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Destination Dining in Collin County

including Allen, Frisco, McKinney, and Plano

We couldn't possibly provide a complete listing of the amazing restaurants in Allen, Frisco, McKinney or Plano--or even all of these cities. What we can do is provide you with the destination dining districts of great places to eat. These also make amazing places to explore if you only have a day or two in our great cities. And long after many of Collin County's over 40 crowd have crawled into bed, these spots stay open with live music and great food.

Historic Downtown Plano in Collin County, TX

Hottest New Restaurants & Dining Options in Collin County

Dallas Eats
Do you always need to be "in the know" of the latest and greatest restaurants, pop-ups, and food halls? Head to this website and scroll down to Notable Suburbs. Dallas Eats may not get all, or even most, of the food scene in Collin County, but it does hit the highlights. However, please note that with restaurants opening and closing at lightning speed up here, not everything listed as "just opened" is actually still open.

These are the gathering places of where you'll find not only the foodie favorites and hot spots, but also great date nights, ladies night out, or a place to gather with a group of friends who enjoy amazing food. While these areas get all of the attention, there are also hidden locals favorites all over Collin County serving up trendy fusion food, original creations, farm-to-table, and authentic cuisine from other countries. You'll need a year or more to try all of these, but we'll get you started on the best places to dine near Frisco and Plano, TX.


Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm

Whether you're in the mood for a fast, casual restaurant or a leisurely dining experience, this is a great place to visit in Allen. While the shopping center is super family-friendly (there's a tree house on The Green), there are many restaurants for date night.
970 Garden Park Dr, Allen

What Makes This Place Unique

The center hub of activity takes place on The Green, a grassy area with a small stream, the above mentioned tree house (see our playgrounds page), and restaurant patios. Restaurants and desserts suitable to all budgets, and moderately priced retailers may be found among the boutiques.

Tostitos Plaza at Ford Center


The Star District

Bring the family to The Star District as it is the ideal place to spend quality time together. The restaurants offer foodies everything from casual favorites to tablecloth-clad dining.
9 Cowboys Way, Frisco

What Makes This Place Unique

This is the only entertainment district designed around an NFL team. At the heart of The Star, Tostitos Championship Plaza includes a 50-yard replica turf field and interactive kiosks that connect fans with the Dallas Cowboys. VIP Guided Tours give fans a chance to experience the place where the Dallas Cowboys train and work 355 days a year.


Historic Downtown McKinney

dining in downtown McKinney
McKinney has long been setting the trend as the "go to" for foodies seeking the farm-to-table experience. Beginning with Chestnut Square's weekly farmers market, you'll find sandwich shops, sit down restaurants, coffee shops, a butcher shop, and dessert-only venues--all featuring local ingredients. High-end dining, pizza, authentic international cuisine, chef-driven upscale dining, and night life are daily events. This location fits well whether you're looking for a place to go with the family or just the adults.
111 N Tennessee St, McKinney

What Makes This Place Unique

The historic buildings have maintained their charm and are centered around the Old Collin County Courthouse, which now serves as the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Yet somehow this town has "it"--the place where every generation wants to hang out to get a bite to eat or enjoy an evening of entertainment. And you don't have to break the bank to do it.


The Boardwalk at Granite Park

A restaurant row facing a boardwalk and waterfront offers culinary creativity and new experiences to enjoy throughout the day or unwind for weekend brunch or happy hour. Offering outposts of Dallas favorites and new concept eateries, The Boardwalk is a casual dining destination fitting for both adults and families. Pull up a seat to an outdoor bar, lounge on a patio, or join the kids in the outdoor play area..
35RH+2H Plano

The Boardwalk in Granite Park

What Makes This Place Unique

Colorful Adirondack chairs are scattered on the deck overlooking the water or pulled up tightly to an open fire. Restaurants extend onto patios to enjoy the view and passersby.

Historic Downtown Plano

Known for the late night hours and live entertainment as well as a family destination by day, the Arts District is a favorite destination for locals. This place just has that cool vibe where good food is served in a restored urban setting as well as an outdoor dining and entertainment center.
1037 E 15th St, Plano

What Makes This Place Unique

Almost every night something fun is happening in downtown Plano, which has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Haggard Park serves as the epicenter for major events from summer movies to Steinfest.

Legacy West

This high-end district offers a variety of restaurants as well as a one-of-a-kind 50,000 square foot food hall, complete with an outdoor entertainment venue open 'til 2am on weekends; dessert boutiques; upscale shopping; and a 300-room hotel. Kids will love the fountain and the cupcake ATM.
5905 Legacy Dr, Plano

What Makes This Place Unique

Designed to appeal to the trendsetters and those who never tire of trying the latest innovations in dining and nightlife.

The Shops at Legacy

Gastro delights abound in an elegant setting, catering to just about every palette. Pet-friendly patios, family-friendly dining or an evening out on the town are all options here, including a healthy food to go concept.
5741 Legacy Dr, Plano

What Makes This Place Unique

Plano's first and only nightclub can be found here as well as multiple locations offering live entertainment open until 2am.

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