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15 Irresistible Dallas Restaurants to Discover

From truffle carpaccio plates to lychee martini cocktails.

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It’s no secret that Dallas’ dining scene is one of the best in the country. With tons of great restaurants (and more opening each month), finding your next great meal in Dallas can be daunting. Rather than play the dining roulette game of “where do you want to eat?” — and ending up at the same spots over and over — it’s time to seek out the local gems of the city.

That’s where Seated comes in. Seated is the restaurant discovery app that curates a vetted list of local restaurants where you can earn up to 30% back in rewards when you dine. All you have to do is book through the app, upload a photo of your receipt to verify your bill; then, based on the restaurant’s listed reward, you’ll earn a portion of the bill back in the form of Seated Rewards you can spend on your favorite brands like Amazon, Uber, Delta, Lululemon, Starbucks, and more.

From cozy brunch favorites that have been open for three decades to trendy Pan-Asian cuisine, we’ve rounded up 15 Dallas dining gems not to be missed. Read on to discover your new favorite spot, for whatever food you’re craving — and the rewards you could earn when dining at each restaurant with Seated.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 400 Gradi

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2000 Ross Ave Suite 140
Dallas, TX 75201
(972) 850-9053
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The first U.S. outpost of owner Johnny Di Francesco’s famous pizza joint, 400 Gradi has locations across Australia and the Middle East, where it serves authentic Neapolitan Italian cuisine. In addition to the pizzas cooked at 400℃ (a whopping 750℉!), diners at this Arts District restaurant can expect small plates of burrata and truffle carpaccio and various pastas and salads — all of which can be tasted while earning up to 23% in rewards with Seated. 400 Gradi also offers a brunch menu on the weekends and wines from California, Italy, and yep, Australia.

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2. Musume

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2330 Flora St #100
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 871-8883
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Come for the sushi, but stay for the sake and the rewards. Musume is home to the state’s most extensive sake program, with over 125 different selections, many of them available on tap. Located in the Arts District, Musume offers an Asian-fusion menu that includes influences from Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Singaporean cooking traditions. (Chili crab, anyone?) The 165-seat restaurant has an intimate sushi bar, perfect for enjoying a glass of sake with your meal. The menu is split between the kitchen and sushi bar, with the kitchen offering plates like basil snapper and umami filet mignon, while the sushi bar includes rolls like yellowtail serrano and Hamachi. They also serve an omakase menu for when you just can’t make your own decisions. These delicious plates can earn you up to 18% in rewards when you book with Seated.

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3. Sketches of Spain

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321 N Zang Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 484-6006
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You won’t find Spanish food like this anywhere else in Dallas. From the guys behind bookstore-bar Wild Detectives, Sketches of Spain is Dallas’ first Pinchos restaurant. People have been flocking to this spot since its opening in 2019 to sample the bite-sized pinchos that include cod, ham, peppers, octopus, and other varieties. The menu also features paellas with either seafood or chicken and rabbit, great for sharing with a large group (especially if you book with Seated, which will earn you up to 23% in rewards!)

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4. Elm & Good

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2551 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 498-2525
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When you want no-fuss American classics in a gorgeous setting, Elm & Good (where you can earn up to 25% in rewards with Seated) is where to be. This Deep Ellum hotspot, located in the Pittman Hotel, serves up farm-focused food in a relaxed, farmhouse-style space, with everything from blackened redfish to mushroom paella offered on the menu. The restaurant also features a rotating selection of local craft beers and an inventive cocktail menu, featuring drinks made with chili oil and charred pineapple.

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5. Meddlesome Moth

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1621 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 628-7900
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Some great meals are hidden in plain sight: That’s very much the case at Meddlesome Moth, what’s known as Dallas’ original gastropub. Chef Shannon Wynne has served classic yet upscale pub food in the Design District for over a decade — think fish and chips, confit duck wings, and steak frites. The small plates, dishes like bone marrow and crispy pork belly, pair perfectly with Meddlesome Moth’s plethora of beer options; there are more than 40 selections on draft alone. (Feeling overwhelmed? Their cicerone is on hand to guide you to the perfect brew.) Here, Seated rewards can earn you and your pals up to 18%.

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6. Alice

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1623 N Hall St STE 103
Dallas, TX 75204
(469) 872-0001
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For as cozy as the dining room is at Alice (only 50 seats), it packs in plenty of ‘gram-ready decor and atmosphere. This East Dallas Pan-Asian restaurant serves up small plates of everything from sushi to pork buns and calamari, though you can also go all-in for the best photos with an ahi tower topped with tuna. Cocktails include colorful options like a clementine old-fashioned and a lychee martini ready-made for your “cheers!” boomerangs. Now, you can earn up to 23% in rewards when you book your next meal at Alice with Seated.

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7. Thunderbird Station

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3400 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 496-2655
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One of Dallas’ newest hotspots is located in a building you’ve probably seen for years. Housed in a former Deep Ellum gas station, Thunderbird Station is a full-service bar fueled by nostalgia. The cocktail list includes drinks like The Peel Out, a frozen vodka drink inspired by the Push Pops once sold at the station, while other auto-themed drinks include the G-Tea-O, with Lipton black tea-infused gin, and the Rattletrap, which they call their ode to throwing peanuts in your can of Dr. Pepper. Elsewhere on the menu, you can find the Mechanic Board, a version of a cheese board that includes Ritz crackers and honey-roasted nuts alongside pimento cheese and pepper jack. Sandwiches are equally quirky — try The King, a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich. Add bacon for the whole Elvis experience and make sure you book through Seated, so you can earn up to 23% in rewards.

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8. La Duni Latin Cafe

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4620 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 520-7300
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For a Pan-Latin dining experience you won’t soon forget, head to La Duni Latin Cafe. Located in Knox-Henderson, the chefs mix Latin flavors with European tradition and technique to create memorable dishes like baby back pork ribs with tequila, lime and guava glaze, and Peruvian chaufa fried rice with shrimp. The restaurant is also beloved for its brunch, where you can order cocktails by the jar to accompany the chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. You’re sure to feel relaxed in the homey atmosphere — but even if you aren’t, the bar offers CBD shots in two different sizes. Don’t forget: you can earn up to 27% in rewards when you dine at La Duni.

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9. Dibs on Victory

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2401 Victory Park Ln Suite 190
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 903-6536
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Your friends want to eat and drink somewhere before a game at the arena. Now you know exactly where to head to: This spot in Victory Park is the perfect choice for pre-gaming before a hockey or basketball game (or even a concert). The eatery serves up chicken wings, nachos, chips and queso, multiple cocktails, and plenty of beers (many local), it’s easy to see why Dibs is a low-key favorite. It also offers a late-night menu for those nights that go into overtime — with up to 23% in Seated rewards you can earn while indulging.

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10. Overeasy

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1914 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75201
(469) 320-8998
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Head to Overeasy, known for its brunches, its bustling grab-and-go bakery counter, and Seated rewards that may earn you up to 18%. There’re the classics on the menu, like omelets and buttermilk pancakes, as well as new brunch favorites like avocado toast and chilaquiles. The drink menu is just as packed with standbys like Mandarin mimosas and Bloody Marys, along with trendy drinks like espresso martinis and their very own Peanut Butter Pie, a blend of peanut-infused whiskey and horchata.

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11. State & Allen

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2400 Allen St
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 239-1990
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The uptown eatery State & Allen (where you can earn up 23% in rewards when booking with Seated) serves up a classic American bistro menu in a space meant to resemble your own living room — but the real draw to State & Allen may be its cocktail selection. Sip on a glass of house wine or selected spirit while you order up a round of apps and entrees; popular dishes include the curried lamb meatballs and crispy calamari, while entrees include everything from filet mignon to crab-crusted salmon. There’s even a large outdoor patio to enjoy them on.

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12. Dahlia Bar & Bistro

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3300 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(469) 466-8604
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The southern European-inspired menu — not to mention the chic interiors and redesigned outdoor cocktail garden — makes this newer restaurant perfect for both a quick pasta and glass of wine with a friend or a big family get-together. The bistro offers up a selection of elevated small plates perfect for sharing — think dishes like wagyu meatballs and short rib sliders on fresh brioche buns. The cocktail menu includes clever takes on everything from French 75s to margaritas. When you’re ready to go, book through Seated to earn up to 23% in rewards.

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13. Bread Winners Café & Bakery

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3301 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 754-4940
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There is so much to discover at Bread Winners, including the rewards. Earn up to 18% when booking through Seated. With multiple locations across the city, Bread Winners has been a go-to spot for decades for both healthy fare and indulgent bistro favorites, like a cheesy Croque madame. Bread Winners continues to draw brunch crowds eager to try long-running favorites like breakfast tacos, or more exciting dishes like the chicken fried steak with jalapeno-cream gravy and potatoes or banana bread French toast.

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14. Medina Oven & Bar

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2304 Victory Park Ln
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 979-0003
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Searching for an updated taken on Mediterranean food that comes with some serious rewards? This trendy Moroccan-Mediterranean-hybrid (which can earn up to 18% in rewards with Seated) restaurant, tucked away in Victory Park, features a classic selection of mezze like marinated olives and harissa labneh, as well as oven-grilled kebabs. Entrees include seven-vegetable couscous and a chicken breast marinated in warming Moroccan spices. Wash it all down with a sacred fig martini or a Sijilmassa sangria on their spacious patio.

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15. José

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4931 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 891-5673
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Flavors abound at José, an upscale Guadalajaran-inspired eatery located on Lovers Lane. The restaurant focuses on the Mexico region of Jalisco inspired by local food stalls of Guadalajara and executive chef Anastacia Quinoñes’ mother’s kitchen. Dishes include tempura soft shell crab and short rib enchiladas, with both handmade tortillas and seasonal ceviches on offer. The bar is home to a large selection of tequila, mezcal, and bourbons with a tequila-centric cocktail list, which you can enjoy on one of two expansive patios. José Noé Suro also designed many of the elements of the restaurant, including the intricate tilework. Earn up to 18% in rewards when you book your next meal with Seated.

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1. 400 Gradi

2000 Ross Ave Suite 140, Dallas, TX 75201
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The first U.S. outpost of owner Johnny Di Francesco’s famous pizza joint, 400 Gradi has locations across Australia and the Middle East, where it serves authentic Neapolitan Italian cuisine. In addition to the pizzas cooked at 400℃ (a whopping 750℉!), diners at this Arts District restaurant can expect small plates of burrata and truffle carpaccio and various pastas and salads — all of which can be tasted while earning up to 23% in rewards with Seated. 400 Gradi also offers a brunch menu on the weekends and wines from California, Italy, and yep, Australia.

2000 Ross Ave Suite 140
Dallas, TX 75201

2. Musume

2330 Flora St #100, Dallas, TX 75204
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Come for the sushi, but stay for the sake and the rewards. Musume is home to the state’s most extensive sake program, with over 125 different selections, many of them available on tap. Located in the Arts District, Musume offers an Asian-fusion menu that includes influences from Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Singaporean cooking traditions. (Chili crab, anyone?) The 165-seat restaurant has an intimate sushi bar, perfect for enjoying a glass of sake with your meal. The menu is split between the kitchen and sushi bar, with the kitchen offering plates like basil snapper and umami filet mignon, while the sushi bar includes rolls like yellowtail serrano and Hamachi. They also serve an omakase menu for when you just can’t make your own decisions. These delicious plates can earn you up to 18% in rewards when you book with Seated.

2330 Flora St #100
Dallas, TX 75204

3. Sketches of Spain

321 N Zang Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208
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You won’t find Spanish food like this anywhere else in Dallas. From the guys behind bookstore-bar Wild Detectives, Sketches of Spain is Dallas’ first Pinchos restaurant. People have been flocking to this spot since its opening in 2019 to sample the bite-sized pinchos that include cod, ham, peppers, octopus, and other varieties. The menu also features paellas with either seafood or chicken and rabbit, great for sharing with a large group (especially if you book with Seated, which will earn you up to 23% in rewards!)

321 N Zang Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208

4. Elm & Good

2551 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
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When you want no-fuss American classics in a gorgeous setting, Elm & Good (where you can earn up to 25% in rewards with Seated) is where to be. This Deep Ellum hotspot, located in the Pittman Hotel, serves up farm-focused food in a relaxed, farmhouse-style space, with everything from blackened redfish to mushroom paella offered on the menu. The restaurant also features a rotating selection of local craft beers and an inventive cocktail menu, featuring drinks made with chili oil and charred pineapple.

2551 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

5. Meddlesome Moth

1621 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75207
Spread of dinner meals on white plates

Some great meals are hidden in plain sight: That’s very much the case at Meddlesome Moth, what’s known as Dallas’ original gastropub. Chef Shannon Wynne has served classic yet upscale pub food in the Design District for over a decade — think fish and chips, confit duck wings, and steak frites. The small plates, dishes like bone marrow and crispy pork belly, pair perfectly with Meddlesome Moth’s plethora of beer options; there are more than 40 selections on draft alone. (Feeling overwhelmed? Their cicerone is on hand to guide you to the perfect brew.) Here, Seated rewards can earn you and your pals up to 18%.

1621 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75207

6. Alice

1623 N Hall St STE 103, Dallas, TX 75204
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For as cozy as the dining room is at Alice (only 50 seats), it packs in plenty of ‘gram-ready decor and atmosphere. This East Dallas Pan-Asian restaurant serves up small plates of everything from sushi to pork buns and calamari, though you can also go all-in for the best photos with an ahi tower topped with tuna. Cocktails include colorful options like a clementine old-fashioned and a lychee martini ready-made for your “cheers!” boomerangs. Now, you can earn up to 23% in rewards when you book your next meal at Alice with Seated.

1623 N Hall St STE 103
Dallas, TX 75204

7. Thunderbird Station

3400 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
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One of Dallas’ newest hotspots is located in a building you’ve probably seen for years. Housed in a former Deep Ellum gas station, Thunderbird Station is a full-service bar fueled by nostalgia. The cocktail list includes drinks like The Peel Out, a frozen vodka drink inspired by the Push Pops once sold at the station, while other auto-themed drinks include the G-Tea-O, with Lipton black tea-infused gin, and the Rattletrap, which they call their ode to throwing peanuts in your can of Dr. Pepper. Elsewhere on the menu, you can find the Mechanic Board, a version of a cheese board that includes Ritz crackers and honey-roasted nuts alongside pimento cheese and pepper jack. Sandwiches are equally quirky — try The King, a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich. Add bacon for the whole Elvis experience and make sure you book through Seated, so you can earn up to 23% in rewards.

3400 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

8. La Duni Latin Cafe

4620 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75205
Courtesy of La Duni Latin Cafe

For a Pan-Latin dining experience you won’t soon forget, head to La Duni Latin Cafe. Located in Knox-Henderson, the chefs mix Latin flavors with European tradition and technique to create memorable dishes like baby back pork ribs with tequila, lime and guava glaze, and Peruvian chaufa fried rice with shrimp. The restaurant is also beloved for its brunch, where you can order cocktails by the jar to accompany the chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. You’re sure to feel relaxed in the homey atmosphere — but even if you aren’t, the bar offers CBD shots in two different sizes. Don’t forget: you can earn up to 27% in rewards when you dine at La Duni.

4620 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75205

9. Dibs on Victory

2401 Victory Park Ln Suite 190, Dallas, TX 75219
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Your friends want to eat and drink somewhere before a game at the arena. Now you know exactly where to head to: This spot in Victory Park is the perfect choice for pre-gaming before a hockey or basketball game (or even a concert). The eatery serves up chicken wings, nachos, chips and queso, multiple cocktails, and plenty of beers (many local), it’s easy to see why Dibs is a low-key favorite. It also offers a late-night menu for those nights that go into overtime — with up to 23% in Seated rewards you can earn while indulging.

2401 Victory Park Ln Suite 190
Dallas, TX 75219

10. Overeasy

1914 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75201
Courtesy of Overeasy

Head to Overeasy, known for its brunches, its bustling grab-and-go bakery counter, and Seated rewards that may earn you up to 18%. There’re the classics on the menu, like omelets and buttermilk pancakes, as well as new brunch favorites like avocado toast and chilaquiles. The drink menu is just as packed with standbys like Mandarin mimosas and Bloody Marys, along with trendy drinks like espresso martinis and their very own Peanut Butter Pie, a blend of peanut-infused whiskey and horchata.

1914 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75201

11. State & Allen

2400 Allen St, Dallas, TX 75204
Courtesy of State & Allen

The uptown eatery State & Allen (where you can earn up 23% in rewards when booking with Seated) serves up a classic American bistro menu in a space meant to resemble your own living room — but the real draw to State & Allen may be its cocktail selection. Sip on a glass of house wine or selected spirit while you order up a round of apps and entrees; popular dishes include the curried lamb meatballs and crispy calamari, while entrees include everything from filet mignon to crab-crusted salmon. There’s even a large outdoor patio to enjoy them on.

2400 Allen St
Dallas, TX 75204

12. Dahlia Bar & Bistro

3300 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Courtesy of Dahlia Bar & Bistro

The southern European-inspired menu — not to mention the chic interiors and redesigned outdoor cocktail garden — makes this newer restaurant perfect for both a quick pasta and glass of wine with a friend or a big family get-together. The bistro offers up a selection of elevated small plates perfect for sharing — think dishes like wagyu meatballs and short rib sliders on fresh brioche buns. The cocktail menu includes clever takes on everything from French 75s to margaritas. When you’re ready to go, book through Seated to earn up to 23% in rewards.

3300 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

13. Bread Winners Café & Bakery

3301 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
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There is so much to discover at Bread Winners, including the rewards. Earn up to 18% when booking through Seated. With multiple locations across the city, Bread Winners has been a go-to spot for decades for both healthy fare and indulgent bistro favorites, like a cheesy Croque madame. Bread Winners continues to draw brunch crowds eager to try long-running favorites like breakfast tacos, or more exciting dishes like the chicken fried steak with jalapeno-cream gravy and potatoes or banana bread French toast.

3301 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

14. Medina Oven & Bar

2304 Victory Park Ln, Dallas, TX 75219
Courtesy of Media Oven & Bar

Searching for an updated taken on Mediterranean food that comes with some serious rewards? This trendy Moroccan-Mediterranean-hybrid (which can earn up to 18% in rewards with Seated) restaurant, tucked away in Victory Park, features a classic selection of mezze like marinated olives and harissa labneh, as well as oven-grilled kebabs. Entrees include seven-vegetable couscous and a chicken breast marinated in warming Moroccan spices. Wash it all down with a sacred fig martini or a Sijilmassa sangria on their spacious patio.

2304 Victory Park Ln
Dallas, TX 75219

15. José

4931 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209
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Flavors abound at José, an upscale Guadalajaran-inspired eatery located on Lovers Lane. The restaurant focuses on the Mexico region of Jalisco inspired by local food stalls of Guadalajara and executive chef Anastacia Quinoñes’ mother’s kitchen. Dishes include tempura soft shell crab and short rib enchiladas, with both handmade tortillas and seasonal ceviches on offer. The bar is home to a large selection of tequila, mezcal, and bourbons with a tequila-centric cocktail list, which you can enjoy on one of two expansive patios. José Noé Suro also designed many of the elements of the restaurant, including the intricate tilework. Earn up to 18% in rewards when you book your next meal with Seated.

4931 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209