In Wine Enthusiast magazine's list of America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2018, three are from Dallas. That's an impressive number, especially since the entire state of Texas totaled seven restaurants on the list.
Nice work, Dallas sommeliers. (And you've got work to do, Dallas diners!)
All 3 Dallas restaurants are in the downtown Dallas area:
The French restaurant from chef Bruno Davaillon (formerly of the Mansion) is impossible to miss in downtown Dallas, with its gold-scaled exterior and floor to ceiling windows. Wine Enthusiast says the restaurant "feels modern and personal" and they especially liked sommelier and beverage director Andrew Schawel's all-French wine list. He's quoted as saying "I love to think of wine as a condiment for food."
- 400 S. Record St., Dallas
Stephan Pyles Flora Street Cafe
When chef Stephan Pyles closed his eponymous restaurant in downtown Dallas, some diners seemed truly heartbroken. Pyles seemed energized: He was getting to design a new restaurant, both in food and feel. Wine Enthusiast calls the upscale Flora Street "a food-and-wine must," with a wine list that includes family-run labels.
- 2330 Flora St., Dallas
The French Room
It's back. After being closed for renovations, one of Dallas' most spectacular dining rooms has returned with a more modern interior. The French Room's general manager Anthony Cournia says he hopes diners "are now empowered to engage with the sommelier and not be intimidated by wine selections."
- 1321 Commerce St. (at the Adolphus Hotel), Dallas
Other Texas restaurants that made Wine Enthusiast's list are Fredericksburg restaurant Cabernet Grill; and three in Houston: One Fifth, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse and Xochi.