This Way In >>

Bartaco brings top-shelf tequila bar, tacos, even a master sommelier to Preston Center in Dallas


Five minutes after you meet Sabato Sagaria, you’ll be wondering if Bartaco has legs. Once you try his margaritas and tacos, you’ll be convinced it does.

Sagaria is president of Bartaco, a growing collection of casual tequila-bar-and-taco restaurants that recently opened in Dallas’ Preston Center development.

Sagaria definitely has a vision for the growing restaurant concept, and he’s dead-set on achieving it.

“The food here is made to be light and fresh,” says Sagaria of a menu that leads with empanadas, guacamole and tacos. “It’s food you want to eat on the beach, inspired by Latin American coastal cuisine.”

And all of it is made with quality ingredients and cooked with care, at least on my early visit. Soft, chewy corn tortilla tacos plumped up with grilled shrimp, slow-roasted pork belly crisped in the oven, even spicy cauliflower tacos. The margaritas are equally well-made, constructed from fresh squeezed limes and good tequila, but none of that will surprise you once you know Sagaria.

He’s also a master sommelier, and prior to joining Bartaco and its parent company, Irving-based Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Sagaria oversaw operations for the restaurants in Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group in NYC.

“I want Bartaco to feel like being at your friends beach house,” says Sagaria, who took over Bartaco two years ago just as the growing division was entering the Dallas market.

Make an effort to check out Bartaco and meet Sagaria. If he has a beach house, you’ll want to be friends.

Recently Published

»

Mi Cocina in Highland Park Village is closing Sunday for the summer

The uber-busy Highland Park Village location of Tex-Mex restaurant ...

»

Circo TX, Le Cirque NYC’s troubled young sibling, has closed

Nine months is all it took for Circo TX, the troubled Dallas ...

»

All-day breakfast spot Hash House A Go Go in Plano has closed

Looks like all-day brunch spot House A Go Go in Plano has closed. An ...

»

Irving-based Del Frisco’s has been sold to the same PE group that owns PF Changs, Uncle Julio’s, Velvet Taco

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group announced today that they’ve ...

»

Lupe Tortilla brings excellent Tex-Mex to DFW with new Las Colinas restaurant

When I next revise my USA Today story of where to go for the ...

»

Whataburger sold to Chicago-based investment bank, eyes worldwide burger & french fry domination

Texas’ favorite home-grown burger chain is no longer ...

»

After conquering fried chicken and biscuits at Whistle Britches, Dallas chef Omar Flores will take on Tex-Mex with Muchacho

The team behind the excellent fried chicken and biscuits at Whistle ...

»

Former VPN pizza guy at Cane Rosso launching Partenope Ristorante with Southern Italian menu

The historic Titche-Goettinger building at Main Street and ...

»

Bartaco brings top-shelf tequila bar, tacos, even a master sommelier to Preston Center in Dallas

Five minutes after you meet Sabato Sagaria, you’ll be ...