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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in San Antonio

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies 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 Savor The Culinary Institute of America restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1343)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Located on the campus of The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio, and nestled in the Pearl, Savor highlights the talents of our CIA students under the supervision of the college’s world class faculty. Experience a meal inspired by ingredients and techniques from around the world. Our dining room and patio are open and reservations are strongly encouraged. Curbside takeout is also available.

All guests are required to wear a mask while indoors—regardless of their vaccination status—except when seated in a dining environment. Thank you for helping to keep our CIA campus community safe!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
A real modern culinary experience in SA, I haven’t found any restaurant on this basis in the city.
A photo of Sidecar at Prince Solms Inn restaurant
4.9
4.9 (472)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
New Braunfels
About the restaurant
"Where craft meets quality. An evening at Sidecar, located in the heart of New Braunfels at the historic Prince Solms Inn, is like stepping back in time. The ambiently lit speakeasy features an extensive whiskey selection, live jazz and fantastic tapas. Whether you're enjoying the live music downstairs or imbibing in one of the private party rooms upstairs, the beauty of the building does not disappoint."
Top review
BradU
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Great drinks, service and atmosphere! We highly recommend it!
A photo of Ladino restaurant
4.7
4.7 (844)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Downtown
About the restaurant
Located in the Historic Pearl, Ladino is a modern Mediterranean grill house celebrating all the cultures and cuisines of the Mediterranean region. Ladino features fresh-made pita from a wood-burning oven, an abundance of dips and small plates, and entrees from the 'mangal' - regional specialties cooked on a live-fire, charcoal grill. Desserts are inspired by the sweet and savory staples of the region with a modern touch, and the beverage program highlights the area's wines and spirits.
Top review
savasivip
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent and knowledgeable staff. Very good vegetarian options.
A photo of Cured restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1820)
$31 to $50
Southern
Downtown
About the restaurant
Cured – The gastro-pub style restaurant, in the heart of the Pearl District of San Antonio, TX. Cured is endowed with a name that celebrates Chef Steve McHugh's successful battle against cancer, as well as the artisanal cured meats that are the cornerstone of his menu. The three-time James Beard Award finalist began his culinary journey on a small farm in Wisconsin and a vibrant decade in New Orleans. This position eventually led him to San Antonio where, with a new lease on life after beating lymphoma, he ventured out on his own to open Cured. McHugh's gastronomic foundation relies on the purity of natural regional ingredients and the hands-on unadultured methods that enhanced his own healing process. This from-scratch focus finds its way to seasonally dynamic menus of cured delicacies from the charcuterie to pickles.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great experience for our 5th Anniversary dinner! Will definitely go again!
A photo of Dashi Sichuan Kitchen + Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (48)
$31 to $50
Chinese (Sichuan)
Stone Oak
About the restaurant
大师川菜 DASHI Sichuan Kitchen + Bar celebrates the centuries-old traditions of Sichuanese cuisine and culture with modern inspiration in San Antonio, Texas.

The most influential new restaurant in San Antonio, we’re thrilled for you to join our grand master artists - or “da shi” - on an intriguing journey into the iconic flavors, textures, and colors of Sichuan. Welcome to the amazing DASHI.

大师 'Dashi' means grandmaster or grand artist in Chinese. We hope that Dashi will be a delicious spirited gathering place that not only showcases grandmasters from the culinary world but from all the arts. Eat, drink (responsibly), be inspired, create, be happy.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Been here several times and have tried most of the apps and several of the dishes. Everything is always amazing. Not one bad dish. Want to keep going back
A photo of Nineteen Hyaku restaurant
4.6
4.6 (225)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Downtown
About the restaurant
Nineteen Hyaku will be opening soon! Please see our website for updates. Thank you!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Food was amazing! Excellent service definitely would go back.
A photo of Conversa Elevated restaurant
4.5
4.5 (13)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
La Cantera
About the restaurant
Conversa Elevated is San Antonio’s haven of exclusivity and innovation. We invite you and your friends to gather, unwind, and indulge in an atmosphere and culinary menu that reflects our values of diversity, friendship, and sheer culinary pleasure. Certainly, a place for friends.

With cutting-edge technology and a team of dedicated staff, we ensure that every moment spent in our establishment is an unforgettable, elevated experience tailored precisely to your preferences.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Unique experience. More small plates and drinks. Close knit and designed for meeting new people.
A photo of Santa Diabla restaurant
4.5
4.5 (42)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Downtown
About the restaurant
Santa Diabla offers an explosion of Authentic flavors that will take you on a journey to Mexico.

At Santa Diabla - Cocina Mexicana we embark on a culinary adventure that celebrates the past, embraces the present, and envisions a flavorful future.

Come experience the true essence of Mexico through our inspired dishes, warm hospitality, and unmistakable passion that drives us forward.
Top review
Renasce
Dined 3 days ago
This restaurant was excellent. A true surprise in San Antonio , a city that has far less authentic Mexican food than one would expect. Their margarita and frozen Paloma were very good. We especially enjoyed the tacos and were pleasantly surprised with mole quality. We’d love to come back and hope that more people find this gem. Our only feedback is that music was a bit too loud but that wouldn’t keep us away in future.
A photo of Sylver Spoon Dinner Theater restaurant
4.4
4.4 (177)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
New Braunfels
About the restaurant
Indulge your senses in a multi-course Chef's dinner, followed by evocative live theatre. Dinner is served in our lake-view eclectic dining room, where you'll "mmmmm" your way through our three or eight-course seasonal tasting menu.
After dinner, move into our intimate black-box theatre to enjoy an original modern performance every Friday and Saturday night. Join us Sun-Thurs for live events, such as Murder Mystery Dinners, Themed Trivias, and All-You-Can-Eat Tapas Tuesdays!
Sylver Spoon is the perfect location for a lunchtime wine tasting with the ladies, or a romantic dinner date. We also offer a venue for private parties, company events, and weddings. Catering services are available, so you can spoon at home or work! At Sylver Spoon, we guarantee you will enjoy an unforgettable evening, complete with dinner, drinks, and drama!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
I love Sylver Spoon because there is a friendly and inviting atmosphere. The food is delicious with great variety and presentation. My favorites are crispy brussel sprouts , strawberry salad and the salt bloc filet mignon with roasted vegetables. If the strawberry rhubarb pie (seasonal) is not available, I go for the cheesecake for dessert. The seafood options are all exceptional as well (shrimp, salmon and scallops).
A photo of Tokyo Cowboy restaurant
4.3
4.3 (136)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Downtown
About the restaurant
Asian-inspired diner with creative cocktails and a great selection of whisky!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Beautiful experience, thank you to the team for a handwritten postcard 🫶🏽
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