San Antonio, Texas has always been a tourist destination whether you’re coming from another state or another country altogether. For the locals, San Antonio is a much beloved city, full of vibrancy and Texas culture. It’s all about going big or going home when it comes to everything in Texas, and the same thing goes when it comes to flavor. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had a long day of sightseeing or a long day at work; once you’re ready, there are hundreds of restaurants and eateries there just waiting. Here are the 10 best restaurants in the all of San Antonio for you to choose from.
Bella On the River
Southern. European. Mostly Mediterranean. That’s the atmosphere and flavor here at Bella as described by the company itself. You’ll be right at historic downtown when you’re eating at Bella On the River. It’s romantic and intimate; you’ll feel as if you’re in another part of the world altogether.
Rosario’s Mexican Café y Cantina
Mexican foods are naturally party foods. They have naturally bold and exciting flavors. But most of all, they bring people together. When you walk into Rosario’s, you’ll be amazed at all the wonderful colors and décor, the wonderful music, and of course, the most impressive Mexican menu in all of San Antonio.
The Big Bib
BBQ Nothing says Texas like some good old Texas BBQ, and while there are plenty of place in San Antonio to get a BBQ bite, The Big Bib is certainly the kind of place where you can bring the entire family for a really great meal. Their meats are cooked for at least 14 hours, so expect something extremely scrumptious.
Boudro’s on the River Walk
Of course, this menu is not complete without some American bistro-type food, and Boudro’s on the River Walk should be on your list every time you’re in the area. This restaurant has actually become one of San Antonio’s tourist attractions over the years. That’s how much people love to come here.
The Esquire Tavern
If you’re looking for more of an adult fare, the Esquire Tavern is your best bet. This restaurant has been voted the number one bar in the area and for good reason: their menu is just something that never gets old. From their chili-salt fries to their chalupas, The Esquire Tavern will always have something to satisfy your belly.
San Antonio has its fair share of good Cajun/Creole flavors, and Smashin Crab will bring you the absolute best in the area. It’s also incredibly fun to really smash some juicy crabs. Make sure you try one of their signature boils as well as the gator appetizer. You’ll never leave feeling unsatisfied here.
If you’re feeling completely artisan, Cured will give you the best artisanal menu in the area. Their charcuterie boards are really worth the wait, but if you’re feeling extra hungry, you can always have a few small plates or even a couple of large plates. No matter what you get, you’re guaranteed to get something absolute unique.
Sangria on the Burg
Sangria on the Burg offers some real Tex-Mex flair. Make sure you come here prepared to have some drinks because their margaritas are a must-try. Of course, make sure you also leave some room for dessert because everything on the dessert menu is delicious—Arroz con Leche Bites or Mexican Chocolate Cheesecake are just a couple of your choices.
If you’ve got a restaurant that’s called Bliss, you better be able to actually bring bliss on. We’re happy to report that Bliss definitely delivers on any day, and they actually constantly change their menu in order to keep guests happy. Bliss is definitely fancy dining at its finest.
It isn’t unusual to find tons of Cajun/Creole restaurants anywhere in the South, and the Cookhouse is something that you have to try if ever you’re in San Antonio. The place never disappoints. Make sure you get an order for the Fried Boudin Balls and the New Orleans BBQ Shrimp. You’ll taste a good mix of New Orleans and San Antonio that you’ll definitely come back for.
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