Dallas Arts District Restaurant Guide: Lunch for Local Businesses


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The average employee has little time to research dining options around their office building and may only have 20 minutes to find and enjoy a quick lunch. As for those in the Dallas Arts District, we’ve got you covered.

Dallas holds many potential lunch choices for those working at and around Trammell Crow Center, a few of which are just a short 3-minute walk away. These restaurants offer delicious and healthy lunches at a fast pace for those of you who do not have time for a sit-down meal. The best part? The cafes are surrounded by unique, historical, and inspiring pieces of art. As the name suggests, the Arts District in Dallas not only has multiple museum and fine art venues, but is scattered with free-standing sculptures throughout the streets.

Nasher Café by Wolfgang Puck | 1-minute walk

This café overlooks the Nasher Garden, making for a peaceful view while you enjoy your lunch. Some sculptures in the garden include Three Bollards, Like a Bird, and Seated Woman. They offer a variety of menu options ranging from sandwiches and soup to healthy and hearty salads, making it easy for everyone to choose something they will enjoy. Menu items range from $2.50 to $13.00. The café also offers seasonal options, adding more choices to the already expansive menu. In order to gain access to the café, all non-members must buy a ticket to the galleries. However, Trammell Crow Center employees enjoy free admission for lunches and dinners. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for individuals 65 and over.


Some menu choices include:


Grilled Artichoke & Kale Salad – $13.00

Italian Black Kale, Grilled Artichoke Hearts, Plump Golden Raisins, Toasted Pine Nuts, Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Short Rib Torta Sandwich – $13.00

Slow Braised Short Rib, Queso Fresco, Cilantro, Avocado, Lime Crema, Served on Bolillo Roll

½ Sandwich & Cup of Soup OR Salad – $12.50

All items on menu marked with asterisks (*) can be made into a combo



Dallas Museum of Art Dining | 2-minute walk

There is not only one, but two cafés at the Dallas Museum of Art; the DMA Café and Socca Mediterranean Café.  


DMA Café

This restaurant is located at the north entrance of the museum in the Hamon Atrium with menu items made from farm-fresh, locally grown products. General admission to DMA is free, and menu items range in price from $2.00 to $13.00.


Menu items include:


Adult Grilled Cheese on Brioche – $9.00
Local Artisan Cheeses, Pickled Jalapeno, and a Touch of Cilantro

Roasted Chicken Greek Salad – $10.00
Artichoke Hearts, Tomato, Cucumber, Black Olive, Bell Pepper, and Feta Dressing

Ol’ Fashioned – $13.00
Black Angus Burger, Braised Pork Belly, Sharp Texas Cheddar, and Garlic Mayo on a Toasted Brioche Bun, Served with Fries


Socca Mediterranean Café

Socca is a savory chickpea crepe, and a specialty of French cuisine. At this Mediterranean café you can enjoy one of these naturally gluten free dishes in the Eagle Family Plaza. It offers a generous amount of seating as well as spacious grassy areas to enjoy the great outdoors. The Plaza also contains a sculpture Pas de Deux by Rebecca Warren, her first commissioned work in the United States.


Menu items include:


Nut ‘N’ Honey Socca – $9.00
Extra Chunky House-Ground Almond Butter, Sliced Banana, Local Honey Drizzle

Cucumber and Tomatoes Socca – $9.00
Seasoned Fat-Free Greek Yogurt, Soft Herbs

Local Cheeses, Imported Cured Meats, House Pickles, Socca – $14.00


Crow Collection of Asian Art | 0-minute walk

The Crow Collection of Asian Art may not offer food options, but it does offer beautiful scenery to enjoy a lunch from home or a to-go lunch picked up at DMA or Nasher. Some pieces of art to keep an eye out for include Buddha; a three dimensional Chinese character meaning “Enlightened One”, as well as the Guardian Lions which can be found on either side of the fountain. Historically, they are found placed at the entrance of a seat of power and represent yin and yang–complementary opposing energies–lioness and lion.


Despite the time constraints of your daily life, there is always time to stop and smell the roses in Dallas. So, next time you and your colleagues are struggling to decide where to eat lunch, suggest one of these hip and time-friendly locations.