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DC hound needs San Antonio area suggestions for Big Deal dinner

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My group will be in San Antonio mid-October and our President wants to host a nice dinner for some key members and staff, about 20 people. We'd prefer a private room.

Ours is very much a steak and potato place, so any good steak or chop-house recs are good. Of course, bbq is also welcomed. Price isn't too much of a problem, mid-range (25 - 35 per head) to high-range (40 - 45) would work. We'll have a van so we can travel from the Westin where our meeting is being held.

On a personal note, I'd also like any general recs for good eats in the area. I'm not partial, but would really like to have some good Mexican food; the more divey/hole-in-the-wall the better.

Gracias!

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  1. I would say that probably the best steakhouse in San Antonio is Bohanan's. They have pretty remarkable beef, and I'm fairly certain that they have private rooms. It's locateed downtown right across from the Majestic Theatre, so if you're at the Westin downtown, it shouldn't be too hard to get there. Alternatively if you're staying at the Westin La Cantera, I've heard very good things about their restaurant Francesca's. I think it's sort of a gourmet southwest thing. But definately for steak go to Bohanan's.

    1. I agree. Bohanan's is your best bet downtown for a great steak. Locally owned and always great. It is four blocks from the Westin, just past the river on Houston Street. For Mexican, avoid the riverwalk. It is OK, but not the best and very overpriced. I would recommend Mi Tierra at El Mercado on the west side of downtown. It is open 24 hours, has great margaritas and some of the best Mexican food in SA. The place is huge, but they keep the quality. I always send people from out of town. After your steak dinner, do not miss SWIG at the South Bank, next to Hard Rock (halfway back to the Westin) This place is legendary for the best martinis, cigars, and nightlife. It is a full bar and it sets the standard for SA. This is a place to impress.

      1. I'll add a third nod to Bohanan's. Reserve the balcony. The service can be spotty, but the food preparation is world class. Your visit is on the outer edge of fresh soft-shell crab season, but chef Bohanan does a remarkable understated job of it, when available. The fois gras appetizer (again, when available) is perfection.
        The Palm, a couple doors down, has private dining as well, and is always very good. It's my second choice only because it's a chain.