Seafood in San Antonio is a Delight at These Scintillating Restaurants

San Antonio may not be known for its seafood, but lest you forget, they're only a few hours from the coast. The best chefs source the freshest, most delicious Gulf seafood.

For starters, The Cookhouse works directly with fisherman to source untreated shrimp and seafood, so you're getting the best of the best at this New Orleans-style restaurant. Between the barbecue shrimp, raw oysters and their unbelievable gumbo, you'll have trouble deciding which you like better, but there's no doubt you'll be back for more!

If you're looking for a romantic place with great seafood, try Bella on the River. This intimate locale and Mediterranean menu is hard to beat. Dig into their Eggplant Josephine for starters, made with fried eggplant, Texas Gulf shrimp, sauce diablo, mozzarella cheese and Hollandaise sauce. It's definitely the ideal way to impress a date! 

For a low-key, truly San Antonio experience with a penchant for great seafood, check out El 7 Mares. It will make your taste buds happy without hurting your wallet! 

San Antonio
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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Sushi meets Japanese pop art in this new Southtown restaurant, Sukeban, located at the Blue Star Arts Complex. Seasoned restaurateurs of Mon Thai in Alamo Heights have brought some funky charm and fresh, delicious sushi offerings to the neighborhood, thankfully located just minutes from downtown San Antonio. The space is inviting and perfect for a date night or get together with a large group of friends. Enjoy a few cocktails, glass of champagne and appetizers or splurge on a glorious plate filled with an array of stunning fish decorated with edible flowers. Most of the rolls are familiar with just a few fun additions. Enjoy all your favorites from yellowtail, tuna and salmon to eel, octopus, spicy scallop and sea bass. They offer some non-seafood options as well for those who don't love seafood. You can't go wrong with the duck tacos!



A graceful, mirrored dining room provides an elegant accompaniment to Bohanan's top-notch steaks and seafood. Noted for serving Akaushi beef, three grades above Prime, and dramatic flaming desserts, the restaurant has a loyal contingent of regulars and attracts new customers nightly. Try a juicy filet from the mesquite grill, or split a massive double center-cut pork chop with someone special. Unusual seafood dishes like fennel pollen-crusted blue fin tuna and Chilean sea bass au gratin provide a welcome change of pace. Make sure to start the evening early with a few cocktails at the bar. This is the kind of restaurant where you want to spend the entire evening.

North Central
Niki's Tokyo Inn
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Niki's Tokyo Inn is probably the most authentic Japanese restaurant in San Antonio. Sure, it doesn't look so hot on the outside, but you'll quickly forget about all that once you have a taste of their sushi or any of the number of traditional Japanese dishes on their extensive menu. Niki's is run by a Japanese family and is most often frequented by the Japanese community. It's likely you'll see a few Toyota executives when you go. Their miso is heavenly as is their shrimp fried rice, but if you're a sushi fan, make sure to try everything you can manage. The eel is just about the best thing you'll ever eat and their portions are quite generous, the seafood fresh and the ambiance, well, unique!

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!

Pappadeaux's Seafood Kitchen


For all things seafood pared with a Creole flair, head to Pappadeux's. From the warm waters of the Gulf to the icy currents of the Alaskan coast, from the mighty Atlantic to the blue Pacific, they'll go to any depths to bring you the finest quality seafood available, all year round. Their passion for seafood can be tasted in their mouth-watering creations, made by innovative chefs. Pappedeux's is also the place to go for the most unusual of seafood, such as alligator. Evidentally, alligator has been playing a starring role in New Orleans cuisine for decades, and that tradition continues at Pappadeaux's.

El 7 Mares
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Imagine kicking back with a cold cerveza and a magnificent plate of fresh, bright shrimp and octopus ceviche marinated in lime juice and mixed with pico de gallo, avocado and Serrano peppers, the sound of the ocean waves lapping against the sand in the distance. Now, imagine you can have all that flavor right here in San Antonio and you've stepped into the world of El 7 Mares, a family-owned Mexican Seafood restaurant just a few miles west of downtown. The homemade family recipes are exceptional and the staff amazingly friendly. It's no wonder they've been around for 20 years and recently made Texas Monthly's top 50 Mexican restaurants list, a huge honor for this unassuming yet delightfully charming restaurant. Locals love the Filete a lo Macho � grilled tilapia with a creamy octopus and shrimp sauce, bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with crab and mozzarella and aguachiles with shrimp and scallops. Yum!

Bella on the River
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Owner, David Snyder, has combined his love and experience abroad with the genius of Executive Chef, Sean Fletcher, to create fresh authentic Southern European and Mediterranean dishes that are to-die-for! From the paella, with its fragrant flavors and velvety texture, to the (off-menu) Branzino, grilled to perfection with roasted garlic and grilled lemon, the cuisine is off-the-charts delicious. They take advantage of seasonal ingredients by offering dishes like the watermelon and heirloom tomato salad, but you can't go wrong with starters such as the decadent Eggplant Josephine. There isn't one item on this menu you won't savor and remember. What really stands out about Bella's is a true appreciation for quality and simplicity where the ingredients themselves are allowed to shine in a perfectly balanced symphony of flavors.

Ostra at Mokara
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Enjoy exquisite cuisine in a romantic riverfront locale at this signature AAA four-diamond restaurant, which has been awarded Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. Their Executive Chef passionately oversees a sustainable seafood menu filled with exotic new dishes and tempting standards. It truly is one of the most extensive seafood menus in San Antonio. You won't want to miss their acclaimed Oyster Bar, which includes a variety of the freshest oysters, clams, crab, shrimp and ceviche. Entrees come in a wide variety, from delicacies such as Barramundi to sea scallops, Ahi Tuna, Red Snapper and Mahi Mahi. A full wine list and specialty tequilas are also available. For reservations, call 210-396-5817.

San Antonio
The Cookhouse
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The Cookhouse just opened their doors in early September of 2014 but is already the talk of the town, which comes as no surprise as it's the only restaurant in San Antonio that showcases traditional New Orleans cuisine, the kind you might find at some fine dining establishment in the French Quarter. The roasted Duck and Dumplings made with an exceptional marjoram potato gnocchi and served with tomato confit and a red wine demi-glace is utterly divine. Other favorites include the Tomato Artichoke Canoli, made with house-made pasta, goat cheese, tomato confit, artichoke hearts and marjoram, not to mention the Grilled Trout Amandine with muniere butter, toasted almonds and fresh green beans. If you adore fresh seafood, you can bet The Cookhouse serves up some of the freshest gulf oysters and shrimp from here to the coast. The New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp is served in a pool of savory spicy garlic butter and beer sauce (a secret recipe!) and charred French bread that is ideal for dunking. So addictively delicious, you may find yourself wanting to drink it. It's okay, nobody's looking!


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