The first-ever DFW Restaurant Week Food & Wine Festival presented by VisitDallas.com will officially kick-off the 19th annual DFW Restaurant Week presented by Your Metroplex Cadillac Dealers with two-evenings of food and fun. Attendees will enjoy a variety of culinary experiences by top restaurants, domestic and international wines, cocktails and more.
Event will feature Live Music on the main stage, fantastic wines from vineyards like M Goode, Chateau Ste Michelle, Liberated and great food from restaurants like Seasons 52, The Keg, One90 Smoked Meats and many more!
Fri., August 12 & Sat., August 13
5pm – 10pm
Main Street Garden – Downtown Dallas
1902 Main Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
TICKETS (click here to purchase now)
- General Admission for a Single Night Pass – $15 ($20 DAY OF)
- General Admission for a Two Night Pass – $25 ($30 DAY OF)
- Wine Tasters Club Single Night Pass – $30
- *Wine tasters Club DAY OF tickets will be available while supplies last
- VIP Admission for a Single Night Pass – $150 ($160 DAY OF)
*Limited VIP Tickets Available
- Event is 18+
Our top restaurants for DFW Restaurant Week
- Al Biernat’s
- Bistro 31
- Cafe Pacific
- Cedar Grove
- Clark Food & Wine
- Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse (Fort Worth is the best location in our opinion)
- Lonesome Dove Western Bistro (One of our favorite restaurants in DFW)
- Nobu Dallas (Went during restaurant week 2014 and loved it, read the post here)
- Proof + Pantry
- Shinsei (Best sushi hands down)
- Tei-An (One of our favorite restaurants in Dallas – great for date night or special occasion)
DALLAS | FORT WORTH – The countdown is on for the start of summer’s hottest dining event — the 19th annual DFW Restaurant Week presented by Your Metroplex Cadillac Dealers. The official list of participating restaurants has been unveiled and diners can begin booking lunch and dinner reservations for Aug. 15-21 and beyond. DFW Restaurant Week supports the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) in the Dallas area and Lena Pope in Tarrant County, with proceeds from each meal benefiting the charities’ work to help local children and families in need.
DFW Restaurant Week 2016 – Delicious Details
Diners can find the official list of DFW Restaurant Week participating restaurants, including menus and reservation links, at DFWRestaurantWeek.com. During DFW Restaurant Week in August, diners can experience a different scene and cuisine each day as they select from more than 125 top restaurants offering delicious three-course prix fixe dinners for either $35 or $45. Many restaurants will also offer the Cadillac Lunch Experience brought to you by Oak Farms Dairy, featuring two-course lunches for just $20. Twenty percent of each meal purchased will be donated to one of the charity partners, NTFB or Lena Pope. Key offerings include:
- Preview Weekend – Aug. 12-14 – Advance “Preview” dining at select restaurants
- DFW Restaurant Week – Aug. 15-21 – Many restaurants will extend through Aug. 28 or Sept. 4
- Central Market Fourth Course Certificates – Spend $25 at local Central Markets and request a certificate for a FREE additional dinner course at participating restaurants!
“As the North Texas Food Bank’s single largest fundraiser, DFW Restaurant Week provides the perfect opportunity for supporters to dine out and give back this August,” said Simon Powell, NTFB Chief Operating Officer, interim president and CEO. “Each dollar we receive from the campaign provides three meals for hungry North Texans.”
DFW Restaurant Week Food & Wine Festival
The first-ever DFW Restaurant Week Food & Wine Festival presented by VisitDallas.com will officially kick-off DFW Restaurant Week with two-evenings of food and fun. Attendees will enjoy a variety of culinary experiences by top restaurants, domestic and international wines, cocktails and more. Live entertainment will include Big Bad VooDoo Daddy and Magic! The event, held the evenings of Aug. 12 and Aug. 13, will take place in the heart of downtown Dallas at Main Street Garden. General admission and VIP tickets are now on sale at DFW Restaurant Week’s new year-round website, DFWRW365.com.
“DFW Restaurant Week provides critical funds for our counseling and education programs while also supporting local restaurants at a traditionally slower time of year,” said Lena Pope CEO Todd A. Landry. “By dining out for a cause, DFW Restaurant Week supporters helped us provide more than 1,400 counseling sessions and helped us educate over 600 kids last year. We encourage everyone to enjoy a delicious meal and help our families grow stronger at the same time!”
DFW Restaurant Week Sponsors
With a new presenting sponsor in celebration of its 19th year, DFW Restaurant Week presented by Your Metroplex Cadillac Dealers is a CBS RADIO DFW event. It is also proudly sponsored by Texas Beef Council, Central Market, Oak Farms Dairy, OpenTable, Sysco, FreshPoint, American Institute of Wine & Food, D Magazine, and The Star-Telegram.
About DFW Restaurant Week presented by Your Metroplex Cadillac Dealers
Celebrating 19 years in 2016, DFW Restaurant Week presented by Your Metroplex Cadillac Dealers is known as summer’s hottest North Texas dining event! Each August diners enjoy delicious prix fixe dinners and lunches at more than 125 participating restaurants, with 20 percent of each meal going to the North Texas Food Bank in the Dallas area or Lena Pope in Tarrant County. Since its creation by KRLD NewsRadio 1080 in 1997, the event has raised millions for its local charity partners, including nearly $740,000 raised in 2015 alone. For the full dish on DFW Restaurant Week, please visit DFWRestaurantWeek.com or DFWRW365.com.
About North Texas Food Bank – The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a top-ranked nonprofit relief organization, and the largest North Texas charity. Each day, the North Texas Food Bank provides access to 170,000 meals for hungry children, seniors and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and 262 Partner Agencies. In fiscal year 2015, NTFB provided access to 63.4 million meals, but much work remains to be done. To meet the current need for food assistance, NTFB has announced a ten-year plan to provide access to 92 million nutritious meals annual by 2025 and eliminating the hunger gap in its 13-county service area. NTFB is a member of Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization.
About Lena Pope – More than 85 years ago, Lena Pope began providing hope for North Texas children. Since its founding in 1930, the programs offered by Lena Pope have evolved to meet the changing needs of the community. Lena Pope provides counseling and education services that are designed to wrap around the entire family. From play therapy for young children to substance abuse treatment, Lena Pope is there to help meet the mental health needs of Tarrant County and the surrounding areas. Lena Pope operates Chapel Hill Academy, an open-enrollment public charter school for more than 500 elementary students in South Fort Worth. Lena Pope also has an Early Learning Center that provides quality early learning opportunities for 114 children ages six weeks to five years. With the support of the community, Lena Pope will continue to help children and families thrive.
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We love going to Nobu! The food is consistent and it feels very celebratory. So, of course this made it onto our list of must-dines during DFW’s Restaurant week! The Cold Ramen Noodle composition was light and flavorful, the same goes for the Cucumber Sunomono. Barbara ordered the Grilled Chicken Yakitori, which she said was moist, tangy, savory and delicious. I ordered the Sea Bass Dry Miso – one word – UMAMI! To end this exquisite meal we both ordered the Mango Cardamom Panna Cotta. It’s hard to impress me with dessert and this was absolutely wonderful. It was airy, perfectly balanced with a melange of textures and flavors at play. You can find Nobu’s complete restaurant menu here.
Wishing you all delicious eats,
Emily @ Fortuitous Foodies
We had such a blast attending the kickoff party for DFW Restaurant Week! The party was the perfect start to restaurant week, which is in its 17th year! As foodies, restaurant week is one of our favorite times of the year in DFW! We definitely take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy some of our favorite restaurants at more wallet-friendly prices, all while giving back to the community! The event was presented by the Dallas Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and ticket sales benefited the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope.
The party took place at Centennial Hall at Fair Park and was a great location for the event, which was much larger than we had originally expected. The event was well-attended and all of the participating restaurants and vendors put a lot of effort into making this a night to remember. The Cirque du Soleil theme was fun and created a fantasy-like atmosphere with stilt walkers in chef suits, aerial silk acrobats, and contortionists. As soon as we walked into the Hall we were transported into an upbeat night club-esque scene with a DJ spinning beats heavy on the bass. I must admit, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting when I envisioned a restaurant week kickoff party, but then again, we do live in Dallas.
Thanks to Celebrity Cruises DFW, we received V.I.P. passes to the festivities which included craft cocktail samples, local brews, wine, and tantalizing samples from a cross-section of DFW restaurants. The party also featured several live chef demos. One thing that was a bit disappointing was the size of the craft cocktails. While they were delicious, we were expecting more than a thimble full of each cocktail. There wasn’t even the option of getting a full size drink unless you opted for the Lakewood Brews, which we did. Even the wine from Max’s was rationed to the less than 1 oz tastes.
Now on to the FOOD! While we do love a good party, we were really interested in sinking our teeth into some savory samples in preparation for the gastronomic event of the year that is DFW Restaurant Week! But I must say, overall we were a little let down by the caliber of food presented by most of the chefs. Obviously, it is a challenge to present your most delectable and award-winning dishes when you are at such a large event with limited prep space and the overall time constraints.
Here are our favorite and least favorite samplings from the night:
- Bistecca: Shrimp Asparagus Risotto with a Romano Crisp & Cranberry Apple Syrup
- Place at Perry’s: Mango Crab Won Tons
- STEEL: Yaki Soba Noodles with Ginger Scallion Sauce (pretty straight forward and traditional, but done well)
- Absolute Favorite was Dallas Caramel Company! Their Chai Caramel was incredible!
- Sambuca: Goat Cheese Stuffed Artichokes (tasted like artichokes from a jar! Very one dimensional)
- Dallas Fish Market: Honeydew Melon Soup Shooters with Crab
Our DFW Restaurant Week List