Live Like a Local: A Complete Guide to New Restaurants in Downtown Dallas

By Downtown Dallas, Inc. 

Downtown Dallas has almost 200 restaurants and bars, and has recently added its fair share of yummy new places to eat and drink. We figured we’d put together a list of new restaurants to keep you in the loop! We invite you to Live Like a Local and explore some of our favorite new restaurants in Downtown. 

Chimalma Taco Bar Co.

Chimalma Taco Bar Co. is named for the “mother of tacos.” The family-owned restaurant is bringing Jalisco style cuisine straight to its Commerce St. location. Be sure to swing by and find out what the goddess tacos are all about!

Hurdy Gurdy

Think of this place as your second home! A welcoming place to bring friends and meet new ones. With a huge patio perfect for socially distancing and food and drink carefully thought out to encourage sharing and conversation, you’ll feel right at home.

Jaxon Texas Kitchen + Beer Garden

New to the AT&T Discovery District, Jaxon offers a menu focused on Texas fare and elevated classic Southern dishes. Chill on the patio with a cold beer from their curated selection of 34 local and regional craft beers or specially crafted cocktails and spirits.

La Tarte Tropezienne

The new local already has a cult following for their authentic, fresh French pastries, tartes, and other delicious bites and desserts. The tiny sidewalk patio is also a hot spot for people watching while enjoying a glass (or bottle) of bubbly. Making its only U.S. debut right in the heart of Downtown Dallas, it’s a must-do to stop by and try out these yummy treats!

Mendocino Farms

Located on Ross Ave., the California-based chain is your go-to place for Peruvian steak sandwiches and Napa vineyard salads. This sandwich spot is a popular choice for quick lunches and dinners, be sure to check them out! 

Primo’s MX Kitchen

Newly located inside The Statler, Primo’s brings a fresh take on an old favorite with inspirations ranging from the border of Texas to Southern Mexico. From its instagram famous “Soup of the day…Tequila” photo wall, to their delicious margs, their food is definitely not to be missed. 

Rise + Thyme 

Chef and Chopped judge Amanda Freitag has opened her first restaurant located in the AT&T Discovery District. Noted as a chance to escape, relax, and enjoy a fluffy croissant or sip a perfectly foamy latte. Either way, its possibilities are open and endless.


Located in the Statler Hotel, this tasty Italian restaurant is a must try! Walk-in or make a reservation to enjoy some great pizza.  For those going low carb or gluten free, you can substitute a cauliflower crust.  Delivery and pickup options are available as well.

True Kitchen + Kocktails

Looking for the best food, cocktails, and vibes? Look no further. Bringing southern-style comfort food to the central business district in the heart of Downtown, their chicken and waffles is a must try!

Empanada Cookhouse 

Bringing a Latin American taste to West End, Empanada Cookhouse is an innovative empanada shop where they blend Latin inspiration with local flavors. From breakfast empanadas (yup, breakfast empanadas!), to dessert empanadas, we promise you won’t regret visiting!

Pegasus City Brewery 

The ground floor of the Dallas Power and Light Building in the heart of the Main Street District is now home to Downtown’s first brewery, a natural extension of a brand that is rooted in Dallas history and tradition. Featuring a huge outdoor patio, beautiful art deco architecture, taproom & outdoor beer garden, this place is a must see!


Enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the newest and trendiest restaurants in Dallas! Located in the newly renovated, The National, Catbird offers a breathtaking view of downtown with an expansive rooftop terrace. Catbird’s design and menu options offer the perfect setting for a happy hour, dinner, or late-night food and drinks.

Nine at The National

With a bright ambience and overlooking the 9th floor deck, Nine is only open for breakfast and lunch. It’s in room and patio dining offer the perfect luxe setting to help start your day!

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Updated 11/2/20: Public Safety Plans for the Days Ahead

As an update to our message from October 28th about this week’s public safety plans and preparations, we have provided additional information below to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

The Dallas Fusion Center, Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the Dallas Police Department Intelligence Unit, in partnership with the Texas Department of Public Safety and federal partners, are in contact with each other around the clock as they monitor all intelligence streams for possible threats to our region. Significant operational planning has been conducted to account for potential unrest, as well as to ensure DPD is positioned to support a safe environment for those wishing to express their First Amendment Rights.

At this time, the intelligence community is unaware of any threats to the region, including the central business district.

Many of you are understandably concerned about protecting your property, businesses, and employees. We encourage you to remain attuned to accurate information and have resources ready for activation. We do not want to create a perception of an “unsafe Downtown” by prematurely boarding or barricading property.  We have worked so hard to reopen Downtown, maintain confidence in the market, ensure safety for our community, and allow the heart of our city to be the epicenter of peaceful public discourse for all. We can all continue to cultivate a positive environment.

We will reach out IMMEDIATELY if we become aware of any threats or changes to known events.

For more information about DPD and DDI preparation, please see the full message by clicking here.