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Carbone's

4208 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
214-522-4208
Critics' Pick
Best Of

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  • Mon-Sun 11 am -5:30 pm, Sat & Sun 10:30 am-2:30 pm, Mon-Sunday 5:30 pm - 10 pm
  • $$
  • Wheelchair accessible, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Parking Lot Available
The Top 100 Dallas Restaurants, No. 36: Dallas’ best red-sauce Italian joint serves classics like spaghetti with meatballs, fried calamari and veal parmesan, and does them right. Carbone’s is a more casual alternative to owner Julian Barsotti’s two fine-dining establishments, Nonna and Fachini, and it even includes a small grocery section to shop for excellent pasta. Come on Sunday nights for a more adventurous multicourse feast that celebrates the foods of the first generations of Italian immigrants in America.

Top pick: The big, beautiful slab of lasagna bolognese, with its perfect slightly burnt cheesy edges, is sheer perfection.

The downside: Its Highland Park-adjacent location, and prices that reflect the rent, led this critic’s predecessor at the Observer to call Carbone’s “Jimmy’s for the 1 percent.” And that might well be true, if Jimmy’s was primarily a restaurant with a small grocery sideline rather than the other way around.

Fun fact: Like a wine from the list? Buy a bottle to go for 45 percent off the menu price. (No, Carbone’s is not BYOB, so you cannot create a loophole by buying wine “to go” and then opening it.)

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