Downtown off the River Walk
Charles Court, a lushly landscaped inner-block hideaway a block from the River Walk, provides intimate outdoor seating for Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar. Or enjoy the riverside patio and open-air bar at The County Line, featuring legendary Texas bar-b-q and cold beer. Sip a margarita and have the signature sizzling fajitas at La Margarita Restaurant & Oyster Bar at historic Market Square, just far enough removed from the action to be relaxing.
Sitting on the River Walk’s new Museum Reach section, the historic Pearl Brewery is a burgeoning culinary mecca with a crop of noteworthy restaurants, all with outdoor seating. The varied dining options include smoky Texas barbecue with homemade sides at The Granary ‘Cue & Brew, delicate Italian from Osteria Il Sogno, and La Gloria's interior Mexican street foods where you'll dine at the river’s edge.
A brief walk or trolley ride from downtown to Southtown in the King William Historic Neighborhood—with an eclectic blend of shops, galleries and restaurants—will be rewarded with unique outdoor dining places like Feast. Drinking and noshing at The Friendly Spot depends almost entirely on benevolent weather and friendly folks, which of course happens often. Tables are scattered under mature pecan trees, and there’s a kiddie playground.
The historic Monte Vista neighborhood dates to 1890 and its distinctive homes and gracious trees suggest a bygone era, as does La Fonda on Main, the city’s oldest Mexican restaurant. La Fonda’s patio is sheltered by an enormous heritage oak.
Alamo Heights sprouted a century ago near the headwaters of the San Antonio River. Try the impressive tree-shaded deck shared by Cappy’s, and its less formal sister, Cappyccino’s, and admire the local art on the interior walls.
On the city’s northern edge, the Texas Hill Country landscape is in full form, and no restaurant takes better advantage of it than La Hacienda de Los Barrios. There is a canopy of mature trees, playgrounds and outdoor bars that cater to every age. The romantic Grey Moss Inn has a stone-flanked patio under a cover of huge oaks and an old well that now serves as a grill. For a Tex-Mex hankering, the view from Aldaco’s Stone Oak perched atop a hill can’t be beat.
San Antonio’s resorts and spas, including the La Cantera Resort & Spa, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa and JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa, all take full advantage of the local climate with copious outdoor porch and patio space for their dining offerings. You’ll also find Hill Country ingredients generously incorporated into their menus.
Vets and civilians alike hang out under the stars on the River Walk’s new Museum Reach at VFW Post 76, the oldest post in Texas. With a two-story Victorian-style home built in 1904 as the backdrop, come for the ice-cold beer, friendly patrons and live music on weekends.
At the edge of downtown, in the historic Five Points Neighborhood, The Cove has an organic, locally-grown menu, an outdoor patio with a playscape and live music. This truly funky spot also doubles as a car wash.
Kids are a big focus at Two Bros. BBQ & Market on the North Side, across from Walker Ranch Historic Landmark Park. An extensive play area and picnic tables nestled under live oaks complete the picture. This popular pit-barbecue spot is run by one of the city’s top chefs and his brother.
And experience delicious, unforgettable meals at one of our amazing food trucks.