Best Restaurants in Fort Worth 2022

Updated: Sep 27

Fort Worth, Texas has a wealth of options for the gastro-minded, and an array of cuisines that could each have a deep dive on their own. However, when it comes to the best restaurants in Fort Worth in 2022, there are a handful that reign supreme no matter their category.


For the sake of keeping things Fort Worth-specific, big chain restaurants, no matter how delicious, have been omitted from this list.


The following are Fort Worth Key's picks for the best restaurants in Fort Worth in 2022.

 

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B&B Butchers & Restaurant

An upscale steakhouse and traditional butcher shop specializing in high-quality meats and elevated customer service.


Neighborhood: Clearfork


Good For: A highly selective meat eater, people who talk about the "notes" and "legs" of wine, a special occasion, a highbrow date, your discerning father in-law coming to town from New York.


Dress: Hippo boots from M.L. Leddy's, smart blazers, driving shoes, double-cuffed dress shirts, sheaths, sensible pumps.


Try: Caviar service, Carpet Bagger on the Half Shell, Japanese Wagyu Ribeye, Berry Butter Cake


$$$

Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

The Butcher Shop: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily

5212 Marathon Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76109

817-737-5212

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Café Modern at the  Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has outdoor patio seating along their peaceful reflecting pond, the same pool Kendrick Lamar splashed around in in his "N95" music video.

Image c/o Visit Fort Worth


Café Modern

Creative, seasonal menus made with Texas ingredients.


Neighborhood: Cultural District


Good For: Art aficionados, museum marathons, the highbrow and discerning diner, grandma's birthday, ladies who lunch, vegan friends, a calm environment, brunch


Dress: Neiman Marcus' finest: button-downs, slacks, driving loafers, smart blazers, cardigan sets, pearls, Dries Van Noten, and Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh (RIP). This is a modern art museum, lest ye forget.


Try: Skillet cornbread, homemade pasta pappardelle, crispy grain bowl, local grind burger


$$

Lunch: Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Brunch: Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Coffee & Cocktails: Tues.-Thurs. & Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Dinner: Fri. 5-8 p.m.

3200 Darnell St. Fort Worth, TX 76107

817-840-2157

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neon lights of Cattlemen's Steak House's famous marquee with a cow statue on top

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Cattlemen's Steak House

A relaxed steakhouse with classic meat and potatoes done right since 1947.


Neighborhood: The Stockyards


Good For: Fair prices, authentic historical Stockyards experience, dinner before a show at Billy Bob's, photos in front of a legendary marquee


Dress: Ten gallon hats, Cavender's boots, denim creased within an inch of its life, pearl snaps, stacks of turquoise jewelry, embroidery, fringe


Try: The ribeye seared to perfection using only oil, salt, and pepper, baked potato, house salad with fresh grated cheese and homemade croutons, yeast rolls


$$

Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Sun. noon-9 p.m.

2458 North Main St. Fort Worth, TX 76164

817-624-3945

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Don Artemio

An upscale, absolute love letter to Mexican heritage cuisine. In every sense Don Artemio is an homage to Northeastern region of Mexico: from the plant pots outside to the 20,387 bricks in the wall to the art hanging on it, everything you see in the restaurant came from Saltillo, Mexico. Plenty of wines and tequilas come from the region too, along with many ingredients that are mixed in with local Fort Worth foods. Chef Juan Ramón Cárdenas has created an indulgent unicorn.


Neighborhood: West 7th


Good For: Anniversaries, big birthdays, special occasions, impressing foodies


Dress: Dresses, slacks, button downs and, you guessed it, boots.


Try: Allende (cocktail), Nopalitos Fritos para Tacos, Enchiladas Queso Queso, El Famoso “Chile Hojaldrado,” and anything, I mean anything, they have on special for a limited time.


$$$$

Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

​Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

3268 W. 7th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107 (valet available)

817-470-1439

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tablecloth dining tables, tall windows letting in lots of light, glass-enclosed, temperature controlled wine cellears

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Grace

Upscale, modern American fare locally owned and operated since 2008.


Neighborhood: Sundance Square


Good For: Wine connoisseurs, private events, impressing know-it-all diners, anniversaries and other tablecloth-worthy occasions


Dress: Suits without a tie, tasseled loafers with no socks, simple, well-tailored sheaths, tasteful fine jewelry


Try: Texas quail, strawberry and watermelon gazpacho, your preferred cut of beef with espresso horseradish sauce on the side, daiquiri asada, butterscotch pudding, whatever sommeliers Tony or Junior recommend


$$$$

Mon.-Sat. 4-9:30 p.m.

Sun. 4-8 p.m.

777 Main St. Fort Worth, TX 76102 (valet available)

817-877-3388

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Hurtado Barbecue

Slow-smoked central Texas style barbecue with a Tex-Mex twist.


Neighborhood: Near Southside


Good For: Award-winning barbecue (a Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ Joint 2021), messy eating at a picnic table, on-brand Texan wedding catering, pit tours, food truck-turned restaurant cred


Dress: Whatever you just wore on your bike ride or to church. It doesn't matter.


Try: Texas Twinkies, elote, house sausage, prime brisket, spare ribs


$$

Tues.-Sun. 7 a.m.-sold out

1116 8th Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104

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Hurtado Barbecue's Arlington location just 15 miles east:

11 a.m.-sold out daily

205 E. Front St. Arlington, TX 76011

682-323-5141

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Patio with fountain and fairy lights at Joe T. Garcia's in Fort Worth, TX

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Joe T. Garcia's

Family-owned and operated since 1935 and home of the best margarita/ patio situation Fort Worth has to offer.


Neighborhood: The Stockyards


Good For: An unparalleled patio ambiance, big parties like graduations and rehearsal dinners, birthdays, families, entertaining out-of-towners, history buffs, margarita lovers, inebriated Greek life from TCU


Dress: Casual. You'll see everything from sundresses and cowboy boots to T-shirts and shorts. Blazers, cocktail dresses, and heels for special celebrations don't look out of place, either. The Garcia family welcomes you just as you are.


Try: The house margarita, the appetizer nachos (tostada shell with freshly grated melted cheese and green chiles on top- simple perfection), the underrated lunch menu, guac, a second house margarita, a third house margarita


Fun Fact: While it's less about the food and more about the ambiance, Joe T.'s is a can't-miss. The legendary Tex-Mex restaurant began in the Garcia family home, which still acts as an entry to the restaurant. The family pool, however, is a different story. Because too many over-enthused imbibers were taking liberties, the family filled it in sometime in the 90s. Water-based liabilities are such a buzz kill.


$$ - CHECK OR CASH ONLY

Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5-10 p.m.

​Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

2201 N. Commerce St. Fort Worth, TX 76164

817-626-4356

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piles of cheeseburgers, crinkle-cut fries, and a strawberry milkshake at Kincaid's Hamburgers in Fort Worth, Texas

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Kincaid's Hamburgers

Charles Kincaid’s Grocery and Market opened in 1946, and the head butcher began making burgers with the best cuts of meat and freshest produce. "Fort Worth's Favorite Hamburger" was born.


Neighborhoods: Arlington Heights (original location), Hulen, Alliance


Good For: Quick and casual lunch, an old school and distinctly American vibe, simple and delicious burgers and fries


Dress: You'll see jeans, T-shirts, sneakers, families, and 9-5s in business casual grabbing lunch or takeout dinner.


Try: Cowtown Deluxe (mayo, bacon, pimento cheese, grilled jalapeños, and onions), homemade onion rings, chocolate malt, banana pudding


$


Arlington Heights Location (Original Location, Recommended):

Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

4901 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107

817-732-2881


Hulen Location (South Fort Worth):

Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

4825 Overton Ridge Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76132

817-370-6400


Alliance Location (North Fort Worth):

Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

3124 Texas Sage Trl. Fort Worth, TX 76177

817-750-3200


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Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

A modern menu influenced by ingredients and cultures along the Goodnight-Loving and Chisholm Trails, conceived by local darling chef Tim Love.


Neighborhood: The Stockyards


Good For: A refined dining experience true to Fort Worth's roots, impressing parents, popping the question, see/be seen, Fortune 100 lunches


Dress: You'll see Lucchese custom boots, Brunello Cucinelli button downs, and the quintessential, immaculately turned out Fort Worth woman wearing Texan designers like Brandon Maxwell or Tom Ford.


Try: Texas red chili, rabbit-rattlesnake sausage, wagyu tomahawk ribeye, house-made gnocchi, white truffle mac & cheese, warm ancho chili chocolate cake, The Willie (cocktail)


$$$$

Mon.-Thurs. 5-10 p.m.

​Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5-11 p.m.

Closed Sun.

2406 N. Main St. Fort Worth, TX 76164 (valet available)

817-740-8810

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Two crispy beef tacos with lettuce and tomato from Los Vaqueros in Fort Worth, Texas

Image c/o Los Vaqueros


Los Vaqueros

True blue, quality Tex-Mex in a historic Stockyards building, owned and operated by the Cisneros family since 1983.


Neighborhood: The Stockyards


Good For: Tex-Mex done right, heirloom recipes, live music, big rehearsal dinners and receptions, graduation celebrations, hallmark birthdays, going out with your adult children, banquets, catering, a lush garden you can book for events


Dress: Casual. You'll see folks eating in every day casual clothes on weekdays, and maybe a touch dressier on the weekend for a pre-honky-tonk dinner. Whether dressed up or down, denim is always a go here.


Try: Tamales in the shuck, Sonya's Special: an enchilada, taco, and tostada, cowboy enchilada omelette (brunch only), sopapillas, Vaqueros Skinny Margarita


$$

Tues.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

​Sun. 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Brunch 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Closed Mon.

2629 N. Main St. Fort Worth, TX 76164

817-624-1511

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Press Cafe in Fort Worth, Texas at dusk with outdoor patio and fairy lights

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Press Cafe

Modern, casual mix of fresh salads, sandwiches, cocktails, great coffee, and weekend brunch.


Neighborhood: Clearfork


Good For: Outdoorsy types, healthy options, hanging out with your dog, outdoor dining, quality coffee, rooftop drinks, a water view, solid brunch


Dress: You'll see everything from sweaty athleisure to sundresses and chinos.


Try: Caramelized brussels sprouts, trailhead chicken salad, café burger, baked to order cookie à la mode, chicken & waffles (brunch only)


$$

Sun.-Tues. 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Wed.-Sat. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Breakfast Mon.-Fri. 7-11 a.m.

Brunch Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

4801 Edwards Ranch Rd. #105 Fort Worth, TX 76109

817-570-6002

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rooftop dome at Reata Restaurant in Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas

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Reata

Legendary Texas cuisine in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, named after the ranch in the Texas-based 1950s epic Giant.


Neighborhood: Sundance Square


Good For: Meeting the parents, big birthdays, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions, special occasion dinners, brunch, a great rooftop patio, business luncheons, gluten-free menu


Dress: Casual elegance, AKA put together. You'll see blazers and cardigans, cowboy boots and ballet flats, dresses and nice denim, and someone's mom in capri pants with a coordinating blouse. You'll also see people in cocktail attire headed to the roof.


Try: Jalapeño and cilantro soup, 16 oz. cowboy bone-in ribeye with cook's butter, carne asada topped with Reata's cheese enchiladas, Clearfork Cherry Vodka Limeade, West Texas Pecan Pie, stuffed French toast (brunch only)


$$$

Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5-8:30 p.m.

Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5-9:30 p.m.

310 Houston St. Fort Worth, TX 76102

817-336-1009

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What's your vote for the best restaurant in Fort Worth in 2022? If you don't see your favorite on this list, tell us about it in the comments.


Happy dining!