Best restaurants on the Riverwalk

River Walk bites in San Antonio you can bet on!

San Antonio's River Walk is a thing of beauty, one even the locals never tire of seeing. Explore its serpentine treasures and get lost in its relaxing yet vibrant atmosphere, not to mention the delicious bites it has in store for you!

It's easy to get pulled into some of the more touristy destinations with the bright colors and loud music, but if you're looking for something a little more refined with superb cuisine and a long list of fine wines, then look no further than Zocca, which offers rich and satisfying Northern Italian dishes in a luxurious setting. Did we mention they have one of the most tranquil views of the River Walk? Cocktails on their patio are one of the best ways to start any evening. 

Dine in style at one of the most stunning historic hotels in the city, Las Canarias. Every meal here makes for a memorable experience, but particularly on Sundays. When it's time to brunch, no one puts out a better buffet than they do. Along with a beautiful view and three mimosas, get ready to dive into their cruise-worthy cornucopia that includes an omelet bar, seafood bar, carving station, charcuterie, banana foster's station and so much more! 

The River Walk never tasted so good!


Las Ramblas
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Las Ramblas is a local hot spot and one of the most beautiful places to dine in San Antonio, whether you want to sit inside or on the limestone patio with exceptional views of the River Walk. The talented Executive Chef, Jeff Axline, is at the helm of this upscale restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. The menus are designed to appeal to a wide audience and feature popular favorites showcasing high-quality ingredients. For brunch, you might enjoy a San Antonio classic of Huevos Rancheros or an Andalusian Breakfast Skillet of spiced potatoes, sweet onion, torn herbs, chorizo and sofrito served with fried eggs and country-style bread. Dinner is an elegant affair. The low lighting, warm colors and sophisticated accents make Las Ramblas an ideal spot for a romantic meal for two or a festive family feast. Dinner favorites include Wild Caught Gulf Grouper with a poblano prawn corn butter, a lovely Roasted Chicken with Spanish olives and smoked almond pesto and (yes!) even a Texas Sirloin, served with a bearnaise sauce and crispy frites! It should also be noted that the staff are always well-trained, friendly and professional.

Recommended for River Walk's Best Restaurants because: Inspired by local flavors, Las Ramblas is one of the most delicious restaurants on the River Walk.

Kimberly's expert tip: Enjoy a cocktail at Cork Bar before dinner to take full advantage of this absolutely gorgeous hotel. How about a Blueberry Mojito?

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The Luxury
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This recent addition to San Antonio's eateries is just one example of why San Antonio is a supreme vacation destination. The Luxury is Chef Andrew Weissman's (one of San Antonio's finest) newest restaurants. Located across the river from the San Antonio Museum of Art, this funky fun outdoor restaurant has a small but utterly delightful menu and an impressive list of beer and wine. There's no doubt it's all delicious, but you can't go wrong with the pulled-pig sandwich, slathered in grilled onions and red peppers or the crispy fish banh mi sandwich topped with dill, onion, cilantro, mint and, yes, even a sunnyside-up fried egg. Yum! For dessert, dip into the chocolate pudding with salted caramel and Chantilly cream. Are you in heaven yet?

Recommended for River Walk's Best Restaurants because: For a great, inexpensive meal on the riverwalk, The Luxury is the place to go.

Kimberly's expert tip: Bring your bocce ball set, as they have a court behind the restaurant.

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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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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 an exceptional view of the River Walk.

Kimberly's expert tip: If you don't sit on the patio, make sure to ask for the Chef's table to see Chef Brand in action!

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La Gloria
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Located along the gorgeous north extension of the River Walk at the famous Pearl Brewery, La Gloria has earned a name for itself as a vibrant cantina that serves traditional Mexican street food. Renowned chef, Johnny Hernandez, truly made a name for himself with La Gloria. He's known for his ability to bring the rich, diverse flavors of Mexico to life in America. The extensive menu is full of delights you would normally find among the street vendors, taquerias, and kitchens of interior Mexico. La Gloria also has a lovely outdoor seating area with scenic views of the river. Inexpensive and perfect for large parties and festivities with friends and families, this eatery has become a favorite for locals and visitors alike. The best part is, if you don't get your fill, you can grab a bite to eat at their airport location on your way home!

Recommended for River Walk's Best Restaurants because: La Gloria offers fun, fantastic Mexican street food that's as affordable as it is delicious.

Kimberly's expert tip: Hop on a riverboat tour, just a short walk from the restaurant. Look for the GO RIO Shuttle schedule signs along the river. Tours leave every hour, but it's recommended you purchase your tickets ahead of time, at least on weekends or during holidays.

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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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Ruth's Chris Steak House
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Founded by a woman entrepreneur who was ahead of her time, Ruth's Chris Steak House is well known for its prime cuts. Ruth Fertel showed spirit and determination in choosing her restaurants. The quality of the restaurant steaks is a clear reflection of her eye for the best. Choose from a wide variety of full-flavored classic steaks, such as a T-Bone or Cowboy Ribeye, for an outstanding example of USDA Prime at its best. The steaks come out sizzling on a plate of butter and herb, and the smell alone will have you salivating. Complement your steak with a lettuce wedge salad or lobster bisque. You can wrap it all up with their customer favorite, Chocolate Sin Cake. Ruth's Chris Steak House may be a chain, but they continue to win points with steak lovers around the country for many delicious reasons.

Recommended for River Walk's Best Restaurants because: Ruth Chris has earned a reputation as crafting one of the most succulent steaks you will ever enjoy.

Kimberly's expert tip: A great place for a quick or relaxing lunch. Try the burger or Steak Sandwich, made with tender sliced filet and a velvety béarnaise sauce on garlic bread.

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Fig Tree

For fine dining in the heart of La Villita where you'll find an array of cute shops and boutiques, try the Fig Tree. This classy yet quaint little restaurant offers exceptional food, servers dressed in suits, tableside bottle service, a lovely complimentary amuse-bouche before your entree and a patio with a beautiful view of the riverwalk. This European-style restaurant is known for its impeccable food. Some of their amazing dishes include Roasted Texas Hill Country Quail Stuffed with Pate, Black Truffles and Apple Cider Emulsion, Gulf Lump Crab Cake Sauce Dijon and Romaine Chiffonade and Seared Duck Breast, Leg Confit with Glazed Autumn Vegetables, Bigarade Sauce. Oh, my!

Recommended for River Walk's Best Restaurants because: The Fig Tree is a fine dining restaurant with exceptional food and a lovely terrace overlooking the river.

Kimberly's expert tip: Wine lovers get excited when they discover The Fig Tree has an enviable list of fine French and California wines, not to mention Pacific Northwest boutique wines, premier French champagnes and classic first growths from Bordeaux.

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Las Canarias
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Enter this restaurant with high expectations, and leave with those expectations met. A bright, multi-level interior with an inviting patio beckons diners, who are enticed by French-Mediterranean creations like a pecan-crusted rack of lamb, five-spice duck breast, or goat cheese charlotte with fruit compote. Extras like a bread basket with truffles enhance the dining experience. Sunday brunch is acclaimed by locals and tourists alike and includes champagne, made-to-order omelets, salmon, and traditional breakfast favorites. The food at Las Canarias is a celebration of refined American cuisine using local ingredients and culinary craftsmanship. For a truly memorable dining experience, Las Canarias is the place. Signature items include the use of products from local farmers and artisans as well as Lockhart Quail, Veal Tenderloin, and the finest hand-made margaritas on the River Walk.

Recommended for River Walk's Best Restaurants because: Las Canarias is a wonderful fine dining restaurant located in one of the oldest and most celebrated hotels in the city.

Kimberly's expert tip: Valet parking is free when you dine at the restaurant.

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Zocca Cuisine D'Italia
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Located along one of the most tranquil and picturesque sections of the cypress tree-lined River Walk, this elegant restaurant featuring dishes from the Northern region of Italy is a fine dining delight! Zocca's ambiance is both upscale and intimate, offering indoor and outdoor seating with a superb view. Start your meal out right with a thoughtfully-prepared charcuterie board, including housemade wine jellies that will knock your socks off, along with the finest imported meats and cheeses. The array of contemporary dishes are as hearty as they are scrumptious. You can't go wrong with the Pappardelle, served with lump crab, shaved asparagus, parmigiana, lemon and cream or the delicate Baked Cod, accompanied by lemon polenta, cauliflower, asparagus, brown butter-citrus sauce and white anchovy aioli. One of the most enjoyable dining experiences you can find along the riverwalk!

Recommended for River Walk's Best Restaurants because: Zocca offers an upscale respite from the River Walk hubbub with fantastic Northern Italian cuisine and fine wine.

Kimberly's expert tip: Zocca is also a great stop for a leisurely lunch. Try the Loaded Tuscan Italian pizza, made with four different kinds of cheeses, sausage, salami, pepperoni, coppa, olives and caramelized onion. Yum!

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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