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El Bolero

4.5
4.5
672 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

11:30 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

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  • Order online
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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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Experiences

  • Dia De Los Muertos

    Nov 1, 2022 only
    Honor the memory of your ancestors by joining us for Dia De Los Muertos. We will be serving our extensive menu and featuring a Dia De Los Muertos inspired cocktail.

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What 672 people are saying

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dallas

    Mexican

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience2
    Great food
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. The atmosphere on a Friday night was perfect. Food came quick as well as the drinks.
  3. L

    Latenightgathering

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our late night dinner. We always enjoy the service from our favorite waitstaff person. The food is satisfactory +.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was cold and the service was lacking.
  6. A

    Ade2

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the buzz and the atmosphere of the restaurant. Good food, good drinks all round good night.
  7. e

    emacthree

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place with amazing food and excellent service. Went their for lunch with a coworker, we were visiting from out of town. To start the homemade chips and salsa were top notch, the frozen Marg was wonderful and fresh. I had the Carne Asada which was cook to my perfect temp of MR, it was tender and full of flavor and I devoured it quickly. My coworker had the shave Brussel sprout salad which she loved and oh by the way added a side of the plantains, what a generous portion which is a great side, but also a delectable dessert. When back in Dallas, I will be heading back to El Bolero!
  8. L

    Liii

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, drinks and service. The kitchen was closed and they still allowed for us to place a food order...really appreciate the consideration.
  9. LV

    LuisV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was good. Ambience was great. It just took a long time for staff to get out order and get food .
  10. T

    Tony

    El Paso

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Will start with the positives, great food, good taste, something definitely new. I was expecting a traditional Mexican cuisine, it is not, I've been in several states in Mexico. I don't have any bads, I do recommend the place, has great waiters, valet parking, good atmosphere (a tad noisy for my liking but that's just preference)
  11. RL

    ReynL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, lively and fun ambiance but not overwhelming. Great service!
  12. RH

    RodneyH

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very beautiful venue, authentic food, and great service.
  13. a

    alfreds

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Fortunately for them, an very busy night, could have been short staffed that impacted service. The 3 times we saw our service was good, but pretty much abandoned….. so much we decided not to fo dessert because it would probably 30 minutes before our waiter would show, and another 15/20 minutes to get it. Since I could not find our waiter, had to get the manager to get our bil🤨☹️
  14. S

    Steph

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Overall had a great experience, enjoyed our time there
  15. CS

    CameronS

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was some of the best Mexican food I've ever had. Also highly recommend the Oilman margarita
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Unfortunately the food is opposite of the atmosphere. While the waiting staff is attentive and the tequila flows into the margaritas, it's not enough to save their lackluster food. My group of 4 walked away being content because we were full but disappointed because there was absolutely no flavor. The salsa had no spice until our waitress came by and gave us some habanero sauce to make the salsa interesting. The owners need to be hiring her as a consultant because she apparently knows the salsa is bland also. We ordered the queso for 12 dollars and it was cheese, but no seasoning or flare that made it remarkable. Torchys has a better queso. Two of my associates order the salad with chicken and tuna on it. The tuna looked great, but again nothing special. The dish looked over zealous with lettuce but lacked any protein. It looked like a side item. My other associate ordered the barbacoa enchiladas and after one bite wish he had ordered the cheese enchiladas because again, no seasoning, no spice, no flavor on the barbacoa. Lastly I had the fajitas. The chicken with still a bit of juice and half of the carne asada cooked to the perfect medium. Unfortunately the other half was well done. And with tortillas that tasted warm from the package it's hard to say that this meal was worth it. Chili's has more inspired fajitas. With a spoonful of avocado they placed next to the crema and pico and the whitest Spanish rice I've ever seen, I was able to consume the dish, but not enjoy it. I probably should of just cooked at home.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner!
  18. RC

    RobertC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I had been twice before. It was wonderful. This time the service and food was horrible.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    I'm generous at 3 stars. We're from Chicago and our Mexican food is better than this Dallas place. My wife is from Dallas and then El Paso so she is well versed in good Mexican food. Portions of the side of beans and/or rice were skimpy. My roasted chicken was edible but very dry. My wife's lobster fajita was barely passable as lobster. The lobster would hardly come out of the shell. My Mexican corn was over-salted but edible. Chicago White Sox vendors do a better job. Service was barely passable. Disappointed that in Dallas this is representative of their Mexican dining
  20. W

    Winelover

    Dallas

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Great things: cocktails and the fundido langosta. Good things: chips and guac. The snapper was pretty good. Awful: chile relleno stuffed with crab. Let me point out that I love chile rellenos and crab. This thing was very sour - lump crab meat should be light and sweet! I did mention to the waiter that the dish wsns't good. He offered to return it but remaking it would not have solved the problem. Best result for bad dish (not undercooked or overcooked, a BAD dish) is to offer to comp a drink or something. So I say try this spot but don't order anything with crab meat.
  21. MR

    MaryR

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Food and drinks were great, but our server left much to be desired. The parties seated after us were taken care of by their servers and had drinks in hand and food ordered before we were approached by another server asking if we had been attended to. Our server seemed bothered by having to take care of our table. He took our drink order, but never placed it as we had to ask the host about it and another server made it. Our server came back twice and once was with our bill which we had not asked for. When we said we were not done he left and never came back as we had to go to the host again to let them know no one ever came back to see if we needed anything or refill our waters, at that point we asked for our check. I'm not one to not leave a tip as I know servers work very hard for their tips, but Francisco O. didn't deserve a tip and as bad as I felt leaving nothing, I left him nothing. I recommend this place for their food and drinks, but when you go make sure you don't get Francisco O. as your server.
  22. SD

    ShreyaD

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great ambience and decor. Food was top notch. We had the black martini and mango martini. Both really good cocktails. The e calamari, guacamole and empanadas were light and refreshing. The lobster and shrimp tacos were very well balanced and the perfect portion. The enchiladas was very filling but thoroughly enjoyable. Chang was a very attentive waiter. Good time!
  23. DC

    DCVeg

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was tasty and very fresh, with multiple options for vegetarians. I was the only person seated on the patio but the server was very attentive and knew the menu well so she could answer questions. I liked it so much I am going back during my brief stay in Dallas!
  24. AG

    AlysonG

    Austin

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service!!! Delicious food!!! Great queso, wonderful drinks, diverse menu with vegan options. Party of 10 - all delighted!!!
  25. AF

    AggieFoodie

    Dallas

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and drink. Service was good as well. I would definitely recommend it. Crowd was light for Saturday evening.
  26. SC

    SkyC

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Came for a birthday and made that very clear in the reservation. Was disappointed in the lack of care displayed by the server for this. I feel like it’s a common practice to give the birthday person a dessert with a candle, but that didn’t happen. The enchiladas verdes were good, the guacamole was underwhelming, and the salmon was not enjoyed by the person at the table who ordered it. I’ve had better Mexican and probably won’t be returning
  27. SP

    StuartP

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were very good. We loved the different take on Mexican food. Will definitely be back.
  28. k

    kris

    Dallas

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    El Bolero has some great salads! Always good service. Enjoyed the quieter atmosphere on a Sunday evening
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an amazing spot, great food, great drinks. I always get phenomenal service.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was good. It was very loud in the restaurant and hot. Service was close to non-existent until the check came and they wanted a tip. Parts of our entree showed up at different times and was missing tortillas. It was a little disappointing.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Such a cute and ascetically pleasing location. The service was outstanding…the bartender was the one check on the tables and doing the bar and not once missed a beat. The drinks was so good and worth it. The food was delicious too but my chicken was extra charred!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    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
  33. JA

    JeffA

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 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!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Food was very underwhelming. Never thought I’d need to ask for seasoning at a Mexican restaurant.
  35. 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!
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. TG

    TonyaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

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

    Dani

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    There were gnats flying arlund our table. It was gross
  40. 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 & the food is delicious. Amazing drink menu too. You have to try the watermelon Margarita!

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 4.5 stars by 672 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

11:30 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

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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