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Boudro's on the Riverwalk

American 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Boudro's is an exception on the River Walk: its food is notable, the service is professional, and the prickly pear margaritas are more than pretty-in-pink. We can’t resist the tableside... — Gayot

This trendy River Walk restaurant with patio seating is a local favorite noted for great food and consistently good seruice. — DK Eyewitness

This stylish River Walk Tex-Mex bistro serves creative New American/Southwestern entrees, a wonderful guacamole made at your table and killer prickly-pear margaritas. — Rough Guide

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

Il Sogno Osteria

Italian 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Andrew Weissman’s Il Sogno was the first restaurant to find a foothold in the Pearl Brewery development; now, competition abounds and slips in execution are less likely to be tolerated.... — Gayot

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

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

It's "pricey", but service is "impeccable", making entree into the "always" a-"buzz" industrial dining room "worth waiting" for. — Zagat

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

Biga on the Banks

American 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Menu standouts include 11-spice Axis venison and grilled quail served with parsnip puree, as well as the always-popular Sticky Toffee Pudding with English custard. — Travel + Leisure

"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

Bruce Auden, the city’s dean of contemporary cuisine, and his longtime lieutenants keep well-heeled locals and savvy conventioneers coming back for more. If some dishes are immutable,... — Gayot

This is one of the only fine-dining spots on the River Walk worth visiting. Biga on the Banks serves international cuisine with a nod to local flavors. — Frommer's

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

Dishing out traditional Mexican food since 1941, this 500-seat behemoth in Market Square sprawls across several dining areas, giving the busy wait staff and strolling mariachis quite a workout. — Lonely Planet

Mi Tierra was established in 1941, and its resolutely northern Mexican cuisine evolved over the years to accommodate American tastes. Enchiladas, for example, morphed into a cheese-filled... — Gayot

This local favourite serves everything from breakfast huevos rancheros to late-night enchiladas. — Insight Guides

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

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

Liberty Bar

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

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

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

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

The building itself is spectacular: an 1883 home that became a Benedictine convent in 1939 and has now been painted circus-peanut orange. — Lonely Planet

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

Schilo's Delicatessen

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

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

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

Schilo’s has occupied its present location since 1945, but its roots go back to Papa Fritz Schilo’s 1917 saloon, giving it the hands-down crown for hospitality history. We doubt that... — Gayot

In San Antonio, you could easily have tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But if you need a break from Tex-Mex, Schilo's Delicatessen is the place for you. Schilo's has been serving... — Afar Magazine

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

Restaurant Gwendolyn

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

"If the vegetables and meat don't come from the local area, you won't find them" on the menu. — Zagat

Michael Sohocki cut his cooking teeth in Andrew Weissman’s kitchens --- including revered Le Rêve. Due to Weissman’s departure for Pearl, Sohocki is now back in that same kitchen... — Gayot

Resting above a section of the River Walk not populated by tourist traffic, and easily accessible from the center of town on foot, sits a fine little restaurant with a tiny kitchen. — Frommer's

With an endlessly tantalizing menu of fresh, amazingly inventive American cuisine, Restaurant Gwendolyn is one of San Antonio's dining treasures. Tucked into a romantic corner overlooking... — Afar Magazine

At Restaurant Gwendolyn, chef/owner Michael Sohacki takes the terms "local," "house-made," and "seasonal" very seriously. — Fodor's

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Fig Tree Restaurant

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

Fig Tree’s location, on a bend in the San Antonio River, is one of the waterway’s finest. Tables are set with crystal and china, and the wine list is always of much-more-than-average... — Gayot

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

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

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

Everything about Fig Tree Restaurant is great. — Afar Magazine

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Azuca Nuevo Latino Restaurant

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

Azuca has abandoned much of its earlier Carmen Miranda look. And while the menu has also matured, some favorites have disappeared, but we’ll just find new ones such as the ahi tártaro... — Gayot

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

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

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

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

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Feast

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

You like the look or you don’t. Feast is situated on the King William/Southtown culinary corridor that is South Alamo Street: it’s all bright white walls, clear plastic chairs,... — Gayot

Feast is sparkling and full of light and looks inviting from the moment you step inside. — Frommer's

Tongues are wagging about this Southtown small-plates purveyor and its hip New American fare. — Zagat

The eclectic tapas dishes are solid, but the atmosphere is worth the trip alone. — Lonely Planet

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The Guenther House

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

In the mid-1800s, the Pioneer Mills family helped found San Antonio's active flour milling industry. It's fitting that their private residence, the Guenther House, is now home to a local... — Afar Magazine

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

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

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

Las Canarias Restaurant

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

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

Unwind at Omni La Mansion del Rio's exceptional restaurant. — Lonely Planet

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

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

A new chef has taken charge of the kitchen at this elegant enclave, and there have been subtle shifts in the menu. Though, as before, much that’s on offer in the serene dining room... — Gayot

Little Rhein Steakhouse

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

This Downtown charmer inhabits a "delightful" "historic building" that boasts a "classic" steakhouse menu. — Zagat

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

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

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. The... — Gayot

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Bistro Vatel

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

Slowly and surely, like cooking a classic coq au vin, chef Damien Watel managed to make his homey bistro a shrine of sorts to la cuisine bourgeoise, a style of cooking that’s little... — Gayot

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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Frederick's Restaurant

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

After Frederick Costa opened Frederick’s Bistro in another part of town, the original Frederick’s, which had long needed a facelift, began to seem especially dowdy. Voila: a freshened... — Gayot

Year in and year out, this restaurant serves outstanding food with admirable consistency. — Frommer's

Chef Perrin marries French and Asian cuisine to create some fantastic fusion dishes in relaxing yet romantic surroundings. — Fodor's

"Gentlemanly" owner Frederick Costa makes you "feel welcome" at these white-linen bistros. — Zagat

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Acenar

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

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

From the moment you walk into Acenar, the cavernous, modern space tells you this isn't your average South Texan-Mexican restaurant. — Afar Magazine

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

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

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

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Aldo's Ristorante Italiano

Italian 80 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

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

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

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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La Gloria

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

If you're not going to Mexico (and these days, who is?) you can still enjoy that country's delicious street food at this attractive, playfully decorated eatery at the Pearl Brewery. — Frommer's

When the pearly gates to La Gloria (The Heavens) first swung open at the Pearl, San Antonians in search of Mexico’s street foods, as interpreted by chef-owner Johnny Hernandez, were... — Gayot

Specializing in "wonderful", "fantastically spiced" Mexican street food in small plates that are "fun to share". — Zagat

You don't have to cross the border to sample some of the best street foods that Mexico has to offer. — Afar Magazine

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Tre Trattoria

Italian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This casual and modern Tuscan-style Italian trattoria, one of San Antonio's best restaurants, is just steps from LaVillita in the historic Fairmount Hotel. — Frommer's

These midpriced "Tuscan-inspired" twins in Downtown and Northeast Side from chef-owner Jason Dady dish out "satisfying" "family-style" meals. — Zagat

Some restaurant locations seem to get recycled over and over, only to fall vacant with depressing regularity. But with Tre Trattoria, chef-owner Jason Dady may have broken the cycle at... — Gayot

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Rosario's

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

Putting its “own spin on traditional Mexican” cuisine, these “fun”, “affordable” cantinas craft “flavorful” “modern” dishes and some of the “best margaritas this side of the border” amid... — Zagat

We have to hand it to Rosario’s: the joint's color-soaked (and art accented) interior is in perfect synch with its sonic surroundings. Some people can tolerate the quasi-punishing,... — Gayot

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

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