When it comes to restaurants in Arlington, you will not be at a loss for finding exactly what you’re craving right near all of the top attractions, hotels, and shopping. From family dining and sports bars to local favorites and even restaurants you may have seen on TV, Arlington has something for everyone.
Arlington Eats and Drinks
To eat like a local, head to Piranha Killer Sushi. The first location opened in Arlington in 2001 and was so good that there are now several locations in Texas, including two in Arlington. The menu is a sushi lover’s dream with dozens of options for sashimi, classic rolls, hand rolls, and signature rolls. There are also entrees like blue crab fried rice and medallion of beef or chicken teriyaki for those who like their meals cooked. No matter what you get, eating in the modern dining space of Piranha Killer Sushi will be a highlight of your visit to Arlington.
For special occasions, try Piccolo Mondo Italian Restaurant, a presence in Arlington for over three decades. With a piano bar and banquet room, the establishment has everything you need for a memorable meal. The menu boasts specialties, like lasagna alla bolognese, and also has classics like linguini with fresh red or white clam sauce. Ask the knowledgeable staff for recommendations and be sure to choose a selection from the wine list for an extra special evening.
If you like your meal served with some friendly competition, Dave and Buster’s is THE place for epic family-friendly dining. Challenge each other to a game of Super Shot or try to beat the high score in Pac-Man. After you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll be blown away by the extensive menu. Enjoy favorites like burgers, pizza, nachos, and buffalo wings. And for the adults, don’t forget to try one of the original cocktail creations.
We never met a kid—or adult for that matter—who doesn’t love pizza. Luckily, right near many of the main Arlington attractions, you can indulge your love for all things pizza at Mellow Mushroom. Along with serving up delicious stone-baked pizzas, every visit is an experience. You’ll be immersed in bright colors and surrounded by mesmerizing murals as soon as you walk in the door. Whether you’re having lunch to refuel for more Arlington adventures or having dinner to wind down your day, Mellow Mushroom is a perfect choice for the whole family.
As Seen On TV
While in Arlington, you should dedicate part of your trip to trying the local restaurants featured on TV shows like Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Make J. Gilligan’s Bar and Grill, which has been featured on The Food Network’s Top 5 Restaurants: Best Bar Foods Edition, your first stop and try the famous Irish nachos. These crispy potatoes topped with nacho fixings have earned national recognition thanks to mentions on the Travel Channel and ESPNU.
Featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Taste of Europe provides a unique dining experience. An Arlington institution, Taste of Europe offers Eastern Europe and Russian cuisine and Old World classics. Just like Guy Fieri, you must try the potato pancakes. Don’t forget to visit their store and browse shelves of authentic Russian merchandise and European groceries.
Sports Bars and Pubs
Arlington has many sports bars and pubs where you can plant yourself in front of a TV, drink your favorite beer, and watch your team make the winning play. If you object to ho-hum beer, grab a cold one at Arlington's beloved Legal Draft, which is located in the ever-expanding Urban Union district. Their wide ranging brews, made by a German beermaster, are decidedly delicious and humorously named.
For an authentic English pub experience, you have to stop by J.R. Bentley’s. Located in downtown Arlington, you can watch your favorite game while enjoying one of their burgers voted Best Burger three year in a row. They also have an extensive beer menu including two rotating craft beers on tap.