at Willow Bend
6121 W. Park Blvd
Plano, TX 75093
Reinventing the steakhouse experience, Knife is the celebrated concept from regionally and nationally acclaimed John Tesar.
Named to Esquire magazine’s best new restaurants 2014, the Knife restaurants offer high-quality, exceptional meats from Texan ranchers and farmers, features dry-aged classic and prime cuts as well as specialty cuts such as chuck flap, outside skirt, culotte, beef cheeks, oxtail and Akaushi beef.
Knife Plano is Chef John Tesar's most ambitious project yet. Tesar has equiped his Willow Bend restaurant with an expanded dry-aging meat box that holds 500 pieces of meat at any given time, making it ten times larger than the meat locker at the original Dallas location. Knife Plano even has its own adjacent butter shop!
Hours of Operation:
Sun – Thurs | 5 – 10 p.m.
Fri – Sat | 5 – 11 p.m.
Knife will soon open for lunch and brunch in addition to dinner.
Chef John Tesar
Four-time James Beard “Best Southwest Chef” semifinalist and “Top Chef” contestant, Chef John Tesar specializes in modern American cuisine prepared with authentic European techniques, served up to his legion of fans who have flocked to his Dallas-based steakhouse – Knife.
Tesar’s no-nonsense personality and sharp culinary perspective have garnered high-profile acclaim throughout his 20+ year career including national nods from Esquire (named to “Best New Restaurants” for two consecutive years), Food & Wine, New York Magazine, The New York Times, appearances on “The Today Show,” “The Early Show” and winning the inaugural season of the Food Network’s “Extreme Chef.”
Chef John Tesar received classical French training at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris. He's worked at posh eateries such at Club Pierre in Westhampton, followed by stints at 13 Barrow Street, 44 & Hell’s Kitchen, Vine, and even cooked alongside Anthony Bourdain at the Supper Club in Manhattan. After leaving New York, he worked with Chef Rick Moonen at RM Seafood in Las Vegas.
In 2007, Tesar headed to Dallas to take the helm at the ritzy Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, where he soon earned five-star reviews.
By the way, if you think Gordon Ramsey is a wild man, you haven't met Chef John Tesar.
John Tesar Knife Empire
John Tesar is restaurateur extraordinaire, as well as celebrity chef. A highly sought-after consultant, Tesar is the genius behind the menus at DRG Concepts’ Dallas Chop House, Dallas Fish Market, Wild Salsa, and Chop House Burger as well as The Cedars Social, Oak in the Design District, and The Commissary; for which he earned a “Best New Restaurant” award in D Magazine with his revolutionary CVap cooked burgers.
With a steadfast focus on the future, Tesar is currently developing a television show following the release of his first book, “Knife: Steakhouse Meals at Home.” Now that the Knife restaurant at Willow Bene is up and running, there are also future plans to expand Knife steakhouses nationwide.
John Tesar continues to be a culinary visionary, instrumental in the area's growing reputation as a true foodie destination. John plans to make Plano, Texas the headquarters of his growing Knife empire.