The Best Cheap Eats in San Antonio

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San Antonio has become best known for its stunning River Walk, stellar sports teams and thriving arts scene. People flock from all over to see Spurs games, tour the Alamo and take in the world-class San Antonio Zoo. Many don't realize that San Antonio also has an up-and-coming dining scene, especially when it comes to eating on a budget. The town has a ton of affordable restaurants that won’t put any stress on diners’ wallets. With so many cheap eats in San Antonio, how do visitors choose where to eat? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. If you're wondering where to get the best cheap eats in San Antonio, check out our Tastemaker List to find out what the real foodies think!

Restaurants:Camp Verde General Store and Restaurant, Liberty Bar, P.F. Chang's - La Cantera
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Asian
Neighborhoods:Camp Verde, Downtown, La Cantera

Camp Verde General Store and Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Camp Verde
978 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Worth the Drive
  • Special Occasion
For a piece of San Antonio history and some delicious cheap eats, diners flock to Camp Verde General Store, a general store that is a San Antonio landmark. Open for more than 150 yRead more
99% recommended
Best Overall in San Antonio
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Liberty Bar

$$$$·American·
Downtown
138 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
Liberty Bar is a trendy gastropub that has a slew of affordable eats in a fun and festive setting. Often consider a destination for some of the best cheap eats in San Antonio, LibeRead more
94% recommended
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P.F. Chang's - La Cantera

$$$$·Asian·
La Cantera
81 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
P.F. Chang’s is a reliable chain for outstanding pan Asian food at outstanding prices. Diners here can enjoy the bustling brasserie-like ambiance with Asian décor accents. They canRead more

Hard Rock Cafe - San Antonio

$$$$·American·
Downtown
319 reviews
  • Fun
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
The Hard Rock Café is always fun and always rockin’. The same holds true for this location in Texas, which is a destination for some of the best cheap eats in San Antonio. Hard RocRead more
Late Night Find in San Antonio
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Meadow Neighborhood Eatery + Bar

$$$$·American·
North San Antonio
347 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
For a more sophisticated vibe at a restaurant that won’t break the bank, head to Meadow Neighborhood Eater and Bar. This aptly-named restaurant is casual and table cloth free, someRead more
96% recommended
Best Value in San Antonio

Rails...a Cafe at the Depot

$$$$·American·
Kerrville
414 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Another place for the best cheap eats in San Antonio that is also in a fun and historic setting is Rails. This restaurant sits in the 1915 Kerrville Train Depot, in the small suburRead more
94% recommended
Best Value in San Antonio

Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,319 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Notable Wine List
Wine lovers can rejoice when they head to Zinc: an affordable restaurant that also has a great wine list. Zinc bills itself as “an Elegant European wine bar with a casual Texas twiRead more
88% recommended
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Playland

$$$$·Pizzeria·
San Antonio
100 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Casual
Playland San Antonio offers diners nonstop fun and entertainment. They also have a very affordable menu! The restaurant serves dinner nightly with a menu featuring sourdough pizzasRead more
83% recommended
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Ocho at Hotel Havana

$$$$·Latin / Spanish·
Downtown
424 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
For an unforgettable view with some of the best cheap eats in San Antonio, diners should eat at Ocho. This restaurant is in a glass conservatory overlooking the River Walk, and theRead more
87% recommended
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Stone Werks - The Rim

$$$$·American·
San Antonio
490 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
The location of Stone Werks at the Rim is an excellent place to dine for some of the best cheap eats in San Antonio and a handcrafted cocktail that won’t cost an arm and a leg. TheRead more
86% recommended

Dick's Last Resort - San Antonio

$$$$·American·
Downtown
288 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Late-night Find
  • Fun
Dick’s Last Resort is a chain. However, the location in San Antonio does not disappoint, with heaping helpings of delicious bar food and hilarious irreverent waiters (that is the sRead more
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Savor The Culinary Institute of America

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
917 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
For fine dining at non-fine dining prices, head to Savor. This restaurant, headed by students at the Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio Campus, is a chance for culinary schRead more
96% recommended
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Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
1,778 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great Beer
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Foodies who eat at Southerleigh can rejoice. This is a place created by foodies for foodies. But is affordable, so visitors can enjoy good food without shelling out their whole payRead more
97% recommended
Hot Spot in San Antonio

Stone Werks - Lincoln Heights

$$$$·American·
San Antonio
288 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Great Beer
The Lincoln Heights location of Stone Werks is also an excellent place to grab a beer, eat a bite of bar food, and unwind in front of a sports game. This sports bar-restaurant has Read more
82% recommended
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Zocca

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
942 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
For some of the best and most affordable Italian food in town, diners should head to Zocca. This Italian staple on the Riverwalk has classics like spaghetti Bolognese, bruschetta, Read more

Luce Ristorante E Enoteca

$$$$·Italian·
Medical Center
781 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
One other great spot for Italian food in San Antonio is Luce. This outpost for Italian staples has been around since 2006, and they have been pleasing diners with reliable, affordaRead more
89% recommended
Notable Wine List in San Antonio

Grayze - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
565 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Comfort Food
Grayze is one of the best spots for cheap eats in San Antonio when looking for a meal made of only fresh, local ingredients. They make all sauces in-house at Grayze, and the restauRead more
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Spaghetti Warehouse - San Antonio - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
147 reviews
  • Casual
  • Kid-friendly
  • Good for Anniversaries
Spaghetti Warehouse is a beloved chain for Italian food. It does not disappoint in San Antonio, where it offers some of the best cheap eats in town. Spaghetti Warehouse has a classRead more
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Feast

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
329 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
Feast San Antonio is neon-lit with a nightclub vibe. So for cheap eats that also feel like a party, Feast is a great spot. Feast has a small menu featuring a very specifically curaRead more
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