An Array of San Antonio's Best Restaurants Awaits You!

San Antonio is home to a plethora of excellent restaurants, from the best Mexican food to independently-owned restaurants run by the city's most phenomenal chefs. From popular riverwalk restaurants to the perfect weekday brunch spot showcasing New Orleans-style cuisine, whatever you choose, your taste buds will thank you!

Biga on the Banks, located along the riverwalk, has been around for a long time and is still one of the best restaurants San Antonio has to offer. Enjoy New American cuisine with a stunning view while sipping some world-class wine. They offer a seasonal prix fixe menu with mouthwatering dishes such as lobster ravioli on arugula, lobster sauce and fennel. At Biga, you cannot go wrong! 

On the flip side, Maverick i is one of San Antonio's newest restaurants. This Southtown arts district gem is one of the most charming places you'll experience in the Alamo city. A Texas Brasserie with a gorgeous patio and superb service is guaranteed to deliver a wonderful dining experience from start to finish!



Pharm Table
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Conveniently located across from the Tobin Center, this unique cafe's slogan is "eat to live." Pharm Table's mission is to offer nourishing yet delicious foods to the community because they understand how food impacts not only the body but the mind as well. Besides offering breakfast and lunch in the cafe, they also offer to-go meals and health-centric classes and events such as yoga, essential oils and more. The globally-inspired menu offers dishes made with ingredients that are locally-sourced from Texas farmers. For breakfast enjoy dishes like porridge made with clove, coconut, pecans and dates or steel cut oats with honey crisp apple, raisins and sweet potato. For lunch, you can expect a mix of savory soups like Winter Squash Moqueca, vibrant salads and bowls, such as the Laab Bowl made with zucchini noodles, carrots, cherry tomatoes, mint, basil, cabbage and chicken, if you need your protein.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Pharm Table is for those who want to leave a restaurant feeling better than when they arrived. The dishes are flavorful yet exceptionally healthy.

Kimberly's expert tip: They have some of the most delicious ceviche in the city.

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Bella on Houston
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Owner, David Snyder, has combined his love and experience abroad with the genius of Executive Chef, Sean Fletcher, to create fresh authentic Southern European and Mediterranean dishes that are to-die-for! From the paella, with its fragrant flavors and velvety texture, to the (off-menu) Branzino, grilled to perfection with roasted garlic and grilled lemon, the cuisine is off-the-charts delicious. They take advantage of seasonal ingredients by offering dishes like the watermelon and heirloom tomato salad, but you can't go wrong with starters such as the decadent Eggplant Josephine. There isn't one item on this menu you won't savor and remember. What really stands out about Bella's is a true appreciation for quality and simplicity where the ingredients themselves are allowed to shine in a perfectly balanced symphony of flavors.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Bella is an established restaurant in the heart of downtown featuring exceptional Mediterranean fare.

Kimberly's expert tip: Be sure to take advantage of the made-from-scratch desserts such as their ever-popular Virginia's Pistachio Cake.

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Texas de Brazil
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Texas de Brazil opened in San Antonio in 2010 and hasn't stopped serving delicious, succulent Brazilian meats and traditional favorites ever since. While there is more than one Brazilian-American Churrascaria (steakhouse) in San Antonio, Texas de Brazil is possibly the most luxurious and decadent one in town. Conveniently located downtown, they are within walking distance of many of the popular hotels and tourist attractions. Start your meal off with the salad bar complete with everything under the sun from their signature lobster bisque to smoked salmon, grilled pineapple, charcuterie and a rainbow of salads and specialties. However, make sure to not overdo it on the salad bar because what comes next will become the stuff of legends. Prepare yourself for an onslaught of the most mouth-watering cuts of beef, pork, chicken and lamb, from the Picanha to ribs, bacon-wrapped chicken, sausage and more. It's a meat-lovers dream come true!

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Texas de Brazil takes dining to a whole new level, with an endless stream of succulent meats served right at your table.

Kimberly's expert tip: Texas de Brazil is the only Churrascaria in town that has the exciting Wine Angels who swoop down on a swing to pick out your wine from a giant wall of the finest wines. There's simply no better way to combine dining and entertainment!

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King William District

Rosario's, which has been around now for over 20 years, has transported itself from a local favorite to a critically-acclaimed restaurant. They have been featured in Southern Living, Texas Monthly and The New York Times, and have been listed as one of the "Top 50 Restaurants in the U.S." by Hispanic Magazine. From their Chile Relleno de Pescado (shrimp and fish stuffed poblano pepper) to their fajitas and enchiladas, there is not one thing on the menu you won't be wanting to return for again and again. They offer live music on the weekends and specialize in gigantic margaritas that are almost a meal by itself!

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: If you're looking for the best Tex-Mex, and we know you are, Rosario's has earned a reputation for their yummy enchiladas, salsa, tacos and more!

Kimberly's expert tip: Known for their margaritas!

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A graceful, mirrored dining room provides an elegant accompaniment to Bohanan's top-notch steaks and seafood. Noted for serving Akaushi beef, three grades above Prime, and dramatic flaming desserts, the restaurant has a loyal contingent of regulars and attracts new customers nightly. Try a juicy filet from the mesquite grill, or split a massive double center-cut pork chop with someone special. Unusual seafood dishes like fennel pollen-crusted blue fin tuna and Chilean sea bass au gratin provide a welcome change of pace. Make sure to start the evening early with a few cocktails at the bar. This is the kind of restaurant where you want to spend the entire evening.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: For an old-world luxury dining experience in the downtown area, Bohanan's can't be beat.

Kimberly's expert tip: Don't leave without dessert!

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Not only is this Pan-Latin restaurant and bar located along San Antonio's picturesque riverwalk, but it has one of the most stunning dining rooms in the country, with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall the opens up when the weather's cool enough to enjoy it. Chef Edward Villarreal is at the helm, serving up an array of Latin-inspired breakfast dishes, from sweet plaintain griddle cakes to a Cubano con Huevo. This savvy chef is also the star of a culinary series, Homegrown Chef, that inspires gourmands to cook, eat and explore San Antonio's delicious food scene. Go for breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner. They also offer happy hour, and good eats from their downstairs speakeasy-esque bar and late night options, when most restaurants are closing down. The perfect choice before or after an event at the Tobin, as they're within walking distance.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Ocho's beautiful glass restaurant is one of the best places to eat in the city, from their Latin-inspired menu to their cocktail bar.

Kimberly's expert tip: Before or after dinner, enjoy a cocktail in their basement bar.

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NOLA Brunch & Beignets
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NOLA Brunch and Beignets is owned and operated by one of San Antonio's most talented chefs, Pieter Sypesteyn, who originally hails from New Orleans. He introduces those authentic flavors and cuisine at this fairly new eatery, that's sole focus is brunch. What could be better than brunch that can be had on days that aren't typically reserved for brunching? You can enjoy a relaxing "brunchy" meal here every Tuesday through Sunday. The menu is full of such yummy options, it's difficult to choose. You can nosh on Hashbrown Crusted Trout, Eggs Rockafella, Bread Pudding French Toast with seasonal marmalade, a Blue Crab Omelette or Shrimp and Grits, just for starters. You'll definitely want to save room for a plate of beignets for dessert, which come in classic powdered sugar or stuffed with lemon curd or coffee and chicory. Enjoy a meal from the Big Easy in the Alamo City!

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: NOLA's New Orleans-style brunch is a truly unique concept in San Antonio, and a great place to relax any weekday afternoon.

Kimberly's expert tip: This place gets busy on the weekends so expect a wait.

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Enjoy a little bit of France in San Antonio at this absolutely lovely Texas Brasserie, featuring specialty wines, meats and beer. One of the newest restaurants to open in the Southtown arts district, it's quickly become a local's favorite, as it offers a sophisticated and relaxed ambiance with plenty of cozy places to dine. Weather permitting, you'll definitely want to take advantage of their expansive outdoor patio. Now onto the scrumptious food! Although the menu is French-inspired, there is easily something on it that everyone will love. The Executive Chef, Chris Carlson, is a well-known force in the Alamo city, and does not disappoint. Dinner is a feast of choices, from mussels to quail, and their signature rotisserie options, including duck, a fan favorite! Good news is they're now open for lunch, dinner, and Happy Hour to boot!

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Maverick is an example of the new restaurants rising up in SA and making a name for themselves, thanks to superb cuisine, service and ambiance.

Kimberly's expert tip: If you can, be sure to make a reservation, as this place fills up fast for lunch or any other time.

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Biga on the Banks
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Biga on the Banks has earned a stellar reputation. Request table 31 when you make a reservation at Biga on the Banks, and you'll end up with the best view in the house. You won't be gazing at the river, but you will have an eye on chef Bruce Auden as he concocts lobster ravioli on arugula and guinea ham in guajillo sauce. Tasting menus are a draw, but the food is equally as interesting when ordered a la carte. The loft-inspired space is airy and light, but don't worry, you'll have plenty of elbow room when you dig in.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: A long-time staple of the riverwalk, Biga on the Banks offers fine dining and delicious fare.

Kimberly's expert tip: This is the place to go if you want a beautiful view of the riverwalk.

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Meadow Neighborhood Eatery and Bar
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Meadow is a charming new neighborhood restaurant located at The Alley in central San Antonio. The spacious eatery is family-owned and offers a creative menu of Texas-centric delights. Start your meal off right with their pork belly biscuit or wood oven cornbread accompanied by some scrumptious house-made jalapeno pimento cheese and honey lard-butter. Next, sample a variety of shared plates, such as their cabbage pancake or steak tartare. For entrees or large plates, you can't go wrong with their fried chicken served with braised greens, chow chow and hot sauce. It might just be the best fried chicken in the city! Everything is made from scratch by Chef PJ Edwards. The restaurant also makes an effort to work with local farmers and ranchers, ensuring the dishes are fresh and made with seasonal Texas ingredients that are guaranteed to have your mouth watering!

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Meadow neighborhood eatery and bar is a new restaurant that offers visitors a taste of true Texas flavors with a focus on farm-to-table.

Kimberly's expert tip: Check out Meadow for brunch and enjoy some familiar and unique fare, such as their wood oven french toast and smoked gulf fish salad.

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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