Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Fort Worth dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Fort Worth Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

8 Reata
Forced to vacate its original home after a tornado struck the city, Reata operated a catering business for two years before settling into its dramatic new location. Now operating on three floors (one of which is a rooftop garden) of a venue in Sundance Square, Reata is reclaiming its status as one of FW's best restaurants. The cuisine still honors West Texas's cowboy heritage, just as the name pays tribute to the ranch in the movie "Giant." Culinary innovation remains strong as well, as does the characteristic Texas hospitality. Popular for business lunches. Attire is casual to semi-dressy. Texas and California vintages are available. (817-336-1009)

7 Joe T. Garcia's
Folks in Fort Worth wouldn't know what to do without Joe T's. For more than 60 years, this family-owned mainstay has been serving up great Mexican fare to people from all around. Dinner entrees are basically limited to enchiladas and fajitas, but they're done so well and come in such substantial portions that no one seems to mind. Guacamole, chips and salsa, and side dishes round out the offerings. Several bars take care of the margarita need, and expansive outdoor gardens and patios house thousands of patrons regularly. In fact, the enclosed greenspace, with its plants and fountains, attracts so many that lines often circle the restaurant. (817-626-4356)

6 Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
This classy restaurant grills some of the best steaks in town; in fact, many regard it as the county's number one steakhouse. Premium beef is the seductive draw. Freshly cut when you order, steaks are cooked to a perfect sizzle and delivered hot and juicy to your table. Whether your favorite is a porterhouse or a filet mignon, you'll find it here. If steak doesn't fit your mood, there's also lobster, shrimp, salmon, and veal. Side dishes, should you desire them, are an added — though delicious — expense. The dark, romantic atmosphere makes Del Frisco's an ideal location for having a special dinner or impressing clients or in-laws. (817-877-3999)

5 Ruffino's Ristorante Italiano
Family owned by brothers Franco and Robert Albanese, this sophisticated venue is one of the area's favorite destinations for incredible Italian cuisine and a subdued, romantic ambience. Delicious fare based on tried-and-true family recipes incorporates veal, chicken, beef, and al dente pastas; soups, salads and desserts round out the offerings perfectly. Considerate, knowledgeable servers stand poised to offer suggestions and are well-versed in ingredients and preparation. The restaurant also serves a delectable crème brûlée and offers piano music on Friday and Saturday nights. (817-923-0522)

4 Cattlemen's Fort Worth Steakhouse
This venerable steakhouse has been serving great cuts of beef since 1947. The Fort Worth landmark often demands long waits, but the reward is well worth your time. The majority of the menu consists of steaks -choose your cut from a refrigerated case and have the staff cook it to your specifications. If you're not the red meat type, look for chicken, shrimp, lobster, and mountain oysters (called "lamb fries" here). Dinners come with salad, potato, and rolls to make sure you eat like a real cowboy, and at lunch, sandwiches and smaller portions are available. (817-624-3945)

3 Blue Mesa Grill
Blue Mesa's inviting atmosphere renders it an ideal place to meet family, friends, and co-workers. The menu offers extensive selections, and sweet potato chips with fire-roasted salsa are complimentary starters. You'll find enchiladas, fajitas, and quesadillas, along with grilled pork adobo, red chile salmon tacos, grilled fish, and skewers of meat and seafood. If you find yourself confronted by too many choices, try a sampler platter. The huge variety of tequilas makes for delicious margaritas, and a quesadilla "happy hour" bar runs from 4:30pm to 6:30pm Monday through Friday. Indoor and outdoor seating are available as well, and the restaurant sets up a terrific Sunday brunch buffet, too. (817-332-6372)

2 Japanese Palace
For more than a generation, this accommodating restaurant has been a Fort Worth favorite, and it fills many dining needs thanks to a prolific kitchen. Groups gather around hibachi grills, eager to take in the antics of genial chefs; other folks take advantage of traditional dining by ordering authentic dishes from the main menu. Sushi is also available, and patrons young and old flock to the Palace to sample fresh, beautiful maki, nigiri, and sashimi. Regulars make up a substantial portion of the clientele, but everyone who enters is treated with kindness and respect. Great for a jaunt away from downtown. (817-244-0144)

1 Sapristi! Bistro and Wine Bar
Owned by veterans of other Fort Worth dining successes, this upscale bistro attracts patrons who can't get enough of the flavorful Mediterranean cuisine and the social scene. Tapas dishes grant folks the chance to munch and chat while they sample the place's terrific, affordable global wines. Mussels are also much-requested, whether steamed in coconut milk, Guinness, or pesto broth. Dinner entrees include beef tenderloin, roast duck, crab cakes, walnut-crusted halibut, and chicken. Lunch adds salads, sandwiches, quiche, and other lighter fare. Desserts are a fantastic treat, although some folks are just as happy with a plate of crisp house fries, aromatic with rosemary. (817-924-7231)


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Reata 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Southwestern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Cigar Friendly, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$$
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Joe T. Garcia's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Mexican, Southwestern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
COST: $
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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Local Specialty, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Cigar Friendly, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking (bar only), Wine Cellar
COST: $$$
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Ruffino's Ristorante Italiano 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: SOUTHWEST FORT WORTH
COST: $$
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Cattlemen's Fort Worth Steakhouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Stockyards
COST: $$$
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Blue Mesa Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Latin, Mexican, Southwestern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: SOUTHWEST FORT WORTH
COST: $
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Japanese Palace 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: SOUTHWEST FORT WORTH
COST: $$
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Sapristi! Bistro and Wine Bar 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Smoking (outdoor area), Take Out
Cuisine: European, French, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: SOUTHWEST FORT WORTH
COST: $$
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