The 10 Best Restaurants In Downtown San Antonio, Texas

Photo of Brendan Scully
9 February 2017

Deep in the heart of Texas is San Antonio, the second most populated city in the state; full of Spanish, Mexican and American history. With its longstanding and rich mix of cultures, it’s only natural that San Antonio has a wide variety of great restaurants and cuisine. Here are some of the best restaurants to visit in San Antonio.

Dinner at Esquire Tavern l | © Kent Wang/Flickr

Esquire Tavern

Down on the Riverwalk is Esquire Tavern. Barring a hiatus from 2006 to 2011, this rustic, dim-lit haven has been a downtown San Antonio staple since 1933. Comfort food is aplenty here with dinner plates such as chicken fried ribeye steak or short rib empanadas. Esquire also caters to the weekend rush on the Riverwalk, with late night specials from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Thursday through Saturday; come in for a cocktail with a side of fried pickles or chilli salt fries.

155 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205, United States
+1 210-222-2521


Owned by gourmet chef Tyler Bliss, Bliss is a high class restaurant that has kept locals in San Antonio coming back for more since its opening in 2012. Bliss encourages a multi-course dining experience of the finest of contemporary American cuisine, ranging from small plates and salads to gourmet entrées. Try any of the delectable platters, ranging from the Vegan Platter to the Australian Lamb Loin Platter. Bliss is the perfect place for a special occasion or intimate evening in San Antonio.

Two Bros BBQ l | © Brian Johnson & Dane Brian/Flickr

Two Bros BBQ & Market

Market, Restaurant, American, Gluten-free, $$$
Opened in 2008 by brothers Jason and Jake Dady, Two Bros has taken San Antonio by storm with its Texas BBQ-pit style food. With the goal of perfecting the art of smoked meats, Two Bros backyard atmosphere serves family style packages of beef brisket, pork, chicken, ribs and sausages. Come here for some authentic Texas barbecue that will leave you full and never disappointed.

Feast Restaurant

Restaurant, American, $$$
It's the desserts that really pull in the crowds at Feast
It’s the desserts that really pull in the crowds at Feast | © Sergii Koval / Alamy Stock Photo
A New American restaurant sparked with a Mediterranean twist, Feast lies in the King William District. The dinner entrées are refreshing and eclectic, with choices including mussels and lamb kebabs to hearty mac n’ cheese. Feast Restaurant also has a very popular Sunday brunch menu; start out your day with a mimosa and a “San Antonio Breakfast” (eggs over easy and potatoes with tortillas and pico de gallo).

Armadillos Texas Style Burgers

You can’t go to Texas without having a burger and Armadillos does the job right. With burgers ranging up to a pound (and more), Armadillos has what it takes to satisfy any burger craving. And they don’t stop at giant Texas-size burgers either: not only are classic French Fries available, but you could also choose from Sweet Potato Fries, Tater Tots, Chilli-Cheese Fries or even Bacon-Cheese Fries! With a wide variety of beers also available, enjoy Armadillos while sitting outside on any beautiful San Antonio day.

1423 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212, United States
+1 210-226-7556

Rolando’s Super Tacos

Everything is bigger in Texas, and at Rolando’s so are the tacos. What’s unique about Rolando’s is that it’s exclusively a breakfast and lunch joint, with daily hours from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the week and 3 p.m. on weekends. Here, the Super Tacos are an essential purchase, which consist of a giant tortilla stuffed with variations of cheese, eggs, beans and meat. At Rolando’s, you better arrive hungry!

919 W Hildebrand Ave, San Antonio, TX 78201, United States
+1 210-732-6713

Bombay Bicycle Club

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
In the heart of San Antonio is Bombay Bicycle Club, a bar-restaurant where San Antonians can stay out late every night for a good time. Open until 2 a.m every night of the week, Bombay has enough food options to satisfy any bar food craving. The staff is friendly, the atmosphere is always vibrant and the food is among San Antonio’s finest. Watch out for their Saltillo Chicken Sandwich or any kind of BOMBAY Burger, this place is the real deal.

Mi Tierra Café

Bakery, Cafe, Market, Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
The Chris Madrid's Macho Cheese Burger with fries and sides
The Chris Madrid's Macho Cheese Burger with fries and sides | © H. Michael Karshis/Flickr
A few blocks away from the Riverwalk is Mi Tierra, open 24 hours a day. Upon walking in, you may think you have walked into the middle of a firework: every space is filled with brightly colored lights and lanterns swooping over the ceiling and walls all year round. Tourists and locals alike flock to this busy Market Street location, for good reason. Come here for the crowd favorite ‘huevos rancheros’ or try a variety of Mexican pastries available in the bakery.

Chris Madrid’s

A visit to Chris Madrid’s is a true Texan experience. Opened in 1977 by a student at the University of Texas (unsurprisingly named Chris Madrid), Chris Madrid’s has maintained consistent popularity ever since with their epic burgers that are packed with delicious Tex-Mex flavors. Come here for the famous “tostada burger” consisting of refried beans, onions, chips and cheddar cheese, of course topped off with homemade salsa.

1900 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201, United States
+1 210-735-3552

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