Traveling Through Tastebuds: 30 Plano Restaurants that we LOVE

Wondering where to eat in Plano, or where to order your take out meal from, we got you covered. Here is a list of all the Plano restaurants we have dined at and LOVED. These are restaurants in Plano that afforded a little escape in the form of a meal and allow us to escape the ‘burbs for a bit. A list of the very best restaurants in Plano!

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Dining out in the different Plano Restaurants is a favorite pastime when we are home. Although we have lived here for several years, I rarely share about Plano activities or attractions other than the hiking trails in Plano (which is our other favorite thing to do). But with COVID-19, Plano restaurants have been hurt and seeing a subsequent loss of business. I wanted to do my part in showing my support and give a shoutout to all my favorite places to eat in Plano.

Our Favorite thing to do in Plano

One of our favorite things to do in Plano is trying the different international restaurants in Plano and pretend that we are somewhere else. You don’t need plane tickets for a mini getaway, just drive to one of these top restaurants in Plano and let your tastebuds and senses be stimulated to transport you to fun and far away destinations. Here are some favorites:

  • Turkey: Cafe Istanbul
  • France: Edith’s French Bistro, Toulouse
  • Italy: Princi Italia, Taverna, North Italia, Piada
  • Greece: Kostas Cafe, Zorbas, Terra Mediterranean
  • Spain: Bulla Gastrobar
  • Austria: Jörg’s Cafe
  • India: Peacock Elite, Kumars, Kesari, The Yellow Chilli
  • Mexico: Mia Dia, Mesero, Salsa Tex-Mex, Mi Cocina, Mexican Sugar
  • Cuba: The Latin Pig
  • Caribbean: Tommy Bahama
  • Thailand: Jasmine Thai, Samui Thai
  • Japan: Sushi Yokohama, Yatai Ramen Izakaya
  • Wine Country: Sixty Vines

Legacy West Restaurants

Plano has several pockets of dining areas, so let’s start with the newest one. Legacy West. With seasonal photo booths for selfies, fun fountains that dance to music, fancy cars that make the rounds in the evenings, it is a vibrant cultural district in Plano to shop, dine or people watch.

Tommy Bahama

You can enjoy beachy vibes at the expansive patio at Tommy Bahama. Dallas is definitely landlocked, but a visit to Tommy Bahama, one of our favorite restaurants in the Legacy West, Plano helps you get some beachy vibes. Stepping into the breezy open 2000 sq ft patio with the louvered roof and rattan looking furniture makes you instantly feel like you are in the islands.  The restaurant features handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, rum drinks and entrees such as the Caribbean rubbed Mahi Mahi, jerk chicken, and coconut shrimps.
7501 Windrose Ave, Plano

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Best patio and drinks at Tommy Bahama

Taverna

Part of the Lombardi family restaurants, Taverna is one of our favorites restaurants in Plano we go to when we miss Italy. The Paglia E Fieno is a family favorite, made with wild mushrooms, truffle oil in a cream sauce, you can get it with or without the chicken. The warm bread that you dip in fresh pesto is absolutely divine and you can’t miss the Tiramisu. If you like seafood get the pan-seared sea bass or grilled Branzino and the risotto.
7400 Windrose Ave B130, Plano

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Cava

Founded by three first-generation Greek Americans, Cava is where you will find healthy Mediterranean dishes full of flavor.  I love that the menu is customizable and composed of fresh ingredients all made in-house every day.  I get my bowls with rightrice (a high protein and high fiber grain made from vegetables, lentils, chickpeas, and peas) and falafels.
7501 Windrose Ave Suite D170, Plano

KĀI

We also love Kai, another restaurant in the Lombardi family concept. Kai is a modern Asian restaurant in Plano. The elegant lounge is perfect for a date night or to catch up with friends. The pear and lychee and yuzu gimlet are yummy and they have great sushi rolls and sashimi. I love that they have quite a few vegetarian options like eggplant miso, Thai red curry, and Asian style Ahi Tuna Pizza (I ask the chef to make a vegetarian version and it is delicious).
7301 Windrose Ave C200, Plano

Ahi Tuna Pizza and a vegetarian version at KAI, Plano
Ahi Tuna Pizza and a vegetarian version at KAI

Del Frisco’s Steakhouse

Looking for a Plano steakhouse for a special celebration or to take clients, then you will like this Plano restaurant with an impeccable menu and excellent wine list(inhouse sommeliers can help you pick from their extensive wine list). The Texas-based company serves only the best hand-cut, USDA Prime steaks, and freshest seafood. While there are not many vegetarian dishes, the chef can make a nice pasta dish or you can get a few sides. The bread pudding is divine!
7501 Windrose Ave Suite D170, Plano

Bulla Gastrobar

If you want to try some authentic Spanish dishes, head to Bulla Gastrobar for some tapas, the best red wine sangria, and of course awesome paella.  Inspired by Madrid’s Tapas scene, Bulla’s creations stir the senses, stimulates your wanderlust and takes you on a mini getaway to Spain.  Start with the Patatas Bravas, Gazpacho Andaluz, Tortilla Espanola (a traditional Spanish omelet) and Croquetas de Jamon (because no trip to Spain is complete without trying some ham aka Jamon).
6007 Legacy Dr #180, Plano

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Sangira at Bulla Gastrobar

Other restaurants in Legacy West Plano

True Food Kitchen, a restaurant that serves healthy and nutritious meals. They have a nice outdoor heated patio.
7601 Windrose Ave Unit 100, Plano

Haywire has that southern hospitality that makes you feel welcome. Their menu features recipes made from locally sourced ingredients. Haywire has the best fried green tomatoes and chicken fried steak.
5901 Winthrop St Suite 110, Plano

Shake Shack is a fast-casual place that started out as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan. They have portabella mushroom burgers and Impossible burgers if you don’t eat meat.

Prim & Proper is a restaurant located inside of the Neigborhood Goods’. The menu features items like Millennial Toast, a take on the Instagram-famous avocado toast, and the Neighborhood Mule, their twist on a cocktail classic.

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North Italia has a lovely patio overlooking the fountains

North Italia, an Italian eatry that serves made from scratch pizza and pasta.
7501 Windrose Ave Suite D190, Plano

Mesero, by restaurateur Mico Rodriguez founder of the Mi Cocina chain and considered the godfather of Dallas Tex-Mex is a chic place to dine in Plano.
7501 Windrose Ave (Suite D180)

Earls Kitchen and Bar
7401 Windrose Ave D100, Plano

Fogo de Chão
5908 Headquarters Dr Suite K150, Plano

Toulouse
7301 Windrose Ave C200, Plano

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Best Fried Green tomatoes at Haywire, Plano

The Legacy Food Hall features around 20 casual eateries and bars. Some of our favorites have been the Truffle Pizza at Il Forno, brats at Degenhardt’s, fresh Belgian liege waffles at Press Waffle…. and many more.
7800 Windrose Ave, Plano

We also love that Legacy West has an Ice cream shop that serves up the famous flower gelatos right here in Plano, Texas.

The Boardwalk at Granite Park Restaurants

Further north on the border of Frisco and Plano is The Boardwalk at Granite Park. With retail space and restaurants around a small lake, it enjoys a lovely waterfront location. 

Fork and Fire, Boardwalk at Granite Park Plano
Fiery pineapple Margarita with muddled jalapeño and Old Fashioned at Fork and Fire

Edith’s

This patisserie offers a french menu, delicious french pastries, custom cakes, weekend brunches. Edith’s has a few other locations in the Dallas area but the restaurant in Plano has live music during weeks and high tea service. While the interior is charming, we love that they have a huge heated patio that overlooks the water. The wine list is great, the food delicious and the desserts are the best!
5864 TX-121, Plano

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Biscuit Bar

This cheery restaurant in the Boardwalk at Granite Park has made from scratch biscuits with toppings like scrambled eggs, bacon, fried chicken, sausage gravy, and maple syrup. The Biscuit Bar has a heated patio where you can enjoy those fluffy biscuits.
5880 TX-121 Suite 102B, Plano

Other Restaurants at the Boardwalk in Granite Park, Plano

Union Bear Brewing Co.
5880 TX-121 Suite 101, Plano

Chip’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers
5872 TX-121 Suite 105, Plano

Fork & Fire
5880 TX-121 Suite 103 B, Plano

The Shops at Legacy Restaurants

Cafe Istanbul

I have been dreaming of visiting Turkey but till that happens you will find me frequenting this authentic Turkish restaurant at the Shops at Legacy in Plano. Cafe Istanbul’s food is amazing, but their heated patio is a comfortable spot to eat in Plano. The Turkish wines are delicious, an appetizer platter is the way to go here along with Shish kebabs and lamb chops.
7300 Lone Star Dr Suite C160, Plano

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The Yellow Chilli

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s Indian Restaurant is Plano is a melting pot of chaats (Indian fast food dishes), Punjabi and North Indian dishes like creamy chicken butter masala and velvety gravies with vegetables. Yellow Chilli does not have a patio but you can get your food to go.
5700 Legacy Dr suite A9, Plano

Samui Thai

This is our favorite Thai restaurant in Plano. We love the monsoon rolls, Tom Yum soup, grilled chicken satay, Green Curry, and the Pad ke Mow! The flavors are authentic and the service is great at this place named after a small island in Thailand. Samui Thai does not have a patio but you can get the food to go.
5700 Legacy Dr A1, Plano

Del Frisco’s Grille

Del Frisco’s Grille is a modern and stylish American bar & grill that offers flat breads, Ahi Tacos and salads along with Cheeseburgers and steaks.
Del Frisco’s Grille
7200 Bishop Road Suite D9, Plano

Other Restaurants in Shops at Legacy, Plano

CRÚ Food & Wine Bar
7201 Bishop Rd, Plano

Village Burger Bar
5700 Legacy Drive, A5, Plano

Mexican Sugar
7501 Lone Star Dr Suite B150, Plano

Mi Cocina
5760 Legacy Drive, Suite B7 Plano

Fireside Pies
5741 Legacy Drive, Suite 110 Plano

RA Sushi 
7501 Lone Star Drive, Suite B130 Plano

Downtown Plano Restaurants

The Plano downtown area is small but vibrant with art galleries, event venues, unique shops and restaurants. There are murals and public art you can see and also visit the Interurban Railway Museum, a unique museum located in an old railway car. You can learn about Plano’s history in this museum operated by the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Inc. 

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Urban Crust

This wood-fired Italian pizza restaurant in downtown Plano offers some of the best pies and rooftop views of historic downtown Plano. Get the frozen peach Bellini, Heart of Plano salad, Shea’s Eastside and Genova pizza. Don’t miss house-baked pies or tiramisu for dessert at Urban Crust.
1006 E 15th St, Plano

Jörg’s Cafe

I didn’t know what a Wiener Schnitzel before our trip to Austria last summer.  We had these crispy thin and buttery schnitzel and now we are hooked.  Now we drive up to Jorgs Cafe Vienna in quaint downtown Plano when we want to eat Wiener Schnitzel (they come in veal or pork).  Or get the Salat plate with Austrian potatoes and a double serving of the Apfelstrudel.
1037 E 15th St, Plano

The Fillmore Pub

Fillmore is a British-style pub that pours mainly U.K. beers and serves bar grub like nachos and burgers in a warm, wood-lined space. It is a favorite place for locals to eat and hangout in Plano downtown.
1004 E 15th St, Plano

Other Downtown Plano Restaurants

Vickery Park Plano located in the Downtown Plano Arts District is another cozy bar/pub to catch up with friends or for dinner or brunch.
1011 E. 15th St, Plano

Lockhart Smokehouse 
1026 E 15th St, Plano

Urban Rio Cantina & Grill 
1000 14th St #100, Plano

West Plano Village Restaurants

Since we live in the west Plano area we often find ourselves in one of these West Plano Restaurants.

Princi Italia

Princi Italia is another Italian Restaurant in Plano that we love. They have great pasta dishes and Napolitano-style pizzas in a warm Tuscan farmhouse style setting and are always stay faithful to their Italian roots. They have a nice heated patio.

I get the Truffle Flatbread truffle butter with parmesan & truffle oil and Pizza Funghi (can you tell I like my mushrooms and truffle). Other great Italian dishes to try are Penne Arrabbiata, Quattro Formaggi ravioli in lemon parmesan sauce (ask for it without the prosciutto) if you are a vegetarian. Orecchiette, Osso Buco Milanese and Lemon Sole Piccata if you are not.
3300 Dallas Pkwy Suite 120, Plano

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Other Restaurants in the West Plano Village area

Mi Dia from Scratch
3310 Dallas Pkwy, Plano

Kona Grill
5973 W Parker Rd, Plano

Right across the Tollway on Parker sits three other restaurants that I love.

Whiskey Cake

Whiskey Cake serves an American farm to table menu and a nice brunch menu on weekends. They have a heated outdoor patio. Do not miss Whiskey Cake toffee torte with bourbon anglaise and pecans! Sublime!!
3601 Dallas Pkwy, Plano

Sixty Vines

If you are looking for a great place for dinner, wine tasting, or brunch in Plano, Sixty Vines checks all the boxes. They have sixty vines on tap, a farm to table cuisine inspired by the wine country. Best of all the to-go meals and curbside kits by Sixty Vines taste just as good as the dine-in meals.
3701 Dallas Pkwy, Plano

Piada

Piada, an Italian street food fast-casual restaurant in Plano that has made to order hand rolled Piadas (made), chopped salads and pasta.
3309 Dallas Pkwy, Plano

Restaurants in The District at Willowbend

The upscale shopping center anchored by Dillard’s, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus, The Shops at Willow Bend now has a new area called the District featuring a few restaurants.

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Inside the shopping mall is an Australian-style coffee shop, Ascension Cafe, where you can find European coffee, pastries and a few lunch options. This coffee shop is also a wine bar. You can show your ID to get a wristband and a glass of wine and wander the mall shopping while sipping some wine.

Terra Mediterranean

Started by the owners of Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill in Dallas, Terra Mediterranean serves up fresh, authentic and delicious meals. The falafels, kebabs and dips some of the best. We were impressed with the to-go meal mezzes and platters as well. They have a heated outdoor patio.
2405 Dallas Parkway RS #1, Plano

Terra Mediterranean, Willow Bend Plano, Photo Outside Suburbia
Best falafels at Terra

Whistle Britches

Serving southern fare like fried chicken and biscuits in a variety of ways, Whistle Britches‘ soulful cooking will leave you wanting more because comfort food never goes out of style. Their fresh buttermilk biscuits and craft cocktails are delicious.
2405 Dallas Pkwy #4, Plano

Whistle Britches, WillowBend, Plano - Photo Outside Suburbia
Biscuits, chicken and fried tomatoes at Whistle Britches

Knife

James Beard-nominated and Bravo’s Top Chef contestant Chef John Tesar restaurant in Plano Knife features steaks and burgers. Fans call this the best steak in Plano.
6121 W Park Blvd, Plano

Indian Restaurants in Plano

From North Indian to South Indian (yes, there is a difference), here are a few Indian Restaurants in Plano that we love, for catering and to dine in.

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A thali meal at Kumars in Plano

Kumar’s Plano
1301 Custer Rd #510, Plano

Peacock Elite Fine Dining Plano
8500 Ohio Dr, Plano

Kesari (Vegetarian)
3100 Independence Pkwy #319, Plano

Inchins Bamboo Garden (Indo-Chinese Cuisine, a spicer version of Chinese food. If you have never had it, try it and you will be hooked!)
8600 Preston Rd, Plano

Other places we love to eat in Plano

Yatai Ramen Izakaya

This small Japanese restaurant in Plano serves up ramen and sushi dishes at affordable prices. We like the spicy tonkotsu ramen, the vegetarian ramen, tempura and fried rice at Yatai Ramen Izakaya.
2001 Coit Rd #140, Plano

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Densetsu

This Japanese restaurant in Plano is known for its ahi towers and sushi rolls. The tempura rolls and Superman Burrito is a favorite here. They also have lunch bento boxes available for dine-in and pickup. There’s also a small outdoor patio for outdoor dining at Densetsu.
4152 W Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano

Sushi Yokohama

Sushi Yokohama, tucked into a strip mall in Plano is a little secret only the locals know. Often called the Best Sushi in Plano, this restaurant serves up amazing sushi rolls and sashimi with freshly made wasabi.
19009 Preston Road, Suite 119, Plano

The Latin Pig

The Latin Pig is my go-to place when I see too many Instagram pictures of classic cars and yearn to see Cuba in all its vintage glory.  They even have a vegetarian version of Mofongos – fried plantains as its main ingredient. Plantains are picked green and fried then mashed with salt, garlic, and oil in a wooden pilón, a kitchen device also known as mortar and pestle  They have a wine selection featuring rare wines from Latin America. Don’t miss their coffee.
3131 Custer Rd #165, Plano

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Vegetarian version of Mofongos

In-Fretta

In-Fretta has been open around since 2018, but what made us take notice was during the pandemic crisis how they helped the community and were feeding people in need. They even have a sign up that says if you can’t afford it, the food is free. Born in India, Ram Mehta who is originally from India follows his mom’s food steps and is committed to giving Food for free to anyone who says they need it, no questions asked.

In-Fretta means “It’s in hurry” in Italian, so the next time you are in a hurry and need some pizza, you order some takeout from In-Fretta. Our favorite is the Achari Paneer, Punjabi Keema and Dallas Cowboys. You can always Build-Your-Own Thin crust Pizza.
5588 TX-121 #300, Plano

Norma’s Cafe

Norma’s Café is a neighborhood cafe that has been a Dallas institution for Texas home cooking and famous for their mile-high pies. The decor is Texas-themed and they have a big Texas-size heart. Norma created its Favor A Neighbor campaign the first week of the shutdown (due to Covid) so that individuals or companies could sponsor meals for others. Norma’s delivered meals to local hospitals, clinics, fire and police stations, first responders, senior centers and local shelters.
605 W 15th St, Plano

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