Identifying San Antonio‘s best restaurants gets more difficult each year as more incredible new restaurants vie for our attention and our taste buds.
Brassierie Mon Chou Chou has been on everyone’s lips, literally and figuratively, of late. No doubt, this classy French bistro might even impress our French visitors. Featuring French comfort food from various regions throughout France, each dish is superbly delicious and thoughtfully prepared with the finest ingredients. Favorites include the warm gooey Raclette cheese sandwich, Mussels in white wine and baked Branzino in a brown butter caper sauce. Simply marvelous!
Next up, a visit to Battalion, an upscale Italian eatery, located in a historic building that was once a fire station in San Antonio’s Southtown Arts District, is more than dinner, it’s an experience. The boozy cocktails, stylish decor and scratch made modern Italian cuisine is sure to delight friends, family or even that special someone with its mouthwatering Chicken Parm and Veal Marsala.
Finally, Outlaw Kitchens offers a truly unique experience. Located in a quaint neighborhood just north of downtown, the menu is small here, but nobody cares, because everything coming out of the kitchen is pure genius. This family-run restaurant is like eating at your best friend’s house, who just so happens to be an amazing chef. Lucky you!
La Fonda is the oldest Mexican restaurant in San Antonio. Established in 1932, the restaurant has served at least two American presidents (Teddy Roosevelt and Lyndon B Johnson). However, their primary focus is on serving the city of San Antonio and the locals love this place! The restaurant serves Tex-Mex as well as interior Mexican foods. In a casual atmosphere with colorful decorations, diners relax and enjoy themselves. From the Espinaca Omelet to Migas La Fonda, you will find the perfect Tex-Mex brunch here. You’ll also find traditional sides in the form of hasbrowns and a fruit cup available.
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: La Fonda has been around awhile and can be relied upon for upscale Mexican food and creative daily specials.
Kimberly’s expert tip: La Fonda’s patio is one of the most spacious and gorgeous in town, so make sure to ask for a table outside.
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 Best Restaurants because: One of the most popular restaurants on the Riverwalk, Boudro’s lives up to its reputation.
Kimberly’s expert tip: Order the tableside guacamole for some dinner entertainment and freshly-made deliciousness!
East meets west at this Peruvian restaurant that gleefully plays with Asian-South American fusions. The cuisine is properly referred to as Chifa Nikkei. In Peru, Chifa refers to Chinese-Peruvian cuisine and Nikkei to Japanese-Peruvian food. The seasoned chef of Botika, Geronimo Lopez, is a world traveler from Caracas, Venezuela. His cuisine is inspired by all of a multitude of international cultures, offering diners a taste of something unique and exceptional. Unlike anything else you’ll find at the Pearl or even in San Antonio for that matter, Botika is a fun and surprisingly affordable place to take a date before the game or any other kind of event. Start your meal with some Hoisin-shitake braised pork steamed buns or the duck confit and potato empanadas. As you roll into your main course, go light with some beautiful fresh sushi or dig into a signature dish.
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Botika offers guests an upscale dining experience with both familiar dishes and unique flavor profiles.
Kimberly’s expert tip: Start your dining experience off with an order (or two) of the dumplings. They are divine!
Gwendolyn, located downtown along the Riverwalk, is a fine-dining American restaurant that, like the Grandmother, it’s named for, inspires deep love and devotion. A cozy, romantic venue, Gwendolyn is an ideal place for a first date, anniversary or if you’re simply a foodie who appreciates impeccable food. Gwendolyn is committed to serving handmade food made from local ingredients. Chef Michael is a devotee of the Slow Food Movement which emphasizes eco-awareness. Even more impressive, Gwendolyn refuses to use all the modern gadgetry that most restaurants can’t seem to live without.
The menu is small, offering a three course or five-course prix fixe menu with two options for each course that changes daily. You can check the website to see what the current day’s menu will be, and you’ll want to call ahead to book your reservation.
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Gwendolyn epitomizes perfection in every sense of the word, from the composition to the flavors.
Kimberly’s expert tip: The menu changes from day-to-day based on seasonal availability so be sure to check out the website for details.
Augie’s barbecue has been a San Antonio staple for many years now. It’s so delicious it repeatedly sells out, so make sure to get there early to get your favorites. Now, when it comes to favorites, Augie’s has all the classics. He has mastered the art of Texas BBQ and that includes the sides, which are scratch made and, simply, exceptional complements to the barbecue. With succulent brisket, pulled pork, sausage, chicken and more perfectly smoked and ready to make your mouth water meats, Augie’s is our #1 go-to for traditional Texas ‘cue. As this is also a steakhouse, they offer affordable, hand-cut ribeyes and NY strips as well. The restaurant is spacious with fun décor you might expect. They also have a new dedicated bar with a long list of specialty bourbons and an outdoor patio where you can enjoy that brisket and bourbon on warm Texas evenings. Make sure to also check out Augie’s other location, Augie’s Barbed Wire Smoke House.
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Augie’s offers tried and true Texas barbecue, and who doesn’t want a bite of that?!
Kimberly’s expert tip: Order the beef ribs! The meat just falls off the bone.
For a moment of pure bliss, well, head to Bliss. Owned and operated by one of San Antonio’s greatest chefs, Bliss is a delight in every form of the word. A perfect option for a romantic date, friendly gathering or family celebration. Located in Southtown, the ambiance is relaxed yet elegant and the service is some of the best you’ll find in town. The seasonal menu consists of contemporary American cuisine, from hearty, perfectly-seasoned dishes such as pork shank to more delicate fare such as seared scallops. Their charcuterie, made with premium meats and artisanal cheeses is a must as a starter, and you can’t go wrong with dessert here either. Wine aficionados will appreciate their award-winning wine list.
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Bliss offers a complete fine dining experience from the first course to the last.
Kimberly’s expert tip: Start dinner out right with their beautifully-composed charcuterie board.
Chef Andrew Weissman is the “it” chef in San Antonio and he’s got his name written all over Signature, quite literally. Everything about this upscale, thoughtfully-crafted and elegant restaurant screams Weissman. This is not just any old hotel restaurant, this is a place reminiscent of a European countryside Michelin star restaurant, from the drive up to the venue to the excellent cuisine described only as classic contemporary. Signature features of the restaurant include an open kitchen, wood-burning fireplace and putting green, where you can sip on a cocktail and play while you wait to be seated. As you can expect, it’s an all scratch kitchen, with delicacies on hand such as aged cheeses. Chef Weissman maintains his own beehives as well as a garden. It’s only the best for this chef, and of course, all of his guests. The menu is “straightforward and beguiling,” featuring first-class ingredients, from Atlantic Coast oysters to Pacific Northwest lamb, and without a doubt, Texas Hill Country venison, dove and quail. When it comes to providing an unforgettable experience, you can bet it all on Chef Weissman!
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Signature is, perhaps, San Antonio’s most elegant restaurant. You can expect the best of the best, from service to execution.
Kimberly’s expert tip: Come early to have a few drinks at the bar and stroll around the beautiful hotel.
It’s difficult to explain what an exceptionally delightful experience Outlaw Kitchens provides without experiencing it for yourself. Tucked away in one of San Antonio’s quaint neighborhoods, just a few minutes north of downtown, this husband and wife duo have created a restaurant that is truly one-of-a-kind. Chef Sartory has decades of experience as a chef. He both graduated and taught at the CIA, and yet there’s no pomp and circumstance here. In fact, guests compare it to having dinner at a friend’s house who happens to be a really, really good cook. The restaurant menu changes every few days and is available a la carte or as a 3-course prix fixe, including an appetizer, entree and dessert. Choices are limited, so be sure to check the website ahead of time, although it’s fun to be surprised here. Dishes range from seared Scottish Salmon and Vegetable Lasagna to Pan-Seared Chicken stuffed with shrimp and spinach or Goat Mac-N-Cheese. From the historic building to the herb garden that gets utilized in the dishes, not to mention the charming patio, Outlaw Kitchens simply shines on every level.
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: An exceptional neighborhood eatery that makes everyone feel like a long-time friend.
Kimberly’s expert tip: Do yourself a favor and order the prix fixe. You won’t regret it!
The reputation of Battalion, a new American Italian restaurant, precedes it as one of the three outstanding restaurants launched by Andrew Goodman and Chef Stefan Bowers. Located in a historic building in Southtown that was once a fire station, it has since been transformed into one of the coolest, classiest joints in town. With exacting modern Italian dishes and a true Italian pasta chef making housemade pasta every day, Battalion should be at the top of everyone’s list for dinner or even a few cocktails and appetizers before a night out. Here, they merge contemporary cooking with old-world flavors in a fancy, fun environment. The interior was lovingly designed by Mr. Goodman himself to facilitate a good, rowdy, delicious time. Battalion is most definitely upscale, but it’s not just a special occasion restaurant unless you want it to be!
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Battalion is on everyone’s list as one of the best in the city. Not to be missed, especially if you love Italian.
Kimberly’s expert tip: A great choice for those who support the slow food movement, as they source their veggies from an independent Texas farm.
Somehow, perhaps by pure magic, Brassiere Mon Chou Chou managed to capture the essence of a Parisian bistro in the heart of South Texas, and it’s utterly delightful! This new restaurant succeeds on every level, from the cuisine to the service, environment and vibe. Let’s start with the food. You simply can’t go wrong. The Raclette cheese sandwich on a crisp baguette with smoked paprika aioli, cornichon and (if you so choose) Bayonne ham has received rave reviews, but when it comes to must-haves, the Lyon-style onion soup with Emmental cheese and Cognac is as close to heaven on earth as one can get. The Lobster Bisque with its puff pastry cap is also impressive. Dishes may come and go, but hopefully the crisp duck confit in a green peppercorn sauce will stand the test of time. Every single bite here titillates the tongue.
Recommended for Best Restaurants because: Mon Chou Chou is undeniably one of the best new restaurants in town and easily competes with even the most established fine dining offerings.
Kimberly’s expert tip: They also feature a phenomenal brunch on Sunday, but you’d better make reservations weeks in advance.