Tastemaker Awards News
16 best new restaurants in Dallas compete for top Tastemaker title
In the 2023 edition of our annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, we're honoring the best in Dallas food & beverage, from best chefs to best bars to the best restaurant in Fort Worth.
Those bests are chosen by a panel of judges consisting of former CultureMap Tastemaker Award winners and local F&B experts. (The full list of nominees is here.)
But one category — Best New Restaurant — is chosen by our readers, in a bracket-style competition where eight new restaurants go head to head. You can vote for your favorite in our bracket-style elimination challenge, until two finalists emerge.
The winners will be revealed at our party and awards ceremony on May 4 at Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.). Tickets are on sale now.
To vote, click here. Don't delay: The first bracket ends on April 17.
Here are our nominees for Best New Restaurant in Dallas:
Chic restaurant in Preston Center from a high-flying caterer has quietly captivated Park Cities and beyond with its globally-influenced menu - steak frites, Cuban sandwich, bang bang shrimp - and impeccable service.
Well-appointed restaurant in the former Cafe Express at Mockingbird Station is the most ambitious venture yet from Milkshake Concepts (Vidorra, Harper's) with pricey steaks but also approachable pastas and sandwiches.
Latest entry from inimitable chef Nick Badovinus is an old-school prime rib joint with classic recipes (and high prices) in the cool vintage Magnolia Building downtown, one floor above sibling National Anthem.
Steakhouse in Uptown is part of an international chain from One Group Hospitality (Kona Grill). The formula is part steakhouse, part after-party. You come first for the dry-aged steak and raw bar, then stay for the live DJ.
Fine-dining Italian-American from New York serves well-refined versions of classics like spicy rigatoni and tableside Caesar salad. They're known as much for their old-school service as their food.
Knox Street lands its own Neapolitan-style pizzeria, from the owners of Sprinkles Cupcakes. Their "neo" take on pizza entails a crust that's crispier than traditional Neapolitan, a better fit for Dallas tastes.
El Carlos Elegante
Newest concept from ultra-hot Duro Hospitality (The Charles, Sister) boasts an incredibly inventive Latin-American menu - lots of seafood and veggie dishes - in a stunning hacienda-like setting.
Tex-Mex at geographically desirable intersection of Preston and Royal is from the owner of TJ’s Seafood Market, and serves up fajitas, margaritas, and a sprawling street-facing patio.
Isla & Co.
Bishop Arts brasserie open all day is from a New York-based group founded by Australian natives; you can see their influence on the international menu and in their elevated coffee program.
Sushi restaurant from a former Nobu chef brings the omakase experience to Frisco, along with temaki AKA hand rolls, grilled yakitori skewers, craft cocktails, and a big selection of sake.Tickets go live 1st of the month at 10am on Resy. Omakase tasting by @leokekoa two seatings 5:45 & 8:15
West Coast concept is all about pairing dishes such as sweet potato pakoras and Moroccan-spiced lamb meatballs with wine and whiskey. This Addison location, rustic yet refined, is their first outside California.
Luxe Mexican in the Design District with Monterrey-style food - grilled meats, queso fundido - is a grand, no-expense-spared palace with custom Mexican tile, velvet upholstery, and stylish capacious patios.
Upscale takeout operates out of a tiny Bishop Arts home storefront where it serves the neighborhood a quick lunch and dinner menu of rotisserie chicken and French fries, salads, and sandwiches.
Tatsuya (Tatsu) Sekiguchi is a fourth-generation sushi master who relocated to Dallas from New York to open this intimate sushi restaurant - with room for 20 diners max - in the Continental Gin Building in Deep Ellum.
Solo outing from chef Toby Archibald (Georgie by Curtis Stone) has a global-themed menu with lots of seafood and veggie dishes such as roasted celeriac with raisins, hazelnuts, and celery salad.
Oak Cliff restaurant from chef Michelle Carpenter (Zen Sushi) does contemporary Cajun such as duck & Andouille gumbo, and fried chicken with pepper jelly. They also sell house-made pickles, jams, and rubs.