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10 Hottest Restaurants in San Antonio

From big-name chefs to down-home favorites, these are San Antonio's can't-miss restaurants.


New AmericanTobin Hill
An “epicurean adventure” “worth savoring”, this “stellar” New American at the Pearl features a "unique" meat-centric menu that highlights "fantastic" house-cured charcuterie plus “imaginative cocktails” in a “masterfully designed” rustic space; with “knowledgeable” servers tending to the “energetic” crowd, it’s “a winner all the way” that’s “worth a splurge.”


New AmericanDowntown
Dark lighting, crystal chandeliers and plush banquettes set the scene at this Downtown New American destination located in the expansive 107-year-old ballroom of the Saint Anthony Hotel. The menu features individual and shared plates of grilled meats and seafood, plus an array of signature cocktails named after the seven deadly sins.


Locally sourced seasonal ingredients inspire a concise American menu of salad, meat & seafood – plus breakfast options for brunch – at this Southtown eatery (attached to its sister bar, Francis Bogside Tavern) with leather banquettes, wood paneling and exposed concrete beams creating a stylish, rustic meets industrial vibe.

Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery

AmericanTobin Hill
“Gorgeous” “retro-vintage decor” in the “historic" Pearl Brewery sets the scene for “Texas coastal" cuisine prepared with “novel” flourishes at this midpriced "gem"; "tasty", "full-bodied" beers direct from the upstairs microbrewery further boost its rep as “destination dining."


CajunTobin Hill
“Feel like you’re in New Orleans” at this “authentic” Midtown eatery, where the “rich” Cajun cooking spans the counter-serve lunch menu’s “excellent gumbo and po’ boys” (a “screaming bargain for the quality”) to full-service “nouveau Southern” options at dinner; “informative” staffers oversee "cozy" quarters that tend to grow “lively.”


Chef Mark Bliss (Silo) has "perfected his craft” at this “top-shelf” New American in Southtown, a "definite standout” for “sophisticated” seasonal fare (led by the “signature oyster starter”) paired with a “great wine list” and ferried by an “expert” team; converted from a filling station, the “cool room” and “gorgeous” patio help make it an “enticing” “special-occasion pick.”

La Gloria

MexicanTobin Hill
"Funky" and "informal", this Pearl complex cantina from chef Johnny Hernandez specializes in "wonderful", "fantastically spiced" Mexican street food in small plates that are "fun to share"; admirers overlook uneven service and "not cheap" à la carte pricing, focusing instead on the "picturesque" views from the quieter end of the River Walk.

Restaurant Gwendolyn

“Old-world techniques” meet “farm-to-table” ingredients at this “high-end” Downtown American, where a “pre-industrial kitchen” employs “passion” – but “no modern machines” – to prepare “memorable” daily prix fixes that are “expertly paired with wines”; the servers provide “full attention” in a “lovely” setting that boasts a wrought-iron balcony overlooking the River Walk.


MexicanNorth Side
A “unique experience” in modern Mexican dining, this “polished but accessible” Olmos Park spot presents an “innovative” “chef-selected” menu of “ethereal and playful combinations” that’s “perfectly paired” with cocktails and served by a “fantastic” team at a 12-seat communal table; the set price “is not cheap”, but “vision” “so far out of the ordinary” is “worth every cent.”

Supper Restaurant at Hotel Emma

AmericanTobin Hill
Elegant plates of farm-fresh American fare are prepared for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert at this bright, modern eatery at the Hotel Emma, also offering cocktails, beer and wine.
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