Dallas Restaurant Week: How To Make the Most Of Your $35

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I'm still new to Dallas, but I'm not new to Restaurant Week. Most cities indulge a version of the pimped out dining orgy. In the past I've heard some complaints about the promotion. Some think the $30 price tag provides a lame, watered-down version of high-class dining. They complain that chefs use lesser ingredients and that servers seem bothered by an influx of cheap diners.

Navigated carefully, though, Restaurant Week can provide a fine-dining experience to those who might not otherwise afford a four-star meal. And even if the restaurant gets its chicken thighs from a Sysco truck instead of a local farm for a week, you're still eating food prepared by Dallas' top chefs, many of whom view this week as an opportunity to shine for prospective customers who may otherwise ride the fence.

To get the most for your dollar, I recommend using restaurant week as a means to explore the most expensive restaurants with the best ratings in town. No matter where you dine your meal is $35, so why waste your time at a bistro that serves cheap steak? Check your menu ahead of time, though; some spots like to run up your check with foie gras supplements that prove too tempting to resist.

The following restaurants boast open table menus billed at $50 and above. They also receive 4 and 5 star ratings from The Dallas Morning News. As of the time of this post, each has open reservations:

  • The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (5 stars)
  • Tei-An (5 stars)
  • Lonesome Dove Western Bistro (4 stars)
  • Craft Dallas (4 stars)
  • Five Sixty (4 stars)
  • Pappas Bros. Steakhouse (4 stars)

A three star rating is nothing to snuff off. Each of these restaurants has openings as well:

  • Abacus
  • StarsAl Beirnats
  • Fearing's
  • The French Room
  • Kirby's Prime Steakhouse
  • Nick and Sam's
  • Nobu

Sadly for us all, Bijoux is booked solid.

See something you like? Make your reservations at Open Table.

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12 comments
shockabra
shockabra

had dinner at Chamberlains Steak House last night WOW we had a great time the menu was awesome.  the shrimp and roamaine salad was great.  the kobe empanadas i cant tell you how good they were, full of meat corn and roasted peppers.  i had to ask what was in them they were so good.  i had the pork chop with the shiner bock gravy it was huge and so very good, my wife had the salmon with soba noodles also a big portion and also very good. everything cook to perfection.   for dessert peach cobbler and a peanut butter and chocolate turnover, i dreamed about that thing all night it was soo good. our waiter did a great job as they were very busy.

thanks Chamberlains we will be back for RW

Oamunger
Oamunger

I went to Bijoux last year for restaurant week and it was amazing. Just as good as any other night there.

Margie Hubbard
Margie Hubbard

I agree.  That's exactly how to approach it and get the most bang for your buck.  The first time I've tried a lot of the more expensive spots was during RW.  Of course, we end up getting the supplemental charge stuff and wine pairings.  But, think of how expensive that would be if we went all out and it wasn't RW?!

Gay Like You
Gay Like You

Have you been to Bijoux? If not, why is it sad you cannot go? Don't you have a freaking budget to dine?  Also, tell us which restaurants you are accusing of swapping Sysco groceries for local during restaurant week. That sounds like a fairly salacious accusation for a young upstart new to the area.

Guest
Guest

You're an idiot.

Pam
Pam

Even though bijoux shows as booked online, I was able to call yesterday to make a RW reservation

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

It always pays to call. Looks like Fearing's is closed to booked and adding people to a wait list.

Scott Siers
Scott Siers

Give us a try at SOCIAL 121 in North Plano.  Chef Skinner has created a great menu for Restaurant week.  You can view it at www.SOCIAL121.net

TLS
TLS

I can vouch for Social 121.  Excellent food.

Scott Siers
Scott Siers

TLS -  Thanks for the post.  We hope to se everyone out at SOCIAL 121 soon

Mimhoffman
Mimhoffman

Abacus and The French Room would certainly make my list.  Happy Restaurant Week!

Ellen Touchstone
Ellen Touchstone

I love Bijoux, too.  A good alternative would be The 2nd Floor restaurant which is owned by the same couple!  That's where I'll be!

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