16 "Casual Weeknight Dinner" restaurants in Dallas.
A good casual weeknight dinner spot is hard to find. It’s a step above a make-your-own bowl place, but not somewhere you’ll need a reservation. It shouldn’t be too expensive, you should be able to talk instead of shout, and your dinner shouldn’t take more than an hour. These spots do it all.
Head to Katy Trail Ice House in Uptown to post up outside on their patio with friends, beers, and inevitably a burger or some tacos.
Jeng Chi in Richardson is a little far from Downtown Dallas, but is worth the drive for a long menu of great Chinese food.
Head to Mughlai in North Dallas for some Northern Indian food - come for dinner or for the lunch buffet before going to The Galleria Dallas.
Koryo Kalbi in North Dallas has plenty of Korean classic dishes, but you really come for the Korean barbecue - get the marinated short ribs.
Nalinh is a bit far in Irving and it’s half grocery store, but when you make it to the restaurant in the back, you’ll find excellent Thai food.
When you need a great burger and a comfortable booth, head to Maple & Motor, and make sure you finish with a shake too.
Suze is a neighborhood staple in Northwest Dallas, with a large outdoor space and dishes like flatbreads, salads, pastas, and fish.
Neighborhood Services in Devonshire serves comfort foods like flatbreads, pastas, and a great burger, in a dimly-lit space great for a date.
Afrah moved next door to a bigger space in Richardson, where they are are still serving excellent Lebanese food.
Yutaka is in a strip mall uptown, serves some of the best sushi in the city, and has great lunch specials.
Mot Hai Ba is a Vietnamese spot in Lakewood that’s one of the most interesting restaurants in Dallas, serving unique dishes in a sleek space.
Bubba’s in Park Cities looks like a 50s diner, has a drive-thru, and serves great fried chicken and biscuit sandwiches.
Head uptown to S&D for an old-school space and plenty of fried seafood, as well as fresh oysters.
Rafa’s has been serving Tex-Mex food for 40 years, and is just as good for a starting point for a night as a boozy brunch the next morning.
With a bright and airy space in the Design District, Sassetta is a great place for a group or a date, plus they serve pizza for every meal.