Unique, Landmark, and Historic Restaurants

by | Apr 21, 2021 | Community, Our Favorites | 0 comments

San Antonio’s Must Visit Restaurants

San Antonio is known for its history, culture, and of course, food. With these restaurants, you get the best of all three. Dinner with a view, lunch in a historic building, and drinks with a unique atmosphere.

There are a wide variety of cuisine options. From Tex-Mex to seafood to a rotating menu. Each of these notable restaurants brings something delectable to the table. Here are some favorites!

La Fonda on Main

La Fonda is San Antonio’s oldest Mexican restaurant. It’s a hacienda-styled building with a beautiful outdoor patio. They serve Mexican classics like enchiladas, tacos, and flan. They’re open for lunch and dinner and a weekend brunch.

Chart House

Chart House is a landmark restaurant. It provides an elegant atmosphere with an unbeatable view. Their menu consists of seafood and American cuisine. They also have an extensive wine list. Come for the views but stay for the happy hour.

Mi Tierra

Mi Tierra is a San Antonio staple. This landmark was established in 1941. For eighty years they’ve been serving delectable Mexican entrées, drinks, and pastries. The interior is flamboyantly decorated with Mexican décor. They’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


This German-inspired Southern deli is the oldest restaurant in San Antonio. Schilo’s was established in 1914 and in 1942 it settled into its current location; a transformation of a bank to a deli. They’re open for breakfast and lunch.

Biga on the Banks

Dinner with a view. Biga on the Banks resides on the historic Riverwalk. To get the best view of the Riverwalk, patio seating is available. This establishment is open for dinner only and serving upscale American cuisine.

Guenther House

This historic home was built in the early 1900s. The Guenther House plays host to a museum, gift shop, a venue, and a restaurant. The interior is Victorian-inspired. They serve American fare for breakfast and lunch.


Cured resides at the Pearl in a 1904 renovated building. Serving up farmhouse fare in a rustic setting. Their menu is filled with cured meats and hand-crafted food. Their beautiful exterior is impossible to miss.


Savor is apart of the Culinary Institute of America. This restaurant offers a unique experiences and a changing menu. The chef-students will be the ones preparing the meal to perfect their culinary skills. Savor is located in the Pearl and is open for dinner.

Restaurant Gwendolyn

This unique restaurant serves up hot meals, all made by hand and without electric machines. Restaurant Gwendolyn overlooks the beautiful Riverwalk. They’re only open for dinner and serve modern European dishes.


This Latin-inspired restaurant is unique with its glass conservatory and beautiful views. Ocho is located in the Hotel Havana which was built in the Mediterranean Revival style. Ocho is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don’t miss their happy hour. Enjoy your pozole in their blue themed interior while taking in the incredible scenery. 

Casa Rio

Casa Rio is the oldest restaurant on the Riverwalk. Their menu is filled with Tex-Mex classics and the restaurant is multi-level, so you’ll be able to get a great view of the Riverwalk. They serve lunch and dinner. A great place to relax, have a cocktail, and watch the river boats pass by.


This unique Italian restaurant inhabits a restored firehouse! Battalion offers a comprehensive wine list, multiple optionss to pair with your dinner. This romantic atmosphere almost make you forget you’re in a firehouse. Battalion left the original fireman’s pole in tact.

Maverick Whiskey

This renovated bank is now a distillery, bewery, and restaurant. After taking a tour of the distillery, have lunch with a fresh cocktail. Maverick Whiskey is not just about whiskey; they also distill gin, vodka, rum, and brew a couple of beers.


Southerleigh is another unique brewery. Although they aren’t just a brewery, they also serve delicious Southern cuisine  and coastal favorites. Try their fresh oysters and wash it down with one of Southerleighh’s 15 beers on tap. They have a beautiful patio to enjoy.

Now when your friends and family come into town, you have plenty of options to take them to. Add these restaurants to your bucket list and tick them off during the summer.

These are just a few of the restaurants that make San Antonio such a diverse place. There is no shortage of options when it comes to food and culture in San Antonio.


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