After more than two years in the works and multiple delays, vaunted New York City Italian restaurant Circo will finally open its doors in Dallas next month.
The restaurant opened up its books for reservations via booking platform Tock earlier this m, and it’s the first glimmer of hope that Circo will actually open before the end of the year. Multiple opening timelines have been announced for the restaurant, and each have been delayed. Most recently, WhiteROC Hospitality, the group behind Circo’s expansion into Dallas, said that it would open in May. A press release from the restaurant confirms the September opening.
Founded by legendary New York City dining family the Maccionis in 1996, Circo Dallas joins outposts of the restaurant in Las Vegas, Dubai, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. The New York City original shuttered in 2017, right around the time that the Maccioni family’s restaurant group filed for bankruptcy.
When Circo does open its doors, Dallas diners can expect a real doozy of an experience. The two-story location in Uptown boasts its own glass-bottomed pool and an adjacent spa, and there will reportedly be bartenders in the bathroom. Chef Alfio Longo is preparing a menu of decadent Italian dishes, ranging from lobster salad to plates of pasta. Six different types of tartare prepared tableside will be on offer, along with Le Cirque’s famous creme brulee.
The restaurant will also function as a private club for members, offering access to “Circo Beach,” the adjacent space with two pools, spa services, and cabanas. A members-only lounge will sit above Circo’s dining room, offering views of Uptown. Those two attractions aren’t complete just yet, but are expected to follow Cirque’s opening in the coming weeks.
Curious diners can make reservations at Circo starting on September 20. The restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 pm. initially, then will keep the doors open until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday after October 1.
Update, September 20, 12:04 p.m.: This post has been updated to reflect new opening details for Circo.