Where to Eat in San Antonio Right Now
From vegan patty melts to tender smoked brisket swimming in spicy green curry.
The San Antonio restaurant scene has had its resilience tested during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in true Texas fashion, our community has come together to support established and new local food businesses and ensure their longevity. With Texas officially ending its social distance mandate back in March, operations all over the city are returning to some semblance of their pre-pandemic routines, with dine-in services slowly and steadily making a comeback. The restaurants below are among the many currently serving their delicious eats with a side of Alamo City hospitality. Diners take note: Most places are still maintaining social-distancing and other safety procedures to protect their staff and patrons, so make sure to suss out each spot’s situation before getting down to business.
Curry Boys BBQ
The gist: Southeast Asian curry joins forces with Texas-style barbecue and eye-catching minimalist aesthetics on the St. Mary’s Strip.
The food: Curry Boys BBQ lives up to its name with its signature dish—oak-smoked prime brisket paired with green curry presented atop a pillowy bed of rice. Other dishes include marinated mushrooms in green curry, cold chili garlic noodles, and curry creamed corn.
The cost: Entrees $9.50 - $12.50, sides $3.50 - $5.50.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or call 210-320-0555 and order online for take-out.
The gist: Nestled just south of downtown, this family-owned hidden gem attracts devotees from around town with its traditional Michoacán carnitas.
The food: Carnitas by the pound or half pound, quesadillas, and an extensive seafood menu featuring ceviche, oysters, and fish tacos lead the charge.
The cost: Starters and entrees $3.50 - $18.25.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or call 210-455-2105 and order online for take-out.
The gist: A vegan burger joint serving classic and specialty plant-based comforts from its post on the southside.
The food: Signature Blissful Burgers made with house-seasoned Beyond Meat patties share menu space with specialty creations like a patty melt topped with melty slices of Follow Your Heart cheese and a dollop of crave-worthy bliss sauce. Sides like a green salad and seasoned cheese fries can (and should) be added for an additional cost.
The cost: Standard burgers $5 - $6.95, specialty burgers $8 - $12.50, sides $4 - $6, soft drinks $2 - $2.50.
How to book: Call 210-239-5830 or order online for take-out.
The gist: A neighborhood ice house that aims to preserve its surrounding culture by providing a space for live music, community gathering, and downright tasty food and drink.
The food: The Dakota offers a unique roster of multicultural dishes including pork queso, wagyu guisada cheesesteak, brisket margherita pizza, and a particularly enticing New Orleans-style muffuletta sandwich. A wide selection of domestic and craft beer is on hand to wash it all down.
The cost: Starters $4 - $15, mains $10 - $18, beverage prices vary.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or call 210-375-6009 and order online for take-out.
Pinch Boil House
The gist: Launched as a series of pop-up crawfish boils, this Southeast Asian-inspired seafood shack has set up shop amid the hustle and bustle of downtown San Antonio.
The food: The main event is invariably the fresh seafood boils, which include a choice of shrimp, mussels, crawfish, crab, or any combination of the above. A number of rice bowls like the Dirty Bird (Korean buffalo chicken, Asian cabbage slaw, peppers, umami mayo) plus shareables like seasoned fries and pork dumplings keeps the turf-loving fed and happy.
The cost: Snacks $4.95 - $11.95, seafood boils $10 - $21, rice bowls 7.95 - $9.95, beverage prices vary.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or call 210-971-7774 and order via Toast for take-out.
Golden Wat Noodle House
The gist: A one-stop-shop for soulful Cambodian cuisine dedicated to owner Susan Sypesteyn’s mother, whose own noodle recipes were preserved generationally and passed down to Sypesteyn.
The food: Fresh takes on customary Cambodian dishes like kuy teav cha (stir-fried beef noodles) and nom banh chok (rice noodles in lemongrass curry broth) dominate the bill. Specials like khmer catfish, kampot pepper shrimp, and Cambodian fried rice plus a full vegan lineup act as extra incentives.
The cost: Starters $8 - $12, noodles $12 - $15, mains $13 - $17, beer and hard seltzer $6, sake and cider $8 - $15, wine by the glass $8 - $15, soft drinks $2.50 - $4.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or call 210-320-8211 and order online for take-out and delivery.
Tony G’s Soul Food
The gist: This community staple kicks traditional soul food up a notch while simultaneously providing a much-needed space for uplifting and celebrating the neighborhood’s racial and cultural makeup.
The food: Specializing in breakfast foods, Tony G’s serves its entire menu of eggs, pancakes, biscuits, and fried catfish clear through 11 am in addition to classic pairings like chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits available all day long. Lunch entrees include smothered chicken, slow-roasted oxtails, and barbecue beef brisket. Oh yes.
The cost: Sides $2.95 - $8.50, mains $6.99 - $16.95, soft drinks $2.95.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating, call 210-451-1234 for take-out, or order delivery via DoorDash, UberEats, and GrubHub.
The gist: Elevated Caribbean street eats from the owners of Jerk Shack draw hungry locals and visitors alike to the thick of Pearl’s Bottling Department Food Hall.
The food: Mi Roti offers Jamaican staples like jerk chicken, peppered shrimp, and curry chickpeas, all swaddled in warm roti and topped with a choice of fresh ingredients and sauces. Piles of masala fries and belly-warming red beans accompany the main attractions.
The cost: Sides $1 - $12, wraps and bowls $7 - $12.50.
How to book: Stop by for counter-service or order take-out and delivery va Toast.
NOLA Brunch and Beingets
The gist: New Orleans brunch fare blooms amid a welcoming atmosphere stashed away in the growing Midtown neighborhood.
The food: NOLA is THE place in town to get an authentic beignet alongside any number of Big Easy-style hits like eggs Rockefeller, cane syrup-glazed fried chicken, bread pudding French toast, and muffaletta po’ boy sandwiches. Make it a true brunch experience by pairing your meal with a refreshing mimosa.
The cost: Beignets $1.75 - $7, sides $2 - $7, mains $10 - $18, coffee and soft drinks $3.50 - $10, wine by the bottle $20 - $50.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out and delivery online.
The gist: Expect made-to-order pizza and other Italian favorites whipped up in the heart of Southtown.
The food: Southtown Pizzeria prides itself on using the freshest ingredients possible to prepare its menu of brick oven-fired pizzas and hearty loaded pastas. Case and point? The springtime-inspired fettuccine primavera, a bounty of freshly-harvested crimini mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini, carrots, and yellow squash sauteed with toothsome pasta and drizzled with house-infused herb oil.
The cost: Starters and salads $4.34 - $17.54, pizzas $10.94 - $17.54, pastas $11 - $21, mains $20.84 - $43.98.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or call 210-999-5401 or order via Slice for take-out and delivery.
The gist: Godai is an established figure in the San Antonio food scene, featuring some of the most highly coveted sushi in the city alongside an inviting staff and charming ambience.
The food: Traditional sushi rolls pave the way for more inventive compositions like the seafood enchilada roll featuring spicy crab and cucumber wrapped with avocado and ocean-fresh fish then finished with squid salad and eel sauce. Godai also offers tempura and noodle dishes like yakisoba tailor made for the land lovers of the group.
The cost: Starters $3.95 - $15.95, sushi $3.95 - $60, mains $10.95 - $25.95, desserts $3.95 - $8.95.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or call 210-899-4832 for take-out.
Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery
The gist: This neighborhood brewpub is home to modern, cross-cultural takes on Southern comfort food paired with a sharply curated selection of house-brewed craft beer.
The food: Southerleigh’s menu rotates seasonally, and currently includes enticing warm weather items like cracker-crusted redfish, pressure-fried chicken, and blackened shrimp po’ boys, among other gut-busting enticements.
The cost: Shareables $10 - $28, mains $14 - $42, sides $5.50 - $12, beer and wine prices vary.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or call 210-455-5701 and order via Toast for take-out.