The Best Cheap Eats in Dallas

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Located in the Northeastern corner of Texas, Dallas represents the second-largest city in the state and the original home of the frozen margarita machine. The city has a rich history rooted in ranching, farming, and oil production before rising into an important business and financial center. Sports fans can enjoy a plethora of professional games to watch year-round. Music lovers will also find plenty of spots featuring everything from country and bluegrass to good-old rock 'n' roll. There's no shortage of fun in Dallas and just as many options for delicious, affordable food. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out when it comes to cheap eats in Dallas? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. From traditional Texan dishes to sushi and Caribbean food, check out our Tastemaker List of where to find the Best Cheap Eats in Dallas.

Restaurants:Wildwood Smoke Craft Whiskey - Southlake, Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill - Euless, NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Northpark
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Southlake, Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) Corridor, North Dallas / Addison

Wildwood Smoke Craft Whiskey - Southlake

$$$$·American·
Southlake
645 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Business Meals
Wildwood - Smoke - Craft - Whiskey, located in the Southlake neighborhood of Dallas, is a dining destination with some of the best cheap eats Dallas has to offer! It’s a perfect spRead more
98% recommended

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill - Euless

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) Corridor
261 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
For great food that won’t attack your wallet, check out the Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grill, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Corridor. It’s a modern gastropub that serves up an eRead more
86% recommended
Healthy in Dallas - Fort Worth

NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus - Northpark

$$$$·American·
North Dallas / Addison
256 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Quiet Conversation
NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus is the definition of laid-back luxe. The cafe, located on Level Three of the NorthPark Center in Neiman Marcus, features a chic and modern atmosphere withoRead more
87% recommended
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Sundown at Granada

$$$$·American·
Upper Greenville
252 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Happy Hour
Sundown at Granada, located in Upper Greenville, is a casual farm-to-table restaurant that brings extra charm to the neighborhood. Next door to the Granada Theater, it boasts an exRead more
91% recommended
Hot Spot in Dallas - Fort Worth
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TacoLingo Tex-Mex

$$$$·Tex-Mex·
Uptown
104 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
TacoLingo is the place to go for cheap tacos that won’t break the bank. Located right in the heart of Downtown Dallas, it’s a popular spot for folks who are exploring all that DallRead more
Brunch in Dallas - Fort Worth

Layered

$$$$·Breakfast·
McKinney
36 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Located on Virginia Street in the heart of downtown McKinney, Layered is a casual Breakfast, American and Israeli restaurant that serves some of the best cheap eats Dallas has to oRead more
100% recommended
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House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Dallas

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,116 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
House of Blues Restaurant and Bar is one of the best places for cheap eats in Dallas, especially if you’re looking for comfort food. They feature made-from-scratch, Southern-inspirRead more
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Sushi Zushi - Dallas

$$$$·Japanese·
Uptown
323 reviews
  • Romance
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Sushi Zushi, located on McKinney Ave in the Uptown neighborhood of Dallas, is a Japanese place that offers a totally unique, and affordable, dining experience. Come in to try autheRead more
100% recommended
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V-Eats Modern Vegan at Trinity Groves

$$$$·Vegan·
Trinity Groves
283 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Healthy
  • Good Vegetarian Options
V-Eats Modern Vegan at Trinity Groves is a cool, laid-back neighborhood restaurant that’s one of the top vegan places in Dallas. Executive chef Troy Gardner is passionate about vegRead more
89% recommended
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Public School - Addison

$$$$·American·
North Dallas / Addison
219 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Lunch
Public School is one of the trendiest spots in Dallas - Fort Worth and you’ll find in hopping with people every night of the week. Located on the bustling Belt Line Road in North DRead more

Café 43

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,202 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasions
Cafe 43, tucked into the George W. Bush Presidential Center, is a perfect place to find cheap eats in upscale digs. It’s a contemporary American restaurant that features a locally-Read more
99% recommended
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eight11 place

$$$$·American·
Frisco
263 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
If you want to try some of the best cheap eats in Dallas and also enjoy live music on a gorgeous outdoor patio, head to eight 11 Place on Main Street. A locally owned and unique AmRead more
96% recommended
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3Eleven Kitchen and Cocktails

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
270 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
3Eleven Kitchen and Cocktails is an American eatery located in the West End Historic District of Downtown Dallas. You’ll find plenty of cheap eats on the menu here, so feel free toRead more
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RA Sushi Bar Restaurant - Plano

$$$$·Japanese·
Plano
214 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
RA Sushi, located on Lone Star Drive in Plano, is the perfect place to grab a delicious bite of Japanese food without going over budget. They serve up fresh, creative Japanese-inspRead more
Hot Spot in Dallas - Fort Worth

The Heritage Table

$$$$·American·
Frisco
381 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
The Heritage Table is an elegant, but affordable restaurant located on Main Street in Frisco Texas. Located in a 1917 converted Victorian Home, this eatery is all about delivering Read more
97% recommended
Best Service in Dallas - Fort Worth
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Mexican Bar Company

$$$$·Mexican·
Plano
279 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Fit for Foodies
For amazing cheap eats in Plano, located in the suburbs just outside Dallas, head to Mexican Bar Co. Cocina! They offer a full scope of Mexican food, including handmade corn tortilRead more
90% recommended
Hot Spot in Dallas - Fort Worth

Bazille - Nordstrom NorthPark Center

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Park Cities
606 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
When you’re in the mood for affordable American food with a contemporary twist, you can’t go wrong with Bazille. Located on the third floor of upscale North Park Center in North DaRead more
98% recommended
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Chelsea Corner

$$$$·American·
Uptown
244 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
Chelsea Corner, located in the Uptown neighborhood of Dallas, is a casual dining spot known fro its great cheap eats. It’s once again in the original location on the famous corner Read more
95% recommended
Best Value in Dallas
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Ivy Kitchen - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
North Dallas / Addison
418 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
Looking for a great eatery that serves both sushi and steak and won’t cost you an arm and a leg? You’re in luck! IVY Kitchen, located in North Dallas/Addison, is one of the city’s Read more
94% recommended
Brunch in Dallas - Fort Worth

Pink Magnolia - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Oak Cliff / Bishop Arts
710 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
  • Cosy
Pink Magnolia, located on Davis Street in the Bishop Arts District, is one of the best spots to go for cheap eats in Dallas. The restaurant takes inspiration from the magnolia flowRead more
83% recommended
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