Are These DFW’s Hottest Restaurants?

By Farah Fleurima | June 17, 2014 By Farah Fleurima  |  June 17, 2014
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Poring over Zagat’s last restaurant survey, we wonder if these are still the best places in DFW. Should certain classics get cut? Are there newbies to add? Peruse the list and then sound off in our newest survey.

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    No. 10: Al Biernat’s

    Food: 27
    Decor: 24
    Service: 27
    Cost: $65

    “A haven for star athletes and their fans who crave a good steak”, this “loud”, lively Oak Lawn “classic” “stands out” with “top-notch” fare and “supreme” service from Al himself, which “makes you feel important”; all this comes at a “high price”, though many find it worthwhile given the “incredible ambiance for deal-making and celebrations.”

  • No. 9: Abacus

    Food: 27
    Decor: 25
    Service: 27
    Cost: $69

    Once again ranked Most Popular in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, this Knox-Henderson Eclectic is “still tops” thanks to “superstar” chef Kent Rathbun’s “sublime”, “innovative” cuisine (“the lobster shooters are a must”) and “sophisticated” “see-and-be-seen” surroundings where you feel equally “at home whether in jeans or dressed up”; service is “polished” too, so despite a few gripes about “noise”, most are “blown away” – just “bring your sense of adventure” (and your platinum card).

  • No. 8: Yutaka Sushi Bistro

    Food: 28
    Decor: 22
    Service: 25
    Cost: $46

    “Perfection in execution and presentation” sets apart this “popular” Uptown Japanese where “freaking genius” chef-owner Yutaka Yamato “makes everything look effortless” as he prepares the “finest” sushi and small plates; “warm service” and an adjacent izakaya lounge help ease the “waits” inside the “Lilliputian setting”, and help the “pricey” tabs go down easier too.

  • No. 7: The Mercury

    Food: 28
    Decor: 24
    Service: 25
    Cost: $62

    Chef Chris Ward “blends tastes like a harmonious work of art” in his “exceptional” French- and Mediterranean-influenced New American cuisine, served “without attitude” by an “attentive” staff at this upscale sophisticate in Preston Forest; “don’t be fooled by the strip-mall location”, for it’s “beautiful inside”, with a “cool, New Yorkish” ambiance and “lively” lounge scene, making it a “must-visit” for many, including former President George W. Bush.

  • No. 6: The French Room

    Food: 28
    Decor: 29
    Service: 29
    Cost: $90

    “For a splurge night”, fans tout this “top-flight” haute French inside the historic Hotel Adolphus, voted Dallas’ No. 1 for Decor and Service thanks to its “breathtaking”, “rococo” interior and “impeccable” hospitality; “creative”, “perfectly executed” cuisine and “marvelous wines” round out a “superior dining experience” that’s “memorable in every way”; P.S. jackets required.

  • No. 5: Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

    Food: 28
    Decor: 25
    Service: 27
    Cost: $71

    The “melt-in-your-mouth” steaks “blow the competition away” at this “classy” Northwest Dallas chophouse where the “excellent” cuts are matched with an “unbelievable” wine list (“a sommelier’s dream”); yes, it’s “pricey”, but the “impeccable” service and “elegant, masculine” setting make it a “favorite for special occasions.”

  • No. 4: Bijoux

    Food: 28
    Decor: 25
    Service: 26
    Cost: $77

    “Lovely for a special occasion”, this “classy, quiet” West Lovers Lane destination provides “superb” New French fare from chef Scott Gottlich offered in six-course tastings with à la carte options available too; though it’s “expensive”, many consider it among “Dallas’ finest”; P.S. formality in the main dining area has been dialed back post-Survey with a more relaxed, contemporary look.

  • No. 3: Saint-Emilion Restaurant

    Food: 29
    Decor: 26
    Service: 28
    Cost: $57

    Bernard Tronche's "fantastique" "jewel" in the Cultural District is "always tops" proclaim fans who vote it No. 1 for Food in Dallas/Ft. Worth, a tribute to the daily blackboard menu of "exquisite" fare from the South of France complemented by a "fabulous" wine list; "impeccable" service and a "quaint-old-house" setting are more reasons why it's a "favorite destination" of many.

  • No. 2: Pyramid Restaurant

    Food: 29
    Decor: 27
    Service: 29
    Cost: $56

    This Arts District stalwart anchors the Fairmont Hotel to pinnacle status with an “excellent” New American menu emphasizing fresh, seasonal ingredients enhanced by herbs and vegetables from the rooftop garden; sleek decor, well-”synchronized” service, a winning wine list and somewhat more reasonable prices than in years past make it a “must-try.”

  • No. 1: Lucia

    Food: 29
    Decor: 21
    Service: 25
    Cost: $58

    “It takes weeks to get in” to chef David Uygur’s tiny Bishop Arts Italian, but his “awesomely creative” cuisine that’s “executed to perfection” is “worth the effort”; led by the chef’s wife and co-owner, Jennifer, the front-of-house staff “treats you like beloved family” in the rustic 36-seat space, which is housed in a historic building dating back to the ‘20s.

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Places Mentioned

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Abacus Restaurant

Food27 Decor26 Service26 Cost$76
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Saint-Emilion Restaurant

French Fort Worth
Food28 Decor27 Service28 Cost$69
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Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

Steakhouse Northwest Dallas
Food27 Decor25 Service27 Cost$77
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Al Biernat's

Steakhouse Oak Lawn
Food27 Decor23 Service27 Cost$76
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Yutaka Sushi Bistro

Bistro Uptown
Food27 Decor19 Service23 Cost$51
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The Mercury

American Preston Forest
Food24 Decor23 Service24 Cost$41
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The French Room

French Downtown
Food27 Decor28 Service28 Cost$89
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French Inwood Village
Food25 Decor22 Service23 Cost$76
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Italian Bishop Arts District
Food26 Decor22 Service25 Cost$71

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