25 Best Restaurants in Tyler, TX

Best Restaurants in Tyler, TX
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Stepping out into the vibrant culinary scene of Tyler, Texas, always feels like an adventure.

Over the years, I've tasted everything from mouth-watering burgers to authentic Italian fares - all without leaving my hometown.

Underneath the charm of its rose gardens and piney woods, Tyler hides a foodie's paradise, sure to satisfy even the most discerning of palates.

Whether you're searching for a cozy date night spot or a family-friendly joint, I'm here to guide you through the best restaurants in Tyler, Texas.

Get ready to embark on an epicurean journey that's as diverse and delightful as the city itself.

About this article: This article was written by a local contributor based on their own experiences and those around them. While this list showcases some remarkable restaurants, it's important to note that this is an opinion piece, and there are many other exceptional dining establishments that are not featured here.
Our aim is not just to guide you to popular eateries but to encourage you to venture out and experience the city's diverse culinary landscape for yourself

GoFish Modern Japanese Kitchen

The only thing better than sushi is more sushi, and GoFish Modern Japanese Kitchen never disappoints.

In the heart of Texas, this gem of a restaurant stands out with its modern take on traditional Japanese cuisine.

This restaurant has quickly become my go-to place when my friends and I are in the mood for delicious, creative sushi.

The restaurant itself is quaint but can get busy around lunchtime, particularly at 12:30.

But the slight wait is always worth it.

Their menu is extensive, and whatever you choose, you're in for a treat.

I've tried The Amazing Roll and The Texas roll, and both were delightful.

The sushi, in particular, has a unique savory taste that leaves you wanting more.

But that's not all.

The drinks at GoFish are something to look forward to as well.

They're served in XL sizes, quenching your thirst with each sip.

Even the tea, unsweetened, has an exquisite taste.

One time, I gave their shrimp fried rice a try.

While it was a bit basic, adding some green onion and sesame perked up the dish.

GoFish is more than just a sushi place.

It's a haven for foodies in Tyler/Longview.

It's not just the food; the quick and friendly service, the lively music, and the complimentary miso they provide all add to the vibrant atmosphere.

GoFish Modern Japanese Kitchen · 127 W SW Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701, United States
★★★★★ · Sushi restaurant


My most recent culinary journey led me to the sublime flavors of the Mediterranean, right here in my own city, no passport required.

From the moment you walk in, you get the feeling that Bernard's Mediterranean Restaurant is no ordinary eatery.

The dimly lit ambiance is intoxicating, setting the stage for an upscale dining experience.

The menu is an impressive array of pasta, steak, veal, and chicken dishes, each prepared with a unique Mediterranean twist.

My visit to Bernard's was on my 31st wedding anniversary.

I can still remember the taste of the salmon I ordered, perfectly cooked and bursting with flavors.

My partner had a steak that was almost too beautiful to eat, served with a side of dessert that ended our meal in a sweet note.

On another visit, I had the Halibut special while my son savored the Chilean Sea Bass special.

My partner opted for the Veal Medallions.

We all agreed that the fish dishes were amongst the best we had ever tasted.

A special mention has to go to their bread; it's so good, they could probably charge you for refills - or so we found when we asked for an extra serving.

On a busy night, I managed to get the last open table without a reservation and started with the escargot.

Their complementary house salad and bread were an excellent precursor to the final act - the ravioli Saint Tropez.

The sauce was rich and packed with flavor, and the price was pretty reasonable too.

Bernard’s Mediterranean Restaurant · 212 E Grande Blvd Suite 106 Suite 106, Tyler, TX 75703, United States
★★★★★ · Mediterranean restaurant

The Potpourri House

Once you step foot inside The Potpourri House, it's like stepping into a quaint fairytale garden bistro.

The food is something to write home about - a smorgasbord of delectable delights that tickle your palate and leave you craving for more.

The salad bar is my personal favorite, a colorful array of fresh produce that looks like a painter's palette.

They have a wide variety of salads to choose from - the pimento salad, cornbread salad, and fruit salad being my top picks.

The chicken salad and potato salad are also worth a try, and their banana pudding is a sweet lover's dream.

Just a small advice - don't let the initial sight of the boutique that leads to the restaurant deter you, it's quite the opposite once you're inside.

Their sandwiches, made with incredibly fluffy bread, are lip-smacking good.

The majestic, layered with perfection between slices, is a must-try.

They also serve American-style entrees, complemented by a selection of beer and wine.

And who doesn't love the option of a baked potato bar, complete with a variety of toppings!

Don't forget to explore their boutique, loaded with a unique assortment of items.

It's like walking into an explosion of colors and fabrics.

The Potpourri House · 3320 Troup Hwy Ste. 300, Tyler, TX 75701, United States
★★★★★ · American restaurant

The Diner

If there's one thing I never get tired of, it's starting my day at The Diner.

This contemporary eatery has become my go-to spot, and it's not hard to see why.

Lending a modern twist to the classic diner fare, they offer a unique blend of hearty American meals and exciting south-of-the-border options.

With an extensive menu that caters to all culinary cravings, I've had the pleasure of trying quite a few delightful dishes.

But if there's one thing that keeps me coming back, it's their breakfast.

From the staple bacon and eggs to the more adventurous Texas-shaped waffles, their morning offerings never disappoint.

There's something to be said about a place that can take simple morning meals and elevate them to gastronomic delights.

The Diner · 7924 S Broadway Ave, Tyler, TX 75703, United States
★★★★★ · Breakfast restaurant

Texas de Brazil - Tyler

Every foodie knows the thrill of discovering a culinary gem, and that's exactly how I describe my experience at Texas de Brazil in Tyler.

This upscale Brazilian eatery fills your plate with a parade of all-you-can-eat grilled meat carved tableside, and complemented by an impressive salad bar.

The gourmet salad and soup bar is a festival of fresh greens, crisp vegetables, and exotic cheeses.

But the real star is the grilled meats.

Grilled to perfection, the variety of meats is mind-boggling.

Every cut of meat you can imagine, from sirloin to lamb, is presented on giant skewers and carved right at your table.

The full-service bar and the wine list are equally impressive.

Whether you're looking for a classic cocktail or a glass of fine wine, you're covered.

And do not forget to save room for dessert.

We got a complimentary cheesecake on our anniversary, and it was the perfect sweet ending to a wonderful meal.

Casual dress code is the norm here.

Despite being a fine dining establishment, people walk in wearing t-shirts and jeans.

But that's just Texas for you, we value comfort over pretentiousness.

Texas de Brazil - Tyler · 2376 Dueling Oaks Dr #100, Tyler, TX 75703, United States
★★★★★ · Steak house


Every now and then, you stumble upon a little gem in your city that you never knew existed.

For me, that gem is Mario's Italian Restaurant right here in our own backyard.

I decided to visit one day after hearing positive buzz around the city, and it's safe to say that the place lived up to the hype.

Stepping into Mario's is like stepping into a time capsule of old-school Italy.

Vintage photos adorn the walls, a live singer serenades you with classic Italian tunes, and the aroma of authentic Italian cuisine fills the air.

The food at Mario's is a delightful mix of traditional Italian staples.

I usually start off with their mixed platter.

It's a mix of fried zucchini, fried calamari, jalapeño poppers, and mozzarella sticks served with two distinctive sauces.

My personal favorite is the jalapeño poppers.

If you're not a fan of fried starters, the sautéed mushrooms are a must-try!

My go-to main course at Mario's is shrimp linguine.

The shrimps are always cooked to perfection.

The portion sizes are generous, and you won't leave the place feeling hungry.

If you still have some room left after your meal, their creamy Italian cake is one dessert you should not miss out on.

Mario's Italian Restaurant is more than just a dining spot.

It's a slice of Italy right here in Tyler.

Mario’s Italian Restaurant · 7916 S Broadway Ave #200, Tyler, TX 75703, United States
★★★★★ · Italian restaurant

Roma Italian Kitchen & Bar

There's just something about Roma Italian Kitchen & Bar that keeps bringing me back.

I must have passed by this hidden gem countless times, and each time, I found myself entranced by the warm, welcoming ambiance and the mouth-watering aroma of Italian cuisine wafting through the doors.

Having dined there on multiple occasions, I can confidently say that it's one of the top 5 restaurants in Tyler, Texas.

Their service can only be described as top-notch.

It's not just about their attentiveness, it's about the genuine warmth and care they bring to the table.

The ambiance is just as inviting, with clean interiors, peaceful settings, and soft music playing lightly in the background.

It's the perfect setting for a quiet dinner.

The food, oh the food!

Each dish at Roma is a delightful adventure for your taste buds.

I've tried a range of items from their menu, but the standouts for me have been the tortellini alla Panna and shrimp Alfredo.

Each bite is an explosion of rich, authentic Italian flavors that leaves you craving for more.

The warm bread served with oil and herbs only adds to the whole gastronomic experience.

Don't even get me started on the dessert, the limoncello cake was fluffy, perfectly lemony, and a must-try!

Accompanying this feast was a glass of white Moscato, which was an absolute delight.

Smooth, aromatic, and perfectly chilled – it was the perfect complement to the flavorful dishes.

Whether you're a wine connoisseur or just a casual drinker, Roma's selection is sure to impress.

Roma Italian Kitchen & Bar · 3320 Troup Hwy Suite 170, Tyler, TX 75701, United States
★★★★★ · Italian restaurant

Mama's Restaurant

There's something special about finding that perfect spot in your hometown where the food feels familiar and comforting, and the value is hard to beat.

For me, that place is Mama's Restaurant, an old-school restaurant that takes pride in serving delicious Mexican and American comfort food, including a wide variety of breakfast options.

A typical Sunday morning for me includes a visit to Mama's, where I often indulge in the Mama Platter which is a delightful combination of half nachos, half quesadilla.

My husband would usually go for the full plate steak fajita nachos, a hearty dish that is so generous in portions he often ends up with leftovers.

One of the highlights of Mama's Restaurant is the outstanding service.

However, like any other place, Mama's has its off days too.

I remember we once had hash browns that were undercooked and coffee that was too strong.

Despite this, we still find ourselves returning to Mama's because of the comforting food, excellent service, and the homey ambiance that we, as locals, have come to love.

Mama’s Restaurant · 2105 E 5th St, Tyler, TX 75701, United States
★★★★★ · American restaurant

Aspen Creek Grill

Every now and then, you stumble upon a hidden gem in your city that makes you realize - there's no place like home.

For me, it's Aspen Creek Grill, a rustic mountain-lodge-themed eatery that feels like an escape to the wilderness while being right here in our bustling city streets.

Aspen Creek Grill is a place where the comfort food menu and the bar with TVs create a perfect blend of a relaxed and lively atmosphere.

My partner and I celebrated our anniversary here, and it was nothing short of amazing.

If you get a chance, do order them.

They're a cheesy delight that your taste buds will thank you for.

Now, a local secret - Aspen Creek Grill is not just about the food and drinks.

It's also about the people.

It's a small detail that adds to the overall pleasant atmosphere.

And let's not forget about the decor - it's charming, down to their bathrooms with record ceilings and a disco ball!

Aspen Creek Grill · 1725 W SW Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701, United States
★★★★★ · Steak house

Daniel Boone's Grill & Tavern

There's nothing like wrapping up the week with a hearty meal at Daniel Boone's Grill & Tavern.

This place, tucked away in a strip mall right next to our local Neighborhood Walmart, is where my friends and I head to whenever we crave some homestyle American fare.

Parking can be a bit of a challenge, but it's a small price to pay for the incredible food and atmosphere that awaits inside.

Stepping in, you're instantly whisked away to a little Western-themed corner of the world.

The walls are adorned with quirky decorations that always catch my eye.

It's a cozy, relaxed setting that's perfect for a laid-back dinner.

The menu is replete with heartwarming American classics.

My personal favorite is the fried catfish, although the ham steaks come a close second.

The cherry on top for me, quite literally, is the free Blue Bell ice cream they serve at the end of our meal.

It's a sweet ending to a delightful dining experience.

They're always super friendly and go above and beyond to cater to our needs.

Whether it's cracking a joke to lighten the mood or ensuring our meals are served promptly, their service is truly top-notch.

I've seen them hustling between tables, especially during lunch hours when the place is filled with business folks looking for a quick, fulfilling meal.

Daniel Boone’s Grill & Tavern · 1920 E SE Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701, United States
★★★★★ · American restaurant

Dakotas Steakhouse

When it comes to fine dining in Tyler, Texas, I have a soft spot for Dakotas Steakhouse.

A fixture in our community since 2002, Dakotas lives up to the reputation of a top-notch steakhouse.

It's one place that never fails to impress, no matter how many times you visit.

From the moment you step in, you are greeted with a warm and welcoming ambiance.

The interior is tastefully designed, featuring dim lighting that sets the tone for an intimate dining experience.

The patio, heated for those cooler nights, is another inviting space where you can enjoy your meal.

The service at Dakotas is commendable.

They're always ready to suggest the best pairings or recommend dishes you might love.

One thing that you should absolutely try is their seafood options – the oysters, in particular, are to die for!

The menu offers a blend of seafood and steak dishes that are sizable, and trust me; the taste is as good as the portion sizes.

The salmon, although a tad bit salty for my liking, was cooked to perfection.

However, it's the steak that steals the show.

Cooked exactly to your liking and seasoned just right, it's worth every penny.

Dakotas also offers a global wine list that caters to a variety of preferences.

And if you're more of a cocktail person, their drinks are as good as their food.

Of course, no dining experience is complete without parking facilities and Dakotas takes care of that too.

You'll always find ample parking space when you dine here.

Dakotas Steakhouse · 4803 Old Bullard Rd #1, Tyler, TX 75703, United States
★★★★★ · Steak house

Villa Montez

You know that feeling when you're sitting at the top of a hill, looking down at the city lights while indulging in the finest Latin-style seafood and meat dishes?

That's exactly what I felt during my dinner at Villa Montez.

It's not every day you get to dine in a swanky hilltop mansion, and let me tell you, Villa Montez is an experience worth every penny.

I was offered the finest of beverages by JoJo and Andrea, their service was beyond commendable.

The elaborate menu, inspired by Latin and Mexican flavors, was a treat to explore.

I made sure to taste a bit of everything, the steaks cooked to perfection, the comforting classics, and, let's not forget, the one-of-a-kind cocktails.

The bartender surely knows his way around an old-fashioned.

One thing that I particularly loved about Villa Montez is that the restaurant is sectioned into different dining areas, each offering a unique ambiance.

Whether you fancy enjoying your meal in the secluded cellar, the lively bar area, or the serene patio, the choice is yours.

The historic mansion certainly adds to the charm of the place, making it one of the top restaurants in not just Tyler but all of East Texas.

As for the desserts, they were the cherry on top of a delightful evening.

I still dream about those sweet treats occasionally.

Oh, and did I mention the view?

Absolutely breathtaking!

Villa Montez · 3324 Old Henderson Hwy, Tyler, TX 75703, United States
★★★★★ · Mexican restaurant

Clear Springs Restaurant

Let me take you on a culinary journey that led me to discover the absolute gem that is Clear Springs Restaurant.

The last time I visited, it was a lively Saturday night with a barnlike setting that gives you a vibrant vibe, perfect for a night out with family or friends.

The appetizer kicked it all off, stirring our appetite.

We then waited in anticipation for the main course, and the wait was totally worth it!

The chicken fried chicken was a revelation.

It was crispier than any chicken I’ve ever had.

Even the mashed potatoes were creamy enough to melt in your mouth!

Along with the chicken queso full of flavor, and the perfectly cooked veggies, I must say that my taste buds were taken on a roller-coaster ride of flavors!

The kid's grilled cheese was the usual but well-prepared nonetheless.

However, the pièce de résistance was the key lime pie, which was absent from our photo session as it was too irresistible to wait for!

Needless to say, it was the best key lime pie we've had so far.

Clear Springs Restaurant · 6519 S Broadway Ave, Tyler, TX 75703, United States
★★★★★ · Seafood restaurant

Athena Greek & American Family Restaurant

You never really know the heart of a city until you've tasted its food.

As a foodie, I've always had a soft spot for Greek cuisine, and Athena Greek & American Family Restaurant comes pretty close to a culinary trip to Athens right here in our city.

The first bite of their Opa Fries was a revelation, a unique item that I've never encountered before and now can't get enough of.

It’s always a delight to find something novel at a local diner.

The restaurant serves up a combination of Greek and American classics, and they do it with gusto.

Let's talk calamari - tender, crispy, and served with a dipping sauce that will make you want to lick the plate clean.

Athena Greek & American Family Restaurant · 1593 W SW Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701, United States
★★★★★ · Greek restaurant


There's no place like home, and for me, that's the wonderful city of Tyler, Texas.

I've lived here my whole life, and I've seen a lot of restaurants come and go.

But the one that has consistently impressed me is Yamato.

It's more than just a restaurant, it's an experience.

Walk into Yamato, and you're immediately greeted by a modern, spacious dining area.

It's perfect for large gatherings or a quiet dinner for two.

The ambiance is delightful, with a vibe that's both intimate and lively.

The variety and quality of the food at Yamato is truly impressive.

On my latest visit, I indulged in a combo lunch featuring a New York strip, shrimp, rice, veggies, and two distinct sauces – the hot sauce for a spicy kick and the yum yum sauce for a tangy delight.

It was a generous serving, and I had a nice bit to take home for later.

The sushi here is fresh and creative, and the hibachi-grilled fare is cooked to perfection right before your eyes.

One of my personal favorites is the Tuna carpaccio - it's a must-try for any seafood lover.

And just when you think the experience couldn't get any better, there's Chef Jose.

The man is a maestro in the kitchen, and he cooked my steak to perfection.

I'll definitely be requesting him next time I visit.

Yamato · 2210 W SW Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701, United States
★★★★★ · Japanese restaurant

Loggins Restaurant

Every time I walk into Loggins Restaurant, I feel like I step into a charming time machine.

Since 1949, this old-school American diner has been serving up flavorful, comforting homestyle cuisine that takes me right back to my childhood.

There's just something magical about the vintage ambiance that greets you at the door.

You instantly feel a part of Loggins' long-standing history, enveloped in an atmosphere that's so rich with nostalgia.

It's not just a place to grab lunch, but a culinary experience that harks back to simpler times.

The buffet here is like a grand spread at a family reunion.

You're spoilt for choice with an array of dishes, and even though I visit frequently, I can't resist trying a bit of everything.

Homestyle cooking done right; every bite tastes like it was cooked with love and care.

The pies are their signature, and believe me when I say they're worth every single calorie.

Loggins might be closed on Saturdays and only serve lunch, but that just adds to the charm.

It's like a hidden gem that only opens its gates for a few hours, making every visit feel exclusive and special.

Every person I've interacted with here has been nothing but friendly and accommodating, making each meal a delightful experience.

Loggins Restaurant · 137 S Glenwood Blvd, Tyler, TX 75702, United States
★★★★★ · Southern restaurant (US)

1836 Texas Kitchen

When I'm craving some good ol' Texas-style food, 1836 Texas Kitchen is where I head.

Located on my hometown's local food strip, this restaurant has been my go-to place for years now.

I remember my first visit on a Memorial weekend, they seated me promptly for a late lunch, and the level of service was off the charts.

The food they serve is nothing short of amazing, fresh, and delicious.

I remember their green queso appetizer being simply out-of-this-world.

Over time, I've tried and fallen in love with the chicken chimichanga, 1836 mule, collard greens, tacos, chicken fried steak, and honestly, everything that I have ordered.

Believe me, when I say this, I've been here at least 20 times, and every single time it has been great.

1836 Texas Kitchen · 2467 Crow Rd, Tyler, TX 75703, United States
★★★★☆ · Latin American restaurant

Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux - Tyler

"Food is music to the body, music is food to the heart."

If you're looking for a place where food and music find a harmonious blend, look no further than Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux in Tyler.

The first thing that hits you at Walk-On's is the vibrant, fun, and inviting atmosphere.

The place is always buzzing, especially on game days.

As soon as you walk in, you can sense the camaraderie in the air.

It's the kind of place where one visit is never enough.

One of the best things about Walk-On's is the wide variety of local beers they serve.

The bar is stacked with a selection that caters to all tastes.

Couple that with their party platters, perfect for big groups, and you have the recipe for an amazing night out with friends.

Their burgers and fried fare are out-of-this-world delicious.

The steaks?

Absolutely mouthwatering!

Trust me, when you bite into one, you'll know what I mean.

And as for the pasta with fried shrimp and crawfish sauce, it's good, no doubt.

But, if you're anything like me, you'd probably enjoy the shrimp more if it were more integrated into the dish rather than just sitting on top.

One thing to be aware of before you head to Walk-On's though, is that the music can get really loud.

Not necessarily a bad thing if you enjoy a lively atmosphere, but it can make conversing a bit of a challenge.

But hey, who needs to talk when you can devour some amazing food, sip on fantastic local beers, and just soak up the game-day vibe?

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux - Tyler Restaurant · 6523 S Broadway Ave, Tyler, TX 75703, United States
★★★★☆ · Restaurant

Villaggio del Vino

I've got to say I love finding new places to eat in my city, and one of my recent discoveries has been Villaggio del Vino.

Its modern space with a patio is the perfect setting for a delightful Italian dining experience.

My frequent visits to this place have made me constantly fall for their Italian-style pizzas, pasta, and small plates.

Trust me, Italian cuisine doesn't get more authentic than this!

The heat can get a bit intense due to the number of windows and constant door opening, but it's worth it, I guarantee!

Every time I go, there's something new to try, but there are a few standouts I just can't resist.

The Lobster Ravioli, for one, is heaven on a plate.

It might make your wallet a tad lighter at $30, but every bite is worth every penny!

And don't get me started on the bread, it's so good you'll be asking for seconds.

I also can't recommend enough the prosciutto and fig pizza and the shrimp arrabbiata - they're simply divine.

Villaggio del Vino · 4803 Old Bullard Rd #102, Tyler, TX 75703, United States
★★★★☆ · Italian restaurant

FD's Grillhouse

Oh, how I love the welcoming ambiance of FD's Grillhouse!

It's the contemporary American restaurant that I frequent, a haven for all things delicious, from steaks to burgers, seafood to cocktails.

The atmosphere is upbeat with a modern touch, and the carefully curated menu has a plethora of options that cater to almost every palate.

The ordering process is pretty straightforward.

Sure, they may not have tried every dish, but they always give sincere advice based on feedback they've gathered from other guests.

One dish that stands out for me is the FDs trio with the addition of salmon, crawfish etouffee, and grilled shrimp.

Waiting for this feast to be prepared can take a bit of time, roughly 30 minutes, but trust me when I say that it's worth every second.

I often utilize this time to browse the nearby shopping complex or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere of the restaurant.

Once the food arrives, it's an absolute delight.

The portion size of the kale salad might seem small at first glance, but the flavor is powerful and refreshing.

Just bear in mind it does contain nuts which may not be advertised, so if you have a nut allergy, that's something to consider.

The shrimp served on a bed of rice pilaf is another favorite of mine.

I've never had a problem with the freshness of the food, and the pilaf has always been cooked to perfection.

I do, however, recommend checking the restaurant's hours before your visit, as it would be really disappointing to have an issue and not be able to address it while they're open.

FD’s Grillhouse · 8934 S Broadway Ave #494, Tyler, TX 75703, United States
★★★★☆ · Grill

Happy's Fish House

Ah, the pleasure of living by the sea.

It's not just the salty air or the sense of serenity that comes from the rhythmic pulse of the waves.

It's the access to some jaw-droppingly good seafood.

And there is no better place to indulge that seafood love than at Happy’s Fish House.

Let me tell you, this popular outpost is like a Mardi Gras for your taste buds, with a delicious array of Cajun-Creole dishes.

The seafood is as fresh as dawn, and the portions, quite frankly, are enormous.

You know it's a good restaurant when the hardest decision you have to make is choosing between Salmon and Tilapia.

But it's not just about the food at Happy’s Fish House.

The atmosphere is almost as enticing as the menu.

It's kitschy, lively, and full of warmth.

They always have a smile on their face, ready to serve you.

I love it so much I reserve the side room for office meetings.

Yes, you read it right.

Some people have breakfast meetings at coffee shops.

We, on the other hand, have ours at Happy’s Fish House.

And I must mention their breakfast.

Eggs Benedict is my personal favorite, but their toast is equally good.

And that's the thing about Happy’s - it never disappoints.

It's no wonder then that there are people who drive two hours just to taste their delicious seafood.

Happy’s Fish House · 2202 E 5th St, Tyler, TX 75701, United States
★★★★☆ · Family restaurant


The moment you step into Chuy's, you're embraced by vibrant music, quirky decor, and an air of anticipation for the Tex-Mex feast that awaits.

The walls are adorned with Elvis memorabilia and hub caps, lending an eccentric charm that sets it apart from your average restaurant.

Their burritos, as advertised, are indeed "big as yo' face."

But it's not just the size that impresses; it's the taste.

You can't go wrong with the Fajita Chicken Burrito, served generously with Boom Boom Sauce.

The creamy Jalapeño dip is another must-try.

It comes with a side of chips that have a perfect crunch to complement the smooth and spicy dip.

As a regular, I've come to appreciate not just their food but their customer service as well.

They've never rushed me or made me feel hurried, even after I've finished my meal and paid the bill.

But what makes Chuy's truly special is its focus on customer safety.

They make an effort to cater to dietary restrictions and are upfront about potential cross-contamination, particularly for gluten-free options.

Chuy’s · 5935 S Broadway Ave, Tyler, TX 75703, United States
★★★★☆ · Tex-Mex restaurant

Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant

Just another sunny Sunday, and I decided to grab lunch at one of my favorite places, Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant in Tyler.

Despite the bustling crowd, I always find comfort in the lively yet pleasant ambiance of the place.

This time, I decided to be a bit adventurous and tried a new dish I had never ordered before, and boy, it did not disappoint!

What I love about Abuelo's is that the service here is always top-notch.

The music was just the right volume, creating an inviting atmosphere without drowning out my thoughts or conversations.

The decor at Abuelo's is another thing that always keeps me coming back.

The art, and the decorations, they all contribute to creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that always makes me feel at home.

And I have to mention that the place is impeccably clean and even wheelchair accessible.

Now, let's talk about the food.

Although I enjoyed the new dish I tried, there have been times when I wasn't completely satisfied with my choices.

Yet, I always find something that keeps me coming back.

For instance, their pineapple salsa is something that I just can't get enough of.

It's just this delightful tangy sweetness that makes even the simplest dish pop with flavor.

I've seen Abuelo's handle a full house effortlessly without compromising on the quality of service or food.

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant · 8926 S Broadway Ave Suite 129, Tyler, TX 75703, United States
★★★★☆ · Mexican restaurant

Little Italy Restaurant

If you're anything like me, you've got a soft spot for a well-cooked lasagna or a thin-crust pizza.

Well, let me tell you, your cravings will be more than satisfied at Little Italy Restaurant.

This unassuming little gem might just become your go-to when the Italian food cravings hit.

The food is served hot and fresh, with the lasagna and meatballs being a personal favorite of mine.

The portion sizes are generous - enough for leftovers for the next day!

She suggested the "Chicken Murphy."

As someone who can be a bit picky, I was pleasantly surprised.

This dish was excellently prepared and had just the right amount of spice.

Won’t lie, I did pick out a few green jalapenos (a personal preference), but trust me, it was the best impromptu decision I’ve made at a restaurant.

Their thin-crust pizza is also worth mentioning.

It's easy to fill up just on that and the warm, fresh bread they serve before the meal.

Little Italy Restaurant · 3320 S Broadway Ave, Tyler, TX 75701, United States
★★★★☆ · Italian restaurant

The Grove Kitchen & Gardens

Stepping into The Grove Kitchen & Gardens is like stepping into a culinary wonderland.

My heart hums with delight every time I make a visit to this place.

The evening comes alive every Tuesday with their half-price bourbon offer, creating the perfect backdrop for a chilled night out.

I usually find myself nestled in the bar, soaking up the soothing sounds of the live music - Gary Patrick is a personal favorite.

You can taste the dedication and skill in every dish that is served.

One item that is particularly near and dear to my heart is the cream of pablano soup.

It's a creamy concoction that's slightly spicy, perfect for those like me who enjoy a little heat.

My husband, on the other hand, swears by their Delmonico steak.

While it may be a bit on the pricier side, the taste, according to him, is absolutely worth it.

But it doesn't stop there.

We make a point to try something different each time we visit.

The mini beef wellingtons and meatballs over polenta are the stuff of dreams, and we find ourselves ordering these every time.

If you're a fan of fish, the halibut dish is a must-try.

We've ordered it twice, and it blew us away each time.

Their Chicken Milanese, too, is a masterpiece, topped off with some of their insanely delicious crispy Brussels sprouts.

The Grove Kitchen & Gardens · 3500 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler, TX 75701, United States
★★★★☆ · Family restaurant

Final Thoughts

Tyler, Texas, is a food lover's paradise with its wide array of culinary delights.

From Japanese and Mediterranean cuisines to traditional American and Mexican dishes, there's something to satisfy every palate.

The city's diverse gastronomic landscape never fails to surprise and delight, making every dining experience a memorable one.

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