Where to Eat in San Antonio Right Now
San Antonio's restaurant scene has labored through the COVID crisis, and for better or worse has become more resilient and perhaps better able to navigate uncharted waters. That is not to say the journey is yet over -- because it isn't and these restaurants need your continued support. However, the below restaurants have consistently been able to open their doors (or even expand!) and continue to do what they can to serve up our community with good food. The Alamo City has always been loyal to its old favorites, and we would like it to stay that way while also providing room for the new businesses that need neighborhood support.
The gist: Heartfelt Caribbean fare from the owners of Jerk Shack are a hit in the bottling department.
The food: Serving Jamaican stalwarts like peppered shrimp, buttered chicken, and for desert, coconut cornbread pudding with rum glaze, this new offering is quickly becoming a pearl favorite.
The cost: The entrees and deserts are about $8-$12.
How to order: Order at the bottling department itself and eat outside at socially distanced tables.
The gist: French traditional food served in beautiful French-Texan chic environs in the heart of Southtown.
The food: Serving delicate yet hearty plates such as beef tartare and croque monsieur, the Maverick offers consistently delicious French food with a French/Austrian/Spanish wine list and cocktails featuring fresh herbs from their wall garden.
The cost: Maverick’s starters and entrees range from $8-$29.
How to order: Maverick serves curbside as well as dine-in at socially distanced tables with masks required.
The gist: French food with a modern twist, this restaurant operates out of a soothing art-deco/mid-century modern space and is owned by longtime San Antonian foodies and Chefs Damien Watel and Lisa Astorga-Watel.
The food: Bistro 09 focuses on traditional French stapes like tuna nicoise and steak frites, but also mixes it up with specials like seafood paella.
The cost: Entrees range from around $22 - $58, with drinks around $12-$22, and family style to go meals are around $45-$55 for four people.
How to order: Call 210-245-8156 to order takeout, Bistro 09 is also available for dine in although it is currently only allowed to serve at 50% capacity with masks required to be worn (except when you’re seated at your table).
The Good Kind Southtown
The gist: The Good Kind’s Southtown location offers health conscious and flavorful comfort food in a yoga-friendly outdoorsy spot.
The food: Smoothies, paninis, and packed burritos are all on offer here and are complemented by a few specialty cocktails that can be tailor made to suit any special diet.
The cost: Entrees, smoothies, and drinks range from the $8-$10 range.
How to order: Food and alcohol can be ordered online at their website or by calling 210-439-0030, there is also a dine in option as well with masks required and the restaurant is only allowed 50% capacity.
NOLA Brunch and Beingets
The gist: Owned by Pieter Sypesteyn (owner of Cookhouse) NOLA serves New Orleans brunch comfort food from a modernized San Antonio bungalow.
The food: Hearty, sweet, delectable New Orleans fare like beignet (of course), scrambled eggs with grits, fried chicken, fried oysters and sweet/salty favorites like praline bacon.
The cost: Food ranges from $10-$15 with mimosa kits (or more!) setting you back about $30.
How to order: Serving brunch to go only on Thursday-Sunday, you can pick up or Uber Eats your favorite meal from 8am-2pm.
The gist: Traditional Irish fare in a rolicking and cool (not just referring to temperature) pub.
The food: Offering chorizo deviled eggs and egg rolls along with more traditional fare like fish 'n' chips and high wheel betty salmon (featuring salmon glazed with Dorcol’s sublime High Wheel Betty kolsch), Francis Bogside is the most stalwart of Irish pubs in San Antonio.
The cost: Entrees and appetizers range from $4-$18.
How to order: Open daily from 4pm-2am, you can dine in at their socially distanced tables (with a mask of course) or you can order takeout from (210) 369-9192 for pick-up.
The gist: Relaxed Italian foodstuffs in a locally owned location in Southtown.
The food: Southtown Pizzeria specialized in really great pie, that is thin and crusty pizza loaded up with fresh toppings. Their freshly made pasta and prime rib is nothing to squint an eye at either.
The cost: Pies are around $11, with pasta ranging up to $20 and the specialty meat dishes (rib eye) are around $43.
How to order: Available for delivery, dine in, or pick up from 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm, you can order online here or call them at 210-999-5401. They are also available for socially distanced dine in.
The gist: Elevated New American food and cocktails in a swanky setting in the St. Anthony’s Hotel.
The food: Rebelle focuses on exquisite New American seafood dishes like branzini, trout, and monkfish (however they also have such red meat spectaculars as pastrami-crusted Iberico pork loin) while also offering creative cocktails and wine pairings.
The cost: Rebelle ranges from $14-$40 for their appetizers and entrees.
How to order: Rebelle is available for dine in from 5pm-9pm every night.
Down on Grayson
The gist: This Window filled, elegant, fido-friendly restaurant has one of the best margarita/avocado toast combos in the city as well as a very large socially distanced patio area.
The food: Modern Tex-Mex food with a flair for nachos, meatballs, and sandwiches (as well as a solidly long list of cocktails).
The cost: Starters and sandwiches range from about $8-$19.
How to order: Available for dine in (at socially distanced tables with wait staff who undergo a health screening) and takeout which you may order by calling (210) 248-9244.
The gist: Owned by chef Geronimo Lopez, Botika is a stylish Asian fusion restaurant with creative dishes and perfect cocktails.
The food: Featuring Chinese-Peruvian & Japanese-Peruvian fare, Botika has an array of Eastern dishes and creative chefs that keep locals coming back for more.
The cost: Starters and entrees range from $12-$30, with family style meals for $40.
How to order: Available for dine in at socially distanced tables with masks required from 11am-9pm Wednesday through Monday, take out and delivery online here, or for take out by calling 210-670-7684.
Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery
The gist: Comfort Southern food served with a flourish (and beer) in an old brewery or tropically landscaped patio.
The food: Specializing in elevated Southern food, Southerleigh’s better known dishes include Oyster po-boys, crab mac & cheese, and cracker crusted Redfish.
The cost: Appetizers and entrees range from $9-$29.
How to order: Southerleigh has a “pick up tent” located in the Pearl at the corner of Muller street near the bottling department -- you can order here and you can dine in at their socially distanced tables (they’ve expanded their patio specifically for this).
Supper American Eatery
The gist: Locally sourced and seasonal items served in an intimate and comfortable setting.
The food: Supper is friendly, welcoming, and accessible, offering menu items that are seasonally selected like green chorizo scotch eggs and kolaches (for breakfast) and country fried smoked quail for dinner.
The cost: For breakfast you’re looking at $6-$12, for lunch and dinner about $9-$35.
How to order: Limited dine in capacity from 7am-10pm and take out (including family meals) available via calling 210-448-8352.
The gist: Jazzy, homemade New Orleans food in an intimate converted bungalow brought to you by Pieter Sypesteyn.
The food: Creole cuisine and seasonal seafood paired with house made pickled vegetables and local vegetables are in abundance at this small & romantic restaurant -- some highlights are their fried boudin balls, BBQ shrimp, and African spiced cauliflower.
The cost: Appetizers and entrees range from $9-$34.
How to order: Cookhouse is open for curbside and pick up only here.
The gist: Contemporary American food served in an endlessly cool converted modern petrol station.
The food: Modern local favorites like Lockhart quail and braised short ribs are served alongside tantalizing offerings like Japanese Hamachi sashimi tostadas and chilled bing cherry soup.
The cost: Appetizers and entrees range from $11-$46.
How to order: Available for limited capacity dine in from 5:30pm - 10:00pm on Tuesday-Thursday, and from 5:30pm - 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday, You can also get take-out and curbside pick up of all items on the menu by calling 210-225-2547.
The gist: One of the two locations in San Antonio owned by Doug and Lori Horn (who started the original location in 2007), the original location features an accessible restaurant and a stylish outdoor patio.
The food: Neapolitan-style pizza crafted from locally sourced ingredients and prepared in a traditional wood-fired oven as well as freshly made mozzarella and burrata.
The cost: Appetizers and pies range from $8-$22.
How to order: Available for pickup by ordering online here and also for dine in at socially distanced tables with face masks required from 4pm-8pm Mondays through Thursdays, 12pm-9pm Friday-Saturday and 12pm-8pm on Sunday.
Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria
The gist: Modern Mexican hyper-regional food that changes with the seasons from Chefs Diego Galicia and Rico Torres.
The food: Mixtli is an intimate 12 person train car-located restaurant that serves a constantly changing menu of regionally inspired Mexican food -- the current menu called siete features smoked swordfish with black aguachile and guayaba -- more importantly this is the Mixtli’s swan song as they will be temporarily closing in late September to re-open in a new Southtown location (with 30 spots at the table) in the fall.
The cost: Not for the faint of heart -- $115 per person for a 10 course meal, tip and tax included.
How to order: Reservations or “tickets” made here and must be prepaid.
The gist: A stalwart of the San Antonio restaurant scene, Godai features the best sushi in the city with some of the kindest and most courteous wait staff.
The food: Sushi rolls of every type and flavor (from traditional Japanese to fusion style like the Pokemon Roll, featuring crawfish and cucumber with salmon and spicy Masago) Godai also features tempura and miso specials.
The cost: Depending on how much you get, rolls range from $11-$40.
How to order: Available for take out only by calling 210-348-6781 and open from 11am-10pm (with a break for lunch) all days except Sunday.