Updated February 2021
Where to go for margaritas? One of the questions we are asked the most from you all. And now we are ready to break down 16 of the best margs around Dallas, ranging from classics to more interesting with mezcal, watermelon, jalapeños, and even sangria!
THE Mambo taxi
We can’t talk about margs in Dallas and not talk about Mi Cocina. With more than 20 locations in DFW, there’s no surprise its so popular! Their margaritas, specifically the infamous Mambo Taxi pictured above, are so good we crave them! The frozen Mambo Taxi is a blend of tequila, lime juice, housemades, brandy, and juices but you can also make it skinny! Mi Cocina also released a new take on the Mambo - the Mambo #5 which we can’t wait to try! They also serve seven other options of margaritas, many of which come Skinny!
The Mariano is THE first original frozen margarita ever so it’s an absolute must to try in Dallas. Mariano invented the frozen margarita machine back in 1971, after being inspired by the 7-11 slurp machines. Once the machine became standard equipment in restaurants, tequila and Tex-Mex exploded across the country! You can find the original frozen marg machine displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington DC! In Dallas, you’re able to actually try it, along with the constantly changing marg flavors at Mariano’s.
NORTHEAST DALLAS | DIRECTIONS
Classic with mezcal
las alMaS rotas
A hidden gem in Fair Park, Las Almas Rotas is a cozy mezcaleria serving some of the best margs and cocktails in Dallas. Their bar is stunning and full of all sorts of tequilas and mezcal. Their signature margarita can be made with tequila or mezcal (we highly recommend the mezcal) and is shaken with orange liqueur and lime.
FAIR PARK | DIRECTIONS
LIQUID NITROGEN MARGARITA
BETO & SON
A margarita & a show. Head to Trinity Grove’s Beto & Son restaurant for a lively vibe, Wednesday salsa dancing and table side liquid nitrogen margaritas! It’s an experience beyond just the margarita - servers pull up carts next to your table and beginning mixing and pouring while liquid nitrogen fog surrounds the table. It’s served with Avion Resposado tequila, fresh lime juice, agave, orange liqueur and fruit encapsulated pearls, and comes in original, frosé and Pina colada. It’s just as good as it looks too!
TRINITY GROVES | DIRECTIONS
FEARING’S AT THE RITZ
Hands down, one of the best margaritas we’ve ever had. And it’s no surprise that the chef known as “The Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” Dean Fearing was able to concoct such a good margarita. You can enjoy it at the Rattlesnake Bar at the Ritz, or at their restaurant, Fearing’s. It’s made with Patrón Anejo Tequila, which contains a blend of two different barrels exclusive to Fearing's, and Damiana, a flowering shrub native to Texas is added along with agave nectar. To finish, it’s shaken with house-made sweet and sour.
UPTOWN | DIRECTIONS
SQUOZEN FROZEN MARGARITA
Jose on Lovers has one of the most beautiful designs, with a colorful, yet modern Latin atmosphere. It also has a more contemporary approach to its Mexican cuisine too, and the Squozen frozen margarita features the most natural ingredients around including, Casamigos Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, freshly squeezed lime juice and organic golden light blue agave nectar. They also rim their margaritas with a house-made Wildwood salt, a secret recipe they make and sell!
PARK CITIES | DIRECTIONS
PRICKLY PEAR PUREE MARGARITA
MATT’S RANCHO MARTINEZ
The most instagrammable margarita goes to…Matt’s! Because it’s made with prickly pear puree, you get a goblet full of a bright pink margarita, that tastes as good as it looks! It’s made with Milagro silver tequila, real fruit prickly pear purée and home-made sweet and sour.
LAKEWOOD | DIRECTIONS
Las Palmas is a classic Mexican restaurant in the heart of Uptown. The patio is the perfect place to sip on their classic margarita with a yummy tahin rim. Try their Future Classic with with mezcal, ancho Reyes verdes, and charred jalapeño! They also have a great signature marg on the rocks or frozen.
UPTOWN | DIRECTIONS
GLORIA’S LATIN CUISINE
Gloria’s is a go-to for fun birthday celebrations, big group dinners before hitting the town on a weekend night, and for a lively, Latin atmosphere really at any time. What’s cool about Gloria’s is unlike most other places on this list, it isn’t Mexican but El Salvadorian! And they make one fantastic Ginger Margarita, with Casamigos Silver Tequila, fresh ginger, lime juice and agave nectar. On a sunny day, head to Gloria’s in Bishop Arts for brunch and enjoy the marg on their patio of the converted firehouse space!
BISHOP ARTS | DIRECTIONS
If you’re looking for contemporary, upscale Mexican cuisine, look no further, Jalisco has some of the best in Dallas! You can even enjoy an intimate multi-course menu in their tasting room to experience the depth of the Chef’s cooking. Or you can rose all day with a margarita twist! Made with Milagro Silver Tequila, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, lime juice, Cava Brut sparkling rose, the ‘Rita Champ is served in a wine glass with Himalayan sea salt rim, garnished with a lemon twist. The light and refreshing cocktail is a perfect version of a margarita – no matter what season it is!
TURTLE CREEK | DIRECTIONS
DESPERADOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT
The third Dallas Tex-Mex institution on this list, Desperados has sat on Greenville Ave since 1976 and offers up some delicious and authentic tacos, enchiladas, guac and more. They’ve also been serving up their original “La Margarita” marg since their inception too, featuring freshly-squeezed lime juice, Sauza Conmemorativo, Cointreau and a little something special that they won’t reveal to us, but you’ll just have to try to guess!
GREENVILLE AVE | DIRECTIONS
One of our favorite margaritas in Dallas, an avocado margarita might sound off-putting given how thick an avocado is! But Meso Maya does it right by muddling some avocado and adding in freshly squeezed pineapple and lime juices, triple sec and Espolòn Tequila Blanco. It’s really light and refreshing!
DOWNTOWN | DIRECTIONS
This marg is served BLACK, and voted one of the best by D Magazine! At $18, it's a special treat and is made with roca patron silver, patron citronge, activated charcoal for that color, and agave to sweeten. Also incorporated is rock candy, gold stars and gold salt rim!
DESIGN DISTRICT | DIRECTIONS
If the booziest margarita is what you want, leave it to The Rustic to come up with that creation. Called the Rimy Rita, it’s a frozen blend of Dulce Vida Lime tequila, raspberry liqueur and Cointreau, served in their goblet glass. What really takes it up a notch? The alcoholic sangria popsicle for an extra pop of flavor! Leave it in to melt into the margarita, or enjoy it alongside, while listening to live music on their expansive patio!
WEST VILLAGE | DIRECTIONS
LA VENTANA MARGARITA
TAQUERIA LA VENTANA
If you’re instead looking for a great, but affordable margarita, look no further than La Ventana. This fast-casual taqueria has one of our favorite patios at their original Downtown location. When the sun’s out, we’ll head there for some tacos, queso and $3.75 margaritas! That’s right! You can choose between on the rocks or frozen, and they are always $3.75, unless it’s happy hour and then they’re only $3!
DOWNTOWN | DIRECTIONS