While you weren’t looking, secluded Dallas steakhouse Tango Room opened in the Design District

A new restaurant named Tango Room opened Sept. 17, 2021 in the Dallas Design District, serving steak, pasta and seafood alongside a glitzy bar menu of lobster corndogs and deviled eggs with truffles.

It popped up quietly, after more than a year-long wait.

Many of the dishes at Dallas restaurant Tango Room come with the option of fancy add-ons like lobster, foie gras and caviar. Here's the deviled eggs wearing a slice of black truffle as a top hat.
Many of the dishes at Dallas restaurant Tango Room come with the option of fancy add-ons like lobster, foie gras and caviar. Here’s the deviled eggs wearing a slice of black truffle as a top hat.

We named it one of the most exciting restaurants to open in 2020, but that didn’t happen.

It was expected to open in April 2020, in place of FT33, chef Matt McCallister’s inventive restaurant that closed in 2018. The Hi Line Drive restaurant is in new hands now: Tango Room comes from Headington Companies, the group that owns the Joule Hotel, cocktail bar Midnight Rambler, bakery and grab and go shop Commissary and others, along with Southern restaurant The Porch on Henderson Avenue in Dallas.

Tango Room is the fanciest restaurant in the Headington portfolio, now that downtown Dallas restaurant Mirador has closed. Tango Room has its own sexy approach as a modern steakhouse.

“We took what we loved about the quintessential steakhouse, and then gave it our own fingerprints: elevated, unexpected, thoughtful,” says executive chef Kylil Henson. He previously worked at Stephan Pyles Flora Street Cafe and Oak in Dallas and at DBGB by Daniel Boulud in Washington, D.C.

Tango Room’s upscale and exclusive ambience mirrors a trend of ultra-luxury we’ve seen at other new, high-end restaurants in Dallas, like at 17-course, 12-seat Japanese restaurant Shoyo; the $2,200 steak place Nusr-Et; and 49th floor Italian den Monarch. At all of these spots, prices can get sky high.

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Tango Room is small — just 12 booths and a bar — and diners can order a very expensive dinner if they so choose. Caviar is priced at $250 and steaks can cost up to $105 per person. Add seared foie gras for $25 or lobster for $28. Large format plates, which feed several people, include a $195 porterhouse steak sized at 40 ounces, served with cauliflower gratin and horseradish cream.

Bar snacks are less of a splurge and show a more playful side to the restaurant. Lobster corn dogs go for $15 and duck wings cost $17.

We all should consider the Tango Burger, which is unlike many of the other bougie burgers in town — and there are many. This one is a dry-aged beef patty with yuzu aioli, IPA pickles, black truffle and a Swiss cheese called raclette. It’s $20.

Other menu items include steak tartare, bacon steak, celery root soup, pan-roasted salmon and two pastas: tango Bolognese, a papardelle dish with whipped burrata and foie gras; and frutti di mare, a spaghetti dish with confit tomatoes.

Over the 17 months since Tango Room was supposed to open, the Headington team has reinvented the dining room. “You won’t recognize it,” says Michael Siegel, food and beverage director for Headington Companies.

The team has also done “lots and lots of wine collecting,” he says. The wine list was created by Simon Roberts, a co-owner of the restaurant and the owner of Graileys Fine Wines.

The group hopes Tango Room will feel like a secluded restaurant that was worth the wait.

“It feels part private club, part restaurant,” Siegel says. “When people come, they look around and say: ‘There’s nothing like this in Dallas.’”

Tango Room is at 1617 Hi Line Dr., Dallas. It opened Sept. 17, 2021. Reservations are recommended and are available on Resy.

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