27 San Antonio restaurants and bars with spacious outdoor patios

Sure, sweltering Texas summers can be a drag, but when you're gathering with friends for great food and drinks, the afternoons tend…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Chicken N Pickle
5215 UTSA Boulevard, (210) 874-2120, chickennpickle.com/san-antonio
The massive four-acre Chicken N Pickle complex features pet-friendly spaces, a fast casual dining restaurant, five outdoor Pickleball courts, two bocce ball and four shuffleboard courts — plus a full bar to fuel the fun. 
Photo via Instagram / 
wongo71
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These San Antonio restaurants and chefs have been featured on national TV shows

Every San Antonian has a shortlist of local dining spots they know and love, but some standouts and their chefs have managed…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Emily Hersh: Jardin
 555 Funston Pl, (210) 338-5100, jardinsatx.com
San Antonio chef Emily Hersh appeared as a contestant during the 20th season of Fox TV's Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns, hosted by Gordon Ramsay. Formerly of Jason Dady's Jardín Restaurant at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Hersh now resides in NYC ahead of opening a new vegan barbecue concept. 
Photo courtesy of Emily Hersh
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21 San Antonio restaurants where the live music is as good as the food and booze

San Antonio's music scene is as diverse and deep-rooted as the rest of its culture. Thankfully, a growing number of Alamo City…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Vista Brewing Company
1333 Buena Vista St, 512-766-1842, vistabrewingtx.com
Vista Brewing, based in the Central Texas town of Driftwood, extended its reach to San Antonio earlier this spring with the opening of a new tasting room and beer garden at Warehouse 5. 
Photo by thedesertroamer via Instagram / vistabrewingsatx
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Essential San Antonio patios, where the food is as good as the ambiance

Not much good has come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, but one positive has been the uptick in patio dining across the…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Elsewhere Garden Bar & Kitchen 
103 E Jones Ave, (210) 446-9303, elsewheregarden.com 
The dog- and family-friendly spot features swing seats overlooking the San Antonio River, lush landscaping, a selection of brews and wine, and savory snacks create a perfect urban getaway. 
Photo via Instagram / elsewheresatx
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All the thirst-quenching drink specials at the inaugural San Antonio Icehouse Week

Popular drinking spots the Friendly Spot and Dakota Eastside Icehouse have joined forces with the Current to launch San Antonio Icehouse Week…

By San Antonio Icehouse Week

Sanchez Ice House
819 S. San Saba St., (210) 223-0588, facebook.com/SANCHEZICEHOUSE
Bud Light 12 oz. Longneck Bottles, $2 (2-6 p.m.) 
Photo via Facebook / Sanchez Ice House 1 & 2
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San Antonio vegan restaurants, juice bars and other healthy options that are actually good

It's nearly the time of year where San Antonians make resolutions and see how long they can stick with them. Many of…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Vegan Avenue
2512 N. Main Ave., (210) 332-9284, eatveganavenue.com
This new-ish vegan joint focuses exclusively on plant-based and gluten-free food in SA’s Monte Vista neighborhood. The menu is extensive, with items for lunch, brunch and dinner, as well as milkshakes and smoothies.  
Photo via Instagram / veganavenue
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24 bars and restaurants to take out-of-towners that show the real San Antonio

It can be hard choosing a place to take friends or family visiting from out of town — or if you're just…

By San Antonio Current Staff

The Esquire Tavern
155 E. Commerce St., (210) 222-2521 esquiretavern-sa.com
Though not the first cocktail bar in San Antonio, The Esquire earns points for several great traits. From its storied history as the longest bar in Texas, to its thoughtful decor, to its amazing food menu, to its extensive mezcal list, and yes, classic and inventive cocktails, there's a bit of everything to find here. 
Photo via Facebook / EsquireTavernSA
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25 San Antonio bars with food as good as the drinks

Sometimes when you're drinking, a bag of chips or a bowl of peanuts just won't cut it. Not to mention, if the cocktails…

By San Antonio Current Staff

The Dooryard
4503 De Zavala Rd., Ste. 108, thedooryardsa.com
While most folks may visit this northwest-side spot to drink their calories, The Dooryard’s food menu is also worth checking out. Compliment pours of beers, seltzers and wines with soy ginger baby back ribs and $20 steak nights. 
Photo via Instagram / thedooryardsa
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The best food and drinks in San Antonio, according to our readers

The people of San Antonio have spoken! Here are the Best of San Antonio Food and Drink winners for 2021.

By San Antonio Current Staff

Best Bakery
La Panadería, Multiple locations, lapanaderia.com
Photo via Instagram / lapanaderia
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26 kid-friendly San Antonio spots where parents can get a damn drink

Sometimes it seems like the stress never ends, and on top of that many of us are trying to keep the kids…

By San Antonio Current Staff

The Cove
606 W Cypress St, (210) 227-2683, thecove.us
If you’re looking for quirky, stop here. You’ll stop in for food and drinks and to let the little ones run around, but on your way out, feel free to do a load of laundry at their laundromat or wash your car at their car wash.
Photo via Instagram / austinadw88
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San Antonio's best breweries and taprooms for drinking outdoors

The Alamo City's craft beer scene has been booming for a few years, but we realized we hadn’t put together a list…

By San Antonio Current Staff

The Hoppy Monk
 1010 N Loop 1604 E, thehoppymonk.com
The Hoppy Monk offers ample outdoor dining, and the food menu and huge selection of beers only add to the reasons to head to this north SA spot. Stop by on Sunday to indulge in their brunch offerings, but be warned: you will wait for a table, so don’t arrive hangry.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
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The San Antonio hamburgers everyone should have tried by now

Any time is a good time for a hamburger. In many ways, it's the perfect convenience food. But let's not mistake convenience…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Broadway 5050
Dine-in Only, 5050 Broadway St., (210) 832-0050, broadway5050.com
This central SA staple offers up 10 signature burgers, as well as a specialty Burger of the Month. For those that like heat, the 09er Burger features ghost pepper cheese, chipotle mayo and jalapenos.  
Photo via Instagram / broadway5050
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22 LGBTQ+ friendly bars and restaurants in San Antonio

June of 2021 is filled with reason for celebration, thanks to the overlap of Pride Month and the city's delayed Fiesta revelry.…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Cereal Killer Sweets
1031 Patricia, Suite 104, (210) 753-2032, cerealkillersweets.com
Satisfy your sweet tooth at one of San Antonio’s queer-owned businesses with an impressive catalog of LGBTQ+-centric charitable causes.
Photo via Instagram /  
texas_made_eats
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The 23 most over-the-top restaurants in San Antonio

The Alamo City is a food city, and we also like to do things up big. That means we've got no shortage…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Papa Dante's
8607 FM1976, (210) 658-5261, papadantes.com
This small, family-owned Italian joint offers huge portions and a dining area that features walls 100% covered in movie and sports memorabilia. Those with short attention spans might shy away from bringing a date here… you won’t be able to stop looking at the over-the-top decor.  
Photo via Instagram / hazel.bone_
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30 San Antonio bars and restaurants with dog-friendly patios

Spring has officially sprung, bringing with it beaming sunshine and cool breezes. Before we slip into the dog days of summer, doesn't…

By San Antonio Current Staff

The Cove
Masks Required
606 W Cypress St, (210) 227-2683, thecove.us
This quirky spot has it all – organic bites, boozy selections, live music, a laundromat, a car wash, a playground for the kids and a patio for the pups! Honestly, the Cove will quickly become a favorite if it isn’t already.
Photo via Instagram / gonzoinsa
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Essential San Antonio restaurants and bars with outdoor patios

With COVID surging again in San Antonio, it makes sense to play it safe and avoid crowded indoor spaces. That's why we…

By San Antonio Current Staff, Jay Moreno

Buckets Burgers and Beer
Masks Not Required for Staff or Customers
2014 S WW White Rd, (210) 251-2232, Facebook.com/Bucketsbeergarden
This family-friendly joint offers ample outdoor seating as well as space for the kiddos to let loose. An outdoor bar, live music and huge burgers — among other scrumptious food items — make this a spot you don’t want to miss when the weather is nice.   
Photo via Facebook / Buckets Burgers and Beer Garden
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All of the 3rd Annual San Antonio Burger Week's bingeworthy eats

San Antonio Burger Week comes but once a year, and when it does, it delivers. From Friday, February 26 through Sunday, March…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Guillermo's
Dine-In, Curbside and Pick-up, 618 McCullough Ave., (210) 223-5587, guillermosdowntown.com
The Volcano Burger Jumbo Slider, $8, Prepared with provolone cheese, jalapeño, bacon, wing sauce and Guillermo's delicious mayo. Lettuce, tomato and red onion on the side with a few fries on a large Guillermo's homemade slider bun. Spicy and delicious! 
Spinach Bacon Blu Cheese Jumbo Burger Slider, $8, Spinach, bacon, provolone, blue cheese dressing and Guillermo's Mayonnaise. Lettuce, tomato and red onion on the side with a few fries on a large Guillermo's homemade slider bun. 
Photo courtesy of Guillermo’s
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23 essential San Antonio restaurants offering healthy dining options

Adopting better eating habits is at or near the top of most folks' New Year's resolutions. But maintaining that goal for more…

By San Antonio Current Staff

The Good Kind Southtown
1127 S St Mary's St, (210) 801-5892, eatgoodkind.com
The Good Kind uses sustainably sourced ingredients to create light offerings that are big on flavor. The tasty menu shows that eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up brunch.
Photo via Instagram / goodkindsouthtown
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25 extremely outdoor dining options in San Antonio

Look, we get it — folks are itching to get out of the house. But they need to do it safely. That's…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Elsewhere Garden Bar & Kitchen 
103 E Jones Ave, San Antonio, TX 78215, (210) 446-9303, elsewheregarden.com 
The dog- and family-friendly spot was voted Best New Bar in 2020 by our readers, and it's easy to see why. Swing seats overlooking the San Antonio River, lush landscaping, a selection of brews and wine, and savory snacks create a perfect urban getaway. 
Photo via Instagram / elsewheresatx
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The best food and drinks in San Antonio, according to our readers

The people of San Antonio have spoken! Here are the Best of San Antonio Food and Drink winners for 2020.

By San Antonio Current Staff

Best Brunch
Magnolia Pancake Haus, 606 Embassy Oaks, (210) 496-0828, magnoliapancakehaus.com
Photo via Instagram /  magnoliapancakehaus
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26 San Antonio Restaurants Every Vegan and Vegetarian Should Know

If the current state of affairs has got you feeling sluggish, consider making a trip to one of these 26 vegan- and…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Thai Vegan
15614 Huebner Rd. #113, (210) 257-0090, thaivegantx.com/wordpress/
When it comes to fresh, vibrant vegan eats, low-key spot Thai Vegan is the place to go. Their dishes are hearty and seasoned perfectly, and we’ve even known some meat-eaters to choose this spot for lunch based on the sheer tastiness of the food. 
Photo via Instagram /  
alamocity.vegans
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Every San Antonio Restaurant Featured on the Food Network

San Antonians have plenty of local spots they know and love, but there have been some standouts over the years that have…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Texas Pride Barbecue
2980 TX-1604 Loop, Adkins, (210) 649-3730, texaspridebbq.net
In season three of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy Fieri was sure to hit up Texas Pride for the “All Kinds of BBQ” episode. Guy totally recommends the best-selling brisket paired with a side of baked beans.
Photo via Instagram / 4u2chawaii
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16 Spots in San Antonio Where You Can Enjoy Live Music on a Patio

As San Antonians, it's pretty much a given that we love to eat, drink booze and jam out to some live music.…

By San Antonio Current Staff

La Botanica
2911 N St Mary's St, (210) 716-0702, vivalabotanica.com
Vegetarian bites, an LGBT-friendly space and live music – why the hell wouldn’t you want to hang out here? While the menu is Tex-Mex inspired, the patio hosts Tejano-inspired lineup.
Photo via Instagram / anagohardo
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