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Sure, Dallas may be known more for its barbecue and Tex-Mex than its fine dining, but the Big D is stocked with upscale restaurants that serve up delicious cuisine. Depending on what you're in the mood for, there are plenty of restaurants that will fit the bill.
Maybe you're craving a classic French menu; in this case, you have a couple options. The French Room, located downtown inside Hotel Adolphus, is a fanciful Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant that's great for celebratory dinners. The elegant dining room transports you to the days of French royalty — Versailles, perhaps? — and the food stays in line with that classic French aura. Another great spot for special occasions (or foodies) is The Mansion Restaurant. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant within Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek offers contemporary French cuisine in a romantic, yet updated dining room (think sconces on the walls and no white tablecloths). And just when you thought you've exhausted the French possibilties in Dallas, make a reservation at Hôtel St. Germain Restaurant.
But you're in Texas after all and that calls for some mouthwatering Southwestern cuisine. Luckily, Dallas is home to two of the pioneers of Southwestern Cuisine: Dean Fearing and Stephan Pyles. Fearing's, located at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, features several different dining atmospheres. We love sitting in "Dean's Kitchen" and watching the legendary chef at work. But if you're looking for a quieter table, try the "Gallery" that's complete with white linen tablecloths and the works. As for Stephan Pyles, another Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, you'll find divine dishes such as the chef's signature Southwestern Caesar salad.
For contemporary American, head to Kent Rathbun's popular Uptown restaurant, Abacus. The menu features dishes ranging from sushi to chops and everything in between. Don't miss the lobster-scallion shooters — it's one of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant's must-tastes.
When you’re looking for a restaurant that offers top-notch service and cuisine, Dallas is full of them. When it comes down to picking where to go, here are a few of the best.
Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Abacus from "Iron Chef" Kent Rathbun specializes in sushi and sashimi, with heartier small and big plates too. Prime steaks, fresh seafood, decadent desserts and artisan cheese are also favorites here. Opt for the five- or eight-course chef's tasting menus to really see what the much-deserved fuss is about.
Dakota's Steakhouse is another Dallas favorite. Take the glass elevator down to the ground-floor restaurant and discover a sophisticated space perfect for date night.
Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The French Room is an authentically decorated fine-dining destination located within the Adolphus Hotel. Men, jackets are required, but it is so worth dressing up for a French meal here.
Stephan Pyles, Fearing's and The Mansion Restaurant are all Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star fine-dining mainstays. Try Stephan Pyles for spectacular Southwestern cuisine in the Arts District or visit The Mansion Restaurant or Fearing's for Texas-flecked dishes inside two of Dallas' best hotels — Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, respectively.