Black-owned Restaurants in San Antonio You Should've Already Tried By Now

San Antonio may be filled with a wide-variety of cuisines, but there's still a need for diversity in terms of folks who run the restaurants and bars here in the Alamo City. From Southern fare and Jamaican bites to even a vegan spot, here are the local restaurants and more owned by black men and women.
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Nelson’s BBQ
7327 N Loop 1604 E, (210) 473-4988, facebook.com/NathanielNelsonsbbq
Consistently regarded as one of the top restaurants in San Antonio according to Yelp, Nelson’s BBQ keeps San Antonians salivating with finger-lickin’-good barbecue. Just look at the Nasty Nate, shown here, and try not to be hungry. Owner Nathaniel Nelson may just operate out of the food truck three days out of the week, but it’s enough to make an impact and have us constantly craving this meaty goodness. (Note: Nelson’s BBQ is currently closed due to being broken into on New Year’s Eve, but is expected to reopen soon.)
Photo via Instagram / nelsonsbbq
Nelson’s BBQ
7327 N Loop 1604 E, (210) 473-4988, facebook.com/NathanielNelsonsbbq
Consistently regarded as one of the top restaurants in San Antonio according to Yelp, Nelson’s BBQ keeps San Antonians salivating with finger-lickin’-good barbecue. Just look at the Nasty Nate, shown here, and try not to be hungry. Owner Nathaniel Nelson may just operate out of the food truck three days out of the week, but it’s enough to make an impact and have us constantly craving this meaty goodness. (Note: Nelson’s BBQ is currently closed due to being broken into on New Year’s Eve, but is expected to reopen soon.)
Photo via Instagram / nelsonsbbq
Williams Confectionery Crafts
12107 Toepperwein Rd # 5A, Live Oak, (210) 967-5200
Live Oak can mean quite a drive for many locals, but it's worth it to dine at Williams Confectionary Crafts. With breakfast, lunch and dessert options that truly taste like your mom or granny made it, owner Joyce Williams keeps the authentic homemade bites coming since its 2006 opening. You'll feel right at home here with these too-delicious servings and of course Williams' care.
Photo via Instagram / greenrodney_
Williams Confectionery Crafts
12107 Toepperwein Rd # 5A, Live Oak, (210) 967-5200
Live Oak can mean quite a drive for many locals, but it's worth it to dine at Williams Confectionary Crafts. With breakfast, lunch and dessert options that truly taste like your mom or granny made it, owner Joyce Williams keeps the authentic homemade bites coming since its 2006 opening. You'll feel right at home here with these too-delicious servings and of course Williams' care.
Photo via Instagram / greenrodney_
Jamaica Jamaica Cuisine
2026 Austin Hwy, (210) 590-0515, jamaicajamaicacuisine.com
Owners Dee and Angelo grew up with a Jamaican lifestyle and graciously wanted to share that experience with their adopted hometown, the Alamo City. Offering authentic fare and the “fun” of the islands,” Jamaica Jamaica lets you enjoy bites like jerk chicken while appreciating the culture. Go for a traditional plate like the oxtail or go for a San Antonio twist like the jerk tacos.
Photo via Instagram / jamaicajamaicacuisine
Jamaica Jamaica Cuisine
2026 Austin Hwy, (210) 590-0515, jamaicajamaicacuisine.com
Owners Dee and Angelo grew up with a Jamaican lifestyle and graciously wanted to share that experience with their adopted hometown, the Alamo City. Offering authentic fare and the “fun” of the islands,” Jamaica Jamaica lets you enjoy bites like jerk chicken while appreciating the culture. Go for a traditional plate like the oxtail or go for a San Antonio twist like the jerk tacos.
Photo via Instagram / jamaicajamaicacuisine
Go Vegan San Antonio
14530 Roadrunner Way, (210) 729-5400, govegansa.com
Along with wife Tara, Akeem Best has been letting San Antonians enjoy vegan-friendly bites that will have you wondering how it’s not the real thing. After he and his family adopted a vegan lifestyle, Akeem opened a food truck specializing in vegan twists on mac ‘n’ cheese and chicken & waffles. Made fresh with plant-based products and natural ingredients, consider Go Vegan your best bet to supporting this biracial family and eat tasty, yet healthy bites while doing so.
Photo via Instagram / govegansa
Go Vegan San Antonio
14530 Roadrunner Way, (210) 729-5400, govegansa.com
Along with wife Tara, Akeem Best has been letting San Antonians enjoy vegan-friendly bites that will have you wondering how it’s not the real thing. After he and his family adopted a vegan lifestyle, Akeem opened a food truck specializing in vegan twists on mac ‘n’ cheese and chicken & waffles. Made fresh with plant-based products and natural ingredients, consider Go Vegan your best bet to supporting this biracial family and eat tasty, yet healthy bites while doing so.
Photo via Instagram / govegansa
Mr. A Ok’s Kitchen
4403 Rittiman Road, (210) 642-4181, mraokskitchen.com
Chef Steven Harris has been active in SA’s food scene for more than two decades, and opened his restaurant in June 2018. Inspired to become a chef after seeing his mother and grandmother make from-scratch Southern fare, Harris today brings the cuisine to San Antonians with Mr. A Ok’s Kitchen, named after his late father. Expect the classics or go for something new, like the Grilled Cheese Meatloaf.
Photo via Instagram / ang_e210
Mr. A Ok’s Kitchen
4403 Rittiman Road, (210) 642-4181, mraokskitchen.com
Chef Steven Harris has been active in SA’s food scene for more than two decades, and opened his restaurant in June 2018. Inspired to become a chef after seeing his mother and grandmother make from-scratch Southern fare, Harris today brings the cuisine to San Antonians with Mr. A Ok’s Kitchen, named after his late father. Expect the classics or go for something new, like the Grilled Cheese Meatloaf.
Photo via Instagram / ang_e210
Mark’s Outing
1624 E Commerce St, (210) 299-8110, marksouting.com
Mark Outing has been part of SA’s food scene for more than a decade, most notably since 2005 when he debuted Fatty’s Burgers and More. Today, fans can enjoy the Fatty’s burger, paired with his famous beans, at Mark’s Outing. If not to enjoy tasty bites, dining at the East Side establishment support Outing himself, who is all about community outreach by being active in his church and an official sponsor for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Photo via Instagram / marksouting
Mark’s Outing
1624 E Commerce St, (210) 299-8110, marksouting.com
Mark Outing has been part of SA’s food scene for more than a decade, most notably since 2005 when he debuted Fatty’s Burgers and More. Today, fans can enjoy the Fatty’s burger, paired with his famous beans, at Mark’s Outing. If not to enjoy tasty bites, dining at the East Side establishment support Outing himself, who is all about community outreach by being active in his church and an official sponsor for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Photo via Instagram / marksouting
Chef Don’s Catering
1630 E Houston St, (210) 861-3296, chefdonscatering.com
Chef Donald Mitchell has been serving San Antonians since the 1992 opening of Diehard Catering, now known as Chef Don’s Catering. Though he doesn’t work out of a brick-and-mortar that you can stop by anytime, Chef Don’s bites lets you enjoy a variety of cuisines for both formal and chill events. Not only are dishes presented creatively, they are also made from scratch.
Photo via Facebook / Chef Don’s Catering
Chef Don’s Catering
1630 E Houston St, (210) 861-3296, chefdonscatering.com
Chef Donald Mitchell has been serving San Antonians since the 1992 opening of Diehard Catering, now known as Chef Don’s Catering. Though he doesn’t work out of a brick-and-mortar that you can stop by anytime, Chef Don’s bites lets you enjoy a variety of cuisines for both formal and chill events. Not only are dishes presented creatively, they are also made from scratch.
Photo via Facebook / Chef Don’s Catering
OnLive Hall of Fame Cafe
2404 E Houston St, (210) 227-3263, 
Owners Joe and April Ward’s OnLive Hall of Fame Cafe is still new in SA’s food scene, but the restaurant made a splash after footage indicated that ghosts were haunting the space. The eerie evidence was so convincing that the couple even closed up shop temporarily and even invited locals to spend the night in the haunted East Side spot. Besides ghosts, the retro-inspired diner serves up classic hamburgers and shakes.
Photo via Yelp / April W.
OnLive Hall of Fame Cafe
2404 E Houston St, (210) 227-3263,
Owners Joe and April Ward’s OnLive Hall of Fame Cafe is still new in SA’s food scene, but the restaurant made a splash after footage indicated that ghosts were haunting the space. The eerie evidence was so convincing that the couple even closed up shop temporarily and even invited locals to spend the night in the haunted East Side spot. Besides ghosts, the retro-inspired diner serves up classic hamburgers and shakes.
Photo via Yelp / April W.
Carmens De La Calle
320 N Flores St, (210) 281-4349, carmensdelacalle.com
Carmens De La Calle may be the epitome of Spanish culture, but the venue is actually owned by a black woman named Paula Sullivan. After years on the St. Mary’s Strip, the bar moved downtown in late 2014 after being closed for a year and has thrived ever since with Sullivan at the helm. With support from the spirit of downtown, Carmens serves globally-inspired dishes and hosts live musicians regularly.
Photo via Instagram / abbeydominion
Carmens De La Calle
320 N Flores St, (210) 281-4349, carmensdelacalle.com
Carmens De La Calle may be the epitome of Spanish culture, but the venue is actually owned by a black woman named Paula Sullivan. After years on the St. Mary’s Strip, the bar moved downtown in late 2014 after being closed for a year and has thrived ever since with Sullivan at the helm. With support from the spirit of downtown, Carmens serves globally-inspired dishes and hosts live musicians regularly.
Photo via Instagram / abbeydominion