Dallas’ Best Seafood Restaurants – 10 Places That Prove This City Knows About Fish

When you think of cooking in Dallas, the mind usually goes straight to steaks or just meat in general. But this landlocked city also offers excellent seafood.

From counter service to fine dining, here are Dallas’ 10 best seafood restaurants.

The Oceanaire seafood room

13340 Dallas Pkwy.

Located inside the Galleria Dallas, this seafood restaurant serves all the fresh fish you could ask for. Lobster, swordfish, salmon, redfish and more can be “simply made” with lemon butter. Order a side dish of whipped truffle potatoes, roasted chardonnay mushrooms or lobster mac and cheese to complete your meal.

Executive Chef Christian Stewart joined The Oceanaire team last year with deep Southern roots and a love for farm-to-table cuisine. Originally from Louisiana, Stewart began his culinary career at the age of 17. He then moved to Montana to work on an urban farm before moving back south to Dallas.

The Oceanaire also has an oyster bar, raw vegetables bar, steak, soups and salads. Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., which includes small bites for $ 7 to $ 9, $ 5 bottled beer, and $ 7 wine.

You can certainly expect hearty meals from The Oceanaire Seafood Room.

The boiling crab

10560, rue Noyer

For Cajun seafood, head to Boiling Crab in North Dallas. The process is straightforward. You choose your own peach, sauce and spices. Crabs, mussels, crayfish, shrimp and lobster can be mixed with lemon pepper, garlic sauce or something called Rajun Cajun or The Whole Sha-Bang!

Fried options are also available, such as catfish and shrimp baskets, squid or oysters. Add extras like okra, Cajun chowder or Cajun fries for a complete Cajun meal.

Boiling Crab originated in California in 2004 and is a good family-friendly, casual option for quality seafood.

Water grill (now closed)

1920 McKinney Avenue

This Uptown spot opened two years ago on McKinney Avenue. and Klyde Warren Park. President George W. Bush dined here, a photo of him can be seen on Instagram highlights from Water Grill in Dallas.

Water Grill was established in 1989 in Southern California. The only place outside of Cali is here in Dallas. The menu offers a raw bar, many options for shellfish and dishes such as fish & chips and homemade tortellini.

The site has a patio and is an ideal meeting place. Try creative cocktails with your meal, like a Sangrita or a Gin Gin Mule. Happy Hour Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Water Grill brings a distinctive setting and worthy seafood.

20 foot seafood joint

1160 Peavy Road

Located in East Dallas, 20 Feet is a casual, counter-service seafood restaurant. Co-owned by Marc Cassel and Suzan Fries, this place is known for its lobster rolls and pork ramen. Yes, ramen is on the menu if you’re not feeling the seafood right now.

The seafood is a must try. Starters include New England-style Clam Chowda, Mexican shrimp cocktail, and green mussels. There are salads and sandwiches, including the famous lobster roll. The main courses are fish & chips, oysters & chips, scampi with shrimp and parmesan grits.

Finish the evening with the chocolate cream pie or lime pie. The place is BYOB, so bring your favorite drink as well.

TJ’s Seafood Market & Grill

4212 Oak Lawn Avenue

Opened in 1989, TJ’s focuses on shellfish, grilled fish, fish tacos and sandwiches. The Oak Lawn location offers favorites like shrimp enchiladas, TJ’s fish tacos, and crab cakes.

Come with a group and share a side of sriracha brussels with honey or charred corn and poblano hush puppies. Other options include sautéed squash, sea salt and herb fries, coconut rice and more.

The wine list offers red and white “fish-friendly” options, with a heading that says “Yes, drink red with seafood”. For dessert, try the frangelico chocolate pudding with caramel cream.

Montlake Cup

8220 Westchester Drive

This University Park seafood restaurant is a concept by Nick Badonvinus (Neighborhood Services, Town Hearth, Offsite Kitchen). Inspired by the Pacific Northwest, the menu offers everything from poke bowls to noodle dishes and taco platters.

In addition to a raw and oyster bar, there’s Neo Crudo with options like smoked salmon, red snapper ceviche, hamachi, and premium tartare. Get a side of garlic spinach, roasted cauliflower or sautéed brussels to name a few.

The restaurant has a nautical theme with paddles, seating, and decor to make you feel like you’re really at sea.

Pacific coffee

24 Highland Park Village

For upscale dining and seafood, this Highland Park restaurant is the place to go.

Popular dishes include three-onion-crusted sea bass, grilled Texas Gulf red snapper, and ceviche. There is also lobster and truffle risotto, scallops and smoked salmon.

Café Pacific also offers a Sunday brunch with Benedict crab cake, Benedict lobster and Benedict smoked salmon.

Seafood & Market Lovers

5200 W. Lovers Lane

Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing’s second restaurant (their other concept is Shinsei), Lovers serves lunch and dinner. Lovers is known for their tempura fried lobster spoons, meant to be shared.

Starter choices include Community IPA Breaded Fish & Chips, Pecan Crusted Rainbow Trout, and Seared Halibut to name a few. Or, if you’re more into pocket foods, order the lobster roll or the fish tacos.

A unique aspect of this restaurant is that you can buy fish at the market. Everything from king crab legs and tiger shrimp to plaice is available to take home for cooking.

Hook Line and Lead

3103 Avenue Lemmon

This laid back place on Lemmon / McKinney Avenue has been a Uptown staple for quite some time now. It looks awesome on the outside with old boat motors hanging around the outdoor patio as a backdrop, but that only adds to its charm.

Catfish is a staple, along with snow crab, fried oysters and shrimp po boy. Pair them with a side of hush puppies, fried pickles or fried okra. There’s also seafood okra, clam chowder, peelings and shrimp for a starter.

Beer and wine are available, along with lime pie, homemade coconut pie, bread pudding, and chocolate cream pie for dessert.

Dallas Fish Market

1501, main street

Located in downtown Dallas, this Fish Market is a new upscale American restaurant with a seafood focus. The kitchen is run by Executive Chef Richard Triptow, who was formerly sous chef at The Mansion. The Dallas Fish Market serves up elegant seafood dishes so the food is not only good, but amazing too.

Fresh oysters arrive every day and Sushi Night takes place every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. A unique item to try on the menu is the Tuna Pizza, which is a crispy flour tortilla topped with tuna, wasabi mayonnaise, serrano, pickled red onions, and chili tomatoes.

Thirsty Thursday happy hour takes place every Thursday from 3pm to 7pm. Gin and thyme lemonade is a refreshing option.

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