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The Most Exciting Restaurant Openings in Dallas for 2023

Restaurateurs, chefs, and food writers tell us their favorite spots of the year

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There were a lot of great new spots in town in 2023.
Courtney E. Smith is the editor of Eater Dallas. She's a journalist of 20 years who was born and raised in Texas, with bylines in Pitchfork, Wired, Esquire, Yahoo!, Salon, Refinery29, and more. When she's not writing about food, she co-hosts the podcast Songs My Ex Ruined.

As always, a lot of new restaurants opened in Dallas this year. It was pretty easy for the collection of food writers, chefs, and restaurateurs to whom we reached out to come to a consensus, however. With a few wild cards thrown in, of course. Here are their picks for the best new restaurants of 2023.

Andy Pham of Le Rêve Gelato & Patisserie:

“This is not quite a restaurant, but food truck Whinston’s British Fish N Chips had me very excited. I was skeptical at first, but after the first bite, I loved it. The fish was flaky, moist, with a crisp exterior. The chips were some of the best I’ve had. For a period of about three weeks I had the fish and chips almost every other day for lunch, and bought many staff meals during that time as well.”

Jill Bates of Sugar & Sage Bakery:

“The restaurant I was so excited for was Green Point Seafood and Oyster Bar! [Owner] Greg Katz is not only a great chef and manager, but we go way back to 1998 at the Mansion on Turtle Creek. I love what he is building. We were also excited for Sugar & Sage opening this year!”

Elias Pope of UNCO Hospitality Group:

“Green Point – Greg Katz is as much a Dallas icon as his joints Beverly’s and Clifton Club. When he told me about his new space on Knox, I was crazy excited. Been there a few times and have loved every minute.”

Leigh Hutchinson of Via Triozzi:

“Green Point Seafood and Oyster Bar. It’s the newest concept from a team near and dear to my heart. I have worked for them personally and know the passion and dedication that goes into each of their concepts. I have been looking forward to Green Point for a long time, and it was worth the wait.”

Benji Homsey of Duro Hospitality:

“Green Point, but boy, do I love their neighbor Mister Charles!”

Terance Jenkins of Restaurant Beatrice:

“My favorite opening was LadyLove Lounge & Sound in the Bishop Arts.”

Jennie Kelley of Fond:

“Well, we are biased as we opened our own restaurant just this past September. I started out doing Frank Underground out of my home — and really as more of a culinary experiment. When I closed that in August of 2019, I knew my next professional steps would be with my partner, Brandon Moore. We did started doing Better Half Pop-Ups and then the pandemic hit. So here, we are almost four years later, with our culinary baby: Fond. In addition, to the excitement of opening our first brick and mortar in downtown Dallas, I was also excited for my good friend, Leigh Hutchinson’s restaurant, Via Triozzi. I met Leigh at my restaurant, Frank Underground and, when she wasn’t in Italy studying, she was a regular. It’s been inspiring and trying to both be opening restaurants at the same time — there’s just so many highs and lows. But in the end, when you’re following your dreams that’s all just a part of it all!”

Nataly Keomoungkhoun of D magazine:

Quarter Acre! (OK, it technically opened Dec. 30, 2022, but I’d like to say it was basically 2023.) Quarter Acre very quickly skyrocketed up my list of favorites this year. The menu is interesting, exciting, and playful. I’ve been satisfied each time I’ve dined there.”

Brian Reinhart of D magazine:

“Either Quarter Acre or Via Triozzi, but this year I was much more excited by old restaurants than new ones. Petra and the Beast moved to newer, better digs. Ruins is becoming one of the ultimate places to take a tourist to show them how cool Dallas is. Shoyo and Lucia made moves to become even better than ever. And Revolver Taco Lounge just brought back the taco omakase lunch!”

DeQuilla Henderson, Eater Dallas contributor and Da Food Baddie:

Beckley 1115 in Dallas and Picone in Denton. Chef Luke at Beckley and chef Tony at Picone are doing amazing Italian-American on their own perspective lanes. With fresh, house made options and inviting flavors, you won’t miss out on unique plates with invigorating palette satisfiers.”

Didi Paterno, Eater Dallas contributor:

“The Japanese curry houses Go! Go! Curry! and CoCo Ichibanya expand the Japanese options beyond the familiar sushi and ramen. I’m so happy to see these finally here!”

Kevin Gray, Eater Dallas contributor:

“Dallas has been riding a wave of Italian food the past few years, but there’s always room for a little more pasta. Especially like the kind served at Via Triozzi on Lowest Greenville. The homey Italian restaurant from Leigh Hutchinson hits all the right notes. It’s nice enough for a big night out, but casual enough for a last-minute weeknight dinner, and the menu features a few of the most memorable items I ate this year, including the coccoli (crispy dough, stracchino cheese, aged prosciutto), the grilled zucchini with housemade ricotta, and the decadent lasagna.”

Rachel Pinn, Eater Dallas contributor:

“I was pretty blown away by Sushi by Scratch, hidden inside the Adolphus. The unique, 10-seat omakase-style experience is a popup for now, but will likely continue. The combination of intimate setting, skillful and creative nigiri-making and hilarious banter made it quite the memorable and delicious evening. For next year, I already cannot wait for Miznon to open in Deep Ellum!”

Amy McCarthy of Eater:

“I had great meals at the new Petra and the Beast and El Carlos Elegante. I’m also looking forward to going to Birdie’s Eastside. Also, yes, it’s a chain, but I have also had only great experiences at Portillo’s since they arrived in DFW.”

Green Point Seafood and Oyster Bar

3219 Knox Street, , TX 75205 Visit Website

Via Triozzi

1806 Greenville Avenue, , TX 75206 (469) 897-5679 Visit Website

Quarter Acre

2023 Greenville Avenue, , TX 75206 (214) 647-1616 Visit Website