Our History

The Family

Desperados Mexican Restaurant has been serving Dallas area residents real dishes from the heart of Mexico and traditional Tex-Mex favorites for more than 40 years. Desperados’ landmark status has been achieved through the determination and vision of Jorge Levy who, along with two partners, opened the doors to the now historic Greenville Avenue location in 1976.

Click here to learn more about the family.

The Food

This family is very passionate about what they do and that passion is evident throughout many aspects of their business. However it is the recipes that have elevated Desperados to its status as a Delicious Dallas Original.  The menu is large, sampling much of the culinary diversity of Mexico. “We were one of the first to ever serve Ceviche,” Jorge boasts. And with award winning specialties like the delicious Guacamole, tangy Steak Argentina, world famous Desperados Tacos and a Terlingua Champion Chili you are sure to find something scrumptious.

Click here to learn more about some signature menu items.

The Catering

Desperados Catering has a successful lineage spanning the entire length of the restaurant’s history.  They were a favorite of Ron Chapman and KVIL radio back in the 70’s and 80’s.  Tatu, GordanJago and the rest of the Dallas Sidekicks regularly enjoyed Desperados’ Tacos.  More recently the family has become a mainstay on Sports Radio 1310 the Ticket, as well as serving their original family recipes to our very own Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Stars, Texas Rangers and for almost 10 years they have been favorite of Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks.  They were even chosen to represent their city when the NFL came to Dallas during both Superbowl XLV in 2011 and the NFL Draft in 2018.

Click here to see Desperados cater the World Champion Dallas Mavericks.

The Events

Since the beginning Desperados has been serving their delicious food to thousands of happy fans in some of the most incredible settings.  Outdoor festivals, in order to showcase the restaurant, were always on the agenda like the Taste of Dallas, Shakespeare in the Park, countless Music and Art Festivals and of course the Great State Fair of Texas. The family even traveled to Florida to serve Desperados Tacos at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. “We always have to be out there telling people about Desperados” is what Jorge would always say.

Click here to see some pics of the State Fair of Texas.

The Community

Desperados has always been involved in their community. They have organized and executed several city-wide events and all in an effort to give back to the people who really need help.  “Our father always taught us of the importance of helping others.” Say the brothers.  “He told us that made a promise a long time ago; that because he came from nothing, if he were ever to become successful, he would never stop helping others in need.”

Click here to see some of our Community Efforts.

Desperados Events

Every year Desperados hosts a great golf tournament benefitting a local organization.  If you play golf, enjoy great food and maybe a margarita or two, then you would love to play in our tournament and we would love to have you.

Click here to visit our Golf Tournament Page.


National Restaurant Association’s Faces of Diversity Award
Faces of Diversity Award

The Faces of Diversity Award was created by the National Restaurant Association to raise awareness about the important role restaurants play in providing opportunity to those trying to realize their American Dream. In 2012 this award was bestowed to our founder Jorge Levy in recognition of his American Dream.   We consider this to be a great honor and we could not be more proud of Jorge.

A Few of Our Accolades

2021 Best Mexican Restaurant – Dallas Morning News Best In DFW

2021 Top 3 Mexican Restaurants in Garland – ThreeBestRated

2020 10 of the Prettiest Dallas Dining Experiences of 2020 – The Dallas Observer

2019 Top 10 Authentic Mexican Food – Visit Dallas

2018 An Original Stop on the Margarita Mile – Visit Dallas

2018 Represented Dallas at the NFL Draft Experience – National Football League

2017 One of the Most Authentic Mexican Restaurants Across America – USA Today

2017 Top 3 Tex-Mex Restaurants in Dallas – Three Best Rated

2016 The Very Best Tex-Mex in Dallas – The Culture Trip

2016 14 Restaurants in Texas to get Mexican Food that will Blow your Mind – Only In Your State

2016 Article “Dallas: More Than Dumb Ole Cowboys” – The Guardian (United Kingdom)

2015 2nd Best Tex Mex Restaurant in Texas – NPR Radio

2015 Best Mexican Restaurant in Dallas – The A List City Voter

2014 The 11 Best Tex-Mex Restaurants in DFW – The Thrill List

2014 Article “The Craziest Fried Foods at the Texas State Fair” – People Magazine

2014 Contestant on “Deep Fried Masters” – Destination America

2013 Dallas’ Best Margarita Crawl – The Thrill List

2012 Faces of Diversity Award (Jorge Levy) – The National Restaurant Association

2012 Best Mexican Food in Dallas – DFW CBS Local

2011 Official Caterers to the Maverick’s World Championship Parade

2011 Top 5 Fajita Platters in Dallas – Haute Living

2011 Article “The Great American Bar Search” – Maxim Magazine

2011 Official Caterers to Superbowl XLV – National Football League

2010 Top Five Tacos of the Year – Dallas Observer

2010 Best Tacos in Dallas – About.com Guide

2008 Best in DFW “Tex Mex Restaurants”
– Dallas Morning News

2007 Big Tex Choice Award “Most Creative – Deep Fried Latte” – State Fair of Texas

2006 Best Mexican Restaurant – Texas Golfer

2003 Best Mexican Restaurant – Dallas Observer

1995 Best Guacamole – Dallas Observer

1995 Best Entree “Steak Argentina” – MLB All Star Game

1995 Best Appetizer “Ceviche” – MLB All Star Game

1993 Best of the Best Hall of Fame Margarita – D Magazine

1993 Best Margarita in Dallas – D Magazine

1993 Best Top Shelf Margarita – Cinco de Mayo Festival

1988 Best Margarita in Dallas – D Magazine

1987 Best Margarita in Dallas – D Magazine

1985 Best Margarita in Dallas – Dallas Margarita Society