San Antonio Restaurants

San Antonio is a terrific dining town. It's big enough and has enough demanding conventioneers to support fine dining you'd usually find in much larger cities. But it still has a relaxed small-town feel that makes it easy to eat out almost anywhere without much fuss. You can count on one hand the number of restaurants requiring
San Antonio is a terrific dining town. It's big enough and has enough demanding conventioneers to support fine dining you'd usually find in much larger cities. But it still has a relaxed small-town feel that makes it easy to eat out almost anywhere without much fuss. Yo
San Antonio is a terrific dining town. It's big enough and has enough demanding conventioneers to support fine dining yo

San Antonio is a terrific dining town. It's big enough and has enough demanding conventioneers to support fine dining you'd usually find in much larger cities. But it still has a relaxed small-town feel that makes it easy to eat out almost anywhere without much fuss. You can count on one hand the number of restaurants requiring jackets; the dress codes at most other nice restaurants pretty much stops at "no shorts, please." Reservations and long waits are rare except at a few high-end restaurants and at peak times on the River Walk.

Essentially, San Antonio cuisine is about two things: Mexican-inspired flavors and meat. Mexican, Tex-Mex, Latin, and a variety of other fusion variations crowd this bi-cultural town. You'll find wonderful Mexican breads and pastries, rich sauces with complex flavors heavy with chilies, fresh peppers, even chocolate. Margaritas and local beers, courtesy of the local German immigrant brewing tradition, remedy the occasional chili overdose (though not all Latin food here is spicy—far from it). If your idea of a perfect meal is a steak, ribs, or just a killer hamburger, this is your kind of town. But San Antonio isn't stuck remembering the Alamo at every meal: chef-driven restaurants with a wide range of offerings, including sushi, offer a break from beef and tortillas.

Most restaurants, especially downtown and at the River Walk, are open seven days a week. Outside the downtown tourist area, restaurants generally close at around 10 on weekdays, 11 on weekends. River Walk restaurants and bars stay open later, generally until 2 am. San Antonio bans smoking in all restaurants except in designated outdoor areas (bars do allow it). Tipping conventions are standard, generally 15% for lunch, 20% for dinner.

Recommended Fodor’s Video

Sort by: 22 Recommendations {{numTotalPoiResults}} {{ (numTotalPoiResults===1)?'Recommendation':'Recommendations' }} 0 Recommendations
CLEAR ALL Area Search CLEAR ALL
Loading...
  • Biga on the Banks

    1. Biga on the Banks

    $$ | River Walk | American

    Like Texas, enthusiastic chef Bruce Auden's menu is big and eclectic, and the dining atmosphere manages to be both bigger than life and romantic...Read More

    Biga on the Banks
  • 2. Francesca's at Sunset

    $$$$ | Northwest | American

    As the name would suggest, stunning views of the evening sky are part of the draw at the Westin at La Cantera's showcase restaurant. But chef...Read More

  • 3. Mi Tierra Café and Bakery

    $ | Market Square | American

    In the heart of Market Square lies one of San Antonio's most venerable culinary landmarks. Opened in 1941 as a place for early-rising farmers...Read More

  • 4. Silo Elevated Cuisine

    $$ | Northeast | American

    Just a few miles northeast of downtown, Silo has beautiful views of the city from its sleek first-floor bar and second-floor restaurant. The...Read More

  • 5. 20nine Restaurant and Wine Bar

    $$ | Alamo Heights | American

    Part of the Alamo Quarry Market shopping complex, this upscale spot may make you wonder whether you're going to dinner or a wine tasting. Well...Read More

  • 6. Acenar

    $$ | River Walk | American

    This nouvelle Tex-Mex hot spot sits astride a less-traveled section of the San Antonio River Walk. Start out with excellent margaritas—many...Read More

  • 7. Antlers Lodge

    $$$ | Outskirts | American

    Known for upscale takes on Texan fare—rattlesnake fritters, quail with chorizo and grits, bison tenderloin—this restaurant in the Hyatt Hill...Read More

  • 8. Boudro's on the Riverwalk

    $$ | River Walk | American

    A little bit Gulf Coast, a little bit Mexican, and a whole lotta Texan, this landmark River Walk establishment caters to almost every taste...Read More

  • 9. Cappy's Restaurant

    $ | Alamo Heights | American

    The antidote to big and brash national chains, Cappy's caters to a local crowd craving innovative food, classy but cheerful environs, and solid...Read More

  • 10. Citrus

    $$$ | River Walk | American

    This über-cool restaurant at the Hotel Valencia overlooks the River Walk and serves New American and Spanish-influenced cuisine. Its creative...Read More

  • 11. Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery

    $$ | North | American

    The name sounds stuffy, but the dining room is everything but at this European-inspired location far removed from downtown's urban closeness...Read More

  • 12. Earl Abel's

    $ | Alamo Heights | American

    This hip San Antonio restaurant changed owners in 2007 and moved to a new neighborhood, but the food is still top-notch. The crispy fried catfish...Read More

  • 13. Esquire Tavern

    $$ | Downtown | American

    Originally opened in 1933 following the end of Prohibition, the Esquire Tavern has a storied past, forgotten for many years in its once dilapidated...Read More

  • 14. La Hacienda de los Barrios

    $ | Outskirts | American

    It may feel like you're walking into a centuries-old hacienda at this enormous outpost just outside of the Highway 1604 loop, but the tacos...Read More

  • 15. La Margarita Mexican Restaurant & Oyster Bar

    $$ | Downtown | American

    In the heart of Market Square, you can eat Mexican fare or oysters or both while surrounded by Spanish tile and light music. Try the fajitas...Read More

  • 16. Liberty Bar

    $ | Alamo Heights | American

    Built in 1890 and leaning conspicuously on its foundation (attributed to a 1921 flood), Liberty Bar is a hip, funky restaurant that's a place...Read More

  • 17. Magnolia Pancake Haus

    $ | North | American

    Opened in 2000 and already a much-loved breakfast institution, Magnolia prides itself on dishes made from fresh and wholesome ingredients. Fluffy...Read More

  • 18. Rainforest Café

    $ | River Walk | American

    Ideal for kids, this fun chain near the Rivercenter Mall offers up a tropical theme and some decent food. The menu is varied, and dishes range...Read More

  • 19. Restaurant Gwendolyn

    $$$ | Downtown | American

    At Restaurant Gwendolyn, chef/owner Michael Sohacki takes the terms "local," "house-made," and "seasonal" very seriously. So much so that the...Read More

  • 20. The Brooklynite

    $$ | American

    This sleek pre-Prohibition-style craft cocktail bar popped up in September 2012 with little warning. A last-minute opportunity for celebrated...Read More

No Restaurants Results

Please try a broader search, or expore these popular suggestions:

There are no results for {{ strDestName}} Restaurants in the searched map area with the above filters. Please try a different area on the map, or broaden your search with these popular suggestions: