Periphery

4.7
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169 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

Specials

happy hour at periphery

enjoy $2 select beer and $4 select wine
$11 signature smoke roasted chicken + more

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 5, 2019

Ends: September 6, 2118

Availability: Tue-Sat 5:00PM-5:45PM

What 169 People Are Saying
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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great happy hour specials!

JW
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is becoming one of my favorite restaurants. The menu choices are interesting, the food is delicious, and the servers pay attention to small details.

OT
San Antonio
37 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love Periphery. Always a great experience overall. Food & service are always consistent. Chef Weaver & staff really know how to connect with their guests.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, I already did.. to family and friend, before I even got my review.

MM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I very much enjoy this place. Brought 2 of my girlfriends for dinner before the show at The Playhouse!! Both of them loved it & talked about returning!!

T
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious! Just a great go-to!

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was Wonderful, Service was Outstanding.

P
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing, the imaginative interplays of flavors and textures catching me by surprise with each dish. Unlike any other restaurant experience, and all in a good way!
My only criticism is that the lamb was too salty, and with the heavy seasoning ended up tasting more like pork. And not all of my treasured leftovers made it into the “take home” box.
Yes, a bit pricey, but for a special outing with an amazing culinary experience, well worth it. Somehow the chefs used the freshwater catfish flavor as something to build on - I’ve never tasted better!! The fennel side and two starters (crispy lentils, and fresh cheese with truffle) each used flavor and texture to complement each other. And the cake - normally I just pass, but crisp-crunchy rich poundcake was a new one for me, and I ate every bite.

M
San Antonio
27 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite neighborhood restaurant in SA. Great wine selection and the food never disappoints ( I have had just about everything on the menu). I definitely recommend the pimento cheese, the salad is always delicious, lentils, chicken, steak, catfish, braised collards.

j
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for restaurant week. Had the "menu" - 3 courses for $35, plus the wine flight at $15. Was underwhelmed by the salad - featuring peaches. The second course - bean rissoto - was ok, but nothing great. The desert was the best part of the meal. My partner ordered a la carte and fared better. The crispy lentils were wonderfully weird - fried lentils, avacado and more with an asian fish sauce, followed by ratatouille, quite good, with okra and no tomatoes. Seemed expensive for what we got, over $100 with tax and tip. The "concept" is a fusion of southern cooking and asian food. Worked better for some dishes, not so well for others. Not repeating the experience.

DF
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They had a wonderful gluten free dessert for restaurant week. Always love the chicken.

R
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hats off to the staff of Periphery! The food was amazing and the service was superb!

AM
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Every thing was GREAT !!
Creative menu - well prepared - well plated - Delicious -
A little noisy

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken is amazing

OT
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience-first time and will be back! Food was creative and well prepared. Nice wine selections and friendly knowledgeable staff. Cozy atmosphere-highly recommend!

JM
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal at Periphery. Food was excellent and service was great. I would recommend it with out hesitation for any occasion.

DD
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Will definitely be back and recommend to friends!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am not one to give 5 Star reviews, but my experience at periphery was special. I had heard about it from a couple of friends, I gave it a chance. I find myself disappointed more often than not with upscale dining in Texas. I have to say, this is where I will go when I genuinely need a dish that is cooked well, high-quality, and creative. I hate celery, but the lentil salad with celery was absolutely delicious. I ordered it without realizing it had celery in it, and couldn't put my finger on the herb or spice used until I realized the delightful crunch was one of my least favorite foods. It was the same with the steak. The eggplant on top (not my favorite) was AMAZING. No idea what the chef did to that vegetable. I have such a hard time finding a steak that's cooked well, but this was it. The server took no temperature, so it was perfectly cooked the the chef's vision. It is a small menu so you must just trust the chef and eat his vision, not what you are picturing. I cant wait to go back and make it through every dish on the menu. Plus- the wine list is a nice mix of pop wines and some cool nerdy stuff, which I dug. Please support this small restaurant because this chef should really be recognized for his very unique and meticulous vision.

G
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Periphery. Would like a little more change in the menu-maybe with each season.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

K
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the wine and the overall ambiance everything was awesome

CS
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food...a bit noisy for me. The server was decent. I already recommended restaurant to friends, would go back.

MM
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

have been several times. great neighborhood restaurant with fantastic food and friendly service

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BBQ catfish was incredible. Always inventive choices, and such a great atmosphere

RK
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Periphery has become our new favorite restaurant. High-end food at reasonable prices in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. We’re huge fans of the polenta crusted pimento cheese and utterly addicted to the crispy lentils. The chicken, which is Periphery’s signature dish, is divine. We never eat chicken out and we eat it here. You must come eat here. You will love it.

JD
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a place that was not entrenched in the bustling Riverwalk, so we selected the aptly-named periphery. We had a great time. We got some inventive drinks and fried pimento cheese with bacon jam, ate some great NY Strip steak and BBQ catfish (get the collard greens as a side...LOVED those), and had peanut butter poundcake to finish. Afterwards, the chef came out and chatted with us and revealed some secrets about the food preparation. Next time we're in SA, we will be back!

S
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With exception of too cold fans blowing perfect in every detail

OT
San Antonio
37 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience at one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Service and food never disappoint. Looking forward to our next visit.

CW
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, but limited menu. Nice neighborhood feel. Small/intimaye. Outside tables available. Parking was easy.

WS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious! Can’t ever get enough of the lentils so I’ve started ordering my own plate so I do r have to share. Love the new addition of the lamb! Yummy!

E
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Contemporary small neighborhood restaurant with delicious starters and drinks as well as personable service. It was a bit hard to carry a conversation when the place was full so I'll probably try to get a table outside next time.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Don’t miss the pimento cheese or the roasted chicken!

DF
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Chef Mark always serves up excellent food and treats his guests well!

P
San Antonio
28 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! The roasted chicken was amazing!

LB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A neighborhood gem that I’m glad I finally discovered! Limited menu but everything is so well done. Can’t wait to come back!

RM
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, seasonal food prepared inventively and deliciously. Great neighborhood atmosphere and attentive service. Everything a small, local bistro should be.

KR
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was outstanding. From the burrata, to the pimento cheese. The lamb crepes were tender and flavor packed. The roasted chicken is literally the best chicken I’ve ever eaten in my life. I highly recommend checking out this restaurant. Very intimate setting, not loud.

HS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

My meal at Periphery was one of the best I’ve had in San Antonio. The food is obviously made with care and a lot of attention to detail, with flavor profiles that just work so beautifully. My only qualm was with the service—our waiter wasn’t bad, just a bit disinterested and blasé. Maybe he was just having an off night; luckily it didn’t detract from the incredible food.

RJ
San Antonio
58 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Original Chef takes on farm to table foods. Always interesting and always delicious.

GL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this fine-dining neighborhood spot. Attentive and friendly service, great food and drink — a favorite.

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