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17 Essential Dallas Lunch Spots

Iconic Soups, Steadfast Salads, and Gorgeous Spots to Eat and Be Seen

BY // 09.01.23

Sometimes, you just need to tuck into a great lunch spot. You know the kind — the food is reliable, the ambiance nails it, and there’s always the option for an alcoholic beverage. Thankfully, Dallas has a solid selection of neighborhood restaurants that truly do it all when grab-and-go doesn’t cut it.

 

 

 

Au Troisieme

Park Cities

8305 Westchester Drive
Dallas, TX  |  Map

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Make sure to order the Pork Sugo Ragu at Au Troisieme. (Courtesy of Au Troisieme)

Now called AT Bistro for short, this newer French restaurant at Preston Center serves a great lunch menu starting at 11 am on Tuesday through Friday. And a perk — it offers half-price bottled wine all day every Tuesday and Wednesday. Some favorite bites include the Tuna and Avocado, Heirloom Tomato and Beets, and Pork Sugo Ragu.

Bistro 31

Park Cities

87 Highland Park Village, Suite 200
Dallas, TX  |  Map

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Bistro 31 is one of the prettiest places to eat lunch in Dallas. (Photo by Kevin Marple)

One of the prettiest places in Dallas to eat and be seen, Bistro 31 serves European cuisine. The lunch menu features chilled seafood, soups, salads, lobster ravioli, black truffle gnocchi, and so much more.

Grange Hall

4445 Travis St
Dallas, TX 75205  |  Map

Grange Hall

The Restaurant at Grange Hall is open for lunch Monday through Saturday starting at 11:30 am. The menu boasts soup, their signature $42 Snob Sandwich, salads, and desserts. If you’re really looking to splurge, The Golden Egg caviar is $250.

il Bracco

Park Cities

8416 Preston Center Plaza
Dallas, TX 75225  |  Map

il Bracco

The meatballs at il Bracco are a mixture of beef, lamb and pork and topped with house tomato sauce and 24-month aged parmesan reggiano.

Located at Preston Center, this upscale Italian restaurant is a great spot to enjoy lunch starting at 11 am every day. The menu boasts salads, sandwiches, homemade pasta, and entrees such as salmon, chicken, and sea bass.

Jalisco Norte

Oak Lawn

3858 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 470
Dallas, TX 75219  |  Map

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Jalisco Norte serves a cross-country menu. (Courtesy of Jalisco Norte)

Also open every day starting at 11 am, this authentic Mexican kitchen on Oak Lawn Avenue has one of the best Chicken Mole lunch dishes. The beautifully designed spot also have two satisfying mocktails (Ginger Lemonade and Blackberry Mint Soda) if lunchtime drinking isn’t your thing.

Knox Bistro

Knox-Henderson

3230 Knox Street, Suite 140
Dallas, TX 75205  |  Map

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The Soufflé au Fromage is a new menu item at Knox Bistro. (Courtesy)

This local French restaurant from Travis Street Hospitality (Le Bilboquet, Georgie) offers an incredible lunch menu every day. Led by chef Bruno Davaillon, the restaurant nails French classics like the French Omelette, Salad Nicoise, and Steak Frites. The Knox Burger is also a classic.

Las Palmas

Uptown

2708 Routh Street
Dallas, TX 75201  |  Map

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Las Palmas is a great Uptown spot for a Tex-Mex lunch. (Courtesy)

Open every day starting at 11 am, this favorite Tex-Mex spot is a great spot for lunch. The menu features fajitas, salads, soups, tacos, enchiladas, and even a cheeseburger. Happy Hour also begins at 2 pm Monday through Friday so you can take advantage of $8.50 cocktails and discount a la carte items if you opt for a late lunch.

Le Bilboquet

Knox-Henderson

4514 Travis Street, Suite 124
Dallas, TX 75205  |  Map

Le Bilboquet gives you a taste of Europe in Dallas.

From Travis Hospitality Group (Knox Bistro, Georgie), this local French bistro is a charming spot for lunch on Knox Street. The popular lunch menu includes salads, soup, steak, pasta, salmon, and an impressive wine list.

Parigi

Oak Lawn

3311 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219  |  Map

Parigi

The chef's burger of the day is a favorite dish at Parigi. (Courtesy)

This favorite Dallas French restaurant serves an excellent lunch menu Tuesday through Friday starting at 11:30 am. A few popular dishes are Sharon’s Cali Roll Deconstructed, Chef’s Burger of the Day, and Mr. Jordan’s Veal Milanese.

Partenope Ristorante

Downtown

1903 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201  |  Map

Partenope (Photo by Emily Loving)

The Gennarino pizza comes with mozzarella, tomato sauce, soppressata, and basil. (Photo by Emily Loving)

Don’t sleep on this downtown Italian restaurant for lunch. Chef Dino Santonicola serves his killer pizza and pasta menu starting at 11 am on weekdays. We highly recommend the burrata, SF Il Socio pizza, and Ragu Napoletano pasta.

R+D Kitchen

Park Cities

8300 Preston Center Plaza Drive
Dallas, TX 75225  |  Map

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R+D Kitchen serves lunch every day. (Courtesy)

This Cali-based New American restaurant is a great spot for lunch every day of the week at Preston Center. From sushi to sandwiches, there is a vast menu of options. The Carnitas sandwich is a favorite with roasted pork, jack cheese, and coleslaw, as well as the Seared Tuna Salad.

rise nº1

Northwest Dallas

5360 W. Lovers Lane, Suite 220
Dallas, TX 75209  |  Map

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rise nº1 is a French restaurant known for its sweet and savory soufflés. (Courtesy)

Who says you can’t have soufflés for lunch? This local French restaurant opens at 11 am every day in Inwood Village. Don’t miss the iconic marshmallow soup (tomato bisque with goat cheese “marshmallows”).

Sachet

Park Cities

4270 Oak Lawn Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219  |  Map

Sachet

You can only find this grass-fed burger on Sachet's lunch menu. (Courtesy)

From the owners of Henderson Avenue’s Gemma, this Mediterranean restaurant has been a Park Cities staple since 2017. The popular spot serves a stellar lunch (as well as dinner) Monday through Saturday. Must-try appetizers include the watermelon salad and crudité with muhammara, herb labneh, and warm pita. For mains, any of the “Salady Bowls” are stunners, but the Chicken Shawarma is a favorite, lighter lunch dish.

Sloane’s Corner

Downtown

2001 Ross Ave, Suite 125
Dallas, TX 75201  |  Map

Sloane’s Corner

Sloane's Corner is popular for their hot fried chicken sandwich at lunchtime. (Courtesy of Sloane's Corner)

On Monday through Friday until 4 pm, this downtown bistro serves a great lunch for an afternoon out of the office. From soup and salad to sandwiches and pasta, there is something for everyone. A popular bite is the hot fried chicken sandwich.

Teak Tearoom

Park Cities

100 Highland Park Village, Suite 205
Dallas, TX 75205  |  Map

Teak Tearoom (Photo by Jonathan Zizzo)

The Teak Tearoom (Photo by Jonathan Zizzo)

Brian Bolke’s Teak Tearoom, a resurrection of the T Room (a cherished remnant of the former McKinney Avenue Forty Five Ten), occupies an airy corner of The Conservatory on Two in Highland Park Village. The menu features a mix of classics like the tuna melt and chicken tortilla soup, as well as a T Room staple: the Brian Bowl chopped salad. Do not skip the flourless chocolate cookies — an essential dessert of Dallas’ Ladies Who Lunch.

Tei-An

Downtown

1722 Routh Street, Suite 110
Dallas, TX 75201  |  Map

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A selection of edomae sushi at Tei-An in Dallas. Top row, kanpyu maki (salted gourd roll) and tamago (sweet omelet). Second row, zuke maguro (tuna) and yari ika (squid). Bottom row, hirame kobujime (flounder), kohada, kuruma ebi (shrimp), and anago (sea eel). (Photo by Kevin Marple)

This favorite Japanese restaurant in the Dallas Arts District offers an à la carte menu for lunch on Tuesday through Friday. Specializing in soba — a thin Japanese noodle made from buckwheat flour, Tei-An is one of only five spots in the country that make their noodles in-house. From sashimi to ramen, there is something for everyone on the menu.

The Zodiac

Downtown

1618 Main Street, Level 6
Dallas, TX 75201  |  Map

The Zodiac Dallas

Located on the sixth floor of Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas, The Zodiac Room is a must-try lunch spot. (Courtesy)

Located inside of Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas, this American eatery has been serving a fashionable lunch since 1957. Open every day except for Sunday, the Zodiac’s menu is an edited mix of sandwiches (including crab tartine and French dip) as well as salads, tacos, seafood, grain bowls, the Stanley Marcus (named after its founder) Pot Roast, and more.

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