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5 Brand New Dallas Restaurants to Try This Weekend

Feast on pasta, barbecue, buttery crab legs, and so much more

wood-grilled chicken skewers served on wood board with lemon and togarashi
Wood-grilled skewers at Salaryman
Elliott Munoz for Salaryman
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Dallas’s dining scene moves at a lightning pace, which means that it’s tough to keep up with every single new eatery that opens its doors in the city and beyond. Fortunately, Eater’s got your back with a list of brand new restaurants to check out this weekend.

In this edition of 5 to Try, which highlights hot new restaurants acros sthe Metroplex, find two new destinations for chic Italian eats, buzzy Japanese cuisine, and tons of garlic-butter crab.


Grilled vegetable and meat skewers Elliott Munoz for Salaryman

This much-anticipated Japanese restaurant from chef Justin Holt has finally opened for full business hours, and Dallas diners really couldn’t be more excited. Expect a wait at this no-reservations eatery, but its meticulously prepared ramen, wood-grilled skewers, and shochu cocktails are definitely worth the wait. Pro-tip: put your name and phone number down on the list and head over to Macellaio or another spot nearby for a cocktail while waiting.


Pizza party
Emily Loving for Partenope

Former Cane Rosso pizzaiolo Dino Santonicola and his wife/business partner Megan recently debuted Partenope, a restaurant that focuses almost exclusively on Southern Italian dishes. Here, diners can feast on pizza fritta, pesto-coated fusilli, and plenty of Italian wine.

Delta Blues Smokehouse

Smoked beef brisket tacos at Delta Blues Smokehouse
Brisket tacos
Pappas Delta Blues Smokehouse [Official Photo]

Now open in Plano, the second outpost of Houston’s Pappas Delta Blues Smokehouse brings a touch of class to the traditional barbecue joint. Along with actual table service and plenty of smoked meats, find dishes like Nashville-style hot fried quail, a killer burger, and excellent creamed corn pudding.

400 Gradi

A table with pasta, pizza, bread, and vegetables
So much pasta
Kathy Tran for 400 Gradi

This offshoot of a much-lauded Australian pizzeria just landed in Downtown Dallas last week. 15 different types of pizza are on offer, along with plenty of pastas like tagliatelle in bolognese sauce and pumpkin-filled tortelli in sage butter. For dessert, score a gooey Nutella calzone.

Crab House Seafood & Oyster Bar

Buttery crab claws
Crab House Seafood & Oyster Bar [Official Photo]

Viet-Cajun seafood is the name of the game at this Uptown newcomer, which serves crawfish, crab, shrimp, and more slathered in plenty of spicy, garlicky butter. Wash all that spice down with a frozen watermelon mojito or, in keeping the White Claw summer mania alive, a spiked seltzer.