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The 25 Hottest Restaurants in San Antonio Right Now 

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No, we're not talking temperature here. We're talking buzz-worthy restaurants that keep a steady flow of enthusiastic foodies and casual diners alike coming through. Dig into this collection of restaurants that are either gaining a following in the local food scene, run by top-notch chefs or simply getting much-deserved buzz for just being damn good. You can’t go wrong with any of these fine options.
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Cured
306 Pearl Pkwy #101, (210) 314-3929, curedatpearl.com
Brought to you by Chef Steve McHugh, this trendy rustic-chic restaurant serves charcuterie-focused New American cuisine and craft cocktails. Found at the center at the Pearl and housed in a renovated historical building, Cured uses regional ingredients, paired organic methods and taking pride in serving hand-crafted foods. If you’re a first-time, you’ll be smart to order a charcuterie board.
Photo via Instagram / katemefford
Alamo Biscuit Co. & Panaderia
9630 Huebner Rd Suite 103, (210) 265-5585, alamobiscuitco.com
Priding itself in making breakfast “good,” Alamo Biscuit Co. is a gamechanger to SA’s brunch scene. Founder John Vale and Chef Caesar Zepeda keep a steady flow of breakfast dishes, biscuits and other baked goods coming, so you can get your fill without much trouble. These flavors are truly something else.
Photo via Instagram / steven_andreww
Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery
136 E Grayson St #120, (210) 455-5701, southerleigh.com
With more restaurant concepts on the way, Southerleigh at the Pearl remains a food destination for tourists and favorite for local foodies. Chef Jeff Balfour’s menu is inspired by his childhood in Galveston as well as the robust flavors of Southern cuisine. The end product is absolutely delicious – one slurp of the oysters or bite of the fried chicken and you’ll agree.
Photo via Instagram / brontosaurusbreath
The Jerk Shack
117 Matyear St, (210) 776-7780, facebook.com/thejerkshacksatx
A consistent mention in restaurant roundups, folks keep coming back to the West Side’s Jerk Shack. Both a black-owned and veteran-owned eatery, the restaurant offers wild flavors and hefty portions, so you’ll be eating good here. Stop by and taste for yourself.
Photo via Instagram / sa.suaveeats
Supper
136 E Grayson St, (210) 448-8351, supperatemma.com
Hotel Emma may earn marks as being the top hotel in San Antonio, but Supper has fans all of its own. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Supper is actually great for any meal of the day, including for happy hour or late-night drinks. With a contemporary menu that won’t leave you dissatisfied, Supper remains a sought-after dining experience for both tourists and locals for a reason.
Photo via Instagram / supperatemma
Maverick Texas Brasserie
710 S St Mary's St, (210) 973-6050, mavericktexas.com
Standing proud in the heart of Southtown, Maverick’s brick-clad brasserie features French-inspired fare and a lovely patio to take it all in. Factor in the Texas hospitality and flare, and you’re all set for a memorable dining experience.
Photo via Instagram / beyondblissxo
Eastside Kitchenette
2119 I-35, (210) 507-2568, theeastsidekitchenette.com
After months of anticipation, Eastside Kitchenette opened its doors earlier this year to much fanfare. Said fanfare was much deserved, as the restaurant hits high marks for its take on Southern fare. Husband and wife team Jeff and Jenn White definitely know what they’re doing, just take the buttermilk country fried duck as proof.
Photo via Instagram / the.weekend.foodie
Mixtli
5251 McCullough Ave, (210) 338-0746, restaurantmixtli.com
This is definitely a no-brainer for special occasions when you want to treat yourself to one of the best dining experiences San Antonio has to offer. Brought to diners by chef team Diego Galicia and Rico Torres, Mixtli is regarded as innovative and modern, with a changing menu of regional Mexican fare. Don’t expect breakfast tacos here, as the restaurant prides itself in using a mix of pre-Hispanic techniques and modern, avant garde cuisine.
Photo via Instagram / hatchetteats
Carnitas Lonja
1107 Roosevelt Ave, (210) 612-3626, facebook.com/Lonja17
Carnitas are the name of the game here at this Southtown-area restaurant. Good enough to gain recognition from national food and travel publications, Carnitas Lonja’s menu is simple, but plenty flavorful.
Photo via Instagram / keto_pastor
Rebelle
300 E Travis St, (210) 352-3171, rebellesa.com
Located inside the gorgeous St. Anthony Hotel, Rebelle comes through for when you want to have a night out on the town and feel absolutely cosmopolitan. The space is swanky and stylish, while the kitchen delivers a delicious lineup of seafood dishes. The inventive cocktail menu draws in guests all on its own, so do take in a nightcap whenever you’re in the area.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
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Kuriya
302 Montana St, (210) 598-0496, kuriyasa.com
Previously home to a second location of Kimura, the Cherrity Bar keeps foodies coming with Kuriya, a Japanese izakaya. Grab a bowl of ramen and some small bites, like one of varieties of pickles or dumplings if you’re in the mood. While you’re there, grab a drink or two and vote for your charity of choice.
Photo via Instagram / satxrated
NOLA Brunch & Beignets
111 Kings Ct, (210) 320-1572, eatatnola.com
Though the space is tiny, NOLA packs big flavors into its menu. Serving up classic New Orleans brunch dishes like bananas foster buttermilk pancakes and shrimp & grits, the St. Mary’s Strip outpost also brings live jazz on occasion, making for a well-rounded outing with brunch and a show. Make sure to get your fill of beignets while you’re there.
Photo via Instagram / chica_foodie
Playland
400 E Houston St, (210) 908-9362, playlandsa.com
Nestled in downtown San Antonio, Playland is just one of those places where everything is absolutely tasty. From classic pizzas to more creative topping offerings, the modern space holds it down in the kitchen and in the bar.
Photo via Instagram / playlandpizza
Periphery
2512 N Main Ave, (210) 966-0404, peripherysa.com
Open solely for dinner, you can expect Periphery to be the type of joint that put a lot of effort into its dishes. Be thankful for that, as the Monte Vista eatery has the feel of a neighborhood hangout as well as the flavors of a high-brow kitchen that whips up Southern-inspired fare with an Italian twist and “hints of smoke.” Just taste it for yourself and prepare to be wowed.
Photo via Instagram / treat_yoself_
Bistr09
6106 Broadway St, (210) 245-8156, bistr09.com
Located in the high-brow Alamo Heights, Bistr09 serves the community well. The classic French brasserie is the joint venture of husband-and-wife chef team Damien Watel and Lisa Astorga-Watel. Between the couple, the restaurant is their ninth restaurant contribution to San Antonio, offering a robust menu of French cuisine as well as an impressive wine list.
Photo via Instagram / bistr09
Bliss
926 S Presa St, (210) 225-2547, foodisbliss.com
If exploring all of the fine dining options in San Antonio is on your agenda, consider Bliss a can’t-miss. The Southtown spot features a menu of New American fare, charcuterie boards as well as wine and beer. Housed in a restored filling station, Bliss is upscale in every way – and that’s just part of the reason why everyone wants to (and should) dine here.
Photo via Instagram / kennedyhatfieldasel
Clementine
2195 NW Military Hwy, (210) 503-5121, clementine-sa.com
Castle Hills stays winning with Clementine, a strip-mall restaurant serving up Southern dishes with a contemporary take. The stylish space is the perfect aesthetic for the “feed me” option in which Chef John Russ will do just that: feed you whatever he wants. Who else does that?!
Photo via Instagram / clementine.sanantonio
Hanzo
7701 Broadway St #124, (210) 826-1488, hanzobar.com
Perfect for happy hour, date night and late-night drinks, Hanzo wears many hats. The casual spot hits high marks as a hangout spot for casual diners, a go-to for boozeheads on the prowl for sake, though the Japanese beer is a comfortable choice too. Go ahead and order up the small plates and take in everything this Broadway outpost has to offer.
Photo via Instagram / thefoodandtravelguy
Liberty Bar
1111 S Alamo St, (210) 227-1187, liberty-bar.com
Housed in a restored convent, Liberty Bar is just one of those trendy places that knows how to draw in a crowd. Maybe it’s because of its Southtown location, or maybe it’s because of its daily specials and selection of American fare like soups, salads, sandwiches and more, or just the general vibes of the space. Whatever the case may be, you can’t go wrong stopping in here.
Photo via Instagram / libertybarsa
Signature
16401 La Cantera Pkwy, (210) 247-0176,
With Chef Andrew Weissman tied to Signature, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would not line up to eat here. Popular for weekend brunch, the La Cantera outpost features contemporary, and even Texas takes on classic French dishes. Believe us when we say that absolutely nothing disappoints here.
Photo via Instagram / signaturesanantonio
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Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden
312 Pearl Pkwy Bldg. 3, (210) 354-4644, boilerhousesa.com
Whether you choose to dine inside or head out to the patio, you’ll be in good hands over at Boiler House. The industrial-chic eatery is all about gourmet American dishes with fine wines to match. It doesn’t matter if it’s the wine or the food that brings you here, just be warned that both will keep you coming back time and time again.
Photo via Instagram / thedomesticman
Bite
1012 S Presa St, (210) 532-2551, biterestaurantsa.com
Found in Southtown, this stylish eatery serves up French-Chilean small plates and decked-out cocktails. Headed by chef Lisa Astorga-Watel, the space is complete with colorful, artsy decor that is reflective of the neighborhood. Best of all, Astorga-Watel keeps it fun with inventive takes on classic staples. You’ll have a blast here.
Photo via Instagram / biterestaurantsa
Barbaro
2720 McCullough Ave, (210) 320-2261, barbarosanantonio.com
Wood-fired pizza always sounds delicious, so good thing it’s always available at Barbaro. With the ability to add creative toppings and sip on a libation from the full bar, you’d be silly not to flock to this restaurant sometime soon.
Photo via Instagram / sabarbaro
Hop & Vine
5619 W Loop 1604 N Suite 109, (210) 878-4071, hopandvinesa.com
Alamo Ranch may be littered with fast food places galore, but there are actually some solid dining options. Consider stopping in at Hop & Vine for American comfort food with a creative twist, paired with craft beer or a glass of wine if you’d like. Complete with industrial-chic decor, this chill spot is worth traveling through Alamo Ranch traffic, trust us.
Photo by s.a.foodie via Instagram / hopandvinesa
Silo Elevated Cuisine & Bar
1133 Austin Hwy, (210) 824-8686, siloelevatedcuisine.com
With no shortage of sister restaurants scattered across town, you won’t have to go far to take in the goodness of Silo. The elevated bistro keeps diners happy with New American fare, as well as wine and brunch. For an extra cool meal, grab a drink on the lower level.
Photo via Instagram / oveja_negra_koy
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Cured
306 Pearl Pkwy #101, (210) 314-3929, curedatpearl.com
Brought to you by Chef Steve McHugh, this trendy rustic-chic restaurant serves charcuterie-focused New American cuisine and craft cocktails. Found at the center at the Pearl and housed in a renovated historical building, Cured uses regional ingredients, paired organic methods and taking pride in serving hand-crafted foods. If you’re a first-time, you’ll be smart to order a charcuterie board.
Photo via Instagram / katemefford

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