Time for a 2021 update to this list! Note: All of these spots were chosen because they have private event options, but depending on your party size, you can often get away with a regular reservation.
This restored historic building/restaurant on McKinney Avenue has a spacious backyard patio and a couple different indoor private event areas. They recently updated their Garden Room furnishings to be lighter and brighter, i.e. even more perfect for your next baby shower. We put this spot on our Mother’s Day Brunch roundup. In fact, most of the places on that list would be great for a baby shower too!
This Richardson tea room is legendary for showers. They offer items like salad samplers and pastries in a highly shabby chic environment. I’ve seen maybe three men in here in my life—ladies all the way. The private room gets snapped up quickly, but you can choose to do your shower in the main dining area, of course. FYI, they have second location in Plano tucked inside High Street Antique Mall.
3. Flea Style
You’ve got options at this Deep Ellum event space, from the adorable Hat Party package (priced per person) to a simple venue rental (priced by the hour). See the link for photos, details, and FAQs on events. Note: There’s a Frisco location at The Star with even more party package options.
4. La Duni
La Duni has carved out quite a niche for themselves as a go-to shower spot. In the last year, they downsized to only the McKinney Avenue location but still offer a variety of private dining options. See the links for extensive info on booking, what you can/can’t bring, pricing, etc. Afternoon tea services are a more affordable option, offered daily from 3:30-5pm with no minimums.
5. SERVE House
This cute little house in the Bishop Arts District used to be a coffee shop but recently transitioned into a full-time event space. Their website is ultra informative, with photos, pricing, FAQs, and lots more. A great spot if you’re looking to BYOF (does anyone use that for “bring your own food”?).
6. Elm & Good
Located in The Pittman Hotel in Deep Ellum, Elm & Good serves upscale American in a sophisticated environment. They have two private dining rooms, each available with an adjacent outdoor terrace, for groups of 10-30 (or you can rent the entire space for a larger event).
This Coppell farmhouse gives major Joanna Gaines vibes. The menu includes fancy coffees, wines, bites, and boards. Reserve the Carriage House or the Library if you want a more private party space. See the link for rental details. Closed Sundays.
Everyone loves the chill atmosphere at this Oak Lawn gastropub, and with indoor and outdoor seating options, you’re sure to find something perfect. Opt for a small brunch party in the beer garden or reserve space for a larger private event. See details on special event offerings here.
Party down with some southern comfort food at Whistle Britches. They have locations in Dallas and Plano, both excellent for celebrating a special occasion. At their website you’ll find a private party inquiry form (complete with photos), which they recommend for groups of 8 or more.
10. The Henry
The Henry is a stylish space in Downtown Dallas with a great upstairs patio. In their own words: The Henry beckons you in with a timeless vibe, a blend of Gatsby-era elegance and modern industrial cool. They have several different private dining options and a menu featuring new American cuisine. See their Group Dining brochure here.
Bonus: Hudson House
Had to add one more because I’m very into the design and ambiance of the newest Hudson House location in Lakewood. Their private Pineapple Room deserves a mention!