The More the Merrier: Ten Top Spots for Dining with a Group in Dallas

Looking for the perfect place to host a dinner party or business dinner? Or maybe just a spot to feed a hungry crew? No worries, Dallas offers plenty of solid options to accommodate a group, no matter the size or the budget. All it takes is a little planning and a point in the right direction.

In the mood to go casual? Then you have options: There’s Meso Maya, a cavernous cantina that not only cranks out killer Mexican food and margaritas, it also offers an ideal place to host a fiesta for you and 200 of your best pals. Or if you want a place that has something for everyone, head over to The Lot, a family-friendly beer garden restaurant featuring a massive outdoor space complete with communal tables, play areas and good pub grub that won’t break the bank. 

For those times that call for a celebration, celebrity chef Dean Fearing’s namesake eatery at the Ritz is the place to go. The restaurant is known for its modern Southwestern cuisine and it offers six different group dining spaces, including an option to sit in the chef’s kitchen where you can take in all the behind-the-scenes action.

If it's a big, juicy steak your gang craves, look no further than Knife, John Tesar's temple to meat in the Highland Dallas hotel. The menu offers a slew of sharable options and plenty of room for groups to have a meat-up en masse. And it’s hard to imagine a more fitting spot to host a dinner in style than SER, a swish rooftop steakhouse boasting mouthwatering steaks, an extensive wine list, private dining rooms and a killer view to boot.

Speaking of views, there’s Savor, a gorgeous glass-walled restaurant in Klyde Warren Park that features a seasonally-inspired menu and options for accommodating up to 200 guests.

So for those occasions when a quiet corner table for two just won’t do, you can rest assured that the following restaurants know how to treat groups well and also have the right space to accommodate them.


East Dallas
The Lot
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Finding a restaurant to please a large group can be tricky. Finding a restaurant that's as pleasing for adults as it is for kids is even trickier. Enter The Lot, a beer garden eatery with a wallet-friendly menu (nachos, tacos, BBQ brisket sliders, burgers, rotisserie chickens), a killer beer list and a massive outdoor space complete with play areas for kids, adults and their pooches. It's all first come, first served, but you can book the backyard space for parties up to 200 people with a food and beverage guarantee starting at $500.

Meso Maya Downtown
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From top-shelf margaritas to a cracking selection of Mexican fare, everything at this cavernous cantina is blow-your-mind delicious. The menu covers all the Tex-Mex favorites (nachos, enchiladas and tacos) as well as modernized interior Mexican specialties like Cochinita Pibil and Budin Azteca, a Mexican take on lasagna. Best of all, not only can you easily snag a reservation online for eight, the restaurant also offers private indoor and semi-private patio dining options, along with set menus, for parties of 34 all the way up to 200.

Y. O. Ranch Steakhouse Dallas
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Named for a legendary Hill Country ranch, this sprawling downtown mainstay is as famous for its steaks as it is for it's selection of wild game. It also offers a variety of private spaces to host a Texan-style shindig for anywhere from 20-300 people. Or if you need to go big, just rent out the entire restaurant, which affords you the option of having a seated dinner for 275 or a snazzy cocktail party for 350 guests. Want to plan a smaller get-together for you and your gang? No problem, groups up to twelve can simply book online.

The Theodore
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Upscale burgers, pizzas and sandwiches: Check. Innovative sharable plates: Check. Killer cocktails: Check. Behold The Theodore-- a handsome looker of an eatery with multiple dining areas and a crowd-pleasing menu to boot. The restaurant takes online reservations for groups of 10 in the main dining areas. There's also a cool private room hidden behind a sliding bookcase that's ideal for an intimate party of 12. Or you can go all the way and rent out the entire restaurant, which is large enough to accommodate up to 100 of your closest pals.

Knife Dallas
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When your group outing calls for a meat-up, you can't go wrong with celebrity chef John Tesar's swanky steakhouse inside the Highland Dallas hotel. For starters, the place serves up some of the most flavorful cuts of meat in the city, most of which has been dry-aged for 45 to 240 days. The menu offers a slew of sharable options as well, including house-made charcuterie and an 18-hour braised crispy pig's head served with tortillas and salsa. Plus, not only can you reserve a table online for 10 guests in the main dining room, the restaurant also has impeccable areas available for big groups, ranging from an outdoor terrace to a private dining room with a fireplace and lounge.

The Woolworth
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Situated in the building which originally housed a Woolworth five-and-dime, this sleek downtown drinking den is as popular for its crafted cocktails as it is for its crowd-pleasing menu. Expect to find a slew of shared options (lobster fondue, ahi tuna wontons, sliders) as well as everything from gourmet sandwiches and tacos to steak and fish. And what makes the place even more appealing is that it's housed in a large loft-like space with amazing views and a variety of cozy seating options that can easily accommodate fifteen of your besties. Should you prefer something more private, you can opt for the wood-paneled library (for 10-50 guests) that comes with a food and beverage minimum starting at $500. Oh, and did we mention the kitchen caters to gluten-free diners?

Ocean Prime-Dallas
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Want to feast on succulent crustaceans in swanky surrounds? Look no further than Ocean Prime, a sprawling, high-end surf 'n' turf spot offering everything from seafood towers, sushi and lobster tails to prime cuts of steak, signature cocktails and a Wine Spectator-honored wine list. And not only does the dining room seat 400, but the restaurant features four private dining spaces in addition to an expansive outdoor terrace. Another plus is that there's daily food specials, weekly happy hours and live piano bar entertainment on offer every weekend.

Savor Gastropub
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With its sweeping views of Klyde Warren Park and the Dallas Arts District, this glass-encased jewel box is a spectacular dining destination, if only for the setting alone. But fortunately the food (think globally inspired seasonal fare) is good and totally made for sharing, plus the restaurant can easily accommodate groups of six to 200 guests. Want to throw a burger bash instead? No problem, Relish, Savor's companion kiosk, can set you up with a buffet style banquet in the park, complete with gourmet burgers, hot dogs and all the fixings.

Photo courtesy of Fearing's

Arguably one of Dallas' most celebrated restaurants, Fearing's is where to go when you want to inject a bit of Texan-style glamour to your evening soiree. Located in the swanky Ritz Carlton, the restaurant boasts a plethora of different spaces to entertain from 8 to 80 people, including a formal dining room with soaring ceilings; an intimate wine cellar; a romantic glass pavilion and a dreamy moonlit patio. As for the food, expect to find innovative Southwestern fare featuring everything from carnita street tacos and grilled antelope to chicken fried Maine lobster. And the vegetarian menu is no slack either. Best seats in the house? Dean's Kitchen, where you and seven of your best pals can have a ringside view of all the action.

SER Steak + Spirits
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When it comes to hosting a group in style, this spacious rooftop steakhouse is hard to beat. For a start, it's located on the twenty-seventh floor of the Hilton Anatole, so it's hard not to have a good time when you're surrounded by spectacular skyline views. Second, it boasts some of the best steaks in town, including a phenomenal 32-ounce black Angus tomahawk that's been dry aged for 28 days. Thirdly, it's perfect for hosting a classy get-together: In addition to the main dining area, SER offers four elegantly appointed private rooms that can accommodate from 25 to 150 people. The restaurant also hosts wine dinners for groups of twenty or more, which includes a four to five course menu complete with wine pairings. And for those times when your dinner plans for two turn into a party of twelve? No problem, SER typically has the space to accommodate your group– even when it's a last-minute outing.


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