San Antonio’s well-established Tex-Mex culinary style is known for its bold fusion of Southern U.S. and Mexican cuisines.
But San Antonio’s modern take on classic Tex-Mex is expanding with chef-driven restaurants that highlight local, seasonal ingredients. To complement these inventive dishes, plan a trip to the nearby wineries of the Texas Hill Country. The area is home to more than 50 quaint vineyards and tasting rooms. Here are six restaurants taking the San Antonio dining scene to the next level.
Supper at Hotel Emma
Fresh local ingredients take center stage on Supper’s farm-to-bistro menu. The bright, open dining room is nestled inside the Hotel Emma, a 146-room boutique hotel that is itself a blend of antique and modern styles. Main dishes change seasonally – depending on when you visit, you can savor flavorful gulf snapper, delectable bone-in Berkshire pork chops or succulent New York strip steaks.
Hotel Emma sits on the banks of the San Antonio River, next to the San Antonio Riverwalk
Rosario’s ComidaMex & Bar
Rosario’s ComidaMex & Bar has been serving up made-from-scratch food in a hip, contemporary atmosphere since 1992. Frequently lauded as one of the city's best Mexican restaurants by local news outlets, Rosario's menu combines classic Mexican dishes with special house creations. You’re going to want to try their fresh and flavorful fish tacos, which won the number two spot on Texas Monthly's list of 63 Tacos You Must Eat Before You Die.
Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery
From its home in the once-abandoned Pearl’s Brewhouse building, Southerleigh stakes its claim as one of the country’s largest brewpubs. Tuck in to beer-friendly foods like fried chicken cracklins, fresh-made soft pretzels and, of course, fresh seafood (like the satisfying cornmeal-crusted catfish po’ boy). The brewpub’s Sunday brunch is regarded as one of San Antonio’s finest.
Cured’s name says it all: The restaurant, from Chef Steve McHugh, focuses on house-cured meats and produce. Dishes such as Cured Foie Gras Monte Cristo with local peaches represent the perfect mix of old-world techniques and updated flavors. Bring a friend or two to share a create-your-own charcuterie platter.
Cured in San Antonio features innovative, whole-animal style cooking
The culinary centerpiece of the St. Anthony Hotel, Rebelle has won raves for its impressive seafood menu and equally impressive line-up of steaks. (A San Antonio magazine named it the city’s “Best New Restaurant of 2016.”) Rebelle now offers a Sunday brunch with refined takes on comfort-food favorites.
Craft cocktails add to the culinary experience at Rebelle
You’ll need tickets to grab a place at the 12-seat table for the 10-course prix fixe dinners at Mixtli. But a meal here is like a night at the theater, complete with a trip back in time via indigenous ingredients and pre-Hispanic cooking techniques.
The menu at Mixtli rotates every 45 days to highlight different regional cuisines from Mexico