Downtown

Not on the Riverwalk, but also in the Downtown area and within easy walking distance of the Riverwalk Vista.

Aldaco’s, 100 E Hoefgen San Antonio, TX (210)222-0561.  www.aldacos.net. Located at historic Sunset Station just east of downtown, this place offers free shuttle service to diners, and has great meeting spaces and wi-fi. They often do special entertainment on Spurs and Cowboys game nights. You can get the best of both traditional and award-winning Mexican cuisine here. Ask for an Avocado Margarita – a house specialty. Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm Fri & Sat 10am-10pm Sunday Closed.

Bohanan’s, 219 E Houston St 2nd flr San Antonio, TX (210)472-2600. www.bohanans.com. A Texas original by Chef Mark Bohanan; you’ll find the Best of the Best here. Fine upscale dining, superb service, with mouth-watering beef including exclusive Japanese Aukashi Steaks, and seafood direct from Hawaii. This is the right place to impress a client or celebrate a momentous occasion – a premier experience. Also great to combine with an event at the Majestic Theater across the street. Four diamonds & many other awards. Reservations and jackets recommended. Mon – Thurs lunch 11am – 2pm, dinner 5pm – 10pm. Fri- sat 5pm – 11pm. Sun 5pm – 9pm. Downstairs bar is open Mon – Thurs 11-am - 11pm. Fri 11am – 2am, Sat 5pm – 2am.

Buckhorn Saloon, corner of Houston & N Presa Streets next to Hyatt Hotel San Antonio, TX (210)247-4000. www.buckhornsaloonmuseum.com. This is where it all started: when Teddy Roosevelt recruited Rough Riders and Pancho Villa is rumored to have planned the Mexican Revolution. Many of the original furnishings still grace today's Buckhorn Saloon, including the back bar which was hand-crafted of marble and cherry wood. The Buckhorn has always been known as a gathering place for good conversation and cold beer (well, except during Prohibition, that is). We'll rustle up a mouthwatering steak and a chuck wagon meal that harks back to the good ol' days. Be sure to visit the museum, old-fashioned arcade, and curio shop known as "The Worlds Oddest Store". Cafe daily for lunch only: 11am-3pm.

The Cadillac Bar, corner of S Flores & Nueva Streets in Stumberg Square San Antonio, TX (210)222-5533.  www.cadillacsummer.com. San Antonio has the pleasure of having its own original Cadillac Bar Restaurant with the same fine food and drinks that have been satisfying customers for over 60 years. The structure was originally the old Stumberg General Store, which was built in the 1870s, a favorite meeting place for farmers and ranchers from across the territory.  Behind the store was a camp yard for wagons and livestock. In 1914, streetlights were installed to illuminate this area, supposedly the first electric streetlights in Texas, and are still in use today in what has become a beautiful brick courtyard behind the restaurant. Today, millions of people from all over the world have been to the famous Cadillac Bar Restaurant.  

Chart House, In the Tower of the Americas, Hemisfair Park San Antonio, TX (210)223-3101. www.toweroftheamericas.com. Since 1961, Chart House has built its reputation on delighting guests with spectacular views, outstanding cuisine, and exceptional service. From top of the catch seafood, succulent steaks, prime rib and decadent desserts, our renowned chefs have tailored a menu to complement local cuisine while introducing a hint of the exotic. Marvel at the most breathtaking view of the city below. Or, relax with a cocktail in the sophisticated setting of Bar 601 with San Antonio spread out at your feet.

The Colonial Room, in the Menger Hotel 204 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX (210)223-4361. www.mengerhotel.com. The Colonial Dining room has suffered little change since the hotel’s beginning in 1859, 23 years after the Fall of the Alamo, its next door neighbor. The famous have all eaten here, from Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, Mae West to Babe Ruth. Once the in-town headquarters for ranchers and cowboys, this place has had its turns of fortune, but still holds the title of the Oldest Hotel West of the Mississippi. Classic European menu by a resident German chef – our favorite is the Sunday Brunch with salad bar, entrees, omelette and meat-carving stations, not to mention the desserts table – in a gorgeously maintained Victorian setting. Reservations recommended, especially for Sun brunch.

The Copper Kitchen, Southwest School of Arts and Crafts Center at Ursuline Campus San Antonio, TX (210)224.0123. www.swschool.org. The original dining room for the old Ursuline Academy (originally founded in 1851 as the first school for girls in San Antonio) is now the Copper Kitchen Café. Serving delicious homestyle food at reasonable prices, it is  a local favorite for lunch. Regular menu choices include a hot entree with salad, a Mexican plate, a homemade soup selection, large salads, and a variety of sandwiches. Desserts are homemade daily! Texas Monthly said “the sandwich fillings are great and the daily lunch specials a far cry from the cafeteria food most of us remember from childhood.” The limestone walls of the Copper Kitchen Cafe often display student works in a rotating exhibition. Call for daily specials, or to order a take-out lunch. Parking is free.

Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano Rivercenter Lagoon San Antonio, TX (210)223-0500. www.lucianorestaurants.com. Provides many wonderful dishes from traditional pasta with tomato and cream sauces to freshly grilled chicken and fish. River barge dining is available.

Schilo’s Delicatessen, 424 E Commerce St San Antonio, TX (210) 223-6692. (No website). A downtown San Antonio institution for over 90 years, established 1917, and right across the street from the Riverwalk Vista. Known best for their split pea soup, Rueben sandwiches, chicken and dumplings, and of course, their homemade root beer. A real slice of local history and delicious foods too! Breakfast/lunch/early dinner – orders to go/or delivery for groups to the Vista. Closed Sun.

Sushi Zushi, 203 S St Mary’s @ Market St San Antonio, TX  (210) 472-2900. Gourmet Japanese appetizers, entrees and soups, with both lunch and dinner menus. This place has a young fresh vibe. Free delivery with $20.00 minimum order.

Tre Trattoria, 401 S Alamo St in the Fairmont Hotel San Antonio, TX (210) 223.0401. Tre Trattoria Downtown features generous portions of antipasti, house-cured salami, hand-made pasta and pizzas cooked in the first authentic pizza oven to be brought to San Antonio from Italy. Visit Tre any day of the week to discover Italian cuisine at its best! Weekend brunch features signature Bloody Marys, plus a unique