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.
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.
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.
Located in Alamo Heights, Jim's Restaurant is a wonderful place to enjoy scrumptious, wholesome Southern American meals. Though the restaurant has a casual setting, the scrumptious food coupled with their prompt service totally make up for it. Loaded burgers, succulent sandwiches, salads and refreshing beverages make for their delectable menu. Loyal patrons swear by their Cowboy Sandwich, Chili & Eggs, Texas French Toast and Fried Mushrooms. Save some space for dessert and indulge in their sinful Traditional Carrot Cake and Peach Cobbler.
Taqueria Datapoint is the place you should head to when you're looking to have a quick, palatable breakfast. A rustic, family-run restaurant with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, this is an ideal place to seek a leisurely meal with family and friends. On the menu are a selection of fine, Mexican dishes, with a twist of modern flavor. Choose from tantalizing varieties of tacos, carnitas and quesadillas, that are always an absolute treat to the palate. Apart from these, also available here are a selection of small plates and combo meals.
Hot Joy is a trendy restaurant that serves a blend of Chinese and Japanese casual food and fast food, and introduces an element of fun into Asian cuisine. The tangy Asian fried items and dishes are relished while seated in their hip dining room with bright red walls and dim lighting. Popular dishes include Glass Noodle Spring Rolls, Dirty Fried Rice, Double Miso Ramen and Shrimp Ceviche with Cincalok tiger’s milk and green papaya. A few of the dishes also have Mongolian and Vietnamese influences. Guests with peanut and shellfish allergies need to inform the management so that they can tailor the food to suit the customers' dietary requirements.
Barriba Cantina is a buzzing spot with live music and delicious Mexican cuisine by the serene Riverwalk. The location, decor and authentic Mexican delicacies together work like a charm for the diners. The decor is another feature that stands out about this two-tiered restaurant. Graffiti and traditional Mexican masks and lantern decorate the wall along with other picture frames and posters. The place completely changes its atmosphere as you step into the open-air section. Dine with the beautiful view of the Riverwalk surrounded by lush green trees and a boost of fresh air.
Mexican food so good, they named it twice. Located in the heart of the city's River Walk, Rio Rio Cantina offers tried-and-true Tex-Mex dining, both indoors and overlooking the river. Do not miss favorites such as Green Enchiladas, beef and Chicken Fajitas and enormous Quesadillas. The bartenders also make a darn good margarita. This is a colorful, fun and noisy place where kids blend in well and have a great time. Private banquet rooms are available, as is private catering, both on premise and off premise.
It used to be San Antonio's only all-night Chinese food place, but now the Golden Star closes after the late-night club people go home. Located just west of downtown, it serves Asian food and some American dishes, too. The restaurant is a revamped diner with large red dragons along the walls, a combination that gives it an Asian-American feel. Try the almond Chicken Lo-Main, Pork Fried Rice, or the classic Cheese Burger.