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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in San Antonio

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Updated February 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Sidecar at Prince Solms Inn restaurant
4.9
4.9 (447)
$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
wickvip
Dined on Feb 21, 2024
Great lobster rolls, crab cakes and poke nachos. And the cocktails are fantastic.
A photo of Luna Rosa Puerto Rican Grill y Tapas restaurant
4.6
4.6 (76)
$31 to $50
Puerto Rican
Downtown
About the restaurant
Authentic Puerto Rican cuisine right in the heart of Downtown San Antonio. Luna Rosa Puerto Rican Grill y Tapas, is a family owned restaurant that will give you an experience you won't soon forget! Your senses will be entertained and appetite will be pleased.
el sabor de la vida...
The savory pernil y arroz con ganudules, mofongo, sorullitos, tostones and more. From Spain, we will offer the amazing paellas, tapas and sangria. The Tapas concept offers patrons the option to choose from a variety of tasty dishes to share. We offer a fully stocked bar specializing in a variety signature Puerto Rican rum cocktails, tropical margaritas and a selection of tintos and white wines.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Have been to several "Boricua" places in SA, and must say this is the most authentic so far. Yay!!! Had the sorullitos and alcapurria for starters and tasty. Even came with your typical mayocatchup sauce! As main course had the Mofongo con Camarones al ajillo, could have used more garlic but still quite tasty. Will definitely be making a trip back😀🌴🇨🇺
A photo of Chase's Place Cocktails + Kitchen restaurant
4.3
4.3 (96)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Fredericksburg
About the restaurant
Chase’s Place Cocktails + Kitchen is a craft cocktail bar and small plates kitchen located in the heart of historic, downtown Fredericksburg, Texas. Chase coined the phrase ‘Craft Cocktails for Common Humanity’ because the cozy cocktail bar (originally a home built in 1939) was developed to foster a sense of community through interesting drinks and shareable food. A small rotating menu centers around creative options served tapas/family style. Featured in 'Texas Whiskey Book' and 'Texas Cocktails, Second Edition' guests of Chase's enjoy a wide variety of spirits (including non-alcoholic options), over 100 whiskies, and a selection of Texas-grown wines.
Top review
MikeD
Dined on Feb 21, 2024
Salmon was delicious , drinks were of all sorts. Overall very enjoyable.
A photo of Qulturé restaurant
4.3
4.3 (17)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Stone Oak
About the restaurant
Experience the perfect fusion of urban upscale dining and the vibrant energy of a modern lounge at Qulturé. We pride ourselves on our commitment to bridging the gap between traditional fine dining and a lively, contemporary atmosphere. Indulge in an array of contemporary American/Southern-inspired dishes, each crafted with a meticulous attention to flavor and presentation. In the evening, Qulturé creates a sophisticated and yet lively atmosphere, with bottle service and the serving of expertly crafted cocktails.

**IMPORTANT BOTTLE SERVICE EXPERIENCE INFORMATION**
When booking our bottle service, please remember there is a nonrefundable $1 fee at booking. Selecting an add-on is REQUIRED to secure your section reservation. If you don't choose an add-on, your reservation will be forfeited. Please select a table option from the add-on page and pay the deposit amount to avoid any inconvenience.

Top review
Shay
Dined on Feb 18, 2024
The atmosphere was great, the DJ and food was good. The service was open and friendly, Angie was amazing. Will definitely be going back.
A photo of MASH'D San Antonio – The Original Culinary Bastards restaurant
4.1
4.1 (1091)
$30 and under
American
Stone Oak
About the restaurant
MASH'D. Trailblazing Food & Beverage highlighting memorable flavors & distinct freshness. Served within our energizing, socially connected, unique environment. Your place to gather with friends & family, & celebrate life!
Top review
PertyB
Dined on Feb 14, 2024
Great food, great service. Just a bit pricey but overall worth it. I will go back again.
A photo of Dave & Buster's - San Antonio (Balcones Heights) restaurant
4.1
4.1 (75)
$30 and under
American
Medical Center
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster’s has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we’ve got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we’re stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Dec 11, 2023
It was a wonderful experience. We had more people than we expected, and we hope the next time we come they will accommodate extra people for us.
A photo of Guillermo's restaurant
4.0
4 (108)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Guillermo's Restaurant is an eclectic restaurant located in the business district of San Antonio near the Museum Reach River walk area. We serve lunch and dinner. Counter service is from 11 am until 2 pm M-F and waiter service from 2 pm until closing. Wait service on the weekends. Guillermo's morphs into a relaxed casual five star service restaurant at 5 pm. We serve primarily Italian fare but do offer selected items that would be classified as non - Italian. All of our food attempts to culturally connect to San Antonio. Our environment goal is to be calm and relaxed however our patio is intentionally designed to be more lively with with television and for sporting events and often softer live music. Our wall decorations are intended to highlight our crooked 100 + year old homes significance and works of local artist. Greenery and plants are also a big part in creating a positive environment.

Top review
JimDvip
Dined on Feb 9, 2024
I gave Guillermo’s 4 stars but would go to 4.5 if the rating system allowed for half points. This place has a good Italian vibe with very good food. The drink menu is a little limited, but what they did serve was very good. The amenities in the place are fairly basic and not overly fancy, but you won’t go away disappointed if you like really good food, nice service, and simple ambiance. Very good place!
A photo of FRIDA Mexican Restaurant & Bar restaurant
3.9
3.9 (698)
$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
MiMercedes2vip
Dined on Feb 18, 2024
Best Duck Flautas and Short Rib Tacos we have ever had!!! Excellent. Tortilla Chips and Salsa…Authentic. The Panela Cheese was incredibly flavorful. They place a sauce with multiple flavor which include pork. The chef’s meat and sauce seasoning skills are elite!!!!!
A photo of Sugar Factory - San Antonio restaurant
3.7
3.7 (408)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Sugar Factory American Brasserie, America’s favorite eatery and celebrity hotspot – known for its over-the-top dishes, sweets and treats – has opened its second Texas location in San Antonio. The world-famous, family-friendly, high-energy celebration destination is located on the popular River Walk at 849 E Commerce St, unit 109.

“For over a decade, Sugar Factory has delighted guests of all ages with our internationally recognized fun, high energy brand delivering memorable experiences in a family-friendly atmosphere. We are excited to introduce San Antonio to our signature desserts, savory dishes, beautiful photo op walls, and friendly staff,

Top review
AntonioM
Dined on Feb 16, 2024
Place is really nice. Will definitely come back soon
A photo of On the Bend Oyster Bar & Cigar Lounge restaurant
3.6
3.6 (315)
$30 and under
Oyster Bar
Downtown
About the restaurant
On The Bend is an upscale yet casual seafood dining concept that combines fresh contemporary styling with a multi-purpose venue offering lunch, dinner, and late night hot spot appeal. Situated at River level on an attractive bend of the famous San Antonio River Walk within the atrium of The Hyatt Regency Hotel. On the Bend has a two-tier patio which allows for breathtaking views. Our venue is comfortably positioned behind tropical palms and lush landscaping and boasts the only open-air river level bar on the River Walk.
Top review
Caljordvip
Dined 6 days ago
Had drinks and a cigar. Great Jazz music and comfortable seating.
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