The 10 Best Restaurants In Tobin Hill, San Antonio

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Nicole Anderson

Tobin Hill is one of San Antonio, Texas‘ most historic inner neighborhoods. Despite being located in the center of an urban city, Tobin Hill has become San Antonio’s cultural hotspot, offering many park systems, historic buildings and museums, shopping centers, and excellent dining options. Since Tobin Hill has become such a hip and trendy neighborhood that continues to be on the rise, it can sometimes be a challenge to choose from the 50-plus restaurants. We’ve provided you with a list of some of the best.

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1. Pete's Tako House

Pete’s Tako House

Known for their tasty and affordable Tex-Mex cuisine, Pete’s Tako House is a local and tourist favorite. Pete’s makes fresh, homemade tortillas that are exquisite. The ambiance is warm and inviting with friendly and attentive servers who cater to a guest’s every need. Pete’s menu offers wonders such as all-day breakfast, several different taco meats, and a different special for each day of the week. Visit Pete’s Tako House to experience speedy, reliable service, and some of the best chips and salsa in the city.

Address: Pete’s Tako House, 502 Brooklyn Ave, San Antonio, TX, USA, +1 (210) 224-2911

2. La Gloria

La Gloria

After taking a stroll along the San Antonio River Walk, or visiting the newly renovated Pearl Brewery in the Pearl District, La Gloria adds the perfect finishing touch to any day. Renowned for its diverse and authentic Mexican cuisine, La Gloria is almost always packed. With a large and open layout, La Gloria provides casual Mexican, tapas-style dining at affordable prices – a true celebration of Mexican street foods.

Address: La Gloria, 100 East Grayson, San Antonio, TX, USA, +1 (210) 267-9040

3. Liberty Bar

Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

Located in a converted convent, the Liberty Bar‘s clever tagline is ‘It’s never too late to enter a convent…get in the habit.’ This memorable dining option can satisfy any customer’s craving, offering everything from meat and seafood options to pastas and pizzas. Throw in homemade desserts and a wide selection of Texas bottled beers, craft beers on tap, and international brews, and the Liberty Bar is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

4. Candlelight Coffeehouse

Bar, Cafe, Wine Bar, Coffee Shop, American, Fast Food, Vegan, Vegetarian, Coffee, Tea , Wine, Beer

Try Candlelights blueberry waffles with honey
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Established in 1995, Candlelight Coffeehouse is a cafe and wine bar, providing the best of both worlds in one convenient Tobin Hill location. This popular little cafe is nearly always busy, and features excellent, friendly service. Candlelight Coffeehouse is renowned for its delectable weekend brunch that features seasonal pancakes and bottomless mimosas. During the lunch and dinner hours, Candlelight’s baked brie is highly rated as a ‘must try.’

5. NAO at the Culinary Institute of America


Culinary Institute of America - San Antonio
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The NAO restaurant prides itself on its unique business model of having students from the Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio, oversee the lunches, while professional chefs oversee the dinners. NAO offers imaginative Latin American cuisine and a Latin Gastro Bar, along with an exciting and lively atmosphere that is perfect for large groups. Dinner entrees tend to be more expensive than the lunch options, and provide a creative, eclectic set of flavors.

6. The Sandbar Fish House & Market

Bar, Market, Seafood

Pearl Brewery
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Located at the Pearl Brewery, The Sandbar Fish House & Market is a popular, up-scale oyster bar. As one of the first restaurants in San Antonio to focus primarily on seafood, The Sandbar is widely considered to be one of the best seafood restaurants in the city. The Sandbar’s menu features beautifully presented raw items and ceviches, along with sautéed barramundi and skate wing. In addition to the endless seafood options, the Sandbar also provides an extensive selection of wine as well as a delicious Mexican burger.

7. Cookhouse

Restaurant, Cajun, Beer, Wine

The Cookhouse restaurant is a a New Orleans-styled establishment and oyster bar featuring Cajun and Creole cuisine. Located in the heart of Tobin Hill, the Cookhouse is the perfect destination for anyone seeking home-style southern comfort food and exquisite seafood. The Cookhouse adds soul and culture to San Antonio’s dining scene like no chain restaurant could, packing every bite with bursts of flavor inspired by French, Spanish, Italian, and Caribbean cuisines.

8. Cured

Restaurant, Charcuterie, American, Vegan, Vegetarian

Cured at the Pearl
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Known for its charcuterie boards and variety of smoked and cured meats, Cured comes highly reviewed by both tourists and locals. Cured sources regional, fresh ingredients and meats prepared with organic methods and loving, hand-crafted care. It is located in what was once Pearl’s Administration Building, which was built in 1904. Featuring high, industrial ceilings with ambient lighting and trendy decor, Cured is the perfect place for a romantic date or a night out with friends.

9. The Clean Plate

Restaurant, American

The Clean Plate is a small and intimate venue where, oftentimes, your greeter will also be your server and will take care of you during your visit. Its small size and staff cater to its off-the-beaten-track location and atmosphere. The Clean Plate aims to serve only sustainably and respectfully sourced foods; a unique model in the high concentration of Tex-Mex restaurants in San Antonio. The restaurant’s website proudly displays each and every one of the 10-plus orchards and farms that they source their ingredients from.

10. The Granary 'Cue & Brew

The Granary ‘Cue & Brew

Located in the Pearl residential district, The Granary ‘Cue & Brew resides in a renovated 19th-century house that features high ceilings with dark, wooden fixtures. The walls are decked out in barbecue-inspired folk art, and the lunchtime barbecue is all about Texas tradition. It begins at 11am, and is served until the five different kinds of meat run out. This trendy Tobin Hill barbecue joint take their meats seriously, with a dinner menu that is gourmet and globally inspired.

Address: The Granary ‘Cue & Brew, 602 Avenue A, San Antonio, TX, USA, + (210) 228-0124

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