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The Best Cheap Eats in Dallas

The OpenTable Team

Located in the Northeastern corner of Texas, Dallas represents the second-largest city in the state and the original home of the frozen margarita machine. The city has a rich history rooted in ranching, farming, and oil production before rising into an important business and financial center. Sports fans can enjoy a plethora of professional games to watch year-round. Music lovers will also find plenty of spots featuring everything from country and bluegrass to good-old rock 'n' roll. There's no shortage of fun in Dallas and just as many options for delicious, affordable food. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out when it comes to cheap eats in Dallas? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. From traditional Texan dishes to sushi and Caribbean food, check out our Tastemaker 20 List of where to find the Best Cheap Eats in Dallas.

Restaurants:Wildwood Smoke Craft Whiskey - Southlake, Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill - Euless, NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Northpark
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Southlake, Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) Corridor, North Dallas / Addison
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Wildwood Smoke Craft Whiskey - Southlake

$$$$·American·
Southlake
557 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
Wildwood - Smoke - Craft - Whiskey, located in the Southlake neighborhood of Dallas, is a dining destination with some of the best cheap eats Dallas has to offer! It’s a perfect spRead more
97% recommended

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill - Euless

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) Corridor
210 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Live Sports
  • Fun
For great food that won’t attack your wallet, check out the Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grill, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Corridor. It’s a modern gastropub that serves up an eRead more
86% recommended
Hot Spot in Dallas - Fort Worth

NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Northpark

$$$$·American·
North Dallas / Addison
241 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Neighborhood Gem
NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus is the definition of laid-back luxe. The cafe, located on Level Three of the NorthPark Center in Neiman Marcus, features a chic and modern atmosphere withoRead more
85% recommended
Great for Lunch in Dallas - Fort Worth
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Sundown at Granada

$$$$·American·
Upper Greenville
218 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Casual
  • Live Music
Sundown at Granada, located in Upper Greenville, is a casual farm-to-table restaurant that brings extra charm to the neighborhood. Next door to the Granada Theater, it boasts an exRead more
96% recommended
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TacoLingo Tex-Mex

$$$$·Tex-Mex·
Uptown
68 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
TacoLingo is the place to go for cheap tacos that won’t break the bank. Located right in the heart of Downtown Dallas, it’s a popular spot for folks who are exploring all that DallRead more
82% recommended
Good for Groups in Dallas

Layered

$$$$·Breakfast·
McKinney
23 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Sunday Lunch
Located on Virginia Street in the heart of downtown McKinney, Layered is a casual Breakfast, American and Israeli restaurant that serves some of the best cheap eats Dallas has to oRead more
90% recommended
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House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Dallas

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,074 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Casual
  • Fun
House of Blues Restaurant and Bar is one of the best places for cheap eats in Dallas, especially if you’re looking for comfort food. They feature made-from-scratch, Southern-inspirRead more
Hot Spot in Dallas - Fort Worth

Ivy Kitchen

$$$$·American·
North Dallas / Addison
380 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
Looking for a great eatery that serves both sushi and steak and won’t cost you an arm and a leg? You’re in luck! IVY Kitchen, located in North Dallas/Addison, is one of the city’s Read more
91% recommended
Good for Groups in Dallas - Fort Worth

Sushi Zushi - Dallas

$$$$·Japanese·
Uptown
317 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Sushi Zushi, located on McKinney Ave in the Uptown neighborhood of Dallas, is a Japanese place that offers a totally unique, and affordable, dining experience. Come in to try autheRead more
100% recommended
Healthy in Dallas - Fort Worth

V-Eats Modern Vegan at Trinity Groves

$$$$·Vegan·
Texas
257 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Healthy
  • Good Vegetarian Options
V-Eats Modern Vegan at Trinity Groves is a cool, laid-back neighborhood restaurant that’s one of the top vegan places in Dallas. Executive chef Troy Gardner is passionate about vegRead more
85% recommended
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Public School - Addison

$$$$·American·
North Dallas / Addison
190 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
Public School is one of the trendiest spots in Dallas - Fort Worth and you’ll find in hopping with people every night of the week. Located on the bustling Belt Line Road in North DRead more
Great for Lunch in Dallas

Café 43

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,169 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
Cafe 43, tucked into the George W. Bush Presidential Center, is a perfect place to find cheap eats in upscale digs. It’s a contemporary American restaurant that features a locally-Read more
100% recommended
American in Dallas - Fort Worth
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eight11 place

$$$$·American·
Frisco
247 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
If you want to try some of the best cheap eats in Dallas and also enjoy live music on a gorgeous outdoor patio, head to eight 11 Place on Main Street. A locally owned and unique AmRead more
100% recommended
Notable Wine List in Dallas - Fort Worth
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3Eleven Kitchen and Cocktails

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
216 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
3Eleven Kitchen and Cocktails is an American eatery located in the West End Historic District of Downtown Dallas. You’ll find plenty of cheap eats on the menu here, so feel free toRead more

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant - Plano

$$$$·Japanese·
Plano
164 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Business Meals
RA Sushi, located on Lone Star Drive in Plano, is the perfect place to grab a delicious bite of Japanese food without going over budget. They serve up fresh, creative Japanese-inspRead more
Fit for Foodies in Dallas Suburbs

The Heritage Table

$$$$·American·
Frisco
305 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
The Heritage Table is an elegant, but affordable restaurant located on Main Street in Frisco Texas. Located in a 1917 converted Victorian Home, this eatery is all about delivering Read more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Dallas Suburbs

Mexican Bar Company

$$$$·Mexican·
Plano
219 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
For amazing cheap eats in Plano, located in the suburbs just outside Dallas, head to Mexican Bar Co. Cocina! They offer a full scope of Mexican food, including handmade corn tortilRead more

Bazille - Nordstrom NorthPark Center

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Park Cities
565 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
When you’re in the mood for affordable American food with a contemporary twist, you can’t go wrong with Bazille. Located on the third floor of upscale North Park Center in North DaRead more
95% recommended

Pink Magnolia

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Oak Cliff / Bishop Arts
684 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Pink Magnolia, located on Davis Street in the Bishop Arts District, is one of the best spots to go for cheap eats in Dallas. The restaurant takes inspiration from the magnolia flowRead more
88% recommended
Great for Brunch in Dallas - Fort Worth
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Chelsea Corner

$$$$·American·
Uptown
199 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Casual
Chelsea Corner, located in the Uptown neighborhood of Dallas, is a casual dining spot known fro its great cheap eats. It’s once again in the original location on the famous corner Read more
93% recommended
Great for Brunch in Dallas - Fort Worth