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

13 Essential Downtown Dallas Restaurants

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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tei-An

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1722 Routh St Suite110
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 220-2828
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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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2. Dakota's Steakhouse

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600 N Akard St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 740-4001
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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.

3. Cafe Momentum

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1510 Pacific Ave
Dallas, TX 75270
(214) 303-1234
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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

4. Press Box Grill

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1623 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 747-8226
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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.

5. The Woolworth

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1520 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 814-0588
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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.

6. CBD Provisions

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1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 261-4500
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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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7. Commissary

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1217 Main St
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 827-2927
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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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8. City Hall Bistro

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1321 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 651-3686
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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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9. Sushiya

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1306 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 744-9600
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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.

10. Campisi's Restaurants | Downtown Dallas

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1520 Elm St #111
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 752-0141
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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.

11. Cindi's NY Deli & Restaurant

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306 S Houston St
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 744-4745
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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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12. Corrientes 348 Argentinian Steakhouse

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1807 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 220-0348
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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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13. Partenope Ristorante

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1903 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 463-6222
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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

1. Tei-An

1722 Routh St Suite110, Dallas, TX 75201
Bill Addison/Eater

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.

1722 Routh St Suite110
Dallas, TX 75201

2. Dakota's Steakhouse

600 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

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.

600 N Akard St
Dallas, TX 75201

3. Cafe Momentum

1510 Pacific Ave, Dallas, TX 75270
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.

1510 Pacific Ave
Dallas, TX 75270

4. Press Box Grill

1623 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201

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.

1623 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

5. The Woolworth

1520 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201

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.

1520 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75201

6. CBD Provisions

1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201
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.

1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

7. Commissary

1217 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202
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.

1217 Main St
Dallas, TX 75202

8. City Hall Bistro

1321 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75202
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.

1321 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75202

9. Sushiya

1306 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75202

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.

1306 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75202

10. Campisi's Restaurants | Downtown Dallas

1520 Elm St #111, Dallas, TX 75201

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.

1520 Elm St #111
Dallas, TX 75201

11. Cindi's NY Deli & Restaurant

306 S Houston St, Dallas, TX 75202
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.

306 S Houston St
Dallas, TX 75202

12. Corrientes 348 Argentinian Steakhouse

1807 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
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.

1807 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75201

13. Partenope Ristorante

1903 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201
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.

1903 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

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