Bring the Whole Crew Along for Great Eats & Drinks



San Antonio is known for its hospitality and this includes its restaurants. If you're looking for a fabulous venue to celebrate a special occasion, enjoy a lunch with your business associates or simply kick back with some brews and some lobster rolls on picnic tables, we got you covered!

Dorrego's, located in the luxurious modern boutique hotel, Valencia, offers a superior dining experience. With an eye for elegant decor and authentic Argentinian cuisine, you'll be sure to impress the whole crew. Just make sure to start dinner out right with some yummy cocktails and their flamed Argentinian provolone!

A favorite tourist hot spot for their acclaimed Tex-Mex is Acenar, located downtown, conveniently right next to Valencia. This spacious restaurant offers an expansive patio overlooking the riverwalk and affordable cuisine in an upbeat atmosphere that sets the tone for a night of revelry. 

For something a little more chill that doesn't skimp on quality, check out the Shuck Shack for tasty seaside seafood eats at this largely outdoor eatery. From fish and chips to their world famous lobster rolls, you are guaranteed to leave full and happy!



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5 Points Local
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Owner of the popular and long-standing, The Cove, has opened up a new restaurant called 5 Points Local that nourishes the mind, body and spirit with local clean food and yoga toi boot! What's even better is the entire menu is gluten-free, so you can eat anything and everything you want without worry of miscommunication or cross-contamination, which as people with gluten allergies know, is a rare treat. What's even more is that 5 Points Local cares to source quality ingredients that are healthful to your body, as well as delicious, although truth be told, they sometimes do not skimp on the calories. If you're looking to indulge in some delicious pastries - both savory and sweet - you can do that here. It's also possible to dig into a satisfying meal that is entirely guilt-free. You decide, based on your mood and how tight your pants are fitting at the moment. Their brunch on Sundays is fantastic... you can enjoy biscuits and gravy and even some classic gluten-free pancakes - which means good ole American deliciousness! If you're not too full afterwards, pop on in for a yoga class to work it off!


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Locals go to The Friendly Spot simply because it's a relaxed, "friendly" outdoor atmosphere. Sure, the food's not winning any cuisine awards, but there's a playground for the little ones to play on and most families are comfortable with the kids running around and having their own fun while they kick back and relax with a few beers and some nachos. They have a small Tex-Mex and American menu and a selection of 200 beers from Texas brewers. Alamo Beer Company and Real Ale Brewing Company are among the offerings. Its location at the heart of the trendy and pedestrian-oriented King William Historic District. If you're family's active, this is a great pit stop if you're biking through the neighborhood. Also a great place to watch the Spurs games.


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Two Bros. BBQ Market
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Chef Jason Dady is considered an innovative pioneer of the culinary culture in San Antonio and has developed quite a following because of his dedication to quality, excellence and professionalism. So when Dady opened up Two Bros. BBQ Market, serving classic Texas Pit BBQ in a family atmosphere, locals flocked to it. This little joint is open 7 days a week and you can eat in or get your feast to go. Their succulent meats include brisket, pork butt, chopped beef, pork ribs, baby back ribs, sausage and chicken thighs. When Anthony Bourdain was in town, this is the barbeque restaurant he went to. Enough said!


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20 Nine Restaurant and Wine Bar
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20 Nine's new Chef, Jerry Toomey, came on board in June of 2014 and has, in just months, transformed it into one of the best farm-to-table restaurants in San Antonio. Toomey, a San Antonio native who resided in Seattle for a time, has brought along his sensibilities and passion for fresh, local ingredients and innovative cuisine. Practically everything you get here is made in-house, from the roasted chili oil which perfectly accompanies the Jumbo Scallop and Plantain appetizer to the fresh tomato sauce, hand-pulled mozzarella and dough that make their fantastic pizzas, such as the Pig and Pear. Much of the meat is also locally-procured and is ground in-house to make up delicacies such as 20 Nine's signature "Dork" Burger, which comes with a duck and pork patty, apple fennel jelly and crispy fried duck skin! You can also expect the freshest daily seafood specials, knowledgeable staff and an atmosphere that's elegant yet cozy. The ultimate pleasure!


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Sangria on the Burg
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While Sangria on the Burg makes some amazing sangria, they're also known for their chef-driven cuisine and are an industry favorite in town. Food-lovers and even chefs like to dine here. The menu is focused on Texas and Mexican ingredients and spices. Meat-lovers will appreciate the focus on BBQ, such as the smoked brisket tacos with pasilla onion strings and BBQ sauce. Tacos and sliders, such as the Deep Blue, a panko breaded salmon cake with guac, jalepeno-dill tarter sauce and red cabbage-carrot slaw, are the highlights. However, if you're dining light you can get your brisket on a salad or try their "Fideo of the Day." The outdoor seating is limited, but it's all so tasty, you won't mind if you have to sit inside. This is a hot spot for brunch, so make sure to make reservations or get there early. The vibe is fun and festive, so take the crew!


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Cured
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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!


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Battalion
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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 an 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!


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Shuck Shack
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The Shuck Shack features fresh oysters on the half-shell from all three coasts in a casual family friendly atmosphere. Located just a few blocks from The Pearl in Government Hill, you'll enjoy signature Clam Chowda ala minute, Lobster Rolls, and even a classic Shack Salad. Add on appetizers like White Cheddar Jalapeno Hush-Pups or Creamy Crab Fritters while dining on the outdoor patio with a glass of wine or craft brews. This is the kind of place where you want to hang outside with friends and the kids love it too! They have a playground with dueling slides while you relax in the South Texas weather. Fish fry dinners, crawfish and lobster boils make Shuck Shack perfect for large parties. Why go to the coast when you can enjoy coastal cuisine right here in South Central Texas! Local restaurateur, Jason Dady, has an unparalleled dedication and passion for food and hospitality that began at a young age.


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Acenar, located downtown on the Riverwalk, is a spectacularly innovative and contemporary Tex-Mex restaurant that Zagat has noted for their "killer food." Lisa Wong (who also owns Rosario's) and her partners took special care with this restaurant to ensure it could compete in style and taste with just about any other restaurant in any metropolitan city, and they did not disappoint. If you just want to check it out, they offer a Houston street-level bar called Atomar and a Happy Hour menu that's worth the walk. Although the regular menu is similar to Rosario's with a boost in price, Acenar offers items that are unique to it, such as the Buttermilk Fried Oysters, the Young Texas Goat served with Ancho Salsa Ranchera and the Duck Crepes. Looking for Tex-Mex with a twist? This is it!


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Dorrego's
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The Valencia Hotel's new restaurant, Dorrego's, proves that some hotel restaurants can shine. Although Latin flavors are not rare in San Antonio, Dorrego's showcases Argentinean fare, something you're not likely to run across in the Alamo City. Chef Mesa visited Argentina and brought back his inspirations, incorporating those authentic ingredients into his cuisine. Start your meal out right with Mexican street corn and the Proveleta Flamado a la Mesa, a tequila flamed cheese grilled Argentian provolone. The entree choices are diverse, elegant and scrumptious, ranging from gulf prawns (head on), duck empanadas, grilled octopus, TX pig meatballs, smoked short rib ravioli and more. For dessert, even if you're too full, try the DDL Panna Cotta. For downtown visitors, you might wish to stop in for some cocktails to enjoy on their lovely patio, situated along the riverwalk. Dorrego's is a veritable treat, and the perfect choice for late night eats!


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