7 New Dallas Restaurants Opening This Summer 2022

From a new Italian spot from the team behind Shinsei to lively new local chef concepts, these are the seven new Dallas restaurants we’re most excited about this summer.


7709 Inwood Road

This new Italian restaurant from Shinsei owners Lynae Fearing and Tracy Moore Kathbun is set to open this summer. Taking over the former Fireside Pies space on Inwood Road, Dea (“goddess” in Italian) will serve homemade pastas, pizzas and other traditional dishes.

Darna Market is a new Mediterranean restaurant in Plano’s Legacy West.

Darna Mediterranean Market

7700 Windrose Ave (Legacy West), Plano

A new Mediterranean restaurant, bar and market occupies the former Barnes & Noble space in Legacy West. Darna, which means “Our Home” in Arabic, comes from Yaser Khalaf, owner of Baboush of Uptown Dallas (Yela Concepts). The new restaurant is slated to open this summer with a Turkish coffee bar, full-service bar, deli, and expansive outdoor patio. Diners can expect mezze, souvlaki, meat boards and more. Decor will feature Middle Eastern elements, as well as North African and coastal Mediterranean interiors.

Nick Badovinus is also opening several new concepts in Dallas, including an upscale spot in the Design District.

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1602 Market Center Boulevard

This summer, prolific chef Nick Badovinus’ new modern and intimate continental cuisine restaurant will also open in the Design District. The new 12-table spot takes over the former Kings Cabaret strip club, but will be revamped for a luxury dining experience.

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Montes Modern Charhouse will take over the former Abacus space in Uptown. (Courtesy of Dillinger Consulting, LLC)

Montes Modern Charhouse

4511 McKinney Ave

A new upscale restaurant located in the former location of Abacus (then briefly, Jasper’s Uptown) in the Knox Street neighborhood, Montes is a steakhouse from Refined Hospitality Concepts. Led by Executive Chef Jason Tilmann, the charhouse will focus on steaks and vegetables seared on a Montague grill, according to the Dallas Morning News.

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The owners of Revelers Hall are opening a new brewery/bakery/deli down the street from their other concept, Oddfellows. (Courtesy of Revelers Hall)


409 N. Zang Street

Owners of two popular Oak Cliff haunts (Oddfellows and Revelers Hall) are creating something new in the former Chan Thai space. Part brewery, cafe, bakery, and deli, Jackuval is a riff on “Jack-of-All-Trades.”

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Nonna and Carbone chef Julian Barsotti is opening several new concepts in Dallas this summer.

Farewell horses

5629 SMU Blvd.

Dallas boss Julian Barsotti is back. A few weeks after opening his latest Tex-Mex concept, Odelay, in Inwood Village, the chef is launching a dive bar with classic bites on SMU Boulevard. Called Goodbye Horses, it will serve upgraded versions of bar foods like burgers, tacos and po’boys.

Taboo Bacari

4113 Lomo Alto Drive

Another concept from Julian Barsotti, this intimate new Italian restaurant and bar will open this summer next to chef Nonna’s popular Italian restaurant in Highland Park. Entering the former Strictly Tabu space, the new spot is a tribute to the jazz bar that was there for 40 years. Bacari Tabu will bring jazz and pizza back to the neighborhood.

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