The Tyler, TX restaurant scene is ... in a word – eclectic.
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Steak and authentic Mexican food are staples in Tyler. But the city’s restaurant scene also includes a diverse array of other tasty options, including a brand-new Asian fusion restaurant.
Dakota’s Prime Steak House
Known for its reliably good food and quietly sophisticated atmosphere, Dakota’s is the go-to destination for steaks in Tyler. Whether you are looking for a NY strip, rib eye or filet mignon, all of Dakota’s steaks are hand-cut from USDA Prime and mesquite flavored on a 1,600-degree grill to preserve the juices and flavor.
Bernard’s Mediterranean Restaurant
Bernard’s, a family-owned and -operated restaurant on Grande Boulevard, earns rave reviews for both its wine list and its French, Spanish and Italian-inspired dishes, all of which complement the distinctly European atmosphere. The seafood options are especially well regarded, though the Filet Mignon Bearnaise is also quite popular, as are veal and chicken entrées.
Mario’s Italian Restaurant & Club
Mario’s opened in 1977, so expect an Old World Italian family feel, with reasonably priced, stick-to-your-ribs food. Specialties include the shrimp and chicken Primavera, the grilled veal Romano and the Venetian chicken. The low lighting contributes to the cozy atmosphere, as does live music, which can be heard on Fridays and Saturdays.
Juls Asian Fusion Restaurant
For more than a decade, Julian’s has been a favorite Tyler destination – for food, entertainment and martinis. Now the Schulz family has a new concept, Juls, a restaurant, lounge and café that opened in December 2013. The two-level, 10,000-square-foot restaurant features a spacious dining room with high ceilings and wide windows, not to mention a sushi bar, lounge, DJ room, lakefront patio and two private rooms designed to accommodate parties of 10-50 people.
Currents Restaurant & Bar
Most diners regard Currents’ new location on south Broadway as superior to the old. What hasn’t changed is the elegant and contemporary French and American cuisine, which has delighted Tyler residents for more than 17 years. Salmon, sole and sea bass are core entrées, as is the veal tenderloin. Come for a casual lunch or a romantic dinner, or reserve the entire restaurant for a private party.