El Bolero

4.4
456 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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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.3
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4.3
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4.2
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jason
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Hannah our server was excellent!

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JESSICAA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
49 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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
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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vipAshley
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good!

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vipAlexandraB
New England
2 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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DASHUNH
Dallas
6 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.

LB
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
8 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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AmyS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I loved the music it was very much a vibe. Drinks were good thought that my waiter was friendly.

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shannah
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved our brunch and the atmosphere. Great food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The oilman margarita & king of cocktails margarita were very good!!! Def will be back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food here is always great ! My go to for Mexican food !

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Diop
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

This was literally the worst drink I have ever had . Had to send it back . Plus the food can put out warm and the waiter didn’t even know how to explain what their Friday Lobster special was . Won’t go back

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vipAshley
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always

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JosueL
Baton Rouge
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Our server went above and beyond for us. The table was wobbly and she went out of her way to fix it that way it wouldn’t be that way during our dining experience. Our server’s name was Ada N and I believe she 100% deserves a raise. As a business owner, I love seeing that. Good help is hard to find. Margaritas were OUTSTANDING. 10/10 overall experience and will be visiting again when I come back to Dallas.

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CrystalM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I've never had such horrible queso fundido!!! It had been cooked way too long, it was not gooey at all. My husband had the grande steak burrito which he described as bland and dry.

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rics
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good. Our server I felt had to many tables and we had to ask for water and drink refills multiple times. We sat in patio and table was not level and asked to have it leveled and it never was. Our silverware was taken after our appetizer and then when our food was delivered we had no silverware and had to wait to ask for more silverware. Our server did a good job however, she needed more support.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was great definitely will go back. Loved the Reaper.

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vipGregR
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Bolero never disappoints. Consistently great food and service.

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CourtneyS
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We LOVED everything about this. Our drinks took a little longer than anticipated to get to us, but otherwise, the atmosphere, food, and restaurant were perfect! Definitely will be back! The oilfield margarita is where it’s at!

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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 4.4 stars by 456 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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