El Bolero

4.3
469 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Airy eatery offering regional Mexican cuisine, plus margaritas in a colorful setting with a patio. Start with our Queso Fundido and our signature tequila cocktail – The Oilman.
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4.2
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4.0
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4.1
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4.0
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Noise · Moderate
70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PhilipT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Enjoy the food and atmosphere. Lobster tacos are the BEST! Really great to eat outside (when the weather cooperates)!

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AaronL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere, overall great place.

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vipCC41
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. Fresh ingredients. Will be back

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JanR
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside. Perfect evening. Everyone really liked the food.

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yadiraA
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Se los recomiendo, comida ,servicio.. gracias no la pasamos muy bien..

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were terrific, as was the service. Great place, highly recommend!

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vipHammer
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food is Average at best and a little pricey for what you get.

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SallyB
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent dishes, affordable prices, noise a little too high

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Servers looked burned out and tired. The signs plastered on every door and window looking for help gave away their staffing issues. Margarita was overpriced and borderline undrinkable. Third time coming here and third bad experience.

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vipMKT56
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

For our first visit, with an out-of-town guest, we were hoping for a better experience; but, the food was just okay, the service was poor (we waited so long for drinks and had to hunt down our server to order, ask for pepper, etc.) and the music was so incredibly loud that we had to yell to visit amongst 3 of us at a high top table. Maybe it would have been a better overall visit if we could have sat on the patio and they had been staffed properly so our server wasn’t covering as a bartender too!

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vipSusieK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently fresh and delicious! Our server was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We love bolero and always have a good time, however the service was subpar this go around. The waitress wouldn’t come to the table enough ( which we knew it was a busy day so we weren’t worried too much about it). But, what was extremely frustrating was being the last person waiting to get their bill back. The group was waiting for me to get my check back and I told them to go ahead and leave ahead of me ( I assumed it would be another 2-3 mins to get the bill) instead I sat there waiting for ten minutes to get my card and check to sign. I had to ask the busser who had started to clean the table off as I sat there alone waiting for the check. It appeared that the waitress and just forgotten to give me back the check despite her seeing me sitting alone at an 8 top table.

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AshleyL
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! Great food and drinks! Definitely would recommend!

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Jason
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Dallas for our anniversary. El Bolero did not disappoint. We tried a few different cocktails which were all very good. The food was outstanding. Very creative and full of flavor. The service was quick and friendly.

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vipSKPondy
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Hannah our server was excellent!

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JESSICAA
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, it was my first time and the food, drinks and specially our waiter was amazing!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibes. I will be back again.

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757boy
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Ok but long wait after I ordered my food but was ok

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vipNeighbor
Dallas
50 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was ok. Service was friendly but not every efficient. I think it was just a training issue. The waiter was nice and friendly enough but left the table without clearing plates and seemed to stand around a lot when the place was busy. I asked for coffee with me dessert and it came out cold. When I told the waiter he offered to make a new pot but we didn't have time for that. I expected that he would remove it from the bill ($4.00 for a cup of coffee) but he didn't. Again, I think a training issue. I would have spoke to the manager if we would have had more time. I just paid the bill but probably will not be back.

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KernB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

it rained but you did not have control over that.

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AngieP
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The menu is massive which is great when you want options, but super hard when reading on your phone. The drink prices are OUTRAGEOUS considering the size of the drinks. I’m used to paying Dallas prices, but this was crazy. We were there for Mother’s Day and no drink specials for Mother’s Day. It was SUPER loud, mostly because the music was turned up too high for a Mother’s Day crowd. Food service was incredibly slow. Our reservation was at 12:00pm and we didn’t leave until 2:00pm and we left right after eating. The calamari was the worst I’ve ever had. Tasted like rubber bands, not tender, but the sauce was very good. The chips and salsa were good. And the entrees were really good, it just took so long to get our food. They were crowded, but not every table was taken so I feel like they should have been faster. We didn’t get a water refill until the last 10 minutes of our meal. There were also ridiculously priced up-charges for any changes to the menu. Normally it would be a couple of dollars, they were $5 each and we were just asking for a change in the sauce they offered. It was fun trying a new place, but we will not be back.

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vipKarlos
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food at El Bolero was good, but the service was VERY slow and the restaurant wasn't full. The staff was very nice, but the service for drinks and food need to be improved severely.

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RobinL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and we ate outside on the patio! Great salsa! Fun atmosphere!

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MarcusT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The noise level was a little loud on the patio for conversation. The wait staff was a little inattentive as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food was good
Service was excellent
Atmosphere was ok

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The queso was great. The Mexican candy watermelon bowl was so good. Will definitely be back!

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anonymous
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The music was so loud and it took so long for anyone to give us water or take our order that by the time we got our food an hour later, we ended up taking it to go and eating it at home. The food was good but the music needs to be much quieter and the service a little better.

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Ashley
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good!

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vipAlexandraB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Came here for Cinco de Mayo to celebrate with friends and with a friend that recently moved away. We were all so excited to catch up but the music was SO loud we were screaming the whole time and couldn’t have a real conversation. I asked one of the workers if there was a possibility to turn it down some he said “I could ask but we paid for this dj so the answer is no”. All around everyone seemed to be having an unpleasant time, not one person was enjoying the rave like music blasting at 5pm on a Wednesday. Service was slow but I understand it was a holiday. Our waitress was very nice though. The food was just okay, nothing impressive. Margaritas were not great, got the house margarita special and it was so sweet with no alcohol. Ordered two and felt literally nothing but a headache from the sugar.. definitely premade in bulk for the day but like we want margaritas at 5 o clock for a reason.. parking was also a hassle we parked two streets over after circling for 10 minutes.. all in all not a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Will never go here again. I dined here on my birthday. The service was awful, then the queso was so hard and not the right texture. My order was incorrect & when I told my server that I didn’t have a good experience - he just took my food and didn’t apologize. The music was so loud that I couldn’t hear the person I was dining with. The food took an hour and half to come out. The manager was on his computer in a booth the whole time while there were people waiting at the host stand with no host available to sit them. DO NOT dine here.

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jenniferf
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We had the absolute worst experience..... We had reservations at 2PM, did not receive our drinks until 2:45 and clearly they had sat in the well for a while. Our appetizers were cold, we had no chips, no silverware. Our server was absolutely OUT OF IT, he looked completely lost or on drugs. The manager tried to help but it was just one disaster after another.
I was so excited to bring my friends here for my birthday celebration and show them The Oilman Margarita and all the amazing food. What an utter disappointment.
Will NOT be returning

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My only issue was the cell phone menus, i will have to bring my ipad next time.

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vippcbm11
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Music too loud and rap music is not complimentary of Tex mex food

Could not find eggs in the Mogadishu because e of tortillas strips- same for the chillquelas could not locate the chicken

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vipDASHUNH
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was perfect! Nice weather for patio and drinks were nice and strong!

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vipLilliepad
Dallas
40 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The service was TERRIBLE. Everything took forever and when our food came out, it was 5 or more minutes before one person at our table got their food. I really enjoyed the tacos but wouldn't go back due to the service. They also included the gratuity since there were 6 of us which also was upsetting. I felt like she just didn't try since she knew her gratuity was locked in. It took a ridiculous amount of time to pay our bill; I finally pulled a manager over to just close us out so we could leave. I would not recommend or return.

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vipSydneyGuy
Dallas
50 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

If you want TexMex with a twist then El Belero should be on your list! Venue is fresh, food was fantastic - and service outstanding.

We'll definitely be back.

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vipLindaB
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been several times and tried many of the dishes. It’s always great; food & service. Their outdoor patio is wonderful too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary lunch.

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MealsAndDeals
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went as a group of 6 to this restaurant and they were short staffed due to the pandemic (like many other restaurants). We did have to wait about 20 minutes before we were served but they gave us fair notice that would be the case. We sat on the patio which had a cute, cool vibe. Our female server was great! She was working really hard for our table and many others. Food was delicious. Great flavor combinations. I would definitely go back!

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AubreyK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The hostess was incredibly rude and the food was terrible for how overpriced it was.

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El Bolero does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. El Bolero also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (214) 741-1986.

El Bolero is rated 4.3 stars by 469 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.

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