About Via Real

This beguiling southwestern hacienda offers cuisine to tantalize your taste buds. Delicious food, gracious hospitality and a staff dedicated to your comfort and satisfaction will leave you saying “When can I come back?” Via Real specializes in private parties, from 10 to 250, with four private dining rooms.

4020 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, TX 75038
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican / Southwestern, Southwest

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am-10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-9:00pm

Cross Street:
Byron Nelson Way

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(972) 650-9001

Website:
http://www.viareal.com/

Catering:
We are happy to prepare large catering take out orders; however, we are unable to cater off-site events.

Parking Details:
Ample parking; complimentary valet or self park.

Executive Chef:
J. Jesus Olivares

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
With over 30 years of experience and award winning service, we are the perfect choice for your corporate event, special family occasion, business luncheon, or intimate private dinner.



We can comfortably accommodate from 10 to 250 in our elegant main dining room or four recently updated banquet rooms.



Our dedicated and professional staff will treat you to a memorable occasion with superb service and the gourmet taste of Via Reál you've come to know.



These rooms can be combined in several different ways to accommodate very large groups.

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Experience the best in private dining. Independently owned and operated for more then 25 years, friendly, sophisticated and inviting.

Via Real Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (49)
Good for a Date (35)
Good for Birthdays (34)
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Business Meals (32)
Authentic (30)
Romantic (29)
Good for Groups (28)
Worth the Drive (26)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Great for Lunch (22)
Fun (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Casual (14)
Great for Brunch (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Cozy (10)
Healthy (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Spicy (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Happy Hour (6)
People Watching (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

I've enjoyed this restaurant many times for many types of occasions and have never been let down. From a dinner for 2, to a reserved room for 20 to enjoy the amazing Sunday Brunch, the staff has always been extremely accommodating and gracious. Customer Service here is top notch as is the food.

Tags: Cozy, Spicy, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Good but not up to the 5 star we have become used too

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We are from Oklahoma City, but this is our favorite restaurant in the Dallas area...we eat there every time we come to town! We look forward to the excellent food, atmosphere, and getting to visit Fran!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were visiting for Big XII football championship. Reservation was timely, waiter answered questions and service and food were great. We had a very good experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Everything was good, food ambiance and service. Its perfect for special occasions. Not too noisy nor very quiet. This was on a weekday though.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 29, 2017

This place is really great! Food is truly delicious, offers a very varied menu and the service is outstanding. The owner, Francis, is constantly greeting customers in a very friendly manner, makes you feel like you are eating at a friends house... A must try for a great dinning experience...

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We celebrated my daughter's birthday at Via Real. The food was great. The atmosphere was lively and festive with the holiday décor. Very loud so conversation was sometimes hard for the older folks. The waitress brought a chocolate dessert with a happy birthday message in chocolate and took a group picture that she gave to my daughter in a card. Fun night. Definitely recommend this place!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

After a lot of years, still one of my favorite restaurants in the metroplex.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

I brought Wifey here for dinner after our wedding. That was 2 years ago and we decided to return here for an anniversary dinner! The service was as excellent and impeccable as it was in 2015. Staff was friendly and greeted us warmly when we arrived, and Daniel was a gracious server. One of the best!

We started with the cerviche appetizer, which pairs quite well with the chips and salsa you get. It was fresh and flavorful. For the main course I had the pork chop and Wifey had the adobo shrimp. The pork chop came with mashed potatoes and some roasted veggies, and were pretty average. The meat itself was cooked well, but the star of the dish was the sauce. Di-vine. Shrimp was great, but her side was pretty average as well. Daniel presented us with a free dessert (yay!) and we chose the lovely creme brûlée and paired it with their great coffee.

All in all another wonderful experience and we’ll definitely be back! (P/s you HAVE to try the Chilean sea bass at least once)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great place to eat and service was outstanding I would recommend to anyone

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The best shrimp taco’s I have ever had and my husbands quesadilla was equally as good. We will definitely go back here. Service was very attentive without being intrusive. The only negative thing was we found the wine list a bit too pricey but the margaritas were delicious 😃😃😃

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant in Irving - we love to go there before going to a concert or some other event.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 14, 2017

A very pleasant experience. Not your average Tex/Mex. I would describe it as upscale Tex/Mex. We were visiting from Ky and staying close to the airport for a flight the next morning. Staff was friendly and informative. Food was excellent . Would certainly go again and recommend to our friends and family.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I'm always treated well whenever entering and waited on hand and foot while dining and the food is always delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Always consistent in their service and excellent food. My “go to” restaurant in Irving.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always a great meal. The service is excellently For birthdays they brought chocolate cake, lighted candle, AND pictures printed in a Birthday gift folder

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Sunday brunch at Via Real is great! We love the environment, the service and most of all the food. Its not too large of a buffet where you are struggling to make decisions, but enough choices to ensure that you have plenty to put on your plate. The food is great (especially for me - someone that is lactose intolerant).

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very nice ambiance/decor, but our group’s consensus was that it was not worth all of the fuss. The food was good, but no better than any other average Mexican food restaurant in DFW.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We enjoyed our return trip to Via Real and although had to skip on the Tex-Mex options, truly enjoyed the stuffed avocado, fillet steak, seasonal crème brûlée and the selection of specialty margaritas.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I️ have loved this restaurant for 20 years. Never had better service any where else in town. I️ cannot go near Las Colinas without a trip to Via real. Exceptional food and service. Fran is the finest host in Texas.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wanted to take my bride to the best Mexican Food place in Dallas....and I succeeded. (Actually, I like 5 other places where the food is awesome, but the atmosphere at Via Real is the most romantic.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 7, 2017

From the moment we walked in, we knew it was going to be great, and we weren't disappointed. We were greeted by Franny, the vivacious owner, who escorted us to our table with a great deal of enthusiasm. She asked if it was a special occasion, and since it was, she promised us a surprise. Then, she introduced us to our server, Gio, and he was also very nice, informative and attentive. The menu was very enticing, and we had a hard time making up our minds, She settled on the shrimp and scallops, while I had the filet with scallops. Both dishes were very, very good. We will return to try some of the other dishes because many sounded fantastic. The guacamole was great and so were the chips and salsa. to top the evening off, Gio brought out a marvelous chocolate/cherry cake that was scrumptious. I had delicious coffee to go with cake too. Gio offered to take our picture, and did so with his camera and mine. Before we left, he presented us with a print photo of us in a postcard like folder as a memento. I highly recommend Via Real to anyone in the DFW area.

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Vegan, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Incredible restaurant! Atmosphere is awesome, food is great and service and pricing can't be beat! Must go if in town nearby.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We took our family to this restaurant for our daughter's 24th birthday. We really like the warm and friendly greeting that we received. They have a different staff to serve water, take your order and someone to bring your food. In that way, you feel special. Then the main staff who took our order also brought a selection of desert as a compliment to our daughter for her birthday. He also took a picture of us and made it into a birthday card. She had the flan and it was amazing. There are some extra touches that we like about this place. We got to enjoy 2 types of salsas, the sweeter kind and the spicy one. The chips were thin, light and crispy, just the way we like them. The main courses were wonderful; we had 2 orders of the salmon dish, 1 Tex Mex dish and another dish of tacos. Everything was wonderful and the portions were generous. The owner also came around to greet us and how we find the food. We told her we had a great experience. My husband had a company lunch there and took us there for the dinner. We will be back again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food and service was wonderful. Server did all he could to accommodate my particular likes. Food was awesome i purchased the ranchers plate o it was awesome. They also have an incredible dessert selection, which is unusual for a Mexican speciality food restaurant.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing. Top restaurant in the area.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

It was good and tasty but they took 45 min to serve our food. Group of 5. One guy (manager maybe) came to us to say it was about to come out, i believe something happened to our order and got delayed because that was not normal.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

I took my nephew, who I had not seen for years and was in town for training. I had been there many times in the past, but had not been back for a long while. As always, the service, food and ambience met my lofty expectations. My nephew was very, very impressed. A great opportunity to catch up over a wonderful meal with excellent service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

We do meals there often for work meetings, this was not one of the better ones. Out of 5 meals 4 came out cold and it took forever to get them. They were replaced but still not as warm as they should have been. We were given a discount on the meal - Thank you, but I really hope this is not how things will be in the future.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We loved our visit to our favorite Dallas restaurant! Always the best food, cocktails, and service is impeccable!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food! We have been here the last two years while attending the OU-Texas football game. It's definitely going to be part of our annual tradition!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Had an amazing dinner for our 4 year anniversary. We were immediately greeted and wished a happy anniversary. The food was great and had awesome margaritas (very affordable). We were taken care of very well, multiple servers would stop and check on us. We enjoyed the comfortable atmosphere and enjoyed the happiness of everyone else around us. We were surprised with a cheesecake to share with an edible chocolate that said "Happy Anniversary" on it...very special. We will be back in the future for sure!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I have been going to Via Real for about 25 years and never been disappointed. Fran, the owner, is almost always there and walks around to talk with customers. When they called to confirm my reservation, they asked if the dinner was for a special occasion. It was and I told her the situation. When I arrived, both Fran and my waiter had a note about why the dinner was special.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Fantastic restaurant and neighborhood gem! Notable wine list, the food is fantastic and the service is exceptional!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Happy Hour, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Very good food. Great service. They do little things other restaurants don't to make your dining a memorable experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Went for the first time for my daughters 15th birthday. Was pleased with the ambiance and the food was delicious! Our server was great and helped make the entire experience wonderful!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Can't beat the bottomless mimosas, poinsettias and the brunch buffet for $25! The waffle and omelette stations were delicious and there was plenty of tex-mex food as well. I will definitely be going there again.

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We love this place. The food and service is wonderful! When you walk in you’re transported to another country, the ambiance is just perfect! I would highly recommend this place over another price-like restaurant in the area.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

There were 6 of us and we all gave it 5 stars!!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Everything was perfect! It started with crispy, thin, warm chips and concluded with a caramel cheesecake. The main event was the always special Chilean Sea Bass and my new favorite Squash Enchiladas. The enchiladas were artfully arranged in a to go box. It was just as good the second day. Service is always over the top. Special requests are handled with ease.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch
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