Dining at the Arboretum
Visitors are invited to order food to-go and picnic anywhere on the grounds (except in restaurants) or bring their own food to enjoy in the garden. Paid general admission or member admission is required for all who wish to enjoy any of the dining options at the Arboretum.
Top Dining Experiences
Lula Mae Slaughter Dining Terrace
Open from 9am–5pm with service provided by Gil’s Elegant Catering
The dining terrace offers a quick, convenient, “sandwich counter” experience for guests who want to grab something simple or a glass of wine or cold beer and enjoy it “al fresco” with a view of A Tasteful Place, White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas in the distance.
Café on the Green
Open daily from 10:30am–3pm (weather permitting) with service provided by Gil’s Elegant Catering
Located along the Paseo, Café on the Green features casual outdoor dining for the whole family to enjoy, and often features live or recorded music that matches the theme of the festival or season, along with special seasonal menu items, cold beer, glasses of wine and a great selection of coffees provided by Gil’s Elegant Catering.
Restaurant DeGolyer – Outdoor Loggia
Open daily from 11am–3pm
This exceptional venue is nestled in the center of our 66-acre garden, outside the historic DeGolyer House. The exquisite menu features delicious meals inspired by the recipes of Chef James Sparks of Gil’s Elegant Catering. Seating is outside but includes fans to cool you off or heaters to keep you warm.
Harvest Tea | Sep. 21–Nov. 25
Monday–Friday at 11am & 2pm
Complete your Dallas Arboretum experience with a seasonal and delicious three-course tea menu designed by Chef James Sparks of Gil’s Elegant Catering set amid the festive ambiance of the beautifully renovated DeGolyer Tea Room. Seated Tea is only available to guests 13 and older, except during our Children’s Tea Special Event. Reservations required.
Restaurant DeGolyer – Indoor Tea Room
Daily from 11am–3pm
This exceptional venue is nestled in the center of our 66-acre garden, inside the historic DeGolyer House. The exquisite menu features delicious meals inspired by the recipes of Chef James Sparks of Gil’s Elegant Catering. Dining in Restaurant DeGolyer is only available to guests 13 and older.
Our stunningly green grass, relaxed, tranquil atmosphere, and natural setting invite individuals, families and children to sit down and share a picnic.
Grilled Cheese Kiosk
Daily from 10:30am–3pm (weather permitting)
Open during good weather in the spring and fall, this convenient food station is on the Paseo near the Gift Cart.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Served on local sourdough bread with melted Texas cheddar & provolone cheese and a pickle on the side
Traditional | $6.99
With bacon | $7.99
Cup of Corn “Elote” | $5.50
With parmesan cheese and chipotle mayo
Warm Soft Pretzel | $5
With warm cheese dipping sauce
Ice Cream | $3.50
Bottled Water & Soft Drinks | $3.25
Open during good weather in the spring and fall, this convenient snack station serves cold drinks, frozen treats and snack foods provided by Gil’s Elegant Catering and is convenient to guests at the north end of the garden.