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Biga on the Banks

American 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If some dishes are immutable, the chicken-fried oysters and the Bibb and radicchio game packets among them, the menu otherwise changes frequently. — Gayot

This is one of the most justifiably praised restaurants in town, run by chef Bruce Auden. — Lonely Planet

"First-rate all the way" – and San Antonio's Most Popular restaurant – this "sophisticated" River Walk respite puts out an "excellent", "innovative" mix of New American and Southwest fare. — Zagat

Dining on the River Walk and an extensive wine list to go along with the contemporary and luxurious dishes such as chicken-fried oysters, seared duck breast and sticky toffee pudding. — Where

This is one of the best spots for a leisurely dinner on the River Walk, if you can get a reservation. — Fodor's

Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery

Delis 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The "fiesta never stops" at this 24/7 Market Square "landmark" decked out in "kitsch" galore with "year-round" Christmas lights, streamers and mariachi guitarists making the rounds. — Zagat

This legendary and very busy Mexican restaurant has fed guests since 1941, offering a uniquely Mexican festive atmosphere. — DK Eyewitness

If you've come to San Antonio with the idea of tasting traditional Tex-Mex, this is a great place. — Frommer's

Once a small waiting area, it has been expanded to 2,000-plus square feet to accommodate live bands, a dance floor, happy regulars and clamorous tourists — Where

In the heart of Market Square lies one of San Antonio's most venerable culinary landmarks. — Fodor's

Boudro's on the Riverwalk

American 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Everybody loves this old standby on the River Walk. The kitchen uses fresh local ingredients -- Gulf Coast seafood, Texas beef, Hill Country produce -- and the preparations and presentations do them justice. — Frommer's

This brightly colored restaurant is hugely popular with locals. Fresh guacamole is made right at your table. — Lonely Planet

A little bit Gulf Coast, a little bit Mexican, and a whole lotta Texan, this landmark River Walk establishment caters to almost every taste. — Fodor's

The dinner menu at Boudro's Texas Bistro is a perfect blend of bistro cuisine and Texan sensibilities. — Afar Magazine

It's always a "party" at this River Walk spot where "tourists and locals" angle for an outside seat for "mouthwatering" seafood and steaks with Texas touches. — Zagat

Il Sogno Osteria

Italian 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This stylish former warehouse space in the Pearl complex is frequently packed with people vying for a shot at the fresh, house-made pastas. — Lonely Planet

The authentic Italian cuisine ranges from an antipasti bar and appetizer pizza to house-cured salmon and pasta arrabiata with calamari. — Where

When Andrew Weissman made the move from downtown, he decided to close his highly acclaimed Le Reve and open a simpler Italian restaurant instead. — Frommer's

Excellent, well-executed Italian food matched by flawless service in a cozy, unpretentious bistro-style environment. — Fodor's

Industrial floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the kitchen where chef Andrew Weissman whips up seasonal Italian plates, including house-made crostini and pasta allo zafferano. — Travel + Leisure

Silo Elevated Cuisine

French 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Silo has beautiful views of the city from its sleek first-floor bar and second-floor restaurant. The dining room is modern and modestly glamorous. — Fodor's

While seminal Silo has endured several changes in the kitchen over the years, standards such as the chicken-fried oysters remain. — Gayot

A glance at the Web Site will tell you that this upscale restaurant takes its cuisine very seriously, with top-of-the-line fare prepared by acclaimed chef Mark Bliss — Where

For my money, this is one of the best places for fine dining when you want something other than French food. — Frommer's

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Liberty Bar

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This inexpensive restaurant is so old that the building actually leans. Rotating menus feature specials like wild boar sausage. — Rough Guide

Even though it's been in continuous operation since 1890, Liberty Bar is anything but predictable — Where

The Liberty Bar has just completed the move from the old, leaning saloon building on Josephine Street to its new location on South Alamo. — Frommer's

Lunch specials change daily, and desserts like Virginia Green's chocolate cake are all made in house. — Travel + Leisure

This "old favorite" provides loads of "fun" with a "creative" Eclectic menu, "warm" hospitality and a lively bar scene. — Zagat

Little Rhein Steakhouse

Steakhouses 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

For 45 years, the Little Rhein, a River Walk mainstay, has been serving Prime steaks in an ultra-atmospheric historic house in the shadow of the hulking Hilton Palacio del Rio. — Gayot

Close to the Riverwalk and within La Villita, this historic steakhouse is located in a two-story limestone home built in the mid-1800s. — Lonely Planet

Housed in a structure built in 1847, this rustic restaurant was originally used as a residence and store by German immigrant Otto Bombach. — Fodor's

If you're looking for a steakhouse that's on the River Walk, or one that's homey and less formal, this place will work for you. — Frommer's

This rustic, charming steakhouse offers an extensive wine list and warm atmosphere and is located in La Villita on the River Walk. — Where

Acenar

Mexican 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Creative Texas regional specialties like achiote-marinated pork in banana leaves, served with cilantro rice. — Where

This "hipster" Mexican beyond the "touristy" part of the River Walk boasts a spacious patio that's lots of "fun". — Zagat

The setting is modern Mexican, while the kitchen juggles tradition and innovation with mixed results. — Gayot

This restaurant on the River Walk below the Hotel Valencia is a collaboration between Lisa Wong of Rosario's and Bruce Auden of Biga. — Frommer's

This nouvelle Tex-Mex hot spot sits astride a less-traveled section of the San Antonio River Walk. — Fodor's

The Guenther House

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The pioneer biscuits and waffles are also a favorite best enjoyed riverside. Come for the food, but linger for the history lesson. — Afar Magazine

Located in the Pioneer Flour Mill complex, this is the kind of place you'd choose if you were meeting up with the gals or taking your mom out to lunch. — Lonely Planet

If you're not staying in a King William B&B, this is the easiest way to visit one of the neighborhood's historic homes and have a good meal at the same time. — Frommer's

This popular restaurant in downtown San Antonio is housed in a stately 1860 home built by the founder of Pioneer Flour Mills. — Fodor's

Light lunches, cookies and cakes in an airy flour-mill- cum-museum in the King William Historic District. — Rough Guide

Las Canarias Restaurant

French 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located in the Omni La Mansion del Rio, this elegant restaurant is known for its farm-to-table fare, River Walk views and champagne brunch. — Where

The Omni La Mansión del Rio epitomizes the San Antonio River Walk experience, and its fine dining restaurant perfectly complements that classy, old world style. — Frommer's

In the Omni La Mansion del Rio, this three-level restaurant is known for its sophistication and romance, and has one of the most relaxing and beautiful outdoor dining areas on the San Antonio River. — Fodor's

There's no question that Las Canarias is one of the best restaurants in San Antonio. — Afar Magazine

"Excellent scenery" from the tables overlooking the River Walk earn this romantic New American in the Omni the city's top Decor score. — Zagat

Bistro Vatel

French 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The bistro is named Vatel, the chef is named Watel, but no matter how you spell it, this up-and-coming spot takes fine French dining to new levels. — Fodor's

"Super", "high-quality" French fare from Damien Watel earn it San Antonio's No. 1 Food rating. — Zagat

In 1671, the great French chef Vatel killed himself out of shame because the fish for a banquet he was preparing for Louis XIV wasn't delivered on time. — Frommer's

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Zinc Champagne & Wine Bar

French 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chic spot for New American fare & drinks — Zagat

Working nicely with lusty reds and elegant whites from the international wine list is the Zinc burger and larger plates such as the Gulf blue crab cakes with tarragon butter. — Gayot

Ask locals about this restaurant and wine bar and you'll hear about the Zinc burger, popularly known as the "crack burger" because it's supposedly so addictive. — Frommer's

The emphasis is on the grapes at this Southwestern-tinged wine bar — Where

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Aldo's Ristorante Italiano

Italian 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"You'd never guess you're still in the city" at this Med Center Italian "gem" in a "lovely old home". — Zagat

A northwest San Antonio favorite, Aldo's offers good, old-fashioned Italian food in a pretty, old-fashioned setting. — Frommer's

Aldo's presents classy, comfortable Italian cuisine with a continental cast. — Gayot

This outpost of northern Italian fare near the Southwest Texas Medical Center and USAA is in a warm and homey century-old house. — Fodor's

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County Line

Barbecue 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Roadhouse-themed barbecue eatery & bar — Zagat

This place serves the best barbecue on the River Walk. — Frommer's

The County Line'™s operation includes outlets as far away as Albuquerque where indifferent barbecue may pass unnoticed. But while portions remain generous, and the décor is still... — Gayot

A trip to the Lone Star state isn't complete with out a taste of Texas 'cue, and this legendary Austin-based joint is one way to get your fix — Where

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Dough Pizzeria Napoletana

Italian 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Dough Pizzeria makes use of fresh ingredients to produce a pizza for which people are willing to wait. — Afar Magazine

Castle Hills pizzeria plying “superlative”, “thin-crust” Neapolitan pies and other “fab” Italian items “with panache”, including a “not-to-be-missed” housemade burrata. — Zagat

Distinguished pies include a Fontina, mushroom and caramelized onion; a lofty prosciutto and arugula with truffle oil; and the infamous "Pork Love" flaunting salami, sausage, pancetta and speck. — Gayot

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Rosario's

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Some usual suspects, such as chicken with mole, appear on the dinner menu, but this is one of the few places in town to sample sweetbreads, battered, pan-grilled and served with salsa ranchera. — Gayot

Trendy Mexican haunt with cocktails — Zagat

This colorful restaurant is a favorite meeting place for happy hour and dinner. — Frommer's

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Chris Madrid's Nachos and Burgers

Burgers 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Puro San Antonio", this North Side "classic" is famous for its "delicious" "megaburgers". — Zagat

This is a fun, down-home hamburger joint where Tex-Mex meets Americana. — Frommer's

Two words: tostada burgers. Topping a burger with tortilla chips and refried beans sounds weird, but it works, combining two of our favorite meals into one deliciously unholy alliance. — Lonely Planet

Founded in 1977, this burger and nacho joint goes by the motto "Cook Each Item as if You Were Cooking It for a Friend," and it shows. — Fodor's

If you need a grease fix, head over to Chris Madrid’s Nachos and Burgers and pick up a Tostada Bean Cheeseburger. — Where

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Fig Tree Restaurant

French 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of "the most elegant" entries along the River Walk is this "romantic" (and costly) Continental. — Zagat

Everything about Fig Tree Restaurant is great. — Afar Magazine

Possibly the most romantic restaurant on the River Walk, this pricey but enchanting place is always full of well-heeled locals and proposal-popping lovers. — Frommer's

Exquisite food and impeccable service are mainstays of this French-inspired restaurant with a cozy interior and an outdoor villa-style terrace overlooking the San Antonio River. — Fodor's

This romantic upscale restaurant is a perfect getaway for affectionate couples looking for an intimate River Walk location — Where

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Azuca Nuevo Latino Restaurant

Mexican 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you want something different from Mexican or Tex-Mex offerings, venture south to find festive fare hailing from the Caribbean, Spain, and South and Central America. — Fodor's

"Live salsa" on weekends and a "caliente happy hour" are the main draws at this festive Southtowner. — Zagat

Here, a hip, stylish clientele lounges beneath blown-glass chandeliers sipping mojitos and nibbling fabulous New Latin cuisine. — Lonely Planet

The menu incorporates dishes from all over Latin America, which is known for, among other things, dishes highlighting fresh tropical ingredients, bright colors, and bold flavors. — Frommer's

This Nuevo Latino restaurant prides itself on fresh ingredients and its fusion of Caribbean, Central and Latin American cuisine — Where

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Schilo's Delicatessen

Delis 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Specialties include wonderful split-pea soup, baked goods, fresh pumpernickel bread, German beer and homemade root beer. — Lonely Planet

On the San Antonio scene since 1917, this Downtown deli "landmark" is "the place to go" for "overstuffed sandwiches", soups and other "hearty", "German-style" delicacies. — Zagat

This venerable downtown institution has been serving up hearty German soul food at breakfast (served daily), lunch, and dinner since 1917. — Fodor's

A good place to stop... the menu has a large kid-friendly selection and retro low prices. — Frommer's

This no-frills German-influenced deli serves up kid-friendly cuisine, sandwiches and traditional breakfast and lunch choices such as reubens in a casual environment — Where

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