Whether you’re in Fort Worth for the annual Stock Show and Rodeo or a Texas Christian University football game, you have many great options for where to eat in Fort Worth. Fort Worth is a vibrant, artistic, young city where many creative chefs come to show off their talents and make a name for themselves.
The best thing about dining in Fort Worth is that you can sample some top dishes of many authentic cuisines. Since Fort Worth is the cattle capital, you can find excellent steaks. There’s a strong hunting culture as well, so look for unique cuts of meats and chops. Don’t forget that you’re in the south, so there’s plenty of down-home southern comfort food.
In this article, we’ve selected the best of the best of Cowtown cuisine. Whether you live locally and are looking for a new favorite spot, seeking to wow a special someone dining with fine dining, or need a family-friendly spot after a day of exploring, we’ve got you covered with these options below.
Best Restaurants in Fort Worth
- Little Red Wasp
- Lonesome Dove Bistro
- The Capital Grille
- Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
- Ellerbe Fine Foods
- Lili’s Bistro
- Reata Restaurant
- Rodeo Goat
- Saint-Emilion Restaurant
- Texas de Brazil
- Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine
- Clay Pigeon
- rise n°3
- Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Little Red Wasp
808 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: (817) 877-3111
Located in the heart of Sundance Square, the Little Red Wasp is the self-proclaimed alter-ego of Grace Restaurant (see below). It has a more laid-back vibe and casual atmosphere but adheres to the same standards for food and service. It’s one of the best places to eat in Fort Worth.
They serve upgraded and creative takes on comfort and southern classics and are widely lauded for their innovative and delicious bar menu. They’re also known for their wide variety of local beers (Fort Worth has a thriving beer culture) on tap that also rotates seasonally.
Little Red Wasp’s most popular menu items include fried chicken, mac and cheese with barbecue pulled pork, and pork shank carnitas with jalapeno slaw. They also have several “fork and knife” sandwiches.
Locals love their brunch, which features classics like homemade French toast and local specialties like chilaquiles and chicken fried chicken with eggs.
777 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: (817) 877-3388
Grade Modern American Cuisine is the sister restaurant to Little Red Wasp, and it’s much more upscale. If you’re looking for a formal dining experience to celebrate a special occasion, Grace is ideal. It employs some of Cowtown’s best chefs and sommeliers. Reservations are strongly recommended, though you can try sitting at the bar and enjoy the special small plates bar menu.
Grace specializes in steaks and chops and has many classic cuts. They also have unique and creative appetizers, such as lamb belly dumplings and citrus poached shrimp. Finally, their wine list will impress even the most knowledgeable oenophile.
Lonesome Dove Bistro
2406 N Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76164
You’ll find Lonesome Dove Bistro in the heart of the Stockyards District. It’s local celebrity chef Tim Love’s flagship restaurant, and it represents his urban western cuisine. Like Grace, it’s a more upscale restaurant, and we recommend reservations.
It’s a quintessentially Texas experience, and the restaurant has won many awards and has been featured in national publications like Southern Living and Wine Spectator.
Lonesome Dove specializes in unique chops and meats, like Rocky Mountain elk loin and the famous Wagyu tomahawk ribeye. In addition, taste appetizers such as rabbit and rattlesnake sausage, wild boar ribs, and blue corn lobster hushpuppies.
The Capital Grille
800 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
You can expect a refined atmosphere at this restaurant located on Main Street in the heart of Sundance Square. The Capital Grille is a national chain of fine dining restaurants, and the Fort Worth location lives up to its stellar reputation. Their menu features upscale American food, including steaks, seafood, and fine wines and liquors.
The Capital Grille has a local menu of chef’s selections, including porcini rubbed bone-in ribeye with 15 years aged balsamic and bone-in Kona crusted dry-aged NY strip with shallot butter. Or enjoy classic menu items like pan-seared sea bass with miso butter and jumbo lump crab cocktail.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
3100 W 7th St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: (817) 336-8000
Located near the Fort Worth Botanical Garden, the Kimball Art Museum, and West 7th Entertainment Center, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood specializes in traditional American steaks and seafood. They also have an impressive wine list.
At Eddie V’s, you can expect impeccable service and a semi-formal atmosphere, though they offer a happy hour menu with food and drinks in their lounge as well as live music.
Their menu features favorites like a shellfish tower, iceberg wedge BLT, Mediterranean branzino, and filet mignon. They also have menus of “indulgences” and cocktails with attitude.
Ellerbe Fine Foods
1501 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Phone: (817) 926-3663
Ellerbe Fine Foods is located in the Near Southside neighborhood on historic Magnolia Avenue, one of the city’s most charming districts. Ellerbe seamlessly blends farm-to-table with upscale foods, but the restaurant itself has an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. It was a 2020 James Beard Award semi-finalist.
Ellerbe’s chef constantly changes the menu items to reflect what’s local, fresh, and in-season. The restaurant sources locally as much as possible, so if you’re looking for an authentic North Texas experience, this is it. Try some of their favorites, like J&L Farm melon salad, Copper River sockeye salmon, or pecan wood-grilled steak.
4400 White Settlement Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76114
Phone: (817) 732-9535
Gemelle is Tim Love’s latest creation in honor of his twin daughters. “Gemelle” is Italian for twin girls, and the menu features fresh and fun Euro-American cuisine.
The entire restaurant is designed as a relaxed hang-out spot for friends and family groups, with young women in mind particularly. Lounge on the outdoor couches while you enjoy one of their signature cocktails, such as the limoncello spritz or the Milanese morning.
The menu features Italian favorites with fresh, local twists. There’s antipasti, pizza, salads, and pasta dishes. There’s also a menu of daily specials like Wednesday’s chili-rubbed lamb chops or scrumptious seared pork Osso Bucco on Sundays. They also serve brunch and often have live musicians.
1310 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Phone: (817) 877-0700
You’ll also find Lili’s Bistro in the Near Southside neighborhood, specializing in down-home comfort food. They state that they aren’t reinventing the wheel but instead stick to tried-and-true methods with fresh ingredients. The atmosphere is incredibly laid-back; Lili’s truly wants its patrons to feel comfortable, like they’re at home.
Their menu features salads, small plates, and sides, in addition to a vegetarian menu and dinner plates. Try the duck sausage bites (small plate), scallops and dirty risotto, harvest gnocchi, and much more. They also have delicious homemade desserts in addition to a large selection of wine and beer. In response to Covid, they also have a to-go or delivery menu for home and office.
310 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: (817) 336-1009
Located in the Sundance Square district, Reata Restaurant takes traditional Texas cuisine to a new level. They strive to create an atmosphere of sophisticated elegance. There are several options for dining and drinking at Reata, including the classy bar, the polished dining room, and the rooftop (partially enclosed) with breathtaking city views.
Their menu features upscale Texas cuisine with delicious steaks, chops, and seafood. Try the jalapeno cilantro-crusted Texas redfish, Reata’s chicken fried steak with cracked pepper cream gravy, or the West Texas pecan pie for dessert.
2836 Bledsoe St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: (817) 877-4628
Rodeo Goat is a casual burger joint near the Cultural District and West 7th neighborhoods. However, there’s nothing casual about their incredible burgers.
Their burgers also have creative names, like the Bad Hombre with caramelized onions, maple bacon, mango pico, or the Hot Bastard with habanero cheddar and marinated Fresno peppers. They also have a vast menu of beers, local and national.
Rodeo Goat has a rustic, laid-back feel and a monumental outdoor space that’s dog-friendly. They frequently feature live music. It’s a fun place to eat and hang out at a picnic table with friends.
3617 W 7th St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: (817) 737-2781
We’re beyond thrilled that Saint-Emilion has reopened after more than a year so that they can continue to wine and dine their limited number of guests each night. They blend casual bistro with fine French cuisine seamlessly.
Reservations are strongly recommended for this unique dining experience, in which the chef caters to your tastes while showcasing their creative talents.
Texas de Brazil
101 N Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: (817) 882-9500
You’ll love Texas de Brazil if you like Brazilian steakhouses, which gives this traditional cuisine a Lone Star spin. The restaurant is enormous, but it manages to maintain a quintessentially Fort Worth blend of elegant and casual at the same time.
Some of Texas de Brazil’s unique menu items include bacon-wrapped filet mignon, parmesan drumettes, and herb-marinated pork loin. You can also dine entirely just on their salad bar, which features such dishes as malagueta peppers and farofa.
113 S Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Phone: (682) 255-5425
Tinie’s features upscale authentic Mexican food served near Sundance Square. It has a bustling, lively atmosphere, but the staff still gives guests a personal touch with great recommendations, friendly service, and laid-back vibes.
Their dinner menu features Mexican favorites done simply and deliciously, like achiote roasted pork, shrimp ceviche, and queso that’s to die for. They also have an expansive mezcal and tequila selection and brunch menu. Or, stop in for Taco Tuesday specials.
Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine
4259 Bryant Irvin Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: (817) 738-5489
Bonnell’s is a Fort Worth institution, and they helped pioneer the farm-to-table concept. They brilliantly blend several cuisine styles, especially southwestern, Mexican, and Creole.
This fine dining establishment has a friendly yet formal atmosphere. Some of their best dishes include Texas-raised beef, Gulf seafood, and unique in-season game. They also have an impressive wine list and dishes for every palate.
2731 White Settlement Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: (817) 882-8065
Located near University Park, Clay Pigeon is a fine dining restaurant whose menu is inspired by local, in-season ingredients.
Their limited menu features some of the region’s best, including grilled bone marrow, house-made pasta with short rib ragu, grilled duck breast, and a selection of steaks and chops. They have a gorgeous outdoor patio and maintain a refined yet friendly atmosphere.
5135 Monahans Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: (817) 737-7473
This restaurant specializes in souffles of all kinds, from sweet to savory to spicy and more. If you love this dish, then you’ll love rise n3, located on the west side of Fort Worth.
Their menu features such delectable dishes as herb and spicy sausage souffle or Tara’s escargot souffle. They also have a limited number of regular entrees. The vibe is similar to a relaxed, classic French bistro.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
812 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone: (817) 877-3999
Located near the Convention Center, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle is one of the best steakhouses in Fort Worth, and that’s certainly saying something. Their sophisticated restaurant is decorated in deep woods, with photos of famous patrons lining the walls.
Their menu features everything you would expect from a classic steakhouse, including steaks and chops, seafood, and other refined American favorites.
No visit to Fort Worth is complete without sampling some of the delectable food Cowtown has to offer. Whatever your taste and dining preferences, you’re sure to find a new favorite eatery among the many Fort Worth restaurants! Don’t forget to check out nearby Dallas as well for more amazing dining opportunities.
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