Our Critics' Picks

  • Slideshows
  • Videos
 
MORE

The Charles

1632 Market Center Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
469-917-9000
Critics' Pick
The Charles +

Alison McLean

Details

  • 5:30-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday 5:30-11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended
Across the street from Town Hearth, The Charles is nearly as over-the-top a place to see and be seen, even on Monday nights. The menu here is unlike any other Italian joint in town, thanks to chef J. Chastain’s constant, creative tinkering with classics. You may not find spaghetti with meatballs, but you’ll find something interesting, and even inspired, among the sheer sensory overload of this deliciously overdecorated dining room. The cheetah-print booths and dry-clean-only staff uniforms serve as a clue that dinner here is quite the high-dollar splurge.

Top pick: A lovely chicory salad replaces the usual Caesar here, but if veggies are your thing, make room for kale grilled and piled onto a cool yogurt dip. There’s maybe never been such a great use of that notoriously tough green.

The downside: One person’s dinner can easily run past $60 without ordering a single drink.

Fun fact: Don’t leave without examining the “wallpaper” in the bathroom.

Related Stories (3)

View All

More Italian Restaurants in Dallas

  • Sali's Pizza Restaurant
    Best Of

    This is a dyed in the red-and-white checker oilcloth Italian restaurant, from the pizza dough spi...

    Italian
  • Jimmy's Food Store
    Critics' Pick

    Jimmy’s is an East Dallas institution, a grocery store with a deli counter that does double-time ...

    Italian
  • Nonna
    Critics' Pick

    Along with Lucia and Macellaio, Nonna is one of the three best Italian restaurants in Dallas. The...

    Italian
  • Oak Cliff Pizza & Pasta
    Best Of

    There's a time and place for fancy gourmet thin-crusts or pricey wood-fired pies with goat cheese...

    Italian
  • Urbano Cafe
    Critics' Pick

    Urbano Café is a restaurant that resists classification. A veal Bolognese and risotto will have y...

    Italian
  • This two-story bistro blends cuisines from around the Mediterranean: Italian, French and Middle E...

    Italian

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >