The Saint will finally debut on May 11. (Photo by Kayla Enright)
The long-awaited The Saint steakhouse will debut in East Dallas on May 11. (Photo by Kayla Enright)
The Texas Wagyu Tomahawk Chop (Wagyu-X) with Calabrian chili compound butter is a highlight on The Saint's menu. (Photo by Kayla Enright)
The Negroni Glazed Duroc Pork Chop is another highlight at The Saint. (Photo by Kayla Enright)
2022 has been a year of incredible new restaurant openings in Dallas. But the ever-flourishing dining scene isn’t slowing down any time soon. We’re already talking about what’s coming out next year — and we can’t wait. From new steakhouses and oyster bars to a sky-high replacement in Reunion Tower, these are the 10 most exciting new Dallas restaurants slated to open in 2023.
2023 Greenville Avenue, Suite 110 (January)
In May, we were sad to see Southern favorite Rapscallion close its doors along Lower Greenville, but we now know what’s going to take its place this fall. Chef Toby Archibald (a New Zealand native who’s held leadership roles at Bullion and Georgie), is striking out on his own with Quarter Acre. The promising new restaurant’s design (including an intimate 20-seat patio) will be modern and minimalist, keeping the focus on a contemporary global menu that will feature everything from “Fish on Chips” to confit lamb belly sticks.
6565 Hillcrest Avenue, Suite 150 (March)
Jon Alexis’ Imperial Fizz restaurant group just opened Escondido — a new Tex-Mex spot in Preston Hollow. And now, the newly formed company is opening an American restaurant in Snider Plaza in Spring 2023. Ramble Room will be a neighborhood spot serving dinner seven days a week, with lunch and brunch launching later in the year. The space features high ceilings, glass windows, and a patio fireplace. Seating includes a 25-person bar and cozy booths with their own lamps creating a warm atmosphere. An outdoor patio will seat 50.
La Neta Cocina y Lounge
The Epic (March)
Las Vegas-based modern Mexican restaurant La Neta Cocina y Lounge is debuting its first Texas location in The Epic in Deep Ellum in 2023. Founded by Vegas’ 81/82 Group in 2021, the original location has a bit of an elevated nightclub-restaurant feel which will fit well in the neighborhood (next to Harper’s, The Sporting Club, and more). The menu features some flashy options, like whole lobster tacos, and a grilled skirt steak taco topped with 24K gold and truffle cheese fondue. You’ll also find more traditional fajitas and enchiladas.
Reunion Tower (April)
After Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty restaurant shuttered at the top of Reunion Tower in 2020, we patiently waited to find out what would take on the iconic spot’s 360-degree views. This fall, we learned that Crown Block (from Las Vegas-based restaurant group Blau + Associates) would open in spring 2023. The rare steaks and fine seafood restaurant will make its Dallas debut in partnership with James Beard Award nominees, husband-wife business partners Elizabeth Blau, and chef Kim Canteenwalla. Weekend brunch will also be available with a Bloody Mary bar offering seasonal ingredients and pressed juices.
2633 Gaston Avenue (May)
This new Italian steakhouse from hospitality veteran Andy Hooper (Las Vegas-based Hooper Hospitality Concepts), is opening in Two Sisters’ former East Dallas space this May. The Saint will offer an Italian-inspired menu crafted by chef Jacob Williamson — featuring dry-aged meat and chops, housemade pasta, and vegetable-based dishes. A few highlights are the Maine Lobster Arancini, Whipped Ricotta, Bluefin Tuna Crudo, and Texas Wagyu Tomahawk Chop. As for cocktails, guests will find The Saint Spritz, Macchiato Martini, Romagna Sour, and more. The wine menu will put a spotlight on Italian vino and California reds. Designed by Greg O’Neal (of Philosophy Design), the space boasts a “saints and sinners theme” with very dark hues combined with subtle light.
1000 N. Riverfront Boulevard (2023)
Also created by Hooper Hospitality Concepts, this spot will be a modern Asian restaurant and bar located in the Design District on N. Riverfront Boulevard. Diners can expect shareable plates like dim sum, Japanese beef, and raw bar bites, and classic Asian dishes paired with beautiful Gensler-designed surroundings. The cocktail program will focus on Asian whiskeys, soju, and sake.
Anchor Sushi Bar
3130 Knox Street and 6025 Royal Lane (Summer 2023)
Known for Hudson House, East Hampton Sandwich Co., Drake’s, and a growing number of popular dining concepts in Dallas, Vandelay Hospitality has announced the opening of Anchor Sushi Bar. The new seafood restaurant will open in two local locations — on Knox Street and at Preston Road and Royal Lane in 2023. Similar to Hudson House, Anchor Bar will serve up oysters and cold martinis, but the yacht club-inspired space will introduce a Vandelay first: sushi.
1602 Market Center Boulevard (Pushed to 2024)
Opening in 2024 is prolific chef Nick Badovinus‘ new, intimate modern continental cuisine restaurant in the Design District. The new 12-table spot is taking over the former Kings Cabaret strip club but will be revamped for a luxury dining experience.
2401 Cedar Springs Road, Suite 120 (Pushed to 2024)
Nuri Grill, an upscale Korean barbecue and steakhouse spot, opened its doors along Royal Lane in 2021. This coming summer, the owner (and CEO of Smoothie King) Wan Kim will be expanding the popular concept to Uptown, opening Nuri Steakhouse on Cedar Springs Road with chef Minji Kim.
The space is designed by San Francisco’s AvroKO and will boast indoor seating for 150 and outdoor seating for 50 people. As for the original Dallas Nuri Grill, Kim explains that it was a short-term lease for the Nuri concept and will evolve into something different once Nuri Steakhouse debuts.
Greenpoint Seafood and Oyster Bar
Knox Street (Fall 2023)
Beverley’s and Clifton Club owner Greg Katz is opening a new seafood and oyster spot (with an outdoor patio) in the newly renovated Weir’s Plaza. Named for the Cape Town neighborhood where his grandparents once lived, it’ll serve towering seafood platters; fish-focused fare, from crudos to tartars to ceviches; and clear cocktails made with vodka, tequila, and gin, as well as a wine program with an emphasis on champagne, rosé, and white wines.