At the foothills of the Texas Hill Country in North Central San Antonio, La Cantera (“the quarry”) is part of the rich history of native Indians, Spanish conquistadors and early Texas settlers. The land was mined for its limestone, the iconic building block of the region, until that resource was exhausted. In the mid-1980s, a master plan for reuse and redevelopment began. Today, La Cantera is a thriving area that attracts regional and international visitors with its shopping, dining, lodging, championship golf and entertainment, including Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
Stone Oak is an upscale 4,300-acre master-planned, mixed-use community in far North Central San Antonio bordered on the east by Highway 281, on the west by Blanco Road and on the south by North Loop 1604. The area has many large and small shopping centers.
Key Area Highlights
Most of the restaurants in the Stone Oak/La Cantera area are large, fairly new and very popular with locals, especially on weekends. Aldaco's Stone Oak offers gorgeous views from the patio and is known for its avocado margaritas, chicken enchiladas and pastel tres leches cake.
Trilogy Pizza and Wine Bistro is a neighborhood favorite for brick-oven pizzas, salads, wine and beer. The menu at Wildfish Seafood Grille touts the freshest available seafood and prime Midwestern steaks, all enjoyed with views of the exhibition kitchen or al fresco on the fabulous patio. Aldino at the Vineyard serves authentic Italian food at lunch and dinner, where your choices include pizza, classic pasta dishes, steaks and seafood.
La Hacienda de Los Barrios is the expansive Mexican restaurant featured in a Food Network puffy taco throwdown between owner Diana Barrios-Treviño and TV chef Bobby Flay. Diana won, of course! Visit the restaurant for Tex-Mex, grilled meats, enchiladas and more. Sit a spell at Freetail Brewing Company, a locally owned brewery and restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Check the blackboard for the daily beers on tap and order your food from the vast menu, featuring appetizers, pizza, burgers, salads and sandwiches.
Paesanos 1604, a northside favorite for Italian food, is housed in a beautiful building with indoor and outdoor dining. This is the home of the legendary Shrimp Paesano, just one of many scrumptious items on the menu. Ride the elevator up to Silo Elevated Cuisine & Bar, where fine dining awaits in a casually elegant setting.
The Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse experience begins with a generous salad bar, fresh vegetables and exotic cheeses and is followed by tableside visits from roving guachos who offer skewers of grilled lamb, pork, chicken and beef.
Big'z Burger Joint is a great place for families because of its impressively large play area and shaded patio seating. The restaurant offers a selection of burgers, fries, hot dogs, salads and more.
Celebrated chef Stephan Pyle's Sustenio Restaurant and Bar at Éilan Hotel Resort & Spa specializes in modern Texas cuisine using ingredients from local Texas Hill Country farms. The menu, described as “wood-fired meets cast iron,” includes contemporary versions of Honey Fried Chicken and Hickory-Grilled Cowboy Ribeye, along with flatbreads, tacos, seafood and more.
Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar at The Shops at La Cantera is a “scratch only” kitchen that sources food locally and uses slow “live wood” cooking methods for grilling, smoking and roasting.
Visit Six Flags Fiesta Texas for fantastic thrills, including Batman™: The Ride, a world-class 4D free-fly coaster that immerses you in a high-speed Gotham City adventure. Prepare for even more thrills in May 2016 when three new mind-bending rides, Fireball, Hurricane Force 5 and Spinsanity, anchor the exciting new Fiesta Bay Boardwalk.
Just up the hill, the AAA® Four Diamond La Cantera Hill Country Resort offers two highly acclaimed golf courses (The Palmer Course and the Resort Course), five swimming pools, a spa and a fitness center.
Pamper yourself at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, where you can enjoy a water park, a premier spa and TPC golf. The resort has 36 holes of golf on the AT&T Oaks and AT&T Canyons championship courses designed by Pete Dye and Greg Norman.
The Canyon Springs Golf Club has an 18-hole championship public course located on the 54,000 square-acre Classen Family Homestead, which dates to the 1850s. Trees behind the #15 tee have carvings made by Native Americans in the 1800s.
New to San Antonio is Topgolf, a golf entertainment complex with climate-controlled playing bays that seat up to six and point-scoring golf games for any skill level.
Alamo Drafthouse at the Village at Stone Oak plays first-run movies you can enjoy while sipping a brew and having a meal.
Bowl & Barrel is a 15-lane “boutique bowling” venue that showcases a full-service modern American tavern featuring house-made specialties, craft cocktails and a classic European beer hall.
Main Event Entertainment on Loop 1604 offers family entertainment with bowling, laser tag, a ropes adventure and more.
The Rim is a 1.8 million-square-foot outdoor retail center at the corner of IH-10 West and North Loop 1604 West featuring more than 70 stores and more than 30 restaurants. You’ll also find hotels, a spa and a movie theater here. On Sunday mornings, visit the Hill Country Farmers Market in the parking lot that fronts IH-10 near Bass Pro Shops. Across IH-10, Ripe Farmers Market is held on Sunday mornings at the Promenade at Éilan, where you might find honey, fresh produce and fresh donuts.
Just west of the Éilan is The Shops at La Cantera where you can indulge in shopping at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Tiffany & Co., Anthropologie, Burberry, Sur La Table, Hugo Boss and many more. This outdoor shopping mall offers a range of restaurants, pedestrian-friendly walkways bordered by native plants and soothing water features.
The Vineyard Shopping Center features 15 restaurants and more than 40 shops and service providers offering clothing, shoes, gifts, jewelry and more, including Whole Foods, Target, LA Fitness and GolfSmith.
Visit locally owned Bike World across Loop 1604 and east of Blanco Road for a large selection of bicycles and gear, as well as an in-house repair shop. The Village at Stone Oak is on the east side of Highway 281 North at TPC Parkway and has more than 75 stores and restaurants, hair salons and specialty shops.
Offbeat, unique or quirky finds:
Lone Star BMX Raceway is a USA BMX-sanctioned local BMX racing facility. BMX bikes are single-speed bicycles with 20-inch wheels. The bikes are engineered for speed, stunts and jumps.
Hills & Dales Ice House is a beer garden and bar on North Loop 1604 West with a huge selection of bottled and draft beer. A food truck is in the parking lot for your dining pleasure.