

15. Haywire

Address: 1920 McKinney Ave Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75201

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Haywire is in the sweet spot between simple and sophisticated, presenting as stylish with a warm atmosphere.

They’re Texan, and the menu is meaty to show for it. Mini elk tacos, venison chili, and a lamb burger are just three unique creations Haywire offers.

They serve salads and soups for those who enjoy eating light, but this spot’s shine comes from their more substantial plates.

Pair your meal with any Texas beer they offer for the ultimate combination.

Specialty: New American

Open hours: Mon-Thurs 11 am-10 pm, Fri 11 am-11 pm, Sat 10 am-11 pm, Sun 10 am- 9 pm

16. Si Tapas

Address: 2207 Allen St, Dallas, TX 75204

For those who enjoy trying a little bit of everything, or a variety of flavors, Si Tapas might just be the perfect choice.

This restaurant serves traditional and contemporary Spanish tapas, with small plates, both hot and cold, featuring seafood, meats, veggies, and more.

Finish your spread of tapas off with one of their decadent desserts (or three) like crema catalana, a Catalan-style creme brulee.

Set in an old home, the ambiance is classy and elevated but warm and inviting.

Specialty: Spanish

Open hours: Sun-Thurs 11:30 am-10 pm, Fri-Sat 11:30 am-11 pm

Deal offerings: Happy hour Mon-Thurs 3-6 pm

17. Fearing’s Restaurant

Address: 2121 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

Fearing’s Restaurant, created by Dean Fearing, aims to provide good-old Southern hospitality in a fine-dining atmosphere.

The menu features bold American dishes with Southwestern flavors. Dishes like tortilla soup and crispy duck fat tater tots are familiar without feeling overdone, and the main courses will blow you away.

Fearing’s menu is decadent, so be prepared to leave full.

Don’t leave here without trying their delicious dessert, the sticky toffee cake or spiced chocolate pies.

Specialty: American

Open hours: See hours here.

Conclusion

It’s hard to believe that just one neighborhood in Dallas could hold so much amazing food, but it’s true. From fast casual to fine dining, it’s impressive that there’s something for everybody.

If you find yourself in Uptown Dallas, leaving without trying one of these amazing restaurants would be a shame.

And for those who may already live in the neighborhood, perhaps you’ve found something on this list that piques your interest.

Mae Lackey

Mae Lackey is a dedicated journalism student at the University of Texas at Austin. Having previously worked as an audio producer at The Daily Texan and an editorial intern at The Austin Chronicle, she enjoys reporting across a variety of mediums. She’s passionate about telling stories and digging deep, whether it's about food or people. As a native Texan, she’s proud to be from a state that is home to so many wonderful stories and cuisines.