Fun Restaurants in Dallas You Need to Visit for Your Next Night Out

December 18, 2020
GiftYa
jason wolfe

One of the main reasons why the people of Dallas love their city so much is that it offers such a lively and exciting restaurant scene. This makes it easy to find a fun spot whenever you want to go out. Whether you’re craving some classic Tex-Mex food or upscale French cuisine, you can find it in this bustling city. If you’re also looking to change it up and try something unique, Dallas also offers plenty of quirky restaurants. Check out our 7 favorites now! 

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1. Pocket Sandwich Theatre

Small, but cozy dinner theatre offering American cuisine and a full bar

Photo of Pocket Sandwich Theatre - Dallas, TX, United States. The Foreigner
Watch a play like The Foreigner after dining on a delicious meal. Image courtesy of Yelp

5400 E Mockingbird Ln, Suite 119 | Lower Greenville | pocketsandwich.com

The Pocket Sandwich Theatre is a charming dinner theatre located in Lower Greenville. For 7 months, the theatre remained closed due to the pandemic. However, it has finally opened again! Known for offering “The Most Fun You Can Have in a Dallas Theatre,” the Pocket Sandwich Theatre will offer a fine dining experience paired with an entertaining show. 

On the menu, you’ll find flavorful appetizers, hearty sandwiches, savory pizza, and salads. For dessert, they offer Root Beer Floats, Flavored Cheesecake, and Fudge Brownie Sundaes. In addition to their food menu, Pocket Sandwich also serves soft drinks, beer, and wine. 

“Last night was the second time I've been with my family. I had such a great time. The show was amazing and it was hysterical. You can come here as a date night, girls night, or family outing. No matter how you come you'll have a wonderful time. They have great food and drinks too.” - Yelp Review

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2. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

Bustling pub known for its creative and bold menu

Pictured above are the Spicy Fried Chicken Sliders. Image courtesy of Yelp.

350 Las Colinas Blvd W | Irving | thirstyliongastropub.com 

If you’re looking for a casual meal to enjoy alongside your friends, head to the Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill. This gastropub offers classic American cuisine, including Bacon Wrapped BBQ Prawns, Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenderloins, and Grilled Burger Sliders. However, the gastropub does branch out to other dishes with their Spicy Tuna Roll, Ahi Poke Stack, and Creamy Queso Dip. Along with their regular lunch and dinner menu, the Thirsty Lion also offers Happy Hour and Brunch. 

“As a gastropub, they provide many cuisines and high quality, scratch-made menu items. My favorite thing to do is get shareable plates and drinks and unwind for date night. Sometimes I just want French fries, a California roll, and creme brûlée with my cider.” - Yelp Review

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3. La Calle Doce

Popular Mexican restaurant offering fresh and inventive Mexican seafood

Make sure you save enough room to enjoy the Tres Leches. Image courtesy of Yelp.

415 W 12th St. | Oak Cliff | lacalledoce-dallas.com

Declared as the “Home of Mexican Seafood,” La Calle Dolce offers an appetizing variety of authentic dishes. The next time you’re in the mood for Mexican food, you’ll want to go here. Dallas residents have flocked to this restaurant since 1981 for its innovative menu and unbeatable hospitality. 

La Calle Dolce is open for both in-person dining and curbside pick-up. The regular dine-in menu offers delicious meals like the Aguachile de Camaron, Campechana, and Coctel de Pulpo. All of these dishes feature fresh seafood and savory seasonings. If you’d prefer to order out, you can purchase a Family Pack. La Calle Dolce offers a Fajita Pack, Enchilada Dinner Pack, and Tex Mex Dinner. The restaurant also offers a Michelada Pack and Margarita Barrilito! 

“I ordered the whole fried catfish I had seen people post and it comes with fries and beans I believe. The food came fast and looked great. It tasted amazing, probably in my top 10 of all time, it came with 2 sauces both of which were really good.” - Yelp Review

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4. Simply Fondue

Classy and chic restaurant known for its fondue, meats, and cocktails

Try some delicious fondue and salads with your friends! Image courtesy of Facebook.  

2108 Greenville Ave | Lower Greenville | simplyfonduedallas.com

Who doesn’t love fondue? Located in Lower Greenville, Simply Fondue offers a unique dining experience for visitors. When you dine here, you will be treated with four courses of award-winning fondue. All of their fondue is made with the freshest ingredients from scratch on a daily basis. 

Along with gourmet fondue, your four-course meal will include a salad, entree, and chocolate for dessert. Some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes include the Strawberry and Spinach Salad, Stuffed Mushrooms, Scallops, and Roasted Garlic Chicken. 

“I did the classic four course dinner, that consisted of cheese, salad, entrée, and chocolate. The cheese course was delicious. I did the French Onion Swiss with Gruyere, beef broth, garlic, roasted mushrooms, shallots and spices. Still dreaming about it and trying to figure out how to make it at home.” - Yelp Review

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5. Jinbeh Japanese Restaurant

Upscale Japanese restaurant that serves up unique and flavorful food

Try something innovative and new like the Combo Volcano. Image courtesy of Yelp

2693 Preston Rd | Frisco | jinbeh.com

Craving authentic and flavorful Japanese cuisine? Head to Jinbeh! At Jinbeh, you will find a wide variety of inventive and delicious Japanese dishes. The restaurant is Hibachi-style, which means that you can expect a delightful cooking show with your group. 

If you aren’t sure what to get, we recommend choosing one of their Combo Lunches. The Tokyo Trio, Jinbeh Double Delight, Seafood Lover’s Combo, and Surf N’ Turf Combo are all guaranteed to leave you filled and satisfied. Jinbeh also offers a fine sushi selection you’ll want to sample before your main dish. 

“Dinner with girlfriends. Absolutely the best food with the drinks, sushi, and hibachi. Amazingly attentive staff and great updated look. I can't think of the last time I've loved every drink and food that we ordered.” - Yelp Review

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6. Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine

All-you-can-eat pizza joint that houses a Brazilian cocktail bar

The Garlic Steak Picanha is a popular dish at Delucca Gaucho.

1628 Oak Lawn Ave, Suite 100 | Design District | delucca.com

Who doesn’t love a classic slice of pizza made from scratch? Delucca is a popular neighborhood pizzeria situated in the Design District. When you go to Delucca, you will be impressed by its contemporary design featuring an open kitchen and dining space. 

As a Gaucho-style continuous dining spot, Delucca has no menu and instead offers a fixed price charge for guests. This means that guests can pay $20 to sample any 20 of the pizzas being offered that day. In addition to pizza, visitors can treat themselves to savory appetizers including their lobster bisque and house-made kobe meatballs. 

“For around $20 per person you have the opportunity to eat 20 different types of pizza, including dessert pizzas! They had some unique flavors like elote, chicken tikka masala and beef and garlic but they had the staples like cheese, margarita and pepperoni. By the end of the meal we were stuffed. I'd recommend this place for the pizza lovers.” - Yelp Review

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7. Sundown at Granada

Healthy restaurant specializing in farm-to-table far

The Hammered Goat Flatbread is made of fresh ingredients. Image courtesy of Yelp

3520 Greenville Ave | Lower Greenville | sundownatgranada.com

Located in Lower Greenville, Sundown at Granada offers live music, a gorgeous outdoor patio, and delicious food for visitors looking for a fun night out. Inside, you’ll find a cozy and rustic dining space where you can enjoy creative dishes such as the Turkey Meatloaf, Sundown Burger, and Freebird Chicken Sandwich. During their special music nights, you can also enjoy live music on their outdoor patio. 

“Do you like Mac & Cheese? Do you like Truffle anything? Well, their truffle Mac is the best. Hands down. Thick and creamy. Oh yeah. I can't say enough good things about this place. Their seasonal menu changes are on point and brunch drink prices are 2 thumbs up.” - Yelp Review

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Dallas offers a wide variety of exciting and creative restaurants. Which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments. We love hearing from you!

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