Best Value, Best Eats in San Antonio

It's certainly not hard to find somewhere cheap to eat in San Antonio, but a restaurant that hits all the marks when it comes to flavor, quality, service, ambiance and affordability can be few and far between, or at least it used to be! Now, the city is practically bursting with restaurants showcasing talented chefs and fresh, local cuisine - good enough to compete with the more well-known foodie cities in the U.S. 

Let's start with The Cookhouse, who serves up the finest New Orleans-style fare in the city. Chef Sypesteyn takes his craft very seriously. At the same time, he loves playing with food. He makes his own charcuterie, bread, cheese and pretty much everything else you'll find on your plate. With access to the freshest gulf seafood, and a talent for bringing authentic Louisiana flavors to Texas, this one is hard to beat when it comes to best value!

After a long day of shopping at La Cantera, The Whiskey Cake is an ideal choice for fabulous fare on the north side of town. They consistently serve great, affordable, scratch-made food that won't put a dent in your wallet or your time. 

The downtown landscape can be somewhat daunting to out-of-towners, and frankly, even for locals. It's largely high-end restaurants and steakhouses or unsatisfying fast food. With new restaurants like O'liva, Rebelle and The Clean Plate, you can now eat well for both lunch or dinner!

Bakery Lorraine
Photo courtesy of Nick Simonite

Bakery Lorraine started out as a hole in the wall on Grayson street. Now at the Pearl Brewery in a much larger, more upscale location, they have earned a reputation as the cafe to go for the most delicious sandwiches and pastries. There is...  Read More

Tito's is your classic hole in the wall restaurant, but it's most definitely worth a visit. Located in San Antonio's acclaimed arts district, Southtown, Tito's is the place the locals go again and again and again. They put the T in Tex-Mex with...  Read More

North Central
Niki's Tokyo Inn
Photo courtesy of Niki's Tokyo Inn

Niki's Tokyo Inn is probably the most authentic Japanese restaurant in San Antonio. Sure, it doesn't look so hot on the outside, but you'll quickly forget about all that once you have a taste of their sushi or any of the number of traditional...  Read More

Humble House
Photo courtesy of Joshua Simmons

Whether or not you're passionate about the delicious benefits of farm-to-table cuisine, do your taste buds a favor and make you're way over to the Pearl Brewery farmer's market in San Antonio, which takes place every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm,...  Read More

The Clean Plate
Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta

While the concept of farm-to-table hasn't quite caught fire yet in San Antonio, the fact is, for many people as well as restaurateurs, farm-to-table is the only way to go. There's no doubt that while your farm-to-table choices are limited in the...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Joshua Simmons

Rebelle Restaurant in the newly-renovated St. Anthony Hotel has finally come to fruition and oh what a plump, juicy treat it is. Once, years ago, the restaurant at the St. Anthony was the place to go for dinner... and now it is once again!...  Read More

O'liva Healthy Local Cuisine & Tasting Room
Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta

O'liva is a new downtown restaurant offering unbelievably affordable, contemporary farm-to-table cuisine in a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere with a true open kitchen. They are working to revive the local food movement in a part of San Antonio...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Sustenio

If you don't have the pleasure of staying at the beautiful Eilan Hotel Resort and Spa, make sure to include dinner plans at Sustenio on your itinerary. One of the perks is complimentary valet service for all restaurant guests, but that's just...  Read More

Whiskey Cake
Photo courtesy of Kimberly A. Suta

Whiskey Cake is the first farm-to-table chain to open in San Antonio. With it's sizable bar and dining area offering seasonal and often locally-sourced cuisine, it's hard to believe how affordable it is. The cool, industrial space,...  Read More

San Antonio
The Cookhouse
Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta

The Cookhouse just opened their doors in early September of 2014 but is already the talk of the town, which comes as no surprise as it's the only restaurant in San Antonio that showcases traditional New Orleans cuisine, the kind you might find...  Read More


Meet Kimberly Suta

Kimberly A. Suta is a professional freelance writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur with a background in marketing, advertising and social media. Her first business, Midnight Sun Innovations,...  More About Kimberly

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