Fort Worth is slowing putting itself on the foodie map, with two restaurants receiving 2023 James Beard Award nominations. However, its culinary scene is still very much rooted in tradition and old-school Texas atmosphere, where you'll find a lot of steak, barbecue and Tex-Mex, making for a great place to experience a bit of both worlds. We have rounded up our picks for the most essential Fort Worth restaurants to cross off your list. 

Updated June 2023



osteria 61


The newest spot on the list, 61 Osteria is a modern Italian restaurant from the team behind Grace. The design is on point, food delicious and bar program strong, creating one all around tremendous dining experience, especially if you're seeking a spot that's elevated and upscale. Or start your evening there at the bar with a noteworthy martini! 

Downtown | Directions

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Feel on top of the world at this intimate rooftop tapas bar at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Share some patatas bravas or a cheese board with friends while sipping on a glass of their signature Aigua de Valencia sparkling wine. Whether you sit in the intimate window-filled indoor bar or out on the spacious rooftop, you'll get the best view of the downtown skyline.

Stockyards | Directions

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Down White Settlement Road in West Fort Worth sits Clay Pigeon, a casual restaurant where everything is made with love. Chef Marcus Paslay makes every dish from scratch as he takes an upscale twist on the American classics, from the CP burger and mac n cheese to the chocolate cherry bread pudding. Enjoy your divine dinner in the industrial chic dining room and be sure to dine in on Tuesday-Saturday from 5-6pm for "Sparking Hour", where all bottles of wine are 50% off!

White Settlement Road | Directions

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don artemio


Opened in the Spring of 2022, Don Artemio's goal was to bring delicious Northeastern Mexican fare and culture to the North Texas. The owners hail from Saltillo and they pay homage to their hometown in many of the details you see at the restaurant from clay used as planters outside to serapes used in light fixtures. The food is nothing short of phenomenal, and it was recognized nationally for just that as a Best New Restaurant in America finalist by the James Beard Foundation! Make sure to start with the nopales! 

Cultural District | Directions



Ellerbe Fine Foods


Set in an old gas station on famous Magnolia Avenue, this farm-to-table spot is only open for dinner, but boy do they pack a punch! Serving Southern eats in a rustic chic setting, Ellerbe certainly knows how to cook up some find foods. Some top menu picks are the edamame ravioli, lamb shanks, and the bread pudding with cinnamon whipped cream fro dessert, are you drooling, because we are!

Magnolia | Directions

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She is beauty, she is Grace! This fine dining restaurant in downtown Fort Worth is the epitome of class. As the perfect celebration dinner spot, the all glass entrance leads to the posh dining room with a swanky bar and a gorgeous wine cellar. The menu includes only the finest steaks and seafood in town with deluxe items such as the seafood tower and the bacon wrapped stuffed filet. After your fabulous dinner, sip on a glass from there extensive wine list while enjoying their famous butterscotch pudding, it's to die for!

Sundance Square | Directions

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No Fort Worth experience is complete without some delicious barbecue, and why not go 15 minutes out of the way so that you can enjoy one of the best BBQ spots in the state! The unassuming Goldee's was recognized in 2021 as THE best barbecue joint in all of Texas by Texas Monthly, and ever since people have been flocking there to get their hands on it. That means you needs to arrive in the morning and expect to wait a few hours, but those who has endured have not been disappointed! 

Kennedale | Directions

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Another barbecue place to try out, Heim Barbecue is a Fort Worth staple that produces amazing "farm to smoker" meats at their two locations in the city, (and one in Dallas.) The bacon burnt ends are by far the favorite menu item, and a must try for any newbies, and beyond that, the potato skins and loaded fries are fan faves too. Bonus, if you love whiskey, there are over 150 types to try! 

Southside & White Settlement | Directions

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Joe T Garcia's


You can't visit Fort Worth without a margarita from the famous Joe T. Garcia's! This cash-only 88 year old restaurant is an institution, and therefore you can bet that you will be waiting for a table. The wait can be so long that in fact, you can order margaritas in line! But you will find a stunning oasis of fountains and flora among the Spanish courtyard setting once you're settled. We can't promise the food will be the best on the list, but the experience will be one of them! 

Stockyards | Directions

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Lili's bistro fort worth


Live music meets global cuisine in a comfortable setting all on the cobblestone street of Magnolia. Lili’s Bistro on Magnolia is truly a one of a kind spot. With an intimate yet approachable setting, enjoy dishes such as their burger + gorgonzola fries, coffee-crusted salmon or elk sausage and pappardelle. While Lili’s strives for a comfortable atmosphere, expect to enjoy innovative dishes and their rotating jazz musicians, plus a great menu section for any vegetarians!

Magnolia | Directions

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Lonesome Dove


The epitome of Southern elegance, this Western-themed steakhouse at the Fort Worth Stockyards is quite the experience. if this is not already your go-to date night out spot, it will be now! With true Texan spirit, Tim Love curated a menu with flavors of the West, featuring unique dishes from Wagyu Tomahawk Ribeye, Wild Boar, Rabbit, and Rattlesnake. After your delightful meal, grab a drink at their with themed cocktails with a Texas flare!

Stockyards | Directions

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press cafe fort worth


Located along the Trinity River, Press Cafe is the go-to for any guest who wants to enjoy a casual yet trendy brunch or lunch in a picturesque indoor/outdoor atmosphere. With their delicious new American menu and craft cocktails, you can’t order wrong! It’s the perfect family or friend eatery, and connected to a bike rental shop as well a farmers market every Saturday morning to finish out a lovely Fort Worth day.

Clearfork | Directions

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reata fort worth


For an upscale brunch or dinner in Fort Worth, Reata is the place to be. Serving Southwestern fare in a beautiful atmosphere, dine in one of the various themed rooms, from the dome to the stunning sunset deck. Sit out on the industrial rooftop bar with epic downtown views as you indulge in your Blackened Buffalo Ribeye with a side of jalapeño & cheddar grits ending with the West Texas Pecan Pie!

Sundance Square | Directions

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Saint Emilion


Be transported to the South of France at this Provence-esque bistro set in a cozy house in Fort Worth's cultural district. Serving homestyle French fare, Saint-Emilion has been a historical Fort Worth spot since 1985. After indulging in your escargot and French onion soup with your lamb chops main course, top it off with the ultimate French dessert, crème brûlée.

Cultural District | Directions

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This Southside spot is a newer addition to the Fort Worth Mexican food favorites. From their lively Latin brunch to their sophisticated dinner with dim mood lighting, Tinie's has a stellar menu with authentic dishes such as the birria tacos, tamales, and hand made empanadas. Come on Taco Tuesday's for $3 tacos and one of their killer cocktails on the rooftop with stunning city views.

Southside | Directions

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waters FW


You'll know you've made it to Waters when you see the huge iconic blue sign at the entrance. This Sundance Square spot serves the best seafood in town with a Southwestern twist, and a hint of Louisiana! From the shellfish tower to the cajun sea scallops, prepare to taste some uniquely delicious flavors during your dinner here. To top off your New Orleans-esque meal, lounge at the giant L-shaped bar while sipping on one of their iconic abita and bourbon root beer floats, it'll blow you out of the water! 

Sundance Square | Directions

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woodshed fort worth


While any restaurant along the Trinity River is sure to be a hit, Woodshed is in a league of its own, truly capitalizing on the Texan BBQ vibe and outdoor landscape. At Woodshed Smokehouse you are greeted by various logs of wood (Oak, Pecan, Hickory, you name it!) as you step into this tin-roof patio and out to a bonfire oasis. Grab a cocktail at their multiple bars, take in the fresh air from the Trinity River, and enjoy this flavorful menu created by Tim Love. 

University Park Village | Directions

Photo courtesy of Woodshed