Known for its Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisines, San Antonio delivers countless options when it comes to serving south-of-the- border authentic dishes. Moreover, the Central Texas city offers a melting pot of cultures and cuisines that will satisfy any craving. Read below to discover some of the best places to eat in San Antonio.
Mi Tierra Café y Panadería
Since 1941, the Cortez family has served passersby at Mi Tierra within San Antonio’s Mercado. Starting as a three-table cafe, it has now expanded into a top-notch Tex-Mex restaurant and Mexican bakery. The vibrant ambiance, familial service, exceptional food, and central location make this restaurant one of the best places to eat in San Antonio. Sample tamales, tacos, enchiladas, and more with a margarita or tequila flights. Visitors can expect traditional live mariachi music as well to complete the mood. Additionally, I implore you to stop by the bakery before you leave. The line moves quickly and the pastries are out of this world. I recommend their tres leches cake.
The Esquire Tavern
Open since 1933 to celebrate the end of Prohibition, this downtown bar off of the River Walk presents a perfect atmosphere for a dimly lit dinner. Treat yourself to brews or upscale curated cocktails while splitting delicious appetizers and entrees with your partner or friends. Their menu combines American, Tex-Mex, Pan-Asian, and even Mediterranean cuisines, so there is something for everyone. Try a local craft beer with chili-salt fries and the Big Red Empanada and top off of the evening with banana pudding. Further, note that the Esquire Tavern hosts numerous specials, including the happy hour special Monday through Friday, 3 pm tp 7 pm.
Ocho in Hotel Havana
Perched within a glass conservatory above the River Walk, Ocho offers a spin on traditional Cuban, Mexican, and Tex-Mex dishes within Havana Hotel. Serving breakfast to late-night munchies, hotel guests and visitors can enjoy this aesthetically-pleasing hot spot. Decorated with pops of turquoise blue situated throughout the restaurant, this contemporary eatery serves classic rum cocktails and dishes such as picadillo empanadas and ceviche. In addition, guests can also take advantage of complimentary wifi or try Stumptown espresso drinks to stay or to go.
Rosario’s Mexican Cafe y Cantina
Serving Southtown and North San Antonio, Rosario’s menu merges Mexican dishes with a contemporary spin. Guest favorites include shrimp nachos, fish tacos, ceviche, tacos callejeros, parrillas, and specialty margaritas. Since 1992, visitors can converge to enjoy authentic lunch and dinner menu options. Further, Rosario’s drink menu caters to cocktail lovers with ample amounts of tequila-based cocktails offered. Whether you’re in the mood for margaritas, micheladas, or martinis, Rosario’s has you covered. After you’ve finished your entree, split delectable dessert choices such as coconut flan, warm cajeta bread pudding, or crepes.
Chef Pieter Sypesteyn of Cookhouse’s mission is to showcase New Orleans cuisine to San Antonio. Combining French, Spanish, Italian, Creole, and Cajun cuisine, Cookhouse provides modern takes on New Orleans-style fare with fresh, local ingredients. Sample complex dishes such as the smoked duck with glazed okra, corn pudding, and pecans. Or opt for the seafood platter complete with oysters, oysters som tam, shrimp, and crudo. Further, the restaurant offers happy hour appetizers such as fried boudin balls and fish and chips with green tomato jam. Guests can also treat themselves to cocktails, wine, and beer selections with after dinner options such as creole cream cheese ice cream and beignets.
Dough Pizzeria Napoletana
Since 2007, Dough Pizzeria Napoletana has served Southern Italian cuisine and wines with a focus on Neapolitan-Style pizza. Now offering two locations, one downtown and one in Castle Hills, this pizzeria fantastically blends comfort food with style. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on the Food Network, you don’t want to miss out on one of the best places to eat in San Antonio. Top menu selections include fresh burrata and mozzarella cheeses, signature-style pizzas like Bufala Margherita, and house made Italian sausage. Pair your entree with their premium wine and beer selections and end the meal with their tiramisu or panna cotta. Also, the menu offers kid-friendly and gluten-free options as well
Lulu’s Bakery and Cafe
Offering service 24/7, Lulu’s Bakery and Cafe serves huge Texas-sized portions of Southern comfort food sure to keep you feeling satisfied. Lulu’s menu options include homemade chicken fried steak, flavorful tacos, breakfast plates, and of course, their three pound gooey cinnamon roll to split. Sides include macaroni and cheese, green beans, fried okra, mashed potatoes, and more. This family-friendly restaurant also serves healthy salads, soups, and sandwiches to meet dietary preferences. Moreover, Lulu’s provides kids’ and seniors’ menus as well.
Located downtown, Kimura presents numerous ramen and yakisoba noodle options. All ramen dishes, unless otherwise specified, include noodles, a soft-boiled egg, nori, green onions, and shiitake mushrooms for maximum flavor combinations. Further, all yakisoba dishes are stir-fried and served with noodles, vegetables, caramelized onions, Tonkotsu sauce, bonito flakes, and spicy mayo. You can add whichever type of meat you prefer as well as go gluten-free. Additionally, the restaurant offers various appetizers like edamame, gyoza, kimchi, and grilled bok choy. While you eat, enjoy one of Kimura’s cocktails, and/or wine or beer selections. For half-priced appetizers from the dine-in menu, arrive between 4 to 7 pm, Monday through Friday.
In my opinion, Texas-style barbecue brings the best flavors that leave you feeling full and content. From brisket and smoked sausage to pulled pork sandwiches, you definitely need to get your hands on quality Texas barbecue. Lucky for San Antonio residents and visitors, Smoke Shack offers delicious fixings for meat lovers. Serving staples like frito pie, chopped brisket, pulled pork, macaroni, fried okra, and pinto beans, you’ll be in barbecue heaven. Wash it down with lemonade or sweet tea (or mix it to make an Arnold Palmer) and enjoy the food coma.
What is Your Favorite Place to Eat in San Antonio?
Now that you have a solid list of some of the best places to eat in San Antonio, where will you head to first? What are some of your other top eateries in Alamo City?