Last spring, I fell in love with Texas. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit different cities a few times and one of my favorites was Grapevine, Texas. Grapevine is the perfect, wholesome family community with amazing restaurants offering hospitable service and tempting, trendy dishes. After visiting the city more than once, I have literally eaten my way through the adorable and historic town. Here are seven noteworthy restaurants in delicious Grapevine, Texas that I recommend you to try.
Delicious Grapevine, Texas
Ferrari’s Italian Villa & Chop House
1200 William D. Tate, Grapevine, TX 76051 (817) 251-2525
The Secchi family’s upscale dining spot breaks the mold of typical Italian restaurants.
Ferrari’s Italian Villa & Chop House is a fine dining establishment where the Antipasto Bar is the star of the show. Your server will build a gorgeous platter of your favorite antipasto speciality items including Mortadella, artichoke hearts, grilled vegetables, and stuffed olives for $7 per person. Ferrari’s Gnocchi is spot on, just the right texture and creaminess, while their Cioppino, is mouth-watering. Pasta lovers will swoon over the Pollo Finanziera, homemade fettuccine with chicken, ham, mushrooms, English peas, and cream. If you are not already full, I recommend the tableside Bananas Francesco or decadent Tiramisu for dessert.
520 S. Main Street, Grapevine, TX 76051 (817) 400-7437
This is THE stop in Grapevine for a sweet tooth, comfort desserts, and baked-from-scratch pastries. JudyPie features a wide variety of cakes, pies, and cookies baked with love. Pie flavors change daily. The more popular choices are Coconut Cream, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan, and Lemon Meringue Pie. The apple pie will melt in your mouth and is even better served a la mode (with ice cream). Take home a box of cinnamon rolls or hand pies for the family. Perhaps Judy herself (pictured below) will even be there to serve you!
Tolbert’s Restaurant & Chili Parlor
423 S. Main Street, Grapevine, TX 76051 (817) 421-4888
You must have Texas Chili, or Bowl of Red, at some point during your visit (a big meaty bowl of Chili Con Carne served without beans). Tolbert’s is an exceptional place to give it a try. Order a bowl and top it with cheese and onions, the Texas way. Another do-not-miss item at Tolbert’s is their Cow Tails, a flour tortilla wrapped around a beef frank (weiner), deep fried, and served with spicy mustard for dipping. Yum! Tolbert’s also has juicy burgers, salads, and other Southwestern favorites. Check out their live music schedule online. Tolbert’s has been a hot spot in historic downtown Grapevine for 30 years.
Great Scott Restaurant- Winery & Ale House
1701 Cross Roads Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051
Great Scott Restaurant, a modern eatery, does a fantastic job making handcrafted cocktails and everything related to the pig. Their selection of local craft beers is enormous. A favorite is their over-the-top Charcuterie platters, both interesting and piled high with unique meat and cheese options. It will impress everyone at the table and rightfully so. I have never seen a Charcuterie menu as incredible as this one!
Order the House Made Mozzarella for the table as it is ooey gooey and wonderful! I recommend the Smoked Braised Short Rib (the Cheddar grits are rich and luscious) and the Duck Confit entrees. Happy hour is served Monday-Saturday from 5-7PM in the bar, offering half price small plates, wines, and well cocktails.
Gaylord Texas Resort (817) 778-1000
Brunch rules at this festive Mexican restaurant inside of the mammoth Gaylord Texas Resort. Situated alongside the replicated San Antonio River Walk, the Riverwalk Cantina has a plethora of delicious food stations to please the palate. The open-air café serves make-your-own burritos, breakfast meats, fresh fruits, waffles, and pancakes. Stations are also available with both cold and hot cereals, pastries, and yogurt. The Riverwalk Cantina’s Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine is a breath of fresh air from typical breakfast items. Do not miss the Huevos Rancheros! Make the Riverwalk Cantina your spot for cocktails and appetizers as well. The spicy Queso Dip with Tortilla Chips is sheer perfection.
Main Street Bistro & Bakery
316 S. Main Street, Grapevine, TX 76051 (817) 424-4333
Every town has a local hotspot and the Main Street Bistro, serving foods with a French flair, seems to be Grapevine’s. One side of the restaurant has grab & go bakery options (don’t skip the scones!) while the other is a lovely sit-down area. Main Street Bistro & Bakery makes amazing hand-crafted breads and pastries, so you will definitely want your order to include something bread-related, such as a sandwich or soup in a bread bowl. The Quiche Lorraine was amazing; flavorful and light with a perfect buttery crust. Main Street Bistro & Bakery has many other European favorites, such as Croque Madame, on the menu. For healthier choices, their fresh salad options are exceptional.
1265 S Main Street, Grapevine, TX 76051 (817) 421-0200
Grapevine’s Winewood Grill is a stylish American restaurant with a superb wine menu and trendy meal options. Their Tenderloin Bruschetta is brilliant: melt in your mouth beef paired with crispy flatbread. It is the perfect appetizer to share. The Winewood Mac & Cheese (smoked bacon and creamy Gouda) is a favorite and often ordered as an entrée rather than as a side item. Noteworthy mains include Chilean Sea Bass, Red Snapper, and Ruby Red Trout. The Ruby Red Trout is dredged in Pecorino cheese and pecans, pan-seared, and drizzled with citrus cream sauce. Yummy! Try Winewood Grill’s Sunday Jazz Brunch and half price wine bottles that evening.
Eating Through Grapevine Rocks!
How did I do? Did I make a fair amount of progress eating my way through delicious Grapevine, Texas? What restaurants would you recommend for next time?