These ten restaurants are less than ten minutes’ drive from the show, and all offer outstanding food and ambiance. Some serve lunch while others focus on dinner, but almost all require a reservation. So, don’t wait; reserve your table now.
If you don’t plan to be in Dallas for Distributech, please, share our list with colleagues who are going or save it for the future. Maybe one day, you will find yourself hungry in Dallas! Nancy is an expert at spotting the best restaurants. We don’t know how she does it, but all the places she recommends are worth visiting. See you in May!
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CarboneItalian / 6 min. drive / dinner
Address: 1617 Hi Line Drive, Dallas, TX
Reservations & menu: carbonedallas.com
Soho restaurant group Major Food Group opened a Dallas branch of its famous NY city restaurant. The NY location has had a Michelin star since 2014 and requires a reservation. It’s classic Italian with Italian menu sections like antipasti (appetizers), zuppa (soups), and carni (meat). Carbone-Dallas opened a few weeks ago, and it should have an exciting atmosphere of a new venue where the whole team is trying to show their best. Choose this restaurant if you have a meeting with utility executives who appreciate exceptional reputations and old traditions, and order linguini vongole, a delicate pasta with white wine and clams from Napoli ($36), or tortellini al ragu, pasta with a braised meat sauce from the Piedmont region ($34).
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ToussaintBrasserie / 15 min. walk / lunch & dinner
Address: 1907 Elm Street, Dallas, TX
Reservations & menu: toussaintdallas.com
Toussaint is an elegant and convenient place where you might want to hold all your casual meetings. It’s in Dallas downtown, only 15 minutes’ walk from the show, and serves both lunch and dinner. Located in a lobby at the recently opened Renaissance Hotel Saint Elm (Marriot), it is as stylish and vibrant as any restaurant opened in 2022 can be. The menu is very thoughtful and ambitious, containing French classics like moules frites, mussels with french fries, $27, and boeuf bourguignon ($26), well-braised beef in a thick sauce. Other dishes are infused with Asian and New Orleans flavors. There is a burger with a French brioche bun ($18), Po boy with Cajun remoulade ($17), and a Vietnamese bánh mì sandwich ($16).
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LuciaModern Italian / 9 min. drive/ dinner
Address: 287 N. Bishop Street, Dallas, TX
Reservations & menu: luciadallas.com
This tiny, 36-seat Italian restaurant has been a Dallas gem for almost ten years. Lucia has won several awards. Lucia’s Instagram is funny and unique, and it’s owned by husband-and-wife team David and Jennifer Uygur. The menu is short and frequently changes, depending on the season. Only ingredients that can be sourced within Texas are used, which makes Lucia so incredible. David and Jennifer handcraft salumi, make fresh pasta and bake fresh bread every morning. It is a pure joy to explore the latest menu, for example, ragu del Macellaio, boneless short rib, sweetbreads, tongue, and polenta ($55), or farro Verde with gruyere, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, and fennel sausage ($28). A visit to Lucia has every chance of being the best gastronomy experience you will remember for months. Don’t wait; make a reservation right now.
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Town HearthSteak house / 9 min. drive / dinner
Address: 1617 Market Center Blvd. Dallas, TX
Reservations & menu: townhearth.com
A yellow submarine is inside a huge fish tank, more than sixty crystal chandeliers are hanging in the dining room, and a 1974 Ducati Sport is parked by the bar. Choose this restaurant if you and your colleagues plan to have a fun and relaxed evening with no one to impress. It’s definitely not the place to discuss serious business, but it is perfect for celebrating the first post-pandemic utility trade show. Eater Dallas writes that the design only sounds bizarre and random, but this place has a warm and cozy atmosphere. The menu is dedicated to steaks; there are dry and wet-aged prime cuts ($53-150) and smaller plates of dry-aged meatballs ($21).
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Uchi DallasJapanese / 9 min. drive / dinner
Address: 2817 Maple Ave. Dallas, TX
Reservations & menu: uchidallas.com
This sophisticated restaurant is for partners who have seen and tried everything. If your goal is to impress and have a private, almost intimate evening, reserve a table at Uchi Dallas. Hopefully, you will close a new deal around dessert, and your guests will never forget such an incredible sushi experience. Fresh fish is delivered daily from Tokyo, and the sashimi selection is succulent and impressive. Chef and owner Tyson Cole trained in Tokyo and New York with sushi masters and in 2011 received a James Beard Foundation Award as the best chef in the Southwest. Go with a tasting menu. It’s the best (and easiest) way to enjoy what Uchi Dallas has to offer.
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Tei-AnJapanese / 9 min. drive / lunch & dinner
Address: 1722 Routh St #110, Dallas, TX
Reservations & menu: tei-an.com
Tei-An is an elite soba-noodle place in the city, where owner Teiichi Sakurai masters authentic Japanese noodles. Teiichi grew up in Tokyo and originally wanted to be a pilot. He enrolled in a flight school that had an exchange program with a US academy, fell in love with America, and decided to stay in Texas. After realizing that all Japanese restaurants in Dallas offer almost the same menu, he returned to Japan to study the established tradition of making perfect soba noodles where art, craft, and spirituality come together. In 2008, he opened Tei-An, and it grew into one of the best places in Dallas. It is a place for connoisseurs; Toyota executives and chef Thomas Keller from The French Laundry in California come here.
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ÂmeModern French Indian / 8 min. drive / dinner
Address: 418 North Bishop Avenue, Dallas, TX
Reservations & menu: amerestaurantdallas.com
Âme is an elegant upscale Indian restaurant with just the right about of eclectic charm. As Condé Nast Traveller points out, “some of the most innovative French Indian fusion you’ll ever taste, some of the dishes on this menu are worthy of their own standalone reviews.” Mixing two completely disparate cuisines is challenging and ambitious, and Âme chef and owner, Afifa Nayeb, has achieved outstanding results. Try lamb vindaloo with French potato and Kashmiri pepper ($39) or tandoori fish curry with sea bass and leek purée ($32), and don’t hesitate to invite partners. Âme has all the elements of a high-ranking place, from crystal chandeliers to white table linen.
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Partenope RistoranteItalian pizza / 12 min. walk / lunch & dinner
Address: 1903 Main St Dallas, TX
The first pizza was baked in Napoli. It was a meal for poor fishermen or, according to another legend, poor women who waited for them. Today, there are dozens of world-class pizzerias in Napoli, and they all serve a simple thin crust pizza with only marinara sauce and mozzarella. This pizza deserves a special trip to Italy unless Italians bring their pizza secret with them. In Partenope Ristorante, chef Dino Santonicola knows how to make a Margherita pizza ($14) right. If you a looking for a lunch spot, try Partenope. It’s only a twelve-minute walk from the show. There are also full dinner options like ragu Napoletano with slow-cooked pork and beef topped with whipped ricotta ($20). It is a relaxed and casual restaurant with a good Italian wine list; a great place to dine with old partners and friends.
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Elm & GoodModern American / 6 min. drive, 23 min. walk/ lunch & dinner
Address: 2551 Elm St Dallas, TX
Reservations & menu: elmandgood.com
You would not regret inviting partners you don’t know well to Elm & Good. It is located on the bottom floor of the historical Kimpton Pittman and has a clean, stylish design with elegant leather couches and decorative plates on the walls. Chef Graham Dodds serves modern fare with hyper-attention to local produce and wood-fired meats. There are Cape Hatteras oysters ($20 for a dozen), redfish ceviche ($20), rosewood ranch flat iron steak ($45), and smashed burger with truffle fries ($24). Elm & Good has an outstanding cocktail menu and almost all beer from the local brewery scene.
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Pecan LodgeTexas BBQ / 6 min. drive / Lunch
Address: 2702 Main St. Dallas, TX
Many good conversations and deals might happen when you wait in line to get an iconic Texas barbecue for lunch. Pecan Lodge is a joint famous for its long lines and the best barbecue in Dallas. The restaurant’s interior is simple, if not to say spartan, but the buzz is of the atmosphere of a southern barbecue place. Owners Diane and Justin Fourton are proud of their old smoking meat tradition, swearing it’s Justin’s grandfather’s original recipe. There are a few sandwiches on the menu, with chopped brisket, pulled pork or brisket and pork together, with a special house sausage. Southern fried chicken is served with one of the sides, collard greens, or fried okra. The Trough (serves four to five people) is the best way to sample a good cross-section of the menu. It features a beef rib, a pound of pork ribs, a pound of brisket, a half-pound of pulled pork, and three sausage links.