San Antonio’s diverse culture makes it a prime location to sample delicious cuisine from all over the world. Visitors to the vibrant downtown of Alamo City love strolling along the River Walk after a tasty meal at one of the city’s many restaurants. Citrus Restaurant, at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, offers a contemporary New American menu prepared in elegant, imaginative ways. ORO Restaurant and Bar, located across the street from the Alamo, prepares Mediterranean food to perfection. For those in the mood for perfectly seared steaks, The Palm, Morton’s Steakhouse, Bohanan’s and the Chart House will delight the taste buds. San Antonio is also well known for having excellent Italian and Contemporary American eateries. From French cuisine to good old-fashioned comfort food, downtown San Antonio has something for everybody.
Named among the top five restaurants in Texas by Gourmet Magazine, Biga on the Banks is an award-winning Riverwalk restaurant from the gifted culinary mind of chef Bruce Auden. The daily-changing menu shows off creative ingredients and bold flavors with dishes like chipotle grilled shrimp salad, sautéed duck breast with shiitake master sauce, and three-onion potato soup with black truffles. This downtown San Antonio restaurant is at once both relaxed and stylish to suit everything from casual lunches to elaborate rehearsal dinners.
Rising-star chef Jeffery Balfour deftly weaves the freshest, finest ingredients into innovative dishes at Citrus, a restaurant in the Hotel Valencia on the Riverwalk. Especially popular among the pre-theater crowd for a location within steps of the theater district, Citrus also offers an outstanding three-course prix fix Pre-Theater Menu.
ORO is Spanish for gold and this on-site restaurant at Emily Morgan Hotel is just that—dining gold. This fine dining establishment, located directly across the street from the Alamo, offers a Mediterranean inspired menu that is sure to delight.
Signature margaritas and irresistible cocktails ready the palate for dynamite Mexican food at Acenar restaurant in downtown San Antonio. Vibrant, flavorful preparations of authentic Mexican cuisine satisfy traditionalists, while innovative dishes laced with artistic flair please the more adventurous crowds.
Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood
219 E. Houston St., San Antonio TX 78205
A beautiful fine dining restaurant in downtown San Antonio, Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood offers the finest in contemporary steakhouse cuisine. Prime grade, center-cut Aberdeen Angus Beef, ultra-marbled Japanese Akaushi Beef and over 35 varieties of fresh seafood caught daily populate the AAA Four Diamond award-winning menu. Rounding off the offerings are a Wine Spectator-awarded wine list, a premium selection of cognacs and single-malt scotches, and cigars
Chart House Restaurant – Tower of the Americas
701 Bowie St., San Antonio TX 78205
Located 750 above the city on the top floor of the Tower of the Americas, the Chart House Restaurant offers casually elegant dining with outstanding views of the city below. Since 1968, this San Antonio restaurant has been garnering acclaim for a well-scripted menu of freshly caught seafood, tender steaks, robust salads and sumptuous deserts.
La Fonda on Main
2415 N. Main Ave., San Antonio TX 78212
The Oldest Mexican restaurant in San Antonio, La Fonda on Main is a beautiful restaurant located in historic Monte Vista, just outside of downtown. The menu serves both traditional Mexican cuisine and innovative Tex-Mex creations for lunch and dinner, and the Sunday brunch menu is one to savor. The full bar features signature margaritas and a large selection of liquor, beer and wines.
Las Canarias – Omni La Mansion
112 College St., San Antonio TX 72205
One of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in San Antonio, Las Canarias lives up to the expectations set by its luxurious confines within the Omni La Mansion del Rio hotel. An AAA Four Diamond restaurant on the River Walk, this impressive San Antonio dining spot offers creative American, French and Mediterranean cuisine prepared with a Texas twist.
Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa
306 West Market St., San Antonio TX 78205
Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa is a beautiful riverfront restaurant with indoor and al fresco dining in the heart of San Antonio. The menu offers elegantly plated preparations of Modern Spanish cuisine, including seasonally inspired entrees and tapas laced with international influences. The wine list from the restaurant’s “Cork Bar” boasts an approachable selection that includes over 30 wines by the glass.
Le Midi Restaurant
301 E. Houston St., San Antonio TX 78205
With dark woods, chocolate linens, original artwork, tapestries and an attentive, well-poised staff, Le Midi is a stylish and elegant French restaurant in San Antonio. This downtown dining spot offers an authentic Provencal dining experience complete with an expertly scripted menu from Lyonnaise chef selection of rare French cordials, aperitifs and wines.
125 E. Houston St., San Antonio TX 78205
A casual restaurant with a breezy, European-bistro style, Lüke Riverwalk is the first San Antonio restaurant from acclaimed Louisiana chef John Besh. This downtown San Antonio dining spot features a menu of Old World French & Creole cuisine prepared with classic German and French techniques, as well as an extensive wine list and beer selection.
MAX’s Wine Dive
340 E. Basse Rd., Ste. 101, San Antonio TX 78209
Affectionately referred to as MWD, Max’s Wine Dive is one of the more unique restaurants in San Antonio. This stylish destination impresses with a lengthy menu of upscale comfort food and a high-energy atmosphere that is at once both stylish and reminiscent of a neighborhood dive bar, complete with a great juke box packed with rock and country hits. The true highlight here is the highly acclaimed, competitively priced wine list that suits happy hour gatherings and flavorful dinners alike.
Morton's The Steakhouse - San Antonio
849 E. Commerce St., San Antonio TX 78205
The Steakhouse specializes in classic, hearty fare, serving generous portions of USDA prime aged beef, as well as fresh fish, lobster and chicken entrees. Morton's is famous for its animated signature tableside menu presentation: signature cuts of steaks, whole Maine lobsters and other main course selections, along with fresh vegetables, are presented on a cart rolled to your table. Every Friday and Saturday night, enjoy Morton's famous slow roasted Prime Rib.
Ostra at Mokara Hotel & Spa
212 W. Crockett St., San Antonio TX 78205
A casually elegant San Antonio restaurant, Ostra at the Mokara Hotel & Spa is an award-winning destination complete with beautiful terrace dining, a stunning stone and glass oyster bar, and exceptional wine and tequila collections. The menu highlights the finest selection of wild fish and shellfish flown in from around the world and prepared with fresh local produce and herbs.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Downtown San Antonio
1170 E. Commerce St., San Antonio TX 78205
Ruth's Chris Steak House was founded May 1965 in New Orleans by Ruth Fertel, and it has since become a nationwide favorite for fine steakhouse dining. The Ruth's Chris specialty is aged corn-fed USDA prime beef served sizzling on a heated plate. Other offerings include live Maine lobster, lobster tail & Atlantic salmon.
Sazo’s Latin Grill
101 Bowie St., San Antonio TX 78205
A uniquely beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk restaurant, Sazo’s Latin Grill sets itself apart with more than just the warm atmosphere and colorful, candlelit décor. The robust lunch, dinner and tapas menus are alive with the flavors of Spain and South America. Sazo’s bar menu also impresses with flavorful starters and signature margaritas.
Sushi Zushi – Downtown
203 S. St. Mary's, San Antonio TX 78205
Lovers of sake and of creative and traditional Japanese cuisine will think they’ve found paradise at Sushi Zushi. This downtown San Antonio Japanese restaurant consistently pleases guests with a broad menu, deftly prepared sushi and a selection of over 50 sakes, as well as a sophisticated yet casual setting and attentive service.
The Little Aussie Bakery & Café
3610 Avenue B, San Antonio TX 78209
Australian, Comfort Food, Gluten Free.
The Little Aussie Baker & Café is a warm, home-style restaurant serving 100% gluten free cuisine in San Antonio. Using Australian and European influences in the preparation of each flavorful dish, this San Antonio gluten free restaurant focuses on comfort food favorites like slow roasted meats, pasta bakes, meat pies, savory sandwiches, colorful salads and indulgent deserts.
The Palm – San Antonio
233 E. Houston St., San Antonio TX 78205
Voted Critics Choice 2007 “Best Steakhouse in San Antonio” by the San Antonio Express, The Palm San Antonio is a venerable option for steakhouse cuisine. USDA prime aged steaks, jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters, fresh seafood and Italian fare combine with a bright, casually elegant atmosphere and fantastic service. Be sure to investigate pairing opportunities from the wine list.
Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar
207 N. Presa St., San Antonio TX 78205
Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar in San Antonio is a beautiful downtown restaurant that caters to both foodies and wine lovers with parallel enthusiasm. Creative wine pairing options drive the menu of worldly and regionally inspired small and large plates, which includes dishes like gulf blue crabcakes, garlicky escargot, gorgonzola pizza with figs and prosciutto, and pepper-seared New York strip steak.
420 W. Market St., San Antonio TX 78205
Contemporary Italian cuisine arrives in a picturesque setting at San Antonio’s Zocca restaurant. This popular downtown dining spot draws inspiration from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in the creation of the memorable fare, and the selection of fine wines and cocktails tempt diners to enjoy post-work or social gatherings in the burnished copper interior or out on the cypress-shaded patio.