Fort Worth is known for its culturally good food, so where do you take your grandma who flew into town expecting a Fort Worth dining experience?

You know the restaurants are going to be crowded, and making a reservation for your party of sixteen is going to be chaotic.

Consider this your dining guide to graduation: what restaurants take the latest reservations, what dinners are worth the heavy price tags, and what restaurants can accommodate your large family.

Disclaimer: Due to the overwhelming number of people in town for graduation, be prepared for a hefty wait if you walk into one of these places without a reservation. 

  • The Texas Cuisine Experience – Reata

Reata restaurant is located in Sundance Square and is well known for its Texas cuisine and southern atmosphere. You’ll love their bacon crab stuffed jalapenos and their calamari. Leave room for dessert; their banana pudding is a house favorite.

Reata is also a good option for big parties, but expect them to be busy on Saturday.

310 Houston St.


Joe T’s is known for outdoor patio seating and its true mexican food. Take the family here for a late lunch to sit on the outdoor patio. Joe T’s is also great for last-minute large party reservations.

2201 N Commerce St.


You’ll love the homey Italian feel of this restaurant. You can smell the bread just walking up. Taverna’s real pizza oven sits in the middle of the restaurant, and everything is made to order. Other favorites on the menu include a variety of pasta dishes and risotto.

450 Throckmorton St.


Piranha Killer Sushi is located in downtown Fort Worth. The restaurant offers a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere. It is better for a quiet dinner with a small group, although they do take large parties. The restaurant is known for its wide variety of rolls and fresh sushi rolls.

335 W 3rd St.


Located right along the Trinity River, you’ll love this scenic lunch spot with open outdoor seating. With three smokers, two rotisseries, two wood grills and a rotating variety of woods used to smoke the food, you’ll see why this has become a signature spot in Fort Worth.

3201 Riverfront Dr.


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Zoe Zabel is a sophomore journalism major and a photography and business double minor from Hockessin, Delaware. Zoe enjoys taking photos on the sidelines of TCU games and loves to take portraits of people.