As the sun sets over the treetops, guests trickle onto the rooftop patio of Nora’s Restaurant & Bar on Lower Greenville. They scatter across the landing, either heading to a table near the edge, a lounge chair under the wooden overhang, or a booth seat around the fire pit. Wherever they sit, they’re going to get an eyeful of beautiful Dallas scenery. Nora’s opened the rooftop patio in November, so it’s still relatively obscure. Once owner Matt Pikar was certain Greenville was on the upswing, he decided to expand his business by adding a Sunday lunch menu, a private dining room and a rooftop patio. The patio was designed for lounging, so he doesn’t mind if you sit and stay a while. “I want people to come here, have a bottle of wine, enjoy themselves and relax,” Pikar says. There’s a full bar upstairs, as well as a limited menu of appetizers and other snack options. Nora’s serves gourmet Afghan food full of flavor and spice and everything nice. Aside from the usual offering of hummus and salad, it also has more exotic options. The kofta chalao is similar to meatballs over rice, the dolma consists of rice and spices wrapped in a grape leaf, and the sambosa is a pastry filled with ground beef and veggies.
Ambiance: Dressy casual, rooftop patio & Bar,
Price range: $5-$12
Sun-Thurs: 5:30-1o p.m.
Fri-Sat: 5:30-11 p.m.
Sun lunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
More rooftop cheer
1 HG Sply Co.
Also on Lower Greenville, HG Sply Co. recently opened its own rooftop patio and bar. The spacious porch is divided into several sections, but guests can view the Dallas skyline from almost anywhere on the landing. Grab a drink at the full bar and enjoy the scenery.
2 Sundown at Granada
Neighborhood beer garden Sundown at Granada manages to find the balance between lively and intimate. The venue is charming, and if you stay long enough, Sundown hosts live music almost every night after 11 p.m.
3 Stackhouse Burger
If you’re looking for a low-key place to hang out with friends and kick back a beer, the patio at Stackhouse has that necessary hole-in-the-wall vibe. Parking can be a bit of a headache, but the burgers make it worth it.
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