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408 W. Eighth St.
Dallas, TX 75208
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Best Of
Lucia +

Beth Rankin


  • Tue-Sat 5:30pm-10pm
  • $$$
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
The Top 100 Dallas Restaurants, No. 5: Lucia might just be the most beloved restaurant in Dallas. Its fans are fiercely loyal, and finding a detractor is nearly impossible. That might be because of the warmth of hospitality at this tiny Bishop Arts dining room, where new customers are treated like future regulars and regulars are treated like family. It might be because of the Italian-focused and generally affordable wine list. But it’s mostly because of the outstanding food, served from a menu that changes so frequently the website just lists a sample. Start with a $1 prune stuffed with foie gras, then move on to exquisite fresh salads and made-in-house pastas. Lucia is at its best during spring and summer, when the kitchen can smear ricotta on grilled bread and shower it with young peas or a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes.

Top pick: The menu changes constantly, but you will definitely want to score at least one bowl of pasta per person, whether it’s a well-known shape like ravioli or a more obscure regional noodle. Don’t miss the charcuterie, which often includes basturma, the cured ancestor of pastrami and a nod to chef David Uygur’s part-Turkish heritage.

The downside: The veggies and pastas are usually more interesting than the meaty main courses — which might be a good thing, since by the time the mains arrive, we’re usually already full.

Fun fact: The notorious difficulty of scoring reservations at Lucia scares people away from actually walking into the restaurant and asking for a seat, a strategy with a decent chance of success, especially in good weather when two outdoor tables are available. ly.

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