Dough Pizzeria Napoletana is one of San Antonio's favorite pizza spots. Pizza is cooked to perfection in an oven imported from Italy, and served in a casual atmosphere. Kids can even roll out their own pizza dough, so it's a great dining option for families. One of their most popular pies is the Pork Love, which is topped with salami, sausage, pancetta, tomato sauce, and house-pulled mozzarella. For dessert, the Nutella panini is definitely worth saving room for. Although it's on the expensive side for pizza, you get what you pay for in terms of quality and service.
Located in Market Square, this San Antonio oldie-but-goodie has been a favorite of both locals and tourists since 1946. The Mexican specialties such as Chile Rellenos, Huevos Rancheros and the huge combination platters are excellent, and the atmosphere truly takes you south of the border. Nowhere else will you be serenaded by mariachis while enjoying chorizo and eggs or an eight-ounce rib eye. But be sure to have a tip ready for the entertainers; they want to enjoy a meal later as well. Finally, do not miss the panaderia (bakery) for fresh breakfast pastries, Mexican breads and sweet rolls.
The Friendly Spot lives up to its name, providing an inviting place for patrons - and their kids and pets - to hang out. This family-friendly ice house even has a play area where parents can watch their kids play while enjoying a drink from their menu of 250 bottled beers. Dogs are welcome too, so bring the whole family and enjoy the sunshine. From time to time, you'll be treated to a movie on their huge projection screen. Their menu features tasty bar snacks like sandwiches, hot dogs, and nachos. Factor in the friendly service, and this place is perfect to enjoy a Lone Star on a beautiful day.
Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse serves delectable dishes in an elegant atmosphere. Various meats are cut at your table and you can build the perfect side from the salad bar. The Fraldinha is one of the most popular menu options - it has an incredible amount of flavor. The ambiance is upscale without being stuffy - the perfect venue for a any special occasion.
This ultra-casual bar called La Tuna Grill provides the perfect backdrop for drinking a few brews, getting a little sun and seeing a lot of local color. A few tables are inside, but most of the action takes place on the patio, under a canopy of huge pecan trees. For a list of beers, ask the bartender or just look at the bottle caps blanketing the patio. Delicious food on the menu is a big draw, too. This is also a family friendly establishment, offering a kids menu.
With a seasonal menu of creative dishes by Chef Bruce Auden, Biga on the Banks is one of San Antonio's favorite fine dining restaurants. The dining room is elegant and warm, featuring yellow and red tones and wooden sculptures throughout. Entrees are mainly American meat and seafood dishes, including the seared mahi-mahi and beef rib eye. The atmosphere is perfect for a romantic dinner. They also cater, so you can have their delicious food at your special event.
For some fun, food, and a relaxed time, Esquire Tavern has got you covered. The ambiance is cool and casual - great for hanging out with friends and loved ones. Some of the items on the menu include the shrimp sandwich, hanger steak salad, bacon cheeseburger, and fried apple pie. Uniquely mixed cocktails, such as the Warpaint and Lord Loves a Working Man are sure to impress even the pickiest of cocktail aficionados.
Sushi Zushi is a neighborhood favorite for sushis. The Japanese and fusion cuisine that is much appreciated here, offers you dishes like the soft-shell crab, San Antonio roll, river walk roll, gyoza, tuna tar, sushi rolls and more. The ambiance is classy with an attentive and warm service. Accompany your meals with a cocktail of your choice from the extensive bar. For more information and reservations, call ahead.
Pamper your taste buds by digging into delectable modern Mexican fare at Acenar. The popular Mexican restaurant offers patrons fine dining in an expansive space. Tortilla Soup, Stewed Pork Tips and Buttermilk Fried Oysters are just some of the delicacies on offer. Enjoy the exquisitely prepared food in the main dining area, lay back with Latin American drinks in the bar or simply relax in the lounge. However, the highlight of the restaurant is the lovely outdoor patio and the stunning river views that it offers. If you decide to try out this place, know that the best to visit is during happy hours when you can enjoy Platitos and cocktails for USD 5 every evening.
Named after the owner and chef, Pinkerton, this restaurant boasts unique barbeque recipes that are were created by the chef’s family. The place has two dining areas and an in-house bar offering signature cocktails that are sure to enliven your spirit. Nosh on hearty delights like jalapeño sausage, smoked duck and turkey, all of which are natural and hormone-free. Interiors feature a rustic vibe and are adorned with wooden accents and animal heads that are mounted on the walls. Over the years the barbecue pit has bagged several awards owing to its authentic Texan fare and quality service.
Here's a place where you won't feel you've had enough once you start digging into the authentic Mexican cuisine. Check out the Fajita Nachos served with Iron Cactus cheese blend or the Roasted Poblano Caesar Salad dressed in the signature Poblano Caesar dressing and red chilly and garlic croûtons, to boost your appetite. If you've been watching your calories, the Guiltless Low Carb Fajitas, a beef/chicken preparation wrapped in lettuce is just for you. The Iron Cactus is a stylish option for special events or business luncheons.