Ranked the 12th largest and one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., it’s no surprise Forth Worth also has a fast-growing restaurant scene. From good ole American burgers to Turkish food, Downtown Fort Worth has it all. Check out our favorites.
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American kitchen + bar
808 Main St | Downtown | littleredwasp.com
If you’re in need of burgers, dogs, and beer, Little Red Wasp is just the place. They pride themselves on offering “straightforward food, lots of beer, and a full bar.”
Start off with the Brisket Potstickers, which are a huge hit, for a mix of American and Asian tastes. Then choose from comfort classics like a Cheeseburger, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Halibut Fish + Chips, Mac n Cheese, or Steak Frites.
Stop by during Happy Hour for $5 drafts, well drinks, and select wines as well as $10 local flights. Little Red Wasp’s Happy Hour runs from 4pm – 6pm. Or come for Brunch on Saturday. and Sunday.
This is a great place to go with a large group or when you just want some American food and a good beer.
“When my meal arrived I was a bit shocked, the portion was HUGE! And DELICIOUS. Having never had Chilaquiles before I was blown away. The bartender was also spot-on when he recommended adding some grilled chicken on top.” - Yelp Review
Nestled in Sundance Square, this trendy steakhouse is the place to go after a show or before a night out.
You will find many delicious steak and seafood dishes on their menu. Their Ahi Tuna Tacos are a great seafood starter, while the Charcuterie Board offers artisanal cheeses and selected meats.
For dinner, some featured items are the USDA Prime Steak Frites (or Cauliflower Steak if you’re vegan!), Fish & Chips, and Baby Back Pork Ribs. And for dessert, they have numerous choices made in-house daily, as well as “liquid desserts” like chocolate or espresso martinis.
Come in during Happy Hour for $7 spirits, $8 bites and cocktails, and $9 wine. Brunch is also a must unless you want to miss out on Nonna’s Pan Cinnamon Rolls (serves 5!) topped with bourbon-espresso caramel sauce and toasted pecans. Yum!
“For my meal I had the deviled egg starter and the bbq shrimp salad with the chipotle honey vinaigrette. Great eggs and possibly the best salad I've ever had. Great environment and meal. We will definitely be back.” - Yelp Review
401 Throckmorton St | Downtown | istanbulgrillbar.com
A taste of Turkey is brought to Fort Worth through Istanbul Grill. Here, you can enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine from the owner’s homeland, made with healthy, high quality ingredients.
Familiar favorites include the Greek Gyro, Lamb Chops, and Grilled Chicken Kebab, but don’t be afraid to try the Hunkar Begendi, lamb slow simmered in tomato sauce served on a bed of puree eggplant or the Turkish Meatball, ground beef/lamb patties, grilled and served with rice and vegetables.
“What a wonderful dining experience. We had ground lamb kabob and a salmon kabob - both outstanding.. our waiter Jonny accommodated every request. He was personable and his recommendations were spot on. Thanks for making this evening special, much appreciated.” - Yelp Review
Rooftop with creative cocktails
640 Taylor St | Downtown | branchbirdfw.com
Atop the Sky Lobby Level of Frost Tower Fort Worth, this rooftop offers unrivaled views of Fort Worth, contemporary cuisine, and creative cocktails.
The meat & cheese board as well as the buffalo chicken, margherita, shrimp, and steak flatbreads are great shareables to enjoy along with some drinks. The Bird Dog (gin, mint infused agave, lime, and grapefruit), the Night Owl, (espresso, vodka, kahlua, and simple), and the Social Dove (strawberry and jalapeno infused tequila, lime, and topo chico) are our absolute favorites from their Signature Cocktails list.
Their High-Rise Happy Hour runs from Wednesday - Friday from 4pm - 6pm. If you are a wine lover in particular, their Wine on the Skyline Wednesdays are an even better option. On Wednesdays from 5pm - 8pm, they offer a half-priced wine bottle menu and live music!
Remember, reservations are recommended due to high demand. So, book yours ASAP!
“Good place for drinks and appetizers, with a fantastic downtown Fort Worth view from the patio. We sat on the patio at a high top table with an incredible view of the city that was well worth the visit!” - Yelp Review
Swanky, modern steakhouse
512 Main St | Downtown | wickedbutcher.com
This steakhouse embraces the “swanky, art deco character” of The Sinclair Hotel in which it’s based. Stop in for steak, seafood, and cocktails to enjoy a meal as much as you enjoy the space it’s served in.
The Fresh Shucked Oysters, Tuna Pizza, and Cheese & Charcuterie Board are some great appetizers to start. The Cauliflower Soup, made creamy cauliflower, brown butter, and roasted pine nuts, is also a great option if you’re looking for something to warm you right up.
For Butcher Cuts and Mains, you really can’t go wrong. However, we are partial to the Bone In New York Strip, the Lobster Mac & Cheese, and the Ginger Miso White Soy Swordfish.
Wash it all down with a Wicked Margarita, and finish off the night with a Molten Chocolate Soufleé.
“This is in my top ten of all time. Incredible starters - raw oysters, shrimp, scallops, etc. Easily the best steak in years and definitely in Ft. Worth. Plus it's got such an amazing Art Deco yet modern funky vibe. Absolutely brilliant design.” - Yelp Review
Chain taproom offering 200+ global beers
111 E 3rd St | Downtown | beerknurd.com
If you’re looking for a drinking spot with good beer and pub food, this is the place to go. You can’t go wrong with either their indoor or outdoor seating - inside it’s more of a pub and outside it's more of a beer garden, both fun and cozy.
The Beerfeast Board, loaded with pretzels, bratwurst, sauerkraut, spicy mustard, and queso, is a great way to start the night. The German Plate and the Honey-Dipped Chicken are solid dinner choices, while the Mud Island Torte and the Beer Float are the perfect desserts to curb your sweet tooth not long after.
We won’t begin to list the more than 200 beers on tap - that you’ll have to go and see for yourself.
“In town for business and ran across the establishment in downtown Fort Worth. I had the Reuben with German Potato Salad. The sandwich came out really quick and hot. German potato salad is a Bavarian style which was very good.” - Yelp Review
Authentic Tex-Mex with delicious margs
509 Main St | Downtown | www.micocina.com
This restaurant serves authentic Tex-Mex and delicious margaritas, including their signature Mambo Taxi Margarita.
Come with friends, family, or your significant other - you’re sure to have a good time either way.
Get the Sunset Style Fajitas, served with chile-cilantro queso, rice, and crispy-fried onions, or the Flautas de Pollo, crispy corn tortillas filled with shredded chicken served with guacamole, Sunset Sauce and crema.
Check out their “Vegano” menu for some delicious plant-based options including the Crispy Guacamole Tacos, guacamole, Habana-spiced jicama, cucumber, and pepitas in crispy corn shells served with chile de arbol and avocado ensalada.
“Yum to the YUMMY!! This restaurant made my first night in Ft Worth so brag worthy!! The service was GOLD despite the servers being super busy. I had a beer while my friend had their signature margarita which lived up to the hype.” - Yelp Review
Chain brunch spot
305 Main St | Downtown | eatyolk.com
Sometimes you want a diner, other times you want Yolk. They don’t just serve breakfast, they offer warm smiles, conversation, and creative food and drink.
Think specialty juices and their own private label premium coffee paired with Pot Roast Benedict, Breakfast Mac & Cheese, or Red Velvet French Toast. Or, if you want to stick to the basics, their signature pancakes, crepes, French toast, waffles, omelets, and frittatas are all great options as well.
If you want something that screams fall, we recommend the Banana Nut Bread French Toast paired with the seasonal Caramel Apple Chai-der (chai tea mixed with hot apple cider and caramel).
Lunch is also served at Yolk. You can get a variety of salads, sandwiches, wraps, and burgers.
“I stopped by for brunch with some of my friends. I got the Yolk All-Star Combo with pancakes because I was HUNGRY. It was a great decision because the portion was huge, the pancakes were soft, and the bacon was crispyyy. Delicious!” - Yelp Review
Upscale Brazilian steakhouse
101 N Houston St | Downtown | texasdebrazil.com
This upscale Brazilian steakhouse serves all you can eat meat cooked the gaucho way - over an open flame with natural wood charcoal.
Some of the meats offered are Herb-Marinated Pork Loin, Picanha, Brazilian Sausage, Filet Mignon Wrapped in Bacon, Parmesan-Crusted Pork Loin, and Braised Beef Ribs. Each experience is paired with complimentary house-baked cheese bread, garlic mashed potatoes, and fried bananas. Yum!
You can also build a salad at the salad area, choosing from a wide array of roasted vegetables, imported cheeses, and charcuterie.
“We have been to this location five times and it is excellent every time. The food is great, the service is great, and the ambiance is also great. We always feel like we got our money's worth when we leave this restaurant.” - Yelp Review
Casually elegant rooftop restaurant
310 Houston St | Downtown | reata.net
Whether you choose to sit at the bar or soak in the view from the rooftop patio, you will enjoy your time at this “casually elegant” restaurant.
We recommend starting off with the Tumbleweed Onion Rings served with Spicy Serrano Ketchup. The Carne Asada topped with Reata's Cheese Enchiladas is a great choice for an entree, but if you’re here for a special occasion, you should order either the Featured Fish of the Day or the Chef's Chop Feature, both at market price.
Make sure you order a cocktail such as the Clear Fork Cherry Vodka Limeade or the Margarita Fresca to make a good time even better! This a great spot to go for a nice meal and drinks with friends!
“This is one of the few restaurants that I'd consider a Fort Worth staple. Everything I have had on the menu has been delicious. If you enjoy Gin based drinks, ask for Empress 1908 Gin. It's a fun purple color.” - Yelp Review
From beer gardens to casually elegant rooftops, taprooms to Turkish grills, and steakhouses to specialty juices, Downtown Fort Worth has it all. On this list you are sure to find at least one place you are dying to visit on your next trip to Downtown Fort Worth. Let us know in the comments which of these restaurants you try first, and if you try the Banana Nut Bread French Toast at Yolk, let us know that too!
One of the best seafood restaurants in Downtown Fort Worth.
301 Main St | Downtown | waterstexas.com
This seafood restaurant strives every day to source seafood that is sustainable, seasonal, and wild-caught. So not only will you enjoy their food because it’s delicious, you will also enjoy it because you know it’s been brought to you in a sustainable way.
Featured menu items include Crab Cakes, Dirty Dozen, Oysters, and Lobster Mac. Pair your seafood fish with one of their wines that have been hand selected to complement their cuisine or one of their seasonal specialty cocktails.
“We always have such a great time and experience when coming to dine here… We came to try out this year's Restaurant Week menu and we were not disappointed… Never a bad meal or service at Waters Texas!” - Yelp Review
Waters Texas doesn’t offer GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check back soon because we are always adding new restaurants!
Classic and innovative Korean dishes.
355 W 3rd St | Downtown | sundancesquare.com/hoya-korean-kitchen
This casual Downtown restaurant offers classic and innovative Korean dishes, featuring Beef Bulgogi, Kimchi Fried Rice, and Korean Seafood and Leek Pancakes. Their retractable roof makes for great patio seating on sunny days. This is a great spot for lunch on the patio or for trying a new cuisine for dinner.
“We sat in the covered patio area. My husband got the beef [soondubu] and I got the chicken katsu. Both dishes were delicious… I think this is the closest to being authentic near me. We will definitely be back.” - Yelp Review
Hoya Korean Kitchen doesn’t offer GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check back soon because we are always adding new restaurants!
Burgers, beer, and cocktails.
515 Main St | Downtown | jakesburgersandbeer.com
If you are looking for a casual Downtown restaurant with burgers, beer, and cocktails, look no further than Jake’s Burgers and Beer. Jake’s is better than your average burger restaurant starting right with the burgers. Jake’s burgers are made with locally sourced, never frozen 100% beef patties and fresh daily baked buns. They also serve hand cut fries, Kickin’ Chicken fried ribeye or chicken, and Chicago-style Hot Dawgs. Thirsty? We also love their hand-spun milkshakes.
If you want something stronger, choose from one of their creative signature cocktails or from one of the most extensive local and national beer selections in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
“I had the Bacon Bleu burger and it was absolutely delicious. Definitely recommend it along with the tater tots and sweet potato fries. We also got their Shiner seasonal which was lime & sea salt. I really enjoyed it.” - Yelp Review
Jake’s Burgers and Beer doesn’t offer GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check back soon because we are always adding new restaurants!
200 Main St | Downtown | torotorofortworth.com
Whether you are taking clients out to dinner or celebrating an anniversary, this Downtown steakhouse is a great choice. All dishes are shared family-style, including their Rodizio-style Churrasco. Pair your meal with a classic Latin cocktail—mojito, margarita, etc.—all hand-muddled with fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables. You are sure to win your clients over or win someone’s heart!
“We went here for my husband's birthday… Fantastic service and fabulous food. One of the better meals I've had of late… Some of their custom drinks are quite good as well, highly recommend the margarita.” - Yelp Review
Toro Toro doesn’t offer GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check back soon because we are always adding new restaurants!
Family-owned Mexican restaurant.
550 Throckmorton St | Downtown | salsalimon.com
We are never ones to say no to Mexican, and especially not to a Mexican restaurant with such an amazing happy hour—$5 Margaritas, $4 Ranch Waters, $3 Tacos (chicken or veggie) and $2 DosXX. Salsa Limon is a great spot for authentic Mexican tacos and burritos, brunch complete with breakfast tacos and breakfast burritos, and specialty drinks such as margaritas and micheladas.
“Had the El Campeon - probably a top five burrito I've ever eaten. The sauces/salsas were great. The habanero was very tasty and not too hot. The chips were fresh and very crispy. The guac was pretty decent. Highly recommend.” - Yelp Review
Salsa Limon doesn’t offer GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check back soon because we are always adding new restaurants!
From beer gardens to casually elegant rooftops, taprooms to Turkish grills, and steakhouses to specialty juices, Downtown Fort Worth has it all. On this list you are sure to find at least one place you are dying to visit on your next trip to Downtown Fort Worth.
Let us know in the comments which of these restaurants you try first, and if you try the Banana Nut Bread French Toast at Yolk, let us know that too!