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Chef Terance Jenkins holds a Barrier Beauty oyster from the Gulf of Mexico at Restaurant Beatrice.
Kathy Tran

12 Standout Seafood Restaurants in Dallas

Where to find fresh oysters, succulent shrimp, Texas redfish, and more

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Chef Terance Jenkins holds a Barrier Beauty oyster from the Gulf of Mexico at Restaurant Beatrice.
| Kathy Tran

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 essential Dallas seafood restaurants.

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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.

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. And, for those who keep asking: this is the home of the city’s best lobster roll.

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.

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 the Nick-Coise, the chef’s take on a nicoise salad with tuna.

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.

Cafe Pacific

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Cafe Pacific is one of the go-to seafood and steak houses in Highland Park. 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.

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.

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.

Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab

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One of Houston’s favorite seafood spots opened an outpost in Uptown, 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. 

Crown Block

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Yes, it’s a steakhouse but it gives equal billing to its seafood program, both raw and cooked, and with good reason. Whether its the Truffle Tuna Cones (an adorable, sharable appetizer), the mussels and wagyu sausage, or the seafood tower (a classic fine dining dish) every bit of the seafood here is fantastic. One could easily skip the steak entirely and make a meal of seafood for a grand evening.

Restaurant Beatrice

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This Oak Cliff spot introduce a Gulf seafood program earlier this year that finds it partnered with a distributor to create a more sustainable seafood offering. That includes Barrier Beauty oysters f farmed in the Gulf and a selection of fresh, seasonal seafood. There’s frequently something to that tenor on the daily specials that never disappoints.

Waters Restaurant

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Hit Sundance Square in Fort Worth for seafood dishes prepared with a hint of Southwest and Louisiana influences. Owner and chef Jon Bonnell is a leader in the city’s fine dining scene, and seafood fans will find all the classics here, from a lump crab salad to Cajun sea scallops. And the wine menu is top-notch.

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.

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. And, for those who keep asking: this is the home of the city’s best lobster roll.

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.

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 the Nick-Coise, the chef’s take on a nicoise salad with tuna.

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.

Cafe Pacific

Cafe Pacific is one of the go-to seafood and steak houses in Highland Park. 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.

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.

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.

Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab

One of Houston’s favorite seafood spots opened an outpost in Uptown, 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. 

Crown Block

Yes, it’s a steakhouse but it gives equal billing to its seafood program, both raw and cooked, and with good reason. Whether its the Truffle Tuna Cones (an adorable, sharable appetizer), the mussels and wagyu sausage, or the seafood tower (a classic fine dining dish) every bit of the seafood here is fantastic. One could easily skip the steak entirely and make a meal of seafood for a grand evening.

Restaurant Beatrice

This Oak Cliff spot introduce a Gulf seafood program earlier this year that finds it partnered with a distributor to create a more sustainable seafood offering. That includes Barrier Beauty oysters f farmed in the Gulf and a selection of fresh, seasonal seafood. There’s frequently something to that tenor on the daily specials that never disappoints.

Waters Restaurant

Hit Sundance Square in Fort Worth for seafood dishes prepared with a hint of Southwest and Louisiana influences. Owner and chef Jon Bonnell is a leader in the city’s fine dining scene, and seafood fans will find all the classics here, from a lump crab salad to Cajun sea scallops. And the wine menu is top-notch.

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