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The pig’s head carnitas at CBD Provisions is an iconic Dallas dish

13 Essential Downtown Dallas Restaurants

Where to dine in the Central Business District

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The pig’s head carnitas at CBD Provisions is an iconic Dallas dish

Home to the Central Business District and Dealey Plaza, Downtown Dallas welcomes millions of tourists each year, and that’s not including the thousands of Dallas-Fort Worth dwellers who live there or commute into the neighborhood every day for work. Also nearby is the Dallas Arts District, which attracts theatergoers and visual art enthusiasts alike.

Fortunately, outside of the corporate headquarters and art museums, Downtown Dallas also offers up a bevy of dining options. Ranging from casual, low-key pubs to high-end steakhouses, these 13 essential Downtown Dallas restaurants play host to everything from high-stakes business meetings to staycation special dinners.

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Though technically in the Dallas Arts District, chef Teiichi Sakurai’s much-lauded Japanese restaurant is worth venturing just slightly out of Downtown. Swing by for lunch for a bowl of perfect green tea soba, or splurge at dinner on a stunning omakase service paired with the city’s finest noodles.

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Dakota's Steakhouse

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This underground steakhouse is back after a hiatus, with a renovated dining room and a new chef. For years the unique spot had been a quality date-night destination, and a solid option for voracious carnivores. In addition to the Allen Brothers steaks, find indulgent lobster and king crab rigatoni, plus plenty of new veggie dishes like roasted parsnip and Yukon potato puree.

Cafe Momentum

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“Eat, drink, and change lives” is the motto of this nonprofit eatery, which is largely staffed by at-risk youth seeking a culinary education as they prepare southern plates full of smoked fried chicken and collard greens, among other compelling dishes. Led by Chad Houser, the menu at Cafe Momentum promises surprising fresh takes on many familiar dishes.

Cafe Momentum

Press Box Grill

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This understated eatery can’t be beat for burgers, sandwiches, and game-watching in Downtown; as far as pub food goes, Press Box’s is on-point. Don’t sleep on the buffalo chicken sandwich with fried or grilled chicken tossed in spicy buffalo sauce and topped with three cheeses: cheddar, jack, and bleu.

The Woolworth

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Equal parts cocktail bar and restaurant, The Woolworth serves up quality drinks and equally solid fare. Hearty options like steak frites and sliders are a perfect foil to boozy libations like the Kentucky Blue, a mix of blueberry-infused rye whiskey, lime juice, and sweet vermouth poured over a perfect ice sphere.

CBD Provisions

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If the laid-back vibe isn’t appealing enough, a trip to CBD Provisions is essential if only for one reason: the pig head carnitas. One half of a roasted pig’s head is served on a board alongside tortillas and plenty of fixins’ for most-excellent DIY tacos. Note: reserve this dish 24 hours in advance.

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Downtown’s favorite grab-and-go market for prepared foods, wines, and breads that are baked on-site also has seating for about 20 people and dine-in options including soups, pastries, sandwiches, pasta, and gelato.

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City Hall Bistro

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City Hall Bistro is the Adolphus’ stunning mid-century designed eatery, a far cry from the homely cafe that was there before the hotel’s big renovation. Diners will find Southern European-inspired cuisine including fresh pastas, burgers and small sharable plates, plus a menu of crowd-pleasing cocktails.

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Sushiya

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This tucked away Downtown Dallas sushi bar enjoyed a bout of Internet fame and a bolster to business after the grandson of Kang Lee, who’s worked at the restaurant for nearly 15 years, made a TikTok video about the restaurant back in March. TikTok fandom aside, the gem offers a quiet respite from the city, with quality sushi and a comfortable atmosphere.

Campisi's Restaurants | Downtown Dallas

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With its thin-crust pies and rumored ties to infamous mobster Jack Ruby, Campisi’s is an iconic Dallas institution. The downtown location has hosted thousands of rehearsal dinners, office lunches and date nights.

Cindi's NY Deli & Restaurant

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Whether you’re craving classic matzo ball soup, a stacked deli sandwich, New York style bagels or a classic breakfast plate, Cindi’s Delicatessen has it. Like any good deli, Cindi’s boasts an extensive menu packed with favorites and comfort foods, daily specials and lighter choices.

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Corrientes 348 Argentinian Steakhouse

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Wood-grilled steaks, fish and vegetables are served family style inside this Argentinian steakhouse. Start with an order or two of the restaurant’s famous empanadas served with chimmichurri sauce and a big salad, and enjoy your favorite cut of meat, sliced and served tableside.

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Photo courtesy Corrientes 348 Facebook

Partenope Ristorante

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Tucked into the corner of Main and St. Paul Streets is the gorgeous Partenope, named for an Italian siren and created by husband-and-wife team Dino and Megan Santonicola. Duck in for some of the finest pizza in Dallas, plus Italian cocktails and an intimate, romantic vibe.

Image via partenopedallas.com
Image via partenopedallas.com

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Though technically in the Dallas Arts District, chef Teiichi Sakurai’s much-lauded Japanese restaurant is worth venturing just slightly out of Downtown. Swing by for lunch for a bowl of perfect green tea soba, or splurge at dinner on a stunning omakase service paired with the city’s finest noodles.

Bill Addison/Eater

Dakota's Steakhouse

This underground steakhouse is back after a hiatus, with a renovated dining room and a new chef. For years the unique spot had been a quality date-night destination, and a solid option for voracious carnivores. In addition to the Allen Brothers steaks, find indulgent lobster and king crab rigatoni, plus plenty of new veggie dishes like roasted parsnip and Yukon potato puree.

Cafe Momentum

Cafe Momentum

“Eat, drink, and change lives” is the motto of this nonprofit eatery, which is largely staffed by at-risk youth seeking a culinary education as they prepare southern plates full of smoked fried chicken and collard greens, among other compelling dishes. Led by Chad Houser, the menu at Cafe Momentum promises surprising fresh takes on many familiar dishes.

Cafe Momentum

Press Box Grill

This understated eatery can’t be beat for burgers, sandwiches, and game-watching in Downtown; as far as pub food goes, Press Box’s is on-point. Don’t sleep on the buffalo chicken sandwich with fried or grilled chicken tossed in spicy buffalo sauce and topped with three cheeses: cheddar, jack, and bleu.

The Woolworth

Equal parts cocktail bar and restaurant, The Woolworth serves up quality drinks and equally solid fare. Hearty options like steak frites and sliders are a perfect foil to boozy libations like the Kentucky Blue, a mix of blueberry-infused rye whiskey, lime juice, and sweet vermouth poured over a perfect ice sphere.

CBD Provisions

CBD Pig’s Head

If the laid-back vibe isn’t appealing enough, a trip to CBD Provisions is essential if only for one reason: the pig head carnitas. One half of a roasted pig’s head is served on a board alongside tortillas and plenty of fixins’ for most-excellent DIY tacos. Note: reserve this dish 24 hours in advance.

CBD Pig’s Head

Commissary

Courtesy Headington Companies

Downtown’s favorite grab-and-go market for prepared foods, wines, and breads that are baked on-site also has seating for about 20 people and dine-in options including soups, pastries, sandwiches, pasta, and gelato.

Courtesy Headington Companies

City Hall Bistro

Kathy Tran/EDFW

City Hall Bistro is the Adolphus’ stunning mid-century designed eatery, a far cry from the homely cafe that was there before the hotel’s big renovation. Diners will find Southern European-inspired cuisine including fresh pastas, burgers and small sharable plates, plus a menu of crowd-pleasing cocktails.

Kathy Tran/EDFW

Sushiya

This tucked away Downtown Dallas sushi bar enjoyed a bout of Internet fame and a bolster to business after the grandson of Kang Lee, who’s worked at the restaurant for nearly 15 years, made a TikTok video about the restaurant back in March. TikTok fandom aside, the gem offers a quiet respite from the city, with quality sushi and a comfortable atmosphere.

Campisi's Restaurants | Downtown Dallas

With its thin-crust pies and rumored ties to infamous mobster Jack Ruby, Campisi’s is an iconic Dallas institution. The downtown location has hosted thousands of rehearsal dinners, office lunches and date nights.

Cindi's NY Deli & Restaurant

via cindisnydeli.com

Whether you’re craving classic matzo ball soup, a stacked deli sandwich, New York style bagels or a classic breakfast plate, Cindi’s Delicatessen has it. Like any good deli, Cindi’s boasts an extensive menu packed with favorites and comfort foods, daily specials and lighter choices.

via cindisnydeli.com

Corrientes 348 Argentinian Steakhouse

Photo courtesy Corrientes 348 Facebook
Photo courtesy Corrientes 348 Facebook

Wood-grilled steaks, fish and vegetables are served family style inside this Argentinian steakhouse. Start with an order or two of the restaurant’s famous empanadas served with chimmichurri sauce and a big salad, and enjoy your favorite cut of meat, sliced and served tableside.

Photo courtesy Corrientes 348 Facebook
Photo courtesy Corrientes 348 Facebook

Partenope Ristorante

Image via partenopedallas.com
Image via partenopedallas.com

Tucked into the corner of Main and St. Paul Streets is the gorgeous Partenope, named for an Italian siren and created by husband-and-wife team Dino and Megan Santonicola. Duck in for some of the finest pizza in Dallas, plus Italian cocktails and an intimate, romantic vibe.

Image via partenopedallas.com
Image via partenopedallas.com

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