Savor Texas Flavor at These Plano Restaurants

Prepare to expect the unexpected when it comes to the best restaurants in Plano


Some of the city’s top eateries serve first-rate versions of classic Texas fare like smoky barbecue and hearty Mexican food. But, if you search beyond the obvious you’ll find an array of ethnic cuisine, too—from unique pizzas to elegant Asian dishes.


Drink From the Chalice

Some of the best Plano restaurants are found in unassuming malls, such as the Holy Grail Pub, located in Headquarters Village. Fill up on some messy burgers or snack on smaller bites like chic artisan cheese boards in this laid-back northwest Plano pub. Pair it all with a selection from the pub’s extensive whiskey and craft beer menu. Test your general knowledge during the pub’s weekly trivia contests for a bit of fun.


Hordes of barbecue devotees show up at downtown Plano’s Lockhart Smokehouse as a variety of side dishes like smoked baked beans and mac and cheese. The bar offers weekday happy hours and a rotating line of local draft beers.

South of the Border

Enjoy authentic Mexican and pan-Latin cuisine at Mexican Sugar, a trendy eatery in Plano’s upscale Shops at Legacy mall. Take a seat in the sprawling dining room or on the outdoor patio with a view of a lavish water fountain. Wash down your carnitas or enchiladas with a cocktail made from the bar’s refined tequila menu. Consider making reservations on Saturday nights when the restaurant fills up.

Seafood Diet

Nestled in Lakeside Market, a casual strip mall, Sea Breeze Fish Market and Grill flies seafood in daily from around the globe. Dine on everything from lobster to shrimp in the restaurant’s relaxed and airy interior. Ask the knowledgeable staff for help in choosing the ideal wine or beer for pairing. The restaurant’s full-service market also provides seafood selections to go. Sea Breeze filets its fish on-site.

Pizza and Brewskis

Fill up on hearty pastas and ice cold beer at Taverna Rossa Craft Pizza and Beer, but the real draw is the thin-crust pizza which features decidedly Texas toppings like barbecue sauce and smoked brisket. Also located in Lakeside Market, this bustling eatery offers a laid-back setting complete with exposed wood beam ceilings and televisions around every corner. Your dining experience will include live music on the weekends—'everything from blues to alternative rock acts.

Chinese, Please

Explore the diverse world of Chinese cuisine at Yao Fuzi. Adorned with hardwood floors and Chinese artwork, this sophisticated eatery serves up familiar Chinese fare like steamed buns and fried rice selections. Authentic yet more unique offerings include jellyfish and xiao long bao, the restaurant’s popular soupy dumpling dish.


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