Uptown Dallas Neighborhood Guide

Uptown is a happening district in Dallas that boasts a unique and vibrant restaurant and bar scene. From sports bars to posh global bistros and cool cocktail lounges, there is something to please any palate. The free vintage trolley that runs along McKinney Avenue is a great way to explore the area, passing by high-end fashion and chic western wear boutiques. For those looking for an outdoor adventure, the Katy Trail is perfect for joggers and cyclists. Not only does it skirt Turtle Creek, but it also passes parks, beer gardens and the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art. Uptown is truly a destination with something for everyone.

Overview

“The center of everything” is a bit of a cliché, but applies here. After it was redeveloped in the 90s, Uptown grew into one of Dallas’s most sought-after areas with a trendy vibe. Uptown’s unique mashup of a business center and a sleek bar/restaurant scene means the happy hours are unmatched! Not only that, Uptown’s West Village offers popular national stores in a boutique setting, while the restaurants are both on-trend and excellent.

The Neighbors

Uptown’s mix of mid- to high-end apartments attracts a sociable mix of shoppers, happy-hour regulars, and foodies.

Upscale Uptown

Upscale Uptown

Upscale Uptown is a walkable, bustling neighborhood filled with multi-purpose developments that combine retail and living spaces. Cityplace Center provides condos and enterprises attractive to younger professionals.

McKinney Avenue

McKinney Avenue

McKinney Avenue serves as the principal road in this locale, and local people can appreciate a free excursion on the renowned trolley line into the downtown Dallas Arts region. Cafes, nightclubs, bars and spas coexist with the West Village shopping sector having retro and boutique shops and spirited galleries. Stanley Korshak department store is also a fundamental part of this area.

Griggs Park

Griggs Park

A dynamic art milieu and stylish shopping preferences make this an animated, burgeoning area where inhabitants can avoid their autos and meander the vivid streets. Griggs Park is a core of the area for outdoor leisure and community events.

Food

Pho Crimson Cafe

3000 Blackburn St #140c, Dallas, TX 75204
Pho Crimson

Two foodie friends joined forces to open this small Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Crimson, which offers a variety of fresh, delicious dishes. Also, it’s BYOB!

Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab

2401 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab

Truluck’s is an upscale restaurant, which bills itself as a “seafood, steak and crab house,” is a favorite for anniversaries, but it’s also great for a date you want to impress. Be warned that there is a dress code, so check before you go!

Nick & Sam's Steakhouse

3008 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201, United States
Nick & Sam's Steakhouse

New York-style steakhouse in Dallas? Yes, please! Nick & Sam’s, ranked by D Magazine as one of the top ten steakhouses in the city, offers an amazing selection of beef and seafood, all in a beautiful ambiance. PS – It’s great for celeb sightings, too!

The Capital Grille

800 Main StreetFort Worth, TX 76102
The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille feast on steak, seafood, or the super-popular lobster mac-and-cheese at yet another restaurant that made D Magazine’s top ten lists you may have gathered, Uptown has no shortage of excellent steakhouses right in the heart of the neighborhood!

Shake Shack

2500 N Pearl St, Dallas, TX 75201
Shake Shack

Sure, Shake Shack’s food is ah-mazing, but the real draw is the huge lawn out front with the shaded seating. Families, couples on dates, dog-lovers—they’re all here to enjoy the laid-back vibe with a side of fries.

Dream Café

2811 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Dream Café

Dream Café is a cute little restaurant brings a bit of LA’s boho vibe to Dallas. If you’re health-conscious, you’ll love the organic (but still delicious!) food. Hey, if you can’t make it to LA, at least you can pretend over fluffy pancakes?

Baboush

3636 McKinney Ave #160, Dallas, TX 75204
Baboush

Baboush mixes Moroccan and Lebanese cooking techniques. A terrific choice if you're in the mood for some delicious and contemporary Eastern Mediterranean and Moroccan cuisine.

S & D Oyster Company

2701 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
S & D Oyster Company

S & D Oyster Company is a New Orleans-style seafood restaurant is a true delight for seafood lovers, bringing the unique flavors of the Gulf to Uptown. It has a menu full of seafood options from Fried Oysters and Shrimp to Broiled Flounder and Trout

Uchi

2817 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
Uchi

Uchi is a contemporary Japanese dining and sushi restaurant is one of the best in the city. A delicate balance of elevated food and impeccable service, Uchi offers non‑traditional Japanese cuisine with signature tastings, sushi, and a seasonal omakase.

Drink

Blackfriar Pub

2621 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Blackfriar Pub

What could be better than an Irish pub with a beer garden overlooking a historic cobblestone street? Blackfriar Pub is a popular hangout in a wood-frame house & garden, with beer, cocktails & pub grub with a Texas twist.

Parliament

2418 Allen St, Dallas, TX 75204
Parliament

Parliament is an old-fashioned bar serves delicious craft cocktails. It’s tiny, though, so be prepared to wait or at least deal with a crowd.

The Standard Pour

2900 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
The Standard Pour

The Standard Pour offers handcrafted cocktails & American meals in a warm space with exposed brick walls & a nostalgic vibe. Try their late-night bar menu for deviled eggs or a soft pretzel, or go for brunch on the weekend for southern-style specialties.

State & Allen Kitchen + Bar

2400 Allen St, Dallas, TX 75204
State & Allen Kitchen + Bar

State & Allen Kitchen + Bar is a casual neighborhood hangout for burgers, fish tacos & more, with a streetside patio & trendy crowd.

Entertainment

Live Music

The Rustic

3656 Howell St Dallas, Texas 75204
The Rustic

As you might gather from the name, this live-music venue is “down-home.” Don’t miss the spacious patio or the extensive beer menu on The Rustic.

Beau Nash

400 Crescent Court, Dallas, Texas 75201
Beau Nash

Billed as “drinks and delicacies,” Beau Nash is a high-end spot that features craft cocktails and Texas tapas. Perfect for a date night!

Doggos

Mutts Canine Cantina

2889 Cityplace W Blvd, Dallas, TX 75204
Mutts Canine Cantina

Want to get a drink with man’s best friend? Mutts Canine Cantina offers an extensive beer and food menu, dog snacks, and a dog-friendly patio. “Mutts members” can also run free in the off-leash dog park.

Katy Trail Ice House

3127 Routh Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Katy Trail Ice House

Katy Trail Ice House is a very dog-friendly spot bills itself as having the best burger and best patio in Dallas. The upbeat vibe and extensive beer menu make it a super-popular destination in and of itself–and the location right on the Katy Trail makes it a hotspot.

Food Festivals

In keeping with Uptown’s reputation as the culinary capital of Dallas, you’ll find food festivals galore.

Schools

George Bannerman Dealey Montessori

6501 Royal Ln, Dallas, TX 75230
George Bannerman Dealey Montessori

George Bannerman Dealey Montessori is a highly rated, public, magnet school. It has 614 students in grades PK, K-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 91% of students are at least proficient in math and 88% in reading.

School for the Talented & Gifted in Pleasant Grove

9610 Bruton Rd, Dallas, TX 75217
School for the Talented & Gifted in Pleasant Grove

School for the Talented & Gifted In Pleasant Grove is a highly rated, public school. It has 390 students in grades 4-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 96% of students are at least proficient in math and 76% in reading.

Sudie L. Williams Talented and Gifted Academy

4518 Pomona Rd, Dallas, TX 75209
Sudie L. Williams Talented and Gifted Academy

Sudie L. Williams Talented & Gifted Academy is a highly rated, public school. It has 424 students in grades 4-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.

Hyer Elementary School

3920 Caruth Blvd, Dallas, TX 75225
Hyer Elementary School

Robert S. Hyer Elementary School is a top rated, public school. It has 492 students in grades K-4 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 84% of students are at least proficient in math and 83% in reading.

University Park Elementary School

3500 Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75225
University Park Elementary School

University Park Elementary School is a top rated, public school. It has 446 students in grades PK, K-4 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 85% of students are at least proficient in math and 84% in reading.

Parks

Katy Trail

Katy Trail

Jackpot! Who doesn’t want to live minutes from the recreation spot in Dallas? Whether you’re a hard-core runner or more of a leisurely dog-walker, this converted rail trail lets you connect with nature, even in the heart of the city.

Klyde Warren Park

1909 Woodall Rodgers Freeway Suite 403 Dallas, TX 75201
Klyde Warren Park

This 5.2-acre park is an urban oasis offering amazing food trucks, a great playground, a dog park, and a beautiful promenade. Check out the event and class schedule for some great free activities!

Griggs Park

2200 Hugo St, Dallas, TX 75204
Griggs Park

Griggs Park offers a great view of Dallas, as well as lots of dogs with owners in tow.

Shopping

Mizzen + Main

3699 McKinney Ave #407, Dallas, TX 75204
Mizzen + Main

Mizzen + Main combines the comfort and flexibility of your favorite athletic wear with the fit and style of a custom dress shirt.

Nicole Kwon Concept Store

3699 McKinney Ave Suite 530, Dallas, TX 75204
Nicole Kwon Concept Store

Nicole Kwon specializes in everyday, effortless wardrobe pieces with the occasional twist for flair. Offers a carefully curated selection of clothing, accessories, and jewelry that offers modern sophistication and an eclectic perspective to its customers.

Q Clothier

3699 McKinney Avenue. Suite 310. Dallas, TX 75204
Q Clothier

Q Clothier is a clothing store focused on custom clothing for men to shop for dressy, formal or casual attire. And the vibe at Q Clothier is unique – the stores are designed with the idea that men typically don't like to shop, so you'll find a whiskey bar and TVs inside every store.

y&i clothing boutique

3699 McKinney Ave #411, Dallas, TX 75204
y&i clothing boutique

y&i clothing boutique offers contemporary casual womenswear, jewelry & accessories from designer brands & an in-house label.

The Style

  • West Village shopping offers everything from department stores to small boutiques.
  • What are you hungry for? Chances are good that Uptown has a restaurant that does it to perfection.

Transportation

  • The Cityplace/Uptown station has three lines: the red, blue, and orange.
  • Sometimes, it’s just faster—and more fun—to connect with your inner kid. With Bird, just download an app and unlock an electric scooter!
  • Uptown is one of the most walkable Dallas neighborhoods—definitely a huge plus, since you can steer clear of urban gridlock and parking stress!
  • Who doesn’t like a vintage trolley? The Mckinney Trolley is free to ride—and you can even rent it for a private event.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Uptown is full of trendy bars and restaurants.
  • Plenty of events across a variety of interests—there’s something for everyone!
  • Simply put, it’s a beautiful area.

Why You Won’t

  • If you’re an introvert or you just appreciate peace and quiet, you probably won’t enjoy a neighborhood as happening as this.
  • Honestly? Uptown is so in demand that rents are among the highest in Dallas.