Going out with friends or family members always turns into a great time filled with fun conversations, delicious food, and unforgettable memories! And you don’t have to dress up in order to have fun. Sometimes it’s nice to just visit a laid back bar or restaurant to unwind, somewhere a sweatshirt and a pair of jeans is more than welcome. Luckily for you, Fort Worth has plenty of casual restaurants that offer top-tier service and delicious food.
Need help finding a new spot to relax and enjoy delicious food? We’ve got you covered. For our latest blog post, we’re reviewing the top 9 casual restaurants in Fort Worth. Check out the full list now!
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2948 Crockett St | Arlington Heights | mashd.com
First on the list, we have Mash’D. Located in Arlington Heights, Mash’D is a trendy neighborhood bar that is known for its electric atmosphere and flavorful comfort food. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and relax with friends and family members.
The restaurant is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Depending on when you go, you can be treated to delicious foods like French Toast, Avocado White Bean Hummus, or Chicken Fried Pepperoni. Delicious libations on the menu include wine, beer, and craft cocktails. The Trapdoor Sangria and Hibachi Mule are especially popular among guests.
“A good outdoor space and the inside can be opened up to the outside on nice days. They also have lots of TVs so you can watch whatever game is playing. I'll definitely come back again.” - Yelp Review
3200 Darnell St | Arlington Heights | themodern.org
Planning a trip to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth? While you’re there, make sure you stop by Cafe Modern.
Located right inside the museum, Cafe Modern is the perfect pit stop for anyone looking to refuel after a long day at the museum. The cafe is open for lunch as well as coffee and cocktails from Tuesday through Saturday. Dinner is served on Fridays while Brunch is available Sunday morning and afternoon.
On the menu, you’ll find an appetizing selection of comfort dishes. Many of them are made from local ingredients and are also influenced by global cuisine. From the Charred Kalbi Beef Bowl to the Pan Roasted Salmon, all of the dishes here are bursting with flavor. Before you leave, make sure you treat yourself to some Red Velvet Whoopie Pies or Spiced Apples & Cream! They’re the perfect end to an already wonderful day.
“The customer service is exemplary, we didn't have reservations and they let us go in anyway which we greatly appreciated. The food was out of this world. The ambiance is relaxing and calm.” - Yelp Review
310 Houston St | Downtown | reata.net
Reata is the ultimate destination for hearty and authentic Texan cuisine. This regal restaurant features fascinating memorabilia and art like saddles, paintings, and even clothing from cowboys to pay homage to the famous ranches of Texas.
On the menu, you’ll find delicious entrees like the Blackened Buffalo Rib Eye, Grilled Salmon, and Citrus Crusted Chicken. You can also enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail alongside your dish. For dessert, Reata offers delicious creations such as the Dessert Tacos, Homemade Banana Pudding, and Creme Brulee. It’s safe to say that you’ll leave feeling filled and satisfied from your meal at Reata!
“Everything I have had on the menu has been delicious. The steak is always cooked to perfection and the chefs do an excellent job of meeting your requests on how to cook your meal.” - Yelp Review
401 Bryan Ave, Ste 117 | Southside | funkypicnicbrewery.com
If you’re a big fan of breweries, you’ll want to check out Funky Picnic. Located in the Southside, Funky Picnic Brewery & Cafe features an on-site microbrewery and bar where you can experiment and try new craft beers. Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or you just enjoy a good beer every now and then, you’ll love Funky Picnic and its exciting selection of beers.
Hungry? No worries. Funky Picnic also offers a full menu featuring savory dishes such as Bacon Bourbon Meatballs, Fried Pickle Spears, and Cranberry Spinach Salad. You can also visit Funky Picnic for weekend brunch! Since 2019, Funky Picnic has been a top brunch spot for locals in the Southside.
“Last day of school and we needed somewhere to close out the year. A quick Yelp search led me to this spot. It's not too far off the beaten path and offers a vast variety of hops and cocktails. We enjoyed every aspect of this cute and cozy place, including the food offerings. I'll definitely be returning to enjoy this little gem.” - Yelp Review
3020 S Hulen | TCU/West Cliff | charlestons.com
Charleston’s Restaurant is a casual, family-friendly restaurant located in West Cliff. Its expansive menu offers a wide variety of American culinary classics at a reasonable price. All of the dishes are made from high-quality ingredients and prepared from scratch daily. In addition to its main menu, Charleston’s also offers an extensive gluten-free menu for guests with allergies.
Salads, burgers, sandwiches, steaks, and chicken entrees can all be found on Charleston’s extensive menu. Some of our favorite dishes include the Short Smoked Salmon, Chicken Piccata, and Dynamite Shrimp Salad. But you can’t go wrong with any dish here.
“My family has been going to Charleston's forever and the quality is still fabulous. Their house salad is one of my favorites, and I love their grilled ruby trout! You have to ask for it since it's not on the menu, but trust me it's worth it!” - Yelp Review
4548 Hartwood Dr | TCU/West Cliff | localfoodskitchen.com
Local Foods Kitchen offers an abundance of delicious made-to-order food. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner six days a week, Local Foods Kitchen is the perfect spot for a spontaneous meal with your loved ones.
On the menu, you’ll find a wide selection of chef-crafted soups, salads, and sandwiches. Various gourmet meals can also be selected from the restaurant’s Chef Case. With these meals, you can enjoy them on-site or take them home, reheat them, and enjoy them in the comfort of your own home. Have a sweet tooth? Make sure you pick up some pastries or cookies while you’re there.
“So my hubby said let's find somewhere new to eat. Ok I said, so I checked Yelp and found this location, and man I was like a kid in a candy store. The menu was so overwhelming and the food was healthy and so good. I will be going again.” - Yelp Review
1612 S University Dr | TCU/West Cliff | bluegoosecantina.com
Who doesn’t love a good Tex-Mex meal? Blue Goose Cantina is a top spot for delicious Tex-Mex dishes and margaritas. Quesadillas, tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, and more classic Tex-Mex dishes await you at this electric eatery. Vegetarian options are also available!
Thirsty? Try one of their inventive margaritas and cocktails. From The Diablo frozen margarita to the Strawberry Mojito, all of Blue Goose’s drinks are designed to delight your taste buds. If cocktails aren’t your thing, you can order a beer or non-alcoholic drink!
“I've been to this location twice — sitting at the bar each time. Service was great on each. Chips fresh and crispy with spicy salsa as I enjoyed a couple margaritas. My go-to is the frozen sans the salt.” - Yelp Review
5253 Marathon Ave | TCU/West Cliff | docbsfreshkitchen.com
Doc B’s Restaurant & Bar is another top spot for delicious American comfort food. Located in West Cliff, Doc B’s is a modern, family-friendly restaurant suitable for a variety of occasions, from casual get-togethers to special birthday celebrations.
Burgers, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Danish Barbecue Ribs, and other savory dishes can be found on the menu. If you’re feeling adventurous, we recommend trying one of Doc B’s signature Wok Out® Bowls. Shrimp, chicken, filet mignon, seared ahi, and other proteins can be added to these delicious bowls.
“Place has a nice atmosphere and a busy bar area. Menu has a lot of great options. We had the lettuce wraps and each ordered a sandwich. I loved their chicken lettuce wraps…This place is great for a casual date night or get together with friends. We will be coming back!” - Yelp Review
300 S Main St | Southside | thebeardedladyfw.squarespace.com
Last, but certainly not least, on the list is The Bearded Lady. This casual Southside restaurant offers a wide selection of soups, salads, bowls, burgers, and sandwiches.
Some of our favorite dishes include the Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos, Twisted Caesar Salad, and Legit Grilled Cheese. Beer, cocktails, and wine are also available. There’s only one dessert option — Turtle Cheesecake — but it’s probably one of the best cheesecakes we’ve ever tasted. So it’s worth trying.
“The atmosphere is very trendy as I would say and allows for pets. We were seated outdoors and our waitress was fantastic in servicing alcoholic drinks to food orders. I think of Bearded Lady where you sit down to socialize and have good conversations with close friends.” - Yelp Review
If you’re looking for a casual dining spot in Fort Worth, you won’t have much trouble finding a place that suits your budget and cravings. It’s one of the many reasons why this city is so great!
Which restaurants on the list do you plan to visit next? Let us know in the comment section below. We love hearing about your foodie adventures!