ABACUS— Eclectic. Local celebrity chef Kent Rathbun, who defeated Iron Chef Bobby Flay on The Food Network, presents a menu of “global eclectic” cuisine with an emphasis on the Pacific Rim. www.kentrathbun.com. 4511 McKinney Ave., 214.559.3111.
BOLSA— Eclectic. This market, café and wine bar is what farm-to-table dining is all about. Once you soak in the natural, effortlessly beautiful décor, you can sit back with a micro-brew or glass of Texas wine, or stroll the shop for such organic goodies as bees wax candles and exotic oils. When you can order items on the menu that were grown locally, you know you’re in the right spot. www.bolsadallas. com. 614 W. Davis St., 214.943.1883.
BOUCHON 1314— French. A contemporary bistro and wine bar, this charming restaurant in Oak Cliff is a neighborhood favorite, with an extensive wine selection and reasonably priced French fare. www. bouchon1314.com. 1314 W. Davis St., 214.941.3000.
THE GRAPE— Eclectic. Brick-walled, candlelit and unpretentious, this small restaurant has a magnetic draw on couples looking for just the right romantic spot. Call for reservations. www. thegraperestaurant.com. 2808 Greenville Ave., 214.828.1981.
CAFÉ MADRID— Spanish/Tapas. Celebrating 25 years as Dallas’ longest-running Spanish restaurant and tapas bar, Cafe Madrid offers patrons a cozy, intimate setting, reminiscent of the little cafes found on the streets of Madrid. Paella cooked over a wood fire is available with 24 hours notice.
www.cafemadrid-dallas.com. 4501 Travis St., 214.528.1731.
CANARY BY GORJI— Chef Mansour Gorji fuses global influences with fresh ingredients for a delightful menu bursting with exotic, international flavor. Check out the impressive wine selection and a cozy patio for dining al fresco.www.canarybygorji.com. 5100 Belt Line Road, Addison, Ste. 402, 972.503.7080.
INDIA PALACE RESTAURANT— Located in North Dallas, India Palace Restaurant offers an extensive menu of Northern Indian cuisine. The lunch buffet is especially popular. www.indiapalacedallas.com. 12817 Preston Road, Ste. 105, 972.392.0190.