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Wining and Dining with Jim White February 7, 2011

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Valentine’s Treats for the Sweet

And, you know who you are!  Valentine’s is like the Super Bowl of dining for the restaurant industry.  Expect big crowds at all the popular places.  Know that you will need a reservation, and for the best table in the really cool spots, you should have called by now.  But never fear, dear heart, because February 14th is a Monday, the window of opportunity is wider this year.  You may confidently choose a rendezvous with your dearly beloved from Thursday February 11th through Valentine’s.  You might even be so bold as to include Tuesday 2/15 if you can sell it on the basis of your “great wisdom” in wanting to “avoid the crowds” and have an intimate dinner in your favorite restaurant (go for it).  I would event submit that you will gain numerous bonus points for making a Valentine’s reservation, and then “extending the romance” by getting you and your honey tickets to the Savor Dallas Wine and Food Festival on March 18-19.  You can enjoy the major part of the DFW dining scene in one night at the International Grand Tasting.  But first things first.  Here are some Valentine’s wining and dining suggestions that we think will be helpful.

Stephan Pyles plans romantic menus at both of his incredible Dallas Arts District restaurants, namesake, Stephan Pyles and Samar.  At the former, he has planned a four-course menu for $75 ($125 paired with wine), and at the latter $60 for multiple shared dishes per course, and wine pairing with the meal for $90.  For reservations at Stephan Pyles phone 214-580-7000 and for reservations at Samar by Stephan Pyles phone 214-922-9922.  Both restaurants will be featured at Savor Dallas, and Stephan is doing a special cooking class and wine paired luncheon in conjunction with Savor Dallas on Saturday March 19th.  Get details here.

Nosh has a special Valentine’s menu.  Visit their website for all the details.  Phone 214-528-9400 for reservations.


4511 McKinney, Dallas, TX 75205

214/559-3111, http://www.abacusrestaurant.com

Owned by Iron Chef victor (over Bobby Flay, no less), Kent Rathbun has iconic national status as a chef. His Abacus restaurant is a great place for celebratory entertaining. Larger parties have access to the restaurant for lunches and evenings when the striking restaurant is closed. Smaller parties can be arranged in one of the restaurant’s private rooms at any time. You will not be disappointed with fabulous food and service.

Arcodoro & Pomodoro

100 Crescent Court, Suite 140, Dallas, TX 75201

214/871-1924, http://www.arcodoro.com

Whether hosting a corporate dinner or a cocktail party for friends, the new Crescent location for Arcodoro & Pomodoro is a congenial setting with distinctive Sardinian food. Architect-turned-chef and restaurateur, Efisio Farris has been the recipient of many awards in the “Wine Spectator,” “Food & Wine” and the “New York Times,” among others. He has appeared on “Martha Stewart” and on Mario Batali’s “Ciao Italia.” Try it, you’ll love it. Catering and cooking lessons are available.

Al Biernat’s

4217 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219

214/219-2201, http://www.biernats.com

More than just a great steakhouse. Scallops, sea bass and osso bucco also tempt the palate. Adding the mix of the popular, namesake restaurateur and celebrity guests, this is a perfect place to entertain a few friends or take the Garden Room that accommodates up to 25 for a birthday or business function.


5450 W. Lovers Lane, Suite 225, Dallas, TX 75209

214/350-6100, http://www.bijoux.com

Chef Scott Gottlich has launched one of Dallas’ fine dining restaurants with accolades all around. An alum of L.A.’s Aubergine and N.Y.’s three-Michelin-starred Le Bernadin, and later the Executive Chef of the late Lola, Gottlich maintains a five-star rating from the “Dallas Morning News.” Bijoux also caters and has occasional cooking classes.

Blue Mesa Grill (multiple locations)

Village on the Parkway

5100 Belt Line, Addison, TX 75240


Lincoln Park

7700 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75225

214/378-8686, http://www.bluemesa.com

“Handmade and heartfelt.” Blue Mesa is famous for the upscale Southwestern cuisine and its tequila bar featuring more than 100 tequilas. There are awards a-plenty from “D Magazine,” the “Dallas Observer” and Zagat. Attractive settings and party rooms for private parties are a plus. Check our Catering Sources.

Bob’s Steak & Chop House

4300 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219

214/528-9446, http://www.bobs-steakandchop.com

Bob’s meets the visual and gourmet expectations of the city’s best steakhouses. This is a great restaurant for entertaining out-of-towners and clients.


The Stoneleigh Hotel

2927 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75201

214/871-2420, http://www.stoneleigh.com

Attractive in its setting and semi-seclusion, the restaurant is part of an operation by a matchless hotelier, Jeff Trigger. A large table in the rear of the restaurant, surrounded by works of Texas artists, makes a perfect spot for a party of ten or twelve. Note the decor of the stylish bar, where one can always invite a friend for an after-work drink.

Café Pacific

24 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205

214/526-1170, http://www.hpvillage.com

One of the city’s most popular restaurants, the Highland Park restaurant is seldom without tables of attractive women celebrating birthdays and entertaining out- of- town guests. In addition to its fine food, it is a place to be seen.

Cadot Restaurant

18111 Preston Road, #120, Dallas, TX 75252

972/267-5700, http://www.cadotrestaurant.com

A “D Magazine” 2009 best new restaurant, Cadot is the endeavor of Parisian Jean-Marie Cadot, whose professional experiences include a Who’s Who of French and American restaurants. For the last 11 years, Cadot was the Executive Chef at Lavendou. A Far North Dallas destination for fine French food, Cadot has a private dining room and catering available.

Central 214

Hotel Palomar

5680 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75206

214/443-9339, http://www.central214.com

Central 214 comes with American regional food familiar to friends and family and with the TV celebrity Chef Blythe Beck, host of “The Naughty Kitchen with Chef Blythe Beck.” Up to 45 can be accommodated in a private room.

Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House

5330 Belt Line Road, Addison, TX 75254

972/934-2467, http://www.chamberlainsrestaurant.com

Consistently a top-rated restaurant, Chamberlain’s is a stellar spot for private parties with five beautifully appointed private rooms that accommodate from 10 to 100. Top Chef Richard Chamberlain, well known on the Dallas scene, deserves all the accolades and outstanding reviews from “Gourmet Magazine,” Zagat and the James Beard Foundation. Sibling Fish Market Grill is nearby.

Charlie Palmer at The Joule

1530 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201

214/261-4600, http://www.charliepalmer.com

Housed in the historic Joule Hotel, Charlie Palmer’s is a downtown jewel. The restaurant also shares the hotel energy theme (design by Adam Tihany) with lazily moving wind turbines in the ceiling. Along with décor, the food is top-notch under Chef Scott Romano’s skilled hand. The restaurant has a glass-enclosed wine room for private gatherings. Scott Romano also prepares the food for the Joule Hotel events.

Craft Dallas

W Hotel

2440 Vickery Park Lane, #100, Dallas, TX 75219

214/397-4111, http://www.craftrestaurant.com

Dallas is fortunate to have a Craft restaurant by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio. The simple but spectacular food is served family style in his attractive W Hotel space. A semi-private area can house private parties up to 65 guests.

Crú – A wine Bar (multiple locations)

West Village, 3699 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204

214/526-9463, http://www.cruawinebar.com

Crú lures both foodies and wine lovers. The wide selection of wines makes this a favorite to share an occasion with the uninitiated to wine and is available for both private and off-site functions. The food is outstanding and works well with the wines.


Ritz-Carlton Hotel

2121 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201

214/922-4848, http://www.fearingsreaturant.com

Celebrity Chef Dean Fearing has settled into his spectacular home at the Ritz Carlton very nicely indeed. Fearing’s is a feast for all the senses, and its modular room set-up provides stunning backdrops for private events. The eight person Chef’s Table is perfect for a dinner or luncheon for friends, and the 16 person Wine Cellar is the ideal setting for a birthday or anniversary dinner. The awards, including Zagat’s 2009 “top-rated hotel dining room in the U.S.,” put Fearing’s into the league with only the best.

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck

300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75202

214/741-5560, http://www.wolfgangpuck.com

Impresario Wolfgang Puck has come to Dallas with memorable catering and a glamorous, new restaurant atop Reunion Tower. Long a tourist destination (the views are fabulous), the slowly revolving restaurant is a great place for locals and their guests.

Hector’s on Henderson

2929 N. Henderson Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206

214/821-0432, http://www.hectorsonhenderson.com

This standout neighborhood restaurant with pleasant ambiance and good food is hosted by Hector Garcia, once the General Manager of the venerable Riviera Restaurant. A large back room is available for private parties. Hector’s caters as well.


2927 N. Henderson Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206

214/827-2927, http://www.hibiscus.com

Hip and attractive, Hibiscus serves Pacific-inspired cuisine. The Veranda Room is available for up to 60 guests.

Hotel St. Germain

2516 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201

214/655-0700, http://www.hotelstgermain.com

One of the most charming and sophisticated settings for a private party. A member of the exclusive Relais and Chateaux hotel group, Hotel St. Germain is an elegant European-style hotel owned by Louisiana-born and French-educated Claire Heyman. This is one of the most unique Dallas sites for a special event, for about 10 to 30 in the dining room and for larger groups al fresco. It is no wonder that brides seek out the hotel for wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners.


The Shops at Legacy

7161 Bishop Road, Dallas, TX 75243

469/229-9111, http://www.kentrathbun.com

Jasper’s is part of the Kent Rathbun family of restaurants, with an emphasis on regional American cooking. Accolades accrue here as well, with the restaurant having been named by “Esquire Magazine” as one of the “20 Best New Restaurants in America.” Jasper’s offers a wide range of private dining options and catering as well.

Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano

4912 Cole Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205

214/521-4211, http://www.Javiers.net

Javier’s, with its fine continental Mexico City cuisine, has been a favorite with the Park Cities crowd since 1977. Javier’s offers three private rooms of varying sizes for private parties and excellent catering.


19009 Preston Road, Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75252

972/248-1911, http://www.lavendou.com

A visit to Lavendou is a visit to a French bistro. This is a comfortable place to invite a few friends to share a dinner or to celebrate with a private party of up to 50 in a semi-private room. Their catering means the same food can be served chez vous.

Loft 610

5760 State Highway 121, Suite 121, Plano, TX 75024

972/377-2500, http://www.loft610.com

A new Plano concept had the good fortune to nab Tre Wilcox, the former Abacus Chef de Cuisine, to put it on the Dallas area culinary map. Tre garnered fame as a 2007 nominee for a James Beard Award and as a participant on Bravo’s “Top Chef” third season. Loft 610 has a Library or the entire nightclub-like restaurant for private events. The cuisine should be a real plus.

Mercury Grill

11909 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75230

972/960-7774, http://www.mcrowd.com

Mercury is the star of the MCrowd restaurant group (also Mi Cocina and Taco Dinner) with acclaimed Chef Chris Ward at the helm. Unique in its food and ambiance, Mercury is simultaneously sophisticated, casual and a neighborhood restaurant with exceptional food and ambiance. There is a fabulous Sunday brunch for entertaining a few friends and larger rooms for celebratory and corporate events. Mercury also sponsors cooking classes and wine dinners well worth investigating.

Nana Grill

Hilton Anatole Hotel

2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207

214/761-7470, http://www.nanarestaurant.com

With sky-high aesthetics, coupled with Chef Anthony Bombaci’s stellar food, the Nana Grill is a special place to impress a date or guests. Understandably, stars and accolades from reviewers are many. A variety of rooms makes planning private events a breeze.

Nick & Sam’s

3311 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219

214/871-7444, http://www.nick-sams.com

An extensive wine list and creative cuisine by Chef Samir Dhurandhar goes beyond the steakhouse formula. High energy, piano music and a raw bar help account for the popularity of the elegant Oak Lawn restaurant. There are private rooms for parties and many mid-day luncheon events when the restaurant is normally closed.


4115 Lomo Alto Drive, Dallas, TX 75219

214/521-1800, http://www.nonnadallas.com

Named one of Dallas’ 2008 best new restaurants by “D Magazine,” Nonna’s is the place to invite a friend on a birthday to enjoy Chef Julian Barsotti’s innovative Italian food. The restaurant is tiny and filled with those who enjoy the setting and the cuisine. Julian, as many know, is the son of the Food Company’s co-owner, Shelly Barsotti Hudson.

Ocean Prime

2101 Cedar Springs Drive, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75201

214/965-0440, http://www.ocean.prime-dallas.com

A retro American Super Club, Ocean Prime offers an eclectic and sophisticated setting, complete with de rigueur outdoor fireplace. Four handsome private dining rooms of varying sizes are available for private parties.

Pappas Brothers Steakhouse

10477 Lombardi Lane, Dallas, TX 75220

214/366-2000, http://www.pappasbros.com

A 60-year-old institution, Pappas Brothers prides itself on an old-fashioned, classic environment and congenial private rooms for private events. Pappas Brothers has a note-worthy wine inventory and sponsors regular wine dinners and wine tastings to showcase the vineyards represented in their wine cellar. These make great events for sharing with friends.

Rise #1

5360 W. Lovers Lane, Suite 220, Dallas, TX 75209

214/366-9900, http://www.risesoufle.com

Brilliant and well received, Rise is a “salon de soufflé.” Crowds flock there for main course and dessert soufflés. We can never decide on a favorite

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

2821 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75219

214/443-4747, http://www.mansiononturtlecreek.com

The iconic Mansion restaurant has undergone a major change with French-trained and Michelin-starred Bruno Davaillon regaining its megastar status. The Mansion has always been the special place to entertain and be entertained, either in the Dining Room or in one of the small suites on the second floor, accommodating from 10 to 70 guests. The charm and uniqueness of the former Sheppard King estate has stood the test of time.


4152 Cole Avenue, Suite 103, Dallas, TX 75204

214/252-9604, http://www.salum.com

“Simply chic,” “Rock Star Performance” in the open kitchen, so said the reviews. The minimalist décor of the trendy bistro does not overpower the superb American food of Chef-owner Abraham Salum. This is where you invite a few friends for a quiet, enjoyable dinner, unless you are fortunate enough to take over the entire restaurant on a Sunday evening.

Samar by Stephan Pyles

2100 Ross Avenue, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75201

214/922-9922, http://www.samarrestaurant.com

“Dallas Morning News'” best 2009 restaurant, Samur has a stylish but casual ambiance and small plates from menus of Indian, Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Plan your parties with more than six friends for one of the two private rooms. Great for before or after a nearby Arts District performance. Recent changes bode well with those who like larger plates.

Sevy’s Grill

8201 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75225

214/265-7389, http://www.sevys.com

A long-time Preston Center favorite, Sevy’s is the neighborhood place with excellent food, overseen by popular Executive Chef and owner Jim (Sevy) Severson. The private room is a congenial setting for a private party up to 40 guests.


7713 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75209

214/352-0005, http://www.shinseirestaurant.com

Not to be outdone by their celebrity chef spouses, Lynae Fearing and Tracy Rathbun (both with restaurant management experience) have their own following with a popular pan-Asian restaurant. The multi-level site has excellent spaces for private parties.

Stephan Pyles

1807 Ross Avenue, Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201

214/580-7000, http://www.stephanpyles.com

The “Father of Southwestern Cuisine” has another hit in a mid-century downtown building, designed by Gorge Dahl, near the Arts District. Chef-owner Stephan Pyles was the first in Texas to be named to the James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who,” and the “N.Y. Times” has called him “an absolute genius in the kitchen.” You can enjoy a private room for parties and sign up for his cooking classes.

The French Room

Adolphus Hotel

1321 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75202

214/651-3502, http://www.hoteladolphus.com

The most romantic and architecturally beautiful dining room in Dallas. Coupled with outstanding food and impeccable service, it is a real winner to entertain a significant other. For larger groups, the restaurant is available on Sunday evenings and at lunch when the restaurant is closed for public dining.

The Palm

701 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202

214/698-0470, http://www.thepalm.com

The Palm is the quintessential steakhouse with a handsome, old-fashioned feeling and walls lined with cartoons of celebrities and regulars. The several private rooms make this a congenial place for business lunches and celebratory dinners.

The Place at Perry’s

2911 Routh Street, Dallas, TX 75201

214/871-9991, http://www.theplaceatperrys.com

The understated but stylish Perry’s has a lot going for it. In addition to prime steaks, the options for seafood are excellent, mostly thanks to the seafood restaurants on Chef Travis Henderson’s resume. Private facilities are available.

Tillman’s Roadhouse

324 W. 7th Street, Dallas, TX 75208

214/942-0988, http://www.tillmansroadhouse.com

Good food, good music in an updated Texas roadhouse. Bring your out-of-town guests to dinner in Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District as an alternative to the steakhouse experience. A Texas style private dining room seats up to 24.

Toulouse Café and Bar

3314 Knox Street, Dallas, TX 75205

214/520-8999, http://www.toulousecafeandbar.com

Dallas’ most popular neighborhood bistro is an Alberto Lombardi concept. With Lombardi’s French-influenced Belgian food (masters of “les pommes frites”), the menu is classic and the restaurant high energy. Invite friends to share the cuisine and the atmosphere.

Trece Mexican Kitchen and Tequilla Bar

4315 Travis Street, Dallas, TX 75205

214/780-1900, http://www.trecerestaurant.com

The Robert Colombo concept, with haute Mexican cuisine and Adam Tihany design, is a successful blend. Judging by the crowds lined up outside, the sophisticated space and Mexican cuisine have been a draw since the restaurant opened. A VIP wine room seats 10 to 20 and the entire restaurant accommodates 350.

Urbano Café

1410 N. Fitzhugh Avenue, Dallas, TX 0

214/823-8550, http://www.urbanodallas.com

Tucked between Jimmy’s Food Store and Tom Spicer’s produce shop, tiny and funky Urbano is the place to go while introducing friends to the fine food mecca of Dallas.

Ziziki’s (multiple locations)

4514 Travis Street, Dallas, TX 75205

214/521-2233, http://www.zizikis.com

In a city with limited, non-Latin ethnic food, sophisticated foodies will love the Greek specialties at Ziziki’s. The Travis Walk location has a charming private room for lunches and dinners. Catering is also available.

Re-printed from EntertainingDallas.com


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