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Chef Luke Rogers is cooking up something delicious at Cathedral Italian Bistro.
Kathy Tran

The 13 Hottest Restaurants in Dallas, October 2022

A very special series sees the French Room reopen, Jia Asian Bistro expands into Dallas, and more

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Chef Luke Rogers is cooking up something delicious at Cathedral Italian Bistro.
| Kathy Tran

New restaurants are opening rapidly in Dallas, and this map answers the vital question, “Where are the buzziest places to eat right now?”

In this month’s update of the Eater Dallas Heatmap, the heatwave is burning everything up, and so are a few exciting dining destinations. Places to check out include the reopened location of Hide on Lowest Greenville (now with breakfast!), Jia Asian Bistro’s Dallas location, Dea restaurant’s Mediterranean fare, and a special series at the French Room.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Cathedral Italian Bistro

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Luke Rogers has been keeping his latest restaurant under wraps. But the buzz is slowly getting out as folks take to Facebook to rave about the garlic knots with umami butter, rigatoni and wagyu bolognese, and the veal osso buco.

The bar at Cathedral Italian Bistro in Plano is highlighted with dark pink and yellow white neon lights.
The bar at Cathedral Italian Bistro.
Kathy Tran

Akira Back Dallas

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Snowboarder turned Michelin star awarded chef Akira Back opened an outpost of his Japanese and Korean-influenced sushi restaurants at Grandscape — bringing one of the most pedigreed spots in this new development. That includes a private dining room, a “mystery box” of sushi for adventurous diners, and whimsical dishes such as the Pop Rockin’, which embeds Pop Rocks in a sushi roll — but hear us out, it’s delicious. Go there to order sushi with a presentation and ingredients not found anywhere else in the Metroplex.

A blue bowl with crisp rice is topped with radishes and microgreens.
The crispy rice at Akira Back Dallas.
Akira Back

District Dallas

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The combo of a relaxed neighborhood restaurant with a bar that takes up the center of the room and better than casual food with a sommelier on hand to help with your wine and whiskey selection from their massive library is unusual. That’s precisely what District brings to the extremely popular Addison restaurant district it landed in. Try brussels sprouts, ahi tuna poke, and the duck-filled beggar’s purses to start. District also recently added a brunch service. 

A table is crowded with white dishes of food set on a white table cloth. A large glass of red wine sits off center.
A selection of dishes at District Dallas.
Kathy Tran

Onēsan Dim Sum Sushi

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With its sophisticated cocktail list, curated sushi offerings, and Korean dim sum that include ton-katsu and glazed ribs, this spot looks like a solid go-to for cocktails and light bites.

Dea Restaurant Dallas

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The folks behind Shinsei and Lovers Seafood and Market have added Mediterranean to their portfolio. This spot in Inwood has a heavy Italian influence, including a fresh pasta program, but diners can also get Mediterranean seafood dishes and wines from the region.

A bone sits on a light blue plate with bone marrow inside, coated in balsamic vinegar with bread on the side.
Wood-roasted bone marrow is a signature dish at Dea.
Dea

It’s back! And it’s better than ever because the newly reopened Hide on Lowest Greenville serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner to go with its inventive cocktail program. Stop in for the ribeye and cheddar sandwich or a honey butter chicken biscuit and enjoy the roof deck while the weather’s so darn nice.

Jia Asian Bistro

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Lakewood has been hurting for more excellent Chinese food. Jia Asian Bistro opened right at the Spillway to fill that void with its delicious menu, plus an offering of Thai dishes. It’s a welcome expansion into the neighborhood.

Hugo's Invitados

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Hugo’s Invitados opens in the spot Mi Cocina vacated in the West Village, assuring the locals that their access to Mexican food will remain uninterrupted. This is the second location after its debut in Las Colinas, and on the menu are adventurous dishes, from Spanish octopus hummus to duck confit chile relleno.

Caterina's

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That old-school Little Italy energy comes to life in Tim Love’s newest restaurant, Caterina’s, in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Try a plate of beef carpaccio to start. Order a plate of caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar. The house-made pastas cover all the expected bases, while the veal chop and roasted chicken is comfort food but better. 

A plate of beef carpaccio with mushrooms and Italian parsley.
Beef carpaccio at Caterina’s.
Kevin Marple

Tatsu Dallas

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Tasting menus are becoming a trend at Dallas sushi restaurants. This one, off Deep Ellum, offers a $170 per person service in a 10-person venue. With two services running Tuesday through Sunday, that means a minimal number of reservations. 

A man’s hand places a piece of sushi onto a black serving plate.
A tiny peek at what you’ll eat when you land one of Dallas’s most unavailable reservations.
Tatsu

The French Room

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One of Dallas’s most beautiful dining rooms is opening for dinner for a limited time with a series of special events in October, November, and January. For October, diners can enjoy one of six evenings with Chef Laurent Quenoix, the owner and executive chef of Bistro LQ in downtown Los Angeles. Each month will feature a guest chef offering a $125 tasting menu. Reservations are required.

A French-inspired dining room with white table clothes and golden wood finishes,
The dining room at the French Room.
The French Room

Trinity Groves welcomed its first new restaurant under its new CEO Julian Rodarte — and the concept is kind of a mood board based on his wife and Trinity Groves Director of Marketing Alexa “Lexy” Rodarte. The energy is highly pink, and the menu is positively delicious. Drop in for “high” tea service infused with CBD or order the red snapper, one of the menu’s most outstanding and over-the-top dishes.

A woman pours aioli on a plate next to a whole red snapper.
Lexy’s whole red snapper is a full-table dish.
Adriana Herrera

Stepchild

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Newly inside Exchange Place, the food hall at AT&T Discovery Center, is Stepchild by chef Misti Norris. The menu combines Cajun-inspired and Southern favorites alongside worldly plates, from a frog legs appetizer to pre-order only five-day aged Koji chicken. It’s here for a limited time, so run, don’t walk.

Five-day aged Koji chicken with dipping sauces, served on a wooden board.
The five-day aged Koji chicken at Stepchild. 
Stepchild

Cathedral Italian Bistro

The bar at Cathedral Italian Bistro in Plano is highlighted with dark pink and yellow white neon lights.
The bar at Cathedral Italian Bistro.
Kathy Tran

Luke Rogers has been keeping his latest restaurant under wraps. But the buzz is slowly getting out as folks take to Facebook to rave about the garlic knots with umami butter, rigatoni and wagyu bolognese, and the veal osso buco.

The bar at Cathedral Italian Bistro in Plano is highlighted with dark pink and yellow white neon lights.
The bar at Cathedral Italian Bistro.
Kathy Tran

Akira Back Dallas

A blue bowl with crisp rice is topped with radishes and microgreens.
The crispy rice at Akira Back Dallas.
Akira Back

Snowboarder turned Michelin star awarded chef Akira Back opened an outpost of his Japanese and Korean-influenced sushi restaurants at Grandscape — bringing one of the most pedigreed spots in this new development. That includes a private dining room, a “mystery box” of sushi for adventurous diners, and whimsical dishes such as the Pop Rockin’, which embeds Pop Rocks in a sushi roll — but hear us out, it’s delicious. Go there to order sushi with a presentation and ingredients not found anywhere else in the Metroplex.

A blue bowl with crisp rice is topped with radishes and microgreens.
The crispy rice at Akira Back Dallas.
Akira Back

District Dallas

A table is crowded with white dishes of food set on a white table cloth. A large glass of red wine sits off center.
A selection of dishes at District Dallas.
Kathy Tran

The combo of a relaxed neighborhood restaurant with a bar that takes up the center of the room and better than casual food with a sommelier on hand to help with your wine and whiskey selection from their massive library is unusual. That’s precisely what District brings to the extremely popular Addison restaurant district it landed in. Try brussels sprouts, ahi tuna poke, and the duck-filled beggar’s purses to start. District also recently added a brunch service. 

A table is crowded with white dishes of food set on a white table cloth. A large glass of red wine sits off center.
A selection of dishes at District Dallas.
Kathy Tran

Onēsan Dim Sum Sushi

With its sophisticated cocktail list, curated sushi offerings, and Korean dim sum that include ton-katsu and glazed ribs, this spot looks like a solid go-to for cocktails and light bites.

Dea Restaurant Dallas

A bone sits on a light blue plate with bone marrow inside, coated in balsamic vinegar with bread on the side.
Wood-roasted bone marrow is a signature dish at Dea.
Dea

The folks behind Shinsei and Lovers Seafood and Market have added Mediterranean to their portfolio. This spot in Inwood has a heavy Italian influence, including a fresh pasta program, but diners can also get Mediterranean seafood dishes and wines from the region.

A bone sits on a light blue plate with bone marrow inside, coated in balsamic vinegar with bread on the side.
Wood-roasted bone marrow is a signature dish at Dea.
Dea

HIDE

It’s back! And it’s better than ever because the newly reopened Hide on Lowest Greenville serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner to go with its inventive cocktail program. Stop in for the ribeye and cheddar sandwich or a honey butter chicken biscuit and enjoy the roof deck while the weather’s so darn nice.

Jia Asian Bistro

Lakewood has been hurting for more excellent Chinese food. Jia Asian Bistro opened right at the Spillway to fill that void with its delicious menu, plus an offering of Thai dishes. It’s a welcome expansion into the neighborhood.

Hugo's Invitados

Hugo’s Invitados opens in the spot Mi Cocina vacated in the West Village, assuring the locals that their access to Mexican food will remain uninterrupted. This is the second location after its debut in Las Colinas, and on the menu are adventurous dishes, from Spanish octopus hummus to duck confit chile relleno.

Caterina's

A plate of beef carpaccio with mushrooms and Italian parsley.
Beef carpaccio at Caterina’s.
Kevin Marple

That old-school Little Italy energy comes to life in Tim Love’s newest restaurant, Caterina’s, in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Try a plate of beef carpaccio to start. Order a plate of caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar. The house-made pastas cover all the expected bases, while the veal chop and roasted chicken is comfort food but better. 

A plate of beef carpaccio with mushrooms and Italian parsley.
Beef carpaccio at Caterina’s.
Kevin Marple

Tatsu Dallas

A man’s hand places a piece of sushi onto a black serving plate.
A tiny peek at what you’ll eat when you land one of Dallas’s most unavailable reservations.
Tatsu

Tasting menus are becoming a trend at Dallas sushi restaurants. This one, off Deep Ellum, offers a $170 per person service in a 10-person venue. With two services running Tuesday through Sunday, that means a minimal number of reservations. 

A man’s hand places a piece of sushi onto a black serving plate.
A tiny peek at what you’ll eat when you land one of Dallas’s most unavailable reservations.
Tatsu

The French Room

A French-inspired dining room with white table clothes and golden wood finishes,
The dining room at the French Room.
The French Room

One of Dallas’s most beautiful dining rooms is opening for dinner for a limited time with a series of special events in October, November, and January. For October, diners can enjoy one of six evenings with Chef Laurent Quenoix, the owner and executive chef of Bistro LQ in downtown Los Angeles. Each month will feature a guest chef offering a $125 tasting menu. Reservations are required.

A French-inspired dining room with white table clothes and golden wood finishes,
The dining room at the French Room.
The French Room

Lexy's

A woman pours aioli on a plate next to a whole red snapper.
Lexy’s whole red snapper is a full-table dish.
Adriana Herrera

Trinity Groves welcomed its first new restaurant under its new CEO Julian Rodarte — and the concept is kind of a mood board based on his wife and Trinity Groves Director of Marketing Alexa “Lexy” Rodarte. The energy is highly pink, and the menu is positively delicious. Drop in for “high” tea service infused with CBD or order the red snapper, one of the menu’s most outstanding and over-the-top dishes.

A woman pours aioli on a plate next to a whole red snapper.
Lexy’s whole red snapper is a full-table dish.
Adriana Herrera

Stepchild

Five-day aged Koji chicken with dipping sauces, served on a wooden board.
The five-day aged Koji chicken at Stepchild. 
Stepchild

Newly inside Exchange Place, the food hall at AT&T Discovery Center, is Stepchild by chef Misti Norris. The menu combines Cajun-inspired and Southern favorites alongside worldly plates, from a frog legs appetizer to pre-order only five-day aged Koji chicken. It’s here for a limited time, so run, don’t walk.

Five-day aged Koji chicken with dipping sauces, served on a wooden board.
The five-day aged Koji chicken at Stepchild. 
Stepchild

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