Best Restaurants in San Antonio

Savvy Chefs Servin' Scrumptious Eats at San Antonio's Best Restaurants

San Antonio has taken a back seat for decades, but no longer! The culinary scene is exploding here and continues to grow as great chefs and restaurants are on the forefront of national, even global, recognition. Find out what San Antonio flavors are in store for you.

Boiler House has been a staple at the Pearl Brewery for years now and continues to excite. Chef Jarrad Gwaltney, who will soon be representing San Antonio at the famous James Beard House, is at the helm with creative and titillating dishes to accompany the sexy, sultry atmosphere. At one of his recent wine dinners, he inspired the crowd with a buttered coffee bisque with an onion biscotti and salted whipped cream that was to-die-for!

Not surprisingly, Bliss, named after its co-owner and chef, Mark Bliss, is one of the best restaurants in the city, with a superb attention to detail on everything from the wine pairings to the service, not to mention the menu. Dishes are layered with flavors that wow, such as the Duck / Foie Gras dish with grilled Szechuan peppercorn & five spice crusted duck breast, seared grade “A” foie gras, 39 butternut squash puree, Brussel sprouts, bacon, fennel, anisette, brown butter vinaigrette, orange and a port gastrique. 

If your mouth isn't watering yet, keep reading, it will be!


Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen
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Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen Restaurant is a place for exquisite New Orleans-style cuisine in the heart of San Antonio, Texas. The dishes range from fresh, healthy options like the Seafood Cobb Salad to decadent entrees such as the Sea pan-seared Sea Bass Piccata with crab meat in a lemon butter caper wine sauce, not to mention frog legs! They have been voted as one of the best restaurants in San Antonio and with their willingness to accommodate gluten diets (be sure to ask!), we are sure that you will have a magnificent dining experience. At Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen they make it their goal to provide you with a great place for parties and informal get-togethers, evenings out with the family or a delicious change of taste from fast-food lunches. All served with a smile. The entire staff at Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen takes pride in preparing great food of the finest quality in a comfortable setting, and ensuring that the dining experience is one you won't soon forget!

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Bourbon Street is always reliable and has a large and affordable menu to choose from.

Kimberly's expert tip: You can often find unpaid parking availability nearby.

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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 Administration building at the Pearl. Their charcuterie options are cured from 60 days to 10 months and are becoming quite popular fare in San Antonio. All of the items, such as the Apple Jalapeno Pork Rillettes, Whipped Pork Butter and Country Style Pork Pate are made in house and proudly displayed in their humidity-controlled locker. The entrees at Cured aren't to be overlooked. Whether you're in the mood for seafood, fowl, beef, pork, goat, lamb or simply vegetarian, there's a little something scrumptious for everyone!

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Chef McHugh and his team are passionate about local ingredients that are transformed into amazing dishes.

Kimberly's expert tip: Although they are known for their charcuterie, don't miss out on dessert either, such as their Cheesecake with Pomegranate, Candied Kumquat Curd and Meringue. Yum!

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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 or if you're simply a foodie who appreciates impeccable food. Gwendolyn is committed to serving handmade food made from local ingredients. Chef Michael is a devotee of the Slow Food Movement which emphasizes eco-awareness. Even more impressive, Gwendolyn refuses to use all the modern gadgetry that most restaurants can't seem to live without. The menu is small, offering a three course or five-course prix fixe menu with two options for each course that changes daily. You can check the website to see what the current day's menu will be, and you'll want to call ahead to book your reservation.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Gwendolyn epitomizes perfection in every sense of the word, from the composition to the flavors.

Kimberly's expert tip: The menu changes from day-to-day based on seasonal availability so be sure to check out the website for details.

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Cappy's, and Cappy himself, has been a staple of the Alamo Heights district in San Antonio for over three decades. In a word, superb! This upscale American cuisine restaurant is a sure thing if you're looking for a wonderful meal in an elegant atmosphere. They offer some of the freshest seafood, excellent steaks and regional/seasonal options as well. For lunch, you can't go wrong with the Oak-grilled Akaushi Burger, Chicken & Brie Sandwich or the Spiced Ahi Tuna Salad. If you're looking for something a bit more adventurous, try the Pecan-crusted Catfish or the Mussels and Fries. They also offer a great wine list and an outdoor patio where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful San Antonio sunshine!

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: One of the oldest fine dining restaurants in the city, Cappy's is a confident go-to for a great meal anytime.

Krissy's expert tip: One of the best brunches in the city. Guaranteed! The truffled scrambled eggs with lump crab and a butter-poached cold water lobster tail is divine.

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The reputation of Battalion, a new American Italian restaurant, precedes it as one of the three outstanding Andrew Goodman and Chef Stefan Bowers restaurants in San Antonio. This is their newest incarnation, and what a delight! Located in a historic building in Southtown that was once a fire station, it has since been transformed into one of the coolest, classiest joints in town. With exacting modern Italian dishes and a true Italian pasta chef making housemade pasta every day, Battalion should be at the top of everyone's list for lunch, dinner or even a few cocktails and appetizers before a night out. Chef Bowers describes what they do as merging contemporary cooking with old-world flavors in a fun environment. The interior was lovingly designed by Mr. Goodman himself to facilitate a good, rowdy, delicious time. Lunch is shockingly inexpensive and certainly approachable. Battalion is most definitely upscale, but it's not just a special occasion restaurant unless you want it to be!

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Battalion is the place to go if you're craving Italian, boozy drinks and a dash of class.

Kimberly's expert tip: The Battalion menu is seasonal. As they source their veggies from a Texas farm, the dishes are as fresh as they are heartwarming.

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Enjoy a martini at ground level before ascending in the elevator to the dining area housed in this former silo. You can enjoy a prix fixe menu or just order by the plate. Thoughtfully-crafted dishes like scallop ravioli, mango-wasabi crab cakes, grilled and braised osso buco, and chicken-fried oysters (a local favorite) further distinguish Silo from other San Antonio establishments. Silo offers couples or families a place to celebrate a special occasion, even if it's just an hour or two of quiet time in an elegant atmosphere. If you're counting on chocolate souffle cake for dessert, call ahead because sweets vary nightly.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: A beautiful restaurant in Alamo Heights that has earned its stripes as one of the city's favorites over the years.

Kimberly's expert tip: Silo Prime, located downtown, is also a treat with premium steaks, live piano music (on weekends) and a rooftop bar.

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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! Executive Chef Stefan Bowers along with restaurateur Andrew Goodman, have already proven their talents at the successful Feast Restaurant in Southtown, San Antonio. With Rebelle, they're now well on their way to earning national attention. With Chef Bowers' gift for blending scintillating flavors and Goodman's aesthetic grace, this duo is a match made in heaven - which is what Rebelle looks like, if heaven is an enchanting, purple-hued dreamscape where the lusty libations and seductive cuisine never end. For Chef Bowers, it's all about the flavor. While the dishes are certainly thoughtfully put together, you quickly lose sight its beauty once you taste it. Chef Bowers calls it "high-risk" cuisine because if even one component of these highly composed dishes is not on point, it throws the entire dish off. The concept is shared plates of elegant, extraordinarily fresh and diverse cuisine. Rebelle is French for rebel and is their acknowledgement of the common use of French techniques used in the dishes, even though the menu is quite global. It's also the perfect description for these two men who are true to their own vision and no one else's. The menu includes the most succulent Char-Grilled Spanish Octopus with braised corona beans and basil pistou; a decadent 32 oz. Cote de Bouef (bone-in Ribeye with tarragon butter); perfectly-cooked Veal Sweetbreads with black trumpets and lobster knuckle butter and Rosemary and Red Pepper Spiced Goat Shank, to name a few. Bon appetit!

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Rebelle is on everyone's list as one of the best in the city. Not to be missed, especially if you love seafood.

Kimberly's expert tip: Try the "Funday," a pitcher of rum, pineapple, orange juice, pomegranate and lemon.

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San Antonio
Outlaw Kitchens
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It's difficult to explain what an exceptionally delightful experience Outlaw Kitchens provides without experiencing it for yourself. Tucked away in one of San Antonio's quaint neighborhoods, just a few minutes north of downtown, this husband and wife duo have created a restaurant that is truly one-of-a-kind. Chef Sartory has decades of experience as a chef. He both graduated and taught at the CIA, and yet there's no pomp and circumstance here. In fact, guests compare it to having dinner at a friend's house who happens to be a really, really good cook. The restaurant menu changes every few days and is available a la carte or as a 3-course prix fixe, including an appetizer, entree and dessert. Choices are limited, so be sure to check the website ahead of time, although it's fun to be surprised here. Dishes range from seared Scottish Salmon and Vegetable Lasagna to Pan-Seared Chicken stuffed with shrimp and spinach or Goat Mac-N-Cheese. From the historic building to the herb garden that gets utilized in the dishes, not to mention the charming patio, Outlaw Kitchens simply shines on every level.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: An exceptional neighborhood eatery that makes everyone feel like a long-time friend.

Kimberly's expert tip: Best to be avoided on a rainy day, as the seating inside is very limited.

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For a moment of pure bliss, well, head to Bliss. Owned and operated by one of San Antonio's greatest chefs, Bliss is a delight in every form of the word. A perfect option for a romantic date, friendly gathering or family celebration. Located in Southtown, the ambiance is relaxed yet elegant and the service is some of the best you'll find in town. The seasonal menu consists of contemporary American cuisine, from hearty, perfectly-seasoned dishes such as pork shank to more delicate fare such as seared scallops. Their charcuterie, made with premium meats and artisanal cheeses is a must as a starter, and you can't go wrong with dessert here either. Wine aficionados will appreciate their award-winning wine list.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Bliss offers a complete fine dining experience from the first course to the last.

Kimberly's expert tip: Start dinner out right with their beautifully-composed charcuterie board.

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Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden is a true Texas original. Situated in the historic Pearl Brewery complex on the San Antonio River Walk, this wine-centric restaurant occupies the former "boiler house" which powered the adjacent brewery. The menu focuses on grilled items from local farms and markets, with a focus on "Texas ranch-style" cuisine. The good news is they have a wide variety of gluten-free dishes and are clearly noted on the menu. These delicacies are paired with extraordinary wines from around the world (all available by the glass, bottle and "to-go"), live music and a casual yet energetic atmosphere. The unique list of wines features pricing based on a "retail" model, and boasts some of the lowest prices in the area.

Recommended for Best Restaurants because: A popular restaurant for lunch, brunch and dinner. This chef is on his way to the James Beard House for good reason!

Kimberly's expert tip: Make sure to keep an eye out for Chef Gwaltney's 'Chef Tasting Wine Dinners,' for a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.

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