Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ

4.6
67 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
Come to Ferris Wheelers for delicious backyard & BBQ in Dallas!
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vipNaNa
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great BBQ and everyone in our group loved it. Cool laid back atmosphere. It was a beautiful night to sit outside.

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MichaelN
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good selection of craft beers. Delicious cocktails. Service was fast. Great BBQ. Ribs dipped in sauce, highly recommend

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MaxWins
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived when they were short two servers who had called in, but the staff who took care of us were all excellent. Everyone at our table went for two meat with ribs and brisket. The ribs were good, but the brisket was exceptional. This was a perfect stop for what we were looking for that night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Honestly some of the best BBQ for the value in the DFW area. Portions are big so come hungry!

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vipDonnieNTammy
Las Vegas
45 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We came to town for the NASCAR race and wanted some BBQ while in Texas. Though the idea seemed great with the ferris wheel and live band in back with outdoor seating, the food was not great. Maybe a 3 out of 10. Probably the worst BBQ I’ve ever had. My friend got a beef brisket sandwich and 30% of the meat on her sandwich was pure fat. The BBQ baked bean were mushy. The BBQ sauce was thin and watery. Tables were very dirty as well. VERY DISAPPOINTED to say the least. To top it off, we had to pay $10.00 to valet in their tiny parking lot. Do not recommend. Not sure how they have 4.8 out of 5 when we complained, they just said they were sorry. And we’re in no way going to refund any money. Ironically the table next to us complained as well so it wasn’t just us.

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JoyH
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Fun atmosphere if the weather is nice outdoors. BBQ was way to spicy for me with lots of jalapeño undertones. I did not even use their spicy sauce. Shame to ruin such good looking BBQ meat.

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our lunch at Ferris Wheelers. The staff was amazing and friendly and we even met the owners, super nice guys. The food was sooooo good!! When you go, be sure to get the mac & cheese (the pasta is ferris wheel shaped :) ) and the fried okra was the best I've ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We didn’t get to order. They didn’t honor our reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly Recommend had great service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
Shreveport
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good and good service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked a private party but kept reservations ?!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute environment and great food!

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Thanks
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The service was great and the food was good. Little disappointing the Ferris wheel doesn’t actually work.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great time kids loved it

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vipBecca
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was my first time visiting the restaurant. Sat inside because it was a humid day, but lots of people were in the backyard area. The service was very good; friendly staff. We tried the Full Ride, so we could sample all the meats. It's meant for 4-6 people, and there were only 3 of us, so we had a lot to take home. The meat was phenomenal (so tender and flavorful). I cannot say the same for the sides. They're pricey and not worth the money, in my opinion. They were room temperature and the mac & cheese had no cheese flavor. Because it's a BBQ place, and their meats are outstanding, I gave them 4 stars.

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MonicaG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing vibe in the backyard, pure TX experience with BBQ and music

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Boomerang
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

The table wasnt cleaned off as we had to have the waitress come and wipe the table after we were seated but the worst of it was there was dried bird droppings on one of the menus they provided for us. This left a TERRIBLE impression for us and we simply didnt want to eat there. We need to ensure that we believe that the place is clean enough to eat at, and with wiping the table after we are seated (which occasionally can happen if people are going fast) but the dried up bird droppings on the menu was pretty bad to our party.

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Clcw
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around. I was very impressed with the owner and his staff. We had family in town and the staff was unreal awesome. They talked about how great the staff was all weekend.

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Ross
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I wish we had known the Ferris wheel was just for show. The service was ok, food was good.

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KeikoP
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We went for a casual, patio bbq bridal party. Several guest have not been to the restaurant before. I was not informed the patio was closed prior to the event so we had to relocate inside. And the ferris wheel was not working so some guest were a little disappointed. Saving grace was the food and service were good.

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Arizona
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome music! Great ambiance!!! And fantastic food!! The brisket nachos , fried pickles, okra and brisket were all delicious

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Matthew
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Great ambiance and great food; but they did not have our reservation anywhere so that wasn’t useful. The service was also very poor.

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BBQHound
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

12 min. from Dallas- Love airport
Every future layover will include a visit here
5 star barbecue joint and I ain't lyin'

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Melanie
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The server made it abundantly clear that she didn’t want to serve us. Had it not been my birthday (and too late to make a reservation elsewhere) we would have left.

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JonathanM
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding. Service was excellent, portion size was Texan and the taste of all items (we got family platter) was outstanding. We eat a lot of BBQ and hands down, this place is simply outstanding. The setting is perfect as well....plenty of outdoor space and of course, who does not love a ferris wheel as a back drop.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The nacho waffle fries were very tasty & filling!

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jbug
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, this is one of our favorites for barbecue and ambiance. We can’t wait until covid restrictions allow live music and the Ferris wheel to run again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Out of ribs

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persistant
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

18 people, 18 checks, the waitress was unbelievably good. This place rocks.

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ScottO
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We walked over from the nearby Hilton convention hotel on a Tuesday night--very quiet place, but looks like a place that hops on weekend nights. The BBQ is amazing, and nice selection of mostly local beers to wash it down with. Very friendly, knowledgeable service. Will probably be back before the week is over.

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JonH
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Texas BBQ is judged based on one thing - brisket. And Ferris Wheeler's brisket was some of the worst I've ever had. It was basically a baked piece of meat. Gray in color, no smoke ring. In fact, there was no indication that smoke ever touched this brisket. The flavor was - well basically there was no flavor.

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vipPatronA
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was delicious, lean brisket, ribs, and slaw. Stellar sauces, Yum! Leaky inside, too chilly to sit outside. Will return for outdoor dining when weather is better.

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GregL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Basic table and chairs showing signs of wear/need for repair. Service was slow but good. Food was basic bbq. An Ok experience; nothing exceptional, nothing unacceptable.

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MattH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food , fun atmosphere. The ribs were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great portion size

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MeredithH
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I was disappointed in the very bland potato salad. It had no flavor at all. The brisket sandwich was okay but not worth the trip from Frisco. The mac and cheese was also disappointing.

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EricR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a blast with my family ,both kids and parents had an amazing time,

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CarmenB
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good, but cold when we received. Good value

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sharonb
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our dinner @ Ferris Wheelers BBQ was absolutely delicious!! The atmosphere is not fancy, there are rolls of paper towels on each table, but we were more interested in Texas BBQ. I ordered the ribs and okra, WOW. My husband had brisket, also terrific. The meat is smokey, spicy and very tender.

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JenniferC
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good BBQ. Nice big portions for your money. Live music. Cold beer. Cool atmosphere!

I will say that reservations are not needed.

FAQs

Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ is rated 4.6 stars by 67 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.