Outside of the fancy French fare and buzzy new menus, there’s more to Dallas’ finest new restaurants than just the food. 2017’s crop of newcomers also brought strong design to the scene this year, including a brand new restaurant that’s shaped like a gold bar and the revamp of a Dallas favorite.
As 2018 draws near, it’s time to take a look back at the year’s most stunning new restaurants. Take note, because these five new eateries will definitely make for killer selfie backdrops next year.
This Oak Lawn newcomer from the team behind Henderson Avenue’s Gemma is the definition of understated chic. With a breezy, bright interior, Sachet brings a new dining room to Dallas that is as beautiful as its menu of inventive Mediterranean fare.
After nearly two years, Chef Bruno Davaillon’s return to Dallas’ restaurant scene brought with it the city’s most distinctive exterior. Shaped like a gold bar outside and fitted inside with plush furnishings, dark woods, and even more gold accents, Bullion is the definition of a stone cold stunner.
Zoli’s NY Pizza
A humble Oak Cliff pizza joint no longer, Zoli’s has settled in nicely in Addison. The restaurant’s new home gives it more opportunities to be more characteristically cheeky than ever, complete with renderings of Biggie Smalls as Chewbacca and a Star Wars-themed replica of The Last Supper. Outside of the art, Zoli’s offers plenty of welcoming, comfortable space for the hordes of pizza enthusiasts that have mobbed the place since its debut.
The French Room
This Downtown restaurant spent decades as the grande dame of Dallas’ dining scene, but in recent years it had become the definition of dated. After an extensive (and expensive) renovation, The French Room is back and better than ever thanks to a luxurious new interior that still maintains the space’s original character.
This Mexican eatery hasn’t been open long, but its Central American-inspired space is already making waves. Warm woods, bold geometrics, and a touch of modern flair are paired with traditional Mexican folk art masks, bright colors, and a large window that offers a view of tortillas made by hand.