Look Book: Dallas Restaurants

Looking for a new brunch spot? Need a quick bite? Planning ahead for Parent’s Weekend? Dallas is home to so many amazing restaurants that it can sometimes be hard to choose where to go. We asked the SMU Look Staff to share their favorite spots so you’ll know exactly what to say next time someone asks you the dreaded question: “What do you want to eat?”

Dolce Riviera

“It’s a gorgeous setting with perfectly simple decor that makes you feel like your sipping champagne in the Amalfi Coast. Not to mention the Italian food is authentic and delish!” —Hanna Refvik, Social Media Manager


“The food, the ambiance and the service are amazing. The menu changes seasonally so you know things are fresh. And, it has more of a European feel to it than American so it reminds me of home.” —Morgane Bernard, Photo Editor

“Best atmosphere and best Italian food in Dallas!” —Emma Siegel, Assistant Sales Editor

Cane Rosso

“Easily the best pizza in Dallas! The ingredients are fresh and the pizza is cooked so quickly.” —Anna Grace Godoy, Assistant Art Director

Bistro 31

“I love the ambiance and how it’s upscale without trying too hard. Everything here is delicious and done so well. Perfect for a nice date, parents weekend meal, or a treat yourself kind of night.” —Allie Hartman, Assistant Art Director

“The atmosphere is amazing and the food is delicious. Sitting in Bistro reminds me of home, I go there alone for lunch when I need a pick me up. Also, it’s really fun for people watching—everyone there has great style!” —Maggie Klimuszko, SMULook.com Fashion Writer


“Being from California, I love good Mexican food and Bandito’s is my pick in Dallas. It’s close, casual, and delicious. It also has the most amazing frozen margs!” —Ali Mikles, Editor-in-Chief

Pepe and Mito’s

“My two Dallas loves—Deep Ellum and Mexican food—collide! Amazing, authentic, never-ending salsa and frozen margaritas make for a meal experience you need to have!” —McKenna Dersam, SMULook.com Beauty Writer

R+D Kitchen

“Ya want sushi? Ya want a burger? You can have it all at this buzzy yet cozy restaurant in Preston Hollow. It’s a go-to for dinner with the parents, girls, or even date night.” —Brooke Herigon, Assistant Digital Editor


JOY Macarons

“I love this tiny shop, it’s so pretty and pastel. I just love how they display their colorful macarons which you can mix and take home in a box to share and enjoy.” —Mary Monroy, Art Director

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