Your Guide to Uptown Dallas

The Crescent Courtyard in Uptown
  • Overview
    • “The center of everything” is a bit of a cliché, but applies here. After it was redeveloped in the 90s, Uptown grew into one of Dallas’s most sought-after areas with a trendy vibe. Uptown’s unique mashup of a business center and a sleek bar/restaurant scene means the happy hours are unmatched! Not only that, Uptown’s West Village offers popular national stores in a boutique setting, while the restaurants are both on-trend and excellent.
  • The Neighbors
    • Uptown’s mix of mid- to high-end apartments attracts a sociable mix of shoppers, happy-hour regulars, and foodies.
  • Lifestyle
    • Food
      • Pho Crimson
        • Two foodie friends joined forces to open this small Vietnamese restaurant, which offers a variety of fresh, delicious dishes. Also, it’s BYOB!
      • Truluck’s
        • This upscale restaurant, which bills itself as a “seafood, steak and crab house,” is a favorite for anniversaries, but it’s also great for a date you want to impress. Be warned that there is a dress code, so check before you go!
      • Nick & Sam’s
        • A New York-style steakhouse in Dallas? Yes, please! This restaurant, ranked by D Magazine as one of the top ten steakhouses in the city, offers an amazing selection of beef and seafood, all in a beautiful ambiance. PS – It’s great for celeb sightings, too!
      • The Capital Grille
        • Feast on steak, seafood, or the super-popular lobster mac-and-cheese at yet another restaurant that made D Magazine’s top ten list. As you may have gathered, Uptown has no shortage of excellent steakhouses right in the heart of the neighborhood!
      • Shake Shack
        • Sure, Shake Shack’s food is ah-mazing, but the real draw is the huge lawn out front with the shaded seating. Families, couples on dates, dog-lovers—they’re all here to enjoy the laid-back vibe with a side of fries.
      • Dream Café
        • This cute little restaurant brings a bit of LA’s boho vibe to Dallas. If you’re health-conscious, you’ll love the organic (but still delicious!) food. Hey, if you can’t make it to LA, at least you can pretend over fluffy pancakes?
      • The Common Table
        • This is the place for beer. Not only that, you can listen to music on the spacious patio or in a charming old house that’s been converted into a restaurant. There’s also food made from scratch—so, basically, it’s like the super-cool version of your parents’ house.
      • Drink
        • Blackfriar Pub
          • What could be better than an Irish pub with a beer garden overlooking a historic cobblestone street? There’s even a pub brunch menu for weekends. We’re in!
        • Parliament
          • This old-fashioned bar serves delicious craft cocktails. It’s tiny, though, so be prepared to wait or at least deal with a crowd.
        • Renfields Corner
          • A self-proclaimed “elevated Irish bar,” this is one of the most popular nightspots in Uptown. Don’t miss the roof deck!
        • Social House
          • This place has it all—a charming setting, 100 beers on tap, and weekend brunch. With lots of room, it’s a great place for a get-together with a group!
        • Katy Trail Ice House
          • This very dog-friendly spot bills itself as having the best burger and best patio in Dallas. The upbeat vibe and extensive beer menu make it a super-popular destination in and of itself–and the location right on the Katy Trail makes it a hotspot.
        • Entertainment
          • Live Music
            • The Rustic – As you might gather from the name, this live-music venue is “down-home.” Don’t miss the spacious patio or the extensive beer menu.
            • Beau Nash – Billed as “drinks and delicacies,” this high-end spot features craft cocktails and Texas tapas. Perfect for a date night!
          • Doggos
            • Mutts Canine Cantina – Want to get a drink with man’s best friend? Mutts Canine Cantina offers an extensive beer and food menu, dog snacks, and a dog-friendly patio. “Mutts members” can also run free in the off-leash dog park.
  • Movies
    • Magnolia Theatre – This place had us at hello. Cocktails and snacks like gourmet pizza and empanadas are served up alongside first-run and indie movies.
  • Food Festivals
    • In keeping with Uptown’s reputation as the culinary capital of Dallas, you’ll find food festivals galore.
  • Living
    • Schools
      • Check out Uptown’s private and public schools here.
    • Parks
      • Katy Trail – Jackpot! Who doesn’t want to live minutes from the recreation spot in Dallas? Whether you’re a hard-core runner or more of a leisurely dog-walker, this converted rail trail lets you connect with nature, even in the heart of the city.
      • Klyde Warren Park – This 5.2-acre park is an urban oasis offering amazing food trucks, a great playground, a dog park, and a beautiful promenade. Check out the event and class schedule for some great free activities!
      • Griggs Park – This park offers a great view of Dallas, as well as lots of dogs with owners in tow.
    • The Style
      • West Village shopping offers everything from department stores to small boutiques.
      • What are you hungry for? Chances are good that Uptown has a restaurant that does it to perfection.
    • Transportation
      • The Cityplace/Uptown station has three lines: the red, blue, and orange.
      • Sometimes, it’s just faster—and more fun—to connect with your inner kid. With Bird, just download an app and unlock an electric scooter!
      • Uptown is one of the most walkable Dallas neighborhoods—definitely a huge plus, since you can steer clear of urban gridlock and parking stress!
      • Who doesn’t like a vintage trolley? The Mckinney Trolley is free to ride—and you can even rent it for a private event.
    • Why You’ll Love It
      • Uptown is full of trendy bars and restaurants.
      • Plenty of events across a variety of interests—there’s something for everyone!
      • Simply put, it’s a beautiful area.
    • Why You Won’t
      • If you’re an introvert or you just appreciate peace and quiet, you probably won’t enjoy a neighborhood as happening as this.
      • Honestly? Uptown is so in demand that rents are among the highest in Dallas.