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12 quintessential date-night restaurants in Dallas

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by Diana Spechler
Updated January 24, 2024

Dallas’s most romantic restaurants have all the green flags for love. A stylish Southern bar serves killer cocktails and peak first-date vibes. Couples dreaming of beach getaways can hit up a Mayan Riviera-inspired spot in the Park Cities. And take your relationship to the next level at a sky-high Italian American stunner downtown.

This guide pairs Dallas restaurants with romantic occasions from first dates all the way to milestone anniversaries. These are Dallas’s 12 best date-night restaurants.

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4.8
4.8 (5449)
$31 to $50
American
Plano
About the restaurant

Haywire is a solid early-in-the-game date option if you want a buzzy atmosphere and dressed-up pub grub (double-cut pork chop, blackened catfish and shrimp, steaks). To that, add any cocktail you can imagine, and you’ll see why it’s the kind of place that calms any first-date nerves. At the Uptown location, you can book a spot on the outdoor patio, complete with a roaring fireplace and retractable roof.

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DawnLvip
Dined 2 days ago
Loved our double date! Israel was incredibly informative and service was excellent. Highly recommend the fried green tomato’s and steaks were cooked perfectly!
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4.7
4.7 (1154)
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Downtown
About the restaurant

Get to know each other better at this sophisticated south-of-the-border spot, where chef Miriam Jimenez cooks traditional Mexican dishes, a little Tex-Mex, and some recipes from the Dominican Republic, too. Wash dinner down with a michelada, or the restaurant’s signature habanero-juice and fresh fruit mimosa. Bonus points for the art on the walls—a shout-out to the restaurant’s Arts District backdrop—which brings a sleek, gallery-like vibe to your date.

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BrianNvip
Dined 4 days ago
Best Mexican in uptown in my opinion and I just won't go across the street as that place has no soul. Very inventive and delicious dishes. Really good example of what real Mexican cuisine is up to these days.
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4.7
4.7 (480)
$50 and over
Italian
East Dallas
About the restaurant

A celebration dinner at Monarch starts with an elevator ride to the forty-ninth floor of the National skyscraper. Award-winning chef Danny Grant’s dishes are as impressive as the view—don’t miss the black truffle risotto—and make Monarch one of the most special-occasion worthy restaurants in Dallas. Patterned wallpapers, a spiral staircase, and arguably the most drop-dead gorgeous restroom in the city all add to the restaurant’s one-of-a-kind wow factor.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
We had a very nice dinner at this spectacular restaurant with such a nice view of the city. The food was delicious and well made. The staff did everything exceptionally well. They were very welcoming and charming. Definitely a 5-star dining experience.
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4.2
4.2 (2898)
$31 to $50
American
Garland
About the restaurant

For a more understated celebration, head to this cozy suburban restaurant. Chef Kevin Ashade blends recipes from around the world, but prioritizes African and Jamaican cooking as a tribute to his roots. Celebrate over shareable dishes like the coq au vin that led Ashade to a victory on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay. And don’t end your special night out without the crowd-favorite sopapilla cheesecake topped with buttery cinnamon sugar.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Aubree was amazing and food was great! The screen was a good vibe
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4.7
4.7 (101)
$50 and over
Italian
Park Cities
About the restaurant

At this cozy coastal European restaurant from the team behind Shinsei and Lovers Seafood, one of the most romantic times to pop the question is at weekend brunch, which is soundtracked by a live classical guitarist. The menu is just as sweet, featuring a knockout lemon ricotta French toast with vanilla maple syrup and Italian berry jelly. But with its jewel-toned decor, intimate ambience, and classic cocktails, any hour is romantic at Dea.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Great food, service and atmosphere! It’s a weekly event for us!
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4.7
4.7 (6061)
$50 and over
Southwest
Uptown
About the restaurant

One of the swankiest restaurants in Dallas—fittingly, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel—is a go-to for marriage proposals. Share local celebrity chef Dean Fearing’s riff on surf-and-turf, like barbecue-spiced beef filet and chicken-fried Maine lobster. The open kitchen, three dining rooms, and carefully curated art create a stunning proposal backdrop. If the weather permits, get down on one knee on the outdoor patio in front of the brick fireplace.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The ribeye was medium rare plus and was phenomenal! Be sure to get the Brussel spouts and chicken fried lobster! Chef Cecelia lead an amazing service!
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4.7
4.7 (7917)
$31 to $50
Southwest
Fort Worth Downtown
About the restaurant

For a quintessentially Texan cowboy meal, wrangle your crew and head to one of Fort Worth’s most iconic restaurants. Catch up over hearty plates like chicken-fried steak with cracked-pepper cream gravy and jalapeño- and cilantro-crusted Texas redfish. Even the desserts here are peak Tex-Mex, including tacos stuffed with caramelized bananas and chocolate “gravy.” Try the orange vodka-forward Cowboy Cosmo or an aged-tequila margarita, and take in the ranch-like vibes with your friends.

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Yummmmmmmmmvip
Dined 4 days ago
Service was superb. Waiter knew the menu and was able to make suggestions. Food was excellent
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4.8
4.8 (408)
$30 and under
Middle Eastern
Uptown
About the restaurant

With its hanging lanterns and brightly colored poufs, Baboush brings a Marrakesh marketplace to Dallas. It’s a dreamy setting for digging into hummus, kebabs, and tagines while sipping on blackberry cocktails. Go all out with the baklava bowl for dessert—it comes with Turkish cotton candy and whipped mascarpone cheese—and keep your faux getaway going with a hookah on the patio when the weather permits.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The food here is Amazing!!! Wow just wow on the authenticity of the food. We will definitely be back.
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4.1
4.1 (26)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant

Ellie’s California-accented menu and live piano performances give it an irresistible charm. The HALL Arts Hotel restaurant is also loved for its rotating local art collection and excellent reds from the owners’ winery in Napa. It’s dinner and an art show, and the kind of place you want to turn into your special spot—if you’re a couple that lives in the neighborhood, chances are you already have.

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JBMH
Dined 5 days ago
Came from Tyler for Hauser performance. Restaurant is in perfect location for Arts area because can walk to everything. Very comfortable atmosphere with excellent service and reasonable prices considering the high quality of the foods and wines.
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4.9
4.9 (3976)
$50 and over
Sushi
Uptown
About the restaurant

With its cozy booths, wooden tables, and low ceilings, Uchi nails the vibe check as an ideal setting for an intimate date. The Japanese-inspired menu features recipes only James Beard Award winner Tyson Cole could dream up: Thinly sliced flounder with candied quinoa and olive oil, fatty bluefin tuna with charred Welsh onion, and other unlikely but beautiful pairings, plus a seasonal omakase experience that promises no two meals at this eclectic seafood shrine will be exactly the same.

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PeterJ
Dined 5 days ago
Uchi is a very special experience in every sense. The preparation, the food and the service - all simply perfect.
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4.8
4.8 (73)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Frisco
About the restaurant

If you’re craving more than just dinner and drinks, make your way to this sexy Frisco hideaway. The Monarch Stag is where you go to share scotch flights, get cozy by a crackling fireplace, and be wowed by aerial performers and live guitarists. Even though whiskey is the star of the show, the rich steakhouse-inspired menu is top-notch and includes wagyu, bao buns, and wild mushroom gnocchi. Consider stretching your big night at the cigar lounge next door.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Took my dad for a Father's day evening of drinks and cigars. Drinks and food were fantastic, we really enjoyed the shrimp and beef. Service was very attentive we hardly went 10 minutes without our server checking on us. Cigars were way overpriced compared to what you would pay at a store or online, but the lounge was very comfortable and quieter than the main cocktail bar. Overall very great experience, we'll be back!
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4.2
4.2 (1143)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
Turtle Creek / Oak Lawn
About the restaurant

If a weekend trip to Mexico isn’t in the cards, Tulum is as sexy as its tropical namesake. Oversized white flower chandeliers bloom over the bar, and jungle wallpaper and tequila cocktails channel a night on the Mayan Riviera. In a city full of casual Tex-Mex options, Tulum offers a chic take on southern Mexican food, including lesser-known recipes like sikil pak (a pumpkin-seed dip) and fun, fusion dishes like seared-scallop Mexican risotto.

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Peppermdblue
Dined on May 12, 2024
We were in town for a family affair, and since we were all missing Mother's Day brunch at home, in Baltimore, MD, I searched on Open Table for a place near our hotel in Dallas. I wanted to go to a restaurant with cuisine I couldn't find at home. Tulum did not disappoint. The restaurant was beautiful, and the service and food were outstanding. We loved the server, the food and the atmosphere.'
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