20 downtown San Antonio restaurants that aren't just for tourists

Downtown San Antonio is chock full of dining spots that offer visitors varying degrees of the "authentic Alamo City experience." Some are worthwhile, but others are bland tourist traps.

Understandably, that leaves some locals skeptical about heading downtown for a meal. They shouldn't be. The center city is home to plenty of places that show off the best our culinary community has to offer.

These 20 spots — all just a quick Lyft or scooter ride from the heart of the city — deserve the attention of SA foodies. Or visitors curious about where the locals eat! 
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Nonna Osteria at The Fairmount Hotel
401 S. Alamo St., (210) 224-8800, nonnasa.com
Nonna Osteria specializes in rustic Northern Italian cuisine as well as wine. This breezy downtown eatery boasts modern decor and top of the line cuisine like decadent branzino with champagne. Enjoy guest access to the Faimount's historic rooftop for after-dinner drinks to soak in the city’s beautiful surrounding background. 
Photo via Instagram / nonnaosteria
Nonna Osteria at The Fairmount Hotel
401 S. Alamo St., (210) 224-8800, nonnasa.com
Nonna Osteria specializes in rustic Northern Italian cuisine as well as wine. This breezy downtown eatery boasts modern decor and top of the line cuisine like decadent branzino with champagne. Enjoy guest access to the Faimount's historic rooftop for after-dinner drinks to soak in the city’s beautiful surrounding background.
Photo via Instagram / nonnaosteria
The Station Cafe
108 King William St., (210) 444-2200, thestationsa.com
Station Cafe offers a variety sandwiches on fresh-baked bread for under $8. Filled with protein and veggies, diners are sure to get a bang for their buck while enjoying the ambient patio. Wash down any sandwich with your selection of soft drink or lager at the adjacent Filling Station Taproom, open after 5 p.m. 
Photo via Instagram / the_station_cafe
The Station Cafe
108 King William St., (210) 444-2200, thestationsa.com
Station Cafe offers a variety sandwiches on fresh-baked bread for under $8. Filled with protein and veggies, diners are sure to get a bang for their buck while enjoying the ambient patio. Wash down any sandwich with your selection of soft drink or lager at the adjacent Filling Station Taproom, open after 5 p.m.
Photo via Instagram / the_station_cafe
Thai Lucky
102 Navarro St. Ste. 101, (210) 888-1096, thailuckysushibar.com
This downtown thai hotspot will leave your tummy full and spirits high. Thai Lucky Sushi adds to the heart of San Antonio with its authentic Thai and sushi cuisines. 
Photo via Instagram / thailuckysushibar
Thai Lucky
102 Navarro St. Ste. 101, (210) 888-1096, thailuckysushibar.com
This downtown thai hotspot will leave your tummy full and spirits high. Thai Lucky Sushi adds to the heart of San Antonio with its authentic Thai and sushi cuisines.
Photo via Instagram / thailuckysushibar
Ming’s
914 E. Elmira St., (210) 570-6318, mingsthing.com
Bringing authentic Chinese cuisine to all San Antonians, Ming’s provides delicious comfort food with classic dishes like their ma-la noodles and orange chicken, adding to the identity of the city’s diverse palette. 
Photo via Instagram / mingsthing
Ming’s
914 E. Elmira St., (210) 570-6318, mingsthing.com
Bringing authentic Chinese cuisine to all San Antonians, Ming’s provides delicious comfort food with classic dishes like their ma-la noodles and orange chicken, adding to the identity of the city’s diverse palette.
Photo via Instagram / mingsthing
Tony G's Soul Food
915 S. Hackberry, (210) 451-1234, tonygssoulfood.com
It’s hard to find a Sunday brunch that beats authentic Southern comfort food accompanied by live jazz music. Tony G’s is a longtime crowd favorite, thanks to its consistently tasty soul food fare.
Photo via Instagram / tonygssoulfood
Tony G's Soul Food
915 S. Hackberry, (210) 451-1234, tonygssoulfood.com
It’s hard to find a Sunday brunch that beats authentic Southern comfort food accompanied by live jazz music. Tony G’s is a longtime crowd favorite, thanks to its consistently tasty soul food fare.
Photo via Instagram / tonygssoulfood
Cherrity Bar
302 Montana St., (210) 598-0496, cherritybar.com
Seated comfortably at the corner of Cherry and Montana streets on the East Side, Cherrity Bar covers nearly an entire city block, combining cocktails, charitable giving and a ramen shop. Guests can sit in the huge covered patio area, where a spectacular view of the Tower of the Americas adds to the vibe. 
Photo via Instagram / cherritybar
Cherrity Bar
302 Montana St., (210) 598-0496, cherritybar.com
Seated comfortably at the corner of Cherry and Montana streets on the East Side, Cherrity Bar covers nearly an entire city block, combining cocktails, charitable giving and a ramen shop. Guests can sit in the huge covered patio area, where a spectacular view of the Tower of the Americas adds to the vibe.
Photo via Instagram / cherritybar
Toro Kitchen + Bar
Multiple Locations, torokitchenandbar.com
Toro Kitchen and Bar is a local mini-chain with two locations in the Alamo City — one of which is in a prime downtown location off Commerce Street. Serving up Spanish tapas and often featuring live music, it's a great spot to meet up with friends — or take a date. So let the red wine and tapas flow, but be sure to book a table in advance. 
Photo via Instagram / torokitchenandbar
Toro Kitchen + Bar
Multiple Locations, torokitchenandbar.com
Toro Kitchen and Bar is a local mini-chain with two locations in the Alamo City — one of which is in a prime downtown location off Commerce Street. Serving up Spanish tapas and often featuring live music, it's a great spot to meet up with friends — or take a date. So let the red wine and tapas flow, but be sure to book a table in advance.
Photo via Instagram / torokitchenandbar
ReRooted 210
623 Hemisfair Blvd., Ste. 106, rerootedwine.com
San Antonio’s first-ever urban winery made a splash on the local scene with its state-of-the-art draft system for pouring seven inaugural house wines. The venue takes advantage of the newly redeveloped Hemisfair complex and its open-container rule, giving guests the option to take their vino-on-the-go.
Photo via Instagram / rerooted210
ReRooted 210
623 Hemisfair Blvd., Ste. 106, rerootedwine.com
San Antonio’s first-ever urban winery made a splash on the local scene with its state-of-the-art draft system for pouring seven inaugural house wines. The venue takes advantage of the newly redeveloped Hemisfair complex and its open-container rule, giving guests the option to take their vino-on-the-go.
Photo via Instagram / rerooted210
La Tuna Icehouse & Grill
100 Probandt St., (210) 212-5727, latunasa.com
Southtown is full of new eye-catching culinary concepts nestled into lavish spaces but local favorite La Tuna Icehouse & Grill has been serving killer comfort food and ice-cold beers for three decades now.  
Photo via Instagram / latunaicehouse
La Tuna Icehouse & Grill
100 Probandt St., (210) 212-5727, latunasa.com
Southtown is full of new eye-catching culinary concepts nestled into lavish spaces but local favorite La Tuna Icehouse & Grill has been serving killer comfort food and ice-cold beers for three decades now.
Photo via Instagram / latunaicehouse
Guillermo’s
618 McCullough Ave., (210) 223-5587, guillermosdowntown.com
Serving San Antonio for more than two decades out of a humble yellow shack in the heart of downtown, Guillermo’s serves what some locals consider the city's best Italian food. 
Photo via Instagram / eatatguillermos
Guillermo’s
618 McCullough Ave., (210) 223-5587, guillermosdowntown.com
Serving San Antonio for more than two decades out of a humble yellow shack in the heart of downtown, Guillermo’s serves what some locals consider the city's best Italian food.
Photo via Instagram / eatatguillermos