Periphery

4.7
93 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located in a casual space in the historic Monte Vista neighborhood of San Antonio, we aim to be a neighborhood restaurant serving simple, honest and approachable food and drink, mostly influenced by Italy and the American South with a little smoke thrown in for good measure.

Reservations recommended but not necessary. For larger parties or if you don't see a time you like; please call the restaurant directly.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Southern, Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Thu, Fri 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(210) 966-0404
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
whole restaurant buyout available
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
main and woodlawn
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

restaurant week at periphery

3 course lunch ($15) and dinner ($35) options - peppered with a list of our favorites

French and Spanish wine pairings

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 22, 2019

Ends: February 3, 2019

Availability: Tue-Sat 11:30AM-9:00PM

happy hour at periphery

enjoy $5 wines and cocktails and half off beer

$5 greens and cornbread / $2 chicken salad or pimento cheese sliders

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 10, 2019

Ends: January 11, 2118

Availability: Tue-Fri 5:00PM-6:30PM

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Come join us for valentines day! Just our normal menu full of our favorites with a few twists and all sorts of options on bubbles.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 93 People Are Saying
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AH
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently good food, service and cocktails. Perfect for a date night or friends get together. A real neighborhood gem. When in doubt, just go.

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DS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great ! Crispy lentils, steak,chicken,warm dates , peanut butter pound cake!!

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KN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal!!! We had a little bit of everything and if we would have had room we would have tried the rest!!! Loved the panko pimentos cheese- and the stuffed squash was killer!

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OT
San Antonio
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always look forward to our visits at Periphery. And we always leave full & very happy. The food and staff always make us, & our pup, feel welcomed. A true neighborhood gem.

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RR
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just had appetizers. The corn bread, the beef and barley soup were excellent. The warm date and Gouda cheese was a tasty surprise. We have decided to frequent the restaurant and try their different dishes.

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DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They roast a delicious chicken. Their greens with pickled veggies was a well-balanced side. A must if you dine here.

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JT
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were amazing. This was our first visit and Periphery will become one of our go to restaurants! John was a great server and we visited with the Chef before we left! Thanks for a great New Years Eve!

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ZG
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is outstanding. Best restaurant experience we’ve ever had. Chef really cares about his food and customers. Highly recommend this place.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monte Vista people this place is perfect and right in walking distance!
Enjoyed a New Years Eve dinner. The pimento cheese appetizer was outstanding. Then we split the pear arugala sunflower seed salad. So tasty! I had the gulf snapper and my wife had the roast chicken. Both outstanding. The desert was a peanut butter pound cake. Sounds great and tastes even better. Great experience all around!

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EG
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

There really are only 3 entrees, a fish, a chicken, and a steak. Each entree is alone on the plate — so there are no composed dishes. Prices seem high to start with, and by the time you try to put together a complete meal the prices get very, very high. Chicken was way over salted.
The food just seem very incomplete.

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MH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before a show at The Tobin.

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ZG
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food experience we’ve had in San Antonio hands down.

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j
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Limited menu, however, Periphery does what the do extremely well. Good value for what is offered. Good neighborhood spot. Nice to have a full bar and an adequate wine list...could expand.

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SB
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Always love eating here! Andy is one of the best servers in town. Mark knows how to turn simple ingredients into great dishes. Looking forward to the ChristmasEve meal!

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MS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I went for lunch. Salad was drenched in dressing and tasted bad. Not sure why waiter didn’t ask when I left 75% on plate. Friends had sandwich and both were plain

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MW
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality food, with a welcoming hometown feel.

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DS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Chicken was awesome! Risotto very unique. Looking forward to returning.

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KJ
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in SA. Outstanding food and a terrific atmosphere. Highly recommended!

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C
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the creative dishes so much we went two nights in a row. We had the smoked bbq catfish with 2 of the most delicious sauces! Such an interesting/lick the plate kind of fish. Seriously. We also had the smoked roasted chicken which my husband said is the best he’s ever had. And the delicious salad made with nectarine and arugula with red curry vinaigrette. Just so subtle and delicious. I could eat it every day! But the polenta crusted pimento cheese with bacon jam was so unique and so addictive I don’t know if I can make it a week without it! Finally the fresh cast iron cornbread is to die for. Ordered two! Each night! Perfect each time. We will be going there every week... regulars. Taking friends this weekend. Ok. This young chef is one to watch. I’m saying creativity like I haven’t seen in ages. Not anywhere. We recommend!!!! See you there!

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FG
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We were excited to try Periphery because it’s in our neighborhood, and it has great curb appeal and good online reviews. If only they met our anticipation with service and food to match their ambience. We were early diners on a Saturday night and — maybe this is their front-of-house model — but no one greeted us when we walked in the door despite only a few occupied tables at the time. We ended up walking to the bar to get seated. We noted the two waiters on the floor were also serving as host and greeters as the night went on. Very awkward way to greet/seat guests. We started out with Paloma cocktails while we waited for our apps. The Palomas were flat in flavor — all Topo Chico fizz and no fresh grapefruit flavor. Redemption point: The gimlet we had later during dinner was the highlight of the night. As to the apps, the cast iron cornbread with “ranch” butter was pedestrian. It had no flavor, sweetness or moistness and the butter was no help as it was flavorless too. The lentil salad, while pleasant to the eye, was salty and otherwise flavorless. It needed acid and herbs to punch it up. Our entrees of rice/bean risotto and smoked half chicken did not rescue the flavorless cocktails and apps. The risotto had an off-putting flavor of too much cheese and spice in the sauce that did not get along together. The chicken was cooked very well but, like the lentil salad, was heavy on salt. For $100, we could have enjoyed a better meal at many other restaurants in the area. That’s a shame. Periphery has the location and ambience to be a great neighborhood haunt.

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OT
San Antonio
30 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely one of our favorite restaurant. We are so lucky to have this gem in our neighborhood & we always look forward to every visit. Food and service are always on point. Thank you again and keep up the great work.

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c
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My first visit and I will definitely be back! I love the atmosphere! The service was outstanding! The food was a combination of good and great. Ceviche was great. Smoked chicken was great. Orzo was great, but a little runny. Lentils were good, bordering on great. Cornbread was good, just a bit dry. It feels like the chef is still finding his niche. I encourage him to keep it up and look forward to what's to come!!

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AW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week and were so satisfied. The precoctail was delicious. We got the wine pairings and they were a generous pour for only $15. Also, the menu is small which always suits me.

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BM
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delish...can’t wait to go back. Fully recommend, but go early since it gets pretty loud inside.

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i
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a neighborhood place, but well worth it. Everything was beautiful & delicious. The peanutbutter pound cake is the best.

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p
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a restaurant week visit, our first time there. It is a relatively small restaurant with a bar. Our table was ready, our order was taken promptly, and food and wine were delivered to the table at a very nice pace. Nothing was rushed, but it was not too slow. The cheese appetizer was excellent. The steak mains were very good. The dessert was a peanut butter pound cake, which was quite tasty, but the paired bubbly rose was not a good fit with this. Something sweeter, like a moscato would have been better. The menu is limited, as it should be for a place this size. All in all, we enjoyed it, and we will return.

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t
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Tried Periphery during Restaurant Week on Wednesday. The pork meatball/burratta (not on the regular menu) was excellent, as was the polenta crusted pimento cheese. The Chicken Salad with pickled okra was outstanding. The music was a little loud that interferred with conversation. The wine menu was unusual, but the beer menu had some interesting choices. Look forward to trying this restaurant again as they change the menu!

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SO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week and I enjoyed the menu. Started off with a grapefruit cocktail, then had cornbread with an herbed butter (divine). Followed up with the chicken salad on toast (very fresh), and then had the ratatouille. The ratatouille was a bit salty and soupy for me - would have preferred it to come with bread. The peanut butter pound cake was a little dry, but still tasty. Had a great time here - wouldn't hesitate to come back!

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FF
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had a wonderful experience at Periphery. It was my first time eating there and I have been wanting to try it for a while now. Restaurant Week seems like the perfect opportunity. While extremely tasty, one of the dishes wasn't quite to my particular liking, so the staff was quick to exchange my order. Exceptional customer service! The meatball and mozzarella were absolutely fantastic. The cornbread was delightful. I was even treated to a taste of the cauliflower soup, which I will be back for!

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KB
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Periphery during Restaurant week to take advantage of the $35 per person menu and try it out. The food we had was wonderful, very tasting, with some innovative touches. The peach and arugula salad was delicious, as was the ratatouille with spicy chickpeas. My husband had the polenta crusted pimento cheese with bacon jam, which was very different as well as yummy, and the grilled steak with oyster mayonnaise, to die for! The only issue we had was main menu was short on meat ($8 extra for the steak). We also had sweet potato mashers with truffle, delightful but $7 or $8 more. Of the two desserts we got, the peanut butter pound cake was better. We will definitely go again!

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SB
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent all around great food. Chef came out and introduced himself. Andy is an excellent waiter! We'll return for sure!

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RD
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Out of the box renderings of some of my favorite dishes, expertly executed. A rather long wait between the cold (appetizers) and the hot dishes, but turned out to be well worth it. Can't wait for them to open for lunch!

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C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant!
Small, shareable plates
Unique combination of food and flavors made dining experience at this boutique restaurant a fun experience.
Highly recommend!

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ED
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Hands down the best meal I've eaten since moving to San Antonio from San Francisco, CA.

The food was especially flavorful and perfectly seasoned. The chicken was moist and tender, the brussel sprout and argula salad was a delight in every crunchy bite and the cornbread, okra and risotto were favorites, too.

I plan to be a regular here and highly recommend Periphery.

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OT
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food. Not very big selection. Nice decor atmosphere. Prompt waitstaff

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TX
Austin
26 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and creative menu. Dishes meant to be shared. Very attentive service.

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L
Central Coast
49 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice small plates very good device.

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OT
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was wonderful! Will definitely go back many more times!

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D
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great place. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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DD
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This was our first time to dine at Perpiphery and the food was very good. The menu is limited so if you are going expecting a large range of selection, you will be disappointed. Portions are not huge so you want to try several things as they are unique. We shared all the dishes with our table mates and enjoyed the variety. Menu changes so what you see on the website may not be what is on the menu. Great neighborhood place!

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