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Dallas’ Best Seafood Restaurants — 10 Spots That Prove This City Knows Fish

From Oyster Palaces to Casual Markets

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When you think of cuisine in Dallas, the mind usually goes straight to steaks or just meat in general. But this landlocked city actually has some great seafood as well.

From counter-service to fine dining, these are Dallas’ 10 best seafood restaurants.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

13340 Dallas Pkwy.

Located inside Galleria Dallas, this seafood restaurant serves up all the fresh fish you could ever want. Lobster, swordfish, salmon, redfish and more can be “simply prepared” with lemon butter. Order a side of truffle whipped potatoes, chardonnay roasted mushrooms, or lobster mac & cheese to complete your meal.

Executive Chef Christian Stewart joined The Oceanaire team last year with deep southern roots and a love for farm-to-table cuisine. Originally from Louisiana, Stewart began his culinary career at age 17. He then moved to Montana to work on an urban farm before heading back down south to Dallas.

The Oceanaire also has an oyster bar, raw bar, steak, soups and salads. Happy Hour runs Mondays throughs Friday from 4pm to 7pm, which includes small bites for $7 to $9, $5 bottled beer and $7 wine.

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You can definitely expect hearty meals from The Oceanaire Seafood Room.

The Boiling Crab

10560 Walnut St.

For Cajun seafood, head to The Boiling Crab in North Dallas. The process is simple. You choose your own catch, sauce and spice. Crabs, mussels, crawfish, shrimp and lobster can either be tossed with lemon pepper, garlic sauce, or something called Rajun Cajun or The Whole Sha-Bang!

Fried options are also available such as catfish and shrimp baskets, calamari, or oysters. Add on some extras like gumbo, Cajun chowder, or Cajun fries for a full Cajun meal.

The Boiling Crab originated in California in 2004 and is a good casual family-friendly option for quality seafood.

Water Grill (Now Closed)

1920 McKinney Avenue

This Uptown spot opened up two years ago between McKinney Avenue. and Klyde Warren Park. President George W. Bush has dined here, a photo of him can be seen on Water Grill’s Dallas Instagram highlights.

Water Grill was established in 1989 in Southern California. The only location outside of Cali is right here in Dallas. The menu offers a raw bar, many options for shellfish, and entrees such as fish & chips and house-made tortellini.

The location has a patio and is a great date spot. Try some creatively crafted cocktails with your meal, such as a Sangrita or Gin Gin Mule. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm.

Water Grill brings a distinctive setting and worthy seafood.

20 Feet Seafood Joint

1160 Peavy Road

Located in East Dallas, 20 Feet is a casual counter-service seafood spot. Co-owned by Marc Cassel and Suzan Fries, this spot is known for its lobster rolls and pork ramen. Yes, ramen is on the menu if you’re not feeling seafood at the moment.

The seafood is a must-try though. Starters include New England Style Clam Chowda, Mexican Shrimp Cocktail and Green Room Mussels. There are salads and sandwiches, including the well-known lobster roll. Main dish options are fish & chips, oysters & chips, and shrimp scampi and parmesan grits.

Top the evening off with the chocolate cream pie or key lime pie. The spot is BYOB so bring your favorite beverage as well.

TJ’s Seafood Market & Grill

4212 Oak Lawn Avenue

Opened in 1989, TJ’s is all about shellfish, grilled fish, fish tacos and sandwiches. The Oak Lawn location boasts favorites such as shrimp enchiladas, TJ’s fish tacos and crab cakes.

Come with a group and share a side of honey sriracha brussels or charred corn & poblano hush puppies. Other options include sauteed squash, sea salt & herb fries, coconut rice and more.

The wine list has “fish friendly” red and white options, with a header that reads “Yes, Drink Red With Seafood.” For dessert, try the chocolate frangelico bread pudding with butterscotch creme.

Montlake Cut

8220 Westchester Drive

This University Park seafood spot is a concept from Nick Badonvinus (Neighborhood Services, Town Hearth, Offsite Kitchen). Inspired by the Pacific Northwest, the menu offers everything from poke bowls to noodle dishes and taco plates.

Along with a raw bar and oyster bar, there is Neo Crudo with options such as smoked salmon, red snapper ceviche, hamachi and prime tartare. Get a side of garlic spinach, roasted cauliflower, or stir-fried brussels to name a few.

The restaurant has a nautical theme with boat paddles, seating and decor to make you feel like you really are at sea.

Cafe Pacific

24 Highland Park Village

For upscale dining and seafood, this Highland Park restaurant is the place to go.

Popular dishes include the three onion crusted sea bass, grilled Texas gulf red snapper, and ceviche. There’s also lobster & truffle risotto, scallops and smoked salmon.

Cafe Pacific also does a Sunday Brunch with crab cake Benedict, lobster Benedict, and smoked salmon Benedict.

Lovers Seafood & Market

5200 W. Lovers Lane

The second restaurant from Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing (their other concept is Shinsei), Lovers serves lunch and dinner. Lovers is known for its tempura fried lobster spoons, which are meant for sharing.

Entrees choices include Community IPA battered fish & chips, pecan crusted rainbow trout, and pan seared halibut to name a few. Or, if you’re more into handheld foods, order the lobster roll or fish tacos.

A unique aspect of this restaurant is that you can buy fish from the market. Everything from King Crab legs to Tiger Shrimp to flounder are available to bring home to cook.

Hook Line & Sinker

3103 Lemmon Avenue

This casual Lemmon/McKinney Avenue spot has been an Uptown staple for quite awhile now. It looks funky on the outside with old boat motors hung up around the outdoor patio as decor, but that only adds to its charm.

Catfish is a must-try, as well as snow crab, fried oysters, and shrimp po boy. Pair any with a side of hush puppies, fried pickles, or fried okra. There’s also seafood gumbo, clam chowder, peel and eat shrimp as starters.

Beer and wine are available, as well as key lime pie, homemade coconut pie, bread pudding, and chocolate cream pie for dessert.

Dallas Fish Market

1501 Main Street

Located in Downtown Dallas, this fish market is an upscale New American restaurant with a focus on seafood. The kitchen is run by executive chef Richard Triptow, who used to be sous-chef at The Mansion. Dallas Fish Market serves elegant seafood dishes so the food not only tastes good, but looks amazing.

Fresh oysters are flown in daily and Sushi Night takes place every Wednesday from 3 pm to 7 pm. A unique must-try item on the menu is the Tuna Pizza, which is a crispy flour tortilla topped with tuna, wasabi mayo, serrano, pickled red onions and chile tomatoes.

Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour is every Thursday from 3pm to 7pm. The Gin and Thyme Lemonade is a refreshing option.

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