Live Like a Local: Best Patios / Rooftops in Downtown Dallas 

By Downtown Dallas, Inc. 

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Downtown Dallas is filled with exciting things to do and experience, but one of the best parts is being able to enjoy the outdoors, and more importantly, the incredible views. That’s why we created a list of our top patios and rooftops as the go-to resource for all things in and around Downtown. These spots are observing COVID-19 precautions such as cleaning and sanitizing, social distancing practices, and staff wearing masks. We invite you to Live Like a Local and take in all Downtown has to offer by exploring some of the best patios and rooftops in town. 

 

Dallas Farmers Market 

This artisanal vendor market has four anchor restaurants, a mixture of local specialty foods, artisanal food vendors, and seating areas both inside and out where you can grab a bite to eat or enjoy a cup of coffee while taking in a view of the Dallas skyline or observing the market-goers.

https://dallasfarmersmarket.org/

 

Savor Gastropub

This patio is one of the only in the area that immerses diners in greenspace. Relax with friends and family under its expansive, covered park-side patio tables while enjoying a nice meal.

https://savorinklydewarrenpark.com/

 

Sky Blossom

This is an incredible rooftop bistro and bar in Downtown Dallas! It is unique in that it is a quick-serve establishment during the day and offers a fine dining/lounge experience by night. Take in the views from the patio, which has additional seating for those who prefer to sit outdoors. 

https://www.skyblossombistro.com/

 

Green Door Public House 

This is the only free standing restaurant in the Farmer’s Market, conveniently located a few short blocks from the heart of Downtown and Deep Ellum, and highlighted by a 1,200 sq. ft. shaded patio with great views of Downtown! 

http://greendoordallas.com/

 

Jaxon

Enjoy elevated classic Southern dishes inspired by Texas cuisine and one of their 40 in-house tap beers with your meal, while sitting 6ft apart from others on Jaxon’s incredible patio! 

https://jaxonbeergarden.com/

 

Waterproof

This is one of Downtown Dallas’ most unique spots. During the day enjoy a meal on the patio or poolside, but as the sun goes down, exchange swimsuits for your trendy attire and enjoy the energetic nightlife experience!

https://www.waterproofdallas.com/ 

 

Royal Blue Grocery / Dallas Arts District

Royal Blue is an urban market with a cute outdoor seating area. From coffee and freshly prepared grab-and-go offerings, to conventional grocery and convenience items, Royal Blue Grocery is your one-stop-shop and a great place to grab a quick bite to enjoy on their outdoor patio.

https://www.royalbluegrocery.com/locations/dallas-arts-district

 

3 Eleven Kitchen and Cocktails

Farm-to-table is what 3 Eleven Kitchen does best. Located in the West End district, it has a great vibe and plenty of wonderful cocktail selections. The contemporary American restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, serving brunch, lunch, and dinner.

https://3elevendallas.com/

 

Harwood Tavern

Walk down South Harwood street and you will notice a blue lit tree pinpointing this moody gastropub. With patio seating to lay back and sip on the beautifully crafted cocktails, this is the perfect spot for a karaoke night. 

http://harwoodtaverndallas.com/

 

CBD Provisions

Cocktails, food, and an incredible view. CBD has now opened their private terrace at the Joule to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 5-10 p.m. Enjoy rooftop views of Main Street while still social distancing between you and the next table.

http://cbdprovisions.com/

 

Queso Beso

This Tex-Mex restaurant is perfect for a casual lunch or dinner. The colorful layout includes a ground floor, glass-enclosed patio with TVs, a private event space, and open-air terrace upstairs. You’ll show up for the queso and stay for the drinks! 

(temporarily closed, check website for details)

http://quesobeso.com/

 

Frankie’s Downtown

This two-story sports bar offers upmarket pub grub, happy hours, numerous craft beers on tap, and many TVs. Come hang out on their patio to enjoy some delicious food and great drink options! They also have happy hours every Tuesday… how could you resist?!

https://frankiesbar.com/

 

Don’t see your favorite place to enjoy a nice outdoor meal?  Let us know (info@downtowndallas.com).

 

Surrounding Dallas neighborhoods for more options – 

For a full list of Downtown patios and rooftops, visit our website.

 

Live Like a Local: Best Pizza in Downtown Dallas

By Downtown Dallas, Inc. 
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Downtown Dallas is full of great restaurants, coffee shops, places to satisfy your sweet tooth, and so much more! Navigating the city and finding the best stops can be overwhelming, so we created a list of our all-time favorites to provide you with a go-to resource for all things in and around Downtown. We hope to give you the experience of Living Like a Local as you explore some of our favorite local pizza restaurants in Downtown. 
Tutta’s

From the fresh ingredients and tasty food coming out of the kitchen, to the local art on the walls, and the live music coming from the stage… there’s something for everyone at this lively spot. This restaurant offers a fun atmosphere to sit and enjoy a delicious meal, and don’t forget to try one of their signature smoked meat pizzas while there! Currently takeout and delivery are options, and they are hopeful to reopen for dine-in soon! 

https://tuttaspizza.com/

 

Americano 

A vibrant, casual Italian restaurant with the prime location on Main Street, within the beautiful Joule Hotel. The restaurants’ 1960’s Italian cinema-inspired decor brings a whimsical vibe to the atmosphere. They have incredible Neapolitan-style pizzas, but the menu has so much more to offer. Currently, they are only offering takeout options, but hope to open soon for dining in!  (Temporarily closed, check website for opening information).

http://americanodallas.com/

 

Partenope 

This is Dallas’s very first authentic Southern Italian restaurant, and it definitely lives up to the hype! It is well worth the trip for the delicious bites, chic vibe, and smiling service. There is no question that their award-winning Neapolitan style pies deserve the recognition. Make a reservation or stop by to dine in, or enjoy it from your home with takeout and delivery options!

https://www.partenopedallas.com/

 

400 Gradi

Serves award-winning, traditional Italian cuisine that is locally sourced with specialty items imported from Italy. You can indulge in their phenomenal thin crust pizza for lunch or dinner seven days a week or stop by for late-night drinks on Fridays and Saturdays. Options to dine in or takeout are both available!

https://400gradi.com/

 

Bella Trino

This pizzeria is a must-eat spot located at the Dallas Farmers Market! With their fresh ingredients, great crust, and selection of toppings, this is a stop you won’t want to miss. Dining in is not available, but you can grab it and go or there are a number of delivery options to choose from, such as DoorDash, UberEats, etc.

https://www.bellatrinopizzeria.com/

 

Carmine’s

This well-known pizzeria is located in the heart of Downtown Dallas. They serve a wide variety of authentic New York-style food items on their menu. They are known to have “The best New York Pizza in North Texas”, so don’t miss out on this delicious and affordable dining experience! Available for dining in, takeout, and delivery.

https://www.carminespizzadallas.com/

 

SFERECO

This newly opened restaurant is located in the Statler Hotel in Downtown. Be one of the first to try out this tasty Italian restaurant with a great environment. Walk in or make a reservation to enjoy some great pizza that can even have a healthy twist by substituting cauliflower crust! Delivery and pickup options are available as well.

https://sfereco.com/

 

Ravenna

Located in the Main Street District, this modern Italian restaurant serves a range of classic entrees from their award-winning menu, plus pizza by the slice & cocktails.  They are now open for dine-in seating and available on DoorDash. 

https://www.ravennadallas.com/

 

Porta Di Roma

Their authentic Italian cuisine will make you feel like you’re in Rome! Ranked 3rd for the “Best Italian Restaurants” in Downtown Dallas, Porta Di Roma’s menu features award-winning pizzas and more. Visit and dine in or pick up an order. Also available on Postmates and DoorDash. 

https://portadiromarestaurant.com/ 

 

Campisi’s

This long-standing family-owned chain is located right in the heart of Downtown on Elm St. Campisi’s Restaurants has been serving iconic, award-winning pizzas and family Italian dishes since 1946. All locations are now open at 50% capacity for in-restaurant dining and will accept online and phone reservations!

https://www.campisis.us/

 

Don’t see your favorite stop for some great pizza?  Let us know (info@downtowndallas.com).

 

Surrounding Dallas neighborhoods for more options – 

For a full list of Downtown pizza restaurants, visit our website.

Recap of Downtown Dallas, Inc.’s Storefront Restoration Grant

Downtown Dallas, Inc. established a Storefront Restoration Program to provide financial assistance to Downtown businesses that sustained damages to their storefronts in the social unrest and protests of May and June 2020.  In an effort to support and sustain vibrant street-level retail activity, and to further support businesses already affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the program provided grants in an amount up to $5,000 to fund the replacement of windows, doors, signage, exterior paint, and patio furnishings damaged in the protests.  The application process was closed in June.  Through the Storefront Restoration Program, Downtown Dallas, Inc. provided nearly $91,000 to 28 Downtown businesses!

Live Like a Local: Best Coffee Shops in Downtown Dallas

By Downtown Dallas, Inc.

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Downtown Dallas has so much to see and do that it can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we created a list of our faves as the go-to resource for all things in and around Downtown. We invite you to Live Like a Local and explore some of our favorite local coffee shops in Downtown. 

 

Ascension 

Open for breakfast, lunch, & dinner, grab your cup of joe any time of the day. Order online to go or visit the Elm St. location. 

https://ascensiondallas.com/

 

Commissary 

We love this place a latte! Order for takeout or delivery via DoorDash, UberEats, and Grubhub. Live within eight miles? Commissary will come straight to you! (No delivery fee, $35 order minimum.) 

https://www.commissarydallas.com/

 

Flying Horse Cafe

Dallas’ best-kept secret. Located in The Magnolia Hotel, visit one of the most historic buildings in Downtown and enjoy a variety of coffee selections with an array of artwork featured from local artists. 

http://www.flyinghorsecafe.com/

 

Kokopelli 

This isn’t your typical coffee shop. Located in the West End, you can treat yourself to candy, pastries, and more! Then, top it off with some of their delicious coffee. 

https://www.facebook.com/kokopellisweetsinwestend/

 

Otto’s Coffee and Fine Foods

Located in The Adolphus Hotel, Otto’s is an upscale Viennese-style café serving local Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters brew. Hang out inside or head to the grab-and-go service window on Commerce Street. 

https://www.adolphus.com/restaurants-bars/ottos-coffee-and-fine-foods/

 

Overeasy 

Stop by The Statler and grab an espresso to go or chill out in the lobby co-working spaces and enjoy free WiFi. 

View the full menu here: 

https://www.overeasydallas.com/ 

 

Palmieri

Fresh, authentic, & natural. They make everything from scratch! Order online for takeout or curbside delivery. 

https://www.palmiericafe.com/

 

Royal Blue Grocery 

If you find yourself wandering around the Main Street District, be sure to check out Royal Blue Grocery for a quick pick me up and pair it with a delicious pastry!

https://www.royalbluegrocery.com/

 

Weekend Coffee 

Take a trip to The Joule and pair great coffee with a playful atmosphere. Now open for takeout seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

http://ahhweekend.com/

 

Don’t see your favorite coffee shop?  Let us know (info@downtowndallas.com).

 

Surrounding Dallas neighborhoods for more options – 

For a full list of Downtown coffee shops, visit our website.

Phase Three of Governor Abbott’s Opening of Texas

PHASE 3 – EXECUTIVE ORDER

Effective June 3

  • All businesses currently operating at 25% capacity can expand their occupancy to 50% with certain exceptions.
  • Bars and similar establishments may increase their capacity to 50% as long as patrons are seated.
  • Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed positive cases may open at 50% capacity.
  • Restaurants may expand their maximum table size from 6 to 10 persons.

Effective June 12

  • Restaurants may expand their occupancy levels to 75%.
  • Counties with 10 or less active COVID-19 cases may expand their occupancy limits to 75%. Counties that fit this category but have not previously filed an attestation with DSHS will need to do so.

Effective June 19

  • Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with more than 1,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 may open at 50% capacity.

Additional Openings:

Special provisions have been made for outdoor gatherings, such as Fourth of July celebrations, but it is imperative that local officials and public health officials collaborate on safe standards. These provisions are included in the Governor’s Executive Order and are also available on the Open Texas webpage. 

Further Protocols:

All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health protocols from DSHS. For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, visit http://open.texas.gov.

Reminders for those going out:

  • Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings.
  • People should not be in groups greater than ten when possible.
  • People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.
  • People are still asked to avoid nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities.

PHASE 2 – EXECUTIVE ORDER

Effective May 18

  • Services provided by office workers in offices may reopen up to the greater of (i) 10 employees, or (ii) 25% of the workforce, provided employees maintain appropriate social distancing
  • Massage establishments
  • Tattoo studios, piercing studios, hair removal services and hair loss treatment and growth services
  • Child-care services

Beginning Friday, May 22

  • Restaurants may operate at up to 50% of the total listed occupancy (increased from 25%)
  • Bars may open at up to 25% of the total listed occupancy
  • Aquariums, natural caverns and similar facilities (excluding zoos) may open at up to 25% of the total listed occupancy
  • Bowling alleys, bingo halls, simulcast racing, and skating rinks may operate at up to 25% of the total listed occupancy
  • Rodeos and equestrian events may operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy
  • Drive-in concerts, under guidelines that facilitate appropriate social distancing and generally require spectators to remain in their vehicles
  • Amateur sporting events (i) at which there is no access to the general public allowed; and (ii) for which all participants have tested negative for COVID-19 prior to the event, are quarantined for the duration of the event, are temperature-checked and monitored for symptoms daily, and are tested again for COVID-19 at the end of the event

Beginning Friday, May 29

  • Outdoor areas of zoos that operate at up to 25% of the normal operating limits as determined by the zoo owner

Beginning Sunday, May 31

  • Professional basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, football, and car racing events, with no spectators physically present on the premises of the venue, as approved on a league-by-league basis
  • Youth camps
  • Practices for youth sports programs, provided, however, that games and similar competitions may not begin until June 15

Beginning Monday, June 1

  • Public school districts may offer on-campus summer school programs
  • Private schools and institutions of higher education may reopen campuses

PHASE 1 – EXECUTIVE ORDER

Governor Greg Abbott has released new Executive Orders about the reopening of Texas.  The Report is in sections, and each can be viewed by clicking the links below.

DDI continues to work with a variety of governmental and private stakeholders to ensure Downtown Dallas is a model for COVID response and recovery. If you own or operate a business in Downtown and have questions, or if DDI can support you, please let us know.

Churches and Places of Worship

Employers

Individuals

Movie Theater Customers

Movie Theaters

Museum and Library Visitors

Museums and Libraries

Outdoor Sports Participants

Restaurant Customers

Restaurants

Retail Customers

Retailers

Single-Person Offices

Click here to read the full report.

OPEN TEXAS CHECKLISTS

Additional details on reopenings and guidelines can be found at https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas.

Updated 6.6.20: Important Information from City of Dallas Regarding Curfew Cancellation and Protests

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June 6, 2020, 12:35 p.m.: The City of Dallas just announced that the curfew has been lifted. Additional details are provided by clicking here.

As a reminder, there are several protests confirmed for today and tomorrow as well as throughout next week for the Downtown area.  We also continue to see pop-up and movement activity that is not scheduled that may require brief street closures for the safety of the protesters and community.

Belo Garden Park – Dallas Stand Up For Justice
Saturday, June 6
2pm – 4:30pm
1014 Main St.

(NEW) Katy Trail – Justice March
Saturday, June 6
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Katy Trail

Jack Evans Headquarters – National Injustice Peaceful Rally
Sunday, June 7
11am – 2pm
1400 S. Lamar St.

Praise and Worship in Downtown Dallas
Sunday, June 7
11am – 2pm
133 N. Riverfront Blvd.

Deep Ellum Brewery – Peace March/Protest
Sunday, June 7
6:00pm – 8:00pm
2823 St. Louis St.

Dallas City Hall – White Coats for Black Lives
Wednesday, June 10
5:30pm – 6:30pm
1500 Marilla St.

Dallas City Hall – Mothers and Fathers Against Police Brutality
Thursday, June 11
8:00am – 10:00am
1500 Marilla St.

Updated 6.2.20: Important Information from City of Dallas Regarding Protests and Expanded Curfew Zone

June 2, 2020 – Today, the City of Dallas expanded the zone in which there is a curfew from 7:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.

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Please see additional information released May 31, from the City of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department:

  • Mayor Johnson has signed an emergency declaration giving City Manager Broadnax & Chief Hall authority to institute a curfew from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The boundaries are Oak Lawn to the north, Riverfront to the west, Corinth to the south, and Peak to the east including Downtown, Deep Ellum, the Farmers Market, Cedars, Uptown, and Victory Park. The expanded area now includes Trinity Groves and West Village.  City of Dallas is working with organizations and partners in these areas to communicate with their residents, businesses, and other stakeholders. DPD has further asked to stress situational awareness and honoring the curfew, particularly allowing employees who are working Downtown ample time to leave before 7:00 p.m.

 

  • The City of Dallas and DPD continue to respect and protect the rights of peaceful protesters gathering within our city.  DPD will have a presence protecting peaceful protesters, residents, and business owners, patrons, and employees; managing traffic; and vigilantly looking to remove or control bricks or anything else which may be used to harm people, vandalize or destroy property, or aid in other criminal mischief.

 

  • If you observe concerning activity, particularly if it is not a part of scheduled demonstrations, citizens are asked to use the iWatch app to provide images and video directly to law enforcement.  Business owners and residents are strongly urged not to take matters in to their own hands and to call 9-1-1 if they continue to see violence, destruction of personal property, vandalism, or other criminal mischief.

 

  • City of Dallas and DPD encourages all residents and visitors to be mindful of the curfew and comply to ensure we may continue to keep residents, business owners & employees, peaceful demonstrators, and first responders safe. Residents or employees who live or work in the curfew area should be prepared to show proof of residency or work credentials if they need to travel in or out of the area while curfew is in effect.

 

  • Gov. Abbott has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Texas, activating the National Guard. Between 120 and 150 National Guard officers in Grand Prairie are available if needed.

 

  • We are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Dallas residents are safest at home and urged to continue exercising personal responsibility and practicing safe social distancing.

Downtown Dallas, Inc.’s Storefront Restoration Program

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Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is pleased to announce that we have approved a Storefront Restoration Program aimed to help businesses in Downtown who were impacted by damage during the demonstrations. The program is intended to help street level businesses with losses not covered by insurance or other means. Grants will be capped at $5,000.

Please review the following documents for more information and how to apply:

DDI Storefront Restoration Program Overview

DDI Storefront Restoration Program Application