The New Nodding Donkey

neighborhood bar.  scratch kitchen. 


With a chef-driven, scratch kitchen, Chef Jonathan Calabrese adds a fresh perspective to your favorite Texas saloon.

scratch kitchen 

The Nodding Donkey remains the Best Sports Bar in Dallas with locations in Uptown and Greenville Ave, but we've made it even better.  Owner/Chef Jonathan Calabrese curates an all-new menu, seriously expands our brunch offering, adds the freshest salads in Dallas and takes on some of Texas' best craft beers.

The Nodding Donkey, State & Allen and Savory Catering have always been particular about using only the freshest local ingredients, and yet The Nodding Donkey's signature favorites remain such as our smoked wings, brisket tacos, and the best patio in Dallas. 

Fresh Feel

Local renowned designer, Kristi Kennimer, brings in an updated style while maintaining the historic State Street feel, and the relaxed sports bar atmosphere Dallas has come to adore. 

Join us for the the best brunch in Dallas, enjoy our patio, and rest assured that we've got the game on one of 20 big screen TV's.  

The Nodding Donkey - it's your neighborhood bar.



(214) 922-8898- uptown       (214) 347-7182 - greenville 


2900 Thomas Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

5600 SMU Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75204   


S-Wed 11a–Midnight
Thu-Sa 11a–2a
Su 11a–11p                          

Brunch Sat & Sun 11am-2pm          

kitchen closes at 10pm Sun-Thurs
kitchen closes at 11pm Fri & Sat


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Our new menu

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shot specials- $5 all-day everyday: tuaca, jack daniel's tennessee fire whiskey, firefly moonshine

Jonathan Calabrese


Jonathan was a late comer to the culinary world.  He graduated from UNT in 1996 with a Philosophy degree and worked in Health Care Consulting before deciding to go culinary school in 1998.  Jonathan graduated from Art Institute of Dallas as the valedictorian of his class, then Jonathan had the pleasure of staging at The Grape Restaurant under Executive Chef Brian Luscher where he attributes much of his overall ‘how to’ process of running a kitchen.  Opportunity came quickly for Jonathan and his best friend business partner as he opened his own restaurant in Lakewood called Savory Bistro which was met with consistently positive reviews.  From this point he has grown the business over the last 15 years adding State&Allen Kitchen/Bar (2004) and the Nodding Donkey’s Sports Bar (2010), ever present though was his first love Savory Catering that he started while in culinary school and continues to rapidly grow today.  Jonathan works in a supporting role with regards to cooking pushing Chef Dukes to take food in many directions while both work on the overall vision of the food and menus together.  Jonathan spends most of his time running the whole operation while his business partner expands the company in many exciting directions.

Rhett Dukes 


Rhett Dukes started with State&Allen (Savory Catering) coming on as a sous chef.  Quickly Rhett’s knowledge, passion and skill elevated him to Chef de Cuisine within the company.  The fall of 2014 Rhett was promoted to Executive Chef.  Rhett has a wealth of culinary knowledge with his various stops in Houston where he started his culinary career, to stops in Chicago where he reached Executive Chef Partner before coming back to Texas and settling in Dallas.  Rhett has a determination that can only be matched by his creativity; no task or challenge is a problem but an opportunity per Rhett. His food knowledge is global but his view is local creating a combination that is as cool as his disposition.  Rhett has taken over complete control of creating new menus for State&Allen and Savory Catering.


Happy Hour

Monday - Friday 4-7p


"Best Sports Bar in Dallas" - D Magazine

20 huge TV's | your favorite parlor games |wrap-around cooled patio| best bar food in dallas 

Reservations & ONLINE ORDERS

Order your food online, or make a reservation with us below


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We will be open at 10:30am on Saturdays starting September 5th so you can watch your favorite College Football teams at The Nodding Donkey!

NFL kicks off regular season on September 10th!