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Diners' Choice: Neighbourhood gem restaurants in San Antonio

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighbourhood 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 favourite 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 (4799)
$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
Kirkvip
Dined 1 day ago
The Amberjack fish tacos were amazing! The onion rings were wonderful. And the ceasar salad with salmon was great. The only negative for Cappy’s are the horrible chairs, and especially those that have arms. For $130 for lunch you would expect decent comfortable chairs.
A photo of The Gruene Door restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2080)
$30 and under
American
New Braunfels
About the restaurant
PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO BOOK ONLINE.

The Gruene Door Restaurant is located in beautiful Gruene Lake Village in New Braunfels, Texas. We are Gruene’s only casual, fine dining restaurant combining the best in food, service, and atmosphere. Every menu item is prepared 100% in house by our chefs.

Open for lunch and dinner, we are the perfect destination for a romantic dinner, birthday celebration, private party, lunch with friends, or just a casual night out.

When booking the patio, please mind the weather. If the indoor restaurant is fully booked, we may not be able to accommodate a request to move indoors.

Please visit our website to view our menu.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 17, 2024
Jack the bartender is amazing and personal, always makes us feel like we’re with family !
A photo of Rails...a Cafe at the Depot restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1038)
$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
LeslieJ
Dined 4 days ago
I took 8 of my dearest friends to Rails for dinner. We were seated in a more private room and had great service, food and were able to enjoy visiting with each other. The tomato basil bisque was delicious as were the desserts!! Our server was funny and efficient! Will definitely come back!
A photo of Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1184)
$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
StephanieD
Dined 5 days ago
Authentic Mexican cuisine! The most amazing shrimp tacos ever! Great special occasion restaurant as prices are a bit high. However, they have excellent lunch specials during the week.
A photo of Little Em's Oyster Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (811)
$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'

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We’ve been here in multiple occasions and this was probably the worst service we have had. On this occasion we sat at the bar, as we have done numerous times, and the bartender was not friendly to us or the guests next to us. The food, as always, is amazing. We will be back.
A photo of Silo - Alamo Heights restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1908)
$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
CherylFvip
Dined 7 days ago
Their food & service is always outstanding. I especially recommend the fried oysters & delicious scallops. I wish they still had the bread service at this location.
A photo of Mama's Cafe restaurant
4.6
4.6 (247)
$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 Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Mama’s is always so good. You can tell they truly care about what they put on a plate.
A photo of Sichuan House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (39)
$31 to $50
Chinese (Sichuan)
Far West Side
About the restaurant
Humble eatery featuring Sichuan tapas, hot pots & mains such as pork belly & Kung Pao shrimp.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 18, 2024
Food was delicious. Great customer service from our server overall wonderful experience.
A photo of Palomar Comida & Cantina restaurant
4.0
4 (91)
$30 and under
Mexican
North San Antonio
About the restaurant
Authentic Mexican and Elevated Tex-Mex cuisine. Join Us For A Meal to Remember!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
First time eating here and I’ll definitely be returning. Drinks and food were amazing!
A photo of FRIDA Mexican Restaurant & Bar restaurant
3.7
3.7 (723)
$50 and over
Mexican
Stone Oak
About the restaurant
To comply with CDC guidelines we have a few requests:
- Parties bigger than 11 are required to make a reservation by phone.
- We cannot seat more than 10 people at a table.

Experience the amazing flavors of upscale Mexican cuisine at FRIDA Mexican Restaurant & Bar!
FRIDA is a family-owned restaurant that is inspired by Frida Kahlo's innovative and delightful artistry, which shaped the identity of Mexican society by embracing our indigenous roots. We apply Frida's passionate and exotic spirit through our modern Mexican cuisine.

Come and enjoy live piano music entertainment and our Jazz nights every Thursday.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
Quiet, intimate location. Portion sizes are small. Margaritas are delicious. The staff were great.
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