Dakota Bar & Grill
Dakota Bar & Grill

Dakota Bar & Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dakotabarandgrilltucson.com/
  • Phone: 5202987188
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday & Monday 11 AM- 3:30 PM, Tuesday - Thursday 11 AM - 9 PM, Friday & Saturday 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Southwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: August Ench
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Tucson's premier catering specializing in exquisite attention to every detail. Tasteful presentations and delectable food providing all types of services to meet your catering needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: We are able to host large parties in the garden and patio.
  • Private Party Contact: Amy 5202987188
  • Entertainment: Live music Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday brunch outside on the misted patio.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kolb
  • Public Transit: Public transportation is available in front of plaza.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a private parking lot as well as a large event parking lot for events in the plaza.
A word from Dakota Bar & Grill
A hidden original Tucson gem located in a quiet corner of Trail Dust Town. We offer an eclectic array of American grill options, fresh seafood or brunch on weekends. Enjoy indoor seating or relax outside in our beautiful garden and patio.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Dakota Bar & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (16)neighborhood gem (10)great for lunch (9)fit for foodies (8)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (6)good for groups (3)romantic (3)scenic view (2)special occasion (2)late-night find (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • GREAT FOOD, GOOD SERVICE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    IT IS GREAT FOR GLUTEN FREE GUESTS. THEY CAN ACCOMODATE MOST ITEMS ON THE MENU TO GF. REALLY GOOD FOOD AND LOVELY PATIO/GARDEN WITH A COWBOY TOWN.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SninVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
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    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reallllllly Good!
    EllenTHVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The Dakota is such a delightful place to dine. We chose to dine on the patio. It was a perfect evening to sit outside. We have had such great dinners here. Friday night we thought we'd have their hamburgers. We built our own. The hamburgers were cooked to perfection and so delicious! The french fries were perfectly crispy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My return!
    Simonetti
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife & her immediate friends; who are & have been occasional lunch time customers for many many years encouraged me to try this restaurant one more time. This after many years of being absent due to a number of disappointments many, many years ago. Having not been to the restaurant in at least 10 years I found it quite nice. Great menu w/an outstanding wine list Our waiter John aka Jack, was exceptional! Particular, for a party of five adults & two at times trying three year olds. Through it all he was very attentive, responsive, & above all gracious. I/we ALL found our dishes to be quite GOOD & bordering on superior. I will be back for at least at second try! Thank You, "John The Waiter"
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfied customer
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The service was very accommodating and responsive. I ordered the scallops and though they were tasty and very well prepared, I was a bit disappointed by the size of them.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Salads in Tucson
    AppleheadVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The absolute best salads and best salad selection we've found in Tucson. Experienced and friendly servers, consistently good food, comfortable atmosphere and very nice outdoor dining year round.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Doug
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Attended for special music event on patio; matching food theme was a plus.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellant Entre
    Gary
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My wife and I visited Dakota Bar & Grill for dinner this past Saturday. We both ordered the special which was lobster and crab stuffed trout. The presentation was well done and the entre was excellent. This was our third dinning experience at Dakota over the last few years and we have had a good experience every time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant, not exceptional
    zergnerd
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Went with my family to Dakota. My wife ordered the flank steak, while I had the ribs. She had hoped to get the filet mignon, since we had seen that on the website menu, but we were told it was no longer available by our server. The ribs were good, but a tad dry. My wife's flank steak was excellent. Our daughter got a fruit cup and chicken strips, which she liked. This being the summer, her meal was free. We finished with an excellent slice of chocolate cake. My wife felt our server a somewhat inattentive. (I didn't notice.) The restaurant had a nice candle-lit ambiance that we enjoyed. Located at Trail Dust Town, there was plenty to do next to the restaurant that we made and evening of.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Return Visit
    EllenTHVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We return to the Dakota quite often. The salads, hamburgers, and entrees are all delicious. I can honestly say that we have never had a bad meal here. The brunches are especially delicious, too! Try to dine outside if you can. The restaurant has kind of a charming little area. Misters keep you cool on a hot day or evening. The restaurant is in Trail Dust Town. It is fun for adults and children. A train, carousel, ferris wheel, and reenactment of a shoot out add to the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DLVLVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great drinks and appetizer specials for happy hour!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 116 reviews are from the Dakota Bar & Grill reviews archive.
  • Great Late Lunch
    diner
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Went for a 3pm Lunch reservation - food and service were great, ambiance very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food very good
    azdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    the food is good and the portions generous. Outdoor area nice and quiet enough for a conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Years
    iambecklou
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I have been going to Dakota Grill from years. It is consistent and good. I have always enjoyed being able to have a conversation with friends and have good food to boot. Has both light and heavier food items.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better Bread
    Argy
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We have been going to Dakota for many years and it's time they did a little updating. The vinyl seats were worn out and looked old. The whole place inside is beginning to look that way. Outside is lovely and I think when the weather is good that's where most people want to sit. However, when we went it was hot and windy so we chose to sit inside. The food was very good. However when we asked for bread they brought out stale epee. There is no excuse for serving stale bread and it spoils the fact that everything else was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try it for breakfast!
    BrendaVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Real treat when I recently tried for breakfast with a group of 6 to celebrate birthdays.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Location
    AmyinTucsonVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Located in Trail Dust Town on Tanque Verde Road. Enjoy the "western town" atmosphere as you dine on the patio/garden. Baby back Ribs (with prickly pear BBQ sauce!) are fall-off-the-bone tasty and the Beef Stroganoff was tender and well spiced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Beat Goes ON
    SteverinoVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Dakota just keeps re-inventing itself. Always fresh. Warm attentive service coupled with reasonably priced, tasty food. In the know with those that know. Number one caterer too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We were very impressed with the grilled Portobello sandwich. The service was outstanding as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dependable Quality
    FoodLover
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    My friends and I have been meeting at Dakota for lunches for many years. We can always depend on the restaurant for consistently delicious food and very good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now I recall why I stopped going
    GoodFoodGoodPrice
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The food and service were bad. Unfortunate. The location and outdoor patio are both great. Our food order came out wrong, the food overall was bland and highly priced. The patio is lovely at night - that is, if you don't mind loud gunshots and explosions from the Western gun shows at Trail Dust. If I ever go back, it will be for a glass of wine with girlfriends and the cheese board appetizer. Skip dinner - the price is not worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • everything was awesome....except
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Everything was amazing! Except the service. We felt forgotten about a few times and actually had to chase people down for water and the bill.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great eats
    swynk
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We enjoyed our time at Dakota, would only have asked for a bit more attention. Service was a little slow, particularly for drinks. Good food and fun area (Traildust Town). We really enjoyed the scallops and ribs...the enchilada was ok.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Breakfast
    Love2TryNewEats
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The new breakfast items (Frittata and Eggs Benedict) were delicious. The potato tortes that came with the main items were tasty and different from normal breakfast potatoes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely NE Tucson patio dining
    alfrescodiner
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Perfect patio for pet guests with water dish provided by staff, lots of bushes and area for them to wander. Pretty umbrellas, no traffic noise, huge menu, great for a spring lunch outside.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    KRTucson
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Great restaurant in Trail Dust Town. Delicious food every single time we go!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Tucson Favorite
    retiredgirl
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I LOVE this restaurant! Always excellent food, service and ambiance!!! I recently brought five of my friends here for lunch and we ended up staying almost three hours enjoying great drinks as well as a wonderful lunch. I enjoy the setting in the Trail Dust Town -- a nice removal from "real life and real noise" for a couple of hours; and the extensive outdoor dining is one of my favorite things. Keep up the GREAT effort with this little gem tucked away in a fantasy land. I smile all the way here everytime! :)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We never stayed.
    disappointed
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The manager was extremely rude and treated us so poorly we left. I was so embarrassed we had out of town guests and this looked like such a nice place.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PamTom
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Average food. I used to regularly go to this restaurant 20 years ago and thought salads were terrific. We enjoyed the patio this weekend, the prices were reasonable. The risotto was crunchy, the veggies were overcooked. I am sure there are people who are fans of the restaurant, but for me, it will not be a regular occurrence. Sorry.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ribs were a disappointment!
    LHDAL
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Have had their ribs before and they were great. This time they were served with the BBQ sauce on the side. They looked awful. The flavor was lacking. When I mentioned it to the waiter he said he told them in the kitchen and nothing else was said. It may be a long time before I return.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant place for lunch
    KathysVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Once again, Dakota's patio provided a lovely place for friends to gather and catch up. The food is good, the service helpful, and the ambiance is peaceful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A GREAT PATIO
    Argy
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    The Patio at Dakota is the best place to eat. Without the patio I think the restaurant wouldn't make it although the food is really good. They have been open for a long time and it's time for a little renovation. The inside is starting to look shabby.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch With Old Friends
    FoodLover
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I met with two old co-workers who remain my friends for a birthday lunch celebration. We ate in the far eastern edge of the beautiful patio on a breezy and cool spring day. With the heat just weeks away, it was a pleasant experience. Lunch was great as was our wait-staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never got a chance to eat
    mmhughesVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    I chose Dakota because it was a local restaurant and I was really looking forward to it. I was seated within a few minutes, given a menu and water and that was it. I waited almost 15 minutes, and while servers walked past me, no one acknowledged me. I got up and left and no one even noticed. I'm sure it's a good restaurant but my experience was not good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food
    lovesfood
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    The patio and garden are quiet wonderful places to eat and chat with friends. The food is excellent, better than ever.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New server needed more tips
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    New server needed more tips from experienced ones but the food was good- A cheese and fruit plate should have come with some type of bread or crackers but it had nice fruit and salad was fresh - Dessert was tasty It is a delightful evening with a bit of western atmosphere when you hear gunfight and train. So fun and pleasant still - A couple of cats roaming the village area make it interesting They have a nice selection to choose from to appeal to a variety of tastes
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service slow, food quite good
    Astrid
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We went as a group of four. We reserved the day before and did indeed have a patio seat but at the far end of the patio that is fully in the sun. All the outdoor "good tables" were given I assume on a first come first serve basis. We said we only had an hour (at 1:30). We were served water and drinks and then no one came for over 30 minutes to refill our waters, I needed to go to the Hostess to ask for service. Our meals came 45 minutes later. Everyone was quite satisfied with their meals, not overwhelmed, but a few of us had salads which are often difficult to 'jazz up". Would come here again, but request a better table. It appeared they were under-staffed for a very busy lunch hour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not North or South - Just Dakota
    Haardrock1141VIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    I met a friend for a business lunch and it was great. The service was very good and the food was outstanding. The restuarant was booked but they didn't rush us through. If I had not made the reservation on Open Table I don't think we would have been able to eat at Dakota on Tuesday.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great patio for lunch
    Maggie
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    With our beautiful winter I've had lunch twice on theirpatio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced
    hungry
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food was inconsistent. Some was good, some seemed to have been sitting around/not fresh. Not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate