Where to eat during graduation weekend


    With graduation weekend right around the corner, seniors are scrambling to finalize classes, future plans and for some, dinner reservations.

    Graduation weekend attracts a significant influx of guests to the area. While local restaurants receive an increase in business, they also see an increase in reservations made ahead of time.

    “I have made a few reservations for the night before graduation as of this past week and some places were already full,” senior interior design major Laura Tutera said. “Personally, I made reservations at Tillmans, Reata and Del Frisco’s Grille.”

    Many graduating seniors make reservations weeks in advance to ensure accommodations for friends and family. Apps such as Open Table help simplify the process of making large reservations.

    However, for those who choose to not make plans weeks in advance, many Fort Worth staples say they are happy to help celebrate graduation festivities.



    Not just your average coffee house, Brewed is a self-proclaimed “locals living room” that serves coffee, beer and wine and a wide variety of fresh, made-from-scratch food dishes. The weekend brunch specialties include the famous Chicken & Waffles and house made Biscuits & Gravy.

    Taverna Pizzeria and Risotteria

    Located downtown, Taverna offers a quality brunch experience with options ranging from vanilla French toast to a shrimp & asparagus omelet. However, the title of the most popular brunch item goes to the mimosas, priced at only $1.84.

    Café Modern

    For those seeking to combine brunch and entertainment, Café Modern at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is the place to be. Guests enjoy a seasonal and high-end food selection while enjoying views of the museum.


    Woodshed Smokehouse

    Located on the Trinity River near campus, Woodshed Smokehouse offers the ideal setting for a leisurely and enjoyable dining experience, with outdoor seating, games and live music. In addition to traditional smokehouse items on the menu, Woodshed also offers “Dining with Friends” options that allow large groups to enjoy a variety of dishes.

    Thirteen Pies

    For family’s wanting to get the full college experience, Thirteen Pies has mastered the art of pizza. The menu highlights 12 set concoctions and one surprise pizza. Thirteen Pies is located in the West 7th district.

    Rodeo Goat

    Right down the street from Thirteen Pies, Rodeo Goat boasts the “best burger in Fort Worth” by dfw.com. The restaurant offers a unique spin on an American classic, from grilled peaches to queso fresco. Guests can enjoy the patio or sit inside to get out of the summer heat.


    Ellerbe Fine Foods

    Nestled in a small venue on Magnolia Street, Ellerbe epitomizes an intimate dining experience. The elegant outdoor patio allows guests to relish in the summer evenings while enjoying dishes such as veal chop, rabbit and quail cordon bleu.


    WATERS offers premier seafood and specializes in daily fish specials. From shrimp to lobster tail to oysters, any seafood craving can be satisfied at this restaurant found on West 7th.

    Hunter Brothers’ H3 Ranch

    For those looking to get the true Fort Worth dining experience, H3 Ranch in the Historic Stockyards will leave guests feeling like native Texans. The restaurant is adorned with mounts, saddles for bar stools, guns and longhorns. The steaks and other entrees are cooked over a live hickory wood grill, filling the restaurant with a delicious aroma.

    Fort Worth’s unique culinary culture has options to satisfy any craving while accommodating friends and family members. It wouldn’t be a true graduation celebration without enjoying some true “Texas eatin’.”