Introducing kids to an assortment of ethnic cuisines can open up a world of possibilities. From new flavors to an appreciation for various cultures, exploring via food offers a range of benefits. Fortunately, the area in and around Colleyville makes it easy to jet off across the globe without actually traveling far at all! Still, if you don’t know where to look, finding great restaurants to try can feel challenging. That’s where Crème de la Crème of Colleyville, TX comes in. We’ve compiled this list of local restaurants you just have to check out.

La Hacienda Ranch – Mariano’s

A human hand holding a fesh chicken taco in a corn tortilla against a black background.

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Mariano’s has treated locals to Mexican cuisine since 1971, so if you’re searching for a locally owned and operated restaurant, you’re in luck. The popular restaurant has a few area locations, including one location right here in Colleyville. The Colleyville restaurant is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 to 9 p.m., Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Yes, this is the place to go if you’re in the mood for a frozen margarita. After all, founder Mariano Martinez himself invented the Frozen Margarita Machine — that’s right, the machine that now has its home in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. started out right here in Texas. 

But it’s not just the margaritas that make this restaurant so beloved. Mesquite logs lend food amazing flavor, and top-quality ingredients sourced locally take each dish to the next level. Whether you’re in the mood for premium fajitas, signature chicken entrees, brisket tacos, or anything in between, you can expect a great meal here.

Pho Duy

You don’t have to travel far to indulge in some amazing flavors. Colleyville’s very own Pho Duy serves delicious Vietnamese cuisine the whole family is sure to love. This local spot is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, making it super easy to fit in a meal whenever the mood strikes you.

If you’ve had a craving for some pho, you can’t go wrong with a visit here. New to pho? This popular Vietnamese dish is made from broth, rice noodles, herbs, and typically meat. Pho Duy offers a range of options, including a vegetarian-friendly version of this tasty soup, so you can enjoy no matter your dietary needs. The menu also boasts a variety of stir-fry dishes, French baguette sandwiches, smoothies and boba tea, and more. All in all, it’s easy to find something anyone in your family will love at Pho Duy.

Ruggeri’s Italiano Pescatore

If you’re looking for an upscale Italian meal, head over to Ruggeri’s Italiano Pescatore. This Colleyville restaurant is open for dinner every day from 5 to 9 p.m. They’re also open for lunch Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers markets used to cook Italian dishes here, you know you’re in for a treat when you plan a meal at Ruggeri’s Italiano Pescatore. This restaurant is a great local place to celebrate a special occasion — or gather with loved ones just because! As the name implies, you’ll find plenty of dishes with scrumptious seafood, but that’s not all the restaurant offers. From manicotti to lasagna, chicken to veal to sausage, this menu has it all, so make sure you check it out when you’re craving classic Italian food.

F2 – Fusion Flavors Indian Cuisine

Make the quick trip over to Southlake when want to try out some authentic Indian dishes. That’s where you’ll find F2 – Fusion Flavors Indian Cuisine. This restaurant serves various traditional Indian dishes along with fusion choices sure to please hungry restaurant-goers. Closed on Mondays, this popular Southlake spot is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. every other day. Whether you’re searching for biryani or curry dishes or want to sample various flavors at a buffet, this is the place to go.

The cozy setting makes the perfect place for smaller family meals or gatherings with large parties alike. Look forward to homemade masala and various spices to find the exact right meal for you. Popular dishes include palak paneer (fresh spinach with cubes of cheese) and goat korma (goat simmered in creamy, spicy sauce), but the extensive menu makes finding something to love easier than ever before. They even feature a kids menu with French fries, veggie spring rolls, and hash browns to make sure even the youngest family members have something to enjoy.

Cafe Medi

Time for some Mediterranean and Greek food? Just head over to one of the two easy-to-access locations Cafe Medi offers. They have restaurants in Hurst and Keller, so you can plan a convenient meal whenever the craving hits. Their restaurants are typically open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They’re also open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Cafe Medi is open continuously on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and closed on Mondays.

So, what can you order when you visit this restaurant? Soups, salads, and classic appetizers like dolmas (homemade stuffed grape leaves) and hummus are just the start. There are options suited to any diet here, including chicken, salmon, and vegetarian dishes. They also take the guesswork out of finding a great kid-friendly meal by offering a kids menu, which includes hamburgers, chicken nuggets, gyros, or pita wraps all served with fries as well as cheese, gyro, or chicken pita pizzas.

There you have it, Crème de la Crème of Colleyville’s round-up of area restaurants serving amazing ethnic cuisines. We hope you’re feeling inspired to take the kiddos on a trip around the world, all without driving far at all. Did we miss your family’s favorite local restaurant? If we did, drop us a line! We’d love to check out your recommendation and add it to our list so other Colleyville families can enjoy.