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Best restaurants on the Riverwalk

Restaurants That Make a River Walk Excursion All the More Enticing!


San Antonio's popular River Walk is a wonderland of delights, especially regarding its culinary offerings. It is a top tourist destination for a reason, or in this case, 10!

Allora tops our list, as it's the newest restaurant to grace the Historic Pearl and, indeed, what a gem! Technically, Allora is not on the River Walk, but near enough to count. You can easily stroll from the river to the restaurant. Most importantly, Allora hits on all levels, from the magnificent modern coastal Italian fare that will have you ordering dish after dish to the gorgeous dining room and stellar customer service. Make sure to get your resies ahead of time for this one. 

Next, for an extravagant fine dining experience of classic cuisine, Biga On the Banks, has earned a reputation as one of the leading River Walk restaurants for their consistently delicious and well-executed menu, elegant dining room and just an all-around lovely experience. Make sure to ask for a patio table for a view of the river. 

Keep reading to discover your new favorite River Walk restaurant! 


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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. 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!

Recommended for River Walk's Best Restaurants because: One of the most stunning restaurants located along San Antonio's Riverwalk.

Kimberly's expert tip: A great stop for a glass of wine an appetizer while wandering around the downtown landscape.

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Casa Rio has long been a tradition and a favorite for many families in San Antonio. The restaurant holds the distinction of being the first business to open its doors on the River Walk. This occurred back in 1946 not too long after World War II. Additional history tells us that the restaurant sits on land first granted a title by the King of Spain in 1777. Casa Rio serves delicious Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine but many do not know that the restaurant also provides riverboat dining on the San Antonio River. With a reservation, guests board a river barge during lunch, dinner or cocktail hours and spend about an hour dining as their riverboat captain takes them up and down the San Antonio River. While you munch on scrumptious enchiladas and sip your margarita you enjoy sights and sounds galore. Casa Rio often provides Mariachi singers so your dining experience will be one of the most memorable and musical.

Recommended for River Walk's Best Restaurants because: Casa Rio has been a tradition along the River Walk for longer than most locals can remember, serving up some favorite Tex-Mex.

Kimberly's expert tip: Casa Rio is a good choice if you're on a budget. You can get some bean and cheese nachos or crispy flautas for under $10.

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Paesanos
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Paesanos has been a San Antonio staple for scrumptious Italian fare for over 50 years now. There are several locations throughout town, including the iconic River Walk location. Old World charm invigorates this San Antonio favorite, to which diners return again and again for sinfully delicious Italian classics. Shrimp Paesano is undoubtedly the most popular choice, made with tender shrimp and pasta in a luscious garlic-lemon sauce that's so yummy you could drink it. Choices abound, ensuring that even the pickiest of eaters is satisfied. Veal is a specialty, but chicken, lamb, and beef also make appearances, as do pizza and a short but pleasing dessert list. The restaurant is always vibrant with activity and spontaneity. It's a great choice for a birthday party or any special event with friends and family.

Recommended for River Walk's Best Restaurants because: Paesanos is always a popular go-to for consistently good Italian fare along the River Walk.

Kimberly's expert tip: We can't say it enough - the Shrimp Paesano is to-die-for!

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Acenar, located downtown on the Riverwalk, is a spectacularly innovative and contemporary Tex-Mex restaurant that Zagat has noted for its "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!

Recommended for River Walk's Best Restaurants because: Acenar makes classy and scrumptious Tex-Mex in a festive environment.

Kimberly's expert tip: You can't go wrong with any of their enchiladas! Of course, this may be true city-wide!

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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 River Walk's Best Restaurants because: Bourbon Street offers a yummy taste of NOLA and a beautiful view of the River Walk.

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

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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 River Walk's Best Restaurants because: Located along the Riverwalk, The County Line offers great BBQ and great service that visitors and locals alike can enjoy!

Kimberly's expert tip: Boiler House is a good choice for brunch. Dig into their Salmon Margarita Benedict and so much more!

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Supper
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Hotel Emma showcases its culinary prowess in multiple ways, but it's an on-site restaurant, Supper; located along the northern extension of the San Antonio River Walk, that is their best representation of what good food is all about. This farm-to-table restaurant almost dares you to not like veggies. Their menu is largely vegetarian, but each dish is so flavorful you don't miss the meat. Of course, that's not to say they don't also feature some amazing proteins, but they certainly don't rely on them. When they do feature dishes like their Duck Confit, it's balanced with a refreshing herb salad that accentuates the duck but doesn't weigh you down. A meal at Supper is an utter delight, not only because of the food and clear spirits cocktails, but also because of the stellar staff, beautiful views of the river from their outdoor patio, and the simple feeling that you're somewhere special. In truth, you are and all of San Antonio knows it!

Recommended for River Walk's Best Restaurants because: Supper is a chef-driven restaurant that features seasonal ingredients and has a gorgeous view of the Riverwalk from their patio.

Kimberly's expert tip: An ideal choice if you want a meal that's as healthy as it is delicious!

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Boudro's
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Boudro's Texas Bistro is the ideal spot for intimate lunches or dinners as well as large parties and convention groups. They can accommodate you inside or on one of their special river barges, catered exactly to your taste. The Chef offers culinary inventiveness with the use of fresh, local ingredients that help make this restaurant so sought after. The delicious frozen margaritas are made with swirls of crimson prickly pear juice, and the menu revels in dishes like black lacquered duck leg, papaya-marinated flank steak, mesquite-grilled Texas quail, and shrimp and crab enchiladas. Boudro's truly has some of the best food on the River, from smoked shrimp enchiladas and blackened prime rib to seafood straight from the Gulf.

Recommended for River Walk's Best Restaurants because: Boudro's is always packed because they make some of the best food and drinks along the Riverwalk.

Kimberly's expert tip: Boudro's is famous for its Prickly Pear Margaritas. Viva San Antonio!

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Biga on the Banks
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Biga's is perfect for a theater evening downtown. They offer a three- or four-course selection from their menu at a prix fixe price. The Seasonal Menu is available daily, for orders placed before 6:30 or after 9:30 pm. Chef Bruce Auden's daily menu is just that â€" refreshed daily with the best picks of the season. A sample menu might be something like lobster ravioli on arugula, lobster sauce and fennel or Szechuan pepper cured salmon, orange chili noodles and sweet mustard or Boudin-stuffed quail with pears, blackberry jus, zucchini cake. Chef Auden lets his imagination run wild and keeps locals and travelers alike coming back again and again for his delectable culinary creations.

Recommended for River Walk's Best Restaurants because: Biga's is an elegant, successful restaurant and patrons won't be disappointed.

Kimberly's expert tip: Ask for table 31 when you make a reservation at Biga on the Banks, known for the best view in the house.

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Allora
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Allora, one of the Historic Pearl's newest restaurants, is conveniently situated near the northern reach segment of San Antonio's River Walk. This modern coastal Italian restaurant aims to redefine Italian food in the Alamo City. With talented chef, Robbie Nowlin, at the helm, Allora's highly anticipated opening in the beginning of 2022 was a resounding success. This highly-trained chef's resume includes renowned restaurants such as The French Laundry in California. Chef Nowlin teased his followers for months with intriguing and decadent dishes, as he refined the menu. Once you sample these dishes for yourself you'll see how easily he lured gastronomes to Allora. The star dish is the rich, beautifully-layered Lobster Lasagna, dressed with butter-poached Maine lobster, house-cured guanciale and San Marzano tomatoes, but you simply cannot choose poorly here. With an elegant dining room and superb customer service, Allora is truly exemplary of SA's designation as a "Creative City of Gastronomy!"

Recommended for River Walk's Best Restaurants because: The Chicken Liver Mousse with bruschetta, charred rosemary, cherry jam and tarragon is another must-have.

Kimberly's expert tip: The divine Chicken Liver Mousse with bruschetta, charred rosemary, cherry jam and tarragon is another must-have!

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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

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