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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in San Antonio

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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 La Fonda on Main restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4955)
$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
MarkW
Dined 1 day ago
The food is full of flavor, the setting is pleasant, and our server, Rusty, made it all very enjoyable. The lobster and crab enchilada was devoured bite by bite. The baby back ribs with onion rings could/should be a main, in my opinion - amazing flavor and onion rings were light. Every bite had accompanying sounds of satisfaction for both of us.
A photo of Rails...a Cafe at the Depot restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1030)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The food was delicious!! Generous portions! Our server was outstanding!!
A photo of Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1172)
$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
LaFondafan
Dined 3 days ago
Food and service are always great! Paloma is our favorite neighborhood Mexican spot. Consistently good!
A photo of Little Em's Oyster Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (797)
$31 to $50
Oyster Bar
Downtown
About the restaurant
Welcome to Little Em's Oyster Bar, Southtown's premier destination for oysters on the half shell, lobster rolls, and a burger that some say, is among the best in the city. We also have a wonderful rotating wine and beer selection! We look forward to serving you!✨

Due to the size of our "little" restaurant, we will do our best to accommodate your inside and outside preference, however, your selection is not guaranteed. Thank you for understanding!

Keep on Shuckin'
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
I love the Beet salad! Have tried most items on the menu and love them all. The fish of the fish and chips was a little skimpy last night -- have had larger portions before. Our table loved the Burger, the Lobster roll, Steak Tartar, and wedge salad.
A photo of In Contrada Vineyard + Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (150)
$31 to $50
Winery
Timberwood Park / Bulverde
About the restaurant
Family owned In Contrada Vineyard, the oldest winery in San Antonio, invites you to visit us! Enjoy an afternoon in the vines while delighting in our house made wines and freshly prepared food.

We offer inside dinning in addition to covered outside seating in the vineyard. Outside you will find gazebos, sun shades, misters and fans. Its really quite nice!

Please make sure to note our Kitchen Hours if you will be dinning with us:
Kitchen closes promptly at 8pm, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On Sunday the kitchen closes promptly at 5 pm.
Our Wine Tasting Hours are:
Thursday 4pm to 9pm,
Friday 4pm to 9pm,
Saturday 12pm to 9pm,
Sunday 12pm to 6pm.

No split checks on parties of 6 or more & gratuity is automatically added on parties of 6+
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
My wife and I had Wonderful experience, loved the atmosphere!
A photo of Ostra at Mokara Hotel & Spa restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1280)
$30 and under
Seafood
Downtown
About the restaurant
At Ostra we proudly present the finest selection of fresh fish, locally sourced produce and organic product flown in from around the world. Uniquely imaginative cuisine delights diners as they stroll in from the River Walk to enjoy fine fare and one of our famous margaritas. Ostra features exclusive river front terrace dining, a dramatic stone and glass oyster bar and two private rooms to accommodate any guest request. Here, you can expect quality ingredients, an extensive wine selection, specialty vintage tequilas and the highest levels of service in a relaxed contemporary atmosphere.
Complimentary Valet for up to 3 hours
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The staff was wonderful and our party had a good time. Thank you for making our special day great!
A photo of Paesanos - River Walk restaurant
4.4
4.4 (2082)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Walk-ins welcome! An iconic San Antonio River Walk restaurant, Paesanos is where locals and visitors come to enjoy an Italian meal in a sophisticated, yet relaxed setting. Located on the beautiful River Walk dine al fresco on our spacious riverside patio and let the cares of the day slip away.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Service was great and personal. Ambience was very pleasant. Food was amazing! Very large servings. Cost was reflective of excellent service and food. Would highly recommend.
A photo of Fiume Pizzeria and Wine Bar restaurant
4.3
4.3 (107)
$31 to $50
Pizzeria
Downtown
About the restaurant
Comming Soon-

Fiume - in English meaning river - is a restaurant concept that merges the authentic flavors of Italy with traditional Texas ingredients. The artisan, Texas-crafted pizza incorporates local flavors that highlight Neapolitan-style pizza in what we define as Texapoletana.
Fiume - also once a city in Italy - was known as a cultural melting pot in the height of its existence. Similarly, the San Antonio River is the core of our dynamic and culturally diverse city of San Antonio. Our vision and menu are exemplary of an elevated dining experience revered for its deep local roots and hyperlocal culinary craftsmanship
Top review
AdairS
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
The service was outstanding. Accommodated very well. The mixed drinks were perfect. The pizza was some of the best we’ve had! Beet salad was amazing. Would visit again!
A photo of Little Rhein Prost Haus restaurant
4.0
4 (100)
$30 and under
Beer Garden
Downtown
About the restaurant
Historic Texas Country Icehouse & Premium River Walk Patio

Nestled on the edge of the historic La Villita Village is a very special place, the oldest two story rock building in Bexar county built by Otto Bombach in the mid-19th century. A pleasant surprise to behold! The Prost Haus, German by design but Texas country by application. Admire the museum like spectacle of the interior restaurant and bar architecture and slide outside to the most beautiful patio on the San Antonio River Walk. Live country music radiates as guests indulge in cool Texas brews or hand-crafted colorful cocktails. The menu items are made from scratch daily and offer delicious delicacies from hand pulled giant pretzels, Texas corned beef Reubens, and mouthwatering USDA steaks.

This is the best patio on The San Antonio River Walk to wind down, enjoy Texas country music, and watch the best sunsets in the southern USA.

Prost Y’all!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 26, 2024
Food and service were great. Very very good prices for what you get.
A photo of On the Bend Oyster Bar & Cigar Lounge restaurant
3.9
3.9 (324)
$30 and under
Oyster Bar
Downtown
About the restaurant
On The Bend is an upscale yet casual seafood dining concept that combines fresh contemporary styling with a multi-purpose venue offering lunch, dinner, and late night hot spot appeal. Situated at River level on an attractive bend of the famous San Antonio River Walk within the atrium of The Hyatt Regency Hotel. On the Bend has a two-tier patio which allows for breathtaking views. Our venue is comfortably positioned behind tropical palms and lush landscaping and boasts the only open-air river level bar on the River Walk.
Top review
BernabeC
Dined on May 25, 2024
The elevated cigar area is a nice place to see the riverwalk sights, and enjoy a meal, a drink, and a smoke. The Oysters Rockefeller were overall good, but three of the dozen were so tough and chewy they could not easily be eaten. The tuna sashimi was excellent! My wife enjoyed a cigar from the menu, while I brought my own. The caramel martini was an excellent way to cap our date.
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