Date Night in Dallas: Memorable Evenings for $100 or Less

couple-holding-hands-sitting2by Mike Marrero

This column is intended to provide you with upscale and unique dates that do not break the bank, and prevent date night monotony. This evolving topic will vary weekly to accommodate foodies, drinkers, music lovers, and more. There will also be casual suggestions like dive bars, comedy shows, festivals, picnics, and wine tastings too. This week’s theme is Latin American.  

Couple Salsa Dancing

You should have a late lunch, as dinner will not be served until about 9:00pm. Your first stop will be the Vitruvian Salsa Festival presented by Dance Council of North Texas, SalsaDallas, Vitruvian Park, and the City of Addison. This free event is located at 3850 Vitruvian Way. Addison, Texas 75001. Every Saturday in July, you can stop by at 6:30pm for free Salsa lessons from some of Dallas’ best instructors, and stay until 10:00pm dancing to live bands like Havana NRG. This weekend’s theme is Puerto Rican Night, led by Geovanny Leyva with music from Carabali. Learn the basics of Salsa dancing with your partner, then dance and enjoy the fashion and sounds of Latin America until you are ready for dinner. Gourmet food trucks will be available on site, but we suggest you wait to eat until your next stop San Salvaje in downtown Dallas.

San Salvaje by Stephan Pyles is located at 2100 Ross Avenue. Dallas, Texas.  This Latin themed restaurant is everything you would expect from such an award winning and respected chef. With its attention to artistic design, creative menu, quality ingredients, reasonable prices, and customer service, San Salvaje is highly recommended. We suggest reservations, and this evening you should make them for around 9:00pm.

Modern Ropa Vieja San Salvaje

This fun and casual menu is perfect for sharing plates. Recommended plates are the Fried Squid Tacos with Preserved Lemon for $8, Smoked Duck Tacos with Rhubarb Salsa for $10, and the Cabrito Barbacoa Tacos with Goat Cheese for $10. You can also order the full plate Modern Ropa Vieja with Plantains, Black Beans & Rice for $21 and only get the Fried Squid Tacos for $8 instead of three taco plates. The Ceviche has been earning high praise too. Innovative chefs like Stephan put much creativity into their appetizers and small plates. There are only so many ways you can cook and present a filet, and a chef’s artistic side can commonly be seen in their small plates. By sharing plates you are pretty much ensuring to find something you both like while staying on budget. For your cocktails, order two Pisco Margaritas, $10 each. The Pisco Margarita is Pisco Portón, lime, simple syrup, lemon juice, with lemon-lime zest rim. Pisco is not tequila; it is a grape brandy from the wine making regions of Chile and Peru. For the history behind this artisanal spirit that you will be sure to love, visit the Porton website.

In addition to exceptional food and drink, San Salvaje will many times feature a live band on the patio, and they also have a very large bocce ball court. The view from the patio in downtown Dallas is an added bonus.

Salsa Band at San Salvaje


The high energy of the Salsa Festival and San Salvaje will have you ready for one more stop. Take a short drive a few miles away to Reunion Tower for the best view of the city at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck at 300 Reunion Boulevard East. Dallas, Texas 75207. While you are going for some alone time in a breathtaking setting, the drinks happen to be amazing too. Keeping in theme with Latin America, the Papa Doble a.k.a. “Hemingway Daiquiri” featuring Zacapa “Sistema Solera 23” Rum, Lime Juice, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, and Grapefruit Juice for $16 is a winner. Another fine choice would be the Adios Nonino featuring Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Aperol, and Amaretto for $16. Sip on these craft drinks while enjoying each other’s company and the city lights for as far as the eye can see.


There you have it, a great evening including dancing, exceptionally prepared cuisine, delectable drinks, and scenic views for under $100 including a minimum 20 percent tip. Take plenty of pictures, but live in the moment, it should be a blast!

Please take note, parking is hit or miss, comfortable shoes and breathable summer attire leaning towards business casual would be a smart choice.

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