This New Orleans-style restaurant, with its sea shack-inspired dining room, has kept Uptown well fed since 1976, thanks to savory po' boys, barbecued shrimp, and gumbo. Of course, oysters are the joint's specialty, and they're prepared just about any way imaginable steamed, raw, fried, etc. What's more, tasty, downhome sides like coleslaw and hush puppies are themselves worth a visit.
–USA Today 10 Best
I have been going to S&D since I was a child and I still love to eat there. The atmosphere is great, it makes you feel like you are actually on the gulf... the only thing missing is an ocean breeze coming through the windows. The service here is exquisite, very attentive yet not intrusive.
“Restaurants in Dallas, even those in the trendy Uptown neighborhood, come and go. They may be delightful when they’re at the top of their game, but I’ll take a well-established survivor like S&D OYSTER COMPANY any day over any one of the flavors of the month. Opened in 1976, S&D does a top-notch job with a simple New Orleans-inspired menu; no wonder it has legions of devoted fans who call it their favorite restaurant in all of Big D. There isn’t a better seafood gumbo in town.
–Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“This room, with its tile floors and high ceiling, is the next best thing to being in the Big Easy. A dozen plump fresh oysters needed no accompaniment except S&D’s great red sauce (you can customize it yourself, or the waiter will oblige you). Bread pudding with whiskey sauce sent us reeling.”
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“Nothing fancy here, just basic ocean livestock. It’s fast, simple, and indelicate. But it’s the best fast, simple, and indelicate you’ll find. Broiled fish is extraordinary: fresh, moist, and well-seasoned.”
Never mind the ever-escalating number of posh seafood restaurants in Dallas, S&D could easily survive for years just on its substantial assemblage of regulars who would much rather fight the ever-present crowds than switch. And understandably so; S&D consistently provides seafood cultists with uniformly superior fare.
“...a bustling place on McKinney Avenue, is a refurbished old brick warehouse, originally built as a livery stable. It was, as Story thought it might be, an immediate success when it opened.”
–Nation’s RESTAURANT NEWS