Catch One of These 10 Must-Try Whole Fish Dishes In Dallas

By Steven Lindsey  |  February 11, 2016

Those observing Lent typically abstain from meat on Fridays, so seafood always increases in popularity this time of year. But no matter your reason for seeking out a fresh catch from the oceans, whole fish dishes are more popular than ever. Not only are these reel deals a spectacle to behold, they're often big enough to share. We cast our nets wide and proudly give you these 10 must-try whole fish dishes around Dallas. 

  • Credit: Claire Hogan

    Whole Fried Fish at Top Knot
    Head upstairs above Uchi Dallas for this new Asian-influenced American from chef Tyson Cole and chef de cuisine Angela Hernandez. Here you'll find branzino (Mediterranean sea bass), or any flaky white fish that happens to be fresh. It's scaled and de-spined, seasoned with salt and dredged in potato starch for a light, crispy fried texture. After coming out of the fryer, it's sprinkled with black lime Maldon salt and served with nam pla (fish sauce) and a fresh green papaya salad with mint, Thai basil and cilantro.

    2817 Maple Ave., 214-855-1354

  • Dover Sole Meunière at Toulouse Café & Bar
    At this classic French bistro on Knox Street, the fish is served tableside in an elegant presentation with seasonal vegetable jardinière and a brightly flavored white wine lemon sauce. 

    3314 Knox St., 214-520-8999

  • Pescado Del Dia Entero a la Parilla o Frito at El Bolero
    The whole fish of the day at this Design District Mexican restaurant can be ordered grilled or fried. Seasoned with garlic, it's served with pico de gallo, pickled onions, rice, black bean purée and corn torillas for DIY fish tacos.

    1201 Oak Lawn Ave., 214-741-1986

  • Pan-Steamed Whole Branzino at Mudhen Meat & Greens
    Head to this new Farmers Market restaurant for a delightful whole branzino, which is pan-steamed with lemon, wine and herbs and served with a cilantro-mint relish and fresh greens.

    900 S. Harwood St., 214-698-7000

  • Whole Grilled Market Fish Tacos at Henry's Majestic
    Build your own fish tacos at this gastropub near Knox/Henderson. Snapper is grilled whole and served with a mango-serrano pepper pico de gallo, jicama slaw and corn tortillas. It serves two and is available at both lunch and dinner.

    4900 McKinney Ave., 469-893-9400

  • Whole Crispy Branzino at Dallas Fish Market
    Executive chef Richard Triptow has a show-stopper on the menu at this Downtown seafood favorite. The whole branzino is tempura-fried and served with smoked bacon caraway, Brussels sprouts and smoked lemon butter.    

    1501 Main St., 214-744-3474

  • Whole Fish at Smoke (Dallas)
    Only at the Dallas location of Tim Byres' popular barbecue duo, you'll find a whole fish (snapper or branzino) that's stuffed before roasting with lemon, thyme and poblano peppers for a nice hint of spice. It's served with diced asparagus, housemade beef sausage (which can be taken off the order upon request), anchovy butter and preserved lemon. 

    901 Fort Worth Ave., 214-393-4141

  • Wok-Fried Whole Fish at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
    High atop Reunion Tower, take a spin around the city in Wolfgang Puck's chic, 360-degree-revolving Pan-Asian destination. The whole fish (red snapper, branzino or black bass) is wok-fried and served with jasmine rice and a garlic-chile dipping sauce. 

    300 Reunion Blvd. East., 214-571-5784

  • Whole Market Fish at CBD Provisions
    Executive chef Richard Blankenship created this dish for this popular Downtown New American inside the Joule Hotel. Depending on what's freshest, the whole fish could be porgy, snapper, grouper, almaco jack, black tuna, amberjack, scorpion fish or speckled trout. He fries the fish whole, with just a little sea salt on the outside, then serves it with dirty rice studded with chicken livers. That's all accompanied by grilled scallions and a Creole shrimp butter made with dried shrimp and fermented shrimp paste. 

    1530 Main St., 214-261-4500

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    Snapper Veracruz at Flying Fish
    If the whole catfish at this local seafood chain doesn't grab your attention, try the whole red snapper Veracruz. This dish features a whole fish that's battered and fried to a crisp, golden brown then topped with a peppery Veracruz sauce. Served with rice and grilled vegetables.

    Multiple locations