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Scene Stealers

When it comes to dining out, the ambiance matters as much as the menu. Here are five top Dallas restaurants, chosen for their killer views:

View of downtown Dallas, seen from Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, atop Reunion Tower

1. Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
With sweeping views of the Dallas skyline in all directions from the rotating Reunion Tower, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck can’t be beat for visual drama. The kitchen sizzles, too, with chef Sarah Johannes carrying out Puck’s culinary vision, serving up Asian-inspired dishes with an occasional Texas flair. Or, have a drink and a quick bite at the glass bar and lounge while taking in the views. 300 Reunion Blvd. E., opentable.com, 214-9878010

2. SER Steak + Spirits
Atop the 27-floor Hilton Anatole hotel, SER offers some of the best skyline views in town. Executive Chef Anthony van Camp’s kitchen serves up outstanding steaks and seafood to go with SER’s extensive wine list and handcrafted cocktails. Hilton Anatole, Floor 27, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, 214.761.7479, sersteak.com 

3. The Crescent Club
Guests of Rosewood Crescent Hotel are provided entrée into this exclusive private club during their stay, so that’s reason enough to book a room. Located on the 17th floor of the complex’s center office tower, the Crescent Club’s city views include the Dallas Arts District and some of downtown’s most iconic skyscrapers. Executive Chef Juan Rosado’s cuisine is simple and inspired—think grilled wild oysters, seaweed cured scallops, seared Scottish salmon and coriander rubbed Hudson Valley Duck Breast. 400 Crescent Court, Dallas, 214.871.3200, rosewoodhotels.com

4. Savor
Wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glass, Savor shows off the surrounding urban greenspace that is Klyde Warren Park, in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. These are ground-floor views to be sure, but nonetheless dramatic: During the day, copious amounts of sunlight filter through the restaurant, and at night, the park is illuminated by a sea of twinkling Pond cypresses. Executive Chef John Coleman, formerly of the Ritz-Carlton Dallas, created a straightforward menu that mirrors the park’s precise, sophisticated design: baked mac & cheese, goat cheese and mushroom wrap, swordfish BLT, cornbread crab cake sandwich, lobster puffs, deviled eggs and Nicoise salad. Klyde Warren Park, 1909 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, suite 403, 214.306-5597, savor-relish.com

5. Mansion at Turtle Creek’s patio
You could sit inside and enjoy the Mansion’s elegantly appointed interiors, or you could retreat outdoors to the patio, where you’ll still partake of the five-star restaurant’s stellar service and menu. With views overlooking a lushly manicured Turtle Creek greenbelt, it’s one of the city’s most peaceful and bucolic dining experiences. Bonus: the patio can be enjoyed in late fall, thanks to several large stone fireplaces, and all summer, thanks to massive sun-blocking shade trees. 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd., 214.559.2100, rosewoodhotels.com