San Antonio River Walk's Best Restaurants
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Bella on the River
Sink your teeth into these juicy, pan-seared scallops at Bella on the River. This locally owned restaurant on the River Walk showcases Southern European cuisine with a predominately Mediterranean focus. Enjoy antipasto for 2, with romantic live jazz played nightly.
Go ahead, dip this delectable fried quail into some savory Texas pecan butter. It’s among the main course options at Luke restaurant, headed by famed chef John Besh -- in fact, Luke is Besh’s first restaurant outside of his home state of Louisiana.
Little Rhein Steak House
Step inside this quaint brick building for a mix of historic wonder and hearty fare: Little Rhein Steak House is situated in a structure from 1847, with dining options that include USDA steaks, an extensive wine list and insanely decadent desserts -- try the Little Rhein Mud Ball. You’ll thank us.
Located next to Little Rhein, Fig Tree shares the title of “Most Historic Restaurant in San Antonio” with its culinary neighbor. Operating out of a house built in 1853, in the city’s La Villita district, the restaurant showcases classic American fare, such as roasted Texas Hill Country quail and Gulf Coast lump crab cakes.
Biga on the Banks
The warm décor of Biga on the Banks is matched by equally inviting cuisine: Dining options here include achiote shrimp with grits and hoisin-glazed pork tenderloin with yakimeshi rice -- part of the culinary vision of chef Bruce Auden, a 6-time James Beard nominee for the “Best Chef Southwest” award.
Bright, beautiful flowers accent the tables at Citrus, and so does a savory choice of menu items: Pan-roasted South Texas antelope, mesquite Texas farm chicken and buttered black grouper are among the fine dining options at this eclectic restaurant, tucked inside Hotel Valencia.
Enjoy high-end American cuisine at the AAA four-diamond Las Canarias. Located within the Omni Hotel on the River Walk, the restaurant boasts juicy dinner options such as veal tenderloin and Lockhart, TX, quail, alongside refreshing cocktails like hand-made margaritas.
You’re looking at the oldest San Antonio River Walk bar. Established in 1933, The Esquire mixes classic cocktail options (Hemingway Daiquiri, anyone?), along with a generous draft beer selection and hearty, down-home food options like the bison burger and sirloin cheeseburger.
Head to San Antonio’s Central Business District for a relaxed dining vibe. The Luxury offers savory pub grub for lunch and dinner -- you’ll want to try the huge helping of fries with the restaurant’s special sauce, along with pulled pig, a sizable beer selection and lots of bocce ball fun.
For a couple’s night out, make a reservation at Ostra. Tucked within Mokara Hotel and Spa, this AAA four-diamond restaurant emphasizes a sustainable seafood menu: Savor the freshest oysters, crab, clams and shrimp from Gulf Coast fisherman, along with a full wine list and specialty tequilas.
A relative newbie on the San Antonio dining scene, Restaurant Gwendolyn is carving out a unique niche: The focus here is traditional American fine dining, using preparation methods and recipes from the 1850s and before. Enjoy a prix fixe 3- or 5-course menu, with dishes like pan-seared shrimp with roasted butternut squash -- some things never go out of style!