August 26, 2022

The 23 most Instagram-worthy bars and restaurants in San Antonio

Many of San Antonio's bars and restaurants are as pleasurable for the eyes as they are for the taste buds. No wonder we see so many people snapping and sharing photos not just of their food and cocktails but of the restaurants themselves.

These 23 gorgeous Alamo City eateries offer aesthetic details such as velvet banquette seating, dramatic lighting and one-of-a-kind wallpaper — details primed to take your dining selfies to the next level.
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Elsewhere Garden Bar & Kitchen 
103 E Jones Ave, San Antonio, TX 78215, (210) 446-9303, elsewheretexas.com
Elsewhere’s notoriety starts with its impressive outdoor space, replete with larger-than-life art installations primed for your next selfie. If you’re more of a food-focused social media fiend, there are also plenty of food options to snap. 
Photo via Instagram / elsewheresatx
Elsewhere Garden Bar & Kitchen
103 E Jones Ave, San Antonio, TX 78215, (210) 446-9303, elsewheretexas.com
Elsewhere’s notoriety starts with its impressive outdoor space, replete with larger-than-life art installations primed for your next selfie. If you’re more of a food-focused social media fiend, there are also plenty of food options to snap.
Photo via Instagram / elsewheresatx
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 are just damn Instagram-worthy. Post up on the patio for oysters, ceviche, lobster rolls and a glass — or bottle — of sparkling wine.  
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 are just damn Instagram-worthy. Post up on the patio for oysters, ceviche, lobster rolls and a glass — or bottle — of sparkling wine.
Photo via Instagram / littleemsoysterbar
Sternewirth
136 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-7375, thehotelemma.com
Serving as the hotel’s tavern and club room, this moody downtown-area drinkery boasts historic brewing tanks converted into seating, sofas situated underneath 25-foot vaulted ceilings and an impressive backlit bar — all of which make for Insta-worthy shots. 
Photo via Instagram / sternewirthatemma
Sternewirth
136 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-7375, thehotelemma.com
Serving as the hotel’s tavern and club room, this moody downtown-area drinkery boasts historic brewing tanks converted into seating, sofas situated underneath 25-foot vaulted ceilings and an impressive backlit bar — all of which make for Insta-worthy shots.
Photo via Instagram / sternewirthatemma
Hugman’s Oasis
135 E. Commerce St., (210) 441-7225, hugmansoasissatx.com
Named for Robert H. H. Hugman, the architect responsible for the creation of San Antonio's River Walk, this spot offers a colorful, tiki-tastic interior as well as an impressive patio crafted by legendary tiki bar designer “Bamboo Ben” Bassham.
Photo via Instagram / hugmansoasissa
Hugman’s Oasis
135 E. Commerce St., (210) 441-7225, hugmansoasissatx.com
Named for Robert H. H. Hugman, the architect responsible for the creation of San Antonio's River Walk, this spot offers a colorful, tiki-tastic interior as well as an impressive patio crafted by legendary tiki bar designer “Bamboo Ben” Bassham.
Photo via Instagram / hugmansoasissa
Sugar Factory
849 E Commerce St unit 109, (726) 204-2020, sugarfactory.com
Though Sugar Factory’s claim to fame is its Instagram-worthy sweet treats, the new spot at The Shops at Rivercenter also features literal walls of selfie-worthy art installations, from life-size candy dots to a whole wall festooned with floral flair. 
Photo by Nina Rangel
Sugar Factory
849 E Commerce St unit 109, (726) 204-2020, sugarfactory.com
Though Sugar Factory’s claim to fame is its Instagram-worthy sweet treats, the new spot at The Shops at Rivercenter also features literal walls of selfie-worthy art installations, from life-size candy dots to a whole wall festooned with floral flair.
Photo by Nina Rangel
Picks Bar
4553 North Loop 1604 W #1101, (210) 253-9220, picksbar.com
The upgraded patio and craft cocktails on tap at far north SA spot Picks Bar are reason enough to make the trip to that side of town, but if it’s a new profile pic you’re looking for, you’ve got multiple options here. Start at the swings up front and work your way back to the VIP area. Trust us on this. 
Photo via Instagram / picks_barsa
Picks Bar
4553 North Loop 1604 W #1101, (210) 253-9220, picksbar.com
The upgraded patio and craft cocktails on tap at far north SA spot Picks Bar are reason enough to make the trip to that side of town, but if it’s a new profile pic you’re looking for, you’ve got multiple options here. Start at the swings up front and work your way back to the VIP area. Trust us on this.
Photo via Instagram / picks_barsa
Box Street All Day
623 Hemisfair Blvd. Ste. 108, (210) 476-5705, theboxstreetsocial.com
This casual, chef-driven concept serves up all types of eats and drinks in an atmosphere primed for an impromptu girls’ brunch photo shoot after one-too-many mimosas. We’re kidding. Don’t be those girls. Do take advantage of the bubbly color palette and graphic wall art, though.
Photo by s.a.foodie via Instagram / theboxstreetsocial
Box Street All Day
623 Hemisfair Blvd. Ste. 108, (210) 476-5705, theboxstreetsocial.com
This casual, chef-driven concept serves up all types of eats and drinks in an atmosphere primed for an impromptu girls’ brunch photo shoot after one-too-many mimosas. We’re kidding. Don’t be those girls. Do take advantage of the bubbly color palette and graphic wall art, though.
Photo by s.a.foodie via Instagram / theboxstreetsocial
Mi Tierra
218 Produce Row, (210) 225-1262,mitierracafe.com
Many a selfie has been taken in front of Mi Tierra’s glittering estrellas and larger-than-life murals, creating nearly a rite of passage for locals and visitors alike. While you’re at it, wander out front and snap one with about a million papel picado fluttering in the background.
Photo via Instagram / cp2_unique_designs
Mi Tierra
218 Produce Row, (210) 225-1262,mitierracafe.com
Many a selfie has been taken in front of Mi Tierra’s glittering estrellas and larger-than-life murals, creating nearly a rite of passage for locals and visitors alike. While you’re at it, wander out front and snap one with about a million papel picado fluttering in the background.
Photo via Instagram / cp2_unique_designs
Bright Coffee
1705 Blanco Rd., brightcoffeesa.square.site
With an abundance of natural light, plants and pastel colored furniture, Bright Coffee’s interior matches its name. Not only does it offer many spots for beautiful photos, it’s a haven for local artists, as well. 
Photo via Instagram / brightcoffeesa
Bright Coffee
1705 Blanco Rd., brightcoffeesa.square.site
With an abundance of natural light, plants and pastel colored furniture, Bright Coffee’s interior matches its name. Not only does it offer many spots for beautiful photos, it’s a haven for local artists, as well.
Photo via Instagram / brightcoffeesa
Maverick Texas Brasserie
710 S St Mary's St, (210) 973-6050, mavericktexas.com
Venture inside this Southtown brasserie and enjoy oodles of natural sunlight in the sprawling dining room, or tropical vibes on the breezy patio. No matter where you strike a pose, the rich colors and textures of the space will give your pics a little extra oomph.
Photo by cravottainteriors via Instagram / leadersofdesign
Maverick Texas Brasserie
710 S St Mary's St, (210) 973-6050, mavericktexas.com
Venture inside this Southtown brasserie and enjoy oodles of natural sunlight in the sprawling dining room, or tropical vibes on the breezy patio. No matter where you strike a pose, the rich colors and textures of the space will give your pics a little extra oomph.
Photo by cravottainteriors via Instagram / leadersofdesign