Published: January, 2018
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Dallas, Texas

No trip to Dallas would be complete without a lunch at the Mermaid Bar in Neiman Marcus. A rite of passage for any first time visit!
— Keira Muller
  • More about your oliver guide:
  • Trip type: Adult, Group getaway, City
  • Activity level: easy
  • Ideal length of trip: A LONG WEEKEND

to & from

Fly any major airline to Dallas (DFW) America Airlines has a hub there. Not necessary to rent a car, you can Uber anywhere.

Where to Stay

Where to Eat and Drink

  • Zodiac Room- No trip to Dallas would be complete without a ladies lunch in Neiman Marcus (Northpark or downtown). It is like a right of passage.
  • Mi Cochina- is an institution and you must have a Mambo Taxi but not more than me.
  • Cafe Pacific- is also a mainstay in Highland Park neighborhood
  • Le Bilboquet- Fancy, french
  • Up on Knox- American Brasserie with California influence
  • 18th & Vine - Texas BBQ favorite
  • Uchi Sushi- Amazing sushi, you would think you were in Japan
  • Rise- Souffles heaven... get the name?!?
  • Bird Bakery- Cupcake and a cappucino; as you will need to refuel during shopping excursions.
  • Jose is good for lunch and also has a fun bar and dinner crowd.
  • Town Hearth, Sassetta, and FT33 to name a few in the Dallas Design District -- a fun area to go out.
  • Gemma and Sachet -delicious and buzz worthy (sister restaurants in the Uptown area)
  • Favorite Bars (if you are looking for a hangover)... Inwood Tavern (Lovers/Inwood), Bottled Blonde (Deep Ellum) Happiest Hour (in American Airlines Center), Mansion Bar (favorite Hotel bar)

What to Do

  • Dallas is a shoppers dream. Favorite shops include: Forty Five Ten (Barney's NY of the South, grab a drink or lunch at Mirador to refuel from shopping), Neiman Marcus (Flagship), Stanley Korshak, Mi Golondrina, Ann & Sid Mashburn, Madre Dallas (children's shop), Blue Print (Home Decor), The Loveliest (Home Decor and monogrammed gifts), Grange Hall, Baldwin (Knox Henderson), DLM Supply (Bishop Arts), Veronica Beard (Highland Park Village) Canary & Cabana (Both stores owned by Merry Vose. Canary carries upscale designers. Cabana has a casual selection.)
  • Walk the Katy Trail that travels from SMU to Uptown, stopping at the Ice House for the delicious brisket nachos.
  • Dallas Museum of Art- Free admission, great collection
  • Nasher Sculpture Garden (under construction now)
  • Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Spring (especially) for Dallas Blooms
  • Visit the iconic Eyeball, across from the Joule Hotel

Dallas, Texas - Suggestions from the Oliver Community

  • Cynthia Pillsbury Says

    In Dallas for a dance competition for my daughter and had the two best brunches thanks to my local friend, Molly Brickman.

    Toulouse, a very French eatery has a great menu… (frog legs anyone?) we loved the tomato tart (!!!) and lobster eggs benedict and beignets were incredible; the atmosphere fun and the neighborhood great to walk around, especially the RealReal retail shop down the street!

    We also loved lunch at the very NY-y eatery, Sadelle’s in Highland Park Village. The bright, cool vibe carries over the people watching and the menu is delicious. They make a perfect kir and mimosa which paired well with my egg tacos. I could have stayed there all day!

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