San Antonio's best new bars and restaurants that opened in 2022
Despite the pandemic, labor shortages and rising prices, new restaurants kept popping up in San Antonio. Not that we're complaining — because many of them have been delicious.
In case you need to check some off your must-try list, here are 26 exemplary San Antonio dining and drinking spots that opened this year. They specialize in anything from upscale Southern fare to coastal Italian to diner favorites.
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Be Kind & Rewind
115 Alamo Plaza, (210) 951-1980, bekindandrewindsa.com
Be Kind & Rewind is San Antonio’s new go-to spot for a 80’s, 90’s or Y2K themed night out. Whether it’s a birthday, weekly dance parties or a karaoke night out with your friends, Be Kind Rewind is serving up craft cocktails and fun vibes seven days a week.
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255 E. Basse Rd., Suite 384, (726) 208-0888, kurasushi.com
The highly anticipated wait for SA’s first conveyor-belt sushi bar, Kura, came to an end earlier this year. The sushi bar located at the Quarry is now up and running serving their famed sushi, ramen and desserts. Kura’s expansion into San Antonio marks the ninth store the Japan-based restaurant has in Texas.
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Full Goods Diner
200 E. Grayson St., Suite 120, (210) 819-4226, fullgoodsdiner.com
Full Goods Diner is full of everything a South Texas diner should have: steak and eggs, migas and Texas hash. For those looking for something a bit on the “alternative” side, Full Goods has it covered with ricotta toast or a carnitas torta. Full Goods sports a more refined aesthetic compared to a classic Waffle House, but customers can still expect classics such as hot coffee, lattes and pastries.
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239 E. Grayson St., (210) 910-5547, carriquitx.com
Inspired by the bird from which the restaurant takes its name, this new eatery is dedicated to fresh and local cuisine that represents foods from various regions across the Lone Star State.
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1705 Blanco Rd., (956) 592-4517, brightcoffeesa.square.site
Bright Coffee offers customers a refreshing and inventive take on many of the standard coffee shop staples — think of a latte flavored with red bean paste or black sesame. However, Bright Coffee also offers all the classics for those looking to keep it basic.
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Sojourn Trading Co.
244 W. Houston St., (210) 455-0357, sojournsatx.com
Sojourn is a nightlife experience like no other in San Antonio, offering a relaxed atmosphere, craft cocktails and bites such as citrusy aguachile, crudo, ceviche and sandwiches.
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22250 Bulverde Rd #114, (210) 455-0702, panfilacantinaandrestaurant.com
Offering authentic Mexican cuisine, Panfila Cantina is a one-stop shop for delicious enfrijolados, enchiladas poblana or chile relleno. Panfila Cantina provides customers with the option of brunch and dinner with a deep cocktail menu, so rest assured you won't leave this spot hungry.
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517 E. Grayson St., (210) 527-3116, restaurantclaudine.com
Restaurant Claudine is genuinely a one-of-a-kind dining experience,offering elevated versions of classic southern cooking — think frog legs, blue crab beignets and gumbo — inside a fully-renovated space that evokes the coziness of your grandmother's house.
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1602 E. Houston St., instagram.com/cakethievesbakery
From a small commissary operation to a well-oiled brick-and-mortar bakery, Cake Thieves is one of San Antonio’s go-to spots for vegan-baked goods.
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403 Pearl Parkway, (210) 979-9950, allorapearl.com
Allora is a stylish, full-service coastal Italian restaurant designed to transport San Antonio diners on a journey through the romantic Amalfi Coast. The menu features small and large plates, including raw and cooked seafood, housemade pasta, plus savory vegetables and game.