Dining Alone: 8 Dallas Restaurants That Make it Easy

By Farah Fleurima  |  January 28, 2014
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We have no clue why dining alone has such a stigma, but Dallas diners have been warming up to the practice in recent years. It helps that there are several restaurants with design elements that make eating solo a breeze, and even an exercise in elegance, depending on one’s proximity to the action in the kitchen or a view outside. Here are eight spots where dining alone isn’t just OK, but an irresistible option.

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    With counter space at the bar both inside the Oak Cliff restaurant and on the patio, Bolsa has a nice bit of space for folks to spread out a bit and eat. It’s a great thing you’re facing the bartenders, too, as the easy-flowing conversation they’ll no doubt start with you will make solo dining seem less solo.

    614 W. Davis St.; 214-367-9367

  • Ascension Coffee

    By day, this Design District stop draws freelancers and java drinkers aplenty to its chill, wood-bedecked space. But at 6 PM, when mobile devices and laptops are requested to be tucked away, it’s easy to stick around for cheese plates and dinner entrees. Order a glass of wine and toast yourself for a workday done right.

    1621 Oak Lawn Ave.; 214-741-3211

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    It’s apropos that this French bistro in Bishop Arts would feature bar seating that faces the street - the better to act all Parisian and people-watch while downing a cassoulet or steak frites.

    408 N. Bishop Ave.; 214-942-1828

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    Lark on the Park

    Speaking of terrific views, Arts District gem Lark on the Park has a dining space not only at the bar but at this counter that looks out toward Klyde Warren Park. A perfect vista for eying the young, urban joggers and dog-walkers who whiz by.

    2015 Woodall Rodgers Freeway; 214-855-5275

  • Lucia

    Since this showplace of Italian cuisine opened in Bishop Arts, it’s remained one of the toughest reservations in town. Happily, you can sail right in sans reservations if there’s an open spot at the counter. It overlooks the kitchen, which churns out bagna cauda and gnocchi with braised oxtail. And since your chances for snagging one of those seats is best when you’re alone, it’s a terrific reason to branch off on your own.

    408 W. Eighth St.; 214-948-4998

  • Meridian Room

    Don’t let the photo fool you - this Exposition Park bar-restaurant gets dark and cozy, making it a fantastic place to curl up into a corner and enjoy house favorites like The Scza cocktail and a bowl of jalapeño soup.

    3611 Parry Ave.; 214-826-8383

  • Spoon Bar & Kitchen

    Sitting at the chef’s counter at this Park Cities seafood establishment means a prime view of Top Chef alum John Tesar. Totally worth the cost of the impeccable Singapore-style chili lobster and the geoduck crudo.

    8220 Westchester Dr.; 214-368-8220

  • Toko V

    A sushi bar counter is probably the most acceptable place to dine alone, so you may as well enjoy some Highland Park people-watching while you’re at it. Or shut out the world and cozy up to an order of Escolar Tataki or Toko V barbecue ribs. A win either way.

    33 Highland Park Village; 214-522-6035