Old World/New World Inspired Cuisine
Local chefs look to Europe and South America as they prepare signature dishes in their own styles.
Menu favorites include toasted bruschetta, calamari fritto, eggplant Josephine, Greek salad, paella, shrimp and chicken piccata, fresh seafood, grilled lamb chops, and the incredible Virginia's Pistachio Cake. The wine bar features a well-paired, gently priced wine list, wines-by-the-glass, ice cold sangria, and beer.
Savor a truly unique dining experience at Las Ramblas aside their exhibition-style kitchen or outside on the beautiful banks of the River Walk. Inside the Hotel Contessa, this restaurant specializes in Spanish cuisine and regional American classics.
Lüke is acclaimed chef John Besh's first restaurant outside of New Orleans, featuring bistro specialties created from farm-fresh ingredients. The authentic Old World cuisine combines classic German and French cooking techniques with a New Orleans touch.
Ocho (Hotel Havana)
Enjoy small plate delicacies in the steel and glass conservatory at the historic Hotel Havana, designed by innovative hotelier Liz Lambert. Menu items offer a new approach to traditional Latin fare, such as sweet plantain griddle cakes with Mexican crema and blueberries, huitlacoche quesadillas or shrimp and crab campechena.
Run by The Culinary Institute of America, Nao Latin Gastro Bar is a culinary tapestry of Latin ingredients, traditions and culture.
In this unique restaurant, enjoy fine dining with local, organic and seasonal ingredients. Everything is handmade using only preparation methods and recipes that were available from 1850 and before.
You can’t visit San Antonio without enjoying delicious nachos, enchiladas, tacos or fajitas—not to mention the fabulous margaritas. River Walk restaurants with Tex-Mex specialties or variations include:
“It’s hard to declare a top enchilada in San Antonio, but some of the best are found at thoroughly modern Ácenar,” says Patricia Sharpe, executive editor/food writer for Texas Monthly.
Café Ole’s menu features the Ultimate Fajita and 60 oz. margarita, along with specialties such as the Texas Size Chimichanga and Chicken Acapulco. Enjoy riverboat dining on Friday or Saturday nights.
Casa Rio opened on the River Walk in 1946, and their best-selling combination plate features a cheese enchilada, tamale, crispy beef taco, chili con carne, guacamole salad, chili con queso, Mexican rice and refried beans.
The Iron Cactus serves up flavorful and innovative Mexican food such as pumpkin-crusted chicken and grilled veggie tacos. Sip a Mexican martini or premium hand-crafted margarita in the Agave Room Bar, with more than 100 types of tequila available.
Chef Johnny Hernandez’s menu includes local favorites such as tacos de trompo al pastor and quesadillas, as well as harder-to-find specialties such as tlayudas from Oaxaca, panuchos from the Yucatan and volcanic molcajete dishes served simmering at your table.
Spicy and fresh homestyle Mexican dishes such as pork tamales and carne guisada star on the menu at The Original. For a sweet ending, order the Kangaroo Court cheesecake.
Sizzling fajitas are a signature dish at lively Rio Rio, where generous portions rule. Flautas, enchiladas and quesadillas are among the many other featured items, several with vegetarian options.
Texas-sized margaritas are Rita’s claim to fame, but be sure to try the tomatillo sour cream chicken enchiladas, chile relleno or freshly made flan.
Sazo’s Latin Fusion Grill
Coolly sophisticated and thoroughly modern Sazo’s offers guests menu items representative of Latin countries, from Spain to Brazil.
AAA Four Diamond Fine Dining
Each of these sublime, award-winning restaurants offers diners an incomparable setting for a truly spectacular meal.
Citrus (Hotel Valencia Riverwalk)
The imaginative, contemporary menu focuses on the finest fresh ingredients available locally. Entrees include pan-roasted South Texas antelope, grilled Texas quail and mesquite Texas farm chicken. Lunch features a paella bar.
In a historic building once occupied by the French consulate, the Fig Tree's traditional steaks and seafood are even more enjoyable on the elegant outdoor terrace overlooking a quiet bend in the River Walk.
Dine in the most romantic of settings, featuring Las Canarias signature items such as heirloom tomato salad, chateaubriand of beef tenderloin, and hand-made margaritas.
Executive Chef Benjamin Knack oversees a sustainable seafood menu of exotic new dishes as well as classic favorites. Don’t miss the oyster bar, filled with a variety of the freshest oysters, clams, crab, shrimp and ceviche.
Venture outside your comfort zone to experience more than the traditional Texas barbecue.
The County Line is a great place to enjoy ice cold beers and frosty margaritas at the open-air bar. Inside, the funky Texas roadhouse atmosphere makes you feel like you’re in the Texas Hill Country. Enjoy the highest quality smoked barbecue ribs, brisket, sausage and chicken with traditional sides of cole slaw, potato salad and beans.
At lunch, pair sliced brisket, pulled pork and house-made sausage with house, seasonal and craft beers. Bread and pickles are made on site. At dinner, try the grit fritters with red-eye mayonnaise and Szechuan duck leg with poached egg.
From this state’s beloved pit-smoked meat to Argentinean churrascaria, sample barbeque from around the globe.
Contemporary and traditional Mediterranean and Italian dishes co-exist in these popular restaurants.
Chef Andrew Weissman’s Il Sogno offers a casual setting featuring Italian fare found in the trattorias and osterias of Rome and Florence. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase chefs rolling and cutting fresh pasta daily.
Paesanos breaks the boundaries of traditional Italian cuisine to explore modern Mediterranean specialties, including the legendary Shrimp Paesano and pizzas piled high with grilled chicken and artichokes.
Zocca offers a contemporary twist on Italian food and libations in a casual yet refined setting along one of the most scenic sections of the River Walk.
Set aside your notion of typical Texas fare when you see what these imaginative chefs offer.
Owned by nationally renowned chef Bruce Auden, Biga offers fine dining founded in the classics but reaching into Texas and Southwest regional cuisine.
Featuring Texas ranch-style cuisine on a menu of grilled items from local farms and markets, Boiler House invites you to pair your entree with extraordinary wines from around the world.
This “Texas bistro” has great steaks, blackened shrimp and more, but don’t miss the guacamole made fresh tableside.
Serving American and South Texas inspired cuisine, this approved site for Culinary Institute of America Externs, supports next generation culinary artists.
Satisfy your seafood cravings with the freshest products available.
Get a taste of Gulf Coast tradition with fresh seafood, succulent steaks and delectable desserts complemented by refreshments from Landry’s extensive drink menu.
Influenced by coastal classics, Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery’s menu features fried snapper throats and cracker crusted gulf redfish.
Homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts provide the perfect lunch in these charming cafés.
Bakery Lorraine features homemade quiche, sandwiches and their famous macarons.
Copper Kitchen Café (Southwest School of Art)
This popular lunch spot offers daily menu choices of a hot entrée with salad, a Mexican plate, a homemade soup selection, large salads, and a variety of sandwiches. Desserts are homemade daily.