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...Read More

  • 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....Read More

  • 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...Read More

  • 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...Read More

  • 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...Read More

  • 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...Read More

  • 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,...Read More

  • 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...Read More

  • 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...Read More

  • 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...Read More

  • 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...Read More

  • 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,...Read More

  • 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...Read More

  • 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...Read More

  • 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...Read More

  • 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...Read More

  • 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...Read More

  • 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...Read More

  • 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....Read More

  • 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...Read More

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