It is the most populous city in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, which is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. The city's prominence arose from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries, and its position along numerous railroad lines. Dallas also is a richly diverse American city: over the years it has become a melting pot of cultures, religions and lifestyles. This important convergence of uniqueness and differences is reflected throughout the sights and sounds of the city. Dallas' authentic arts, music, food, places of worship, historic landmarks and urban lifestyle all contribute to the city's makeup.
Places to eat in Dallas
Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar - Originally built in 1927 as Dallas' first school for Hispanic children, Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar features the largest garden patio in Dallas and is open every day for lunch, dinner, drinks, and Saturday and Sunday brunch. The first level is Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar and the second level houses The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection and is located within the district of HARWOOD.
Marie Gabrielle Restaurant & Garden - Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens is a 1.5-acre garden oasis located in the district of HARWOOD known for its vast event space and exquisite dining and catering options. The restaurant is open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch and open weekends for private events. Its floor-to-ceiling windows provide perfect garden views, as well as the opportunity to lunch or dine al fresco.
Mercat Bistro - Mercat Bistro, the latest restaurant concept in the district of HARWOOD, is a contemporary European-style bistro open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and brunch and dinner Saturday. Paired with a tailored menu and wine list, Mercat Bistro is an honest compilation of classics mostly from Europe and Texas. In addition, homemade croissants, pastries, coffee, and to go items are available throughout the day Monday through Friday.
Abacus Restaurant - Abacus features upscale dining in a casual atmosphere. Executive Chef Christopher Patrick creates contemporary global cuisine with Pacific Rim influences. With Forbes Four Stars and AAA Four Diamonds, Abacus features an extensive wine list, a contemporary non-smoking atmosphere, and impeccable service. Chef's Table, Private Dining and Catering available.
Del Frisco's Grille – Uptown - We take the classic bar and grille to new heights, combining a comfortable and social atmosphere with exciting cuisine, an expansive wine list, hand-crafted cocktails, and food built to share. We celebrate the everyday and toast the every man.
We're set in vibrant Uptown Dallas, the heart of Dallas dining and social scene, just blocks from downtown. Our restaurant blends industrial and plush elements to create a stylish, social and relaxed atmosphere. Two energetic bars create a buzz throughout the restaurant unlike any other American grill, and floor-to-ceiling windows set the stage for an exciting dining experience. Our patios provide the perfect glimpse of the action on the McKinney Avenue corridor and offer some of the best al fresco dining in Dallas. We're the perfect place to meet up, drink up and soak in the atmosphere. Grab a seat and indulge in bold flavors in Big D.
Mariano's Mexican Cuisine - Best known as the birthplace of the frozen margarita machine, innovation has always been at home in our kitchen since 1971. Rediscover new, fresh flavors with the signature Frozen Sunburst Margarita. This delicious margarita features tequila infused with strawberry & mango puree. From Texas-grown chickens, Midwestern corn-fed steaks and 100% Blue Agave tequila, it's the fresh, locally sourced, quality ingredients that make Mariano's a wonderful place to dine in Dallas.
Things to do in Dallas
If you're looking for free activities with the kids, or a fun night out on the town, Dallas has so many things to do for your next BIG Adventure: from the classics like Reunion Tower and Perot Museum of Nature and Science, to new experiences in must-see spots like Trinity Groves and the Design District. Throughout Dallas, you'll find plenty of ways to fill a one, two, or even three-day trip to Dallas with performances, restaurants, and adventures!
You can make your time in Dallas even better by taking advantage of free transportation options throughout the city. Jump on the M-Line Trolley in Downtown and head out to explore Uptown and the Dallas Arts District; or find your seat aboard the D-Link, DART's free shuttle service, to begin discovering Downtown Dallas and Oak Cliff in no time. No matter where you're headed, Dallas makes it easier than ever to start exploring all of the amazing places the city has to offer!
Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park - Zero Gravity Dallas is the world's only "Thrill Amusement Park" featuring 5 different extreme thrill rides. We offer the Bungee Jump, the Nothin' But Net, Texas Blastoff, the Skycoaster and the Skyscraper. Zero Gravity is the perfect place to have parties and events.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament - A unique venue boasting a million dollar sound and light system, arena style seating that can accommodate up to 1000 guest, an authentic jousting tournament and four-course feast. Surrender to an age of bravery and honor and witness epic battles of steel and steed during our ALL-NEW SHOW. From ringside seats, discover a feast of the eyes and appetite with more action, more fun & more excitement than ever before. As you thrill to a rousing live jousting tournament, marvel at awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry, Medieval Times serves a four-course meal fit for royalty.
House of Blues Dallas - House of Blues is truly the place where food, music & art intersect!
Our lively Restaurant & Bar is located inside the world-famous House of Blues in downtown Dallas. We offer live music and iconic Southern dishes such as New Orleans jambalaya and gumbo, Low country shrimp and grits, house-smoked Carolina pulled-pork barbeque, Memphis-style baby back ribs, and Delta fried chicken amid an eclectic decor of folk art.
With a colorful array of distinctive private event spaces, House of Blues Dallas offers the perfect location to host your next corporate event, private concert, social gathering, wedding, reception or private dinner. Located in the Victory Park neighborhood, just a few blocks from the American Airlines Center and less than a mile from the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, House of Blues Dallas accommodates 20 to 2,500 guests. Our talented staff handles every detail, so you don't have to! Foundation Room VIP Club at House of Blues is the ultimate experience for true music lovers! Dazzling surroundings, luscious cocktails and personalized service are tailor-made to unleash the most untamed senses and fantasies. Foundation Room Dallas, houses exotic decor and an outside patio space that overlooks the city lights and features top DJs and recording artists from all over the world setting the mood that transforms your night past your wildest imagination.
Dallas World Aquarium - The adventure at The Dallas World Aquarium begins at the top of the rainforest exhibit, where exotic birds, such as Cocks-of-the-rock and many species of toucans, can be seen. Lounging around are Two-toed and Three-toed sloths. Endangered animals, such as Orinoco crocodiles, Giant river otters, Antillean manatees and several species of monkeys are part of the many conservation projects. The aquarium portion displays interesting marine life, including Japanese crabs, jellyfish, Leafy, Weedy and Ribbon seadragons. Black-footed and Blue penguins can be seen swimming as guests enjoy the outdoor South Africa exhibit. Sharks, rays and sawfish are only a few of the fish living in the Mundo Maya cenote. Safe from Neotropical eagles, are euphonias, tanagers and hummingbirds. Reptiles and amphibians, both of significance to the Maya culture, can be seen throughout the exhibit.
Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance - Our mission is to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Our content and programing have a profound effect on people of all ages. In 2015, more than 72,000 visitors toured the Museum and many have written, emailed or posted notes that their lives have been forever transformed by the experience. Through our exhibits and programs, visitors learn about the discrimination, deep-rooted hatred and the attempted annihilation of the Jews and the systematic persecution of others.
African American Museum - Housed in four vaulted galleries, this museum explores the African-American experience through exhibits and displays. Closed Mondays. The African American Museum is the only institution of its kind in the Southwest offering an impressive collection of African and African American art, featuring one of the largest folk art collections in the nation. It is a treasury of art and culture recognized as a vital part of the black heritage.
Dallas Theater Center - As one of the leading regional theaters in the country, we perform to an audience of more than 90,000 North Texas residents annually. We're a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and present its main stage season at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. We also present at its former residence, the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the only freestanding theater designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. We engage, entertain and inspire a diverse community by creating experiences that stimulate new ways of thinking and living by consistently producing plays, educational programs and other initiatives that are of the highest quality and reach the broadest possible constituency.
NorthPark Center - NorthPark Center is the ultimate shopping, dining and entertainment experience in the Southwest. NorthPark Center offers the finest collection of more than 235 stores and luxury designer and trendsetting boutiques including, Gucci, Bulgari, Valentino, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, CH Carolina Herrera, and top-tier anchors – Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy's, Dillard's and AMC NorthPark 15. Guests also enjoy exceptional restaurants, a world-class art collection, award-winning architecture and non-stop events.