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 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. Fearing's

    $$$$ | Uptown

    Dallas celebrity chef Dean Fearing has been winning over new fans with his namesake restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton with three graciously designed rooms: friendly, bustling Dean's Kitchen, the more formal Gallery, and an airy glassed pavilion. Fearing's creations hint at his Southwestern roots, but rely more on his adventurous spirit and relationships with regional and global producers. The maple-marinated buffalo tenderloin is pleasantly sweet, nestled near jalapeño grits and a butternut squash taquito. Every plate reveals a similar layering of flavors, colors, and textures, such as cod atop hijiki rice, stacked with tempura-fried herbs and surrounded by a complex miso-clam broth. For dessert, butterscotch pudding and whipped cream are served next to hot apple fritters and a scoop of praline ice cream.

    2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas, Texas, 75201, USA

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    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential
  • 2. Mansion Restaurant

    $$$$ | Turtle Creek

    Here at Mansion Restaurant, simple flavors are layered to produce complex results, such as slow-braised short ribs, poached lobster with risotto, and porcini-crusted filet mignon. Count on dining with DFW's most moneyed folks, who relish the legendary service and exquisite surroundings. The interior design successfully marries contemporary furniture, fixtures, and artwork with the grand, historic feel of the Italian Renaissance–style residence built in 1925. Lunch is less expensive but still fashionable. Views of the landscaped grounds are lovely from the veranda. The outdoor seating is also open at night, lending a more casual feel to one of Dallas's most revered institutions.

    2821 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas, Texas, 75219, USA

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  • 3. The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

    $$$$ | Stockyards

    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 brick walls, rustic hardwoods, and a pressed-tin ceiling. Chef Tim Love's creations include kangaroo carpaccio nachos with avocado relish, chili-rubbed foie-gras brûlée, and grilled New Zealand red deer chops served with truffle mac and cheese. Less adventurous options include, at lunch, meatloaf with barbecue sauce, chipotle mashed potatoes, and sautéed spinach and a grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich with tomato-basil soup.

    2406 N. Main St., Fort Worth, Texas, 76164, USA

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Credit cards accepted
  • 4. Abacus

    $$$ | Uptown

    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 frequently, depending on the best seasonal options, melds Southwestern and Asian cuisines, resulting in creations like lobster shooters flavored with red chili and sake. People come back for the sushi.

    4511 McKinney Ave., Dallas, Texas, 75205, USA

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential
  • 5. AllGood Cafe

    $$ | Deep Ellum

    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 a big deal here, and tunes take precedence over decor. The kitchen turns out breakfast standards like omelets, giant pancakes, and migas (Mexican-style scrambled eggs), until 3 pm. The lunch and dinner menus include just-right chicken-fried steak and the spiciest, most filling version of King Ranch Chicken (a layered, gooey mess of corn tortillas, chicken, peppers, cheese, beans, and more) in town. Giant windows allow a great view of the street life of Deep Ellum, and there's a little room for outdoor seating.

    2934 Main St., Dallas, Texas, 75226, USA

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  • 6. Angelo's Barbecue

    $$ | Cultural District

    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 bear that guards the front door. The small parking lot, filled with minivans, European sedans, pickup trucks and motorcycles, reflects the diverse customer base that returns for those ribs, schooners of beer, traditional sides (mustard potato salad, Western-style beans, cole slaw), and other meats, including turkey, sliced or chopped beef, and sausage. Arrive early, as they've been known to run out of ribs well before closing.

    2533 White Settlement Rd., Fort Worth, Texas, 76107, USA

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Credit cards accepted, Reservations not accepted
  • 7. Avila's

    $$ | Medical District

    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, brisket tacos, and gorditas, and rice and refried beans. It attracts a loyal crowd that relishes the quick, personable service.

    4714 Maple Ave., Dallas, Texas, 75219, USA

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  • 8. Blue Mesa Grill

    $$ | North Dallas

    Southwestern and Tex-Mex flavors rule at this lively restaurant across a busy street from the fashionable NorthPark Center. Try painted desert soup (a harmonious blend of corn chowder and black-bean soup in one bowl), beef tenderloin tacos, or goat-cheese enchiladas. The bar is a popular spot for professionals most weeknights. There's a children's menu, and brunch is served on Sunday.

    7700 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, Texas, 75225, USA

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  • 9. Bob's Steak & Chop House

    $$$$ | Oak Lawn

    Fans rave about the steak at Bob's, aged for four weeks and served in manly portions—22-ounce bone-in ribeye, 22-ounce bone-in strip, 28-ounce porterhouse. Rack of lamb is also popular. Entrées are served with a giant glazed carrot and the potato of your choice. Additional sides include creamed corn and creamed spinach.

    4300 Lemmon Ave., Dallas, Texas, 75219, USA

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Credit cards accepted
  • 10. Bread Winners Cafe and Bakery

    $$$ | Uptown

    The in-house bakery at this café turns out fresh breads and pastries. Regulars love the raspberry–chipotle chicken sandwich for lunch; the buttermilk pan-fried chicken breast is a good choice for dinner. Sunday brunch is popular with the young professionals who live nearby. The large, popular patio offers an excellent view of foot traffic.

    3301 McKinney Ave., Dallas, Texas, 75204, USA

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  • 11. Café Brazil

    $ | Deep Ellum

    The eccentric menu here draws eccentric diners all hours of the day. Locals appreciate the bottomless cups of coffee (with several choices at a self-serve bar), extensive omelet and crepe offerings, Tex-Mex inspired entrées, and decadent baked goods. Standouts include crepes stuffed with chicken, spinach, and mushrooms, and French toast covered with fruit, raspberry sauce, and crème anglaise. Breakfast is served all the time, and they're open 24 hours on weekends.

    2815 Elm St., Dallas, Texas, 75226, USA

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  • 12. Cattlemen's Fort Worth Steak House

    $$$ | Stockyards

    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 menu also includes seafood, chicken-fried steak, fried chicken, and grilled pork chops. The trusty, basic fare is served in a laid-back, unpretentious setting reminiscent of the 1950s.

    2458 N. Main St., Fort Worth, Texas, 76164, USA

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  • 13. Dakota's

    $$$$ | Downtown Dallas

    Marble tables, dark wood accents, French doors, and an Italian marble floor create a sleek look in this underground restaurant, accessible by elevator. (If you're driving, you can use the complimentary valet service outside the elevator.) The granite outdoor patio, with lunch and dinner seatings, has a five-tier waterfall. By day you'll join the Downtown business crowd; at night the restaurant takes on a more romantic, candelit feel. The menu relies heavily on dry-aged steaks and seafood. The bone-in 16-ounce fillet is a popular choice. Steaks are à la carte; side dishes include creamed spinach, jumbo onion rings, and baked potatoes.

    600 N. Akard St., Dallas, Texas, 75201, USA

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Credit cards accepted
  • 14. Del Frisco's


    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-down corporate during the week and couples and groups out for fun on the weekend. Popular appetizers include baked crab cakes and shrimp cocktail. The real draw is the prime beef, cut off the loin for each order; the filet mignon is another big seller.

    2323 Olive St., Dallas, Texas, 75254, USA

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  • 15. Dream Cafe

    $ | Uptown

    The healthy, organic menu at this laid-back restaurant blends Mediterranean-style cuisine with flavors from the American Southwest. Fabulous breakfast options include cloud cakes (ricotta pancakes with fresh strawberries and crème fraîche) and migas (Mexican-style scrambled eggs). If the weather's nice, ask to be seated on the spacious back patio, where you'll likely spot children playing on the restaurant's lawn and fort.

    2800 Routh, St., Dallas, Texas, 75201, USA

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  • 16. Gloria's

    $$ | Lower Greenville

    The food here is Mexican and Salvadoran, with plentiful servings and intriguing desserts; you must try the chocolate flan. Order the Super Special for an excellent overview of Salvadoran treats; the plate features yuca, plantain, and pupusa. Gloria's also has more varieties of margarita than you might have thought possible. The restaurant's interior reflects its Latin American flavor, and it can get loud at peak times. You can sit outside for air and eccentric people-watching.

    3715 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas, 75206, USA

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    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 17. Joe T. Garcia's

    $$ | Stockyards

    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 patio areas, the line moves quickly. Dinner is limited to two choices: an enchilada-and-taco combo plate or fajitas. Lunch offers a more traditional menu, and on weekends there are Mexican breakfast specials, including purported hangover-cure menudo (stew made with tripe, hominy, onions, and chili). Folks from all over the area drive to Fort Worth to take out-of-town guests to this lively restaurant about three blocks from the Stockyards—and often hope they'll be seated in one of many relaxing outdoor spots.

    2201 N. Commerce St., Fort Worth, Texas, 76164, USA

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    Rate Includes: No credit cards
  • 18. La Calle Doce

    $$$ | Oak Cliff

    The most mouthwatering mariscos (seafood) in Dallas, particularly the fish soup, keeps local customers coming back to this relatively undiscovered restaurant in the little blue house in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas. The daily lunch specials are a bargain.

    415 W. 12th St., Dallas, Texas, 75208, USA

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  • 19. La Duni Latin Cafe

    $$$$ | Uptown

    Like a culinary tour of Latin America, La Duni's showcases vibrant flavors from Mexico, Central America, and South America, with occasional side trips to Cuba. Citrus-sparked specialty drinks set the mood for roasted chicken napped with a sauce of Champagne and tart oranges or carne asada—beef marinated in lime juice and grilled, all accompanied by caramelized plantains, black beans, and rice. Desserts include the muy rico (very rich) cuatro leches (four milks) cake or chocolate-hazelnut Nutella cake.

    4620 McKinney Ave., Dallas, Texas, 75205, USA

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    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted
  • 20. Lavendou


    Escape the nearby strip malls and traffic and spend some down time in this French-styled bistro in Far North Dallas, where folks come as they are. The dining room is decorated with Provençal blues and yellows and floral prints. Try the cassoulet, roasted chicken or duck, or one of many seafood specialties. Leave room for dessert; the menu is almost as extensive as the entrée choices.

    19009 Preston Rd., Dallas, Texas, 75252, USA

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Credit cards accepted

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