San Antonio

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ShermansTravel experts know where to find the best meal in town at the best price. Our restaurant reviews sift through the mountains of menus to highlight neighborhood gastronomic institutions and up-and-coming foodie hotspots – not to mention where to go for affordable, dependable fare complemented by a charming atmosphere.

Top Restaurants in San Antonio

Biga on the Banks

American fusion fare (think seared red grouper chipotle grits) and river views are the top attractions at this upscale spot in a quiet eddy of the Riverwalk.

203 South St. Mary’s St., TX, 210-225-0722, www.biga.com
Tags: expensive | quiet | american fusion

Boudro’s

When it comes to finding a choice meal in the thick of the River Walk, Boudro’s is where both locals and visitors flock for prickly pear margaritas and guacamole whipped up tableside. Diners also can’t go wrong with its carnivorous specials, including the Texas sirloin with chimichurri sauce that would not be out of place in an Argentine parrilla.

421 E. Commerce St., TX, 210-224-8484, www.boudros.com
Tags: moderate | tex-mex

Francesca’s at Sunset

For an elegant change of pace, Francesca’s at Sunset – the restaurant at the Westin La Cantera resort about 16 miles from downtown – serves refined South Texan cuisine. Try the Three Sisters Tamale, a melt-in-your-mouth combo of black bean masa, Mexican crema, and sweet corn sauce; or the corn crepe-lobster enchilada, a Mexican staple made decadent. Sommelier Steven Krueger has stocked the wine list with vintages from the best Texan vineyards including Becker, McPherson, and Alamosa.

16641 La Cantera Pkwy., TX, 210-558-6500, www.westinlacantera.com/dining
Tags: expensive | tex-mex

Guenther House

In the historic King William neighborhood, visit the Guenther House for a breakfast of fluffy pancakes and Jurassic-size cinnamon buns at a perch overlooking the river. Open for breakfast and lunch only.

205 E. Guenther St., TX, 210-227-1061, www.guentherhouse.com
Tags: budget | historic | breakfast | brunch

Il Sogno

San Antonio hero chef Andrew Weissman’s latest offering, focused on northern Italian cuisine, opened in August 2009 at the Pearl Brewery to instant raves. Weissman broke onto the national stage with Le Rêve, an acclaimed French restaurant in San Antonio, but he recently shuttered what had come to be a local institution in favor of expanding his empire. A sign in Il Sogno’s kitchen announces the credo "excellence isn’t our goal. It’s where we begin." The restaurant’s no-reservations policy means going early for breakfast or lunch is a smart bet. Otherwise, be patient because specialties – like pappardelle with wild hog ragú and truffled egg on asparagus – are worth the wait.

Pearl Brewery, 200 E. Grayson St., TX, 210-223-3900
Tags: moderate | notable chef | italian

La Tuna Grill

La Tuna Grill, a short drive from the Unit B gallery, is a local favorite, ideal for unwinding after a spell of viewing art. Mostly an outdoor collection of picnic tables set atop a ground cover of beer bottle caps, La Tuna is renowned for its excellent fish tacos and addictive Cheesy Burger.

100 Probandt St., TX, 210-212-5727
Tags: budget | local favorite | tex-mex

Liberty Bar

Notice people staggering? It could be the excellent drinks served with Southwestern/Mexican dishes like chicken breast with achiote or it could be the fact that this century-old building’s floors are markedly uneven.

328 Josephine St., TX, 210-227-1187, www.liberty-bar.com
Tags: moderate | historic | bar

Mi Tierra

Classic Mexican 24-hour diner of the more is more school of décor. Every surface teems with glittery adornments, papel picado, and pinatas. Don’t miss the shrine to slain Tejano superstar Selena.

218 Produce Row, TX, 210-225-1262, www.mitierracafe.com
Tags: family | budget | mexican | diner

Rosario's

On the edge of King William Historic District, Rosario’s is a hip, local favorite. The cantina’s menu features mostly North Central and Coastal cuisine, like camarones al mojo de ajo and queso flameado.

910 S. Alamo St., TX, 210-223-1806, www.rosariossa.com
Tags: family | budget | editor pick | trendy | mexican

Taco Taco

A short drive from the Artpace gallery, this busy, no-frills taco joint serves what many believe to be the city’s best breakfast taco, a holy grail for San Antonians

145 E. Hildebrand Ave., TX, 210-822-9533, www.tacotacosa.com
Tags: budget

WD Deli

Laidback lunch and brunch spot, gay-popular WD Deli dishes up splendid soups and substantial sandwiches to an easy-going crowd.

3123 Broadway, TX, 210-828-2322, www.wddeli.com
Tags: gay and lesbian | budget

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