Welcome to a seafood lover’s paradise in the heart of Texas. Dallas, TX, may not be on the coast, but it sure knows how to serve up the finest and freshest catches of the sea. In this culinary journey, we’ll take you on a tour of the best seafood restaurants in Dallas, where you can savor delectable dishes that transport you to the ocean’s edge. From succulent shrimp and mouthwatering crab to flaky fish and luscious lobster, these restaurants offer a diverse and flavorful seafood experience that’s sure to delight your taste buds. Whether you’re a local looking for your next seafood fix or a visitor eager to sample the ocean’s bounty in Texas, this guide will lead you to the city’s seafood gems. Get ready to dive into a world of aquatic flavors right here in Dallas.
Rex’s Seafood Market has two locations along the Northwest Highway and in the Dallas Farmers Market. The farmer’s market location has a hip open bar concept, so visitors can take in the market while enjoying a great seafood dish. Follow the restaurant and market on social media for up-to-date information! My favorite dish is the tuna nachos with sushi-grade tuna and tasty sauces. I recommend trying the crawfish hush puppies and the crab and shrimp chips with house-made chips and white cheddar old bay cheese sauce. The lobster roll and the smoked salmon flatbread are both delicious options too!
Montlake Cut is a seafood restaurant and raw bar specializing in Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine. It is located in the University Park neighborhood, near the Northwest Highway. Montlake Cut is open for dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. I enjoy the New England clam chowder and the crab fried rice. Other popular menu items include the crispy cod and chips, the BBQ spiced Gulf shrimp, and the ceviche with a mezcal-citrus vinaigrette. Finish your meal with the rum cake topped with a candied orange peel.
Hook Line & Sinker is located in the Uptown neighborhood near Cityplace and Turtle Creek Park. It is open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. The restaurant is a popular place for a date night or to share a meal with friends or family; it’s an incredibly fun place to spend an evening. I enjoyed the boiled shrimp served with corn and new potatoes. Visitors can order a basket of fried seafood like catfish, shrimp, and oysters. The side dishes to pair with your seafood selections are superb! Try the fried okra, the pickled green tomatoes, and the onion rings.
Lovers Seafood & Market is a woman-owned restaurant with a chic vibe that serves seafood classics in the restaurant and fresh fish in the market. It is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. The all-day menu includes a shrimp corn dog, ahi tuna poke, and bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed jalapenos. I recommend trying the steamed mussels, the New Orleans BBQ shrimp and grits, or the pecan-crusted rainbow trout served with cilantro-lime butter. Finish your meal with an apple cobbler!
Located within Highland Park Village near the Dallas Country Club, Cafe Pacific is a fine-dining restaurant open for lunch and dinner every day. The neighborhood steak and seafood restaurant has been serving Dallas for more than 40 years. Ask about private dining for larger parties or celebrations! Cafe Pacific offers various steaks, but the seafood options are incredible. I enjoyed the Maine sea scallops, the poached lobster and truffle pasta, and the grilled Texas gulf grilled snapper. Look for the small notation of “chef’s special” on the menu for tasty treats! Some side dishes also involve seafood, like lobster macaroni and cheese.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room is located in Galleria Dallas, a large shopping mall with shops and specialty dining levels. First opened in 1998, the Oceanaire is now a national chain offering high-end seafood dishes in unique spaces. From Boston to Baltimore to Dallas, the restaurant satisfies hungry guests every day. When I visited The Oceanaire Seafood Room, I enjoyed the Black Point oysters from Prince Edwards Island. Popular entrees include the jumbo shrimp scampi, the Chilean sea bass with a lemon beurre blanc sauce, and the lobster fried rice. The specialty cocktail list is extensive, and I enjoyed the Blackberry Smash with Knob Creek Bourbon, blackberries, and mint.
The Boiling Crab in Dallas is located in the Forest Crest neighborhood. It is a low-key chain restaurant that serves boiled-in-bag Cajun-spiced crawfish, oysters, and shrimp. The restaurant is open daily with extended hours on the weekend. Follow the Boiling Crab on Instagram for pictures of delicious kinds of seafood. Guests order by choosing the type of seafood, adding sauce, and selecting how spicy you prefer the meal. My order was a pound of shrimp with ragin’ cajun seasoning with medium spice. Be sure to add sausage, corn, and potatoes to your steam bag! The restaurant also offers fried options like catfish, shrimp, and chicken wings.
Truluck’s Ocean’s Finest Seafood and Crab is near Uptown Dallas in the State Thomas neighborhood. The restaurant is an upscale seafood and steakhouse with a classic white-table-cloth vibe. It is open daily for dinner, with lunch hours during the week. Truluck’s won a 2021 TripAdvisor’s Diner’s Choice award! My favorite dishes at Truluck’s include the jumbo lump crab cake with dill tartar sauce, the lobster bisque with goat cheese, and the New England sea scallops with parmesan mashed potatoes. The crab-fried rice is an excellent side dish selection, and if you are interested in a drinkable dessert, I would recommend ordering the espresso martini!
Uchi is located between the State Thomas and International Center districts. It is a high-end restaurant that offers modern Japanese cuisine with excellent seafood and sushi dishes. The restaurant is open between 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm daily. Tyson Cole, the chef and owner of Uchi, won the Best Chef Southwest Award from the James Beard Foundation in 2011. I recommend trying the omakase—a diner specially crafted by the chef with various types of sashimi and sushi. The spicy crunchy tuna roll and the shag roll with salmon are delicious. I also suggest trying the snow crab maki, the flounder sashimi, and the sake crudo.
Ocean Prime is near the International Center district near Pike Park. It is a high-end national chain serving incredibly fresh and creative seafood dishes. The restaurant is open for dinner nightly, with a lunch menu offered on weekdays. For guests, a smart dress code is expected for dinner service. When I visited Ocean Prime, I enjoyed the calamari with sweet chili sauce, the Ora King salmon with gnocchi, the crab cakes, and the sea scallops. The menu includes various steaks and chicken dishes as well. I recommend saving room for dessert; try the ten-layer carrot cake or the sorbet with an almond cookie.
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