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Jun 22, 2009 05:57 AM

[DFW] Recommendations for Dining Alone

I'm in my late 20s, single and financially stable. Other than a couple of older friends of mine, the remainder of my group of friends rarely have enough extra income to splurge on dinner. Which means that I am usually flying solo. I don't mind this at bars because it's a more relaxed atmosphere and you can eat your dinner, have a drink and read a book/chat with the bartender. And lunching by oneself seems to be rather common, so I have no issues with that. But I have yet to find very many restaurants where I feel comfortable having dinner on my own.

Understanding that what I feel "comfortable" with may differ from your view, are there any recommendations out there for great dinner places where a solo diner would not feel overly awkward? To reiterate, I am not looking for bars that serve food (I've probably already been there, anyway), but I certainly would not mind recommendations for restaurants that serve their full menu in their bar area. Any price point, and I have yet to find a cuisine that I don't like. So bring it on, and thanks in advance.

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  1. I find sushi restaurants to be a great place to eat alone. The sushi bars always have extra space for one, and you're not stuck with the bar menu. Also, Central 214 or any other great restaurant that's in a hotel is usually a solid bet for solo eating.

    1. You're looking for more "upscale" type dining?

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      1. re: luniz


        I suppose I didn't make that clear, but yes, I'm more looking in that direction.


        I actually did go to Central 214 a couple of weekends ago and sat at the bar, but I got there as the kitchen was closing. I didn't expect it to close at 10 pm on a Friday night. But I intend to go back.


        Thanks for that suggestion. I have been looking for an excuse to try Stephan Pyles, and I may have just found it.

        1. re: mistyp0523

          Being solo in a dining room isn't the end of the world and I think it's worth putting yourself out of your comfort zone for the sake of a good meal. With that in mind, I do understand being comfortable with making reservations for a party of one isn't gonna come overnight.

          While I don't do much solo dining in DFW, I travel frequently for business and I typically eat alone because my group doesn't care for what's good, just convenience. I'm usually the one who is vehemently opposed to eating at (insert typical chain restaurant here), and would rather eat at a dive or local place. However, I also don't mind taking a splurge sometimes and can attest that most restaurants at hotels excel at catering to solo diners who are there on business. .

          Also a suggestion: I've had prix-fixe meals where the timing worked out to where there's little to no downtime in between each course. I personally haven't been to the Tasting Room at Lola, but I wouldn't be surprised if each course is well-timed and you're always eating.

          1. re: air

            Thanks for the suggestion of the prix-fixe and tasting meals.

            I tend to travel alone, too. Not for business but again, because most of my friends do not have extra income to travel with. And because I'm like you and feel I need to experience what is unique about the city/country I'm in, I have never had issues with making a reservation for one. For whatever reason, I have that apprehension while home, though. I agree that I need to get over it.

            I appreciate all the suggestions. Nonna, Local, Stephan Pyles, and the bar at Abacus are on my short list.

            1. re: mistyp0523

              Also try Nobu. I go there once in a while by myself and do not feel out of place. Try their tasting menu, starts at 95. but very well worth the experience.

              1. re: mistyp0523

                Also, I saw your post about soups. I realize this is out of line with the fine dining suggestions so far, but still, it's not uncommon to find solo people (myself included) at King's Noodles. If I can't decide what's for dinner, that's usually at the top of my list.

        2. The ceviche bar at Stephan Pyles. You used to be able to only order ceviche and small plates there, but I think they may allow the full menu now, although you could make a nice meal out of ceviche and small plates. There is a communal table there as well.

          1. Hibiscus on Henderson has a bar at the back where they serve from the full menu.

            1. Eat at the bar at Nonna's during the week.

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              1. re: Scagnetti

                Particularly on a rainy night. Also, the bar at Local. Maybe Kavala?