Just beyond the frosted glass separating the dining room and lounge, it's a different experience. Behind the bar rest whiskey bottles by the dozen—the bartender claimed 75 labels, although the menu lists 65. An ethanol-fueled fireplace cube flickers in one corner, reassuring whatever trendy types wander in of the bar's worthiness. Soft, low-slung seating adds to this effect.

And here is where people, just a few, tend to stop.

So after a quiet dinner one evening, broken only by occasional bouts of rearranging as courses arrived and the rather startling appearance of four new guests as we finished up, I rode the escalator downstairs to Oceanaire. The long-established seafood destination, considered by many to be Dallas' best, swirled with activity and noise. Folks waited at the bar for tables, and a bevy of frocked servers waited on one particularly boisterous group.

Nothing up his sleeve: With a little culinary sleight of hand, executive chef J. Chastain makes this beautiful tuna vanish.
Meredith L. Moore
Nothing up his sleeve: With a little culinary sleight of hand, executive chef J. Chastain makes this beautiful tuna vanish.

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The Second Floor Bistro Bar

13340 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75240-6603

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: North Dallas

Details

Casear salad $9

Calamari $12

Sliced tuna $14

Hudson Valley foie gras $24

Blue cheese burger $14

Chicken pappardelle $14

Day boat scallops $24

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Lacking Oceanaire's visibility, The Second Floor just seems to fade away, the unfortunate magic of location and signage—which, in some way answers another riddle: What's somber upstairs and rollicking down?

13340 Dallas Parkway (inside the Westin Galleria), 972-450-2978. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. Breakfast 6 a.m.-10:30 a.m. daily. $$$

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