The 25 San Antonio Restaurants You Should Try Before You Die

While San Antonio has no shortage of restaurants that you should make it a point to visit, we rounded up 25 local spots that have proven themselves to be some of the best and most beloved restaurants worth dining at before you die.
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The Original Donut Shop
3307 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 734-5661, facebook.com/theoriginaldonutshop
Though prized more for its tacos than its donuts, Original Donut Shop remains a favorite for local foodies. With long lines spilling out onto the street in the mornings and on the weekends, consider this Fredericksburg Road mainstay a high priority to visit – consider its popularity enough reason.
Photo via Instagram / do210
The Original Donut Shop
3307 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 734-5661, facebook.com/theoriginaldonutshop
Though prized more for its tacos than its donuts, Original Donut Shop remains a favorite for local foodies. With long lines spilling out onto the street in the mornings and on the weekends, consider this Fredericksburg Road mainstay a high priority to visit – consider its popularity enough reason.
Photo via Instagram / do210
Pollos Asados Los Norteños
4642 Rigsby Ave, (210) 648-3303, facebook.com/polloslosnortenos
If you don’t mind waiting in line, do yourself a favor and head to the East Side to hit up this gem. Charbroiled chicken is served up with rice, corn tortillas, spicy sauces, lime and grilled onions and jalapeños. Seriously, can’t it get any better than that?
Photo via Instagram / michelle2483
Pollos Asados Los Norteños
4642 Rigsby Ave, (210) 648-3303, facebook.com/polloslosnortenos
If you don’t mind waiting in line, do yourself a favor and head to the East Side to hit up this gem. Charbroiled chicken is served up with rice, corn tortillas, spicy sauces, lime and grilled onions and jalapeños. Seriously, can’t it get any better than that?
Photo via Instagram / michelle2483
Cured
306 Pearl Pkwy #101, (210) 314-3929, curedatpearl.com
Found at the Pearl, Cured deserves your immediate attention. This rustic-chic eatery offers charcuterie-focused New American cuisine and craft cocktails among an impressive menu featuring regional ingredients and hand-crafted cured foods. Seriously, swing by to see what all the fuss is about and give Chef Steve McHugh your highest praise.
Photo via Instagram / curedatpearl
Cured
306 Pearl Pkwy #101, (210) 314-3929, curedatpearl.com
Found at the Pearl, Cured deserves your immediate attention. This rustic-chic eatery offers charcuterie-focused New American cuisine and craft cocktails among an impressive menu featuring regional ingredients and hand-crafted cured foods. Seriously, swing by to see what all the fuss is about and give Chef Steve McHugh your highest praise.
Photo via Instagram / curedatpearl
Mr. & Mrs. G’s Homecooking
2222 S WW White Road, (210) 359-0002, facebook.com/MrandMrsGsHomeCookingandPastries
Though most San Antonians have their go-to spot for authentic Southern fare, Mr. & Mrs. G is considered to be one of the best spots for the cuisine – if not the best. Opened by William and Addie Garner, the East Side gem has classic dishes like chicken & dumplings, with plenty of pastries that are the cherry on top.
Photo via Instagram / jesselizarraras
Mr. & Mrs. G’s Homecooking
2222 S WW White Road, (210) 359-0002, facebook.com/MrandMrsGsHomeCookingandPastries
Though most San Antonians have their go-to spot for authentic Southern fare, Mr. & Mrs. G is considered to be one of the best spots for the cuisine – if not the best. Opened by William and Addie Garner, the East Side gem has classic dishes like chicken & dumplings, with plenty of pastries that are the cherry on top.
Photo via Instagram / jesselizarraras
Taquitos West Ave.
2818 West Ave, (210) 525-9888, facebook.com/TaquitosWestAvenue1
While there’s plenty of local spots to score mini tacos, Taquitos West Avenue is definitely a standout among them all. This West Avenue spot keeps it simple with counter-service where you can choose from a variety of tacos. Just be sure to add lots of salsa.
Photo via Instagram / happyhungryhipster
Taquitos West Ave.
2818 West Ave, (210) 525-9888, facebook.com/TaquitosWestAvenue1
While there’s plenty of local spots to score mini tacos, Taquitos West Avenue is definitely a standout among them all. This West Avenue spot keeps it simple with counter-service where you can choose from a variety of tacos. Just be sure to add lots of salsa.
Photo via Instagram / happyhungryhipster
2M Smokehouse
2731 S WW White Road, (210) 885-9352, 2msmokehouse.com
Nationally-recognized 2M has everything a top-notch barbecue spot should have – a selection of classic meats and sides that will have your eyes rolling back. With pitmaster and owner Esaul Ramos at the helm, choose to have your meats served up in a taco or sandwich, then select from a list of sides from chicharoni macaroni to Mexican street corn.
Photo via Instagram / jay_w_jay
2M Smokehouse
2731 S WW White Road, (210) 885-9352, 2msmokehouse.com
Nationally-recognized 2M has everything a top-notch barbecue spot should have – a selection of classic meats and sides that will have your eyes rolling back. With pitmaster and owner Esaul Ramos at the helm, choose to have your meats served up in a taco or sandwich, then select from a list of sides from chicharoni macaroni to Mexican street corn.
Photo via Instagram / jay_w_jay
Sichuan House
3505 Wurzbach Road #102, (210) 509-9999
This strip mall joint may be a humble eatery, but it’s also known for serving up some of the best Chinese food in the city. Sichuan tapas, hot pots and dishes like pork belly and Kung Pao shrimp await you at this hole-in-the-wall gem. Take a few pals, order one of everything and load up on Sichuan cuisine. Splitting the bill will be easy, the leftovers not so much.
Photo via Instagram / timdisaster
Sichuan House
3505 Wurzbach Road #102, (210) 509-9999
This strip mall joint may be a humble eatery, but it’s also known for serving up some of the best Chinese food in the city. Sichuan tapas, hot pots and dishes like pork belly and Kung Pao shrimp await you at this hole-in-the-wall gem. Take a few pals, order one of everything and load up on Sichuan cuisine. Splitting the bill will be easy, the leftovers not so much.
Photo via Instagram / timdisaster
The Guenther House
205 E Guenther St, (210) 227-1061, guentherhouse.com
While the Alamo City has no shortage of brunch options, not many have quite the historic legacy as the Guenther House. Settled on the banks of the San Antonio River, this Southtown outpost serves up homey American and Tex-Mex options from omelettes to enchiladas. This beautiful home-turned-restaurant-and-museum features patio dining too.
Photo via Instagram / rehnsfoodventure
The Guenther House
205 E Guenther St, (210) 227-1061, guentherhouse.com
While the Alamo City has no shortage of brunch options, not many have quite the historic legacy as the Guenther House. Settled on the banks of the San Antonio River, this Southtown outpost serves up homey American and Tex-Mex options from omelettes to enchiladas. This beautiful home-turned-restaurant-and-museum features patio dining too.
Photo via Instagram / rehnsfoodventure
The Cove
606 W Cypress St, (210) 227-2683, thecove.us
A true gem with all sorts of cool features, the Cove remains one of the quirkiest and most prized eateries in San Antonio. Complete with live music, a laundromat and car wash, this dog- and kid-friendly (there’s a playground, too) restaurant serves up organic American fare that folks of any diet will love – and devour time and time again.
Photo via Instagram / sacravings
The Cove
606 W Cypress St, (210) 227-2683, thecove.us
A true gem with all sorts of cool features, the Cove remains one of the quirkiest and most prized eateries in San Antonio. Complete with live music, a laundromat and car wash, this dog- and kid-friendly (there’s a playground, too) restaurant serves up organic American fare that folks of any diet will love – and devour time and time again.
Photo via Instagram / sacravings
Bliss
926 S Presa St, (210) 225-2547, foodisbliss.com
Housed in a restored former filling station, Chef Mark Bliss’ highly-esteemed Southtown eatery brings you inspired New American fare alongside a selection of charcuterie, wine and beer. The service is just as superb as the food, so expect a completely-satisfying dining experience you’ll definitely want to treat yourself to every special occasion.
Photo via Instagram / kennedyhatfieldasel
Bliss
926 S Presa St, (210) 225-2547, foodisbliss.com
Housed in a restored former filling station, Chef Mark Bliss’ highly-esteemed Southtown eatery brings you inspired New American fare alongside a selection of charcuterie, wine and beer. The service is just as superb as the food, so expect a completely-satisfying dining experience you’ll definitely want to treat yourself to every special occasion.
Photo via Instagram / kennedyhatfieldasel