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The Charles

1632 Market Center Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
Critics' Pick
The Charles +

Alison McLean


  • 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.

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