24 San Antonio restaurants that are always worth the wait

Delicious dishes, gorgeous atmosphere and impeccable service make each of these sought-after spots difficult to get into on a whim. Sometimes, you need to call days (or more) in advance to ensure you get in — especially for a special occasion.

These 24 restaurants may take some extra effort to patronize, but the extra work is worth it.
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Bar Loretta
320 Beauregard St., (210) 757-3607, barloretta.com
Bar Loretta presents a seasonal menu, with every offering made with mainly Texas-sourced ingredients. The restaurant’s vintage details and ambiance makes it especially inviting.
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Bar Loretta
320 Beauregard St., (210) 757-3607, barloretta.com
Bar Loretta presents a seasonal menu, with every offering made with mainly Texas-sourced ingredients. The restaurant’s vintage details and ambiance makes it especially inviting.
Carriqui
239 E. Grayson St., (210) 910-5547, carriquitx.com
Inspired by the bird from which the restaurant takes its name, Carriqui is dedicated to fresh and local cuisine that represents foods from various regions across the Lone Star State.
Photo by jodyhorton via Instagram / carriquitx
Carriqui
239 E. Grayson St., (210) 910-5547, carriquitx.com
Inspired by the bird from which the restaurant takes its name, Carriqui is dedicated to fresh and local cuisine that represents foods from various regions across the Lone Star State.
Up Scale
1024 S. Alamo St., (210) 396-7755, upscalesouthtown.com
Husband-and-wife duo Houston and Emily Carpenter — the minds behind Little Em’s Oyster Bar, Go Fish and Restaurant Claudine — opened Up Scale in the building that once housed brunch and dinner hotspot Feast in Southtown. This concept dishes out courses of beautifully plated seafood, steak and sushi.
Photo via Instagram / upscalesouthtown
Up Scale
1024 S. Alamo St., (210) 396-7755, upscalesouthtown.com
Husband-and-wife duo Houston and Emily Carpenter — the minds behind Little Em’s Oyster Bar, Go Fish and Restaurant Claudine — opened Up Scale in the building that once housed brunch and dinner hotspot Feast in Southtown. This concept dishes out courses of beautifully plated seafood, steak and sushi.
Biga on the Banks
203 S. St. Mary's St., (210) 225-0722, biga.com
Biga on the Banks brings diners adventurous New American fare, a solid selection of wines and a rotating menu that offers a wide variety of flavors. This chic River Walk spot is a must-try for the area, even if there’s a wait to score a table.
Photo via Instagram / bigaonthebanks
Biga on the Banks
203 S. St. Mary's St., (210) 225-0722, biga.com
Biga on the Banks brings diners adventurous New American fare, a solid selection of wines and a rotating menu that offers a wide variety of flavors. This chic River Walk spot is a must-try for the area, even if there’s a wait to score a table.
Mixtli
812 S. Alamo St. #103, (210) 338-0746, restaurantmixtli.com
Headed by Diego Galicia and Rico Torres, Mixtli is a hot spot with innovative dishes inspired by regional Mexican fare. Mixtli’s airy, minimalist decor pairs well with its name, which is drawn from the Nahuatl word for “cloud.”
Photo via Instagram / mixtlicloud
Mixtli
812 S. Alamo St. #103, (210) 338-0746, restaurantmixtli.com
Headed by Diego Galicia and Rico Torres, Mixtli is a hot spot with innovative dishes inspired by regional Mexican fare. Mixtli’s airy, minimalist decor pairs well with its name, which is drawn from the Nahuatl word for “cloud.”
Brasserie Mon Chou Chou 
312 Pearl Parkway, (210) 469-3743,  brasseriemonchouchou.com 
Unlike pricey, upscale French restaurants, Brasserie Mon Chou Chou aims to provide a more casual atmosphere for guests to enjoy an afternoon snack of wine and oysters, making it a popular place for locals and tourists alike.
Photo via Instagram / brasseriemonchouchou
Brasserie Mon Chou Chou
312 Pearl Parkway, (210) 469-3743, brasseriemonchouchou.com
Unlike pricey, upscale French restaurants, Brasserie Mon Chou Chou aims to provide a more casual atmosphere for guests to enjoy an afternoon snack of wine and oysters, making it a popular place for locals and tourists alike.
Dashi Sichuan Kitchen & Bar
2895 Thousand Oaks Dr., (210) 562-3343, sichuandashi.com
Sichuan House owner Kristina Zhao’s second venture Dashi Sichuan Kitchen has made its mark as a local favorite for wining and dining. The menu features a bevy of spicy Sichuanese dishes, but there’s plenty to enjoy for the spice-averse as well. There’s also a full beer, wine, sake and cocktail program, all to be enjoyed in their elegant dining room or patio.
Photo via Instagram / sichuandashi
Dashi Sichuan Kitchen & Bar
2895 Thousand Oaks Dr., (210) 562-3343, sichuandashi.com
Sichuan House owner Kristina Zhao’s second venture Dashi Sichuan Kitchen has made its mark as a local favorite for wining and dining. The menu features a bevy of spicy Sichuanese dishes, but there’s plenty to enjoy for the spice-averse as well. There’s also a full beer, wine, sake and cocktail program, all to be enjoyed in their elegant dining room or patio.
Supper
136 E. Grayson St., (210) 448-8351, supperatemma.com
Open for all three meals of the day, Supper at the Pearl is a go-to for elevated farm-to-table American dishes. As with any Pearl restaurant, a reservation ahead of time will give guests a better chance of scoring savory dishes like chicken paillard or gulf snapper adobo inside this Hotel Emma restaurant.
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Supper
136 E. Grayson St., (210) 448-8351, supperatemma.com
Open for all three meals of the day, Supper at the Pearl is a go-to for elevated farm-to-table American dishes. As with any Pearl restaurant, a reservation ahead of time will give guests a better chance of scoring savory dishes like chicken paillard or gulf snapper adobo inside this Hotel Emma restaurant.
Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood
219 E. Houston St. #275, (210) 472-2600, bohanans.com
Regarded as one of the top-rated steakhouses in San Antonio, Bohanan’s gives chic vibes in an old-world setting. Complete with a cocktail lounge, patio and live jazz performances, it’s no surprise that the restaurant is often busy.
Photo via Instagram / bohanans
Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood
219 E. Houston St. #275, (210) 472-2600, bohanans.com
Regarded as one of the top-rated steakhouses in San Antonio, Bohanan’s gives chic vibes in an old-world setting. Complete with a cocktail lounge, patio and live jazz performances, it’s no surprise that the restaurant is often busy.
Little Em's Oyster Bar
1001 S. Alamo St., (210) 257-0100,  littleemsoysterbar.com 
This bright and airy Southtown joint offers more than seafood, boasting crisp white walls and floors with pops of light pink and periwinkle blue that create a fresh atmosphere. It's a great hangout spot, but be sure to call early enough to get a table.
Photo via Instagram / littleemsoysterbar
Little Em's Oyster Bar
1001 S. Alamo St., (210) 257-0100, littleemsoysterbar.com
This bright and airy Southtown joint offers more than seafood, boasting crisp white walls and floors with pops of light pink and periwinkle blue that create a fresh atmosphere. It's a great hangout spot, but be sure to call early enough to get a table.
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