Desert Racer

4.4
41 Reviews
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
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vipJasonH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nick curates a restaurant like no other. And something was off last night. Food was average. Preparation was sloppy and delivery and execution was missing. Hope nick knows that his brand is being impacted by some poor service. He’s one of the best chefs in dallas.

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jons
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Very disappointing. They don't have enough servers.

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Marhalcle
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Cute decor, great food and drink menu. Our server was helpful in telling us what she liked on the menu and what was popular. My party sat inside but this seems like a fun place to have a celebration. Lawn games outside too!

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vipBethanyInDallas
Seattle
66 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our time there. The kids enjoyed games on the patio.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was great. No complaints there. Drinks were overly sweet. We had the sangria and hibiscus ranch water. The sangria was like drinking syrup. And the food was fine but way overpriced. $18 for a chimichanga?? ($15 plus $3 for queso). Such a shame cause the ambiance is great.

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BYou
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service! Our server was absolutely amazing! Surf n turf fajitas were delicious!

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corit
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are my neighborhood staple. The staff is so kind and prompt. The vibe is my favorite

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very nice place. will be back!

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vipHeath
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in an awesome atmosphere! Will definitely be back for tacos and ping pong!!

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viprobbiea
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Mixed drinks are awful. Order beer. Fajitas are tough. Never got tortillas. Brisket nachos were good.

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lawdogbob
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best hang out place in Dallas!!!! Great food and drinks spectacular!

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ScottS
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bella was great, food excellent a bit over priced.... but we understand the food shortages may have contributed to that, oh and no Golden Opportunity (tears) we will will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Brought my sister here while she was visiting Dallas. Food was good and everything then the payment system went down and they told us to write our card numbers down to charge us later - that didn’t sit well with me but overall experience was ok

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was slow! Drinks took forever. Tried to deliver multiple incorrect orders to our table. Music was loud and we asked them to turn it down several times. I expected the Off Site Kitchen burger and the burger was a shell of the former great restaurant.

Good vibe but won’t last if service doesn’t improve. Not consistent with other restaurants from this owner.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here before a concert to grab dinner and was not disappointed. The restaurant was astounding and the overall ambiance was perfect. Girls night started off at 100% by going to desert racer and will be back soon!!!

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vipRobertK
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Cool vibe but noisy with slow service- food good!

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vipRyanJ
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

All good just one request: Please get a few highchairs in there for the kiddos. Parents can’t drink the level of alcohol we need without them!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere and drinks, was a little noisy with the music there

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vipSabrinaT
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

My party was sat next to a group of 15 kids. We asked to move 3 times and were forgotten about each time. The service was awful, it took 20 minutes just to be greeted and put a drink order in with our server (who just complained she was “so busy” the entire time). We ordered appetizers and meals- the appetizers never came out and our meals came out before we ever even got water at the table. Food and drink orders were both wrong and the server knew it and told us “sorry, we’re too busy tonight” and never offered to fix it.
Totally understand that the restaurant was busy and understaffed- probably best to state that and not keeping seating/taking reservations, then.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

The restaurant was incredibly loud, and they even turn the music up louder halfway through dining. Tacos served on little paper boats made it hard to eat, and fish tacos were so so, one was undercooked. I just ate the beans and rice. Probably won’t go back unless it’s for drinks only. Atmosphere is cool

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vipREMA
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated promptly, didn’t really need a reservation on Sunday. Food was really good…especially the queso

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EricN
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Solid. Lacking on margarita menu. Ordered apps that came out after meal.

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ElviraR
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was great and it was really cool inside

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JillH
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Super cool place to have fun. Casual. . Delicious food. Our service was not great. Waiter not very knowledgeable about most things we asked. He was Likely new so we gave him so grace. Husbands food came way before mine which was a little frustrating. All in all it would not stop us from returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Service was very lackluster. Server seemed to be in the weeds with no assistance for our entire meal. Waited long times for order taking, drink refills, follow up ECT.

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TimG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great. Beer selection very good. Prices okay. I recommend it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

We had six girls join for brunch and it was a first time for most. Twenty minutes after being sat, we still hadn’t been greeted or been given waters (it was 97 degrees outside too). I had to go to the host stand and request service, took an additonal 5-10 minutes. The server brought water but was too busy to take our order. He eventually came back and we ordered drinks and appetizers. He eventually came back again and we ordered our meals and inquired about the appetizers. He had forgotten to put them in. Those eventually came and then half of our meals were brought out before the others so we had to ask him to check on the other half of the food and those eventually came. We never got water refills until our meal ended and he never asked if we wanted a second drink. He also did not recommend any menu items or try to upsell us. Very disappointed, will not return for meals. I am embarrassed because I told my girlfriends that this was a Nick Badovinus restaurant concept and surely the food and service would be excellent. Really hope they can turn it around as it could be a great neighborhood spot if the service was better.

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Atlas
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was amazing the server was in a rush and tried to hurry us up didn’t check if we needed anything after that but overall the food was good and place was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food2service1ambience5

We were constantly forgotten and had no water and we’re sitting outside

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vipInkillable
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the queso and smoked chicken flautas. So good!

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vipshayner
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Music on patio was so loud we were screaming at each other. Surf punk rock blasted us out so we ate quickly & left

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food. Great patio. Solid beer selection.

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vipLeighAnnR
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place! What a cool patio and great food! I love that there was plenty of parking as well. Everyone should be going here!

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GordonM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Desert Racer, but it had been on the list for a long time. Right from walking into the patio area, the ambiance was electric and the layout well thought out. I was able to snag reservations last minute at an inside table. The drink list featured many local beers on draft, as well as a mix of specialty cocktails. The food was great, and I felt not too overpriced for the location. Our server (I believe her name was Yara), was super friendly and helpful. She didn't rush us, and hit the perfect balance of being present, but not overbearing! All in all, a great night. We'll definitely be back! Bonus was the large parking lot!

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vipYowguyReviews
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The staff and service was good. However, the food came out sort of cold and was sub-par quality. Rice was crunchy and nacho chips were stale. For quality / price gap is wide.

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vipScottinDallas
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We generally love Desert Racer, but this trip wasn't great. The food didn't taste the same, the drinks weren't good and the service was sparse. I'm really sad the fajitas have changed, since that is what drove me there constantly.

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vipCollinB
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Desert Racer is one of our top 5 favorite spots to go to in Dallas! Every experience we have had there has bene great and the food and drinks never get old. I highly suggest getting any of the hi balls to drink and Asada tots as an appetizer. This place is a great spot for a date night or to get drinks with friends. Be ready to eat because everything there is amazing!

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ROBERTOO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service left a lot to be desired, but the food was solid. A little pricy, but worth it in the end.

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AmyM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun atmosphere! The decor and overall vibe are so cool. Food was delicious and drinks were awesome. We ate inside but the patio was incredible - will go back and eat outside.

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Shivs
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was one of the best I've seen in Dallas for a fun, chill hangout with friends. Fruity pebbles tres leches was really good! Started running out of beers on a Sat night though - we picked 4 different ones over the course of the night that they were out of. But everything else was so awesome that we didn't care.

FAQs

Desert Racer offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (214) 827-1520.

Desert Racer is rated 4.4 stars by 41 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.