Take some foolproof tips from a local who has written extensively about San Antonio's culinary offerings and traveled the world enough to know what's worth recommending.
Josephine Street Café
A Texas "roadhouse" in an early 1900's building. Friendly, casual staff and patrons. Pot roast, pork chops, steaks and classic chicken-fried steak.
Great Stops on The River Walk
The San Antonio River Walk is lined with dozens of interesting places to eat. For signature San Antonio food, try any of these spots, some on sections of the River Walk that are well known to locals but not to out-of-towners.
A striking, contemporary ambiance welcomes diners to this colorful Mexican restaurant. Experience house-made salsas, chiles rellenos, mole and more.
Biga on the Banks
Owned by nationally renowned chef Bruce Auden, Biga offers fine dining founded in the classics but reaching into Texas and Southwest regional cuisine.
This “Texas bistro” has great steaks, blackened shrimp and more, but don’t miss the guacamole made fresh tableside.
The Fig Tree
In a historic building once occupied by the French consulate, the Fig Tree's traditional menu of steaks and seafood tastes even better served on an elegant outdoor terrace overlooking a quiet bend in the River Walk.
“Q” (Hyatt Regency)
From this state’s beloved pit-smoked meat to Argentinean churrascaria, sample barbeque from around the globe.
Las Canarias (La Mansión del Rio)
Sumptuous but not stuffy, Las Canarias’ reputation stands for fine wine and cuisine and stellar service.
John Besh's first restaurant outside of New Orleans. Farm-fresh ingredients, bistro specialties from house-made pâté to cold, fresh seafood.
Small plate delicacies served in a steel and glass conservatory, part of the historic Hotel Havana, one of innovative hotelier Liz Lambert's new visions.
Zocca's Italian kitchen serves rich fare like a lump crab tagliatelle if you feel like indulging as well as less indulgent dishes for those watching the waist line.