City Guide: Where to eat in San Antonio when you're up all night 

Evil Olive/Phil’s Texas Diner

Located inside new Northside drinkery Evil Olive, Phil’s Texas Diner serves true Texas BBQ, diner fare, and several desserts made from scratch (including fried bananas). The diner stays open until the drinks stop flowing, making Phil’s a prime destination for those in the Thousand Oaks/Jones Maltsberger area. 2950 Thousand Oaks, Ste. 5, 4pm-2am Mon-Sun

 

Joey’s

The predecessor to Joey Villarreal’s Blue Star Brewery, this longtime St. Mary’s strip hangout offers better-than-average pub grub that complements a good beer selection. The menu consists of pizza, nachos, and wings only, but food is served until 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and until about 11:30 p.m. on weeknights. 2417 N St. Mary’s, (210) 733-9573

 

Las Salsas

Walk into Las Salsas after last call on a weekend and a spectacle is virtually guaranteed, thanks to the melting pot of bleary-eyed patrons hailing from various nightlife establishments on St. Mary’s and North Main. We recommend the chilaquiles plate — paired with tortillas and the complimentary chips and salsa, it easily feeds two. 2018 San Pedro, (210) 732-5366, 24 hrs. Wed-Sat

 

Los Robertos

A popular 24-hour hole-in-the-wall with a California influence: más burritos, including the yummy over-the-top chile relleno version, and at least six salsas. Barflies from Embassy Oaks and the Bitters area will pour in after 2 a.m. 226 W Bitters #118, (210) 494-9131, 24/7

 

Lulu’s Bakery & Café

Although a January fire damaged the newly remodeled North Main eatery, doors were back open less than a week later. Cheap diner fare (including a massive chicken-fried steak) and free wifi make Lulu’s a late night staple. 918 N Main, (210) 222-9422, luluscafeinsa.com, 24/7

 

Luther’s

Housed in a funky converted filling station on the GLBT-friendly strip of North Main, Luther’s is a bar/restaurant/entertainment venue that serves up a full menu until 3 a.m. seven nights a week. You can’t go wrong with the historic establishment’s Texas-style burgers and fries, but the Old School Nachos are a great choice for tables of friends extending their night out. A partner of Heat nightclub, Luther’s is a popular extension of Saytown’s after-hours scene. 1425 N Main, (210) 223-7727, lutherscafe.com, 11am-3am 7 days a week, open later Fri-Sat

 

Mi Tierra Café & Bakery

Mi Tierra’s tourist-trap décor, chipper staff, and piles of chips trick visitors into believing the evening is still young even as the sun rises. Solid Tex-Mex and 24/7/365 counts for something — you’ll pay a visit to this Saytown landmark sooner or later. 218 Produce Row, (210) 225-1262, mitierracafe.com, 24/7

 

Old San Juan Restaurant & Discotek

A friendly mashup of Latin and urban partygoers, Old San Juan offers late-night dining and dancing on a budget. Sober up after dancing with OSJ’s wee-hours Latin buffet 2-3 a.m. Friday-Saturday. 4429 Walzem, (210) 599-9990

 

Taqueria Guadalajara

This authentic Mexican joint is your best bet for Southside noshing. The enchiladas are a standout, most plates are under $5, and beer is served until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. 2702 Roosevelt Ave, (210) 532-5500, 5am-11pm Mon-Thu, 5am-3am Fri-Sun

 

Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar

Aside from boasting SA’s finest late-night food-and-wine menu, Zinc does “downtown” better than anywhere else (without trying too hard), and the patio in summer is one of the area’s best-kept secrets. Champagne and pizza at 11 p.m.? We’ll meet you there. 207 N Presa, (210) 224-2900, zincwine.com; 11am-2am Mon-Fri; 3pm-2am Sat-Sun; food served until midnight


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