Make Your High School Graduate Feel Special by Dining and Celebrating in McAllen!


The month of May is coming to an end, meaning that another school year is about to wrap up! Commencement ceremonies will be taking place and seniors will be graduating from high schools across the Valley. Milestones like these are meant to be special and memorable! For that reason, we’ve put together a list of restaurants that you’ll find only in McAllen to continue your celebrations with family and friends. From authentic Mexican food to Texas cuisine, these are the places you NEED to be at during graduation weekend.

Bubba’s 33

Known for its family-friendly atmosphere and extensive menu, Bubba’s 33 is a place that unites everyone! Can’t decide between celebratory pizza and burgers? This restaurant caters to both! Now you won’t have to decide between the two anymore! You can find more info here or by calling 956.661.2233.

Dave & Buster’s

With a vibe that’s ultra-kid-friendly, this place is a no-brainer if you have little ones in your party. Not only will it satisfy their need to play games, the menu is also extremely varied. It’s the perfect place for an amazing dining experience that’s as great as the fun the kids will have! If you want to make reservations or need more information, visit their website or call 956.217.5800.

Republic of the Rio Grande

If you’re in the mood for a good ‘ol Texan restaurant, then look no further. The Republic of the Rio Grande is known for their exceptional steaks and unique drink menu that’s sure to exceed your expectations! If you’d like to reach out to them for reservations, call 956.994.8385 or visit their website.

El Callejón de los Milagros and La Costa Grill

For authentic Mexican food and drinks, you can’t go wrong with El Callejón de los Milagros. However, if you’re looking for something similar with a wider seafood selection, La Costa Grill is also kid-friendly and located almost directly across. Both can be found at Palms Crossing. To make reservations, call El Callejón de los Milagros at 956.683.0330 or reach out to them through their Facebook page. La Costa Grill can be reached at 956.630.9928, and their Facebook page can be viewed here.

Birdie Bistro

Famous for their breakfast and lunch options, Birdie Bistro also has a great dinner menu that can be enjoyed al fresco in a gorgeous patio! In addition, they’re also known for their amazing sweet crepes that will surely have you wanting more. It’s located in McAllen’s Art District and has an atmosphere that’s friendly and inviting, promising an evening to remember! For more information, feel free to call them at 956.627.3205 or visit their Facebook page.

house. wine. & bistro.

If you’re looking for a laid-back atmosphere with a savory spin on classic dishes, then this is the place to be for a graduation dinner. The flavors at this restaurant undoubtedly leave an impression that guarantee a memorable experience. For reservations and more information, contact them at 956.994.8331 or visit their website.

Bodega Tavern & Kitchen

This locally-owned gem offers a completely unique experience with regional Texan cuisines for all to enjoy! A chef-driven menu is not uncommon at local restaurants in McAllen, and this is no exception. They also have live music on Saturdays and a menu unlike any you’ve seen before. For more info, visit their website or call 956.627.0482. Reservations are required.

Copper Moon Bar & Grill

One of McAllen’s newest, trendiest restaurants that’s definitely worth the hype is Copper Moon. In addition to the friendly ambiance and soft lighting, they have an outdoor patio (with misters) where you can enjoy occasional live music! If you’d like to make a reservation, call them at 956.800.4968 or visit their Facebook page.

Kocina Il Forno and Il Forno a Legna

Kocina Il Forno has a diverse menu with food inspired by flavors from Peru, Mexico, Italy, Latin Carribean islands and South America – with a South Texan twist! It’s definitely a must-try for those looking for a Latin-fusion restaurant that offers outdoor seating and live music as well. For more info, visit their website or call 956.377.4333. However, if you’re in the mood for Italian only, be sure to check out their sister restaurant, Il Forno a Legna. They can be reached at 956.688.9528.

There’s a variety of eateries to choose from in McAllen! Most of these restaurants are also listed on, making it that much easier to get your reservations in!


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