San Antonio’s culinary palette derives from the influence of European and Mexican traditions of generations ago. New arrivals who settled here introduced us to fragrant spices, cooking styles reflecting both heritage and innovation, and foods of exotic lands. Many of our acclaimed chefs who studied elsewhere bring their world-class training back to our culinary landscape. Talented new chefs are honing their skills every day at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America—San Antonio.
Enjoy festivals with foodies in mind - like Paella Challenge, Culinaria Festival Week, and the annual Tamales! at Pearl festival.
Tex-Next: Savor the New Taste of San Antonio
Imagine a destination where delicious heritage meets culinary innovation. Where time-honored family recipes simmer with the creative inspiration of passionate chefs. Sip an iconic cocktail infused with a world of new flavors. Welcome to the current flavor of San Antonio. We’ve evolved into a wildly exciting place to eat and drink—plan to arrive hungry.
Where to Find the World's Best Tex-Mex & See What’s Tex-Next.
Get a taste of San Antonio’s foodie scene and its future in Cathey Ambush’s article San Antonio Serves the Best Tex-Mex in the World. Here’s Where to Get It…and Where to See What’s Tex-Next.
Secrets of the Locals
With so many dining options in San Antonio, it can be hard to decide where to eat while enjoying the city. Locals don’t keep their favorites a secret, so we’ve tapped those in the know to offer up some tasty tips.
Outdoor Dining & Patios
San Antonio's year-round mild weather attracts locals and visitors alike to the city's charming outdoor sanctuaries. The lushly landscaped River Walk is lined with bistros, cafes, nightspots and hotels downtown, most with outdoor patios for dining and relaxing. There are many other eateries beyond the river that are also worth exploring.
The Foodie's Tour
Want to know where to start with so many delicious choices? Here is a good jumping off list, but San Antonio's cuisine could take years to explore.