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Best San Antonio Outdoor Dining


Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit a few of these top airy hot spots for the best outdoor dining in San Antonio.


 

View the Top 10 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in San Antonio

Acenar Tex-Mex
12/20
Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
146 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

The setting is modern Mexican, while the kitchen juggles tradition and innovation with mixed results. More...

Aldaco's Mexican Cuisine Mexican
11/20
20079 Stone Oak Pkwy.
San Antonio, TX 78258
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Solid Mexican cooking --- despite the avocado margarita --- in upscale Stone Oak. More...

Aldo's Ristorante Italiano Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Aldo 8539 Fredericksburg Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78229
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Aldo's presents classy, comfortable Italian cuisine with a continental cast. More...

Beto's Comida Latina Mexican
11/20
8142 Broadway Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78209
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Empanadas are preeminent at this casual emporium of laid-back Latin. More...

Biga on the Banks Contemporary
16/20
Dining Room at Biga on the Banks, San Antonio, TX 203 S. St. Mary’s St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
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San Antonio’s dean of contemporary cuisine keeps the crowds coming at his downtown flagship operation. More...

Big'z Burger Joint Burgers
Quick Bite
2303 N. Loop 1604 W.
San Antonio, TX 78258
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Big’z sports a swing-set-friendly environment but offers big-person burgers and fries with grownup sauces. More...

Bliss New American
15/20
Dining Room at Bliss, San Antonio, TX 926 S. Presa St.
San Antonio, TX 78210
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Chef Mark Bliss' food mostly lives up to his name at the eponymous Southtown restaurant. More...

Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden American
12/20
Dining Room at Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden, San Antonio, TX 312 Pearl Pkwy., Building 3
San Antonio, TX 78215
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Boiler House makes the best of its dramatic, historic space; the food is slowly catching up. More...

Boudro's on the Riverwalk American Regional
13/20
421 E. Commerce St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
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The famous River Walk is rank with restaurants; this Texas bistro rises above the tide. More...

Cappy's Southwestern
11/20
Dining Room at Cappy 5011 Broadway Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78209
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Predictably good and judiciously contemporary, Cappy's is an art-filled enclave for up-market diners. More...

The County Line Barbecue
11/20
10101 W. IH 10
San Antonio, TX 78230

Ribs still rule at County Line, but a palace coup is recommended. More...

Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery Continental
11/20
3920 Harry Wurzbach Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78209

Crumpets’ menu is showing its age, but specials present occasional signs of youth. More...

Cured Southern
14/20
Dining Room at Cured, San Antonio, TX 306 Pearl Pkwy., Ste. 101
San Antonio, TX 78215

Pearl’s 1904 administration building is now a shrine to Southern cuisine complete with custom-cured meats. More...

Dough Pizzeria Napoletana Pizza
14/20
Dining Room at Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, San Antonio, TX 6989 Blanco Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78216
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Dough is the darling of local pizzaphiles for its impressive pies a la Napoletana. More...

Fig Tree Restaurant French
15/20
Dining Room at Fig Tree Restaurant, San Antonio, TX 515 Villita St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
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Fig Tree’s mostly French food lives up to its serene setting. More...

Fralo's Art of Pizza Pizza
11/20
23651 IH 10 W.
San Antonio, TX 78257
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Fralo’s pizzas merit motoring out from the center city. More...

Grey Moss Inn American
12/20
19010 Scenic Loop Rd.
Grey Forest, TX 78023
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On everyone’s list of most-romantic rendezvous, this cozy inn serves up serious steaks and well-chosen wines. More...

Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar Tex-Mex
10/20
200 River Walk St., Ste. 100
San Antonio, TX 78205
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More than 100 tequilas are offered; the Mexican food follow-up is also varied but less of a sure thing. More...

La Gloria Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at La Gloria, San Antonio, TX 100 E. Grayson St.
San Antonio, TX 78215
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Chef Johnny Hernandez has brought upscaled street foods of Mexico to the Pearl. More...

La Hacienda de Los Barrios Tex-Mex
10/20
18747 Redland Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78259
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La Hacienda has brought its brand of family-fueled Tex-Mex to the northern ’burbs. More...

La Margarita Mexican Restaurant & Oyster Bar Tex-Mex
11/20
120 Produce Row
San Antonio, TX 78207
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La Margarita pours plenty of the popular drink and focuses on seafood, but fajitas rule regardless. More...

Las Canarias New American
14/20
Dining Room at Las Canarias, San Antonio, TX Omni La Mansion del Rio
112 College St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
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The dining room remains regal at this, the River Walk’s most elegant enclave, while the menu looks more to the farm and ranch. More...

Las Ramblas Spanish
11/20
Hotel Contessa Suites on the Riverwalk
306 W. Market St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
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Décor derived from Barcelona and cuisine evoking Iberia put Spain in the spotlight. More...

The Little Rhein Steakhouse Steakhouse
12/20
231 S. Alamo St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
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This steakhouse has kept its historic chops over the years, continuing to ply patrons with big beef and premier wines. More...

Luce Ristorante Enoteca Italian
12/20
11255 Huebner Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78230
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Recognizing reality, Luce has abandoned contemporary claims for “authentic Italian.” More...

Luke Creole
13/20
Dining Room at Luke, San Antonio, TX Embassy Suites San Antonio Riverwalk Downtown
125 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
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John Besh brings a little Crescent City to Alamo town --- we could use more. More...

The Monterey Gastropub
13/20
1127 S. St. Mary's St.
San Antonio, TX 78210
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The hipster hangout for the Southtown chic has changed both menu and chef. More...

Nao New World Flavors Latin American
14/20
Dining Room at Nao New World Flavors, San Antonio, TX The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio
312 Pearl Pkwy., Ste. 2104
San Antonio, TX 78215
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The CIA’s student-staffed restaurant features Latin cuisines on a rotating basis --- many visits may be necessary. More...

Ocho Latin American
11/20
Dining Room at Ocho, San Antonio, TX Hotel Havana
1015 Navarro St.
San Antonio, TX 78205
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Ocho comes across as a lounge with some serious stabs at food. More...

Osteria Il Sogno Italian
15/20
Dining Room at Osteria Il Sogno, San Antonio, TX 200 E. Grayson St.
San Antonio, TX 78215
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The Italian dream continues with dishes that evoke the country's contemporary side. More...

Paesanos 1604 Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Paesanos 1604, Shavano Park, TX 3622 Paesanos Pkwy.
Shavano Park, TX 78231
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Paesanos 1604 is the Cosniac empire’s most ambitious restaurant --- take advantage of the creativity. More...

Paloma Blanca Mexican
11/20
5800 Broadway St.
San Antonio, TX 78209
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Luxe and Tex-Mex tussle at this Alamo Heights hangout. More...

Pam's Patio Kitchen American
11/20
11826 Wurzbach Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78230
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Lunching ladies meet kids and couples over “adult” pizzas and super-size sandwiches. More...

The Sandbar Fish House & Market Seafood
15/20
Dining Room at The Sandbar Fish House & Market, San Antonio, TX Pearl Brewery Complex
200 Grayson St.
San Antonio, TX 78215
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Sandbar is still Pearl’s only seafood spot --- and still the best in the city. More...

Scenic Loop Cafe & Bar American
10/20
25615 Boerne Stage Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78255
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Scenic Loop is a loud and lusty watering hole with country bands and plates piled high with grub that’s just good enough. More...

20nine Restaurant & Wine Bar Contemporary
12/20
955 E. Basse Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78209
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Named for the Napa thoroughfare, 20nine has seduced the city’s wine wonks and seems to have tuned up its eats. More...

Two Bros. BBQ Market Barbecue
12/20
12656 West Ave., Ste. B
San Antonio, TX 78216
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Chef Jason Dady lets his hair down with this ’cue spot in a bucolic setting. More...

Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar Contemporary
13/20
209 N. Presa St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Expanded menus at both lunch and dinner offer equal partners to the Champagne and wine selection. More...

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