The Best Bars for Foodies in Dallas

The bustling city of Dallas has been the heartbeat of Texas's diverse and exciting cultural scene for decades, and the best bars in Dallas deliver all of the Lone Star State's good charm and hospitality. Mixing a thriving business and corporate scene with the influences of a diverse group of residents, Dallas has developed a nighttime scene that's all its own. But, where are the Dallas locals and the city's visitors going to spend their weeknights and weekends? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. Here, we've pulled data from the people in the know to develop a list of the finest bars in all of Dallas. From upscale clubs to down-home honky-tonks, the bars of Dallas deliver great food, great vibes, and great drinks. Find a Texas-sized good time at one (or more) of the spots on this list.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Thirsty Lion Gastropub - Euless, TX, Vidorra, 940's Kitchen & Cocktails
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Mexican / Southwestern
Neighborhoods:Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) Corridor, Texas, Denton
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Thirsty Lion Gastropub - Euless, TX

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) Corridor
357 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Group Bookings

The Dallas-area installment of this nationwide chain of gastropubs is in nearby Euless. It's a perfect spot for thirsty or hungry travelers who may require some refreshment after a trip to or from nea...

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Outdoor Eating in Dallas - Fort Worth

Vidorra

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Texas
259 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
  • Group Bookings

This Mexican restaurant in the heart of Downtown Dallas offers up one of the most pleasant atmospheres in the entire city. Stylish and teeming with life and color, Vidorra is an exciting spot for an e...

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940's Kitchen & Cocktails

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Denton
392 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Special Occasions
  • Brunch

Cocktails are in the name and on the top of the list for visitors to 940's. It's one of the best bars in Dallas. The list of cocktails at this Denton hot spot is long and distinguished. There are even...

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Brunch in Dallas Suburbs

Arthur's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
North Dallas / Addison
879 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date

Arthur's is the place for the complete nightlife experience. For dinner, Arthur's offers a menu of traditional steakhouse and seafood favorites. The restaurant provides a one-of-a-kind style, with the...

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Billy Can Can

$$$$·American·
Victory Park
558 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

The celebrated Victory Park lane restaurant called Billy Can Can describes itself as a “saloon extraordinaire.” It's a stylish spot that melds modern bistro and old-school Texas saloon decor to create...

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Don't Tell Supper Club

$$$$·American·
Downtown
162 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions

The show's the thing at the Don't Tell Supper Club. Right in the middle of Downtown Dallas, the Don't Tell Supper Club is a riotous performance arts venue and nightclub. There's live entertainment eve...

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Kenny's Wood Fired Grill

$$$$·Contemporary American·
North Dallas / Addison
6,754 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem

The flames of the wood-fired grill at Kenny's offer an exquisite backdrop for a relaxed night out. Kenny's is a casual, fun restaurant in the Addison Walk shopping mall in North Dallas. Grab some dinn...

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Contemporary American in Dallas - Fort Worth
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Local Traveler

$$$$·American·
Lakewood / White Rock Lake
278 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date

Biking through Dallas is a great way to see the city. If visitors desire to hop on a bike during a visit, be sure to take it over to Local Traveler for a drink and a meal. This is a bike-friendly rest...

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Scout at The Statler

$$$$·American·
Downtown
118 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Fun
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

There's plenty of options to enjoy the night at Scout at the Statler. This massive, 12,000-square foot space at the opulent hotel has plenty of good-time options. It's one of the biggest and best bars...

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STIRR Dallas

$$$$·American·
Texas
755 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Fun

STIRR is a local favorite hot spot in the middle of the Dallas Deep Ellum neighborhood. It's a great summertime destination, with a lively patio full of an after-work crowd enjoying beers and a great ...

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Terilli's Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Greenville Avenue
592 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Romance

Terilli's is the place to go for a side of jazz with the nightlife. This hip and warm Italian spot on Highland Park plays host to some of the funkiest jazz musicians and bands to pass through Texas. H...

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Felix Culpa

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Knox / Henderson
267 reviews
  • Romance
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Anniversaries

For arresting ambiance in Dallas, Felix Culpa is the place to go. The lively interior of this Vickery Place restaurant is decorated with pop art from the 20th century, giving it a relaxed and modern v...

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Late Night Find in Dallas - Fort Worth
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The Henry - Dallas

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) Corridor
1,293 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings

A young and hip crowd provides the atmosphere at The Henry. On weeknights and weekends, this upscale spot (one of the best bars in Dallas) close to the American Airlines Center is full of revelers. Vi...

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Best Overall in Mid Cities

Hugo's Invitados

$$$$·Mexican·
Irving
393 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails

Hugo's Invitados is a buzzy Mexican restaurant with a lush interior. With plenty of plant life and greenery on the wall, the interior decor reflects the earthy food on the menu. Hugo's specializes in ...

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J2 Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Lewisville
582 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries

The J2 is everything anyone would ever need from an authentic Texas steakhouse. The menu is full of big cuts of beef alongside hearty side dishes and appetizers. The ambiance is plush and welcoming, w...

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KAI Restaurant & Lounge

$$$$·Pan-Asian·
Plano
872 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Hot Spot
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

Kai is the place to go to admire the work of the chefs. The open wok kitchen at the heart of this hip restaurant delivers a must-feel vibe to visitors enjoying the creative fusion cuisine. At night, K...

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Hot Spot in Dallas Suburbs
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Craft & Vine Taproom & Eatery

$$$$·American·
Roanoke
634 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Scenic View

There's an upscale/neighborhood vibe at Craft & Vine. The restaurant combines the best qualities of a gastropub and fine dining eatery to make for an engaging experience. It's in the running for one o...

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Scenic View in Dallas Suburbs

Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
1,363 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date

The Dragonfly is an intimate nightlife experience in the ornate Hotel ZaZa. Full of style and upscale decor, the Dragonfly draws a crowd of young professionals and locals to sip and chat. It's also an...

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Contemporary American in Dallas

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Dallas

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,150 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Special Occasions
  • Group Bookings

Great live shows are always on tap at the House of Blues. The Dallas installment of this national chain offers both a live concert venue and an always-rocking lounge called the Foundation Room. Head i...

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Hot Spot in Dallas - Fort Worth