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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 →

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

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

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

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

Boudro's on the Riverwalk

American 90 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

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

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

Take a break for a prickly-pear margarita and guacamole prepared tableside. — Travel + Leisure

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

Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery

Delis 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Mi Tierra was established in 1941, and its resolutely northern Mexican cuisine evolved over the years to accommodate American tastes. — Gayot

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

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

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

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

Il Sogno Osteria

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

One of San Antonio’s hottest new restaurants located at Pearl Brewery, Il Sogno Osteria is the creation of Chef Andrew Weissman of La Reve fame. The authentic Italian cuisine ranges from... — 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

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

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

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

The Guenther House

American 86 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

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

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

Historic venue serving breakfast & lunch — Zagat

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

Liberty Bar

American 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Even though it's been in continuous operation since 1890, Liberty Bar is anything but predictable. The menu slides from Southern comfort food to innovative new cuisine, and the atmosphere... — Where

The menu features basic, old-time favorites such as pot roast, peppered steak, and pasta. Dessert may be what they do best: try the chocolate cake or a slice of homemade pie. — Fodor's

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

Acenar

Mexican 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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 contemporary, River Walk restaurant offers Latin drinks such as the Tuna Margarita, a concoction of silver tequila, orange liqueur, prickly pear cactus juice and fresh lime served on... — Where

Las Canarias Restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

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

Little Rhein Steakhouse

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

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

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

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. — Gayot

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Schilo's Delicatessen

Delis 85 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

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

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

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

Silo Elevated Cuisine

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

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

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. The contemporary... — Where

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Bakery Lorraine

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

There's a reason everybody strolling around the Pearl District is carrying a small box labeled Bakery Lorraine – its pastries are delicious. Macaroons. Tarts. Cookies. You won't walk away... — Lonely Planet

"Talented" alums from California's Bouchon Bakery whip up a "varied assortment" of "gooey tarts", "crumbly scones", macarons, croissants and cookies. — Zagat

Although it’s only been open since 2012, Bakery Lorraine has already become a San Antonio staple—it was even named one of the “10 great new bakeries in the U.S.” by Food & Wine in 2013.... — Condé Nast Traveler

Pick up a sweet treat at this new bakery, owned by Anne Ng and Jeremy Mandrell who cut their teeth at Bouchon Bakery in Yountville, California, before relocating to the south. Locals are... — Travel + Leisure

Talented bakers Anne Ng and Jeremy Mandrell honed their craft at Thomas Keller'™s Bouchon Bakery in California. Their croissants and pains au chocolate, though pricey, are exemplary.... — Gayot

Chris Madrid's Nachos and Burgers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fig Tree Restaurant

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

This romantic upscale restaurant is a perfect getaway for affectionate couples looking for an intimate River Walk location. Fig Tree serves Continental fare such as steak, lamb and quail... — Where

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

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Aldo's Ristorante Italiano

Italian 83 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

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

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

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Restaurant Gwendolyn

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

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

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

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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Rosario's

82 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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Cured

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

Inspired by his time in New Orleans, Chef Steve McHugh brought to San Antonio a vision of a modern, welcoming spot with a killer charcuterie program, and that vision became his buzzy... — Afar Magazine

Charcuterie-based fare in a chic space — Zagat

Chef Steve McHugh's new restaurant, Cured, makes use of the purest regional ingredients, paired with organic methods and is built on a foundation of lovingly handcrafted cured foods, from... — Where

Slabs of meat hang smack-dab in the center of the dining room at new-on-the-scene Cured, where the charcuterie platters ($18 to $36) are loaded with meats, spreads, pickles and crackers.... — Lonely Planet

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Feast

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

Schooled in true Italian cooking priniciples, Chef Stefan Bowers creates new American cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. From small plates to seasonal menus that focus on groups such as... — Where

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

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

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

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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 →

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. Pick up a Sassy Blonde Sangria and dance your way across... — Where

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

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

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

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