There’s nothing quite like a rooftop dining experience, especially when you can soak up the Texas sunshine or marvel at the surrounding night cityscape. Even when temperatures are blazing, owners simply add fans and misters to keep patrons comfortable. In cooler temperatures, outdoor heaters are in plentiful supply. That way, locals can enjoy the outdoors all year long. Here are 10 favorites to check out:
1. Reata (310 Houston St., Fort Worth)
While the interior delights patrons with its Texas vibe, the best seating is outdoors! There you will have a view of the Fort Worth skyline and enjoy people watching on the streets below.
This 16-ounce Cowboy bone-in ribeye served with butter right on top (a local favorite) is just one of the Southwestern cuisine choices here.
2. HG Sply Co. (2008 Greenville Ave., Dallas)
The ambiance makes this a must-go place to nosh, day or night.
HG Sply misters on the rooftop keep you cool, even on the hottest of Texas days.
The food is what will keep you coming back. Check out "The Stack," with teres major steak, sweet potato hash, avocado, and egg.
3. Terelli's Restaurant & Bar (2815 Greenville Ave., Dallas)
Traditional Italian dishes as well as seafood-inspired chef's picks make this a local favorite.
These succulent crab claws always get rave reviews.
4. Bird Café (155 E. 4th Street, Fort Worth)
While it's not exactly high on a rooftop, the café overlooks Sundance Square.
There are brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night dining options. This carne asada waffle with syrup on the side takes brunch to a whole new level!
5. Houston Street Bar & Patio (Fort Worth)
Patrons like Houston St.'s appeal of a light-and-bright area that sets it apart from dimly-lit traditional bar environments. The roof patio is bright and features park-like plants and flowers.
While the food here is in keeping with bar food styles, the chefs aren't afraid to get creative. This coney dog pizza is a popular menu item.
6. The Nines (2811 Main St., Deep Ellum - Dallas)
The Nines is known more as a trendy bar with unique aerial performers and burlesque.
But food counts too. This coconut curry chicken and waffles is from their new Sunday brunch!
7. Kona Grill (3028 Crockett St., Arlington Heights Area - Fort Worth)
A diverse, exciting menu and happy hour selections make this a popular place for locals.
The menu focuses on healthy options as well as exciting Asian-inspired choices.
8. LSA Burger Co. (113 W. Hickory St., Denton)
Located between Dallas and Fort Worth, the city of Denton has a great flair for food and a strong music vibe. You will find tasty and affordable food and entertainment options here.
You just can't beat the hearty grilled chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, and fries options. The parmesan garlic fries are a particularly good.
9. STIRR (2803 Main St. in Deep Ellum - Dallas)
From the moment you enter, you know you are in for a memorable dining experience. The place is filled with art- even the stairs, and quotes and signs are everywhere you look. But the main event is the view of Dallas' skyline.
The food itself is delicious and portions are generous. These appetizer options are appealing and are completely shareable!
10. City Works Restaurant (3680 The Star Blvd., Suite 1300, Frisco)
City Works is right across the street from the Dallas Cowboys training facility.
The food is classic and tasty, and portions are big. It's fun to hang out on the rooftop area and watch visitors play on the Cowboys turf field.
Do you like to dine outdoors or do you prefer to be seated inside? Are there additional rooftop restaurants that we should check out?