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The rooftop deck at El Fenix downtown.
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13 Awesome Dallas Restaurants for Your Wedding Day

Wedding season is here.

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The rooftop deck at El Fenix downtown.
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Dust off that suit and fire up the registries, because wedding season is upon us. If you're planning your own nuptials (or just starting to have the pre-pre-engagement conversation), choosing a venue is of the utmost importance — so why not leave the food in the hands of one of your favorite restaurants? Here are 12 local eateries that can serve as venues for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and/or receptions.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Marie Gabrielle

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2728 N Harwood St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 871-2097
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For a fairy tale-esque outdoor wedding, this hidden gem has a reflecting pool, a tree-lined courtyard, and lush gardens, not to mention its very own wedding coordinator to make sure things go off without a hitch. Stop by for a lunch of nicoise salad and crab cakes to scope out the space. [Photo: Marie Gabrielle/Facebook]

2. El Fenix

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1601 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 747-1121
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Dallas's oldest Tex-Mex restaurant is also a pretty nice wedding venue, thanks to a cool rooftop deck that boasts skyline views. Plus, your guests will no doubt appreciate the presence of margaritas and queso — it beats the hell out of your typical wedding food. [Photo: El Fenix]

3. Joe T. Garcia's

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2201 N Commerce St
Fort Worth, TX 76164
(817) 626-4356
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Fort Worth's legendary Tex-Mex restaurant is perhaps better known for its sprawling outdoor courtyards than it is for its food. Whether you want an outdoor setting complete with fountains or an indoor seated dinner, Joe T.'s has a ton of different options. [Photo: FortWorth.com]

4. Meso Maya

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1611 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 484 6555
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Need a unique spot for a rehearsal dinner or a reception? Downtown's Meso Maya has a patio with room for up to 100 people, or a private room that can hold a cocktail reception for up to 200 — plus the personnel to help you pull it all together with seafood enchiladas, cochinita pibil, and avocado margaritas. [Photo: Meso Maya/Facebook]

5. Reata

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310 Houston St, Fort Worth
TX, 76102
(817) 336-1009
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Downtown Fort Worth icon Reata has several different spaces that can be rented out for events, such as the third-floor outdoor terrace Caballo Canyon that can hold a buffet reception for 75; there's also this unique climate-controlled geodisic dome that can accomodate 80 to 100 people. [Photo: Lisa L./Foursquare]

6. Cafe Modern

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3200 Darnell St
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 840-2157
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Cafe Modern at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is a popular wedding venue, and it's easy to see why: Just look at that reflecting pond backdrop. A variety of reception packages are offered, whether you're in the market for an intimate seated dinner or a cocktail reception with fancy hors d'oeuvres. [Photo: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

7. Y. O. Ranch Steakhouse

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702 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 744-3287
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For a wedding with a decidedly Texan vibe, West End mainstay Y.O. Ranch has multiple private rooms decked out in rustic decor that can hold anywhere from 20 to 300 people. Fit the menu to the unique space with dishes like elk tenderloin or chicken-fried lobster. [Photo: YO Steakhouse/Facebook]

8. Nick & Sam's

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3008 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 871-7643
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What could be more Dallas than a wedding at this high-dollar Uptown steakhouse? A private dining space can be rented out for a swanky rehearsal dinner or reception. [Photo: Nick & Sam's]

9. Hotel ZaZa

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2332 Leonard St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 468-8399
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Swanky Uptown fixture Hotel Zaza has plenty of private dining and event spaces to cater to lovebirds, whether you want poolside nuptials, an artsy wedding inside the Stay ZaZa Art House and Social Gallery, or a rehearsal dinner at the Dragon's Den inside hotel restaurant Dragonfly, catered by chef Dan Landsberg. [Photo: Hotel Zaza

10. St. Martin's Wine Bistro

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3020 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-0940
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For an intimate wedding dinner that oozes old-school class, Lower Greenville fixture St. Martin's has a private back room decked out with white tablecloths and crystal chandeliers. (There's also the matter of that addictive Champagne brie soup.)

11. Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co.

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901 W Vickery Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 840-9140
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Okay, so it's not quite a restaurant, but this Fort Worth distillery known for producing fine whiskey does make for a very unique wedding venue. From a barrel room that can hold several hundred people to an old bank vault for an intimate seated dinner, the distillery has several different options to fit your needs. [Photo: Firestone & Robertson]

12. Tillman's Roadhouse

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324 W 7th St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 942-0988
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For a truly unique setting for an intimate wedding reception or rehearsal dinner, there's Tillman's Roadhouse in Bishop Arts, where the private dining room is decked out with walls painted to look like a Texas sky, along with 16-foot birch trees, peacocks, birds in the chandelier, and faux antelope carpet. You've got to see this one to believe it. [Photo: Tillman's Roadhouse]

13. The Second Floor

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13340 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75240
(972) 450-2978
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For a swanky, modern setting that's befitting of its Galleria location, Scott and Gina Gottlich's Second Floor at the Westin has a private dining room called Prive that's suitable for an intimate rehearsal dinner (wine tasting, anyone?) or a cocktail reception.

1. Marie Gabrielle

2728 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201
For a fairy tale-esque outdoor wedding, this hidden gem has a reflecting pool, a tree-lined courtyard, and lush gardens, not to mention its very own wedding coordinator to make sure things go off without a hitch. Stop by for a lunch of nicoise salad and crab cakes to scope out the space. [Photo: Marie Gabrielle/Facebook]
2728 N Harwood St
Dallas, TX 75201

2. El Fenix

1601 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202
Dallas's oldest Tex-Mex restaurant is also a pretty nice wedding venue, thanks to a cool rooftop deck that boasts skyline views. Plus, your guests will no doubt appreciate the presence of margaritas and queso — it beats the hell out of your typical wedding food. [Photo: El Fenix]
1601 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75202

3. Joe T. Garcia's

2201 N Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76164
Fort Worth's legendary Tex-Mex restaurant is perhaps better known for its sprawling outdoor courtyards than it is for its food. Whether you want an outdoor setting complete with fountains or an indoor seated dinner, Joe T.'s has a ton of different options. [Photo: FortWorth.com]
2201 N Commerce St
Fort Worth, TX 76164

4. Meso Maya

1611 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75202
Need a unique spot for a rehearsal dinner or a reception? Downtown's Meso Maya has a patio with room for up to 100 people, or a private room that can hold a cocktail reception for up to 200 — plus the personnel to help you pull it all together with seafood enchiladas, cochinita pibil, and avocado margaritas. [Photo: Meso Maya/Facebook]
1611 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75202

5. Reata

310 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX, 76102
Downtown Fort Worth icon Reata has several different spaces that can be rented out for events, such as the third-floor outdoor terrace Caballo Canyon that can hold a buffet reception for 75; there's also this unique climate-controlled geodisic dome that can accomodate 80 to 100 people. [Photo: Lisa L./Foursquare]
310 Houston St, Fort Worth
TX, 76102

6. Cafe Modern

3200 Darnell St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Cafe Modern at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is a popular wedding venue, and it's easy to see why: Just look at that reflecting pond backdrop. A variety of reception packages are offered, whether you're in the market for an intimate seated dinner or a cocktail reception with fancy hors d'oeuvres. [Photo: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell St
Fort Worth, TX 76107

7. Y. O. Ranch Steakhouse

702 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75202
For a wedding with a decidedly Texan vibe, West End mainstay Y.O. Ranch has multiple private rooms decked out in rustic decor that can hold anywhere from 20 to 300 people. Fit the menu to the unique space with dishes like elk tenderloin or chicken-fried lobster. [Photo: YO Steakhouse/Facebook]
702 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75202

8. Nick & Sam's

3008 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
What could be more Dallas than a wedding at this high-dollar Uptown steakhouse? A private dining space can be rented out for a swanky rehearsal dinner or reception. [Photo: Nick & Sam's]
3008 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75201

9. Hotel ZaZa

2332 Leonard St, Dallas, TX 75201
Swanky Uptown fixture Hotel Zaza has plenty of private dining and event spaces to cater to lovebirds, whether you want poolside nuptials, an artsy wedding inside the Stay ZaZa Art House and Social Gallery, or a rehearsal dinner at the Dragon's Den inside hotel restaurant Dragonfly, catered by chef Dan Landsberg. [Photo: Hotel Zaza
2332 Leonard St
Dallas, TX 75201

10. St. Martin's Wine Bistro

3020 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
For an intimate wedding dinner that oozes old-school class, Lower Greenville fixture St. Martin's has a private back room decked out with white tablecloths and crystal chandeliers. (There's also the matter of that addictive Champagne brie soup.)
3020 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

11. Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co.

901 W Vickery Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Okay, so it's not quite a restaurant, but this Fort Worth distillery known for producing fine whiskey does make for a very unique wedding venue. From a barrel room that can hold several hundred people to an old bank vault for an intimate seated dinner, the distillery has several different options to fit your needs. [Photo: Firestone & Robertson]
901 W Vickery Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76104

12. Tillman's Roadhouse

324 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208
For a truly unique setting for an intimate wedding reception or rehearsal dinner, there's Tillman's Roadhouse in Bishop Arts, where the private dining room is decked out with walls painted to look like a Texas sky, along with 16-foot birch trees, peacocks, birds in the chandelier, and faux antelope carpet. You've got to see this one to believe it. [Photo: Tillman's Roadhouse]
324 W 7th St
Dallas, TX 75208

13. The Second Floor

13340 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75240
For a swanky, modern setting that's befitting of its Galleria location, Scott and Gina Gottlich's Second Floor at the Westin has a private dining room called Prive that's suitable for an intimate rehearsal dinner (wine tasting, anyone?) or a cocktail reception.
13340 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75240

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