It’s the weekend and time for a date night! The usual places just won’t do, so it’s time to try something new and exciting: tapas!
First, what are tapas? Originating in Spain, tapas are traditionally snacks or appetizers on small plates, served cold or hot—anything from nuts to olives to meats to vegetables and cheeses! Patrons typically order a variety to sample, thus making an entire meal. Most choose to enjoy tapas with a nice glass of wine or sangria, depending on where you visit.
Here’s where to find great tapas in Dallas:
Si Tapas | 2207 Allen, Dallas, TX 75204
You might miss Si Tapas if you don’t know it’s there. Located in a house in Uptown, it’s small, charming, and romantic. The low lights and candles make it a great Friday night date choice. We started with the garlic and shrimp and Spanish omelet, accompanied by their House Tempranillo.
Dinner was asparagus with Idiazábal cheese; rice with a fried egg and tomato sauce; sirloin with Dijon mustard; meatballs with mint sauce; and another sirloin with blue cheese sauce. Hot tip: Si Tapas Happy Hour is Monday–Thursday, 3–6pm with $3 tapas and drink specials.
Cafe Madrid | 4501 Travis St, Dallas, TX 75205
This female-owned and family-operated spot has been in Dallas for 32 years and been featured as one of D Magazine‘s “Best…“ Located in the Knox Henderson area, Cafe Madrid features a cozy dining atmosphere with an amazing outdoor seating area. Swing by on the first Friday of every month from 8–10pm and enjoy “First Friday Flamenco” with tapas, wine, sangria, and flamenco dancing! Perfect for a date night. Hours vary by day; call for reservations: 214-528-1731.
Cafe Izmir | 3711 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Cafe Izmir was opened by the Nazarys family in 1996 and has been a Dallas staple, welcoming families and community through their doors ever since. Their menu includes baba ghanoush, flavorful salads, vegetarian tapas, and Mediterranean tapas. They even have a Date Night meal for Two that you will love. We love to visit Cafe Izmir anytime, but their Customer Appreciation night on Tuesdays is one of our favorites—you can’t go wrong with discounted tapas, wine, and sangria! Make reservations here; hours vary.
Barcelona Wine Bar | 5016 Miller Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Also located in the Knox Henderson area, Barcelona Wine Bar opened in 1995 and has locations all over the country. Not only do they have an amazing lunch and dinner menu, but they also showcase a wonderful brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday. Tapas selections include whipped sheep’s cheese with truffle honey, seared scallops, and bacon-wrapped dates. Brunch features several versions of eggs benedict as well as steak and eggs. In addition to food, their menu boasts over 400 different wines, perfect for any tapas date night! Make reservations here; hours vary.