10 Best Restaurants near AT&T Stadium: Tailgate in Style Like the Locals

If you're planning a big day or night at AT&T Stadium, you're in luck - this area has a wide variety of great restaurants of all cuisines and atmospheres right within walking distance or a short drive. No matter what you're in the mood for, you'll be able to dine in style before or after the Dallas Cowboys game, professional sports event or concert. Located in Arlington, Texas, this city offers visitors a ton of great restaurants.

If you're a visitor to the Dallas area and you'd like to try some of Texas' best cuisines, choose from a nearby steak or Tex-Mex restaurant. Texas Land & Cattle serves up juicy steaks and Texan specialties like brisket-stuffed jalapenos. If you're more in the mood for Tex-Mex, Mariano's serves up the best steak fajitas and frozen margaritas in the Dallas area, while the Marquez Bakery, Tortilla Factory and Restaurant has delicious street tacos and homemade tortillas.

AT&T Stadium visitors who want "game" food can go to the Mellow Mushroom for out of this world pizzas, or Tailgate Tavern, a restaurant and sports bar with a great patio and shuttles to the stadium. Another great nearby spot is Airways Hamburgers which gives budget-conscious visitors great charbroiled burgers in a casual setting.



With a slogan like, "Go Crazy, we've got napkins," Boston's Restaurant and Sports Bar in Arlington delivers on some of the best finger foods in the area. From juicy wings to mouthwatering pizzas, this local hot spot serves sports fans delicious, hearty meals before and after the big game at AT&T Stadium. Some of the most popular menu items there include starter items like bacon-wrapped steak skewers, nachos, cheese fries and wings, as well as the main dishes of burgers, gourmet pizzas and pasta, salads and flatbreads. Along with the food, Boston's Restaurant and Sports Bar has a huge bar and flatscreen televisions so patrons can catch a game outside of the stadium.


Southwestern touches and contemporary decor contribute to Blue Mesa Grill's casual ambiance. The food is utterly Tex-Mex, and the restaurant thrills diners with starters like Blue Mesa churrascaritas - skewers of marinated steak and chicken served with grilled mesa panna flatbread. Entree options range from Adobe Pie (pastry with spicy chicken, cheese, and roasted peppers) to red chile salmon tacos. Other options include blue crab and shrimp enchiladas, a mixed seafood grill, and slow-roasted, glazed chicken with grilled asparagus. Another of the restaurant's claims to fame is its tequila selection - over 100 premium options await. Don't forget the fabulous Sunday brunch either!

Looking for a casual, cost-efficient spot to grab a burger and fries before the big game at AT&T Stadium? Head on over to Airways Hamburgers, one of the best burger joints in Arlington. This classic spot features charbroiled burgers in a wide variety of options, like the old fashioned (mustard, tomato, lettuce, pickle and onion), the green chile burger with jack cheese, mushroom burger with Swiss cheese, and bacon cheeseburger. Along with traditional burgers, Airways Hamburgers also offers breakfast plates, barbecue burgers, fish burgers, steak burgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken sandwiches. The restaurant itself is older and very casual.


Pappasito's Cantina is known for serving huge platters of Tex-Mex cuisine. While the place may be a bit loud for some, meals are delicious and more than filling. Diners start off their meals with delicious homemade salsa and some of the best tortilla chips in Texas. The lively cantina's culinary creations range from mouthwatering shrimp enchiladas and Baja fish tacos to chicken flautas and quail with an ancho-honey glaze. Thanks to its versatility (and its potent margaritas), the place is popular with locals and tourists. As a result, it tends to get crowded at the close of the work day.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. the Marquez Bakery, Tortilla Factory and Restaurant is the perfect place to get your taco fix before the big game at AT&T Stadium. It's been family-owned and operated since 1990 and actually started out as a small Mexican bakery (panaderia). Since then, it has evolved into a popular restaurant and tortilla factory, so be sure to plan on getting some homemade tortillas to go while you're there. Some of the most popular menu offerings at Marquez Bakery, Tortilla Factory and Restaurant are the burritos, tacos and tortas (Mexican sandwiches). Other favorites there include the wide variety of breakfast plates like huevos rancheros, migas, barbacoa and eggs, and Mexican omelette.

Offering some of the best seafood in Arlington, the Fishbone Grill and Oyster Bar is the perfect place to tailgate or celebrate a victory. And better yet - it's within walking distance of AT&T Stadium! Diners can choose from a wide variety of fresh seafood offerings including great starters like oysters on the half shell, peel and eat jumbo shrimp, Louisiana-style crab cakes and jumbo buffalo wings. Some of the most popular main dishes there are the deep-fried catfish, shrimp, clams and crawfish, as well as blackened or grilled catfish, salmon, tilapia, shrimp and mahi mahi. Along with seafood, The Fishbone Grill & Oyster bar offers Po-Boys, salads and burgers. Fill up on this great food and mosey on over to the stadium to enjoy your game or event!

If you're in the mood for amazing pizza before the big game or event at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, look no further - the Mellow Mushroom is one of the best pizza joints in town. This eclectic pizzeria features some of the most unique pizza pies in all of North Texas. From local favorites like the Magical Mystery Tour (a pesto base pizza and crust with Button and Portobello Mushrooms, Mozzarella, Spinach, Feta and Jalapenos) to classic staples like the House Special (a red sauce base pizza with Mozzarella, Pepperoni, Sausage, Ground Beef, Ham, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Mushrooms, Black Olives, Roma Tomatoes, Green Peppers, Onions and extra cheese), your appetite will be satisfied here.


Part of the popular Hacienda Ranch chain in Dallas, Mariano's in Arlington is the best place to fill up on fajitas and margaritas before the big game or event at AT&T Stadium. The food there speaks for itself - Mariano's Hacienda definitely has the best steak fajitas in town. While it has an extensive menu with all kinds of offerings, such as tilapia and enchiladas - if you eat meat - go for the steak fajitas. You won't be disappointed - we promise! And did we mention the frozen margaritas? Mariano's actually invented the frozen margarita machine that is now housed in the Smithsonian.

Home to the second largest screen in Arlington, Texas, (AT&T Stadium fills the #1 spot), the Tailgate Tavern is the perfect place for rowdy sports to get their food and drink on before the big game. This fun spot is located just steps from AT&T Stadium and was founded by local sports fans who wanted to give others a great place to watch the game or tailgate beforehand. Along with offering bar food and drinks, Tailgate Tavern also hosts a wide variety of fun events, like Poker Nights on Thursday and Friday and Karaoke Fridays. The food there is standard bar fare - wings, nachos, burgers, etc. The atmosphere is casual and laid back - what else would you expect from a sports bar right outside the gates of AT&T Stadium?


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