10 Delightful Dallas Restaurants with Free Food or 1/2 Off Deals

Sushi at Steel in Uptown

Not only is Dallas a city full of great-tasting food, it's also a city where you can get some great food entirely for FREE, or at least 1/2 off—you just have to know where, when, and how to get it. I've personally tried most of these deals myself so I can vouch that they are for real. And there's one for almost every day of the week! Here's my compilation of the best-tasting weekly food deals in Dallas...

Sundays

1/2 off sushi rolls @ Kona Grill (during dinner hours only)

Kona's sushi is some of the best-tasting in DFW. They have a crab roll with tempura flakes on top that is unlike any sushi roll I've seen anywhere, and it tastes amazing. It's hard to believe it's only $3.25! The Philadelphia Roll was $3.00 and super fresh tasting. At these half-off sushi rates, my bottled tea drink cost more than one sushi roll! Two rolls is enough to feed two people, so a Sunday night sushi dinner date for two will cost you about $6.25. Dallas Foodie insider tip: sign up for their mailing list and they'll send you a coupon for a free appetizer, then next time you can get an appetizer AND two sushi rolls for only $6.25. I've done it! Location: inside Northpark Mall, on the north side.

Mondays

FREE 2-course dinner @ Villa O

This food is totally free—you don't have to buy anything to get it! The catch is that you have to make a table reservation in advance, and you can only order off of a limited menu. BUT that limited menu consists of some high-end organic Italian food that normally isn't cheap. There are 3 salads to choose from: a Mediterranean-style tomato & cucumber mix with oil and vinegar, Caesar, and garden salad. Their Caesar is one of the best I've had anywhere in the U.S., with a house-made dressing heavy on anchovy flavor, "croutons" that are actually warm, soft, cheesy polenta bites, freshly shaved parmesan. Dallas Foodie insider tip: upon request, they will freely top your Caesar with the freshest, least-fishy tasting anchovy you have ever eaten. Then there's your pick of 6 entrees: wagyu beef lasagna, eggplant parmesan, spaghetti with meatballs, and the others I don't recall but they sounded good! Location: near Knox, across from Trece.

FREE 2-course dinner @ Trece

I have personally tried this deal several times, and it's exactly like Villa-O's deal, but with top-shelf TexMex cuisine instead of organic Italian. It's amazing that free food can taste this creative. Trece and Villa-O have the same owners and are located across the street from each other, so the free dinner reservation procedure is the same and similarly, you order off a limited 2-course menu here. Location: near Knox, across from Villa-O.

1/2 off entrees @ Thomas Avenue Beverage Company (TABC)

The common saying, "it's good food, for a bar" does NOT apply to this bar. Their food tastes amazing no matter what kind of place you compare it to! Their burger has been severely overlooked by the annual Best Burger lists; after months of taste-testing the "best burgers," I think TABC's is tied with Angry Dog for #1 Burger in Dallas (as you can see in my "Best Burgers in Dallas" list in the right sidebar of my Dallas Foodie blog.) Dallas Foodie insider tip: be sure to order the "TABC Burger" made with angus beef, the other burgers aren't made the same way. They also have an awesome huge back patio deck covered by big shady trees. Go there! Location: in Uptown, next to The Londoner.

Tuesdays

FREE pizza @ Frankie's Sports Bar (5:00-10:00PM)

All you have to do is buy a drink and your pizza is free, and it's pretty good pizza (for Dallas). You don't get to pick your flavor and the service wasn't fast, but hey, it's free. Frankie's tweeted me that it's UNLIMITED free pizza, but the time I went was right before some big sporting event, so they were ending the free pizza at 7PM and only giving out 2 slices per person. Location: in Uptown, across from Bread Winners, on the corner of Hall & McKinney.

1/2 off select food @ Monica's - Aca Y Alla

Monica's is a long-time TexMex staple of Deep Ellum. You may have heard of their 75-cent margaritas with purchase of an entree on Wednesdays, but have you heard of their half price food deal on Tuesdays? It's worth checking out. Dallas Foodie insider tip: they have free valet parking on weekdays. Location: in Deep Ellum.

Wednesdays

FREE sushi @ Steel (5:30-7:00PM)

Their sushi is free, but you are expected to buy at least two drinks per person. And this is no problem since happy hour prices are in effect and their house specialty cocktails are delish! Martinis are $5, and I think the beer and sake is less than $5. Their sushi is highly acclaimed, but during the mass production of Wednesday free sushi night their usual quality and consistency definitely slips to average. You do however get to eat UNLIMITED amounts of four different sushi roll flavors: California, spicy tuna, Cajun, and tempura shrimp. The word has been out on this deal for a while, so the place gets crowded early. Dallas Foodie insider tip: if you don't want to fend for standing room in the bar you need to make a table reservation, and if you want the free sushi you are required to make your reservation at 5:30. Location: in Oak Lawn near Cedar Springs.

Buy one entree get one FREE @ Dragonfly (during dinner hours only)

Dragonfly is Dallas' uptown posh at its most decadent– definitely a good place for a romantic date. Their cocktails taste great, and that includes their well drinks because they use mid-shelf liquor as their wells! The various bartenders there collectively and consistently have poured me the best-tasting cocktails in Dallas for the past TWO YEARS. Bring a date (or friend) to Dragonfly on Wednesday night and you'll get one of your meals for free. No reservations are needed to get this deal. Dallas Foodie insider tip: ask if they have any homemade liquors in the back; I once had their blood orange vodka and another time it was something with espresso beans. Location: in Uptown, inside Hotel ZaZa near McKinney Ave.

1/2 off a bottle of wine @ Bread Winners (during dinner hours only)

I haven't personally tried this deal, but Bread Winners has specials every night of the week and great food at all times of the day, as evidenced by their placement in my "Top Recommended Food Spots" list in the right sidebar of my Dallas Foodie blog. They are best known for their amazing breakfast/brunch menu, but their lunch menu is also great and dinner with a 1/2 off bottle of wine is definitely worth doing! Location: in Uptown, corner of Hall & McKinney.

Thursdays

More than 1/2 off select drinks for ladies @ Four Lounge (9pm-2am)

This tiny, plush Moroccan-chic lounge serves unique cocktails using about 20 different organic flavor sauces homemade by the owner/bartender himself. The owner, Keith, changes the extensive cocktail menu every Fall and Spring to use the freshest ingredients of the season. Thursday night is always ladies' night, and the special deal varies from $3 champagne, bellinis, or martinis. No matter how you slice it, those prices are more than half off the normal price. Dallas Foodie insider tip: for something truly divine, I recommend paying the extra bit to add one of their signature flavor sauces to your champagne. Location: in uptown near State & Allen.

Leave me a comment if you know of any other great food in Dallas for free or cheap!

Photo Credit: Alex Ching

Danielle Glick, also known on Twitter as @Dallas_Foodie, brings you honest reviews and special offers on food and drinks in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Danielle is also a Social Media Strategist at DGdesign, a Dallas social media marketing company that specializes in helping small businesses in Dallas attract more customers through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Yelp, blogs and more.

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Note from the Editor: The team at ILiveInDallas.com does their best to bring you timely and accurate information on local events, culture, festivals, and dining specifically in Dallas. However, with any type of advertised special, businesses have the right to change or cease it entirely.  At ILiveInDallas.com, we make no claim on behalf of these businesses that these specials will be honored; furthermore, the businesses mentioned are not liable for honoring these specials. As with all editorial on ILiveInDallas.com,  this is not a paid advertisement, and is thus purely the opinion of one of our contributors. If you discover something mentioned here is no longer valid, please help out your fellow readers and leave a comment about it. With that said, by all means, get your grub on!

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  2. One of my favorites is monday nights at Sfuzzi in Uptown. They do four dollar you call its and half price pizza all night. They have a dj come on mondays as well. Also on tuesdays its half price entrees at Vikery park on Knox.

  3. Seriously! This is a great list! I've tried the free meal at Villa-o which was pretty great. I hadn't heard of Free Pizza at Frankie! Need to try that one out :)

  4. I've been to Frankie's pizza night several times. They always gave me as much pizza as I wanted, there was no limit. I never went on a game night though. I could understand it being a little tough to keep the unlimited service up.

  5. Thanks for the comments! I'm sure there are more places that I'm missing, so if you leave a comment here I'll check them out and update this list.

    1. i don't see that the food is free at villa-o, their website say 50% off so where is the free meal

      1. it used to be free for like over 2 years, starting jan 2012 its 1/2 off food on mondays

  6. Make sure to check out @Quesadyas for Queso for Freeo and BOGO.

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  11. I've been wanting to go to 4 lounge and hadn't made it yet. You have now just reminded me! Great insider tips!!

  12. Don't forget half priced food at Vickery park. Brisket tacos are where its at. Try all you can eat sushi sundays at gui.

    1. All you can eat sushi? Yes!

      1. Yes! All you can eat sushi at Gui on Sunday and Tuesday! Amazing! Def my favorite place

  13. State & Allen has half price pizza on Mondays and The Libertine has half price food on Tuesday's.

  14. Dallas Fish Market has the same deal as Steal (free sushi with 2 drink minimum) on Wed. from 4:30-8p

    1. That was supposed to say Steel

      1. I thought it was a pun. Nice!

    2. This is a great restaurant deal in Dallas. I live near by Dallas Fish Market.

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  16. Thanks for letting me know of more places to try! Keep 'em coming.

  17. LaGrange in Deep Ellum & Meridian Room @ Expo Park have 1/2 price food on Wednesdays.

  18. You have to get a reservation and purchase a minimum amount of alcohol if I am remembering the deal correctly. It sounds too good to be true and it kind of is. More of a hassle than anything.

  19. Great list. It's already been mentioned that there is 1/2 price food at Vick and Libertine but you missed Meridian Room on Wednesday. And on Sunday I believe Breadwinners also does a free dessert w/ the purchase of an entree.
    Check out my list next time ;) We may be a good team lol.

  20. 2 more to add -
    Hacienda on Henderson has half price all food items on Mondays.
    Go Fish has complimentary sushi on Thursday 4-9 with every alcoholic drink. aka $5 glass of wine = 1 free plate of sushi!

    Both are fab and I've tried them out... a few times :)

  21. All Good Cafe on Tuesdays -- BOGO entree.

  22. Who doesn't love a deal!? Thanks for including us in your list of offerings. Here's a complete list of weekly specials: Tuesdays: 1/2 priced appetizers with dinner, Wednesdays: 1/2 priced bottles of wine after 5pm, Thursdays: 1/2 priced martinis after 5pm and Sundays: free dessert with dinner

  23. I'm the manager of The Londoner Uptown and we'd love to be added to your list:
    Monday: Happy Hour (with $1 off all drinks) all night from 4- close; and 1/2 off appetizers all night
    Tuesday: $3 Pint Night (3 selected draft beers) and 1/2 off a bottle of wine; Regular Happy Hour (with $1 off all drinks) from 4-7.
    Wednesday: Happy Hour 4-7
    Thursday: Happy Hour 4-7; and 1/2 off bottles of wine all night and $6 martinis and $4 So-Co Lime Shots
    Friday: Happy Hour 4-7
    Saturday: Brunch Happy Hour- 11-3; $2.50 mimosas and $5 marys
    Sunday: Brunch Happy Hour- 11-3; Regular Happy Hour ($1 off all drinks) from 4-close

    1. Thanks for sharing Charlotte. You guys have three days of 1/2 off stuff. Very nice.

  24. I love when Chamberlain's does half price Lobster in the summers, in my opinion it is the best steakhouse in Dallas

    1. You could have been a little less obvious with the keyword-rich anchor text link and making your name backlink to your recommended restaurant URL. We'll let it slide. It sounds like a pretty amazing deal!

  25. WOW, so many more great deals to try in Dallas! Tons of restaurants have deals, so my main concept behind this article is to only include the places where you can get something that tastes truly amazing for free or half off. In other words, 1/2 off well drinks or an average-tasting burger won't make the cut. I will have to write another list soon, after I taste these deals. Keep 'em coming!

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  30. That's awesome! This is a great move by these restaurants to market these specials and generate some business. I'm making plans with a whole bunch of friends to go TONIGHT for the Sushi - And I JUST found out about it before lunch and driving and hour away :^)

    1. Are you referring to Steel's Wednesday special? It is pretty flipin' cool.

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  36. blue mesa has a free quesadilla bar from 4-6:30 Monday-Friday

  37. J. Pepe's on Greenville Ave. has Daily specials like $3 you call it on Tuesdays open to close! They even have a swimming pool in the back for anyone's use!

  38. This is so fantastic that I'm making it into an Excel flyer for our residents. Credit to you of course! Thanks so much!!

    1. Thanks Julie! This was written about a year and a half ago, and I know some of these deals are no longer valid. For example, Trece is not in business anymore. I have a slightly more updated and detailed version of this list on my Dallas Foodie blog at http://ow.ly/8GvQ8.

  39. this site is WAAAAAY dated and not up to date. Trece has been closed for some time now, and their other eats, Villa O, does not honor the posted free 2 course meal...Who the heck runs this site anyway....WAKE UP!

  40. I had a great time and full and happy stomach when I went to Four Lounge last month with my friends. Their sushi dishes are superb it even inspired me to buy a nice sushi maker for myself. I recommend that you guys try it there.

  41. I love your blog...I been living in the DFW area for a while and I have read all of your blogs and learned I have not seen everything that DFW has to offer. Zena's has two locations one in Downtown dallas right by the Dallas Aquarium and one in Plano of hwy 75. They have a happy hour that is one of the best I have ever been to. It is from 3-to 7 every single day. They have sushi, beer,margaritas, dumplings,wine,etc for super cheap. Their regular menu is not that expensive anyways. Their food and drinks and service are good.

  42. I just signed up for the email! I'm so excited. I just moved to Plano and can't wait to check everything out. Thanks guys for all the advice.

  43. Hotels are great way entertainment specially when the food is clean and tasty.

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