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I will be in San Antonio for two nights next week with my fiancee and would like to take her out for her birthday. Price is not so much a factor but nothing too ostentatious – we're after quality of preparation and ingredients in a nice warm atmosphere. Also looking for local/authentic spots for other meals.

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  1. Not sure how much driving you want to do but we found a great place a few weeks ago, less than an hour out of town. It's called O'Briens and it's in Bergheim.

    From SAT go north on 281 to State Highway 46 and turn west, it's about 10 miles on the right. It's a bit more than an hour from our house and we've been back a couple of times since discovering it.

    Good luck

    1. In the downtown area for a high end meal I would try Biga on the Banks, Le Reve (you would be hard pressed to get a reservation but I would try. It is also around $150 a person but amzing food), or Las Canarias at the La Masion del Rio hotel. I also like Silo which is about 10 to 15 minutes north of downtown. The Lodge at Castle Hills is great food too and the restaurant is cozy. It's also about the same distance from downtown. A great lunch, brunch or more casual dinner place dowtown is the Liberty Bar. Great food, great atmosphere and who could beat a buling that looks as if it fall over.

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      1. re: wendileigh

        I used to live in San Antonio. Absolutely adore Liberty Bar. Get the duck salad, it is scrumptious, and washes down nicely with a good beer or glass of wine.

        Main Street pizza (off of Main Street near UTSA) offers the best local pizza, and it is cheap as all get out. And for burgers, you have to go to Cheesy Jane's (at the intersection of Broadway and Hildebrand), great burgers and malts.

        As for bday dinners, The Vineyards (a tad far out in Garden ridge) is super romantic and super delicious. A beautiful atmosphere with traditional, but exquisite food.

      2. The Lodge, nice atmosphere, great food. Also, Bin 555 same owners.

        1. There is a great little italian place northeast of downtown, Gianni's Cucina and Pizzera. I wrote about it in a previous post, http://www.chowhound.com/topics/34407...
          Great food at a great price.

          1. I'm in S.A. this week, and just got back from a very surprisingly delicious North Indian restaurant. It's in the northwest part of town, near the Medical center tucked away in a little strip mall.

            India Palace
            8440 Fredericksburg Rd.
            http://www.indiapalacesa.com

            Very clean interior, attentive waitstaff, and a very good buffet... although I'm going back again tomorrow night and I'm ordering one of the six lamb dishes off the menu. Can't wait!

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            1. re: jwynne2000

              Wow! I'm surprised to hear such praise for India Palace! The last few times I was there the food was just mediocre (once for dinner, had tandoori chicken...once for lunch buffet, both several months ago now though). I'll agree with the cleanliness and waitstaff though. Nice folks :) My only complaint is that the restaurant is so tiny...but sometimes that can be a good thing :) I may have to head back there soon to give them another go and see how I feel. I've been SO craving a good curry!

            2. Cappy's is a good place to go; quiet and romantic; it's on Broadway in Alamo Heights. The pecan crusted halibut is very good.

              Another romantic place is Grey Moss Inn. Food is okay but it's known more for it's atmosphere.

              As others have noted, the Lodge is nice; Biga's, La Reve. If you like steak and want to see the lights on the River Walk downtown [they are nice], go to Bohanan's. Upscale and romantic.

              1. What type of food in particular are you looking for?

                1. Thank you for all of your help! I love the spirit of chowhounders. We actually lucked out and got in at Le Reve because of a cancellation. Everything was pretty much perfect. We ordered from the smaller tasting menus and did the wine pairings. Not knowing what wine they were going to pour made the meal that much more fun. The staff at Le Reve are warm and knowlegeable and that also added to the experience. The highlight for me was a fricasee of sweetbeads, lobster and shrimp. Everything was cooked perfectly and the flavors went well together. Thank you Keeter!

                  Other places that we went to were Lockhart for BBQ. We tried Blacks, Smitty's and Kruez. Smitty's brisket is to die for. We also drove out of town to try the chicken fried steak at Double D's. But my heart belongs to Guajillo's on 410 and Blanco Rd. I went there 4 times to try everything. The best dishes for me were the mole verde, albondigas, and the mahi-mahi in garlic and cilantro sauce. If you like home cooking, you should enjoy Guajillo's.

                  1. Glad you enjoyed Guajillo's so much, it's our favorite mexican restaurant, I go there once or twice a month.

                    We're looking forward to our second trip to Le Reve next month. Last time we did the tasting menu with wine pairings and it was excellent. The only problem was my wife came down with the flu halfway through the meal. I've had a hard time convincing her to go back, luckily some friends of ours have birthdays near ours (we're a day apart) so we're all going to Le Reve to celebrate. Hopefully she wont' get sick this time, nothing like puking a $180 meal!

                    1. Guajillo's is excellent Mexico City style cuisine.
                      I also suggest a place called Jacala Mexican Restaurant on West Ave.
                      It's in the inner part of San Antonio near Hildebrand. The food is hot fast and the service is great.
                      Try any of their margaritas, perfect size for a meal.