Best Seafood Restaurants In DFW

March 12, 2014 5:00 AM

 (Photo: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo: NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Seafood in Dallas? Actually, yes. Dallas may not be near any body of water bigger than the tiny lakes that dot the Metroplex, but there are still a number of restaurants that serve great seafood. You can have your choice of cuisine style since it ranges from upscale seafood and steak to sushi to fish tacos. The restaurant atmospheres range on the same scale, with quiet places for a special occasion or the perfect place to relax and have a drink while listening to live music.

4511 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 559-3111

Abacus serves seafood in an upscale environment with a menu of sushi to salmon, but the most popular dish at Abacus is actually an appetizer. The lobster shooters haven’t wavered as the most famous and favorite dish since Abacus opened. If you can’t decide on just one item, the restaurant has five and eight-course chef tasting menus available, along with optional wine pairings, available Monday through Thursday nights.

Soulfish Grill
2000 N. Plano Road, Suite 115
Richardson, TX 75082
(972) 290-0830

Soulfish Grill has a relaxed atmosphere that lets you enjoy seafood any night of the week. The menu includes Louisiana gumbo, fish tacos and shrimp-stuffed jalapeños. Soulfish Grill has live music every Friday and Saturday night that includes jazz, blues and acoustic sounds. The bar menu has a nice selection of beer, wine and specialty cocktails, and the Frost Bar and outdoor patio are both great places to sit and listen in the summer while enjoying a cold drink.

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1420 Plaza Place
Southlake, TX 76092
(817) 912-0500

Truluck’s is a seafood, steak and crab house. The seafood is served fresh within 24 hours. The restaurant generally sees its patrons for special occasions and impressive business dinners, although the happy hour bar scene and the dessert list deserve their own mentions. In fact, a secret (or maybe not so secret) worth mentioning on the Truluck’s menu is the carrot cake. People sometimes show up just for a slice of Truluck’s carrot cake and a glass of champagne.

Tei Tei Robata Bar
2906 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 828-2400

Tei Tei Robata Bar is a Japanese restaurant specializing in sushi and robata, a traditional Japanese style of cooking that involves grilling over little fires. The seafood, vegetables and sides are prepared on these grills at Tei Tei. Each detail of the experience at Tei Tei is a priority, beginning with the Japanese garden, and continuing to the robata bar and the handmade serving bowls. Of course, there is also the full list of sake including several premium and ultra premium choices.

Flying Fish
2913 Montgomery St.
Ft. Worth, TX 76107
(817) 989-2277

Flying Fish is the place to go when you want seafood, but don’t have the time for a lengthy sit-down meal. This is actually an order-at-the-counter restaurant that serves po’ boys, gumbo and grilled plates of all sorts. Don’t forget a basket of homemade hushpuppies on the side. One wall at Flying Fish is dedicated to those “Billy Bass” singing fish and it is always taking donations to add to its collection. In fact, anyone who donates one receives a free fish basket and a personalized wall plaque.

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Emilie DesJardins currently works in Dallas television and worked with KRLD Restaurant Week for several years before that. She is always trying new places around the Metroplex to find the best food and unique things to do. See her work at