Whether you’re searching for breakfast, lunch or dinner, sometimes eating alone is necessary. These cafes, coffee shops, bars, and restaurants are some of Dallas’s best options for a working meal, striking up a conversation with a stranger or for a simple moment of respite from the daily grind. If you’re going to go it alone, these are the best places in big D to be.Read More
Where to Dine Solo in Dallas
These coffee shops, sports bars, cocktail haunts, and more are perfect for those going it alone
Trova Wine + Market
If it’s going to be a laptop open lunch, this place has plugs under the counter. It’s also a great option for those in of need a glass of wine and a change of scenery to make working from home bearable on any afternoon. No need to be a wine aficionado—the menu has a somm’s choice option that takes the guesswork out of ordering.
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Not only can you get one of the best sandwiches in DFW here, but you can grab a chair or an outdoor table and daydream for a spell. As a bonus, if you were using your solo dinner out to get away from the family, Goodfriend Package does special casseroles and family-style dishes to grab and take back to feed the crew.
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The seasonally updated menu with dishes like maple bourbon meatballs and birria ramen makes Henry’s a place to return to over and over. The rustic patio makes a solo meal feel like a little adventure.
Blue Goose Cantina
The rustic cement bar at Blue Goose is large enough to spread out with chips and salsa, and somehow still intimate enough to have a conversation with a stranger. It offers the ideal combination of being able to eat alone, in peace, or meet someone new.
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This upscale Mediterranean spot in Oak Lawn isn’t just for a fancy night out. Their large, rectangular bar is also an excellent spot to treat yourself to a delicious solo meal and one of their many varieties of gin and tonics (add-ins include cucumber, mint, and pink peppercorn).
Sa Sa Sushi
There’s always a communal feeling to eating sushi at the counter, and the sushi bar at this Lakewood spot is a lovely place to make conversation with the staff, meet a new friend, or munch away on sashimi.
Ascension Coffee - Design District
This Design District coffee shop has millennial friendly decor down and is the kind of place to be industrious or a slacker. Have a snack and feel inspired by the other folks pecking away at their laptops or sit and daydream in the light-filled space.
Want to watch the game with a cold one but tired of the couch? Hero, which comes from the same team behind HG SPLY, offers a midcentury modern-inspired space full of soft leather, soft lighting, plenty of screens, and arcade games. Plus, healthy options like smoky carrot hummus accompany the nachos, tater tots, burgers, and standard array of sports bar comfort foods on the menu.
There’s something quintessentially Dallas about taking a stroll through Deep Ellum and stopping in at AllGood. The shabby chic, lived-in vibe makes it a comfortable place to hang out and the food (like chicken-fried steak and chicken enchiladas) will makes tourists feel like Texans, even if they just arrived.
Get dressed up and treat yourself to a classic cocktail made to order at plant-based Latin American street food spot Shoals. It can be rough to go it alone in this popular spot on the weekends, but a weekday solo visit during happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a drink and an empanada can help make the week go a little faster.
Jaxon Beer Garden
If you’re sipping a beer for a few hours to kill time — and maybe ordering a plate of something while you linger — Jaxon Beer Garden in Downtown has comfy chairs galore and more than 40 options on draft.
Tribal All Day Cafe
The afternoon negroni is alive and well—and you can get one in Bishop Arts without it feeling like a whole scene. This down-to-earth cafe has indoor and outdoor seating with a range of coffee drinks, boozy drinks, and small plates.