Hot Dallas Restaurants and Attractions: Dallas Market Center's Picks

Posted by Rachel Pinn on May 28, 2019

As the leading wholesale marketplace in North America, Dallas Market Center hosts nearly 200,000 visitors from across the country and around the world every year. Not only do we exceed expectations through our open-daily showrooms and legendary gift, home and apparel markets, but we guide our guests to the best experiences in Dallas.

Read on for hot Dallas restaurants and attractions, and enjoy your visit to the Big D!


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Fine China

Visit Fine China inside the historic Statler Hotel for a taste of Chinatown in an upscale setting. Here, dim sum longs to be shared, noodles beg to be slurped and a crab omelet awaits – deceivingly simple, its folds hide a delicately delicious interior.

1914 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(469) 320-8996
Reservations Recommended

Alamo Club

This cocktail lounge features a menu of classic American favorites like spinach artichoke dip, steaks and an excellent cheeseburger. The large patio out back welcomes visitors to spend warm evenings with a cocktail in hand.

1919 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 399-7600

The Charles

The Charles describes its cuisine as “Italianish,” meaning modern twists on seafood dishes, simple pastas and larger mains. Don’t miss the Veal Ragu Cappelloni, and an Italian Old Fashioned is the ideal nightcap.

1632 Market Center Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
(469) 917-9000
Reservations Recommended

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This taste of bohemian Mexico in Highland Park offers rustic yet elegant dishes like Flounder Milanesa and Charred Spanish Octopus. Many plates benefit from the smoky kiss of Executive chef Nico Sanchez’ wood-burning oven.

4216 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
(972) 677-9747
Reservations Recommended


Like a charcuterie wonderland, Macellaio is packed with salumi, tagines and more. Chef-owner David Uygur does incredible things with meat, cured and otherwise, and his side dishes and vegetables will please any non-carnivores, too.

287 N Bishop Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
(972) 685-9150


Chef Anastacia Quiñones puts a unique spin on modern Mexican dishes like Ceviche, Elotes and Short Rib Guiso, working generously with both color and flavor. Don’t miss the Mexican French Toast at brunch.

4931 W. Lovers Ln.
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 891-5673
Reservations Recommended

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Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ

There are plenty of places to get your barbecue fix, but none quite like Lockhart. Visit for a true taste of Texas, from brisket-studded deviled eggs to brisket to beef ribs so good they don’t need a lick of sauce.

400 W Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 944-5521


You can’t go wrong at this laid-back American brasserie with a Southern accent. From Nashville Hot Fried Chicken to Wood-Grilled Tenderloin to Cornmeal-Dusted Catfish, every bite is memorable.

2023 Greenville Ave., #110
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 291-5660
Reservations Recommended

Off-Site Kitchen

Chef Nick Badovinus knows what you’re craving. His Stock Cheese equals a quarter pound Angus burger with all the fixings. Wash it down with a Bourbon Cherry Cola Slushie and you’re in comfort food heaven.

331 Singleton Blvd., #100
Dallas, TX 75212
(214) 741-2226

Mia’s Tex-Mex

Tex-Mex is an important part of a balanced Texas diet. Get your recommended daily allowance via Mia’s Brisket Tacos, stuffed with melted cheese, grilled Poblano peppers and deliciously rich, tender beef.

4322 Lemmon Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 526-1020


California meets the Mediterranean at this gorgeous eatery. Start your meal with Spicy Roasted Eggplant, then move on to a plate of Turkish Lamb Ragu that will stick to your ribs in the best possible way.

4270 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 613-6425
Reservations Recommended

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This chic Dallas Design District spot serves up modern American cuisine. Don’t miss the Ricotta Dumplings with Brussels sprouts, capers, pistachios and lemon, paired with a delicious sip from the stellar wine list.  

921 N. Riverfront Blvd., #300
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 295-5532
Reservations Recommended

SĒR Steak + Spirits

You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world with SĒR’s skyline view from the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole Hotel. And that’s before you even slice into one of the chef’s Cowboy Rib Eyes, Bone-In Filets or K.C. Strips.

2201 N. Stemmons Fwy.

Dallas, TX  75207
(214) 761-7479
Reservations Recommended
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For gourmet yet light Italian fare in a cool, fashionable setting, visit Sassetta in the Dallas Design District. Here you’ll find salads, seasonal pastas and pizzas that are not only beautiful to look at, but even better to taste.

1617 Hi Line Dr., #390
Dallas, TX  75207
(214) 307-5690



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GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower

Look up - way up! Reunion Tower’s GeO-Deck soars 470 feet up in the air to be exact, with 360-degree views of the city. This unique observation deck is a must-see on any visit to Dallas.

300 Reunion Blvd. East
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 712-7040
$17 Admission

Texas Ale Project

Free Saturday brewery tours make this family-friendly spot the ideal place to relax with a local craft brew. Try the Fire Aunt Funeral, Hawaiian Roadrunner or 50 Ft. Jackrabbit IPA.

1001 N Riverfront Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 965-0606
Free Tours

African American Museum of Dallas

Experience Dallas from a historical perspective at the African American Museum in Fair Park. Its extensive collection spans decades and includes fine art masterpieces, decorative arts and fascinating exhibitions.

3536 Grand Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
(214) 565-9026
$10 Adult Admission

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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Approximately 400,000 people from around the world visit this iconic destination each year to witness, remember, commemorate and even theorize about one of the most significant events in American history.

411 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 747-6660
$18 Admission

Trinity River Audubon Center

Designed by 2006 AIA Gold Medalist architect Antoine Predock, this fascinating spot features an exhibit hall, as well as classes and architecture tours. Outside, acres of flora and fauna are waiting to be explored.

6500 Great Trinity Forest Way
Dallas, TX 75217
(214) 309-5801
$6 Admission

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Samuel Lynne Galleries

This award-winning contemporary art gallery by Dallas restaurateur Philip Romano and artist JD Miller offers visitors a peek into the unique perspectives and messages of a select group of showcased artists.

1105 Dragon St.
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 965-9027
Free Admission

Bivins Gallery

Inside Dallas’ stunning Crescent Court, this gallery focuses on modern and postwar contemporary art and emerging talent as curated by owners Karen and Michael Bivins.

300 Crescent Ct., #100
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 272-2795
Free Admission