The Nodding Donkey Kitchen

Nodding Donkey SMU Sign
Photo courtesy of Nodding Donkey

An offshoot of the Nodding Donkey in Uptown, the Nodding Donkey Kitchen takes upscale sports-bar style and puts it in a restaurant setting. Don’t worry, though; this Donkey still has a wide selection of canned beers and cocktails, including its signature Donkey Punch. The food is more thoughtful – in addition to an assortment of pizzas, the Donkey does achiote-rubbed pork tenderloin and seared Scottish salmon with parsnip puree – and the setting is more family-friendly than the Uptown location. But this one is across the street from Milo Butterfingers and around the corner from SMU, so you’ll likely find a few undergrads here at any given hour. If it’s Friday night, you’ll probably find a lot of them here before they stumble down the road to Barley House. 

There are half-off something specials Monday-Thursday (from pizza to scotch), and the Donkey does brunch on Saturday as well as Sunday.


The Nodding Donkey Kitchen
5600 SMU Blvd. #120
Dallas, TX 75206


Sun: 10 am-midnight
Mon: 11 am-midnight
Tue: 11 am-midnight
Wed: 11 am-midnight
Thu: 11 am-2 am
Fri: 11 am-2 am
Sat: 10 am-2 am

Good to Know

  • $$
  • Food Served
  • Happy Hour
  • Craft Beer
  • Trivia
  • TVs
  • Wi-Fi
  • Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • Takeout