Kent Rathbun

Kent Rathbun


About Kent Rathbun

Kent Rathbun is a Four-time Beard Award-nominated American chef and restaurateur. His restaurants include Abacus, in Dallas, Texas, an upscale restaurant chosen as most popular in Dallas by the 2007 edition of the Zagat Survey, Jasper's, in the Texas cities of Plano, The Woodlands, and Austin and Hickory, his upscale burger and bbq concept in Plano. He also caters in Dallas/Ft Worth, Houston and Austin with his entity Kent Rathbun Catering.


  • Nominee for Best Chef: Southwest
    James Beard Foundation
  • Top Meals Around the World
    USA Today
  • AAA Four Diamond Award
    American Automobile Association
  • Best of the Year
    Bon Appétit
  • Fine Dining Hall of Fame
    Nation's Restaurant News

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Pan seared foie gras "PB&J"
$$$$, Sushi, Modern, Full Bar, Seafood, New American, Knox / Henderson
"Abacus is my choice for very special occasions. When I do get to step out, I’m always ready for Kent Rathbun’s foie gras dishes, which are always perfectly executed and creatively presented. A recent version was done PB&J-style with cashew-foie gras butter and gooseberry jam on whole wheat toast. I also love his pork belly, and always order his Caesar. They also have the best bread variety in the city. I could easily go through two bread baskets! I’d go there just for that if they’d let me!"
The Fernet Flip Cocktail
$$$$, Sushi, Modern, Full Bar, Seafood, New American, Knox / Henderson
"Working on a new after dinner drink menu...introducing a possible candidate "The Fernet Flip" #fernetbranca #pierreferranddrycuracao #honey #angostura #wholeegg #nutmeg #abacusdallas #knoxdistrict #knoxdallas #happyhour #afterdinnerdrinks #dallascocktails #dfwcocktails #dallasdining"