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Dec 5, 2007 11:17 AM

San Antonio Place Downtown for Sunday Dinner 20+?

Hi all, Boston hound here who has been tasked with researching venues for a Sunday evening dinner for 20+ in downtown San Antonio in early January. It needs to be within walking distance of the Hilton downtown on the Riverwalk (though it doesn't need to be on the Riverwalk per se). A broader-style restaurant (read "American" or casual upscale) would be best to please so many folks, but if we need to go Tex-Mex nothing wrong with that (with me at least).

I'd really appreciate your suggestions! Thanks in advance!

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  1. Little Rhein Steakhouse is right next to the Hilton. If the weather is nice, you can sit out on the terrace and watch the boats go by. They actually did a dinner for me at their private dining house (i think it was called The Dashielle House) which is right next door to their restaurant, and it was very nice to have the entire place to ourselves and you can be a little louder.

    Let us know what you finally decide on and how it was.

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    1. re: mac8111

      And next door is the Fig Tree which I prefer over Little Rhein.

      1. re: bronwen

        Thanks for the replies! I took a look at Little Rhein/Dashiell House/Fig Tree and they look like fine restaurants...maybe a little too fine for my group, which will be very casual after flying in from BOS? Any suggestions for more casual local venues in the area?

    2. Two thoughts, boudreaux's and Landrys are two options, maybe a rung down in food quality and net investment but still very nice for San Antonio. Both are within a few blocks walk of the Hilton and should be able to easily handle a group of your size.

      My last visit to Landry's resulted in some sluggish service but very good dining, and my other recommendation is one of the more rock solid choices downtown. Hmm, just thought also County Line might be a player too; however, you mustn't think that this merely acceptable riverwalk bbq outfit is representative in any way of the real quality you'll find if you leave the beaten Riverwalk path and visit some other local outfits.

      Hope this helps,


      1. Enjoy your stay . My wife & I are from Reno but have spent extensive time in S.A. . My advice would be to not eat at the places on the river walk they are pretty but you can do better. Try La Tienda it is an old S.A. institution and it is very christmasy and perfect for the season. I would also recommend Henry's Puffy tacos for a very different and wonderful treat in the taco realm with almost nothing like it in the U.S. .
        Enjoy !

        1. Sorry I goofed henry's puffy tacos and La tienda aren't within walking distance of riverwalk.

          1. Hmm, wondering if you're referring to Mi Tierra in the El Mercado? Not a bad option, but I'm not sure about as an initial landing spot for tired travelers just hitting the ground from a long trip. If the suggestions I posed earlier don't meet your approval, how about Lucciano's Restaurante on the river level of Rivercenter Mall. Short stroll from the Hilton, and affordable enough I'd say. The food is flavorful and fairly middle of the road, straight forward for Italian. The question is whether or not they've got a separate room for you guys to hang out in, or even a slightly isolated area.

            Let us know what you decide....curious.


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            1. re: MisterTouch

              Sorry for the belated response---our group went to Lucciano's and had a lovely and very filling Italian dinner outdoors on the loggia outside the restaurant. Great value for money too! We also did a function at Acenar on another night which was a big hit.
              Thanks to everyone for all your help!