The Best Cheap Eats in Dallas

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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 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

Wildwood Smoke Craft Whiskey - Southlake

$$$$·American·
Southlake
754 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
94% recommended
American in Dallas Suburbs

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill - Euless

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) Corridor
308 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
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
93% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Dallas - Fort Worth

NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Northpark

$$$$·American·
North Dallas / Addison
256 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
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
94% recommended
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Sundown at Granada

$$$$·American·
Upper Greenville
309 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
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
84% recommended
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TacoLingo Tex-Mex

$$$$·Tex-Mex·
Uptown
163 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Bar Seating
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
89% recommended
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Layered

$$$$·Breakfast·
McKinney
44 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Cozy
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
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House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Dallas

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,120 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Bar Seating
  • Late-night Find
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
100% recommended

Ivy Kitchen - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
North Dallas / Addison
418 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
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
94% recommended
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Sushi Zushi - Dallas

$$$$·Japanese·
Uptown
323 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
87% recommended
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V-Eats Modern Vegan at Trinity Groves

$$$$·Vegan·
Trinity Groves
284 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
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
87% recommended
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Public School - Addison

$$$$·American·
North Dallas / Addison
247 reviews
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
  • Happy Hour
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 - Fort Worth

Café 43

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,203 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
  • 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
98% recommended
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eight11 place

$$$$·American·
Frisco
263 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Live Music
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
94% recommended
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3Eleven Kitchen and Cocktails

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
343 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
81% recommended
Late Night Find in Dallas - Fort Worth

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant - Plano, TX

$$$$·Japanese·
Plano
259 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Bar Seating
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
87% recommended
Late Night Find in Dallas - Fort Worth

The Heritage Table

$$$$·American·
Frisco
413 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
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Mexican Bar Company

$$$$·Mexican·
Plano
318 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
  • 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
94% recommended
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Bazille - Nordstrom NorthPark Center

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Park Cities
653 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Sunday Lunch
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
93% recommended
Great for Lunch in Dallas - Fort Worth

Pink Magnolia - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Oak Cliff / Bishop Arts
710 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Cozy
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
83% recommended
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Chelsea Corner

$$$$·American·
Uptown
318 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
97% recommended
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