Dallas' Five Best Seafood Restaurants

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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Somehow, despite being impossibly far from the ocean, or any other water feature of consequence (sorry, Trinity), Dallas is a bit of a seafood town. And in the last two years, new restaurants have added more options for chowdah heads, oyster lovers and fish-and-chips addicts. Some offer dishes you'd never expect from a seafood restaurant in the South, like northern oysters, lobster rolls and even ramen.

Here are our five favorites.

20 Feet Seafood Joint (pictured above)
On the surface Marc Cassel's 20 Feet might be just another seafood shack, except of course Marc Cassel is working the fry station. The former chef of the Green Room has a reputation for excellent kitchen skills, and when they're applied to simple seafood classics, very good things tend to happen.

Anything that emerges from his deep fryer is golden (literally), and quirky specials will keep you entertained no matter how many times you return. When was the last time you saw ramen alongside po'boy sandwiches on a menu? Come to think of it, when was the last time you saw ramen this good anywhere in Dallas?

*****

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Catherine Downes
Oh boy.
Spoon
There is something about Spoon that makes you feel like John Tesar has finally settled in -- that he's in his element. The Commissary, his former Arts District spot, was a great place to get a burger, but it wasn't a good fit for a chef with seafood skills like these. Spoon offers ingredients from the ocean that are transformed into something new without becoming overwrought or noisy. It's respectful yet inventive cooking.

*****

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Rex's Seafood Market
Rex's opened in 2006, but the space has the feel of a casual seafood restaurant with a lot more history. Lovers Lane locals have come to rely on the place, and it's mobbed during lunch. Don't pass up the oysters -- they sell a lot of them and they're consistently fresh. Go on and get a split of Champagne and make an event out of it, or maybe a bottle? You didn't want to go back to work anyway.


Location Info

20 Feet Seafood Joint

1160 Peavy Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Spoon Bar & Kitchen

8220 Westchester Drive, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Rex's Seafood Market

5200 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: General

TJ's Market and Grill

4212 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill

4017 Preston Road, Plano, TX

Category: Restaurant

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11 comments
keithdylan
keithdylan

Might not be top 5, but The Fish Shack in Plano is really good.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

Glad to see Sea Breeze get some good press. Great seafood market and, restaurant.

Nick Rallo
Nick Rallo

If I don't have Ten Feet's clam chowder every week, I become edgy and terrible

gabe48
gabe48

T.J.'s Seafood has the best jumbo crab cake in Dallas.  The lobster roll at Sea Breeze is pure heaven.

runDMC
runDMC

Rex's? Yikes!

Try Driftwood sometime...

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@gabe48 A big second for the great lobster roll at Sea Breeze. Still only $13.99!

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@runDMC Rex's has some of the best, cost effective oysters I've had in Dallas.

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