The 9 Essential Dallas Seafood Spots
March 12, 2019
BY KRISTEN SMART
If you love fresh seafood, you don’t need to head to the coast to find it. Dallas has a growing number of fresh seafood spots as well as some established treasures that serve delicious and high quality fare. Here is a look at some of the best seafood restaurants around town!
Dive Coastal Cuisine
Dive is tucked into an unassuming street in Snider Plaza and has been serving up fresh coastal cuisine for almost 10 years. This eatery has a fresh, bright atmosphere and food to match. Dive offers light dishes like salads, wraps, and larger share plates that promise to be organic, non-GMO, and local whenever possible.
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Montlake Cut is one of Dallas restauranter Nick Badovinus’ popular concepts and is as delicious as all the rest. Badovinus is behind Dallas favorites like Town Hearth, Off-Site Kitchen, Perfect Union Pizza Co., and Neighborhood Services. Originally from Seattle’s Puget Sound, Badovinus grew up surrounded by seafood, so it only makes sense that he would finally bring his talents to the aquatic genre. Montlake Cut serves up fish tacos, noodle bowls, poké, and seafood Milanese all on the same menu along with other seafood favorites like oysters, a raw bar, and crudo.
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This California establishment came to Dallas a few years ago, and we are so glad it did! Their raw bar features a wide selection of both Eastern and Pacific oysters, while they also offer chilled shellfish platters and many delicious entrees. The bar area also makes Water Grill a perfect date spot!
Check out their happy hour on Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m.
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20 Feet Seafood Joint
Looking for delicious seafood without the hefty tab? Look no further. 20 Feet Seafood might be one of the best seafood spots in town, regardless of price point. This East Dallas neighborhood spot is a BYOB walk-up with a reasonable, wide-ranging menu. You can get everything from a shrimp po-boy to clam chowder and they also have an ever-changing daily specials menu to mix it up. My recommendation: start your dinner off with a ‘Pineapple Ponzu Oyster Shooter’!
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Oysters, Oysters, Oysters. While Hudson House has a wide ranging menu including everything from salads to sandwiches to pasta dishes, the big hit here that you don’t want to miss is the raw bar. They have an amazing selection of oysters from across the coasts or if you want to try a little bit of everything from their raw bar, you can order one of their “Towers,” which comes with an assortment of crab claws, tuna tartare, shrimp cocktail, and more.
Feeling adventurous? Try the Royal Bloody: Absolut Elyx, house made bloody mix, bleu cheese olives, shrimp, shucked oyster, and a chili rim!
Rex’s Seafood and Market
Head over to Rex’s Seafood and Market in the Dallas Farmer’s Market if you’re looking for a fun atmosphere! You can order your food and enjoy it at the bar, inside the market, or on a sunny day – hop outside. Rex’s offers a great happy hour from 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday with $1 gulf coast oysters, $2 premium oysters, $3 beer, $7 wine, along with some creative dishes like the ceviche nachos and buffalo shrimp.
TJ’s Seafood Market & Grill
TJ’s is a classic in Dallas with two locations: one in Preston Hollow off Royal Lane and one in Turtle Creek off Oak Lawn Avenue. The Turtle Creek TJ’s functions more like a market with a more casual, creative feel serving up entrees like shrimp enchiladas or a hot and sour shrimp soba bowl. Whereas, the Royal location has more classic fish dishes.
Bonus: On Friday and Saturday, they do reverse happy hour from 9-10 p.m. or visit on Tuesdays when they offer all bottles of wine for ½ price!
Lover’s Seafood & Market
Lovers Seafood and Market is a creation from Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing, the duo behind Dallas favorite, Shinsei, and newcomer, Imoto. Lover’s Seafood is another one of the popular restaurant and market combinations where you can enjoy a delicious meal there or pick up your shellfish to go. Rathbun and Fearing’s goal with Lover’s Seafood is to showcase all the ocean has to offer, serve nothing but high quality dishes, provide exceptional service, and maintain reasonable costs for customers. On top of all that, they strive to be globally responsible and maintain the health and sustainability of our oceans.
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S&D Oyster Company
If you’re looking for some good ole fashioned seafood, S&D Oyster company is the spot for you. S&D is a Dallas institution where you can get New Orleans’ style seafood served with a side of southern hospitality. While S&D doesn’t take reservations, their food is worth the wait. You can get your fill of ocean classics like fried shrimp, oysters, or gumbo. All dinners are served with coleslaw, creole rice or fresh french fries, homemade hush puppies, and your choice of sauce: red, remoulade, tartar, or matagorda.
This spot doesn’t mess around with trendy dishes, but rather continues to offers delicious, classic seafood like it has since its establishment in 1976.