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Best Margaritas in Dallas, According to Readers

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Last week we grilled you for details on your favorite margaritas in the city. (Dallas, of course, is the home of the frozen margarita, therefore entitling residents to hold super-serious, super-important opinions on the subject.) The answers varied from old-school places with versions so strong they enforce a three-drink limit, to more newfangled places revamping the classic cocktail with everything from tamarind to serrano peppers. Here, we've mapped the most popular answers for your sipping pleasure. Just be sure to have plenty of enchiladas to soak up all that tequila (a designated driver never hurts, either).


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mesa

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118 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 941-4246
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If spicy is your thing, head to Mesa for their margarita made with serrano-infused tequila. If that's too much for you, there's plenty of fruity varieties, all made with fresh ingredients and never a drop of sour mix in sight.

2. Gloria's

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3715 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 874-0088
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Dallas favorite Gloria's is known for margaritas that pack a serious punch. The frozen ones are so cold they'll practically give your tongue frostbite, and you'll definitely feel the buzz before you make it halfway through the first (and most likely, only).

3. Urban Rio

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1000 14th St
Plano, TX 75074
(972) 422-4466
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This modern Tex-Mex spot in downtown Plano is doing margaritas the right way, with no sour mix in sight. Fruity varieties like kiwi, mango and prickly pear are made with fresh produce rather than sugary-sweet syrups, and a variety of quality tequilas are available on tap.

4. Komali

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4152 Cole Ave Ste 106
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 252-0200
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Bartender Leann Berry whips up a mean selection of exotic margaritas with top-shelf spirits and fresh fruits, including tamarind, prickly pear, and passion fruit-blackberry varieties.

5. Mi Cocina

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3699 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(469) 533-5663
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The margaritas at Dallas favorite Mi Cocina are legendary for knocking unsuspecting diners on their asses--the Mambo Taxi, in particular, which is a frozen margarita made with Sauza Blanco and a housemade sangria swirl.

6. La Duni

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4264 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-6888
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All the cocktails at La Duni are made with Latin flair and fresh-squeezed juices. Try the Margarinha (a mashup of the classic margarita and the caipirinha) for something a little different.

7. Javier's

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4912 Cole Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 521-4211
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Sure, Javier's might be a little overpriced and overrated, but there are few places better suited to sipping margaritas--which are nicely balanced and fresh, made with high-quality tequila--than their Cigar Room, adorned with giant buffalo heads and lots of leather and dark wood.

8. Ojeda's Mexican Restaurant

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4617 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(972) 588-4851
Ojeda's margaritas are so damn strong, they'll cut you off--you can only have one large if you're not eating, or up to three if you're having a meal.

9. La Calle Doce

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1925 Skillman St.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 824-9900
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La Calle Doce's been at it since 1981, so they've pretty much got the margarita thing down pat. Their frozen is textbook perfect--smooth, not too sour or too sweet, and boozy but not overly so.

10. Mariano's Hacienda

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6300 Skillman St., Ste. J
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 691-3888
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Obviously there can't be a margarita guide without Mariano's. The frozen margarita machine was invented here, and while the OG machine now resides at the Smithsonian, Mariano's is still serving them up proper, along with a bunch of other varieties including a top-notch rocks version with Don Julio reposado and Pierre Ferrand orange curacao.

1. Mesa

118 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX 75208
If spicy is your thing, head to Mesa for their margarita made with serrano-infused tequila. If that's too much for you, there's plenty of fruity varieties, all made with fresh ingredients and never a drop of sour mix in sight.
118 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75208

2. Gloria's

3715 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Dallas favorite Gloria's is known for margaritas that pack a serious punch. The frozen ones are so cold they'll practically give your tongue frostbite, and you'll definitely feel the buzz before you make it halfway through the first (and most likely, only).
3715 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

3. Urban Rio

1000 14th St, Plano, TX 75074
This modern Tex-Mex spot in downtown Plano is doing margaritas the right way, with no sour mix in sight. Fruity varieties like kiwi, mango and prickly pear are made with fresh produce rather than sugary-sweet syrups, and a variety of quality tequilas are available on tap.
1000 14th St
Plano, TX 75074

4. Komali

4152 Cole Ave Ste 106, Dallas, TX 75204
Bartender Leann Berry whips up a mean selection of exotic margaritas with top-shelf spirits and fresh fruits, including tamarind, prickly pear, and passion fruit-blackberry varieties.
4152 Cole Ave Ste 106
Dallas, TX 75204

5. Mi Cocina

3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
The margaritas at Dallas favorite Mi Cocina are legendary for knocking unsuspecting diners on their asses--the Mambo Taxi, in particular, which is a frozen margarita made with Sauza Blanco and a housemade sangria swirl.
3699 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

6. La Duni

4264 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 75219
All the cocktails at La Duni are made with Latin flair and fresh-squeezed juices. Try the Margarinha (a mashup of the classic margarita and the caipirinha) for something a little different.
4264 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219

7. Javier's

4912 Cole Ave., Dallas, TX 75205
Sure, Javier's might be a little overpriced and overrated, but there are few places better suited to sipping margaritas--which are nicely balanced and fresh, made with high-quality tequila--than their Cigar Room, adorned with giant buffalo heads and lots of leather and dark wood.
4912 Cole Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205

8. Ojeda's Mexican Restaurant

4617 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
Ojeda's margaritas are so damn strong, they'll cut you off--you can only have one large if you're not eating, or up to three if you're having a meal.
4617 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

9. La Calle Doce

1925 Skillman St., Dallas, TX 75206
La Calle Doce's been at it since 1981, so they've pretty much got the margarita thing down pat. Their frozen is textbook perfect--smooth, not too sour or too sweet, and boozy but not overly so.
1925 Skillman St.
Dallas, TX 75206

10. Mariano's Hacienda

6300 Skillman St., Ste. J, Dallas, TX 75231
Obviously there can't be a margarita guide without Mariano's. The frozen margarita machine was invented here, and while the OG machine now resides at the Smithsonian, Mariano's is still serving them up proper, along with a bunch of other varieties including a top-notch rocks version with Don Julio reposado and Pierre Ferrand orange curacao.
6300 Skillman St., Ste. J
Dallas, TX 75231

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