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12 quintessential date-night restaurants in Dallas

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by Diana Spechler
Updated 24 January 2024

Dallas’s most romantic restaurants have all the green flags for love. A stylish Southern bar serves killer cocktails and peak first-date vibes. Couples dreaming of beach getaways can hit up a Mayan Riviera-inspired spot in the Park Cities. And take your relationship to the next level at a sky-high Italian American stunner downtown.

This guide pairs Dallas restaurants with romantic occasions from first dates all the way to milestone anniversaries. These are Dallas’s 12 best date-night restaurants.

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4.8
4.8 (5402)
$31 to $50
American
Plano
About the restaurant

Haywire is a solid early-in-the-game date option if you want a buzzy atmosphere and dressed-up pub grub (double-cut pork chop, blackened catfish and shrimp, steaks). To that, add any cocktail you can imagine, and you’ll see why it’s the kind of place that calms any first-date nerves. At the Uptown location, you can book a spot on the outdoor patio, complete with a roaring fireplace and retractable roof.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
AMAZINGGGG!!!! This was my third time going to this same location and they never disappoint. I wanted to give my brother who was graduating a nice, tasteful, and elegant experience and they superseded that!
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4.8
4.8 (1138)
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Downtown
About the restaurant

Get to know each other better at this sophisticated south-of-the-border spot, where chef Miriam Jimenez cooks traditional Mexican dishes, a little Tex-Mex, and some recipes from the Dominican Republic, too. Wash dinner down with a michelada, or the restaurant’s signature habanero-juice and fresh fruit mimosa. Bonus points for the art on the walls—a shout-out to the restaurant’s Arts District backdrop—which brings a sleek, gallery-like vibe to your date.


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FOODIEvip
Dined 5 days ago
This was my fourth visit because I think that this is one of the best restaurants in the city. Menu is great and the food excellent. The entrees could have been hotter when served but were still delicious. Service was very friendly and professional.
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4.7
4.7 (464)
$50 and over
Italian
East Dallas
About the restaurant

A celebration dinner at Monarch starts with an elevator ride to the forty-ninth floor of the National skyscraper. Award-winning chef Danny Grant’s dishes are as impressive as the view—don’t miss the black truffle risotto—and make Monarch one of the most special-occasion worthy restaurants in Dallas. Patterned wallpapers, a spiral staircase, and arguably the most drop-dead gorgeous restroom in the city all add to the restaurant’s one-of-a-kind wow factor.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 6 May 2024
Our first time at Monarch was one to remember. They treated us with great food and an amazing atmosphere. We will definitely be back for future celebrations!
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4.3
4.3 (2877)
$31 to $50
American
Garland
About the restaurant

For a more understated celebration, head to this cozy suburban restaurant. Chef Kevin Ashade blends recipes from around the world, but prioritizes African and Jamaican cooking as a tribute to his roots. Celebrate over shareable dishes like the coq au vin that led Ashade to a victory on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay. And don’t end your special night out without the crowd-favorite sopapilla cheesecake topped with buttery cinnamon sugar.


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Doma
Dined 1 day ago
Catfish and they cheesy Jalapeno grits is what I got soooo good .the food 10/10, the vibe 10/10 the service 10/10… this is definitely a place you would want to visit while in or near Dallas area.
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4.7
4.7 (99)
$50 and over
Italian
Park Cities
About the restaurant

At this cozy coastal European restaurant from the team behind Shinsei and Lovers Seafood, one of the most romantic times to pop the question is at weekend brunch, which is soundtracked by a live classical guitarist. The menu is just as sweet, featuring a knockout lemon ricotta French toast with vanilla maple syrup and Italian berry jelly. But with its jewel-toned decor, intimate ambience, and classic cocktails, any hour is romantic at Dea.


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AndrewRvip
Dined on 11 May 2024
We consistently find the service at Dea to be the best of any restaurant we visit. Great cocktail options. Stsrters and mains are excellent. Wine list is not huge but quality bottles
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4.7
4.7 (6042)
$50 and over
Southwest
Uptown
About the restaurant

One of the swankiest restaurants in Dallas—fittingly, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel—is a go-to for marriage proposals. Share local celebrity chef Dean Fearing’s riff on surf-and-turf, like barbecue-spiced beef filet and chicken-fried Maine lobster. The open kitchen, three dining rooms, and carefully curated art create a stunning proposal backdrop. If the weather permits, get down on one knee on the outdoor patio in front of the brick fireplace.


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BobbyL
Dined 7 days ago
As always, the food preparation, attention to detail, and flavor were top-notch. The service, while taxed a little due to the busy Mother’s Day crowd, was professional, courteous, and engaged with the guests.
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4.6
4.6 (7850)
$31 to $50
Southwest
Fort Worth Downtown
About the restaurant

For a quintessentially Texan cowboy meal, wrangle your crew and head to one of Fort Worth’s most iconic restaurants. Catch up over hearty plates like chicken-fried steak with cracked-pepper cream gravy and jalapeño- and cilantro-crusted Texas redfish. Even the desserts here are peak Tex-Mex, including tacos stuffed with caramelized bananas and chocolate “gravy.” Try the orange vodka-forward Cowboy Cosmo or an aged-tequila margarita, and take in the ranch-like vibes with your friends.


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FortWorthvip
Dined 2 days ago
Woo hoo! I tried the Fish Tacos this time. I am trying to broaden my scope on the menu. They were wonderful!! Christian did a great job taking care of us. Thank you to the entire team. We will see you soon!
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4.8
4.8 (406)
$30 and under
Middle Eastern
Uptown
About the restaurant

With its hanging lanterns and brightly colored poufs, Baboush brings a Marrakesh marketplace to Dallas. It’s a dreamy setting for digging into hummus, kebabs, and tagines while sipping on blackberry cocktails. Go all out with the baklava bowl for dessert—it comes with Turkish cotton candy and whipped mascarpone cheese—and keep your faux getaway going with a hookah on the patio when the weather permits.


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MeadowGvip
Dined on 9 May 2024
We had an early Thursday dinner reservation, so it was a calm beginning to our evening. All of our dishes from the hummus and beet salad to the chicken kabob to the shrimp bowl were just perfect. Very fresh and beautifully prepared! Each of us had a different wine or IPA, so their list is well rounded. I have been here a few times, yet last night by far was the best to date. Lovely people, lovely space and lovely food.
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4.3
4.3 (1141)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
Turtle Creek / Oak Lawn
About the restaurant

If a weekend trip to Mexico isn’t in the cards, Tulum is as sexy as its tropical namesake. Oversized white flower chandeliers bloom over the bar, and jungle wallpaper and tequila cocktails channel a night on the Mayan Riviera. In a city full of casual Tex-Mex options, Tulum offers a chic take on southern Mexican food, including lesser-known recipes like sikil pak (a pumpkin-seed dip) and fun, fusion dishes like seared-scallop Mexican risotto.


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Peppermdblue
Dined 7 days ago
We were in town for a family affair, and since we were all missing Mother's Day brunch at home, in Baltimore, MD, I searched on Open Table for a place near our hotel in Dallas. I wanted to go to a restaurant with cuisine I couldn't find at home. Tulum did not disappoint. The restaurant was beautiful, and the service and food were outstanding. We loved the server, the food and the atmosphere.'
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4.3
4.3 (512)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant

Ellie’s California-accented menu and live piano performances give it an irresistible charm. The HALL Arts Hotel restaurant is also loved for its rotating local art collection and excellent reds from the owners’ winery in Napa. It’s dinner and an art show, and the kind of place you want to turn into your special spot—if you’re a couple that lives in the neighborhood, chances are you already have.


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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
The perfect place for a pre-show dinner. We told our nice server that we needed to be out the door by 7 and he was so accommodating. I've never seen drinks served that quickly ever. He was Johnny on the spot. Food was excellent. Hotel needs better signage to direct customers to the elevator and what floor to select (LL? Does not make sense) for the restaurant.
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4.9
4.9 (3965)
$50 and over
Sushi
Uptown
About the restaurant

With its cozy booths, wooden tables, and low ceilings, Uchi nails the vibe check as an ideal setting for an intimate date. The Japanese-inspired menu features recipes only James Beard Award winner Tyson Cole could dream up: Thinly sliced flounder with candied quinoa and olive oil, fatty bluefin tuna with charred Welsh onion, and other unlikely but beautiful pairings, plus a seasonal omakase experience that promises no two meals at this eclectic seafood shrine will be exactly the same.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
This isn’t really just dinner - it’s an experience. I’ve never been to a restaurant like this before and it was fantastic, I will definitely be coming back when I am in the area!
A photo of The Monarch Stag restaurant
4.9
4.9 (68)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Frisco
About the restaurant

If you’re craving more than just dinner and drinks, make your way to this sexy Frisco hideaway. The Monarch Stag is where you go to share scotch flights, get cozy by a crackling fireplace, and be wowed by aerial performers and live guitarists. Even though whiskey is the star of the show, the rich steakhouse-inspired menu is top-notch and includes wagyu, bao buns, and wild mushroom gnocchi. Consider stretching your big night at the cigar lounge next door.


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AmyH
Dined on 11 Apr 2024
Great service, food, and atmosphere. The noise was ranked high due to a band the evening we were there. The summer lobster salad was reallllly good. Huge portions.
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