The Best Places for a Dallas Date Night
The fool proof guide to selecting the perfect Dallas date night.
September 18, 2018
BY DIANA OATES
Is it just us or is “Where is the best place to do date night in Dallas?” such a loaded question? Is it your first date? Are you feeling fancy? Ballin’ on a budget or doing bottle service? Is your date a foodie or is his/her idea of adventurous a taco salad and a flavored margarita? Do you see our point? We understand how important it is to totally nail a date’s location, and so we’ve put together this little list based on the exact kind of evening you are wanting to execute.
GLAM WORTHY GLAMOUR
This restaurant is ridiculous and we mean that in the best way. From the huge fish tank that houses a submarine to the vintage Ducati or maybe even the 60+ chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, this restaurant wins before any of its delicious food is even presented.
1617 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207 | WEBSITE
Mot hai ba
Hole in the Wall
Your mom always told you not to judge a book by its cover and that is certainly the case here as this East Dallas restaurant’s sleepy exterior pales in comparison to the powerful punch its Vietnamese cuisine offers inside. This restaurant is continuously listed as one of Dallas’s best kept secret but food writers and chefs for a reason. Everything on the menu is masterfully prepared and immediately inhaled.
6047 Lewis St, Dallas, TX 75206 | WEBSITE
Old School Italian
Dallas’s father of Italian cuisine truly outdid himself when he created this Highland Park Village restaurant that features classic Italian dishes in an atmosphere that feels like you are in the middle of Manhattan. Whether you go for drinks at the bar or stay for rigatoni alla vodka or the 100-layer lasagna, you cannot go wrong.
33a, Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205 | WEBSITE
The couple that owns this darling East Dallas restaurant spent years involved in the Napa restaurant scene. With that said, they know a thing or two about pairing food and wine. This restaurant is ideal for those who have a lot to talk about because it isn’t super loud and there is plenty of time to conversate. The cocktail list is also next level and is always changing.
2323 N Henderson Ave #109, Dallas, TX 75206 | WEBSITE
Don’t have time to fly to the Amalfi Coast for a-plus Italian? When the weather is wonderful there is no better bar and dining al fresco option than this Victory Park outpost. Even the inside is decked out in darling blue and white accents. Give us all the burrata e cuore di bue and prosecco.
2950 N Harwood St Suite 115, Dallas, TX 75201 | WEBSITE
jose ON LOVERS
This exceptional Tex-Mex restaurant is not only delicious, but the design is just darling. This casual yet classy spot on the edge of the Park Cities serves up ice cold margs and inventive dishes and has an a-plus patio.
4931 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209 | WEBSITE
This restaurant’s name literally translates to gold and so you know you are in for a treat when you walk into Bruno Davaillon’s beautiful brassiere that is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Dallas, hands down. Stepping into this mid-century modern space feels like stepping back in time and the menu features fantastic French fare and ice cold classic cocktails.
400 S Record St, Dallas, TX 75202 | WEBSITE
White tablecloths and a southern, sophisticated atmosphere make this date night spot a no brainer. The best thing about this restaurant? Despite throwing up both regal and romantic vibes, people are completely welcome to shop up in jeans and a polo or a sundress and sandals.
418 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208 | WEBSITE
Meat eaters don’t get to have all of the fun in this town. This Park Cities restaurant is not only gorgeous but it puts vegetables in the sexiest light in the form of salads and small plates. This restaurant is ideal for sharing so perhaps better for a date with someone that you know fairly well.
4270 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 | WEBSITE
With fresh fish being flown in daily from Japan, this is a no brainer for a romantic yet chic spot to bring a date that is feigning sushi. The menu is inventive, and the servers are very knowledgeable in helping you pick out exactly what you need to order based on your flavor preferences.
2817 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201 | WEBSITE
Does your gal skew sophisticated, but still enjoy rolling up her sleeves and diving into a pizza pie? We love her already! This restaurant is fairly new to The Crescent and gives us all the feels. Not only is it lively and large but it feels super relaxed. We are sure the lengthy list of wines on tape probably helps.
500 Crescent Ct #160, Dallas, TX 75201 | WEBSITE
The French Room
Planning to elope or get engaged?
The exquisite tasting menu with wine pairings is all things elegant yet approachable and will surely be your most memorable fine dining experience that you have in Dallas. Combine that with the restaurant and The Adolphus’s exceptional renovation and this is the perfect place to pop the question!
1321 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75202 | WEBSITE
Newsflash: sometimes great dates happen during the day. We love cruising over to the Bishop Arts District and enjoying a great meal at this quirky spot that offers a laid-back atmosphere but seriously delicious grub. Think avocado toast, fried green tomato BLTs, and a pancake of the day. Not to mention kick a$$ coffee drinks and fresh squeezed juices.