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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Dallas - Fort Worth

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Dallas - Fort Worth? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Mariano's Hacienda Ranch restaurant
5.0
5 (45)
$30 and under
Mexican
Upper Greenville
About the restaurant
Mariano’s Hacienda is a traditional Tex-Mex restaurant in Dallas dishing up Texas ranch cuisine amidst authentic ranch décor. Whether you’re looking for Southwestern classics like flame-roasted poblano stuffed with grilled chicken, steak fajitas or mesquite grilled camarones carlos y charlies with epazote white rice, the wide variety of dishes available at Mariano’s Hacienda will have something you’ll enjoy. Mariano’s also serves a wide variety of signature margaritas, curated by the founder of the restaurant, and inventor of the frozen margarita machine.



Focusing on mesquite whole logs, locally-sourced, farm-fresh produce and quality meats, Mariano’s Hacienda has been offering innovative dishes since opening in 1971. Mariano’s also offers a kids’ menu and has a private room for special events that you can contact the restaurant to reserve.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
The server was very helpful, showed the right amount of attentiveness, and was also very friendly! Food and drinks were on point as usual.
A photo of The Monarch Stag restaurant
4.9
4.9 (68)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Frisco
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Monarch Stag where you can taste some of the World's Finest Bourbon and Scotch Whiskey, eat chef curated cuisine and listen to live music. We are located at The Star in Frisco and open late from 5PM to 1AM.
Top review
AmyH
Dined 2 days ago
Great service, food, and atmosphere. The noise was ranked high due to a band the evening we were there. The summer lobster salad was reallllly good. Huge portions.
A photo of Pie Tap Workshop + Bar- Addison restaurant
4.8
4.8 (139)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Far North Dallas
About the restaurant
Operating on the philosophy that good food takes work, the Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + Bar off Beltline Rd emphasizes the finest ingredients and dedication to premium technique in all they offer. Chef Giovanni Mauro has translated the classic techniques learned in his mother's kitchen to ensure that the dough, pies and all other dishes served at Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + Bar exceed expectations. With a bar offering more than 35 taps emphasizing local beer, craft cocktails and specialty wines, you can pair your pizza, pasta or salad at Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + Bar with only the best. The full menu is available online.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Server Poured. Full pitcher of water on my head and my purse and all they did was discount half off the margarita pizza (the cheapest pizza we ordered)
A photo of Armor Brewing Co restaurant
4.8
4.8 (15)
$30 and under
American
Plano
About the restaurant

🍺 Welcome to Armor Brewing Company! 🎉No Reservations Needed, Walk-Ins Always Welcome!
At Armor Brewing, we believe in keeping things casual and friendly. There's no need for reservations – just come on in! We love to welcome our guests on a walk-in basis.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
Really wanted to visit since seeing the restaurant come to fruition from No Demo Reno. It’s a lively spot and a very pleasant experience. Our server was appropriately attentive and our food was delicious. Overall, a nice evening.
A photo of Bankhead Brewery - Farmers Branch restaurant
4.8
4.8 (15)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Irving
About the restaurant
Voted the best brewery in dallas in 2023, we are a artisanal brewpub serving Chef-driven food, craft beer & a full bar. Bring your friends & family to a dining treat with amazing food & a fun atmosphere decorated with pre-prohibition theme and bricks that will take you back in time! Try any of our award winning beers or signature cocktails alongside our amazing food! Whether you're in for an intimate date night, a casual happy hour or celebrating your birthday with your big family, we've got the perfect atmosphere and seating for you. Kids & pet friendly. Also serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Try one of our signature dishes: BLTA Dip, Cajum Shrimp Risotto, or Street taco Pizza.
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Top review
ManashaP
Dined 7 days ago
I invited some local and visiting friends to Bankhead and they were extremely impressed with the experience! Ryan took care of us and as usual, we received impeccable service. He patiently explained the menu options as well as recommended great cocktails. I tried their new beers including Watermelon Gussy Up wheat beer, Night Sun stout and their new sour. Food-wise, I’ve tried everything on their menu by now, but I can’t get over their blistered Brussels sprouts and tomahawk steak special. Their risotto and bone-in pork chop are also on point every time. We ended our meal with the banana pudding which was delectable! The ambiance takes me away to a different era, which is why I love taking my friends there. I’ll be returning soon to enjoy their amazing food and brews as well as their patio seating as much as I can!
A photo of Wade's Landing restaurant
4.8
4.8 (29)
$30 and under
American
Rockwall
About the restaurant
Discover Rockwall's newest gem nestled in the heart of the Historic Downtown area. Opening March 2024, this innovative eatery and bar shines as a beacon of culinary & cocktail excellence, where tradition meets contemporary zest. Chef Cody Sharp, known for his creative prowess, presents a harmonious blend of signature dishes, complemented by award-winning mixologist, Stephen 'Scuba' Underhill, who delivers an array of craft cocktails that will blow your mind! The atmosphere exudes elegance and comfort, ensuring every diner feels at home. Special features include a full-service cocktail bar, cozy covered patio (coming soon), and an outdoor backyard oasis (coming soon). Wade's Landing is a must-visit for food lovers and adventure seekers alike.
Top review
TerryC
Dined 3 days ago
Very nice inside but noisy, Food was very tasty with some unique appetizers. Not much variety of entree selections, Drinks were really good and a great selection..
A photo of Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + Bar - Henderson Ave restaurant
4.7
4.7 (329)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Park Cities
About the restaurant
Operating on the philosophy that good food takes work, the Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + Bar on Henderson Ave emphasizes the finest ingredients and dedication to premium technique in all they offer. Chef Giovanni Mauro has translated the classic techniques learned in his mother's kitchen to ensure that the dough, pies and all other dishes served at Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + Bar exceed expectations. With a bar offering more than 35 taps emphasizing local beer, craft cocktails and specialty wines, you can pair your pizza, pasta or salad at Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + Bar with only the best. The full menu is available online.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 30, 2024
Took 30min to get dessert due to kitchen issues per our server, they did take it off our bill but shouldn’t have taken that long. Table next to us gut their appetizer halfway into eating their entrees due to supposed kitchen issue
A photo of The Standard Pour restaurant
4.7
4.7 (408)
$30 and under
American
Uptown
About the restaurant
The Standard Pour is a Craft Cocktail & Dining destination. Serving one of Dallas's most advanced Mixology Programs, as well as one of the Top 50 Bourbon selections in America, The Standard Pour remains a local neighborhood favorite with an incredible scratch kitchen and truly inviting service. Our seasonal menu of shared plates & entrees, compliments the artisanal selection of cocktails, spirits, and boutique wines by the glass. Located in the heart of Uptown, The Standard Pour offers a timeless, casual & yet sophisticated atmosphere. With warmly lit brick & dark woods, accented with filament sconces & library liquor shelves, The Standard Pour truly provides an easy to love environment for all occasions.
Top review
MelissaY
Dined 6 days ago
Really enjoyed the food, service and ambiance of the restaurant. It was actually loud (not energetic) but we made do. Met up with a cousin of mine while in town for the total solar eclipse and it was a convenient location for both of us! Know it's not The Standard Pour's responsibility, but it was crazy to pay $25 parking for a 2 hour dinner!
A photo of TacoLingo Tex-Mex restaurant
4.7
4.7 (310)
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
Uptown
About the restaurant
You're local Tex-Mex Hangout. TacoLingo is a new casual dining experience in Uptown Dallas that brings the "Lingo" back to Tex-Mex with fresh ingredients made in-house, delicious enchiladas, fajitas and tacos. Hand crafted cocktails and Margaritas that won't disappoint.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
Great food, not crowded, great service and ambience.
A photo of Community Beer Co. restaurant
4.7
4.7 (25)
$30 and under
Brewery
Design District
About the restaurant
​Taproom & restaurant offers a wide range of dining options. And all the beverages! Our own brewed/distilled craft beer, hard seltzers, spirits/cocktails, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. We also offer our own non-alcoholic beer!

Our kitchen serves a range of dishes, including: burgers, sandwiches, entree salads, apps, flatbreads, along with German-inspired dishes. Kids menus available too.

We are family and dog-friendly. Various seating options are available in our laid-back and welcoming spaces, including our taproom, patio, biergarten, and more. We love to host large parties at a number of our large "community tables!"

There's always something fun happening at Community Beer Co.!

Top review
MarkZ
Dined on Mar 16, 2024
Beer was awesome, food was great, service (order from table QR code, was very fast and convenient. There was lots of St Paddy’s day festivities and even though it was raining, they did an amazing job packing everyone inside and it still feeling fun and energetic.
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