Got the travel bug but can’t quite swing a jet-setting jaunt for your next date night? Not to worry, there are plenty ways to satisfy your sense of adventure right here in Dallas. Check out these local restaurants and bars for a much-needed getaway that’s (almost) as good as the real thing. Here are the best places to take a date in Dallas.
Barcelona Wine Bar
If you’ve been on the hunt for a true wine destination, look no further—this is your place. Situated on a side street just off bustling Henderson Avenue, this upscale concept serves Spanish-Mediterranean tapas alongside an expansive wine list that specializes in vinos from Spain and South America. Offering 40 wines by the glass and 400-plus by the bottle. Barcelona Wine Bar is one of the largest Spanish wine programs in the country. 5016 Miller Ave., barcelonawinebar.com
For late-night festivities, this Bishop Arts watering hold is the closest you’ll get to a New Orleans jazz joint in Dallas. Check out the acclaimed house band every Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5pm, or one of the countless other performances across a wide variety of genres—the venue features live music seven nights a week. Sip an Old-Fashioned or a French 75 while you enjoy the vibrant show. 412 N. Bishop Ave., revelershall.com
This Inwood Village mainstay specializes in souffles, both savory and sweet. Known for its dreamy ambiance, the bistro brings a sense of warmth that make patrons feel at home—a rare feat in the world of fine French cuisine. 5360 W. Lovers Lane, risesouffle.com
While this Harwood District hot spot is known for its stunning design, rich-hued decor and exotic ambiance, Te Deseo’s menu deserves just as much praise. Combining the flavors of Mexico with those of Peru, Argentina and Brazil, the glam resto offers a vast list of shared plates and entrees. Experience Te Deseo’s bold dishes and extensive tequila and mezcal inventory on the lively rooftop. 2700 Olive Ste., tedeseo.com
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If you’re searching for authentic Japanese cuisine, look no further than Tei-An. A Dallas staple since 2008, this Arts District restaurant/bar specializes in scratch-made soba noodles, courtesy of chef-owner and Tokyo native Tejichi Sakurai. Sip top-notch sake at Tei-An’s storied rooftop bar, or book the omakase meal to fully experience Sakurai’s culinary talents. The resto’s sleek interiors boast a Zen, minimalist style that allows the food to be front and center. 1722 Routh St., tei-an.com