On the Riverwalk

Acenar – Hot Mex Cool Bar, 146 E Houston St San Antonio, TX(210)222-2362. www.acenar.com. A ‘groovy’ atmosphere serving interior-style Mexican dishes prepared with a fresh, modern take, on the Riverwalk located next to Hotel Valencia. Indoor or outdoor seating is available weather permitting. Its Bar Atomar has killer margaritas, a complimentary happy hour buffet on Thursdays, and international disco dancing Fri & Sat 10pm – 2am.

Achiote, in the Grand Hyatt 600 E Market St San Antonio, TX (210)224-1234. www.grandsanantonio.hyatt.com.  Featuring a breathtaking view of the Riverwalk, Achiote offers an exciting Pan-Latino menu which showcases the rich culinary heritage of Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean, as well as San Antonio’s unique fusion cuisine; our menu provides a tantalizing diversion from typical fare. Imagine beginning your meal with executive chef Jeffrey Axell’s celebrated Bahia-Style Mussels and an Ecuadorian salad. Select from the extensive wine list.  6:30am – 10pm daily.

Bella on the River, 106 Riverwalk San Antonio, TX (210)404-BELLA (2355). www.bellaontheriver.com. Can you beat Italian food paired with live piano jazz? This new establishment in an old building has adapted itself immediately to the old limestone walls, making you feel transported to a Tuscan grotto. Try Italian classics paired with more modern offerings. Dessert – the pistachio cake shouldn’t be missed. Mon – Thurs 5 – 10pm, Fri & Sat 5 – 11pm. Closed Sun. Happy Hour nightly 5 – 7pm.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S St Marys Ste 100 San Antonio, TX (210)225-0722.  www.biga.com. Featuring Chef Auden’s use of classical American techniques combined with exotic flavors found in the cuisines of Mexico and Asia. Dining hrs: Sun -Thurs 5:30pm – 10pm, Fri & Sat 5:30pm – 11pm.

Boudro’s, 314 E Commerce Ste 402 San Antonio, TX (210)224-8484. www.boudros.com. The most popular place to dine on the Riverwalk, hands down. A Texas bistro on the Riverwalk featuring superior seafood, southwest cuisine and steaks. World-famous for guacamole made in a molcajete at your tableside. The aged prime rib is optimum flavor. Try the Yellowfin Tuna Salad. Extensive wine selection. Lunch and dinner reservations recommended, especially starting Wed and through Sat evenings. Don’t worry if you have to wait – it’s worth it! Open daily until 11pm. TOP PICK!

Fig Tree, 515 Villita St San Antonio, TX (210)224-1976.  www.figtreerestaurant.com. The great European Classics, such as Chateaubriand and Beef Wellington. Always well-prepared with flawless service in an enchanting setting. Reservations recommended.

Il Sogno at the Pearl Brewery, 200 E Grayson St San Antonio, TX (210)212-4843. (2 mi upriver by barge) http://www.pearlbrewery.com/pages/eat_ilsogno.html. Voted Number 2 restaurant in Texas by Patricia Sharpe, food critic for Texas Monthly in the Feb 2010 issue. Italian food influenced by French by Chef Andrew Weissman & his chef de cuisine Luca Dellacasa. Il Sogno means’ the dream’ in Italian (just as Weissman’s La Reve did in French) and you’ll feel like your food dreams are coming true! Superb atmosphere in the Full Goods building of the recently renovated Pearl Brewery enhances the extraordinary dishes, while the pasta cooks can be observed hand-making their wares through glass windows. Breakfast, lunch, & dinner menus. Closed Mondays, & no breakfast on Sundays. Opens Tues – Fri 7:30am, Sat 8:30am, & Sun 11:30am; closing approx 9:30pm.

La Gloria, 100 E Grayson San Antonio, TX(210)267.9040. (2 mi upriver by barge). www.lagloriaicehouse.com  Terrific street-style Mexican food by Chef Johnny Hernandez. Order a la carte cafeteria style, but wait staff delivers food to your table. Very informal atmosphere. Just opened in 2010 it is enormously popular with the locals. Situated on the banks of the San Antonio River in the renovated Pearl Brewery. Closed Tuesdays. Open Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri & Sat 11am – 12am.

Las Canarias, in the Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel, 112 College St San Antonio, TX (210)518-1000. www.omnihotels.com. Signature items include: Buffalo Carpaccio with Herbed Quinoa; Texas Blue Crab Stuffed Swordfish Tempura; Squash Blossom Roasted Corn Huitlacoche Soup with Crème Fraiche; Roasted Rack of Lamb with Organic Potato-Mustard Green Dauphinoise and the finest hand-made margaritas on the River Walk. A San Antonio classic with an Old-World atmosphere. Mon – Sat breakfast 6:30am - 11:30am, lunch 11:30am - 2pm, dinner 5:30pm - 10pm (till 11pm Fri & Sat), Sun brunch 10am - 2pm, dinner 5:30pm - 10pm.

Little Rhein Steak House, 231 S Alamo San Antonio, TX (210)225-2111. www.littlerheinsteakhouse.com. A friendly gathering place with rustic charm, and an historically significant location on the Riverwalk in La Villita’s Bombach House. High quality steaks and items a la carte.  Established 1967. Winner 2005 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Opens 5pm daily.

Mexican Manhattan 110 Soledad San Antonio, TX(210)223-3913. www.mexicanmanhattan.com. Considered to be the best authentic traditional Mexican food in downtown San Antonio by locals and loved by all. This fun joint has been family-owned since 1958. Always generous portions with a friendly staff. Take advantage of a complimentary happy hour buffet Mon – Fri 4pm – 6pm. Or try lunch or dinner from 11am –10pm daily, closed Sun.

Paesano’s 111 W Crockett  San Antonio, TX(210)227-2782.  www.paesaniosriverwalk.com. Award winning Mediterranean specialties and contemporary Italian cuisine in the comfortable setting of an Italian trattoria at the south bank of the Riverwalk. Enjoy the legendary Shrimp Paesano or Oven-Baked Pizzas piled high with grilled chicken and artichokes, or venture forth to Lemon Peppered Salmon.  Daily Specials. Lunch & dinner Sun – Thur 11am – 10pm, Fri & Sat 11am – 11pm.

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