Dallas and Fort Worth Restaurants

Dining in DFW is a beloved hobby, and pockets of great restaurants are spread all over the area. If you'd like to start a lively conversation with locals, ask about their favorite spot for Tex-Mex, barbecue, or pizza. You're unlikely to reach consensus but likely to learn a lot.In Dallas you'll find plenty of restaurants in the
Dining in DFW is a beloved hobby, and pockets of great restaurants are spread all over the area. If you'd like to start a lively conversation with locals, ask about their favorite spot for Tex-Mex, barbecue, or pizza. You're unlikely to reach consensus but likely to lea
Dining in DFW is a beloved hobby, and pockets of great restaurants are spread all over the area. If you'd like to start

Dining in DFW is a beloved hobby, and pockets of great restaurants are spread all over the area. If you'd like to start a lively conversation with locals, ask about their favorite spot for Tex-Mex, barbecue, or pizza. You're unlikely to reach consensus but likely to learn a lot.

In Dallas you'll find plenty of restaurants in the West End Historic District. The area is easy to walk around, but it doesn't claim the best dining options. If you're up for more adventure, walk a bit north of the West End to Victory Park. Or move up McKinney Avenue, through the Uptown neighborhoods. When McKinney hits Knox Street, you've arrived at another restaurant-rich area that spreads east and west. From Knox, head east until the street becomes Henderson Avenue. You'll pass even more restaurants and will eventually dead-end into Greenville Avenue. Head north and you'll be in yet another restaurant-wealthy neighborhood—all within 7 mi. And that's just one sliver of Dallas.

In Fort Worth, restaurants and nightclubs are grouped around Sundance Square (bounded by Houston, Commerce, 2nd, and 3rd streets) and the Stockyards National Historic District, west of the Cultural District.

Dress codes are practically nonexistent—even the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek dropped its jacket-required dress code in 2007. Some restaurants are encouraging longer stays (and higher bills) by offering and promoting more options—come for drinks in the bar, stay for dinner, and linger after in the bar or separate lounge area. Many higher-end restaurants don't serve lunch and are closed on Sunday and/or Monday.

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  • 1. Bijoux

    $$$$ | French

    Dining at Bijoux is a spectacular experience. A stunning chandelier in the center of the intimate, serene dining room commands attention. More...Read More

  • 2. Fearing's

    $$$$ | Uptown | American

    Dallas celebrity chef Dean Fearing has been winning over new fans with his namesake restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton with three graciously designed...Read More

  • 3. Mansion Restaurant

    $$$ | Turtle Creek | American

    Executive chef John Tesar joined Dallas's venerable restaurant in 2006 and led an extensive redesign of the beloved dining room and menu. Simple...Read More

  • 4. The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

    $$ | Stockyards | American

    If you can get to the Stockyards, you shouldn't miss dining at Lonesome Dove, where sophisticated and exotic food is served in a setting of...Read More

  • 5. Abacus

    $$ | Uptown | American

    This high-profile restaurant fits the "everything's bigger in Texas" image. The interior is as spectacular as it is warm. The menu, which changes...Read More

  • 6. AllGood Cafe

    $ | Deep Ellum | American

    It doesn't get much more laid back in Dallas than the AllGood Cafe, which doubles as a live-music venue on weekends. Local and Texas music is...Read More

  • 7. Angelo's Barbecue

    $ | Cultural District | Barbecue

    A Fort Worth institution since 1958, Angelo's is famous for succulent smoked ribs, so tender that the meat falls off the bone, and for the stuffed...Read More

  • 8. Avila's

    $ | Medical District | American

    This quintessential family-run Tex-Mex joint in an old home dishes up fresh versions of all the tried-and-true favorites, including cheese enchiladas...Read More

  • 9. Bistro Louise

    $$ | Southwest Fort Worth | Mediterranean

    People drive 30 mi from Dallas to dine on sautéed foie gras with potato-crusted salmon, tangerine-glazed pork loin, and the like. Wood-beam...Read More

  • 10. Blue Mesa Grill

    $ | North Dallas | American

    Southwestern and Tex-Mex flavors rule at this lively restaurant across a busy street from the fashionable NorthPark Center. Try painted desert...Read More

  • 11. Bob's Steak & Chop House

    $$$ | Oak Lawn | Steakhouse

    Women do dine at Bob's, but it's really a man's world, with its dark-wood paneling, dim lighting, televisions in every dining room, and boisterous...Read More

  • 12. Bread Winners Cafe and Bakery

    $ | Uptown | Eclectic

    The in-house bakery at this café turns out fresh breads and pastries. Regulars love the raspberry–chipotle chicken sandwich for lunch; the buttermilk...Read More

  • 13. Café Brazil

    $ | Deep Ellum | Eclectic

    The eccentric menu here draws eccentric diners all hours of the day. Locals appreciate the bottomless cups of coffee (with several choices at...Read More

  • 14. Cattlemen's Fort Worth Steak House

    $$ | Stockyards | Steakhouse

    Steaks are charcoal-grilled at the front of the room, and you can pick out your own cut of meat. Those steaks are the biggest draw, but the...Read More

  • 15. Dakota's

    $$$ | Downtown Dallas | American

    Marble tables, dark wood accents, French doors, and an Italian marble floor create a sleek look in this underground restaurant, accessible by...Read More

  • 16. Del Frisco's

    $$$ | Steakhouse

    Regulars have been returning to this Far North Dallas (about 12 mi from Downtown) steak house for almost 20 years. The crowd is primarily button...Read More

  • 17. Dream Cafe

    $ | Uptown | Eclectic

    The healthy, organic menu at this laid-back restaurant blends Mediterranean-style cuisine with flavors from the American Southwest. Fabulous...Read More

  • 18. French Room

    $$$$ | Downtown Dallas | French

    Housed in the Beaux-Arts Adolphus Hotel, Dallas's finest old hotel (dating from 1912), this elegant restaurant serves such French-inspired classics...Read More

  • 19. Gloria's

    $ | Lower Greenville | Latin American

    The food here is Mexican and Salvadoran, with plentiful servings and intriguing desserts; you must try the chocolate flan. Order the Super Special...Read More

  • 20. Joe T. Garcia's

    $ | Stockyards | Mexican

    This is the ultimate Tex-Mex joint. There's usually a wait for tables, but with seating for more than 1,000 in the maze of dining rooms and...Read More

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