I was not compensated for this review post on Dave and Buster’s in Arlington, Texas. I do have a disclosure page though if you have any questions.
Do you remember the Rockem Sockem Robots game?
Well, have you ever seen a life sized version of the game?! I had not until last week when we visited the Dave and Buster’s in Arlington, Texas. It was like Chuck E. Cheese on steroids. Like a bar slash-y arcade joint. It had a wall sized PacMan old school pixelated screen. And TOMB RAIDER – I felt like I was Laura Croft blasting things to smithereens in front of a giant curved screen. IT WAS AMAZING!
Choosing seating at Dave and Buster’s
When we first got there, we were greeted at the front door and made aware of all the different dining area options. There was a regular somewhat calm dining area, a bar area, and a sports bar type dining area with giant TVs. Then just beyond a glowing brick walk-through was the arcade-side dining looking out onto the mesmerizing glow of the beeping and blasting machines. Like moths to the flame, we were…
The Food at Dave and Buster’s
Before playing all the games though, we did order some delicious food(after we flagged down a waiter)! Our 3 kids and I split a platter of ribs, tiny hamburgers, and french fries. If you like a bunch of BBQ sauce on your ribs, you’ll love these! Plus, we split an order of chicken tenders with fries. My sweet husband had salmon with veggies. I ate some of the thin green beans and they were sooooooo delicious!
Another good thing about ordering and eating before playing is the eat and play combo deal. Since we had 3 entrees, we got 3 cards, plus one more for my husband and me, that way the kids could go together through the arcade. My husband and I battled it out at Rockem Sockem and an old school Space Invaders game on a screen about 6ft x 6ft. Super fun!
Blowing Through Our Game Cards at Dave & Buster’s
If we had a bazillion dollars we could have stayed in there playing for days on end, only surfacing to refuel our cards and stomachs when absolutely necessary. For reals, I could play basic games like Skeet Ball for hours but the Tombraider game I could have played for days. Have you heard of the gamers who go days without food and water and are eventually carted off to the hospital because of dehydration and their eyes falling out of their heads? Yes, I now understand why.
Alas, after loading our cards twice, we were near bankruptcy and had to quit playing. Unfortunately, we visited when the Power Hour wasn’t available(I’m guessing because of Christmas break). But if you are lucky to be there at the right time, you can pay only $10 for a card and play for a whole hour! Otherwise, you could easily spend well over $100 just playing games. Um, just guessing and all, not like we frivilously spent a crazy amount of money on something so fleeting. Yea, we wouldn’t do that. Not us. LOL
I was so bummed out that I miss seeing this GIANT claw machine. See the picture? That’s my huge 6’3″ tall hunky husband. This “game” was amazing and had stuffed animals the size of my kids. Sigh! I guess we’ll save that game for next time!
Cashing In Our Points
At least the kids (and the big kids) had enough points to get some toys and candy with the points we “earned” on our cards. We headed to the “store”. It was a bit obvious where to find it in the back of the arcade… LOL
Our kids had a big time picking out their prizes. There were lots of things to choose from – many out of our prize point budget. It took about 45 minutes for them to pick out what they wanted. I’m pretty sure the comparison of money spent verses cost of prizes wasn’t equal. LOL
Dave and Buster’s Review Conclusion
Looking for a fun night out for the family or with friends? I give Dave and Buster’s two thumbs up! We liked our food. The restaurants, arcade, and ladies bathroom were all clean. We all had so much fun and the kids were so happy to take home prizes. I recommend going if you have a chance but try to go during Power Hour to save money!
What’s a favorite restaurant you like to visit with your kids?