June 20, 2021

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All Things Delicious

San Antonio’s best restaurants for special occasions

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Eat & Drink // Restaurants

Eat luxuriously at these spots

Appetizer options include oysters with three kinds of caviar at Signature, Inspired by Chef Andrew Weissman at La Cantera Resort & Spa.

Mike Sutter /Staff

There are so many aspects of San Antonio’s food and drink scene. While the Alamo City is praised for its Tex-Mex and hole-in-the-wall gems, there’s also a pretty number of local restaurants that are top-tier.

Yes, we’re talking about super classy restaurants that are perfect for special occasions. No matter what you’re celebrating, you’ll be treated to a good time and even better food at these restaurants.

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Supper

136 E. Grayson St., (210) 448-8351, supperatemma.com


Chorizo Scotch egg
Chorizo Scotch egg

Carolyn Van Houten /San Antonio Express-News

Contemporary digs and dishes await you at this classy farm-to-table spot. A favorite within Hotel Emma at the Pearl, this American eatery offers up delicious dishes all day long, from breakfast to, well, supper. With options like the sugary cinnamon waffle, pan-seared halibut and lemon & dill risotto, there’s plenty to taste your way through here. Just be sure to keep your pinky up.



Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood

219 E. Houston St. #275, (210) 472-2600, bohanans.com


A 24-ounce prime New York strip steak and an Australian cold water lobster tail are the stars of the show at Bohanan's Prime Steak and Seafood.

A 24-ounce prime New York strip steak and an Australian cold water lobster tail are the stars of the show at Bohanan’s Prime Steak and Seafood.

Mike Sutter /Staff

A go-to for a fancy night out on the town, Bohanan’s offers the quality experience that comes with a classic steakhouse. Specializing in steak (obviously) and seafood, Bohanan’s menu has a lot to enjoy, from appetizers like jumbo crab cakes and French-grilled oysters to scrumptious meats like the porterhouse and veal tenderloin. If you really want to go all out and live luxuriously, add delectable treats like a lobster tail or foie gras.



Rebelle

300 E. Travis St., (210) 352-3171, rebellesa.com


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Located in the swanky St. Anthony Hotel, Rebelle prides itself in its premium seafood offerings. Seafood towers that offer a variety of shrimp, oysters, mussels, crab legs and clams are a great way to have it all. Plus, there’s an impressive cocktail and beer selection, which emphasize Texas libations.



Maverick Texas Brasserie

710 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 973-6050, mavericktexas.com


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This brick-clad brasserie is a true experience out on the town with French inspired-cuisine and a breezy patio that makes you feel like you’re living your best life. Stop by for brunch to munch on treats like mini beignets or a breakfast schnitzel, or mosey on down for dinner to order the pepper beef tenderloin or rotisserie half duck.



Restaurant Gwendolyn

152 E. Pecan St. #100, (210) 222-1849, restaurantgwendolyn.com


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Inspired by recipes from the 1850s, Restaurant Gwendolyn prepares all of its fare without the use of motorized machines. Wait, there’s more – every perishable ingredient used comes from within 150 miles of the restaurant. So, dining here is both local and special. Just in case that’s not obvious, you can indulge in a bit of everything with the five- or seven-course tasting menu.



Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse

18318 Sonterra Pl., (210) 564-9400, chamagaucha.com


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Having meats cooked to perfection and sliced fresh at your table sounds like a good time, doesn’t it? Well, that’s the experience you’ll get when dining at Chama Gaucha. Carrying the meat on large skewers, these gauchos are at the ready to slice up your meat of choice, such as picanha (the prime cut of the sirloin), filet mignon or ribeye, to name a few. All you’ll have to do is use your service card to let them know when you’re ready for more deliciousness.



Bliss

926 S. Presa St., (210) 225-2547, foodisbliss.com


Mike Sutter /Staff photo

Dining at Bliss will have you feeling, well, blissful. Focusing on New American fare, dining at this former (and restored) filling station allows you to take in dishes that emphasize seasonal and local ingredients. From artisanal cheeses and breads to an eclectic mix of beers and wines, there’s a lot to appreciate here, which you can totally do if you go the prix fixe route. Just be sure to order the charcuterie board at some point, you’ll be thankful you did.



Cured

306 Pearl Pkwy. Unit 101, (210) 314-3929, curedatpearl.com


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From the brilliant mind of Chef Steve McHugh, Cured uses regional ingredients to create hand-crafted cured foods. Housed in the former Historic Pearl administrative building, you can expect to find heritage hog poutine, beer can mussels, and, of course, the signature charcuterie board. Or  stick with what you know and go right with the blue ribbon burger, which is not just any old burger.



Battalion

604 S. Alamo St., (210) 816-0088, battalionsa.com


Courtesy, Hilmy

Housed in a former firehouse, this stylish spot specializes in refined Italian fare. Try the dishes you know and love, like eggplant or chicken parmesan, or go for something a bit more elevated, like the veal marsala. Your stomach will be highly satisfied.



Biga on the Banks

203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0722, biga.com


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Located on the River Walk, this chic eatery is all about New American fare, brought to you by Chef Bruce Auden. Though the menu is ever-changing, you can always expect delectable dishes that show off the best of local fine dining. To see what all the fuss is about,  the three-course prix fixe is the way to go. If you really want to treat yourself, be sure to pair your meal with one of the first-class wines.



Range | Steak – Seafood – Field

125 E. Houston St., (210) 227-4455, rangesa.com


Creamed spinach, cauliflower gratin and glazed Brussels sprouts from Range

Creamed spinach, cauliflower gratin and glazed Brussels sprouts from Range

Mike Sutter /Staff file photo

Head to this River Walk spot and you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of steak, seafood and field options. Take your pick from Chef Jason Dady’s take on Tuscan-marinated ribeye, pan-roasted salmon fillet and seared meatloaf, but be sure to start your meal off with a treat from the spritz bar.


Signature

16401 La Cantera Pkwy., (210) 247-0176, signaturerestaurant.com


Appetizer options include oysters with three kinds of caviar at Signature, Inspired by Chef Andrew Weissman at La Cantera Resort & Spa.

Appetizer options include oysters with three kinds of caviar at Signature, Inspired by Chef Andrew Weissman at La Cantera Resort & Spa.

Mike Sutter /Staff

Whether you’re just there for a meal or make a weekend staycation, Signature at the La Cantera Resort & Spa will have you feeling first class. The fine dining eatery excels in seasonal fare influenced by both French and Texas cuisines. Though the combination may sound odd, Chef Andrew Weissman’s concept features exceptional dishes like roasted Chilean sea bass, roasted pheasant and French veal. If you stop in for brunch, you’ll have your pick from market oysters & caviar, marinated quail and crafty house cocktails.



Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery

136 E. Grayson St. #120, (210) 455-5701, southerleighatpearl.com


Interior of Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery
Interior of Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery

Julysa Sosa /For the Express-News

Though the brand has grown in the last few years, Southerleigh at the Pearl remains a solid choice for incredibly tasteful dishes in a refined space. Chef Jeff Balfour’s concept is a modern take on the crossover of Gulf Coast and Southern cuisine. Housed in the former Pearl brewhouse, expect to find savory options like the gumbo, crispy-fried Gulf oysters, fried chicken East Texas crawfish roll, or jambalaya. And to honor the brewery portion of Southerleigh, go ahead and treat yourself to a house beer.



Galpão Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse

2318 N. Loop 1604 West, (210) 497-2500, galpaogauchosa.com


Load up your plate with an array of grilled meats and fresh vegetables at Galpão Gaucho and keep the goodness coming.
Load up your plate with an array of grilled meats and fresh vegetables at Galpão Gaucho and keep the goodness coming.

Photos by Helen L. Montoya / San Antonio Express-News

With both a main dining room and a patio, you’ll be able to enjoy more than just juicy meats. An impressive salad bar, fresh vegetables and creative cocktails await you, as well as the variety of meats, including filet mignon, grilled salmon, sirloin (wrapped in bacon or not), pork ribs and more. While there’s a lot to enjoy here, be sure to leave room for flan.



Myron’s Prime Steakhouse

10003 NW Military Hwy., (210) 493-3031, myronsprime.com


The dining room of Myron's Prime Steakhouse.
The dining room of Myron’s Prime Steakhouse.

Tom Reel /San Antonio Express-News

With one location in San Antonio and another in New Braunfels, locals can take their pick in where they want to take in the prime eats that are offered at Myron’s. Though the 2-1-0 location is housed in a strip mall, don’t be fooled. This steakhouse prides itself in its surf and turf options, like the Australian lobster tail, Kansas City strip, crab legs and the rack of lamb. If you’re not stuffed to the brim, be sure to order one of the flavorful desserts, like the bread pudding or crème brûlée.






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