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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Lucile's Stateside Bistro

    $ | American

    There's been a restaurant of some sort in this building since the 1930s; the original pressed-tin ceiling is still in place. The bistro attracts...Read More

  • 7. Reata

    $$ | Sundance Square | American

    Diners get a modern spin on the Old West at this Fort Worth favorite. The rustic dining room is decorated with saddles, animal trophies, and...Read More

  • 8. Saint-Emilion

    $$$ | Cultural District | French

    Though it doesn't look like much from the outside, this is one of Tarrant County's best restaurants, with a legendary crispy roast duck, lamb...Read More

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