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Where to Dine on an Expense Account in Dallas

By Farah Fleurima
July 8, 2014

With so many corporations headquartered in Dallas, foodies might find themselves in the enviable position of hosting a dinner on the corporate dime. Here are your best bets for impressing colleagues.

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

Why: The restaurant spares no expense, from the finest steaks, seafood and wine to the clubby decor.
Who to bring: Your boss...and his/her boss.
Private dining room: Yes, in a wine cellar that seats up to 40. ​
Order for the table: The bone-in prime New York strip, carved tableside and meant to share.


Why: To show off the lighter side of expense-account dining, as well as your knowledge of buzzy Dallas dining.  
Who to bring: Your vegetarian and food-source-conscious colleagues. Anyone who'd be impressed by a fine craft cocktail.
Private dining room? No, though ask about reserving the covered patio.
Order for the table: Flatbreads like the Twig & Branch and mains like wild boar meatballs and goat leg confit (above).

Five Sixty

Why: Between Wolfgang Puck's Asian-inspired haute fare and the spectacular peek of skyline, it’s easy to forget workplace tensions.
Who to bring: Coworkers and their significant others, to soak up the view.
Private dining room? Yes — an entire separate facility called Cloud Nine.
Order for the table: Lacquered Chinese duckling and crispy Maine lobster and shrimp spring rolls.

Pecan Lodge

Why: It’s a terrific way to foster convivial, roll-up-your-sleeves casualness for a business meal.
Who to bring: Anyone and everyone. To avoid lines, we suggest arranging catering, or get a mess of smoked meats and sides from the (somewhat) quicker bulk-meat express line and dine in a conference room.
Private dining room? No.
Order for the table: Beef ribs, fried chicken and the incredible mac 'n' cheese.


Why: It’s a nice switch from steakhouses — an upscale spot to get your Mexican fix.
Who to bring: Colleagues visiting from out of town, as a primer on how deliciously different regional Mex is from Tex-Mex.
Private dining room? No.
Order for the table: Chicken with mole (above).


Why: To truly savor all the specials, exotic steaks and flown-in sashimi, you need the power of corporate credit.​
Who to bring: One or two upper-level execs, for a face-to-face; the serene minimalism is ideal for serious conversation.​
Private dining room? Yes, for up to 16.
Order for the table: Sobu and any limited-time seafood specials.

Stampede 66

Why: You’ve been curious about Stephan Pyles’ Texas-centric restaurant and whether it’d be a solid business option.​
Who to bring: New employees (especially those new to Dallas) and interns and underlings, to show you have a sense of fun.​
Private dining room? Yes, for parties between 12 and 30; it’s equipped with Internet and a huge TV screen.
Order for the table: Freeto-Chili Pie and fried chicken.

Nick & Sam’s

Why: Because it’s synonymous with expense-account dining and, in Dallas, almost expected.​
Who to bring: As many folks from the office as you’re allowed. It’s a tremendously lively spot to let loose a bit while enjoying rich food.​
Private dining room? Yes.
Order for the table: The cowboy longbone rib-eye with truffle butter and the lobster mac 'n' cheese.

Places Mentioned

Five Sixty Wolfgang Puck

Asian • Downtown

Food24 Decor27 Service24 Cost$79

Japanese • Arts District

Food27 Decor25 Service25 Cost$41
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

Steakhouse • Northwest Dallas

Food27 Decor25 Service27 Cost$77
Stampede 66

American • Victory Park

Food21 Decor25 Service23 Cost$53
Nick & Sam's

Steakhouse • Uptown

Food26 Decor26 Service26 Cost$81
Mesa Restaurant

Mexican • Oak Cliff

Food26 Decor21 Service24 Cost$17
Pecan Lodge

Barbecue • Deep Ellum

Food26 Decor20 Service21 Cost$18

American • Bishop Arts District

Food25 Decor23 Service23 Cost$30
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