With a fast-growing foodie scene, the DFW Metroplex has acquired an A-list lineup of celebrity chefs whose names are as big as the flavors that come out of their kitchens. To find the best fine dining the city has to offer, these are the names you need to consult with first.
5680 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206
Her reality show, The Naughty Kitchen, may have garnished her some national celebrity, but it’s her innovative dishes at Central 214, inside Hotel Palomar, that have made her famous in Dallas. Stop by for dinner, where southern sides are served family-style, or perhaps brunch on the weekend for brûléed Texas grapefruit. Either way, a specialty cocktail is a must.
2121 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
Winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef in the Southwest,” Fearing celebrates bold Texas flavors in an elevated atmosphere at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas. Chicken-fried lobster, barbecue shrimp tacos, and Dean’s famous tortilla soup are menu highlights.
The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
2406 North Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76164
Fort Worth’s most beloved chef, Tim Love elevates rustic “cowboy” cooking to a fine dining experience at his flagship restaurant, The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro. Unafraid of breaking tradition, he explores new flavors with imaginative dishes like kangaroo tenderloin nachos with habanero-fig sauce and elk sausage sliders with seared foie gras.
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
300 Reunion Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75202
One of the world’s most recognized chefs makes his Dallas entrance in a grandiose fashion. Five Sixty is located in the rotating globe atop Reunion Tower, the most recognizable building in the Dallas skyline. As the dining room slowly revolves, diners are treated to a beautiful floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree view of the city. The menu features Puck’s signature interpretations of Asian cuisine, including green Thai curry and pork belly dumplings.
Stephan Pyles Restaurant
1807 Ross Avenue Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75201
Considered the unofficial “Father of Southern Cuisine,” Stephan Pyles does Texas flavor like no one else. In the heart of the Art District, his restaurant offers diners unique takes on classic dishes such as poblano-asiago soup with tomato foam and pressed pork shoulder with grilled pineapple empanadas. Consider it Southern cuisine seen through a global lens.
4511 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205
With a total of five concept restaurants, he’s become Dallas’s quintessential celebrity chef. Rathbun has garnished countless awards, including the title of Iron Chef America. Abacus, his first restaurant, features eclectic global cuisine & is an iconic part of fine dining in Dallas. (Don’t miss the Lobster Shooters; they’re the dish that put his name on the map.)