Fearing’s Restaurant

Upscale Texas comfort food
Chef Dean Fearing’s eponymous eatery at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is inspired by his grandmothers’ love of Southern food and barbecue. Fearing has imbued his dishes with Texas taste enhancers like peppers, dried chiles, jicama and cilantro in signature dishes like the famous tortilla soup, barbecued shrimp taco and rib-eye mopped over live mesquite.

Seven different seating options — including a live-action kitchen (where you can watch the masters at work), the mahogany-walled Rattlesnake Bar and a soothing alfresco patio — provide a unique dining experience on every visit.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • As the dream of celebrity chef Dean Fearing, who is known as the father of Southwestern cuisine, this hotel restaurant flaunts a menu filled with his specialties, as well as new and inventive dishes.
  • As one of the best restaurants in town, Fearing’s offers a variety of choices when it comes to dining here. You can enjoy celebrity chef Dean Fearing’s delicious Southwestern cuisine at just about any time of the day.
  • With plenty of fresh ingredients, a lot of which come from the Lone Star State itself, every menu at Fearing’s overflows with goodness. Chow down on everything from carnitas street tacos to “chicken fried” Texas quail as well as the chef’s legendary tortilla soup.
  • The latest offering from the renowned chef is the Butcher Block Menu, an entirely Texas-sourced selection of premium wagyu and Angus steaks cooked over a live-fire mesquite grill. This, Fearing says, is how authentic Texas beef is cooked – the resulting flavor is truly magical. 
  • Attracting the who’s who in Dallas as well as the out-of-towners staying at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, Rattlesnake Bar is more than just a place to wait for your table. In fact, you can order up delicious starters such as handmade nachos with charred tomato salsa and cilantro sour cream topped with lobster.
Things to Know
  • Sitting off the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas is one of the most popular restaurants in town: Fearing’s. At the lower end of the yuppie-filled Uptown neighborhood of Dallas, this Four-Star restaurant is in a prime location.
  • Dine on Fearing’s delectable Southwestern cuisine any day of the week—the eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner almost every day of the week (the midday meal isn't offered on Sundays). 
  • An exquisite Sunday brunch is also available at this Dallas restaurant.
  • You’ll definitely want to plan ahead if you want to dine at this incredibly popular Southwestern eatery. Call the restaurant directly or book your spot online before your visit.
The Food
  • The Four-Star restaurant serves up breakfast every day, where you’ll find cos’ chili on jalapeño cheddar cheese biscuits served with a poached farm egg and poblano Hollandaise.
  • Head in for lunch and chow down on Dean’s famous tortilla soup and Dublin Dr. Pepper braised short ribs.
  • For the main event, make your way to dinner any day of the week for culinary masterpieces such as maple-black peppercorn-soaked buffalo tenderloin.
  • Fearing’s also offers a Sunday Brunch with choices such as almond French toast and “chicken fried” Texas quail.
  • For an elegant taste of Texas, opt for the A Bar N filet mignon. The locally sourced cut is cooked to perfection over mesquite and goes nicely with the Southwestern Caesar, Fearing's take on the classic salad with a local red chili dressing. 
The Drinks
  • Considering its bar is one of the most popular in Dallas, Fearing’s appropriately serves up some fabulous specialty cocktails.
  • Though the concoctions are seasonal, the restaurant’s Rattlesnake Bar mixes up some regulars, including our favorite, the Texas Spring Punch, made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, freshly squeezed lemon juice, Mathilde Blackcurrant liqueur, house-made sugar syrup and Domaine St. Vincent sparkling wine.
  • Of course, you’ll find your classics with a twist at this Four-Star restaurant, such as the Superior Martini with Bacardi Silver, freshly squeezed lime juice and grenadine, or the Manhattan Club with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters and Luxardo maraschino syrup.
Gluten-free options
Kid friendly
Outdoor seating
Private dining
Reservations recommended
Resort casual
Valet parking
Vegetarian options
Getting There
2121 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201
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