It’s almost that time of year, y’all – DFW Restaurant Week is just around the corner, beginning Aug. 15. This year’s list of participating restaurants has been announced and reservations are open for the taking. But, with a list of 100+ restaurants, where should you actually go?
We got ya covered.
For those new to Dallas or who have never participated, DFW Restaurant Week is a week in August when restaurants offer three-course meals for just $35. More upscale restaurants will charge $45, and the majority of menus offer optional wine pairings for a tad more. The best part, though? Local food banks receive 20% of the profits.
It’s a great time to try out a new restaurant, or go to a nicer steakhouse for a much cheaper price tag, all while giving back to the community. Win-win-win.
We’ve rounded up a list of the restaurants we think you should actually hit – make reservations soon, because spots fill up fast! (some restaurants will offer restaurant week menus until Sept. 4 or 5) Also, if dinner isn’t your thing, several offer lunches, too, for just $20.
We’ve broken it down by type of cuisine, picking our favorites for each:
Arguably the best deals during Restaurant Week are the steakhouses, considering you can’t even get a steak at these places for less than $45 on any given night.
- Al Biernat’s – a Dallas staple. Perfect for date night or girls’ night. $45 premium dinner.
- Pappas Bros. Steakhouse – not only one of the best deals, but one of the best meals. Portions are ginormous – we’re talking a giant lobster, or a delicious, buttery filet. $45 premium dinner.
- Nick & Sam’s Steak & Fish House – another Dallas staple that’s perfect for date night. $45 premium dinner.
- Chamberlain’s Steak & Chophouse – one of the only top-notch steakhouses that offers dinner at the lower $35 price tag. The menu had us at “40 day aged Filet Mignon, Porcini Mushroom and Texas Whiskey Butter”
A lot of solid options, with some staples and opportunities to try new places.
- Filament – sign us up for anything with Matt McCallister’s name on it. $45 premium dinner.
- Cedar Grove – this new Oak Lawn hotspot doesn’t disappoint, and this is a good opportunity to taste a little bit of everything on the menu.
- Barley & Board – one of Denton’s most-talked about restaurants, and worth the drive for those looking to explore what’s north.
- Grace – take date night to Ft. Worth. $45 premium dinner.
- Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill – Kenny knows his food, and knows that when you put Grey Goose on tap, people will come. $45 premium dinner.
- The Mansion Restaurant – one of the best chances to try this classic spot for a price that won’t break the bank. $45 premium dinner.
- Vicini – well worth the trip to Frisco. Delicious food, amazing wine selection and quality craft cocktails.
- Americano – one of our favorite Italian restaurants in the iconic Joule Hotel.
- Il Calabrese – we haven’t been, but the menu is on point.
- Javier’s – classic spot for dates or to get a big group together.
- Meso Maya – the menu is more prix-fixe, with no options for courses, but we trust Chef Nico Sanchez.
- Mercat Bistro – consistently one of our favorite restaurants in town, and a great option for dates or catching up with the girls. $45 premium dinner.
- St. Martin’s Wine Bistro – cozy restaurant on Lower Greenville, and worth it if only for the champagne brie (!) soup.
- Bonnie Ruth’s – one of our most visited restaurants when we lived in Frisco. $45 premium dinner.
- Tei-An – prime opportunity to visit this 5-star restaurant and eat all the soba you can. $45 premium dinner.
- Kenichi – coffee-cocoa rubbed NY strip with asian mushroom risotto? Yes, please.
- Shinsei – the RW menu isn’t online, but we can only imagine it’s a solid one.
Happy dining, y’all!