20 of the Most Anticipated New Restaurants Opening in San Antonio This Year

Yes, we know there's a pandemic going on. Yes, we know that's got to make it hard to open a new restaurant.

Yet restaurateurs are continuing to forge ahead with opening plans, some of them long in the works. And they're a diverse bunch too, serving up anything from burgers and tamales to pan-Asian cuisine and vegan baked goods. Some are brand spanking new, while others are revamped versions of closed favorites.

Take a look and see how many of these hotly anticipated new eateries you want to add to your must-try list.
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Delia’s Tamales
13527 Hausman Pass, deliastamales.com
Delia’s Tamales, a favorite in the Texas Valley, will open with over a dozen tamale varieties in addition to menudo, fresh salsas and plenty of beverage options. 
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Delia’s
Delia’s Tamales
13527 Hausman Pass, deliastamales.com
Delia’s Tamales, a favorite in the Texas Valley, will open with over a dozen tamale varieties in addition to menudo, fresh salsas and plenty of beverage options.
Photo via Facebook / Delia’s
Ming’s Thing
914 E Elmira St Suite 101, facebook.com/MingsThingByQmCuisine
Chef Ming Qian is preparing to open her second San Antonio restaurant — Ming’s — with a mix of modern Southeast Asian inspired dishes, future brunch events and Texas flair. 
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Mings’s Thing
Ming’s Thing
914 E Elmira St Suite 101, facebook.com/MingsThingByQmCuisine
Chef Ming Qian is preparing to open her second San Antonio restaurant — Ming’s — with a mix of modern Southeast Asian inspired dishes, future brunch events and Texas flair.
Photo via Facebook / Mings’s Thing
Cuco’s Barbecue
2318 S. Zarzamora St., 210-732-0621, facebook.com/officialcucos
Cuco’s Barbecue, a local family-run business, has been resurrected to bring delicious barbacoa to San Antonio. Despite the physical location, Cuco’s is strictly open for delivery and curbside pickup during the pandemic. 
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Cuco’s
Cuco’s Barbecue
2318 S. Zarzamora St., 210-732-0621, facebook.com/officialcucos
Cuco’s Barbecue, a local family-run business, has been resurrected to bring delicious barbacoa to San Antonio. Despite the physical location, Cuco’s is strictly open for delivery and curbside pickup during the pandemic.
Photo via Facebook / Cuco’s
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
812 South Alamo St., gusfriedchicken.com
The popular Tennessee-born fast-casual restaurant has set its sights on San Antonio. According to TDLR records, restaurant construction is slated to complete in fall 2020, so we can look forward to eating the signature fried chicken and sides soon. 
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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
812 South Alamo St., gusfriedchicken.com
The popular Tennessee-born fast-casual restaurant has set its sights on San Antonio. According to TDLR records, restaurant construction is slated to complete in fall 2020, so we can look forward to eating the signature fried chicken and sides soon.
Photo via Facebook / Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
Papa’s Burgers ‘In God We Trust’
6900 San Pedro Ave., facebook.com/Papas-Burgers-In-God-We-Trust-114034856977088
Papa’s has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best burger restaurants in the nation, but the Westside San Antonio burger joint is bringing its namesake dish to a new location, inviting locals to enjoy. 
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Papa’s Burgers
Papa’s Burgers ‘In God We Trust’
6900 San Pedro Ave., facebook.com/Papas-Burgers-In-God-We-Trust-114034856977088
Papa’s has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best burger restaurants in the nation, but the Westside San Antonio burger joint is bringing its namesake dish to a new location, inviting locals to enjoy.
Photo via Facebook / Papa’s Burgers
La Panadería
facebook.com/lapanaderia
Since 2014, La Panaderia has won over locals with its fresh baked goods and fast-casual eats. Despite COVID-19, the beloved local business is slated to open its third location near the Shops at La Cantera by the end of 2020. 
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La Panadería
La Panadería
facebook.com/lapanaderia
Since 2014, La Panaderia has won over locals with its fresh baked goods and fast-casual eats. Despite COVID-19, the beloved local business is slated to open its third location near the Shops at La Cantera by the end of 2020.
Photo via Facebook / La Panadería
Hook & Reel 
4903 Northwest Loop 410, (210) 320-0819, facebook.com/hookandreelcajunseafood
Despite the ongoing pandemic, this East Coast-founded chain is expected to open with signature NOLA-style seafood boils, sliders and baskets in San Antonio later this year. 
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Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood & Bar
Hook & Reel
4903 Northwest Loop 410, (210) 320-0819, facebook.com/hookandreelcajunseafood
Despite the ongoing pandemic, this East Coast-founded chain is expected to open with signature NOLA-style seafood boils, sliders and baskets in San Antonio later this year.
Photo via Facebook / Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood & Bar
Hala Café 
10865 Shaenfield Rd. #2103 , (210) 600-4411, facebook.com/halacafesa
The new restaurant is expected to open in early July with fresh bites, drinks and hookah bar. 
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Hala cafe
Hala Café
10865 Shaenfield Rd. #2103 , (210) 600-4411, facebook.com/halacafesa
The new restaurant is expected to open in early July with fresh bites, drinks and hookah bar.
Photo via Facebook / Hala cafe
El Pollo King
527 El Paso St., (210) 386-0329 facebook.com/El-Pollo-King-109002464190283
The new restaurant promises to serve up Mexican-style carbon roasted chicken and tacos al pastor to the San Antonio neighborhood. 
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El Pollo King
El Pollo King
527 El Paso St., (210) 386-0329 facebook.com/El-Pollo-King-109002464190283
The new restaurant promises to serve up Mexican-style carbon roasted chicken and tacos al pastor to the San Antonio neighborhood.
Photo via Facebook / El Pollo King
Jollibee
5033 NW Loop 410., jollibeeusa.com
Construction is currently underway for the Filipino fast-food chain’s first San Antonio outpost. Expect to see classic items like jolly spaghetti and hamburger with pineapple on top in the coming months. 
Photo via Facebook /  
Jollibee
Jollibee
5033 NW Loop 410., jollibeeusa.com
Construction is currently underway for the Filipino fast-food chain’s first San Antonio outpost. Expect to see classic items like jolly spaghetti and hamburger with pineapple on top in the coming months.
Photo via Facebook / Jollibee