Chef-Driven Restaurants Shine Divinely in San Antonio

San Antonio has a thriving culinary scene with a rapidly growing number of chef-driven restaurants showcasing their own unique style, locally-sourced produce and other products as well as a creative zhoosh that can't be denied. Food enthusiasts rejoice! These top 10 restaurants are about to inspire your palate and desire to return to the Alamo City over and over again!

First up, Alberico Fine Wine is currently San Antonio's best kept secret, but definitely not for long! Located in the center of the city, in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods, this affordable fine dining bistro's Chef Ed Villarreal is a culinary wizard when it comes to smashing unexpected flavor profiles. He's plating up some phenomenal New American cuisine with twists and turns your palate will love!

For some New Orleans-style cooking, head to The Cookhouse where Chef Pieter Sypesteyn (who hails from the Big Easy) is wowing guests with his down home yet elevated dishes. Since the restaurant sources locally, including some incredible Gulf Shrimp, the menu is seasonal and scrumptious. 

If you're in the mood for a little glitz and glam to go with your charred octopus, head downtown to Rebelle, which is located at the recently renovated St. Anthony Hotel. Here, Chef Stefan Bowers (also known for Feast) is playing with the most exceptional ingredients and flavors he can find and turning out dishes that will make your mouth sing!

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East meets west at this Peruvian restaurant that gleefully plays with Asian-South American fusions. The cuisine is properly referred to as Chifa Nikkei. In Peru, Chifa refers to Chinese-Peruvian cuisine and Nikkei to Japanese-Peruvian food. The...  Read More

Fig Tree

For fine dining in the heart of La Villita where you'll find an array of cute shops and boutiques, try the Fig Tree. This classy yet quaint little restaurant offers exceptional food, servers dressed iin suits, tableside bottle service, a lovely...  Read More

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Mixtli is so much more than just a satisfying meal, it's truly a journey of the spirit and senses. Owners Diego Galicia and Rico Torres, also chefs, have developed a unique dining experience they're calling progressive Mexican culinaria, which...  Read More


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

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Hotel Emma showcases its culinary prowess in multiple ways, but it's on-site restaurant, Supper; located along the northern extension of the San Antonio river walk, is their best representation of what good food is all about. This farm-to-table...  Read More

Gwendolyn, located downtown along the Riverwalk, is a fine-dining American restaurant that, like the Grandmother it's named for, inspires deep love and devotion. A cozy, romantic venue, Gwendolyn is an ideal place for a first date, anniversary...  Read More

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Cured is one of the newest restaurants to grace the historic Pearl Brewery and it clearly belongs in such fine company. Chef Steve McHugh brings charcuterie, salumi and other hand-made, farm-to-table dishes to the carefully restored...  Read More

San Antonio
The Cookhouse
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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

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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

North Central
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Chef Andrew Weissman is the "it" chef in San Antonio and he's got his name written all over Signature - quite literally. Everything about this upscale, thoughtfully-crafted and elegant restaurant screams Weissman. This is not just any old hotel...  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