The 8 Hottest Hotel Restaurants in DallasBy Farah Fleurima
July 30, 2014
While these hot hotel restaurants all offer stellar dining experiences, our picks also double as fodder for the perfect foodie staycation — eat, play and stay!
Pyramid Restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel
After some staffing shuffles, the Downtown hotel has found its footing in the kitchen led by executive chef Brian Armstrong and chef de cuisine Leigh Mills. The cuisine still focuses on fresh soups, salads, steaks and seafood, with ingredients sourced from the rooftop garden. The expertly curated wine list is quite simply one of the city’s best.
Dragonfly at Hotel Zaza
The Uptown hotel — ground zero for poolside partying — is home to a terrific modern American restaurant. Executive chef Dan Landsberg sources from Texas purveyors as much as possible. The swank setting also offers wine, spirits, a small list of craft beers and not-small list of cocktails.
Smoke at The Belmont Hotel
It’s easy to forget that Tim Byres’ smokehouse is attached to the retro-cool, restored motor lodge in Oak Cliff, seeing as they’re not actually attached. Nevertheless, Smoke puts out one of the city’s best brunches, as well as a meat-centric lunch and dinner (think the Big Rib and coffee-cured brisket) with fresh, local ingredients.
Fearing’s at The Ritz-Carlton (above)
The über-elegant Uptown hotel serves as James Beard Award-winning chef Dean Fearing’s culinary playground. Here you’ll find Southern and Southwestern-influenced signatures he’s famous for (tortilla soup, Dr Pepper-braised short ribs, buttermilk fried chicken salad) in an elegant space with Western-themed touches.
SER at the Hilton Anatole
With the best view of any hotel-restaurant, the steakhouse does wondrous things with crudo, charcuterie, seafood and poultry; sides lean toward the decadent (popcorn-topped creamed corn, housemade tater tots). The view, food, live music and handsome bar make it tough to leave the 27th floor.
The Mansion Restaurant at The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Executive chef Bruno Davaillon continues to uphold the standard of gastronomic excellence Dallas diners have come to expect at the Turtle Creek restaurant. Order à la carte or choose from five unique tasting menus, including a chef's choice option left to Bruno's creative whims.
The French Room at The Adolphus Hotel
This Downtown destination consistently ranks as one of Zagat’s highest-rated properties among Dallas diners. While menu offerings shift with the season, the chef’s tasting menu and three-course prix fixe stay true to fine French culinary tradition and technique, from salad to sorbet.
Knife at Hotel Palomar
John Tesar’s latest venture extols all corners of the cow, from traditional cuts to less common ones like the culotte and chuck flap. The buzz-worthy 240-day-aged Niman Ranch rib-eye is catch-it-while-you-can good, while burgers and nonsteak offerings like pork belly, crispy pig’s head and yellowtail crudo compete for menu supremacy.