DFW Restaurant Week 2017 Star Restaurants

April 3, 2018


The delicious results are in for last summer’s big 20th Anniversary DFW Restaurant Week presented by Your Metroplex Cadillac Dealers. The August 2017 campaign raised nearly $796,000 for its charity partners the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) and Lena Pope. This represents DFW Restaurant Week’s top annual fundraising to date, thanks to the diners, restaurants and sponsors who loyally enjoyed 20+ days of dining out and doing good for the community. The campaign is gratefully recognizing top restaurants for their exemplary fundraising and participation with the announcement of its 20th Anniversary DFW Restaurant Week Star Restaurant Awards.

20th Anniversary DFW Restaurant Week Results

Last August, 140 participating restaurants served thousands of diners for DFW Restaurant Week. Twenty percent of the price of each lunch or dinner was donated to NTFB (Dallas area restaurants) and Lena Pope (Tarrant County restaurants.) Of the $795,796 raised during DFW Restaurant Week – a 12 percent increase over last year -- NTFB received $595,488 and Lena Pope received $200,308. The majority of returning restaurants (participating in both 2016 and 2017) increased their charitable donations this year. Twenty-four restaurants participated in DFW Restaurant Week for the first time in 2017.

“DFW Restaurant Week is our largest annual fundraiser. Remarkably, over the past 20 years, the campaign has helped us to provide nearly 20 million meals to hungry North Texans,” said NTFB President & Chief Executive Officer Trisha Cunningham. “We are grateful to the restaurants and diners who enable us to help so many through their participation in DFW Restaurant Week.”

Lena Pope Chief Executive Officer Todd Landry said, “We couldn’t be more thankful to the community for stepping up to the plate for the big 20th Anniversary DFW Restaurant Week, making it our most successful to date. The campaign not only supports local restaurant business, it also raises substantial funds for our organization. Last year alone, DFW Restaurant Week diners helped Lena Pope to provide more than 1,800 counseling sessions to help struggling families overcome life’s challenges.”

DFW Restaurant Week 20th Anniversary Star Restaurant Awards

The following restaurants are recognized as the 20th Anniversary DFW Restaurant Week Star Restaurants, shown in order of largest charitable donations in 2017:

Dallas Area – Supporting NTFB

  1. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse  - $46,220 donation
  2. Al Biernat’s
  3. III Forks
  4. Capital Grille – Plano
  5. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
  6. Abacus Restaurant
  7. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
  8. Capital Grille – Dallas
  9. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
  10. Del Frisco’s Steakhouse – Plano
  11. Del Frisco’s Grille – Plano
  12. Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
  13. Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille – Frisco
  14. Table 13
  15. Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House
  16. Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille – Dallas
  17. Nick & Sam’s Steak House
  18. Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - Uptown
  19. Del Frisco’s Grille – Uptown
  20. Seasons 52 – Plano


Tarrant County – Supporting Lena Pope

  1. The Capital Grille – Fort Worth - $30,352 donation
  2. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
  3. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
  4. Del Frisco’s Grille – Southlake
  5. Del Frisco’s Grille – Fort Worth
  6. Texas de Brazil
  7. Waters
  8. Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine
  9. Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  10. Mac’s on Main


DFW Restaurant Week 20th Anniversary Star Restaurant  - Bigger Portion Award

The top three restaurants recognized for showing the greatest percentage increase in charitable contributions from 2016 to 2017 are:

Dallas Area – Supporting NTFB

  1. Texas de Brazil
  2. Roy’s
  3. Bistro 31

Tarrant County – Supporting Lena Pope

  1. Mercury Chophouse
  2. Texas de Brazil
  3. Del Frisco’s Grille – Southlake

DFW Restaurant Week 20th Anniversary Star Restaurant – Newbie of the Year Award

These first-time restaurants demonstrating extraordinary enthusiasm and support were chosen by DFW Restaurant Week for its Newbie of the Year Award:

  • Dallas Area – Supporting NTFB - Niwa Japan BBQ
  • Tarrant County Supporting Lena Pope – Winewood Grille - Grapevine

20th Anniversary DFW Restaurant Week presented by Your Metroplex Cadillac Dealers

A highly anticipated annual charitable campaign, DFW Restaurant Week is known as summer’s hottest North Texas dining event. Each August, diners enjoy delicious prix fixe dinners and lunches at 140 participating restaurants, with 20 percent of each meal going to the North Texas Food Bank in the Dallas area or Lena Pope in Tarrant County. DFW Restaurant Week celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017, boasting millions donated to its local charity partners. DFW Restaurant Week presented by Your Metroplex Cadillac Dealers is a CBS RADIO DFW | Entercom Communications event. The 20th anniversary campaign is proudly sponsored by Texas Beef Council, Calloway’s Nursery, OpenTable, FreshPoint, 214 Interactive, and Downtown Dallas Inc. For the full dish on DFW Restaurant Week, please visit dfwrestaurantweek.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

About North Texas Food Bank

The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a top-ranked nonprofit hunger-relief organization with its primary distribution center in Southwest Dallas, and administrative headquarters located in the Dallas Farmers Market. Each day, NTFB provides access to more than 190,000 meals for hungry children, seniors, and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and more than 200 Partner Agencies. In fiscal year 2016, NTFB provided access to some 70 million nutritious meals. While the NTFB is making steady progress toward closing the hunger gap, much work remains to be done to reach the organization's 10-year goal of providing 92 million nutritious meals annually by 2025. NTFB is a member of Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization.

About Lena Pope

More than 88 years ago, Lena Pope began creating hope for North Texas children. Since its founding in 1930, the programs offered by Lena Pope have evolved to meet the changing needs of the community. Lena Pope provides counseling and education services that are designed to wrap around the entire family. From play therapy for young children to substance use treatment for adolescents and adults, Lena Pope is there to help meet the mental health needs of Tarrant County and the surrounding areas. Lena Pope operates Chapel Hill Academy, an open-enrollment, tuition-free public charter school for more than 500 elementary students in south Fort Worth. Lena Pope also has an Early Learning Center that provides quality early learning opportunities for children ages six weeks to five years. With the support of the community, Lena Pope will continue to help children and families thrive.