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5 Great Wine Lists in Dallas

This Texas metropolis has blossomed into a top American wine destination
Guests are greeted by the stunning entrance of the Mansion Restaurant.
Photo by: Rosewood Hotels
Guests are greeted by the stunning entrance of the Mansion Restaurant.

Posted: April 27, 2015

Updated: January 19, 2017

For food- and wine-loving locals and visitors, the news is good: Dallas has made it clear that its fine dining, with an enduring bit of Texas swagger, is alive and kicking—and at a level that would make many cities envious. Dallas cooking is indelibly infused with Southwestern spices and techniques, but the city also offers a wide range of dining options, from steak-house fare to premium sushi to refined French cuisine.

Here are five restaurants in the city with outstanding wine collections. To check out more great wine dining spots across the globe, see Wine Spectator’s more than 3,700 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including our 58 award winners in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and the 91 Grand Award recipients that hold our highest honor.

Do you have a favorite you’d like to see on this list? Send your recommendations to restaurantawards@mshanken.com. We want to hear from you!

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Dallas

10477 Lombardy Lane
Telephone 214-366-2000
Website www.pappasbros.com
Open Dinner, Monday to Saturday
Grand Award

Terri Glanger
The 30,000 bottle inventory at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Dallas is managed by wine director Barbara Werley.

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, with three Restaurant Award–winning locations in Texas, knows how to pair choice chops with wine. At the Dallas location, wine director and Master Sommelier Barbara Werley curates a 3,700-bottle, Grand Award–winning wine list, while executive chef James Johnson prepares the restaurant’s classic steak-house fare. If diners are just looking for a taste, Pappas Bros. has a robust by-the-glass program, especially when it comes to selecting a red to match the popular main courses.

Cool River

1045 Hidden Ridge Road, Irving
Telephone (972) 871-8881
Website www.coolrivercafe.com
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Whether you’re looking to savor a glass of wine after a long day, celebrate date night or get the family together for a special occasion, the cozy Cool River has you covered. There, you’ll find not only a 500-selection list strong in choices from California, France and Italy, but also billiards tables, a cigar lounge and live music. Chef Rob Olvera’s menu includes a plethora of seafood and steak options, as well as comfort-food sides—six-cheese scalloped potatoes, and white cheddar and chive creamed corn, to name a few.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

5251 Spring Valley Road
Telephone (972) 490-9000
Website www.delfriscos.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Wine Director Jessica Norris oversees all Del Frisco’s wine programs.

Jessica Norris is the wine director for the Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse chain, which has become a national fine-wine powerhouse in recent years, with 12 Double Eagles now holding the Best of Award of Excellence around the country, including the flagship Dallas location. The Dallas restaurant houses three elegant fireplaces, features live entertainment and a wine list topping 1,300 selections. The list has strengths in California, Italy, Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhône and complements executive chef David Holben’s steaks and seafood.

III Forks

17776 Dallas Parkway
Telephone (972) 267-1776
Website www.3forks.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

If you’re looking for a restaurant that embodies the grand Texas lifestyle, look no further than III Forks Steakhouse. Each dining room in the 25,000-square-foot establishment is named after a hero of the Texas Revolution and is decorated with rich woods, leather and Old Western antiques. Executive chef Chris Vogeli turns out Texas-sized steaks, with the largest offering topping out at 32 ounces, and the Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list offers 780 selections, with California and Bordeaux particularly well-represented.

The Mansion Restaurant

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Telephone (214) 443-4747
Website www.rosewoodhotels.com
Open Dinner, daily; lunch, Monday to Friday
Best of Award of Excellence

Located at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in uptown Dallas, the Mansion Restaurant has been catering to well-heeled guests for over three decades. Indulge in dishes such as foie gras with cornbread and pepita brittle, striped bass with sunchoke, smoked pheasant with butternut squash or day-boat scallop with smoked maitake mushrooms on the upscale Southwestern menu. The 850-selection wine list, a Best of Award of Excellence winner, touts strong offerings from California, Bordeaux and Burgundy.

Brian Boomer
Dallas, TX —  May 9, 2015 4:09pm ET
If only WS would acknowledge private clubs in some way!

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