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12 Standout Seafood Restaurants in Dallas

Where to find fresh oysters, crispy fried shrimp, and so much more

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Being landlocked doesn’t mean settling for subpar seafood. Whether it’s batter-fried, steamed in Old Bay and butter, or broiled with fresh herbs, let this map be a guide to the finest seafood dishes in Dallas, ranging from flown in to market each day to budget-friendly fish baskets and oysters on the half shell.

With restaurants flying fish in and sourcing seafood from the world’s finest waters, feast on the fruits of the sea at these 12 essential Dallas seafood restaurants.

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Rex's Seafood and Market

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Enjoyed Rex’s at the Farmer’s Market but want more of a “sit down and stay awhile” vibe? Beau Bellamy opened a second outpost in the Park Cities that’s worth a visit. The trademark seafood counter is still there, and diners can pick up an order of everything the restaurant has on special and then some.

TJ's Seafood Market & Grill - Preston Royal

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Arguably the most beloved seafood restaurant in Dallas, TJ’s keeps the menu fresh while serving up its classics. The shrimp cocktail and smoked salmon board are a must, and the menu of light entrees means that there’s plenty of room to splurge on quality oysters, grilled shrimp tacos, or caviar service for those particularly fancy occasions.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

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A solid date night option for seafood enthusiasts, The Oceanaire serves up seafood classics in a swanky section. Favorites like shrimp cocktail, crabcakes, and seafood towers are all on the menu, along with whole steamed lobster that’s worth the splurge every time.

Lovers Seafood and Market

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This Lovers Lane newcomer seafood destination boasts killer shrimp and grits, plenty of top-quality raw seafood, and a Maine-style lobster roll that’s tossed in Meyer lemon aioli.

Montlake Cut

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Restaurateur Nick Badovinus brings a taste of Seattle to this swanky seafood spot, which lures diners with top-quality oysters, excellent crudos, and dishes like king crab fra diavolo, served over spaghetti and barbecue-spiced red snapper tacos.

Hook Line & Sinker

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With an eclectic interior that’s reminiscent of the bayou, Hook Line & Sinker is the spot for crispy fried fish and shellfish. Order a few baskets of shrimp, catfish, and oysters to enjoy with plenty of beer and a crowd of friends.

Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab

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One of Houston’s favorite seafood spots opened an outpost in Uptown Dallas, giving the neighborhood the perfect spot for a dress-up seafood dining experience. Focused on sustainable crabbing and with a commitment to Ocean Conservancy guidelines, the Truluck team also specifies where their fish comes from on the menu. 

Ocean Shak

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It may be stationed in a no man’s land in Southwest Dallas, but here’s where to go for affordable place for a fried fish or shrimp basket. The servings come piping hot out of the kitchen, covered with Louisiana-style spices.

S & D Oyster Company

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Have a Boston or NYC-style oyster experience with Gulf seafood right here in Dallas: just dip into the exposed brick space of S&D Oyster Company in Downtown. Oysters on the half shell in a 130-year-old building gives that old-world feeling of the East Coast, while the extensive menu of New Orleans-style dishes transport diners into a Gulf state of mind.

Krio Bishop Arts

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This Bishop Arts restaurant serves up Asian-inspired Cajun cooking with an eye towards approachable fare. With seafood at the heart of Krio’s menu, there’s a bit of everything culturally, from a fried basket menu that includes Swai (an Asian catfish) to jambalaya noodles.

Cafe Pacific

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For 40 years, Cafe Pacific has been one of the go-to seafood and steak houses in Highland Park. It doesn’t stand on ceremony, with no prescribed dress code, but the wood-paneled walls checkered floor lend the space an old-school elegance. The menu, likewise, has all the classic seafood standards one would expect with several nods to Texas cuisine.

Dive Coastal Cuisine

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Dive Coastal is the easy choice for fast food that’s also local, organic, and as healthy as possible. Find elevated takes on casual dining, from seared ahi tuna wraps to a jumbo lump crab BLT.

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Rex's Seafood and Market

Enjoyed Rex’s at the Farmer’s Market but want more of a “sit down and stay awhile” vibe? Beau Bellamy opened a second outpost in the Park Cities that’s worth a visit. The trademark seafood counter is still there, and diners can pick up an order of everything the restaurant has on special and then some.

TJ's Seafood Market & Grill - Preston Royal

Arguably the most beloved seafood restaurant in Dallas, TJ’s keeps the menu fresh while serving up its classics. The shrimp cocktail and smoked salmon board are a must, and the menu of light entrees means that there’s plenty of room to splurge on quality oysters, grilled shrimp tacos, or caviar service for those particularly fancy occasions.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

A solid date night option for seafood enthusiasts, The Oceanaire serves up seafood classics in a swanky section. Favorites like shrimp cocktail, crabcakes, and seafood towers are all on the menu, along with whole steamed lobster that’s worth the splurge every time.

Lovers Seafood and Market

This Lovers Lane newcomer seafood destination boasts killer shrimp and grits, plenty of top-quality raw seafood, and a Maine-style lobster roll that’s tossed in Meyer lemon aioli.

Montlake Cut

Restaurateur Nick Badovinus brings a taste of Seattle to this swanky seafood spot, which lures diners with top-quality oysters, excellent crudos, and dishes like king crab fra diavolo, served over spaghetti and barbecue-spiced red snapper tacos.

Hook Line & Sinker

With an eclectic interior that’s reminiscent of the bayou, Hook Line & Sinker is the spot for crispy fried fish and shellfish. Order a few baskets of shrimp, catfish, and oysters to enjoy with plenty of beer and a crowd of friends.

Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab

One of Houston’s favorite seafood spots opened an outpost in Uptown Dallas, giving the neighborhood the perfect spot for a dress-up seafood dining experience. Focused on sustainable crabbing and with a commitment to Ocean Conservancy guidelines, the Truluck team also specifies where their fish comes from on the menu. 

Ocean Shak

It may be stationed in a no man’s land in Southwest Dallas, but here’s where to go for affordable place for a fried fish or shrimp basket. The servings come piping hot out of the kitchen, covered with Louisiana-style spices.

S & D Oyster Company

Have a Boston or NYC-style oyster experience with Gulf seafood right here in Dallas: just dip into the exposed brick space of S&D Oyster Company in Downtown. Oysters on the half shell in a 130-year-old building gives that old-world feeling of the East Coast, while the extensive menu of New Orleans-style dishes transport diners into a Gulf state of mind.

Krio Bishop Arts

This Bishop Arts restaurant serves up Asian-inspired Cajun cooking with an eye towards approachable fare. With seafood at the heart of Krio’s menu, there’s a bit of everything culturally, from a fried basket menu that includes Swai (an Asian catfish) to jambalaya noodles.

Cafe Pacific

For 40 years, Cafe Pacific has been one of the go-to seafood and steak houses in Highland Park. It doesn’t stand on ceremony, with no prescribed dress code, but the wood-paneled walls checkered floor lend the space an old-school elegance. The menu, likewise, has all the classic seafood standards one would expect with several nods to Texas cuisine.

Dive Coastal Cuisine

Dive Coastal is the easy choice for fast food that’s also local, organic, and as healthy as possible. Find elevated takes on casual dining, from seared ahi tuna wraps to a jumbo lump crab BLT.

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