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The Most Fun Restaurants in San Antonio

The OpenTable Team

Every fun restaurant in San Antonio owes tribute to the early ‘chili queens’, the women who used to cook in the plazas as far back as the 1880s. Their cooking style blends Tejano cuisine with American ingredients, and today, we call it, Tex-Mex. The fun restaurants in San Antonio carry on these traditions with surprising twists. Delicacies range from chorizo burgers and tacos to pork shank and chicken fried oysters in this sizzling Texas town. But which restaurants attract the savviest diners for an exciting dining experience? Welcome to Tastemaker 20. By compiling data from thousands of restaurants and OpenTable’s most qualified foodies, we’ve pinpointed the San Antonio eateries that consistently keep guests coming back for more. Discover these fun restaurants in San Antonio and book a table right away!

Restaurants:Restaurant Gwendolyn, Savor The Culinary Institute of America, Camp Verde General Store and Restaurant
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American, American
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Camp Verde
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Restaurant Gwendolyn

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Downtown
495 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
Antique grinders, non-electric coffee makers, vintage art and a removal of any cooking or preparation apparatus requiring electricity all make Restaurant Gwendolyn stand out among Read more
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in San Antonio
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Savor The Culinary Institute of America

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
845 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Savor Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America offers guests delicious fare and cooking techniques from across the globe. Crafted by advanced students under the directioRead more
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in San Antonio
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Camp Verde General Store and Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Camp Verde
816 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Worth the Drive
  • Casual
Those who want a little taste of history with their meal may not find a more fun restaurant in San Antonio than Camp Verde General Store and Restaurant. It’s been serving the city Read more
97% recommended
Best Overall in San Antonio
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Rails...a Cafe at the Depot

$$$$·American·
Kerrville
277 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
If one were to combine historic tastes with a fun restaurant in San Antonio, they’d undoubtedly end up with Rails…a Café at the Depot. Guests enjoy their meals inside of a fully reRead more
91% recommended
American in San Antonio

The Cookhouse

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
Alamo Heights
127 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Authentic
With live music every Friday, only 60 seats to create an intimate environment and a focus on bringing Mardi Gras to Texas, The Cookhouse is one fun restaurant in San Antonio that cRead more
95% recommended
Best Food in San Antonio
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Brasao Brazilian Steakhouse

$$$$·Brazilian Steakhouse·
La Cantera
302 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Only opening in 2019, Brasao Brazilian Steakhouse is one of the newer fun restaurants in San Antonio. Its imposing entrance is reminiscent of the Far East – thanks to the eatery thRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in San Antonio

Battalion

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
2,094 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Southtown's crown jewel had long been Firehouse #7 – better known as 'The Rock' – and while it may have lost this designation for a bit, it’s easily earned it back with the openingRead more
91% recommended
Italian in San Antonio

Bliss Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
3,083 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
Located in the Southtown area, Bliss Restaurant offers guests contemporary American cuisine at its finest. This includes a menu that changes with the season and could feature anythRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in San Antonio
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La Frite

$$$$·French·
La Villita
338 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Good for Anniversaries
The string lighting, wine bottle wreaths, creative paintings and huge selection of wine and champagne combine to make La Frite one of the most popular fun restaurants in San AntoniRead more
96% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in San Antonio
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Signature, Inspired by Chef Andrew Weissman

$$$$·American·
La Cantera
940 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
If there were ever a fun restaurant in San Antonio, it would undoubtedly be located at the La Cantera Resort & Spa. Signature, Inspired by Chef Andrew Weissman holds this distinctiRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in San Antonio
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1011 Bistro

$$$$·Bistro·
Kerrville
239 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
Although it’s a little drive from the city, 1101 Bistro still maintains a spot as one of the fun restaurants in San Antonio. The open terrace is great to enjoy a bottle of wine witRead more
91% recommended
Scenic View in San Antonio

The Melting Pot - San Antonio

$$$$·Fondue·
North San Antonio
1,496 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Fondue was a cultural centerpiece in the 1970s, and The Melting Pot is bringing this vintage reality directly into the present day. Each table is equipped with a fondue pot where gRead more
96% recommended
Special Occasion in San Antonio

Cypress Grille

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Boerne
661 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
The extensive beer and wine list at Cypress Grille sets the stage for this to be one of the best fun restaurants in San Antonio. The music-focused art, wine racks throughout, strinRead more
90% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in San Antonio
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Botika

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
785 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The whimsically hung lights, motorcycle in the dining area, unique tiled walls and live feed of exotic environments all point toward Botika being one of the fun restaurants in San Read more
93% recommended

Biga on the Banks

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
4,518 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Located along the river walk inside the International Center, Biga on the Banks is a highly respected eatery that also qualifies as a fun restaurant in San Antonio. It’s been calleRead more
92% recommended
Scenic View in San Antonio

Meadow Neighborhood Eatery + Bar

$$$$·American·
North San Antonio
218 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
A large blue arrow points the way through the alley to Meadow Neighborhood Eatery + Bar, but this basic level of direction does little to prepare guests for what’s inside. GorgeousRead more
98% recommended
Fit for Foodies in San Antonio
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SILO Elevated Cuisine - Alamo Heights

$$$$·American·
Alamo Heights
1,658 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
One of the most fun restaurants in San Antonio – SILO Elevated Cuisine – is also considered one of its most eclectic. Located just over 4 miles from Downtown, this location provideRead more
92% recommended
American in San Antonio

Stout's Trattoria at Grape Creek

$$$$·Contemporary American·
North San Antonio
277 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
Located among a beautiful vineyard, Stout’s Trattoria at Grape Creek was created when the two properties decided to pair up as one. This established a unique pairing that brought tRead more
98% recommended
Notable Wine List in San Antonio
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Grayze

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
526 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Just minutes from Downtown and among the Government Hill area sits Grayze Restaurant. It’s hard to miss thanks to the full wooden outdoor seating area – or the giant red sign that Read more
81% recommended
Great for Brunch in San Antonio
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Texas de Brazil - San Antonio

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,125 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
When it comes to fun restaurants in San Antonio, it’s difficult for some eateries to live up to Texas de Brazil. The rounded ceiling, vintage lighting and gorgeously crafted potterRead more
89% recommended
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