Best Restaurants in Texas

Texas continues to make headlines as a culinary paradise, from gourmet steakhouses and chic taco trucks, to more humble establishments that leave diners salivating with anticipation.

According to a list compiled by the New York Times of best restaurants across America, several Dallas-area eateries made it onto this prestigious list. Here are a few.


Contigo has long been a favorite of Austinites, drawing them in with its warm ambiance and delicious farm-to-table cuisine. Its spacious patios are ideal for al fresco dining and drinking; its menu boasts rabbit and dumplings, ox-tongue sliders and killer pigs in a blanket – as well as cocktails and local beers and wines – an inviting location where visitors can sip cocktails while sipping local beer and wine; its laid-back atmosphere shouldn’t be mistaken for casual cooking – instead, Chef Andrew Wiseheart creates dishes meticulously while its bar features an irresibly drinkable list of cocktails and wines that is irresistibly drinkable; visitors to Contigo will come away satisfied and content with what awaits them: excellent farm-to-table fare and wines on tap, making this restaurant an Austin staple that draws local residents who visit due to its longtime popularity among Austinites!

The patio at this restaurant is one of the most beloved spots in town, providing an inviting gathering spot for both friends and families alike. Its large windows overlook lush green space and there are ample tables and chairs; perfect for enjoying wine, craft beer or one of their delicious appetizers while watching the sun go down during summer evening meals on the patio!

Take your next trip to Austin by stopping at this restaurant for some incredible cuisine and service, amazing drinks, amazing food and at a very reasonable price point. There’s sure to be something suitable for every taste on their extensive menu – don’t miss it!

At Mueller Restaurant & Cafe in Pennsylvania, this relaxed environment makes for the ideal environment for lunch or dinner. Their grilled trout and ox tongue sliders are highly recommended, along with other dishes on their menu such as fried chicken, salads and desserts.

For brunch, this casual restaurant is an excellent option; reservations should be made to ensure a spot. Their outdoor patio is well ventilated year-round. They also have a selection of draft beer and wine. Their burger is particularly delectable, featuring generous amounts of meat!

Redbud Ice House will soon take over the space previously occupied by MaieB restaurant on Anchor Lane and rebrand as Redbud Ice House, offering delicious burgers and beers while taking advantage of its large patio to attract neighborhood residents. Batch Brewing will also partner up to create an exclusive beer for Redbud Ice House’s flagship location.


Fearing’s is one of Dallas’s premier restaurants and is widely considered one of the finest fine dining establishments in Texas. Attached to the Ritz-Carlton in uptown Dallas, Fearing’s offers six stylish dining rooms and two bars offering fine dining experiences in stylish surroundings. Led by Dean Fearing – known as “Father of Southwestern Cuisine” – Fearing has created a menu combining gourmet cuisine with traditional Southern techniques for an unparalleled fine dining experience.

Fearing’s offers breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the week; however, for evening dining reservations it may be worthwhile making one. With excellent cuisine and impeccable service this restaurant stands out.

Fearing’s is known for its elegant decor. Rose bouquets can be found displayed throughout its lobby, creating an air of luxury. Fearing’s is also popular with celebrity chefs and has been featured in multiple magazines; Zagat even named Fearing’s as their number-one hotel restaurant in America!

For something different, why not give the chicken fried quail or carnitas street tacos a try? Additionally, try out Chef’s famous tortilla soup! And for vegetarian options as well!

Book the Chef’s Table for an intimate dining experience; here, you can sit directly in front of the kitchen and observe its chefs at work while meeting Dean Fearing himself; his friendly personality makes for an exciting meeting point!

Fearing’s provides an affordable Sunday brunch. Their menu boasts everything from the chef’s grandmother’s fried chicken to spicy buffalo chili served over jalapeno cheddar biscuits with poblano hollandaise. Also on offer: delectably sweet desserts such as an apricot turnover drizzled with homemade icing or peanut butter and chocolate sponge cake, along with specialty cocktails from their bar – offering something for every budget at Fearing’s!


Cured is a San Antonio restaurant that elevates charcuterie to new levels, serving dishes like smoked duck ham and ash-seared bigeye tuna. They also offer classic brunch items, small plates, and entrees using locally sourced ingredients – earning it one of Texas’s highest praise ratings as one of the best restaurants.

Cured offers an artisanal, nose-to-tail dining experience, with an emphasis on preserving and pickling. Chef Steve McHugh curates his own meat, makes his own mustards, pickles cauliflower from nearby farms, focuses on regional flavors and ingredients and his personal journey as a cancer survivor reflects beautifully in their dishes – his inspiring menu alone is worth making the journey to Cured!

Food at Pearl Brewery Restaurant is delicious, but the atmosphere is even better. Housed within its original administrative building from 1894, many original pieces remain including its bar ceiling made of recycled airplane hangar material and exposed walls featuring original plaster and brickwork that has remained visible over the years. A bright space filled with an electric energy.

Cured offers more than just great food; its happy hour and dessert offerings are equally outstanding. Their bar offers an extensive wine selection and a wonderful array of craft beers, perfect for pairing with their selection of cured meats. Additionally, Cured provides delicious ice cream sandwiches as a delightful way to end a satisfying dining experience.

Cured has long been a favorite among locals and visitors alike, and was recently honored as the best restaurant in Texas by Yelp. Yelp determined their top 100 restaurant list using a number of factors like total reviews and ratings to select its list.

Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants may often go unrecognized nationally, yet two local eateries were recently recognized by national publications such as The New York Times and Eater. Sister on Lower Greenville in Dallas and 61 Osteria in Fort Worth both made appearances on lists highlighting best new dining spots across America in 2022.

Rosewood Mansion

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek feels more like a Tuscan villa than a hotel. Once home to cotton baron Sheppard King, this 143-room property embodies old-school Dallas opulence. Similarly, its restaurant named Mansion offers old-world Dallas elegance and serves some of Texas’s best dishes while its atmosphere makes for the ideal setting for romantic dinners.

Since 1980, The Mansion has become a favorite among both locals and visitors alike. The dining room features oak paneling and stained glass windows in an opulent atmosphere accompanied by grand piano and antique mantel pieces, grand piano playing live piano music during dinner service and chef’s table seating for unforgettable culinary experience or relaxing on terrace seating for unforgettable relaxation. Breakfast, lunch and dinner services daily at this establishment boasting American fare with French influences served from locally sourced ingredients; known for exemplary service that exceeds even demanding guests expectations! The Mansion staff will ensure exemplary service; even picky diners will feel at ease!

Bruno Davaillon was an exceptional second-generation French chef who quickly elevated the restaurant upon his arrival in 2009. His exquisite cooking delighted diners and set a higher culinary bar throughout Dallas. When Davaillon left in 2015 to open Bullion downtown, Tom Parlo faced the task of upholding Davaillon’s legacy – something which he accomplished admirably, earning five stars from Leslie Brenner at Dallas Morning News.

Food at the Mansion is equally impressive. Chef Eric has created refined yet approachable menus that meet the city’s rising culinary scene, while its wine list was once boasting four bottles that had been illegally brought out of Nazi Germany!

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