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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in San Antonio

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in San Antonio? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Cappy's Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4723)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Alamo Heights
About the restaurant
This casual, upscale restaurant offers innovative American cuisine including the freshest seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific, great steaks from Allen Brothers in Chicago, and regional and seasonal specialties. Daily lunch and dinner specials feature local ingredients whenever possible. The Heights burger can be paired with hand cut French fries, crispy thin onion rings, homemade lemon-pepper potato chips or German potato salad. There is an outdoor patio under a canopy of oak trees that's shady and extremely popular with locals and visitors to San Antonio. The brunch offered on Saturdays and Sundays features a menu of classic egg dishes, Texas pot roast, jumbo lump crab cake, seasonal "out of the blue" seafood entrees, entree salads, and Mustang chicken. Cappy's has an ever-changing, dynamic and well-priced wine list, with great choices by the glass or bottle. Full bar.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Best of the best!!!!
A photo of La Fonda on Main restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4927)
$30 and under
Mexican
North Central
About the restaurant
Located just a few minutes from downtown in architecturally rich Monte Vista neighborhood, La Fonda on Main is the oldest Mexican food restaurant in San Antonio. La Fonda serves both the best of Tex-Mex cuisine as well as authentic dishes of interior Mexico in a fun and casual setting with beautiful patio dining. We're open 7 days a week offering our full menu as well as family meals and catering options on curbside. Happy Hour is Monday-Thursday from 3pm-6pm. We offer a full bar with a wide variety of liquor, beer and wine. Saturday's and Sunday's we serve brunch from 10:00am-3:00pm. Our fabulous margaritas are made with hand-squeezed limes and your choice of a large selection of tequilas and mezcals. Our famous patio is heated from the ground up for chilly nights under the stars and lights in the trees.
Top review
Sean
Dined 6 days ago
Easy to park, large menu, great service, delicious meal, and reasonable prices. Really enjoyed our 46th anniversary.
A photo of Rails...a Cafe at the Depot restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1027)
$30 and under
American
Kerrville
About the restaurant
Enjoy impeccable Hill Country casual dining indoors or on our beautiful patio next to the fountain, surrounded by lush landscaping . On a weekend night, catch the soothing sounds of classical guitar under the stars.
For Thanksgiving Day Operating Hours, please call the restaurant for more information.

Top review
Jlouishvip
Dined on May 14, 2024
We had a great dinner here. The menu has great variety. Patio seating on those warm nights. Definitely recommend going by for a quick meal.
A photo of Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1167)
$30 and under
Mexican
Alamo Heights
About the restaurant
Since 1997, Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine has become well-known for offering much more than traditional "Tex-Mex" fare. Tempting offerings include items as varied as grilled snapper, enchiladas verdes, pozole soup, hand made flautas and tacos al pastor. For margaritas by a cool fountain, a relaxing dinner on the terrace or appetizers in our hacienda-style dining rooms, Paloma Blanca invites you to enjoy our autentico brand of Mexican cuisine and hospitality.
Top review
StevenS
Dined 7 days ago
Very enjoyable evening and meal. Service was great and food very well prepared and presented.
A photo of Silo - Alamo Heights restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1897)
$31 to $50
American
Alamo Heights
About the restaurant
Located north of downtown in Alamo Heights, often listed as San Antonio's most eclectic dining spot, SILO Elevated Cuisine is sure to bring delight to all your senses. Enjoy creative, world-class cuisine served with meticulous attention to detail in a casual yet elegant dining environment.
Top review
larryG
Dined 7 days ago
Everything about this restaurant is wonderful...food, service, ambiance, are exceptional. The only thing I would recommend is finding a way to have a bathroom on the same floor as the restaurant. It is quite a hike to get there.
A photo of Mama's Cafe restaurant
4.6
4.6 (223)
$30 and under
American
Alamo Heights
About the restaurant
San Antonio's best family-owned homestyle comfort food restaurant serving Texas inspired made-from-scratch daily breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Enjoy our famous fried mushrooms, best pancakes in town, chicken fried American wagyu steak, Texas beers on tap, or one of our handmade craft cocktails. Join us in one of our dining rooms, at the bar, or outside on our dog-friendly and beautiful patio/beer garden.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 19, 2024
First time here! Will definitely be back! Great food with fast service! I would recommend making a reservation before
A photo of Brunetta Tinto & Pasta restaurant
4.6
4.6 (60)
$30 and under
Italian
Mcallen
About the restaurant
Located in central McAllen Convention Center next to Kumori. We aim to serve the finest Italian cuisine in the heart of McAllen, while also providing an elevated style of service to all our guests. Come and enjoy our signature pasta dishes featuring our very own in house handmade pasta. A cuisine fit to entice any palette, did we mention our focaccia is made fresh to order every time?

"La nostra casa è la tua casa!" - Brunetta Tinto & Pasta

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 18, 2024
This place never disappoints. Pasta cooked to perfection. Always brought to your table hot. Music is fantastic. If looking for a relaxed evening. This is the place.
A photo of Tiu Steppi's Osteria restaurant
4.4
4.4 (21)
$30 and under
Italian
Far West Side
About the restaurant
Tiu Steppi’s is a neighborhood Italian restaurant specializing in wood fired pizza, Italian classics made from scratch & arctic cold craft beer.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Was perfect except all of us got the food and the person with pancakes waited another 10 mins which was weird
A photo of La Cascada Table and Bar restaurant
4.3
4.3 (557)
$31 to $50
American
Boerne
About the restaurant
Indulge in refined Hill Country cuisine in our large, bright indoor space with a twist of modern, western style or outside on our expansive terrace with views of the surrounding hills. This Hill Country favorite is open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. La Cascada also features live music and events on the weekends. Visit our website to learn more about special events and offerings year-round.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Delicious food and the ambiance is incredible. We had a wonderful day.
A photo of Chase's Place Cocktails + Kitchen restaurant
4.2
4.2 (111)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Fredericksburg
About the restaurant
Chase’s Place Cocktails + Kitchen is a craft cocktail bar and small plates kitchen located in the heart of historic, downtown Fredericksburg, Texas. Chase coined the phrase ‘Craft Cocktails for Common Humanity’ because the cozy cocktail bar (originally a home built in 1939) was developed to foster a sense of community through interesting drinks and shareable food. A small rotating menu centers around creative options served tapas/family style. Featured in 'Texas Whiskey Book' and 'Texas Cocktails, Second Edition' guests of Chase's enjoy a wide variety of spirits (including non-alcoholic options), over 100 whiskies, and a selection of Texas-grown wines.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Such a fun atmosphere and amazing food! We go every time we come to Fredericksburg and it never disappoints, a definite must !
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