It’s so easy for date nights with your spouse to fall by the wayside after kids enter the picture. (We explore why date nights are necessary here.) So when you’re ready to venture out of the house, we’ve shared some of our favorite spots around Dallas-Fort Worth below.
Date Night Restaurants in Dallas County
Hudson House: Highland Park, Lakewood and Addison – Who says date night can’t happen during happy hour? Hudson House has a killer half-off martini menu and cheeseburgers to die for.
Stirr: Addison and Deep Ellum – The Deep Ellum location has a wonderful downtown Dallas skyline view, and the Addison location has a beautiful upstairs dining room.
Smoky Rose: East Dallas – The patio and massive yard here makes for a great spot to listen to the lineup of live music.
Trulucks: Uptown – Definitely one of the best spots in town for steak and seafood. Plus, if you’re celebrating a special occasion, the restaurant will make sure to decorate your table for you (think rose petals or confetti).
Al Biernat’s: North Dallas and Oak Lawn – A Dallas favorite. Both locations have beautiful surroundings and wonderful food and cocktails.
Barcelona Wine Bar: Knox Henderson – Walk in and feel like you’ve just been transported to Spain. The restaurant is beautiful and the paella is fantastic.
Rise No. 1: Park Cities and Fort Worth – Prefer something lighter for date night? Enjoy a savory soufflé and a little France in Dallas at Rise. But make sure to save room for dessert!
The Charles: Design District – Swanky Italian. If you’re one for nice restaurant design, this place is eye-catching.
Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano: Highland Park – You can never go wrong with Javier’s for date night. Grab a Mexican Martini, enjoy a nice cigar in the lounge or delight in some Kahlua Chocolate Cake after your meal.
Date Night Restaurants in Collin County
Tommy Bahama: Legacy West Plano – Pretend you’re at the beach while taking in the breeze and a fruity cocktail at this coastal spot.
Haywire: Legacy West Plano and Uptown Dallas – In the mood for some fancy barbecue? This is your place. And if you’re an old fashioned kind of person (the drink, that is), Haywire’s is hard to beat.
Urban Crust: Downtown Plano – Head to the rooftop patio for some outstanding pizza and views of the quaint downtown area.
Urban Rio Cantina & Grill: Downtown Plano – While you’re there, make sure to order the most amazing s’mores dessert ever.
Fork & Fire: Plano – Go for a more relaxed approach while still getting a great view of the lively boardwalk area and sipping some tasty drinks.
Rick’s Chophouse: McKinney – There’s nothing like a classic, leather-bound steakhouse for date night.
The Yard: McKinney– Check out this massive outdoor space where you can enjoy frozen drinks, tacos and more.
Eight 11 Place: Frisco – Fireside patio, live music and charcuterie boards to boot.
Pizzeria Testa: Frisco and Greenville Dallas – Craving pizza on date night? Pizza Hut and Dominos can wait. Check out this spot near The Star.
Date Night Restaurants in Tarrant County
Ellerbe Fine Foods: South Side Fort Worth – Feeling like some glammed up southern food? Head over to Ellerbe for a good night out
Joe T. Garcia’s: Stockyards – Keep it classic. This place never goes out of style. (Don’t forget it’s cash only.)
Mí Día from Scratch: Grapevine, Plano and Flower Mound – Who doesn’t love a good margarita on date night? Also, this location’s patio is perfect for a breezy evening.
Reata: Downtown Fort Worth – Still one of the best spots to hit up if you’re going to hang out around Sundance Square.
Calabrese: Southlake – Head to Southlake Town Square for some great Italian.
HG SPLY CO.: Fort Worth, Dallas and Trophy Club – Tasty but healthy eats overlooking the river not far from TCU.
Melting Pot: Arlington and Dallas – Dip and sip to your heart’s desire at this fondue favorite.
Date Night Restaurants in Denton County
LSA Burger Co.: Denton Square – Grab some queso while taking in the view of the square on the upstairs patio.
Hannah’s: Denton Square – This spot has such a cool ambience; if you haven’t been, find your way there. (And try the One Eleven martini while you’re at it.)
Marty B’s: Bartonville – Fire pits, outside games, live music—you can’t lose.
Hillside Fine Grill: Highland Village – Looking for some good seafood, steak or burgers? Visit this spot for a relaxed night out.
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