The 2016-2017 school year is coming to a close, which means graduation season is just around the corner. Graduation marks both the end and the beginning – while the long nights of studying, long days of classes, and what seemed like endless paper writing may be over, a whole new world of opportunity and hard work awaits. Whether you’re graduating high school or college, graduation is a huge milestone and accomplishment that is worthy of a celebration. If there’s anything we know how to do in the Dallas West End, it’s how to throw a party. Our district boasts some of the finest restaurants in the city, many of which are equipped with banquet halls and private dining options. Here are a few ideas for your graduation party in Dallas, no matter what your style!
Cool and Casual
There’s no denying Dallas West End is known and loved for its historic charm. However, there are a few cool kids on the block who bring a different kind of vibe to the district. For grads wanting a relaxed and laid back party, Tutta’s Pizza and Gator’s provide the perfect setting.
Tutta’s, the newest restaurant in the West End, rocks an industrial yet welcoming interior. The menu offers a wide variety of gourmet smoked meat pizzas, sandwiches and salads, in addition to an extensive beer list featuring artisan beverages from many of Dallas’ favorite breweries. Although the restaurant does not have a private dining room, they are happy to accommodate large parties. Be sure to check the schedule for performances if you enjoy live music!
Gator’s, a Dallas West End veteran and local favorite, is another option for graduates wanting a casual celebration. Their homemade menu has a variety of choices including steaks, seafood, Cajun specialties, burgers, Tex-Mex, and their signature wall of frozen drinks. The best part – a rooftop deck that overlooks the neighborhood.
Warm and Rustic
Southern hospitality is no stranger to our great state, but Dallas takes it to an entirely different level. Y.O. Steakhouse and Ellen’s Southern Kitchen offer a warm and rustic atmosphere where all your party guests are sure to feel right at home.
Y.O. Steakhouse, adorned with historical photos, brick and warm wood furnishings, and antler chandeliers, provides a unique and authentic Texas-style backdrop. In addition to its 3 charming private halls, Y.O. Steakhouse offers Hill Country-inspired fine dining featuring elk, bison & more.
The newly renovated Ellen’s Southern Kitchen offers a stylish yet authentic atmosphere. With a menu featuring Southern comfort food classics such as chicken fried steak, shrimp and grits, and mac and cheese, Ellen’s is a wonderful option for graduates wanting to celebrate with friends and family in an environment that feels more like home than a party venue.
Chic and Sophisticated
Many graduates go after glamor when planning their graduation parties, and after all that hard work, who can blame them? Luckily, the Dallas West End is home to two superbly sophisticated restaurants with equally sophisticated menus.
RJ Mexican Cuisine creates imaginative traditional dishes, blending Mexico-Texas flavors with Mexican technique. Their newly renovated interior includes chic decor and a private banquet room. Wow your party guests with their exquisite catering menu options.
The Palm Restaurant Dallas is a combination of smooth New York Steakhouse style and Dallas charm. Decorated with caricatures on the wall of famous Palm regulars to Dallas Cowboy greats. The Palm offers 4 different private dining rooms to accommodate every size party – from an intimate gathering of 10 to a large party of 60. Create a party menu from restaurant favorites such as prime aged steaks, jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters, and Italian classics like Chicken Parmigiana and Veal Martini.
Celebrate Your Graduation in the Dallas West End
No matter what your style, the West End Historic District offers plenty of options for your Dallas graduation party. From all of us in the district, congratulations to all graduates. We hope you’ll celebrate with us!