The 28 hottest new restaurants and bars in San Antonio right now
We're most of the way through 2022, and enough new dining options have sprouted up to change the face of the Alamo City's culinary scene. Whether you’re into unique outdoor spaces, craft cocktails or seasonally inspired food, there’s a spot for you on this list of the hottest new places to drink and dine. Check out this collection of 28 exciting new destinations that have opened since the start of the year.
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Free Roam Brewing Company
325 S. Main St., Boerne, freeroambrewing.com
Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt’s buffalo inspired Borne based brewery opened in the old Boerne Liberty Stable in early March. Free Roam Brewmaster Jaron Shepherd was also at the helm for the previous Affeldt’s brewing venture, 21st Amendment Brewing in San Francisco. Free Roam Brewing currently offers 6 in house brews and also features 4 guest drafts.
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255 E. Basse Road, #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 handmade sushi, ramen and deserts. Kura’s expansion into San Antonio marks the ninth store the Japan-based restaurant has in Texas.
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403 Pearl Parkway, (210) 979-9950, allorapearl.com
Chef Robbie Nowlin’s newest project, Allora, a fine dining coastal italian restaurant opened its doors at the pearl in early March. Self-described on their website as a “distinctly Italian restaurant with uniquely Texan flavors,” Allora offers brunch, lunch and dinner menus.
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1803 Broadway St., #384, (210) 979-9950, arrostapearl.com
Arrosta serves up casual Italian dishes from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m daily, right inside the Oxbow building at the Pearl. The restaurant describes its offerings as “Italian street food” and emphasizes the quick casual counter service it offers.
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603 S. Alamo St., (210) 236-5688, holatapas.com
In early May, chef-owner Rene Fernandez, who helms Southtown’s Azuca Nuevo Latino, expanded his restaurant empire via Hola!. The new contemporary tapas and wine bar opened its doors May 12, offering late night dining on Friday and Saturday nights as well as an exclusive Sunday menu. The restaurant boasts its sharable, family style dining structure encouraging patrons to share tapas.
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Vintage Wine Bar and Specialty Foods
555 W. Bitters Rd., #112, (210) 267-1872,
A new, highly anticipated concept from local chef PJ Edwards and his wife Lindsey arrived this spring: Vintage Wine Bar and Specialty Foods. The couple's wine-and-grocery concept is located at The Alley on Bitters, which also houses several other eateries, fashion boutiques and art galleries. The menu offers a range of French and Mediterranean staples and the store offers upscale retail items and wine for sale.
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Reese Bros. BBQ
906 Hoefgen Ave., reesebrosbbq.com
After years of serving up barbecue at pop-ups in the south and west parts of the Lone Star State, San Antonio natives Nick and Elliot Reese decided to open a brick and mortar location of Reese Bros in their hometown. Open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays on the east south east side of town their new spot still features their famous sausage, turkey, ribs and 14-hour smoked brisket.
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2250 Bulverde Rd., 726-444-0091, shindigsa.com
The new bar and lounge concept from the owners of the Angry Elephant brings an upscale feel with booths for private parties and a bar with granite countertops. Shin-Dig’s opening brings a boost to Stone Oak’s upscale nightlife, open every day from noon to 2 a.m.
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1017 N. Flores St., (210) 222-1849, gwendolyngroup.com
Celebrated San Antonio chef Michael Sohocki's first foray into the lounge scene began this January in the loft space at the 5 Points Local building. The concept features “European classic cocktails with Japanese techniques,” and is open from Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
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El Honky Tonk
316 N. Flores, elhonkytonk.com
San Antonio bar El Honky Tonk opened earlier this month serving up “Urban Cowboy Vibes,” cold beers, mixed drinks and country music near the Frost Tower. The bar will also feature culinary pieces from James Gonzaba Sr., father of El Honky Tonk owner James Gonzaba Jr.
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