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El Bolero

4.3
4.3
641 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Tex-Mex, Regional Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (214) 741-1986

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Camilo Melchor

  • Catering

    We cater! <br />Please email catering@argconcepts.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    For more information, or to host your next private event at El Bolero, please email elbolero@argconcepts.com.

  • Neighborhood

    Design District

  • Cross street

    Market Center Blvd &amp; Oak Lawn Avenue

  • Parking details

    We offer complimentary valet.

  • Public transit

    Bus stop directly in front of restaurant on Market Center Blvd and Oak Lawn Avenue.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 641 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dallas

    Mexican

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great energy in the room, felt welcomed and definitely the food was great. We were a big group and food came so fast we never wait
  2. JA

    JeffA

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    This place used to be really good and bustling. Service was outstanding but the food quality just seemed to be a little off (and most tables were empty). The chilaquiles I ordered were very LIGHT on chicken and HEAVY on tortilla strips. Could be better!
  3. N

    Newman

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not only are the food and drinks exceptional, but the customer service is as well! Kendrick is phenomenal! You do not want to miss out on this place!
  4. KM

    KimberlyM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    After our entrées we were asked to leave so they could turn the table. Didn’t even offer desert, coffee or after dinner drink. I was visiting with friends I hadn’t seen in 20 years! It was humiliating because I suggested the place.
  5. M

    Matchgirl

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Before my business trip to Dallas, I was very excited to see El Bolero had re-opened. I travel to Dallas frequently, and it is one of my favorite spots. The food is always excellent. Bit of trouble when we arrived as our table was just behind the crowded and loud hostess stand. After a tense exchange with the hostess, I asked to speak with the manager (i'm a former restaurant GM). Hated to do it, but it was a working dinner. She seated us away from the front door. BIG thank you. Our server was outstanding!! Despite waiting on a large group nearby, she took excellent care of our table, and did everything with poise. She was as warm, gracious and professional as you could possibly hope for. As always, the food was excellent. My two guests had never been to El Bolero, and they loved everything...the cocktails, the grilled avocado appetizer and their entrees. Two more converts to El Bolero.
  6. TG

    TonyaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great &amp; food delicious. Had grilled avocado for first time…yum!
  7. D

    Dani

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    There were gnats flying arlund our table. It was gross
  8. LI

    LINDAJ

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is fantastic! Not your typical Mexican restaurant- the menu offers a great variety &amp; the food is delicious. Amazing drink menu too. You have to try the watermelon Margarita!
  9. F

    Foodie

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food and drinks were great , loved the ambience of the place as well . Only negative was the restaurant seemed short staffed so you had to constantly keep an eye out for someone waiting tables or the bartender to get their attention .
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great authentic Mexican food. Went there to celebrate Fathers Day and food was great! Prices are good too.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for brunch, the chilaquiles were SO flavorful and crunchy. The drinks were good as well. Overall, great experience! Definitely a place I will take friends visiting Dallas
  12. LS

    LeonardS

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great flavorful food and unique choices
  13. Y

    Yann

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    The quality of the food has terribly worsened in the past few months. I wanted to give Bolero a chance after my friends tried to convince me how bad it is. Well, after last night, I have to say they were right and I will not go back.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. The ambiance was awesome! Will be back.
  15. GK

    GregK

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner for my wife. Food and service was awesome!!
  16. KM

    KimM

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A colleague recommended El Bolero to grab dinner after a work event, as I have never been. The food was wonderful, the service was amazing, the drinks were much needed and hit the spot, and the ambiance was fabulous. It was quiet considering we had dinner at 9pm, but it was nice to just have a place to hear the conversation at a new favorite restaurant.
  17. J

    Julies

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Dinner with friends. The waiter was prompt and offered refills. The food was very good. I had carne asado tacos.
  18. D

    Davie

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous experience. Super-good service and food was prepared to perfection.
  19. l

    lisagat

    Las Vegas

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have the best service at this place!!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I am extremely disappointed, was really exited to celebrate my sister’s bachelorette but when we all got to the restaurant came to find out it was closed? If someone made a reservation and even got to confirm the day before why not call the customer to let them know so that way there’s a back up plan for them instead of finding out the day of when everyone was already there!!
  21. JP

    JamesP

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food is not great and truly over priced for what they give you. We spent about $180.00 for some dried cochinita pibil, 2 orders of enchiladas which come 2 to and order with a cup of rice. The inlaws got the Molcajetes wich was $75.00 for 4 shrimp a piece of fajita, some cheeses, cactus and chorizo. The best part was the Salsa.
  22. AD

    AmyD

    Dallas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The A/C was malfunctioning and there were no apologies for that. The drinks at the bar before our table was ready were in plastic cups and sure didn't have much tequila in them. We could not substitute refried beans for charro beans. The rice was plain old white rice with the fajitas instead of a Spanish rice. Overall, a really poor experience.
  23. D

    Diningirl

    Dallas

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was fabulous as always but it was hot as hell in there! We had guests from out of town & it was embarrassing! Staff is amazing-but even they were sweating.
  24. P

    Pamela

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    The food and the bartender were outstanding. The restaurant was not very clean and also several things were not working including the AC. When I asked the manager he just said “ we know I just received an e-mail in regards to it” he was very annoyed with my question and didn’t even offer an apology or come to our table to talk about it. Our reservation was at 3 pm snd we didn’t get sited until 4 and again no apology from the manager. One of my favorite places but sadly we will not return as we spend $400 and we were miserable the entire time.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Love El Bolero. Drive from Grapevine to Dallas to have brunch there quite often. This day the service was so so. Server got my order wrong so I had to wait for it to be remade and overall the server acted as though it irritated him when I told him that what he had delivered to the table was not what I had ordered. I order the same dish every visit so it was clear to me what I had ordered but not received. The manager is lovely as always and seated us as soon as we arrived, once the correct food arrived, it too was great.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Mother’s Day celebration. They had a special Mother’s Day brunch menu but it was more for sharing but we ordered from their regular brunch menu and they have lots of food choices, they all sounded delicious. We had a great time!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Prices weren’t justifiable with portion sizing
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Found this place looking for a Cinco de mayo reservation…fun and loud atmosphere which we didn’t mind & totally expected. The food is just overpriced for what it is…for reference one item we ordered was the “grande burrito” expecting you know, a a grande burrito, but it was more like a chicken wrap with a side salad.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Dinner with friends. I would give it another try because it was Cinco de Mayo and we didn’t consider that when making our reservation.
  30. C

    Chasity

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Food was awful and dry. Asked for recommendations in appetizers since this was our first time and he said queso or guacamole. We got the quest thinking it was going to extraordinary since out of all the options this was his choice, but it was just plain Jane queso. Had the pastor tacos and it was so dry. It only came with 3 tacos with meat and pineapple. No cilantro, no onion, no sauce. I asked for hot sauce for the tacos and was charged $2.00 for it. Husband had the Barbados enchiladas and they had zero flavor and were dry as well. After 30 minutes of arriving, we were offered our check, not offered dessert or any refills on our drinks, alcoholic beverage, or chips and salsa. We told him no we wanted some dessert. We got the tres leches, and it was alright. Nothing special by any means. I’ve been wanting to try this place for awhile since it’s been on my list of restaurants to try in Dallas, and my husband and I were very disappointed in the quality of food. Too bad they just opened up an amazing Mexican food place down the road, because I would never choose this place over The Mexican or even Mesero.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere and super accommodating staff! We booked 3 reservations of 4 and they put us all together!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good authentic Mexican food
  33. JG

    JeffreyG

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    Sad dining experience. The restaurant looks closed down. Our table was next to a pile of dinning chairs. The restaurant was empty and needs a paint job. The energy was lacking. We used to enjoy this place. But will never return. Expensive and Empty.
  34. BB

    BeauB

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Hostess couldn’t have care less that we made a reservation. Last time I ate here the ambiance was fun and somewhat elevated. Servers weren’t trained, food wasn’t good. Got waters 15 mins after we sat down. Our cocktails came first. The hostess and waitress had zero personality. The waitress didn’t know what the cocktails were called and had to ask what salad we order three times, still got it wrong. It’s ok if she was a new waitress but no one was helping her. The staff were standing around talking to each other not helping anyone.
  35. JD

    JeffD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food was good but not memorable. Service was good. Nice place. Overall an average dining experience.
  36. MO

    MelissaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious must try the queso blanco! I had the barbacoa tacos and they were delicious!!! Definitely try their flan for dessert 😋😋 first time going and it was an overall great experience I will definitely be back
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    It was pretty decent. I sat at the bar and the bartenders were very friendly. The food was fine. I think an okay value.
  38. AA

    AnneA

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    All the food had not been seasoned! I rarely add salt to food at restaurants. The corn tortillas were good though
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall excellent food and staff.. Everything was delicious
  40. JY

    JimmyY

    Dallas

    62 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Just OK. Migas had 3 - 4 times as many chips as eggs and substance. Bloody Maria was tasty. Others liked their food dishes. Inconsistent service. First time there, may be back. Not sure yet...

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from El Bolero using the Order Online button. El Bolero also offers 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 4.3 stars by 641 OpenTable diners.

El Bolero does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for El Bolero

1201 Oak Lawn Ave Suite 160 Dallas, TX 75207

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Market Center Blvd &amp; Oak Lawn Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Design District

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Tex-Mex, Regional Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We offer complimentary valet.

  • Public transit

    Bus stop directly in front of restaurant on Market Center Blvd and Oak Lawn Avenue.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Camilo Melchor

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (214) 741-1986

  • Catering

    We cater! <br />Please email catering@argconcepts.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    For more information, or to host your next private event at El Bolero, please email elbolero@argconcepts.com.

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