Best Summer Lunch Spots in the Dallas Arts District

The Dallas Arts District is known for its variety of restaurants and delicious food, and with summer now in full swing, there is no better time or place to enjoy a signature cocktail or seasonal dish.


The Arts District features several dining locations, each with its own unique menu items. Whether you are in search of a juicy burger, fresh sushi, or a hearty grilled cheese, these restaurants offer up downtown Dallas’ best lunch experience.




Most downtown Dallas locals are familiar with Flora Street Cafe, one of the hottest spots in the Arts District. Award-winning Chef Stephan Pyles created an exceptional dining experience for the bonafide foodie, featuring elevated modern Texas cuisine in a sleek setting.


This restaurant offers a diverse selection of savory dishes in a “club-like” atmosphere inspired by the Arts District itself. The lunch menu includes mouthwatering options like lobster club sandwiches and crispy pork Milanese. Each dish is guaranteed to delight your palette.


Our recommendation: Try the Texas Wagyu Burger, complete with quail egg, crispy pork belly, and Paula’s goat cheese.




If you are in search of a quick bite to eat while basking in the afternoon sun, Klyde Warren Park offers the ideal spot. Every day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a myriad of food trucks provide tasty treats to park patrons. From barbecue sandwiches to ice cream sundaes, there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Here is a sampling of some of the food truck vendors at the park:


  • Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe
  • Abe’s Flavor Flave
  • The Butcher’s Son
  • Chez Flo
  • Coolhaus
  • Gandolfo’s
  • Walt Garrison BBQ
  • Yummy Pizza

Our recommendation: Try The Boss, slow cooked barbecue brisket with melted sharp cheddar cheese on grilled sourdough bread at Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe.




Located just north of Klyde Warren Park, Savor Gastropub offers sweeping views of the park and Dallas Arts District. Downtown locals are sure to enjoy the restaurant’s fun sit-down environment that is not too formal, yet still offers a diverse menu of high-end restaurant dishes. Savor Gastropub boasts some of the best food in downtown Dallas, from truffle parmesan fries and Nicoise salads, to Sloppy Joe grilled cheese sandwiches.


For those in search of an outdoor lunch spot, you could not pick a better location than Savor Gastropub’s outdoor seating area with its perfect views, fire pits, and misters for those extra hot days.


Our recommendation: Try the Crispy Pork Belly Steam Buns, complete with mango barbecue, slaw, jalapen?o, and charred maple onion vinaigrette.




Downtown Dallas locals can experience “modern Tokyo” at Tei-Ann, a stylish Japanese restaurant located on Routh Street. Tei-Ann is only one of five restaurants in the U.S. that prepares fresh soba — a thin Japanese noodle made from buckwheat flour — on the premises. Perhaps the only thing more impressive than Tei-Ann’s delectable dishes is the dining room’s soba counter that wraps around the stone garden. The restaurant also features one of the best rooftops in the city.


Our recommendation: Try the hand-cut soba with duck broth dipping sauce.




TorTaco, located on Ross Avenue, offers a diverse menu of items that generally come in a sandwich (torta) or in a tortilla (taco). Formerly an industrial manufacturing machine shop, TorTaco was transformed into an upscale biker bar, complete with a motorcycle parked inside the restaurant. A sprawling patio offers the perfect lunch spot for locals and visitors to enjoy the outdoors.


The lunch menu includes drool-worthy dishes like truffle steak on fire-toasted artisan bread, and fish tempura on a soft flour tortilla. TorTaco also has some lower carb menu items, such as a pork and kimchi bowl with jasmine rice marinated in serrano broth.


Our recommendation: Try the Jalapeño Mac and Cheese, complete with melted white sharp cheddar, port salut cheese, roasted diced jalapeños, and a wood-fired parmesan crust.




In search of breakfast for lunch? Look no further than Yolk, located on Routh Street at One Arts Plaza. Whether you crave classic eggs benedict or a rich and sweet red velvet French toast, Yolk offers a little bit of everything — including more traditional lunch options like buffalo chicken wraps and charbroiled beef burgers. Known for its convenient location, excellent customer service, BYOB environment, and hearty meal choices, Yolk is a one-stop-shop for the perfect lunch.


Our recommendation: Try the Good Morning Burger, complete with bacon, American cheese, and topped with a fried egg.




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