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Uptown Dallas can dress up and dine at new high-roller steakhouse

Uptown Dallas can dress up and dine at new high-roller steakhouse

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Del Frisco's is serving the steak to Uptown. Photo courtesy of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

The Uptown branch of steak palace Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House is open in the McKinney & Olive tower, serving dinner and lunch.

The 14,000-square-foot, two-story flagship restaurant is the 12th Del Frisco’s Double Eagle and the 52nd restaurant overall for Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, which also owns and operates 21 Del Frisco’s Grille locations and 18 Sullivan's Steakhouse locations.

Chef David Holben, who was at the helm of the previous location on Spring Valley Road for more than 11 years, serves as regional chef; chef Tony Schwappach, a Del Frisco's veteran, is executive chef at the Uptown location. Schwappach is an avid outdoorsman who worked at fine steak houses in Kansas City. Raised in the rural Midwest, he spent time gardening with his grandmother and working on the family’s produce farm.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Uptown menu features prime beef and bone-in steaks from Stockyards in Chicago, plus seasonal seafood from Foley’s in Boston. They've also added beef from local vendors including HeartBrand​ Beef, served in a Wagyu Akaushi rib-eye, and 44 Farms, served in a jalapeño burger with Texas toast.

The menu also features a wine list of more than 1,000 labels and 5,000 bottles, a mix of California and global wines from new and old world producers, priced from $40 to $5,000. One-of-a-kind bottles include Del Frisco's Private Reserve 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet, made exclusively for Del Frisco’s by premier Napa Valley winemaker Robert Foley. They also have a unique, etched Imperial of Far Niente/Salvatore Ferragamo Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2002 Napa Valley Wine Auction.

The program is led by wine directors David O’Day and Jessica Norris, plus three sommeliers: Chantel Daves, Jessica Davis, and Steve Orosco.

The design is by Johnson Studio in Atlanta, the same firm who created Fearing’s at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle in Boston. There's an iconic staircase that reaches up and over the first-floor bar; it's fabricated of glass, polished bronze, and walnut, and placed at the most visible corner of McKinney & Olive.

A curvaceous bar has a marble bar top, polished bronze edge, and walnut bar die. A two-story polished bronze chandelier cascades from the second floor down to the first floor.

The main dining room features a bronze suspended art installation that sprawls across the ceiling in the dining space. The ceiling throughout both floors is made of perforated walnut panels. A second-floor terrace includes a lounge with two fire features, trees, and a covered dining area that spills along the storefront.

There are 564 seats across two floors that include two bars, two indoor lounges, a wine wall, a wine tower with moveable spiral staircase, and three private dining rooms.