This expansive area is home to a mix of urban and diverse neighborhoods with tree-lined streets, trendy galleries and boutiques, moving cocktail spots and savory restaurants.
Plan Your Trip To Central Dallas
Catch a game, dinner and drinks all in one place! Victory Park is the place to celebrate a Dallas Mavericks or Dallas Stars win or enjoy some fresh air after a concert.
At interstate 75 (north central expressway), Knox Street to the west becomes Henderson Avenue to the east. Regardless of which direction you choose, prepare for sensory tantalization in one of the city’s most exciting shopping, dining, and nightlife districts.
Though there are boutiques peppered throughout Uptown, the largest concentration of national and local retailers, restaurants, and bars is at this outdoor shopping destination, spanning several city blocks.
Comfortably located between Uptown and Victory Park, Harwood is home to a handful of unique restaurant concepts and one impressive museum amongst the buzz of nearby gardens and art-filled lobbies.
Places to Eat in Uptown
Three of Dallas' best-known celebrity chefs have restaurant concepts in Uptown. Kent Rathbun's Abacus, Dean Fearling's namesake restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton finds food lovers from all over the world making pilgrimages daily.
This restaurant combines Lebanese and Moroccan styles inspired by street food cooking ideas to serve food that lets you escape. Located in the West Village, Baboush is a great place to go if you're craving authentic and modern Eastern Mediterranean and Moroccan style food.
The Backyard at Social House Uptown
More than just a patio, this is an adult playground with giant Jenga, bubble soccer and trash can pong to go with the 100 beers on tap.
Bisous Bisous Patisserie
Pastry Chef Andrea Meyer specializes in French-style pastries that are made fresh. Stop by for a macaroon in your favorite flavor and enjoy it on their quaint patio set up before your next shopping stop in West Village.
Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar
Updated steakhouse fare and imaginatively topped burgers pair with traditional and unexpected sides (try the cast iron chorizo corn or crispy brussel sprouts) with a slice of Coca Cola Fudge Cake for dessert.
Seasonally inspired cuisine with global flavors are the highlight at this intimate Henderson space. Beef tartare, fried olives and veal cheeks are among the biggest hits.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Where ingredients and craft come together is where Hopdoddy places itself in the burger making world. Located on McKinney Avenue and winner of the best French fries in town in 2015, the home-made buns make the Double Stack worth every penny.
For authentic Vietnamese cuisine, try Malai Kitchen. The menu features a variety of specialty options like Vietnamese meatballs and Thai tacos, as well as classic meals like Shrimp Pad Thai and curry bowls.
Mutt's Canine Cantina
Finally, a bar for dogs and the people who love them. Pooches are welcome on-leash at the patio or off-leash in the one-acre park with daily membership.
Pok The Raw Bar
Pok The Raw Bar serves signature poké bowls that are made with fresh, local ingredients and loaded with tons of flavor. Try the spicy tuna or tofu and pair your meal with a fresh Matcha tea or glass of wine for the perfect pairing.
S&D Oyster Company
This New Orleans-style seafood restaurant brings the tastes of the Gulf to Uptown. Located on the corner of McKinney Avenue and Boll Street, S&D Oyster Company has a menu full of seafood options from Fried Oysters and Shrimp to Broiled Flounder and Trout.
Authentic Spanish Tapas can be found at Si Tapas. Whether hot or cold, this restaurant has it all. Located on Allen Street near US 75, Si Tapas mixes tapas with fine wines to create an exquisite dining experience. Don't leave without checking out their patio and their fantastic view of Downtown Dallas.
Tacos and Tequila
In a place where the motto is "simple is best," Tacos and Tequila serves a variety of tequilas and a combination of tacos, burritos, and other favorites. Located in the Quadrangle in Uptown, this restaurant has garage parking and a killer brunch.
This contemporary Japanese dining and sushi restaurant is one of the best in the city. Located on Randall and Maple, Uchi is the downstairs restaurant, while Top Knot is the upstairs restaurant. Uchi offers a variety of fish that can make your head spin if not prepared for the experience.
Wild About Harry's
Whether it's 100 degrees outside or a rare chilly day in Dallas, locals know the key to happiness is a cup of frozen custard and a hot dog from this neighborhood favorite.
Places to Drink in Uptown
Authentic local beers and cocktails, homestyle meals, and a great backyard that regularly hosts local and national artists, make The Rustic the ideal hangout spot. With a relaxed casual atmosphere, it's a place where anyone can feel at home.
Nickel and Rye
This contemporary whiskey bar is usually filled after 10pm, making it one of the busiest bars in Dallas. Enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail, local beer or rye whiskey, and order some grub – the nickel brisket nachos or spicy crab dip are perfect to munch on while you sip on your favorite drink.
The Standard Pour
The Standard Pour is a restaurant and bar that mixes contemporary and old-fashioned vibe into one. They've got an extensive cocktail menu, with great happy hour specials daily. Try their late-night bar menu for deviled eggs or a soft pretzel, or go for brunch on the weekend for southern-style specialties.
State & Allen Kitchen + Bar
This restaurant and bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink on their large outdoor patio. They serve specialty cocktails and a great wine list, as well as delicious foods from salads, sandwiches, pizza and burgers.
Tate's is the go-to spot to grab a drink any day of the week. Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails and to-die-for bar food like the chili cheese dogs and jalapeno meatballs. It's small, but cozy so make some new friends on busier days.
The Ginger Man
The Ginger Man bar serves premium beer in a comfortable setting. From the laid-back beer garden to the upstairs library, there's a lot to see here. Go on a Wednesday for Bring Your Own Vinyl Day.
This bar is unlike any spot in Dallas. It's got great seating both indoor and outdoor, six large flat screens, live music and a mechanical bull – obviously, a must-do after having a couple drinks.
Concrete Cowboy is sports bar during the day and a nightclub after dark. For the best experience, go on a Saturday night and enjoy live music and DJ's and an overall great time in the city.
Black Friar Pub
This Irish pub is a Dallas favorite. Enjoy its expansive patio and beer garden, while dining on the fish and chips or pistachio fried chicken. They've also got cheeseboards, served with olives and crackers – perfect to pair with wine.
Happiest Hour is Dallas' largest outdoor patio bar and lounge, with yummy cocktails, craft beers and a delicious food menu with plenty of options to satisfy and craving. It's located right near the American Airlines Center, making for the perfect spot to grab drinks before or after a game or concert.
Shopping in Uptown
In between women's boutiques and resale shops, sits an unassuming little house. Inside, shoppers delight in made-to-measure shirts, slacks and suits that can be shipped directly to customers in about four weeks.
Krimson & Klover
This Victorian home holds the latest in women's fashion trends from dresses to stunning accessories.
Froggie's 5 & 10
Toys, games and gags for kids and kids at heart bring a smile to the faces of anyone who walks into this cheery space.
Offering everything from furniture and accessories for entertaining to bath products and beautiful books, this gift shop is a one-stop wonderland of carefully curated must-haves.
Arts & Culture in Uptown
Uptown is home to a handful of art galleries, including The MAC (McKinney Avenue Contemporary) – a gallery dedicated to showcasing visual art in all forms and supports emerging and established local, regional and international artists. Bivins Gallery focuses on post-war, abstract expressionist and contemporary art, while David Dike Fine Art specializes in Texas, American and European art.
The Uptown theater scene has no shortage of entertainment. Kitchen Dog Theater challenges its audience to explore questions of justice, morality and human freedom with thought-provoking performances. Uptown Players put on top-notch productions in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed and historic Kalita Humphreys Theater. And Theatre Three has been home to Tony Award-winning classic plays and musicals for over 50 seasons.
Part of Landmark Theatres – the nation's largest theatre chain dedicated to showcasing independent films – The Magnolia is the perfect place to watch first-run blockbuster and arthouse films.
The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
The Institute hosts a variety of events, programs and educational classes to connect the community with the humanities and culture of the city.
Museum of Geometric & MADI Art
The museum is the first of its kind with a concentration on MADI art. Art on display is represented by artists from all over the world throughout the permanent collection of the museum. Admission to the museum is free.
Join the locals and jog the Katy Trail. The 3.5-mile trail starts in Victory Park and goes north through Uptown before crossing over North Central Expressway and into Mockingbird Station. After your run, enjoy brunch on the patio at the Katy Trail Ice House as you watch the runners, walkers and bikers come and go.
There's always a party at one of the many LGBT-geared bars and clubs on Cedar Springs. Grab happy hour drinks at JR's Bar & Grill, or Woody's. Dance the night away at S4, Sue Ellen's, or TMC. Two-step with the cowboys of The Round-Up Saloon. Or take in one of the elaborate drag shows at the Rose Room inside S4.