Next time you go to Trinity Groves, the restaurant park at the bottom of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, look up. Italian restaurant Saint Rocco's now has a third-story patio with pretty perfect views of the Dallas skyline.
The restaurant (on the first floor) has been open almost exactly a year. It comes from Phil Romano, one of Dallas' best-known entrepreneurs and the creative conceptor behind Romano's Macaroni Grill, Eatzi's, Fuddrucker's and many more. Romano says Saint Rocco's is a personal project, meant to mirror the Italian suppers he grew up eating. Restaurant critic Leslie Brenner gave it two stars in late 2015.
While Saint Rocco's restaurant feels like old-time New York, with big tables where Romano says his Italian friends can 'sit and argue,' the new upstairs lounge is airy and organized, like you're sitting in a garden in Europe.
At the third-story bar, chef Jay Valley has assembled a snack menu that includes paninis with thick, house-made potato chips; a charcuterie board; and desserts like nutella mousse parfait and strawberry shortcake made with a moist olive-oil-basil cake.
The bar serves beer, wine and cocktails, plus a special menu of adult milkshakes in chocolate or black-cherry vanilla.
At first, the lounge will be open Fridays and Saturdays beginning Oct. 7 -- just in time for Texas-OU weekend.
The lounge, while open-air, also has air-conditioning and misters when needed.
Hiding on the second floor is a new, private dining room that can be rented out for banquets, business meetings and wedding receptions.
Flip through photos of the new rooftop patio and banquet room:
Saint Rocco's is located at 3011 Gulden Lane, Dallas. Details here.