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The Most Fun Restaurants in Dallas

Located in the Northeastern corner of Texas, Dallas has blossomed into the second-largest city in the state. Dallas has a rich history rooted in cattle ranching, farming, and oil production and grew rapidly in size after the railroads arrived in the late 1800s. It went onto become the important business and financial center of today. With its myriad of professional sports teams, the Dallas Museum of Art, modern and postmodern architecture and top-rated attractions like the Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas always has something going on. Kitchens in town serve up Texan favorites and international flavors, from tacos to Thai cuisine and fine dining to food trucks. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. If you’re looking for a lively and entertaining spot to dine, check out our list of where to find the most fun restaurant in Dallas right now.

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11 Restaurants
Updated January 14, 2020
Restaurants:Thirsty Lion Gastropub - Euless, TX, La Calle Doce, Chamas do Brazil
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Seafood, Brazilian Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) Corridor, Oak Cliff / Bishop Arts, Arlington
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Thirsty Lion Gastropub - Euless, TX

$$$$
Contemporary American
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) Corridor
4.4
477 reviews
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill, located in Euless Mid Cities in Dallas, is an upscale but laid-back Contemporary American restaurant and Gastropub. Their mission is to combine the traditional values of European and American pubs to create a place where friends and family can celebrate life and enjoy handcrafted food, beers and cocktails. They serve an awesome menu, which includes a full list of hearty American staples like Spicy Fried Chicken and Waffles, Corned Beef Hash, Lion’s Burger and more.

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La Calle Doce

$$$$
Seafood
Oak Cliff / Bishop Arts
4.8
281 reviews
La Calle Doce in Oak Cliff is an upscale restaurant serving some of the best-quality Mexican seafood in town. It’s a local institution and many consider it one of the most fun restaurants in Dallas. Menu items include ceviche cocktails and tostadas, seafood chiles Rellenos and perfectly-grilled shrimp alambre. Many of the main courses come with appetizer cups of fish stew, so make sure to save room! Serving the Dallas area since 1981, they offer the rich culture of Coastal Mexico in each and every one of their fresh and flavorful dishes.

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Chamas do Brazil

$$$$
Brazilian Steakhouse
Arlington
4.5
1591 reviews
Chamas do Brazil, which means “Flames of Brazil,” is an authentic Brazilian Steakhouse located in the Arlington neighborhood. They feature a special method of roasting meat based on the old gaucho tradition from centuries past. It’s a style called Churrasco, which originated in Southern Brazil with Brazilian Cowboys who grilled different types of meat over open flamed pits. Here, they visit your table throughout the meal with different cuts of beef, lamb, pork and chicken to cut and serve right at the table! Start with the salad bar and then choose side dishes and drinks and all the grilled meat your heart desires.

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Simply Fondue - Dallas

$$$$
Fondue
Greenville Avenue
4.6
1318 reviews
Simply Fondue is a super fun restaurant in Dallas when you’re looking for a totally unique dining experience! Located on Greenville Avenue, it offers a relaxed and casual dining atmosphere where you can enjoy food and wine at a laid-back and leisurely pace. They use only the finest ingredients to make all their sauces, batters and dressings from scratch every day. It’s a great spot to go for a fun night out with family or friends, a cozy and romantic date night. Regulars rave about the Aged Cheddar fondue, made with extra sharp cheddar cheese, beer, garlic and spices. They also serve plenty of Salads, Entrees and a la carte side dishes to enjoy!

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Jinbeh - Lewisville

$$$$
Japanese
Lewisville
4.8
314 reviews
Looking for a Japanese classic? Look no further than Jinbeh, a restaurant that has been serving the mid-cities area since 1988. This restaurant made a name for themselves as one of the first authentic Japanese places in town, so it’s a good place for diners to head when they are craving a perfect serving of ramen. Jinbeh has one of the area’s most beloved ramen dishes on the menu: Fujii-San Ramen. The hearty bowl of noodles and broth make a complete meal on their own but you might want to try it alongside some of the restaurant’s fresh sushi dishes.

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House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Dallas

$$$$
Unspecified
Downtown
3.9
1078 reviews
House of Blues Restaurant and Bar is one of the most fun restaurants in Dallas for live music, especially if you’re looking for comfort food. They feature made-from-scratch, Southern-inspired cooking and classic dishes like New Orleans jambalaya and gumbo. Locals and visitors agree that the food is some of the best in town - and you get to pair it with great music for an all-around awesome night out. Go all out and try the Voodoo Shrimp or the Carolina Mess and double down with a specialty cocktail from the bar.

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Delucca Pizza & Wine - Dallas

$$$$
Pizzeria
Design District
4.7
1345 reviews
Another one of the most fun restaurants in Dallas Delucca Gaucho Pizza and Wine. It’s a gorgeous tile-floor space with industrial accents and a welcoming environment. The pizza at Delucca is the star of the menu, and visitors can choose from toppings like Turkish Lamb with Sumac Onions, Chicken with Brazilian Catupiry, and Sauteed Shrimp and Fontina, among others. You can order any pizza gluten-free with a cauliflower crust. You can also indulge in one of the dessert pizzas, which diners rave about - especially the blackberry and mascarpone cheese pizza and the banana flambe pizza.

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Uchi Dallas

$$$$
Sushi
Uptown
5.0
3812 reviews
Located in Uptown is Uchiba Dallas, a hip Japanese joint with its sister restaurant Uchi, located downstairs. Uchiba has a complete Japanese food menu, including buns, baos, dumplings, and yakitori. Diners can get their fill of warm, nourishing Japanese noodles and have plenty of fun in this cool, laid-back environment. Locals love the gyutoro dumplings, which are filling with wagyu short ribs, shiitake, and kosho. If you’re dining with a large group, snag one of the large tables seating 6 or more and dig into delicious food and drinks!

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Bulla Gastrobar - Plano

$$$$
Spanish
Plano
4.6
1634 reviews
Bulla Gastrobar, located on Legacy Drive in Plano, is a super fun restaurant in Dallas to head for delicious Spanish tapas. Originally started in Florida, Bulla became so popular it started expanding and now opened its first Texas location in the Legacy West District. They specialize in authentic Spanish tapas featuring culturally rich ingredients and imaginative cocktails served in a lively social setting, complete with a beautifully appointed gather-around bar, main dining area, private dining room and outdoor terrace.

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Salum Restaurant

$$$$
Contemporary American
Uptown
4.9
2665 reviews
Salum is an upscale yet fun restaurant centrally located between the West Village and Knox-Henderson areas. The space, design by Julio Quinones, one of Dallas’ most progressive young designers, is super cool and comfy. It features a spacious, sophisticated dining room with the intimacy of a neighborhood establishment. Owner and Chef Abraham Salum offers an array of contemporary American cuisine that combines the highest quality seasonal ingredients with a twist of contrasting and complementary flavors.

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NAPA Thai Asian Cuisine

$$$$
Asian
Colleyville
4.9
533 reviews
“Napa” comes from a Thai word meaning ‘The blue infinite,’ and this restaurant definitely gives off that kind of otherworldly vibes. Opened in 2018 by a Thai family-owned enterprise, Napa features authentic Thai dishes. The a la carte dishes derived from authentic recipes get new life in a modern context here, The cooking combines the highest quality ingredients and age-old recipes to keep the food as authentic as possible. Come enjoy the delicious curries, noodles, appetizers and more in this elegant, harmonious atmosphere.

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