Encina

4.8
274 reviews
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Encina is a warm and inviting neighborhood restaurant offering New American cuisine, cocktails, wine, and beer with influences from Texas, California, and the South in the beloved Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 274 People Are Saying
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RexB
Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food was very good and absolutely no complaints. We were there at 7:30 on a Friday night and only one other table was taken. The remainder of the restaurant was empty so not quite sure why more people were not there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jake our waiter was extremely helpful with picking out our dish and very energetic

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was great the atmosphere was awesome. Our server was very attentive. We had a great time and will be going back again.

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LeahS
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best meals we have had in a long time. It was so nice but not pretentious. Best wait staff and amazing food!!!

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PaulaM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cocktails and wine selections, all crafted with the utmost care and skill. The best fish anywhere in town as is their brunch. Every single thing I have tried on any menu has been exemplary. Creative, fun and well-done. One of our favorite places to eat.

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vipKaren
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Just wow. Blew us away. Will be back time and time again

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GailL
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding service and great food! It was a refreshing experience in a day when service and quality seems to have disappeared. And very affordable in addition. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My son’s 18th BDay.
It was lovely.
The waitress was lovely as well.

JY
vipJimmyY
Dallas
39 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! First time here and will definitely be back again. Brunch was phenomenal. Best beet salad and pancakes I've ever had. The Pork Belly and eggs entree was awesome. Highly recommend this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetizers, dishes, and drinks were all excellent! Service was great to! Will visit again!

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vipMark
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very enjoyable overall, in most regards. The redfish here was the single best thing I ate during a three-day visit to Dallas. Our table enjoyed the mezze platter (including fried olives, hummus, and what looked like fried, or otherwise well-crisped, pita bread). Devils on horseback. Tried my friend's goat guisado -- very tender and delicious. Service was attentive without being obtrusive -- staff members seemed to read the table correctly. The restaurant has two main sections and I think the other section was the dark and lively one, ours was the bright and boring one. In particular I didn't really dig being right in front of the open kitchen, I felt like there was a deep fryer right behind me. So if they sit you there, ask to move, but otherwise definitely check this place out.

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hkoopaei
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing (I forgot her name but blonde young woman with cool arm tattoos). Food was delicious as usual but the short rib was particularly awesome.

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vipSushilover
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT PLACE. THE FOOD IS AWESOME AND THE SERVICE IS OUTSTANDING. VERY FRIENDLY

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CraigD
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a wonderful meal . The food is incredible. The waitstaff is professional, friendly and attentive. We love Encina!

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Angie
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is sooo cool.
We will be back it was delicious!

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StevenW
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. The drinks, food, and service were all top-notch. Parking was easy (unlike Bishop now) and the ambience was exactly what we needed. We'll definitely be going back.

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vipBrianR
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good from top to bottom.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW!!! An absolutely amazing experience!! Everything was perfect, the food, the atmosphere, and the service — which is so hard to come by these days!! I wanted to support local business for my birthday brunch; had a group of ten together, everyone ordered something different and everyone was so impressed with the food. This was my first time going and we will absolutely go back again!!

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DaleF
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Encina never disappoints. Great ambiance, perfectly curated food options, and service is always amazing. A gem in Oak Cliff.

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vipKaren
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to dine. Loved everything about this place. Food and service were on point.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about our expedience her. Our waiter was so friendly and knowledgeable. The mussels were fantastic, and we both thoroughly enjoyed our entrees. We will definitely be back.

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FoodiePhyle
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First flatbread was perfect. Second ordered to go was just thrown together.

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Wcar
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our waitress was very friendly and attentive.

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Elle
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I come here for every special occasion we have. It is great to see how the menu changes and stays consistent with its quality of ingredients, taste and service. We love Encina.

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vipEricJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing, our favorite restaurant in all of dallas. Always excellent

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vipzairam
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and I cannot say how glad I am we made reservations there! Food was amazing and the servj

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helenaP
Bath
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance and the design! Food was very good but lacked that something to make it excellent. Cocktails were phenomenal as was service.

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Row4Ben
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place continues to be an outstanding restaurant in Bishop Arts. The food is delicious and unique and the service is exceptional too.

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Cooky
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent and the servers are knowledgeable and friendly.
Love this place!!!!

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LisaLAV
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire team is genuine friendly and accommodating. We are so happy to have them a part of our community. Food delicious and such a treat for nice dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, service was super attentive, and the drinks were reasonably priced. We had a large group and were happy with every aspect of our experience.

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Valpalgal
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious food! Thank you James, for taking care of us. Pancakes are seriously the best I had in my life! Pork belly was so tender and so filling and toddler recommended. I wanted to try everything but I’ll just have to be back.

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vipKaren
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always outstanding! My favorite place to take friends visiting from out of town. The pancakes and pork belly are to die for!

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ToysSamurai
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server is simply amazing, informative but not pushy. What is equally amazing is that their menu system updates dynamically as soon as an item runs out. It's not as easy as it sounds because the system itself is only half of the story. It takes management skill to make the kitchen willingly doing the extra work on updating its status.

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TravelingDiner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Enjoyed our dinner, Jamie took good care of us.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Should have known when this was the only restaurant 3 days out that could accommodate a group of 8 we should have gone to different part of town.

Ambience was loud, cold and menus lackluster. Especially for having two kids (obviously I didn’t do my research on if they had a kids menus but they couldn’t even accommodate anything Change for them). The wine list was so nothing especially for all the red meat / no great red wine and the server didn’t have any knowledge

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vipDinerdiva
Oklahoma City
16 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A smoked carrot purée that tastes like a smoky barbecue sauce means I may never eat sauce the same way again. Creative menu. Excellent service. Craft cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious, per usual. So glad to get in on short notice.

JJ
vipJoanJ
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Best meal!

FAQs

Encina offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (469) 620-3644.

Encina is rated 4.8 stars by 274 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.