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Amarillo, Texas, is known for its friendly and casual culture, but that doesn’t mean the city lacks high-end restaurants or fine dining. The upscale dining scene in the city tends to surprise travelers who view the Panhandle as a bastion of barbecue or chicken-fried steak.

But the city offers an array of sophisticated dining options that cater to the most discerning palates. Whether you’re looking for a romantic spot for a date night or the opportunity to enjoy fine wines and a decadent, luxurious meal, Amarillo has plenty of options for upscale dining.

OHMS Cafe & Bar

O.H.M.S. Cafe & Bar
619 S. Tyler St.

This high-end bistro offers delightful table-service dinners and cocktails in an understated location in the heart of downtown Amarillo, right behind The Barfield and across from FirstBank Southwest Tower. Owned and operated by the Fuller family, O.H.M.S. represents the premier dining experience in the city. Everything is top notch, from the relaxed atmosphere to the impeccable service.

Pro Tips: On weekends, be sure to get a reservation first. Locals love the elk tenderloin (order it medium-rare), grilled ribeye and dessert menu. The fried-egg salad appetizer is rightly popular, and so is the crème brulee. On weekdays, join the business crowd for the lunch buffet.

Crush Wine Bar Grill
627 S. Polk

Located in one of the newest buildings in downtown Amarillo, along Polk Street just steps from The Barfield, Crush has a dedicated clientele who love this intimate cocktail bar and contemporary dining room. The food is New American and the service is always attentive. This is a popular choice for date nights, and on weekends during nice weather, the rooftop patio offers amazing views (plus live music).

Pro Tips: Start with the fried cheese curds as an appetizer. The filet is always delicious, and so is the yaki soba, blackened tortellini pasta and pan-seared duck breast. We recommend making reservations on weekend nights, or plan to dine in the bar area or on the patio. Brunch is always good!

Metropolitan Steak & Seafood
9181 Town Square Blvd., Suite 1201

Tucked into the Town Square development in southwest Amarillo, this stylish, cozy restaurant offers a full bar and delicious New American fare. Chef Nori Karimi’s menu includes both seafood (salmon, sea bass, lobster) as well as traditional steakhouse options. The speakeasy vibe comes with excellent customer service.

Pro Tips: Reservations are strongly encouraged. The cocktails are great, and the cocktail menu changes often, so feel free to experiment. This isn’t exactly a traditional chicken-fried steak atmosphere but don’t hesitate to order it.

Public House
3333 S. Coulter

This gathering place is home to upscale American fare, craft beer, classic cocktails and a fantastic wine selection. (It’s been awarded multiple Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator.) It’s perfect for a romantic evening or an intimate gathering with friends. Expect a quiet atmosphere and service that exceeds expectations.

Pro Tips: The Juggernaut Drunken Mushrooms are a local favorite, as are the crab- and pimento cheese-stuffed jalapeños known as Armadillo Eggs. The Akaushi wagyu ribeye melts in your mouth. And trust us: You’ve never had meatloaf like the Public House meatloaf.

TWENTY606 Wine & Bistro
2606 Wolflin Village

You may hear locals refer to this place as “Baby Crush.” That was an earlier incarnation of this high-end bistro—though most of the Baby Crush staff remain on premises—and the new version is just as beloved. The low-key atmosphere of this hidden gem is ideal for an intimate meal or small gathering. You might not see him, but Chef Marcus back in the kitchen is one of the city’s best, and his creative, seasonal meals never disappoint.

Pro Tips: The wine list is very impressive for such a small establishment. Order the deviled eggs as an appetizer, or get the charcuterie board. The salads are always fresh and delicious, often made with local greens. Don’t miss the burger or salmon.

Savor Tapas Bar
7669 Hillside Road, Suite 600

Small bites have big flavor at Savor, Amarillo’s only tapas bar. Guided by restaurateur Rory Schepisi, who also owns and operates Drunken Oyster (see below) and Western Horseman Club, the menu at Savor is adventurous. The international wine list at this southwest Amarillo spot is also designed for exploration. Savor boasts a sleek, sophisticated vibe that is perfect for a date night. Even better, make it a double date and share the small plates.

Pro Tips: This is probably the only place to get traditional escargot in Amarillo. Other Spanish-influenced highlights include the flavorful braised shrimp of the Gambas al Ajillo and the grilled octopus of Pulpo a la Gallega. Be sure to peek into the “secret” private-event room behind the walk-through mirrored door. The Sunday brunch is delicious.

The Amarillo Club
600 S. Tyler St., Suite 3000

Meals at The Amarillo Club also include the best views in the city. The restaurant occupies the top two floors—30 and 31—of the FirstBank Southwest Tower, Amarillo’s highest building and the tallest between Fort Worth and Denver. This makes it a primary destination for romantic evenings and celebratory life events, especially on weekends. It’s a popular weekday lunch stop and meeting place among the business set.

Pro Tips: The sunset views here are the best in the city, but access requires membership (and membership includes access to a gym located on the sixth floor of the building). Club 30 offers more casual dining on the 30th floor, along with a great Happy Hour Tuesday to Friday, 4-6 p.m. The main dining room on the 31st floor tends to be a more formal affair. 

Mickey’s Place
1512 Fifth Ave. (Canyon, Texas)

Just a short drive south of Amarillo, the family-owned Mickey’s Place offers Italian specialties and craft cocktails right off the Square in downtown Canyon, Texas. The layout is unique, with a vibrant bar area featuring TVs and a separate entrance, set alongside a private dining room, a larger dining room, and a wine vault. The two outdoor patio areas are perfect for warm evenings.

Pro Tips: From the main dining room, you’ll see a modern pizza kitchen. That should be a clue to try the handmade pizza. The rest of the contemporary, homestyle menu offers a variety of fresh pasta specialties along with steak and salmon. The complimentary bread and sauce nearly steal the show.

Macaroni Joe’s
1619 S. Kentucky St.

The casual Wellington Square location doesn’t do justice to the interior of this Amarillo fine dining institution, which sweeps you away from the High Plains and into a faux Tuscan village. Macaroni Joe’s is a refined, relaxed Italian restaurant offering more than 600 wines. On weekends, you’ll likely see locals dining together before a concert at Amarillo Symphony or a performance at Amarillo Little Theatre.

Pro Tips: Mac Joe’s is known for steaks, pasta and seafood and an award-winning wine list, but the mob queso is one of Amarillo’s most legendary appetizers. Definitely give it a try. The beef is exclusively from Goodstock beef, raised at the Texas Hill Country cattle ranch belonging to baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan.

Toscana Italian Steakhouse
600 S. Polk St. (inside The Barfield)

The Barfield is one of Amarillo’s top hotels, bringing people from all over the world to downtown Amarillo, and the steakhouse on the premises of this award-winning boutique hotel brings the flavors of Italy to West Texas. Most of the ingredients are locally sourced—including premium Panhandle beef—with scratch-made pastas and sauces made in-house.

Pro Tips: The prime beef tenderloin on a garlic mash is a favorite—including its flavorful black pepper gorgonzola crust. Don’t miss the charcuterie-style Skillet al Formaggio and, for dessert, the melt-in-your-mouth zeppoles (Italian donuts). Yes, it’s located inside The Barfield, but locals walk in all the time for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Drunken Oyster
7606 SW 45th Ave., Suite 100

You can’t necessarily tell from the exterior, but enter this restaurant in southwest Amarillo and you’ll be transported to the French Quarter of New Orleans—complete with an absinthe bar. The lush, heavy drapes and gas-lantern lighting are immediately transportive. So is the food, which leans toward cajun-inspired dishes, seafood and oysters flown-in daily and Certified Angus Beef. 

Pro Tips: Locals rave about the drunken fondue, crawfish etouffee, risotto and scallops, plus a variety of cocktails. It’s one of just a few Amarillo destinations for oysters. Definitely save room for dessert: the Louisiana bread pudding is fantastic. On weekends, the brunch menu is surprisingly diverse, with a variety of Eggs Benedict options.