November 10, 2018

21 Essential Culebra Restaurants You Should've Tried By Now

From the West Side to Alamo Ranch and beyond, here are all the restaurants on Culebra Road that deserve your attention.
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Barrio Barista
3735 Culebra Road, (210) 519-5403, barriobarista.coffee
This rustic-chic cafe is one of the few local coffee spots on the West Side, and even then it’s beloved by San Antonians from all over. Known for its prized barbacoa grilled cheese sandwiches, Barrio Barista is good for your morning joe and a sinfully delicious lunch.
Photo via Instagram / stine.eats
Barrio Barista
3735 Culebra Road, (210) 519-5403, barriobarista.coffee
This rustic-chic cafe is one of the few local coffee spots on the West Side, and even then it’s beloved by San Antonians from all over. Known for its prized barbacoa grilled cheese sandwiches, Barrio Barista is good for your morning joe and a sinfully delicious lunch.
Photo via Instagram / stine.eats
Umberto's Italian Grill
7616 Culebra Road, (210) 684-4747, umbertositaliangrill.net
Just outside the loop you’ll find this unassuming spot serving scrumptious Italian fare. Located in a strip mall, Umberto’s has all the traditional pastas, pies, seafood and even steaks that’ll have you saying “mamma mia!”
Photo via Instagram / sabryna_with_a_y
Umberto's Italian Grill
7616 Culebra Road, (210) 684-4747, umbertositaliangrill.net
Just outside the loop you’ll find this unassuming spot serving scrumptious Italian fare. Located in a strip mall, Umberto’s has all the traditional pastas, pies, seafood and even steaks that’ll have you saying “mamma mia!”
Photo via Instagram / sabryna_with_a_y
Hop & Vine
5619 W Loop 1604 N, (210) 878-4071, hopandvinesa.com
Though the technical address is on Loop 1604, this Alamo Ranch spot is right off of Culebra. A gastropub with industrial-chic decor, Hop & Vine brings craft beer (plus wine) and American comfort food to the area and thank goodness. This spot will quickly become a favorite of yours if it isn’t already.
Photo via Yelp / Susan B.
Hop & Vine
5619 W Loop 1604 N, (210) 878-4071, hopandvinesa.com
Though the technical address is on Loop 1604, this Alamo Ranch spot is right off of Culebra. A gastropub with industrial-chic decor, Hop & Vine brings craft beer (plus wine) and American comfort food to the area and thank goodness. This spot will quickly become a favorite of yours if it isn’t already.
Photo via Yelp / Susan B.
The Corner
8839 Culebra Rd #101, (210) 267-5479, thecornersa.com
If you don’t feel like heading into downtown to get boozy, hit up The Corner for some solid drinking options. Located in a strip mall, this watering hole is perfect for catching up with the crew and have space to post up for the evening. Beer lovers especially will love The Corner.
Photo via Instagram / cinderfoodie
The Corner
8839 Culebra Rd #101, (210) 267-5479, thecornersa.com
If you don’t feel like heading into downtown to get boozy, hit up The Corner for some solid drinking options. Located in a strip mall, this watering hole is perfect for catching up with the crew and have space to post up for the evening. Beer lovers especially will love The Corner.
Photo via Instagram / cinderfoodie
La Sorrentina Italian Restaurant
3330 Culebra Road, (210) 549-0889, facebook.com
Don’t let the looks fool you here. This Culebra Road restaurant may be tiny, but it packs plenty of flavor into its dishes. If you’re hesitant to trust an Italian eatery in the West Side, order the lasagna and finish your meal with the tiramisu and let them prove you wrong.
Photo via Instagram / whosvanessaa__
La Sorrentina Italian Restaurant
3330 Culebra Road, (210) 549-0889, facebook.com
Don’t let the looks fool you here. This Culebra Road restaurant may be tiny, but it packs plenty of flavor into its dishes. If you’re hesitant to trust an Italian eatery in the West Side, order the lasagna and finish your meal with the tiramisu and let them prove you wrong.
Photo via Instagram / whosvanessaa__
Al Carbon Pollos Asados
547 Culebra Road, (210) 737-7400
You’ll go for the chicken, but order much more tasty food once you’re there. This hidden gem is one of those spots that’s cash only, but totally worth going to the bank to pull out the funds. On top of being super affordable, the half chicken is plenty filling and is paired beautifully with the rice and beans.
Photo via Instagram / pjstephen
Al Carbon Pollos Asados
547 Culebra Road, (210) 737-7400
You’ll go for the chicken, but order much more tasty food once you’re there. This hidden gem is one of those spots that’s cash only, but totally worth going to the bank to pull out the funds. On top of being super affordable, the half chicken is plenty filling and is paired beautifully with the rice and beans.
Photo via Instagram / pjstephen
Mariscos Del Puerto
10430 Culebra Road, (210) 637-9404
This unassuming Mexican seafood house has plenty of options for you to choose from, including raw oysters. A hole-in-the-wall for sure, venture inside and let the flavorful bites convince you that Mariscos Del Puerto shouldn’t be ignored.
Photo via Yelp / David B.
Mariscos Del Puerto
10430 Culebra Road, (210) 637-9404
This unassuming Mexican seafood house has plenty of options for you to choose from, including raw oysters. A hole-in-the-wall for sure, venture inside and let the flavorful bites convince you that Mariscos Del Puerto shouldn’t be ignored.
Photo via Yelp / David B.
Susie's Lumpia House
8923 Culebra Road, (210) 616-4354, facebook.com/SusiesLumpiaHouse
If you’re unfamiliar with what lumpia are, consider Susie’s a great place to introduce yourself to these Filipino spring rolls. Susie’s makes all kinds of Filipino fare, so fans of the cuisine should get their fix here while unexperienced eaters should get get familiar here.
Photo via Instagram / lewsr
Susie's Lumpia House
8923 Culebra Road, (210) 616-4354, facebook.com/SusiesLumpiaHouse
If you’re unfamiliar with what lumpia are, consider Susie’s a great place to introduce yourself to these Filipino spring rolls. Susie’s makes all kinds of Filipino fare, so fans of the cuisine should get their fix here while unexperienced eaters should get get familiar here.
Photo via Instagram / lewsr
Thai Hot
8333 Culebra Road Suite 205, (210) 314-4508, thaihotsanantonio.com
Get your fix for Thai deliciousness with this Culebra eatery’s selection of curries and stir-fries. Consider the lunch specials just the cherry on top. Just be sure to call ahead as they’re not always open when they say they are.
Photo via Instagram / primadonnah01
Thai Hot
8333 Culebra Road Suite 205, (210) 314-4508, thaihotsanantonio.com
Get your fix for Thai deliciousness with this Culebra eatery’s selection of curries and stir-fries. Consider the lunch specials just the cherry on top. Just be sure to call ahead as they’re not always open when they say they are.
Photo via Instagram / primadonnah01
Tropic Express
10167 Culebra Road, (210) 522-0608, facebook.com/tropicexpress
You might expect something else with the name “Tropic Express,” but this spot has got you covered. With snacks for whatever flavor you’re craving something sweet or spicy, Tropic Express is a solid spot to take the family when you feel like munching on puro snacks like a mangonada or nacheetos (nachos mixed with Hot Cheetos).
Photo via Instagram / raw_sen
Tropic Express
10167 Culebra Road, (210) 522-0608, facebook.com/tropicexpress
You might expect something else with the name “Tropic Express,” but this spot has got you covered. With snacks for whatever flavor you’re craving something sweet or spicy, Tropic Express is a solid spot to take the family when you feel like munching on puro snacks like a mangonada or nacheetos (nachos mixed with Hot Cheetos).
Photo via Instagram / raw_sen