Where Do You Go in San Antonio for Those Late Night Cravings?



If you're driving around San Antonio right now just praying to find something decent to eat after 9 pm, then you've come to the right place. The choices are limited, but superb. 

If you're already downtown and looking for a fine dining option, head to the new Dorrego's at Hotel Valencia. This is a beautiful place to take a date or a group of friends after a movie or show at the Majestic. Dorrego's Argentinean fare is not only delicious, but the overall experience here more than meets expectations. The decor and the service are impeccable, and the outdoor patio is alluring. Kick back and enjoy every moment of it. 

If you're looking for a little neighborhood hangout with some great food at low prices, Candlelight Coffeehouse serves more than just incredible brew. They serve up satisfying meals as well as desserts, wine and beer at this funky little joint. Just minutes from downtown, you can Uber there and back for just a few bucks. 

Sadly, you won't find many 24 hour restaurants in town, but if you love Mexican food then you're in luck. Mi Tierra isn't a tourist hot spot for nothing. You can't go wrong with their nachos and margaritas! 



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Luther's Cafe
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For over 60 years, Luther's Cafe has been serving up some of San Antonio's best burgers along with your favorite comfort foods, all served with Luther's unique flair! They offer all of your Luther's favorites in a larger dining room and big bar area. As they're located across the street from San Antonio's popular gay bars and clubs, such as The Heat and Sparky's Pub, it's a great place to keep the party going, after an evening of clubbing. You can also enjoy their new, breezy patio. Visit them late at night for tacos, nachos, burgers, pizza, hot dogs, basically all you're usual diner fare. They're open until 3:00 am or later every night. Luther's is the place for good food... fast!


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Zinc


 

This upscale bistro and bar is perfect for a late night meal with a great glass of wine, champagne cocktail or even an Irish coffee. For eats, Zinc offers some of the finest dishes in San Antonio, including the Sloppy Lamb Sliders, Fried Shrimp Po' Boy and the Texas Chopped Salad which comes with Tequila-cured salmon, arugula, pepitas, cotija cheese, pearl couscous, sweet dried corn and a basil pesto dressing. If you're just wanting a little taste, get the Antipasto or Cinnamon Sopapilla. Zinc is popular among the locals and is the place to go when you can't decide what to eat, because everything here is yummy!


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Barbaro
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Barbaro isn't just any pizza joint, think of it more as a pizza speakeasy, a neighborhood bar that features craft beer and absolutely fantastic pizza, salads and desserts showcasing the finest ingredients in combinations you wouldn't come up with on your own but make perfect sense once they're on your palette. If pizza had its own Oscar's, Barbaro's would be the Scarlet Johansson of the evening - sexy, sophisticated, clever and unique. We'd like to add cheesy, but you get our meaning. Barbaro's recently moved into the quaint Monte Vista neighborhood next to Lilly's cookies on McCullough and is yet another brilliant culinary creation birthed by the restaurateurs of The Monterey and Hot Joy.


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Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery
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Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery is a restaurant and brewery located inside The Pearl's historic brewhouse and is the place to eat in San Antonio for a delicious, fine dining experience. Southerleigh serves up incredible East Texas home-style cuisine that's very coastal and is also influenced by other southern states. These hearty, flavorful dishes are part of a farm-to-table menu that is constantly changing because they use as much of the whole animal and seasonal produce as they possible can. Large plates might include Whole Crispy Gulf Flounder with parsley and drawn butter or Brick Griddled Diamond H Quail with pickle mustard chow chow. They also offer an assortment of Boils like a Shrimp Boil with pork jowl, okra, corn and potato as well as a long list of savory sides such as dirty rice and wood-fired creamy grits. Beer connoisseurs will likely appreciate Southerleigh's commitment to honoring the tradition of this historic brewery by brewing their own craft beers like Big Shell Coconut Porter, Seawall Belgian Wheat and Conjunction Curry Porter. No matter which way the winds are blowing, Southerleigh is bringing in some phenomenal cuisine to San Antonio and raising the culinary bar here just a little bit higher!


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Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia
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Mi Tierra is unique in that it never closes. Open 24/7, it offers a variety of menu options for all different times of the day. When you are looking for breakfast, this is one of the best places to go! Breakfast in San Antonio isn't breakfast without breakfast tacos! Mi Tierra knows this and delivers amazing fare to delight your taste buds. Whether you are looking for papa con huevo or carne asada breakfast tacos, Mi Tierra has it. You can also choose from other great San Antonio breakfast choices 24 hours a day. So if you are in the mood for menudo or Machacado (Mexican omelet), it is going to be available.


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Hot Joy
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Hot Joy started out as a pop-up restaurant on Monday nights when The Monterey was closed. Their Twice-Fried Chicken Wings made with crab fat caramel is now the stuff of legends and partly responsible for why they quickly gained a loyal following. Get ready for extreme sensory overload, from the explosion of color in the decor to the explosion of flavor in every dish! Hot Joy is not for the faint of heart but the daring palette. Chef Quealy Watson has an obsession with Asian food and a talent for combining ingredients in a surprisingly delicious way. "I would have never thought of that, but it really works," can often be heard around the tables at their restaurants. The Crispy Pork Belly tacos made with a Malaysian flatbread, mole ssamjang, Kewpie and herbs works. The Hot Fried Chicken made with chili oil, Szechuan peppercorn, sour chilies and oyster sauce works. Quite frankly, it all works. There is not a dish on this menu that isn't worth trying, so let you're own adventurous palette decide.


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MAX's Wine Dive - San Antonio
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Max's Wine Dive doesn't look very divey at all, in fact, they're an upscale joint but with a pretty humble attitude. Designed to be a chill and relaxed bar and restaurant, Max's blends a casual, industrial feel with a gourmet comfort food and wines from around the world. Max's mantra is "Fried Chicken and Champagne? Why the Hell Not?" Max's claims that on, "any given night of the week, you'll find a 20-something sitting at the bar next to a 60-something; each drinking the same Aussie Shiraz with the "Texas Haute Dog" and listening to rockin' tunes from the juke box." All over the city of San Antonio we've heard exclamations of delight over the most amazing fried chicken. Upon asking, invariable the answer is Max's Wine Dive.


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Botika
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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 seasoned chef of Botika, Geronimo Lopez, is a world traveler from Caracas, Venezuela. His cuisine is inspired by all of a multitude international cultures, offering diners a taste of something unique and exceptional. Unlike anything else you'll find at the Pearl or even in San Antonio for that matter, Botika is a fun and surprisingly affordable place to take a date before the game or any other kind of event. Start your meal with some Hoisin-shitake braised pork steamed buns or the duck confit and potato empanadas. As you roll into your main course, go light with some beautiful fresh sushi or dig into a signature dish.


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If you're looking for something that looks like your best friend's living room, the warm, cozy atmosphere abounds at this coffeehouse, where you can relax on their expansive patio with friends from work or stake out one of Candlelight's comfy couches. Thanks to a reasonably priced but thorough selection of coffees and a range of tasty desserts (including Italian cream cake), the neighborhood hangout is a stylish choice for after-hours eats. They offer a selection of yummy entrees such as steak, salmon, and Fettuccine Alfredo as well as more simple fare such as salads and sandwiches. They have over 60 different wines, ports, champagne and beer, not to mention their award-winning coffee.


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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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