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2400 Allen Street in Uptown
Dallas, Texas 75204


State & Allen Kitchen+Bar is one of those Dallas neighborhood restaurants that's as real and as effortlessly fun as the people who frequent it.

A place for a quick cocktail, or impeccably prepared food accompanied by a selection from an impressive wine list.


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Join us for Craft Beer Tuesdays at State & Allen!

State & Allen

Ever feel like Tuesday is just…well…Tuesday?!


It’s just one of those days that doesn’t get much love. 


Wednesdays are Hump Day, Fridays are for celebrating the weekend, and Sunday is Funday. 


Well at State & Allen Kitchen + Bar, we have a way to make Tuesdays more amazing: Craft Beer Tuesdays!


Craft Beer Tuesdays at State & Allen

So what is Craft Beer Tuesday? Every Tuesday, enjoy your favorite draft craft beers for half the price! All day. All night. Every glass is half off! What’s not to love about that?!


What’s Available?

State & Allen Kitchen + Bar has a wide selection of craft beer, many from the great state of Texas. We pride ourselves on offering many unique beers, brewed around the country and around the state! You’ll also find local favorites like Community Brewing Co., Lakewood Brewing Co., and more. We have favorites like Revolver Blood & Honey, Peticolas Good Call, Saint Arnold 5 O’Clock Pils, and so many more. The selection varies often so you’ll want to come in and see the latest selection. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy.


Pair it with a Chef’s Special

If you come during lunch hours on Tuesdays at State & Allen (11am-4pm), then you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that we serve Chef Specials on Tuesdays! For just $8.95, enjoy gourmet, scratch kitchen dishes prepared especially for you. It’s something different every Tuesday, so join us each week to pair the Chef Special with our half priced craft beer in Dallas


Let’s turn Tuesdays into a beloved day of the week! If you are ready for the best drink specials in Dallas, Texas, then come see us at State & Allen Kitchen + Bar! 


*Prices and specials subject to change. Ask your server for current offers. 

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Spring Patio Weather: What to Order Now

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State & Allen has the best patio in Uptown Dallas, perfect for enjoying a glass of wine or people watching with friends. So when spring patio weather in Dallas starts to roll in, we can’t help but get an extra spring in our step. (pun intended.)

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Anyway, on a beautiful weekend like this when the patio is calling your name, head to State & Allen and enjoy one of these deliciously curated dishes – each made with gourmet ingredients and inspired by the flavors of the season:


Appetizers: Charcuterie Board

Order your favorite glass of wine or draft beer and pair it with State & Allen’s delicious Charcuterie Board, prepared with artisanal cured meats, a variety of olives, State & Allen mustard, gherkins, sweet chili jam, and any other delicacies the chef might want to throw on that day. It’s the perfect accompaniment for Dallas happy hour or pre-dinner drinks.


Sandwiches: S&A Muffuletta

When it comes to sandwiches, lately we’ve been partial to the S&A Muffuletta – our take on the New Orleans classic. Each bite is chock full of cured meats including salami, capicola, and pepperoni, provolone cheese, and instead of the traditional olive spread, a sun-dried tomato tapenade. Yum.


Entrees: Filet Mignon

We’ve kind of obsessed with the filet mignon because A) it’s spectacular and B) it comes with two of our favorites: homemade three cheese mac and cheese and roasted vegetables. What’s not to love?! If you’re looking for the perfect entrée to celebrate the simple things in life, this is it.


Dessert: Flourless Chocolate Cake

Save room for dessert because you chocoholics are in for a treat! Our rich, flourless chocolate cake is drizzled in berry sauce and berries and served with a side of vanilla ice cream.


So on a beautiful Dallas evening, remember State & Allen is the place for dining al fresco! There’s no question we’re the best patio in Uptown Dallas

Join State & Allen this Weekend for March Madness!

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We’re in the thick of March Madness, and the action is heating up! Of course you can count on State & Allen Kitchen + Bar to be your one stop shop for March Madness viewing, scratch kitchen dining, and drink specials!


Dallas’s Best March Madness Watch Party

The Sweet Sixteen kicks off March 23, with Elite 8 play happening Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26. Basically, there’s a night of great college basketball on every night from now until Sunday! So grab your friends and head to State & Allen! Oh and did we mention we’ve got amazing viewing throughout the restaurant, so there’s not a bad seat in the house. And with this beautiful spring weather, you can utilize the best patio in Uptown Dallas too.


Scratch Kitchen Cooking

Not only can you watch the game, but you don’t have to eat typical bar food while you do it! At State & Allen, our chefs pride themselves on creating unique, scratch kitchen dishes that tantalize the taste buds. No bland “bar food” here! Try dishes like Bacon Wrapped Mahi Mahi, Kung Pao Tofu, Salmon En Croute, Bourbon Glazed Pork Chop, and more! Our dishes are made completely from scratch daily, with daily specials that will knock your socks off!


Drink Specials Galore

When Dallas wants drink specials, State & Allen is the place! After all, we do have the best patio in Uptown! Join us on that patio for March Madness, and order up a few craft beers, glass of wine, Moscow mule, scotch, and more. Drink specials change daily so ask your server for details.


Looking forward to seeing you for the best Dallas March Madness Watch Party! P.S. Baylor fans – you won’t want to miss watching Baylor stomp on South Carolina, Friday, March 24 at 6:30pm at State & Allen Kitchen + Bar! 

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Patio Weather + Lunch Specials = The Perfect Day at State & Allen

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Can you believe this Dallas weather in February? Gorgeous! Makes us itch just a little for spring, and since the Groundhog saw his shadow, we should be seeing it earlier than usual.


And speaking of gorgeous weather, why don’t you join us on the patio of State & Allen this week to enjoy the weather and get amazing lunch specials. Not familiar with our lunch specials? Here’s what is on the menu now!


Mondays – ½ Priced Pizza


Mondays are always hard. Make them easier with a great, gourmet pizza lunch at State & Allen. Can’t make it for lunch? You’re in luck because this is one special that actually runs all day long! Enjoy one of our ever popular chef selections like Wild Mushroom or Sausage and Arugula or create your own.


Tuesdays – $8.95 Chef’s Special


 State & Allen is a scratch kitchen. Meaning, whenever possible we make things homemade, with fresh ingredients sourced right here in the Dallas area. Our chef takes what’s in season and creates amazing specialty lunch offerings. It’s a grab bag of sorts and the reward always outweighs the risk. Gourmet cooking at a fraction of the price.


Wednesdays - $8.95 Shrimp Fettuccine & Fresno Cream Sauce


One of our favorites, this fettuccine will not disappoint! Order it with a side salad for a complete meal.


Thursdays – $8.95 Texican Thursday


It’s not Tex-Mex; it’s Texican. And our chefs have perfected the science of melding the two. Try our tacos, enchiladas, and more for a lunch that will have you ready for a nap!


Fridays – $8.95 Beer Battered Fish & Chips


Need we say more. The perfect end to your work week and start to your weekend. Grab one of our Dallas craft beers to accompany your meal.


Enjoy this weather and join us for Dallas lunch specials this week at State & Allen! Lunch specials run 11am-4pm every weekday.




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State & Allen Loves Football!

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Just like the rest of the great state of Texas, over here at State & Allen Kitchen + Bar, we’re just a little obsessed with football.  What’s not to love!


While you may think of State & Allen as the perfect atmosphere for date nights or a nice dinner out, you may not always think of us for game day. As you know, we keep the vibe casual and unpretentious, with plenty of TVs to go around. Plus – everyone knows that State & Allen Kitchen + Bar has the best patio in Dallas. It’s just a fact. You, the patio at State & Allen, a cold drink, and a game. Perfect.

Local Brews? We’ve Got ‘Em!

One thing we know everyone loves about State & Allen is our selection of brews on tap. We are always rotating our favorites in and out – adding new ones you’ll want to try and fall in love with. And we’re known for local, craft beers and liquors. We LOVE supporting our local Dallas breweries and artisans, and we love sharing that with our patrons. Every wondering what’s available this weekend? TapHunter is your go-to resource to see what’s on tap now at State & Allen Kitchen + Bar.

Pass on the Bar Food.

Anyone can watch a game at a bar with the stereotypical bar food, but at State & Allen, the food just tastes good. It’s fresh. Made to order. Gourmet food meticulously created by our chefs with fresh ingredients (local when available) and unique flavors and combos. Salads, sandwiches, entrees like Veal Scallopini, and gourmet pizza are just a few of the favorites you can enjoy. Combine great food with our great drink specials, and you’ve really got a match made in heaven.

Join us at State & Allen for gameday – or any day!

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Don't Miss The Nodding Donkey's 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament!

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The best sports bar in Dallas is hosting one of State & Allen's favorite events of the year – the 5th Annual Nodding Donkey Charity Golf Tournament, benefitting the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital!

Here’s what you need to know:

The event will take place on Friday, June 19, 2015 at the gorgeous Golf Club of Dallas (2200 West Red Bird Lane, Dallas, TX, 75232).  The tournament will tee off at 1pm, with our registration tent opening at noon. Upon arrival at noon, lunch will be served. Food and beverages will be available all day until 8pm, with dinner served at 6pm. We will play a 4-person scramble tournament, so grab a few friends and be prepared for a heck of a day of golf and fun, all for a great cause!

The entry fee for the Dallas charity golf tournament is $125, with the entry fee covering a round of golf, driving range access, cart for the day, food, and beverages. Do you own a business? Then consider being one of the event sponsors! For just $300, you’ll get your company’s logo on all of the event signage and at your sponsored hole. PLUS – 100% of your sponsorship money goes to the Scottish Rite Hospital!

A little about the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital…

Located in Dallas, the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital is world-renowned for treating children with orthopedic and neurological issues. A few of the conditions treated at the hospital are clubfoot, scoliosis, hip issues, limb length imbalances, dyslexia, and more. We are proud of our sister restaurant – the Nodding Donkey – for putting together such a great event that supports this phenomenal hospital!

Register Today!

Ready to register?! Visit The Nodding Donkey’s website to register online, or give Angela Calabrese a call at 214.205.1773. Angela can also answer any questions you may have about event sponsorship or tournament specifics. 

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Special Event: Lakewood Brewing Company Beer Dinner

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If you’re free next Tuesday night, then you will want to make plans to join us for a very special night of fun, great food, and an amazing Dallas beer tasting!

On Tuesday, April 14, State & Allen Kitchen + Bar will be hosting a prix fix dinner in Dallas starring one of our favorite breweries – Lakewood Brewing Company.

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The menu will be 5 courses, as follows:

  • Course 1: Pate Potstickers served with Lakewood’s Rock Ryder: Rock Ryder is a smooth American Rye Wheat that nearly everyone loves. Named for the cyclists who circle Dallas’s White Rock Lake, the beer has a dry finish, citrusy nose, and a touch of peppery rye. The perfect pairing for our potstickers!


  • Course 2: Carrot Curry Soup paired with the Hop Trapp brew: A Belgium style IPA, Hop Trapp is the perfect complex brew for the craft beer enthusiast and novice alike. Brewed with Trappit yeast, you’ll immediately sense the complexity of the floral hops and the bitter backbone this beer gives off.


  • Course 3: Organic Arugula Salad and Lakewood’s Till & Toil: Peppery arugula, topped with goat cheese, hazelnuts, and more, is balanced by Till & Toil, a fruity, crisp beer that is perfect for a Spring day on the patio.


  • Course 4: Beer “Can” Hen with Lakewood signature Lakewood Lager: The perfect pairing for any course, Lakewood Lager blends new and old – just like the Lakewood area of Dallas! It’s  a Vienna style lager that wins you over with its malty sweetness, bitter hops, and caramel finish.


  • Course 5: State & Allen’s homemade beignets served with the Lakewood Holiday Bonus: Cheers! It’s time to finish the meal with the perfect dessert beer! Holiday Bonus is a chocolately beer with hints of orange peel and spice. You’ll love the bold, smooth finish on this beer.

Tickets for the beer dinner are only $50 a person – an amazing value for a night of gourmet food and amazing beer tasting! Call State & Allen Kitchen + Bar today to reserve your spot!

State & Allen Celebrates Women's History Month

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No doubt, women make a huge contribution to society, let alone the restaurant industry! The month of March is Women’s History Month, a month when we celebrate and pay tribute to the countless women who have made this nation – and this state – great!

For the restaurant industry specifically, women make an invaluable contribution.

Countless women hold roles as restaurant owners, chefs, wait staff, hostesses, etc. In fact, over HALF of the restaurants in America are owned or co-owned by a woman! Boil that down to a state level: with 41,000+ restaurants in the state of Texas – supporting 1.2 million jobs and accounting for 10% of the state’s employment –it’s safe to say that women are pretty valuable to the overall balance and infrastructure of the restaurant industry!

State and Allen is proud to have many amazing women on staff, and one such woman is Eleanor Moore.

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With over thirty years of experience in the restaurant industry, Eleanor recently joined us as the Controller for State & Allen Kitchen + Bar, Savoring Catering, and Calabrese & Winkler Holdings, LLC.

She began her career as a waitress early in her adult life, working her way up to hostess, and then short order cook. In 1980, she was offered an office position and jumped at the opportunity to learn the inner-workings of how a restaurant was run. She loved learning new things and seeing the corporate side of the restaurant business. She stayed with that company for 33 years, developing business savvy and hands-on experience into how a restaurant functions on the business side of things.

State & Allen is proud to have a woman with such experience and knowledge of the restaurant industry leading the charge!

Join us this week for Women’s History Month and the best happy hour, lunch, dinner, or brunch in Uptown Dallas, Texas.

Meet State & Allen's Founder - Jonathan Calabrese

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For over 10 years now, State & Allen Kitchen + Bar has been cranking out some of the best food in Uptown Dallas, Texas. State & Allen prides itself on making food that is not only delicious, but unique and fresh as well, all while maintaining a fun and relaxed atmosphere. It’s a vision that began with founder Jonathan Calabrese.

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 In 1996, Jonathan Calabrese graduated from the University of North Texas with a Philosophy degree in hand, ready to begin a career in health care consulting. That stint only lasted two years before Jonathan realized that his true calling was food. He enrolled in the Art Institute of Dallas where he excelled, graduating as the valedictorian of his class.

Upon graduation, Jonathan accepted a position with The Grape Restaurant in Dallas, Texas. Under the instruction of Executive Chef Brian Luscher, Jonathan learned how to run a kitchen with precision. And before he knew it, he and his best friend began working on a venture of their own – Savory Bistro in the Lakewood area of Dallas, Texas. As Savory grew, so did the positive reviews. Encouraged by his efforts, Jonathan began adding more restaurants to his portfolio. Our beloved State & Allen Kitchen + Bar opened in 2004, followed by The Nodding Donkey Sports Bar – the best sports bar in Dallas – in 2010. And we can’t forget about the company that started it all – Savory Catering – Jonathan’s catering business that he opened while still in culinary school.

 Today, Jonathan spends most of his time behind the scenes, handling all operations aspects of the company and working closely with Executive Chef Rhett Dukes on creating menus with lasting appeal.

Join us at State  & Allen Kitchen + Bar today to experience what has made us one of Dallas’s favorite restaurants since 2004!



What Sets State & Allen Apart

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When founders Jonathan Calabrese and Tony Winkler were putting together a concept for State & Allen Kitchen + Bar, they knew they wanted their new Uptown Dallas restaurant and bar to be set apart. To be effortless and fun. A true neighborhood restaurant where friends could meet to mingle, watch a game, and enjoy a few drink specials. In laying the groundwork, they put together a plan for an incomparable experience with great food, location, design, and service.

  •  FoodWhether you join us for lunch, dinner, happy hour drinks and apps, or Sunday brunch, you’ll notice that our menu is anything but typical. At State & Allen, our goal is to plate the best food; food that inspires surprise and delight, while being simple and unpretentious. At the heart of each dish you’ll find fresh food purchased from local farmers and artisans. Our chefs believe food should be simple, local, fresh, and delicious. That’s why our chef-driven concept hinges on an appreciation for local foods and flavors – harnessing those flavors and turning them into unforgettable meals.


  • Location: Located in the heart of Uptown Dallas, we love being your neighborhood restaurant and bar! A hub for young professionals, Uptown is an upscale area of Dallas with many modern conveniences right at your fingertips. Yet, there’s a comfort and ease that comes with the walkability and vibrancy of the area.  It’s where we feel right at home.


  • Design: The design for our Uptown restaurant and bar mirrors the vibe of Uptown itself. It’s not stuffy and frou-frou. But it’s not a dive either. State & Allen offers a comfortable atmosphere that’s laid back and fun – and designed as such! Warm brick, butcher block tables, French-bistro style garage doors that can open on game days, honey cedar planked walls, etc. – these are the elements that feel cozy and inviting, offering casual elegance to your everyday meal.


  • Service: Our team prides itself on offering impeccable customer service – whether it’s when making a reservation or placing an order with one of our wait staff. Count on State & Allen to offer top notch service!
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Talent Behind the Food - New Executive Chef at State & Allen

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At State & Allen, we pride ourselves on being the best. Best patio. Best atmosphere. Best drink specials. Best restaurant and bar in Uptown Dallas. And best chef calling the shots on our menu and culinary offerings.

We are proud to announce that Rhett Dukes – formerly our Chef de Cuisine – has now been promoted to Executive Chef at State & Allen Kitchen + Bar!

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Rhett Dukes has been with State & Allen's Dallas restaurant for quite some time, starting with State & Allen as a sous chef. Immediately, we recognized the tremendous talent that Rhett brought to the table, his passion for plating delicious and beautiful food, and his industry knowledge.

Rhett’s skill and expertise has been garnered over time, with each stop along his career path giving him a new perspective on culinary excellence. His career began in Houston, where he worked within several different restaurants, and then he was lead to Chicago to get a whole new perspective on food. In Chicago, he was promoted to Executive Chef Partner before returning to Texas, and ultimately, State & Allen Kitchen + Bar.

Not only is Rhett great with food, but we love that he’s cool as a cucumber, even under pressure! No job’s too big. No task too daunting. Rhett’s ability to think on his feet and handle difficult situations with ease are what set him apart and make him a true leader. We are proud to have Rhett leading the charge and can’t wait to see what he does as Executive Chef!

One of his first tasks has been to revamp our menu and give it a little more panache. Don’t worry – all your favorites are still there! – but Rhett has done an excellent job of infusing new flavors, ingredients, and stylings into our menu offerings. If you haven’t been to State & Allen Kitchen + Bar in awhile, it’s time to come in and give our new menu a try! Lots of new bistro menu options, along with appetizers, soups, salads, pizza, burgers, and more! We may be a little partial, but we think it’s the best food in Dallas!

Host your next event at State & Allen!

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It’s finished!

Over the last few years, we’ve seen the growth in business; we thank all of you out there who consider us the best restaurant and bar in Uptown. We knew we were running out of space. Not only that, but we’ve gotten countless inquiries about hosting events at State & Allen. The good news is – we heard you all loud and clear!

State & Allen Kitchen + Bar is excited to unveil our brand new event space, perfect for work parties, rehearsal dinners, personal dinners, showers, and more!

Our new space is gorgeous, with a flexible, open concept that allows us to customize the space to whatever your needs may be. Full sit down dinner – to cocktails – to buffet style, our restaurant has you covered! It’s the same casual, sophisticated style you have come to expect from State & Allen, but suited perfectly for your next party.

Speaking of flexibility, one of the great features of the space is the indoor/outdoor capabilities. State & Allen is known for having the best patio in Uptown, and now that same ambiance can be a part of your next party!

Not only can the space be customized to your desires, but so can the menu! Either a full plated meal or buffet style, our chefs can deliver whatever style of food you are looking for. All of our menu items are prepared with the freshest ingredients and unique flavor combinations. Choose from our amazing selection of soups, salads, appetizers, bistro favorites, or put in a request for something all your own.

Book your next party or event with State & Allen, and you will not regret it! Give our staff a call today, and we can work out all of the details to make your event exactly what you want it to be. 

What's on tap?!

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Ever wonder what’s on tap at State & Allen Kitchen + Bar? With a vast menu of craft beers and locally brewed favorites on tap, it’s hard to know what’s available now.

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Wonder no more! State & Allen is now working with TapHunter to supply you up-to-the-minute details on what we have available on tap. You can see prices, information on each brew, and more – all at one convenient location.

TapHunter can be accessed several ways:

1.    Visit our Facebook Page: Have you not liked us on Facebook yet?! Then you should! Visit us on Facebook to get all the latest news and happenings delivered right to your Newsfeed. And while you’re there, click over to the TapHunter tab. You’ll see all the latest beers right there, with the newest ones in green.

2. Visit their website for details. You can search by brew to see where it’s available in town, download apps for your smartphone, etc.

3.    TapHunter App: Once you’re in the app, it’s got everything you need to sip wisely! One of our favorites is the “drink” section that gives you details about all your favorite beers and lets you log information on whether or not you liked it, etc. You’ll wonder how you’ve lived without this tool!

So what’s new on tap? The latest beer on tap at State & Allen is the Deep Ellum Pale Ale. A delicious beer that is smooth and refreshing, with just the right amount of hops. Not to mention, it’s brewed right here in Dallas, TX by the Deep Ellum Brewing Company.

Join us this holiday season for drink specials every day, including $3 domestics, $4 house wines, and $4 “Texas Trinity” beverages mixed with 512 Tequila, Enchanted Rock Vodka, and Rebecca’s Creek Whiskey. And don’t forget about our New Year’s Eve Pre-Party Package, booking now!

The All-New Wine Menu is Here!

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Just when you thought you’d tried all your favorite wines at State & Allen Bar + Kitchen, we’ve updated our wine menu with a whole new selection of amazing wines for you to try. Whether you like red, white, dry, sweet, or fruity, we’ve got something for everyone. And since we pride ourselves on carrying spirits and wines from the great state of Texas, here are some of the great Texas wines we are offering on the new menu that can be ordered by the glass or bottle:

·         Times 10 Sauvignon Blanc: Green apple, pear, and citrus flavors stand out in this crisp, refreshing white wine. It has the signature flavor you’d expect from a great white wine.

·         Tranquilo Viognier/Marsanne: A bold, nutty white wine with a rich color and a spicy aroma, coupled with hints of pear and honeysuckle. Texas wine at it’s finest.

In addition to offering these amazing Texas wines, we’ve also got a robust menu of both red and white wines from all over the world. Napa Valley, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Chile, etc. Glasses of wine range from $6.50-10.50 depending on the wine, and bottles start at $26 a bottle.

Looking for some drink specials? Don’t forget that on Wednesdays we offer all of our wines at HALF PRICE all day long. So that’s a great opportunity to try some of our more impeccable vintages. And during Happy Hour Monday-Friday – 3pm-7pm – we offer all of our house wines at $4 a glass.

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Come in to State & Allen Bar + Kitchen this week to try one – or some! – of the amazing new wines we are featuring on our menu. We’re conveniently located at the corner of State St. and Allen St. in Dallas, with the best patio in Uptown. Our wines – and our atmosphere – do not disappoint.