188 South

4.7
95 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Chef Michael McNeilly is raising the culinary bar in New Braunfels. Growing up in New York with an Italian grandmother and an Irish grandmother, food was a big part of life. Holidays were large gatherings with huge feasts boasting traditional Italian fare, hundreds of lobsters, and other fresh foods. Michael always had a passion for food and living with his Italian grandmother gave him a solid background for preparing traditional cuisine. His Irish grandmother introduced him to the art of baking bread and also had a garden in her back yard that churned out pounds of fresh herbs and vegetables.

It is this strong foundation of local, fresh, slow food prepared in the traditional way that he brings to the 188 menu.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 95 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.6
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ChrisJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Limited menu... but food was excellent.

Can’t wait to go back again!!!!

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vipDdMg
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great veal chop!!

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vipTexasRick
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Getting better every time we dine there.

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calirob
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and upscale. Service was impeccable.

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vipKrikke
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was not impressed. The special of the day was Grouper ($26.00). It was a very small portion, overcooked and served broken up in pieces. The fingerling potatoes (a $7.00 side-order) were soggy and seemed to have been cooked days ago. Could be that their key chef had the day off, because their cooking technique was very amateuristic. For such a pricy place, I expected much better.

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vipKirk
San Antonio
42 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another incredible visit! 188 South is the best restaurant in New Braunfels. The appetizers are incredible! Arancini, meatballs, stuffed mushrooms, and fried monzarella are all amazing, but the Arancini is the best ever. And the cocktails are amazing as well! Best Good Friday spent having cocktails on the patio in forever!

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vipKirk
San Antonio
43 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best dinning experiences I have had in New Braunfels! The food was amazing! The Arancini, the Bolognese, the Ceasar Salad were all top notch. The pasta was fresh and the best I have had before anywhere. The drinks were also fantastic! I had their version of an old fashioned, called the Herald, that was incredible. The service was superb! Our wait staff was knowledgeable, courteous, and gave us just the right level of attention. I definitely recommend!

KJ
KJ1969
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine!

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alib
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute restaurant in the heart of downtown. Great service and fantastic, fresh food! We had several appetizers and entrees. Everything exceeded our expectations!!

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BryanT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just awesome! So nice to have great Italian in a charming setting! The service is wonderful and very attentive!

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vipCthom
San Antonio
69 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food overall was pretty good. Mushroom/crab appetizer was cold. Service was great, the waitress was very friendly and helpful. Patio is very nice.

DM
vipDdMg
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal! Wonderful veal chop and mussels. Chocolate cake was delicious end to the meal

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Mobo
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great except a small thing.

It was a beautiful, sunny evening. We had reservations. There were several tables inside and outside empty. We preferred inside. We were seated not in a sunny location inside where several tables were empty, but the darkest corner. Now, keep in mind, all of it is beautiful inside. Great art. Great fixtures and finishes. We asked to be moved to the other side which was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The food and menu needs help, but the overall experience was enjoyable.. not sure we will go back. A bit pricey for just okay.

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vipSandy
San Antonio
53 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wunderbar!!! Great service and ambiance, and of course wonderful food!!!

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SandyH
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The drinks and appetizers were delicious. Our service was good. My only issue was that I asked to have only shrimp ( no scallops) in my fruiti di Mare dish. I realize I messed with their proven Recipe, but instead of replacing the pieces of scallop with extra shrimp, they included only 2 small shrimp in their entree. It was light since they still charged me for a full meal. I did love the freshness of the food and my dinner was flavored well although the protein was woefully light. My lesson for messing with their dish, I guess.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Awesome waitress! Delicious food!!!

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HarryT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had heard about this place from friends. We were NOT disappointed. Dined outdoors and service was great as was the food. Patio is dog friendly. We will return.

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kvt1204
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We were here for their special wine tasting event. The food quality and price were great! The chef really didn't hold back. He ventured out with unique ingredients with a twist of Italian flavors. Superb. Chad, the Manager, and his team delivered a wonderful experience. We rate 188 South at the same level as experiences we've had in high end restaurants around the world. Big applause to the new team. Keep up the great work.

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AggielandFoodie
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our new favorite restaurant in the area.
We routinely drive into NB from Cibolo vs going into San Antonio.
The staff was welcoming and friendly and the food was outstanding. We had the arancini, the fish special and the veggie risotto.
The special was black drum and it was definitely among the very best fresh fish I’ve had since moving to San Antonio.
We will be back - often.

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timb
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great wine selection, very nice staff. If you sit out on the patio, ask for a table away from the parking lot, there was some music from the place next door.

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wayman
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. I feel its priced very well for the great quality of food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice patio and great service. Drinks and food were fantastic. Been here several times and will keep coming back

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vipTexasRick
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

188 is getting better every time I dine there

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered pizza for the first time and It was delicious!!!!

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HannahG
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

188 South was a great experience. The atmosphere was nice as we sat outdoors. You could hear the live music from the restaurant next door. Our server was very attentive and provided great recommendations! We enjoyed the Fritto Misto, Shrimp & Scallop Risotto, and the Veal Chop! Highly recommend 188 South for a date night. We will definitely be back.

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vipTexasRick
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best experience yet.. excellent service, food came out promptly.. I love the water carafe on each table, frees the server.. managers stop to say hello to customers. We’ll be back.

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Sauerjd
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful, as always, and so was the service! We love eating on the patio. Such a beautiful area and you can enjoy the live music next door.

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MikeF
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the food and the service. The menu is good and the cooks are open to change ingredients when necessary.

DJ
DebraJimenez
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Atmosphere. Food was great. We are looking forward to coming back real soon.

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BeckyL
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Would definitly encourage readers to dine here. It is a quiet intimate place. They allow children, but I wouldn't recommend . It's an adult place, and I loved the small plates, and varied selections.

JS
JulieS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Nice place. Great place for a date but some items reasonable for a family dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun night out with the a group of friends. Everyone enjoyed the food and the atmosphere was perfect for catching up. Perfect way to enjoy an evening.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great..!! Came for Valentine’s Day..

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

moriah was great

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MatthewS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food were great. We were checked on multiple times by the hostess, servers, and general manager. The entire staff were working hard, and it is apparent that they care greatly about a great product.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were impeccable! We were so impressed. Our waiter, Matt was so attentive and gave us great suggestions. We will be back next time we are in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service! Everyone was super nice and we were well attended to. The food was amazing! Love to support local and find new gems!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a dinner date.

BH
BartH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service.

FAQs

188 South is rated 4.7 stars by 95 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.