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16 Terrific Dallas Restaurants That Open on Mondays

This can be the toughest day of the week to dine out

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Mondays are historically the least popular day of the week to eat out, even before this winter’s labor and supply chain shortages. Many restaurants have recently decided to open for fewer days and for shorter hours.

No wonder it can seem like options for dining out on Monday at a proper restaurant, not just a fast-casual spot, can feel extremely limited. But there are places to go: here’s a list of 16 terrific destinations for Monday night dinners (reservations recommended in many cases) that encompass up-and-coming places and some old favorites.

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Royal China Restaurant

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No muss, no fuss—just great Chinese food. That’s what Royal China has been serving up since 1974. If Monday calls for hand-pulled noodles and handmade dumplings in a place that cultivates its neighborhood vibe, this is the ticket.

Eataly Dallas

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The days of eating in the mall have gotten a huge upgrade from food court fare and chains since Eataly opened its Dallas outpost in North Park. And you can kill two birds with one stone: shop while waiting for pizza or other Italian delicacies, and stock up on olive oil and pasta for the rest of the week. 

The salumi and cheese counter at Eataly Dallas Eataly [Official Photo]

R+D Kitchen

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Not sure how to make a Monday date romantic? No problem, take them to R+D Kitchen in the Park Cities, which specializes in intimate service in a moody, softly-lit atmosphere.

For fare inspired by Guadalajara with a dazzling collection of tequilas and mezcals, spend a Monday at Jose in Inwood. Find seasonal dishes, hand-painted plates, and not one but two patios.

El Vecino Tex Mex

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This unpretentious, family-oriented Tex Mex spot in Lake Highlands offers a colorful setting that’s great for families, groups, and those who need a good spot for an Instagram shot. The menu is loaded with every classic Tex-Mex dish and the prices are right, especially for nights no one wants to cook. Beware the green salsa that comes with your chips though—it packs an adult-only punch.

Olivella’s Pizza and Wine

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Get a little taste of Southern Italy in Lakewood, any day of the week. Olivella’s award-winning Roman and Naples-style pizzas are served on one of the city’s most atmospheric patios. As a bonus, kids eat free on Mondays.

Toulouse

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Go out for a taste of French-inspired Belgium fare at this Knox Street stalwart. It’s hard to beat the steak frites or the croque madame when craving comfort food, but don’t discount the delicious fun of ordering a table full of small plates from the appetizer menu.

Sister Restaurant

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Unfortunately, the city lost The Grape during Covid. But Sister, which opened in its former location, aims to keep that warm and cozy feeling punctuated by great food. Though it has gotten a decor facelift and the menu now veers more Italian and Mediterranean, it remains a great choice for an intimate meal.

Al Biernat's

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For those with a more elegant occasion that can’t possibly be moved off a Monday, Al Biernat’s in Oak Lawn is a classic upscale steakhouse experience with a fine attire dress code. Caviar? Check. Veal oso bucco? Check. A dessert menu big enough to need its own zip code? Check.

HG Sply Co.

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Lowest Greenville’s perennial favorite, HG Sply, is still around for those searching for a healthy food option or who just enjoy the community of the restaurant’s nightly toast at sunset: at least one round is on HG Sply every night when the sun kisses the horizon, as a show of thanks for customers.

Drop in on Dallas’s outpost of the Asian smokehouse, born as the brainchild of chefs Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin, even on a Monday. No reservations needed, dogs welcome on the outdoor porch, and it’s all made to share.

It is possible to have a gorgeous sushi experience on a Monday, thanks to Uchi in Uptown. This warm, naturalistic spot has a menu for vegetarians as well as amazing options for dessert lovers.

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The Charles

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The Charles in the Design District is serving up Italian food and design through a Texas lens, with a glam-meets-industrial vibe. Try the lemon ricotta gnudi and charred octopus for an elevated meal to kick the week off.

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Villa Azur Dallas

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Located in the W Hotel is Vickery Park, this place keeps it upscale seven days a week (the dress code is “elegant chic”). It’s all airy off-white and navy spaces with more than a passing nod to the grandiosity of Miami dining—that’s where the concept was created. The menu consists of Southern French-inspired cuisine that’s heavy on seafood, butter, and heavy creams.

A table-setting at Villa Azur with circular mirror fixtures in the background. Villa Azur

Harper's

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For those in need of a seafood tower or foie gras pot stickers on a Monday, the over-the-top Harper’s inside the Epic in Deep Ellum is the ideal space for a very special event.

Catbird

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Dallas’s downtown hotel dining scene is at a peak these days, with Catbird in the Thompson Hotel serving up ambiance and a golden glow. With large, comfy booths, this place is a great pick for groups as well as for date night. The cocktail menu and lamb chops are all deserving of raves.

Royal China Restaurant

No muss, no fuss—just great Chinese food. That’s what Royal China has been serving up since 1974. If Monday calls for hand-pulled noodles and handmade dumplings in a place that cultivates its neighborhood vibe, this is the ticket.

Eataly Dallas

The salumi and cheese counter at Eataly Dallas Eataly [Official Photo]

The days of eating in the mall have gotten a huge upgrade from food court fare and chains since Eataly opened its Dallas outpost in North Park. And you can kill two birds with one stone: shop while waiting for pizza or other Italian delicacies, and stock up on olive oil and pasta for the rest of the week. 

The salumi and cheese counter at Eataly Dallas Eataly [Official Photo]

R+D Kitchen

Not sure how to make a Monday date romantic? No problem, take them to R+D Kitchen in the Park Cities, which specializes in intimate service in a moody, softly-lit atmosphere.

Jose

For fare inspired by Guadalajara with a dazzling collection of tequilas and mezcals, spend a Monday at Jose in Inwood. Find seasonal dishes, hand-painted plates, and not one but two patios.

El Vecino Tex Mex

This unpretentious, family-oriented Tex Mex spot in Lake Highlands offers a colorful setting that’s great for families, groups, and those who need a good spot for an Instagram shot. The menu is loaded with every classic Tex-Mex dish and the prices are right, especially for nights no one wants to cook. Beware the green salsa that comes with your chips though—it packs an adult-only punch.

Olivella’s Pizza and Wine

Get a little taste of Southern Italy in Lakewood, any day of the week. Olivella’s award-winning Roman and Naples-style pizzas are served on one of the city’s most atmospheric patios. As a bonus, kids eat free on Mondays.

Toulouse

Go out for a taste of French-inspired Belgium fare at this Knox Street stalwart. It’s hard to beat the steak frites or the croque madame when craving comfort food, but don’t discount the delicious fun of ordering a table full of small plates from the appetizer menu.

Sister Restaurant

Unfortunately, the city lost The Grape during Covid. But Sister, which opened in its former location, aims to keep that warm and cozy feeling punctuated by great food. Though it has gotten a decor facelift and the menu now veers more Italian and Mediterranean, it remains a great choice for an intimate meal.

Al Biernat's

For those with a more elegant occasion that can’t possibly be moved off a Monday, Al Biernat’s in Oak Lawn is a classic upscale steakhouse experience with a fine attire dress code. Caviar? Check. Veal oso bucco? Check. A dessert menu big enough to need its own zip code? Check.

HG Sply Co.

Lowest Greenville’s perennial favorite, HG Sply, is still around for those searching for a healthy food option or who just enjoy the community of the restaurant’s nightly toast at sunset: at least one round is on HG Sply every night when the sun kisses the horizon, as a show of thanks for customers.

Loro

Drop in on Dallas’s outpost of the Asian smokehouse, born as the brainchild of chefs Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin, even on a Monday. No reservations needed, dogs welcome on the outdoor porch, and it’s all made to share.

Uchi

Uchi

It is possible to have a gorgeous sushi experience on a Monday, thanks to Uchi in Uptown. This warm, naturalistic spot has a menu for vegetarians as well as amazing options for dessert lovers.

Uchi

The Charles

The interior at Bar Charles

The Charles in the Design District is serving up Italian food and design through a Texas lens, with a glam-meets-industrial vibe. Try the lemon ricotta gnudi and charred octopus for an elevated meal to kick the week off.

The interior at Bar Charles

Villa Azur Dallas

A table-setting at Villa Azur with circular mirror fixtures in the background. Villa Azur

Located in the W Hotel is Vickery Park, this place keeps it upscale seven days a week (the dress code is “elegant chic”). It’s all airy off-white and navy spaces with more than a passing nod to the grandiosity of Miami dining—that’s where the concept was created. The menu consists of Southern French-inspired cuisine that’s heavy on seafood, butter, and heavy creams.

A table-setting at Villa Azur with circular mirror fixtures in the background. Villa Azur

Harper's

For those in need of a seafood tower or foie gras pot stickers on a Monday, the over-the-top Harper’s inside the Epic in Deep Ellum is the ideal space for a very special event.

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Catbird

Dallas’s downtown hotel dining scene is at a peak these days, with Catbird in the Thompson Hotel serving up ambiance and a golden glow. With large, comfy booths, this place is a great pick for groups as well as for date night. The cocktail menu and lamb chops are all deserving of raves.

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