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16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

Get thee to Rapscallion for tiki cocktails + Southern comfort

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Over the past few years, few Dallas neighborhoods have seen as much change as Lower Greenville. The neighborhood, which spans approximately one and a half miles down Greenville Avenue, has always been a hotspot for nightlife. Now, though, it’s one of the city’s best dining destinations.

Greenville Avenue’s explosive growth in recent years has brought some challenges for the neighborhood (like relentless construction) but now it’s in better shape than ever. Stop complaining about the parking and head all the way down to Lowest Greenville and check out these 16 essential neighborhood restaurants.

As always, if your favorite favorite Greenville Ave haunt is missing from this map, shout it out in the comments.

1 FreshFin Poke Co.

FreshFin is a Greenville Ave newcomer, but it’s already one of the city’s best spots to indulge in the poke trend. Chef-prepared garnishes and sauces (like black sesame emulsion and freshly-fried lotus chips) add a little something extra to the fresh ahi, hamachi, or salmon that you can choose for your bowl.

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

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3611 Greenville Ave STE A
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 730-0576

2 St. Martin's Wine Bistro

This slightly dusty, totally intimate date night spot serves up pretty dated French fare, but the champagne soup and escargot are timeless classics. Snag a table near the back for a cozy place to canoodle, or sit at the bar and sip on actually French champagne.

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

St. Martin's

3020 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-0940

3 The Grape

This hallowed Lower Greenville dining institution is probably best known for its most excellent burger, which has been lauded by the likes of Texas Monthly. But look deeper on the menu next time you hit The Grape, as Chef Sarah Snow’s rotating selection of specials is some of the best French-inspired fare in the city.

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

The Grape

2808 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 828-1981

4 Terilli's

This long-standing Greenville Italian destination was opened in 1985. When it was nearly claimed by a fire in 2010, Terilli’s rose from the ashes with an upgraded dining room with three levels of seating. The dining room has live music every night (except for Mondays), and on Tuesdays they’ve got half priced bottles of wine.

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

Terilli's/Facebook

2815 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827-3993

5 Johns Cafe

Since 1972, John’s Cafe has been a favorite of folks who actually live near Lower Greenville. This no-frills diner serves up inexpensive breakfast and lunch, along with a rotating selection of blue plate specials. Head to John’s for breakfast, where the omelets are fluffy and the coffee is strong.

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

John's Cafe

2724 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827-4610

6 Mudsmith

A favorite of work from home types and hipsters alike, Mudsmith offers a place to park on Lower Greenville during the day. Order up a latte or kombucha on tap, grab a breakfast sandwich or grilled cheese, and finish the workday with a glass of wine.

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

2114 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 370-9535

7 Libertine Bar

The Libertine is best on a Wednesday — this watering hole shows off their Texas beer selection by making them all $3 all night. Wednesdays are also wine Wednesdays, featuring discounted Times Ten Cellar wine glasses and half off bottles. Should you find yourself there on any other day of the week, the classic bar fare (hot wings, biscuits & gravy, and grilled cheese) is always on point.

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

The Libertine/Facebook

2101 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 824-7900

8 Bbbop Seoul Kitchen

There are two locations of this casual Korean-American eatery on Greenville Ave, but the one on Lowest Greenville near Trader Joe’s is the closest to all the action. The Korean fried chicken and kimchi fries will definitely sustain you through a long night of drinking at the neighborhood’s best watering holes.

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

BBBop/Facebook

2023 Greenville Ave #130
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 812-9342

9 Rapscallion 

Arguably Lower Greenville’s most refined restaurant, Chef Nathan Tate serves up some of the best Southern fare in the city. The “Long Walk to Nashville,” a riff on Music City’s famous hot fried chicken doused in Sichuan mala sauce, is a must. As are the tiki-tinged cocktails served behind the bar, like the Honey Bear, mixed with Monkey Shoulder, aged rum, Drambuie, lemon falernum, and honey.

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

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2023 Greenville Ave Ste 110
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 291-5660

10 HG Sply Co.

Healthy fare isn’t exactly abundant on Greenville Ave, but HG Sply Co is the spot for paleo and gluten-free meals. Located next to a gym, HG Sply serves up bowls and entrees that will totally fit your macros, along with a rooftop patio that offers a killer view of the neighborhood and beyond.

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

2008 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 334-0895

11 Teppo Yakitori & Sushi Bar

Teppo rides the fine line between fine food and casual dining beautifully. Though there is a no workout clothes dress code, they’re definitely more laid back than some of Dallas’ other sushi spots and the menu won’t break your budget. Regulars rave about Teppo's nigiri, but don't sleep on the grilled yakitori options.

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

2014 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-8989

12 The Blind Butcher

Chef Oliver Sitrin’s housemade sausages, charcuterie, and inventive takes on poutine make The Blind Butcher an obvious spot for dining with a group. Order a selection of small plates (the duck poutine and pastrami egg rolls, perhaps) and share with friends over plenty of beer.

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

1919 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 887-0000

13 Daddy Jack's

This old-school seafood shack is a Lower Greenville institution, and crowds still flock to Daddy Jack’s for crab and lobster on Friday nights as they have for almost 25 years. Kick off dinner with rich clam chowder or lobster bisque, then treat yo’ self to a Maine lobster tail that is always prepared perfectly.

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

Daddy Jack's/Facebook

1916 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-4910

14 Wabi House

Wabi House is the go-to spot on Lower Greenville for ramen. They’ve got five styles of ramen on the menu, including a delicious veggie ramen, and an extensive toppings list to perfect your bowl. Take one of their cocktails out to the huge outdoor/indoor bar — if you’re feeling extra adventurous, try the tokyo sour.

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

Wabi House/Facebook

1802 Greenville Ave Ste 100
Dallas, TX 75206

15 Toasted Coffee & Kitchen

Artisanal toasts are an arguably obnoxious food trend, but who doesn’t love a few slices of avocado atop a thick slice of locally baked bread? The fancy-ass toasts here range from sweet (cinnamon sugar and butter) to savory (avocado with two types of hot sauce), but if that doesn’t float your boat, soups, salads, and sandwiches are also on offer.

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

Toasted Coffee + Kitchen/Facebook

5420 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

16 Palapas Seafood Bar

If you’re looking for late-night seafood bites, Palapas is the spot. This restaurant's killer patio, complete with thatched roof, serves up great people-watching and a cozy spot on which to drink plenty of margaritas. Finish your meal off with a freshly baked churro for only $4.

16 Essential Greenville Avenue Restaurants

Palapas Seafood Bar

1418 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

by Amy McCarthy and Claire Cahoon