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Dec 15, 2008 06:30 PM

Where to eat in San Antonio, walking distance from the Gunter/Riverwalk

Hi all. This is my first post to a Chowhound forum, and hopefully a similar topic hasn't been posted recently (I couldn't find one).

I will be in San Antonio for a few days starting this Thursday (Dec-18), and I need some suggestions for where to eat. I'll be at a wedding on Saturday and a rehearsal dinner (at Casa Rio on the Riverwalk) on Friday, so I mainly need to figure out what to do for dinner on Thursday. That catch is that I'll be staying that the Gunter (205 East Houston Street), and I won't have a car. (!!) I'm right near the Riverwalk, but I've seen some mixed reviews of the restaurants there, so I'm hesitant to just wander around and pick a place at random. Also, there will be two of us, we are looking for something moderately priced, and my girlfriend, while not vegetarian, is not a fan of steakhouses. Any suggestions?
(Or, if there's another thread I should look at, point me that way.)

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    1. re: chickstein

      Thanks a lot for the quick response. I'm looking over some of those threads now, and I think there's some good stuff there. I was looking for something with entrees around $15 or so, but it looks like maybe I should consider spending a little more.

      1. re: JBmaxx

        I took the family to Rosarios right after Thanksgiving. It's really close to the Riverwalk, but probably not walkable. I think there is a trolly that drops right by there, or a cab would be cheap. Dinner would definitely fall in the $15 range.

        Here's the menu (pdf)

    2. You will be able to take the trolley ANYPLACE in the downtown core. That said, look along South Alamo Street as there are three wonderful restaurants within shouting distance of each other....Azuca for latin, Rosario's for Tex-Mex, LaFritte for French/Belgian. All are delicious and withing your $$ range. Also, in the Fairmont Hotel there is an Italian. Although I have not eaten at the Fairmont, I have eaten at the other restaurant these folks run and can recomment it. On the Riverwalk itself, there is little really good, except Boudro's, imho, but a flight of steps up is Biga on the Banks and is one of SA's best. A little more expensive, but worth every cent. Get the hotel to give you a trolley map and start hopping on and off and eating everywhere!! Have a wonderful time in SA. It's one of my favorite cities for food!

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      1. re: amazinc

        I think Boudro's fits your needs, right on the river , good food, moderate price. I would get a reservation. even for a Thursday night.

        1. re: amazinc

          I would absolutely disagree with your description of Biga on the Banks. My husband and I went for dinner 2 months ago and it was the most disappointing meal in a long time. We chose the restaurant based on a recommendation from the Food and Wine Magazine website and I will never trust them again! The appetizers were over seasoned to the point that the so called game in their signature game packets was unrecognizable. It could have been 5 day old shredded chicken for all we could tell from the amount of sauce dumped on. My duck rillettes were overly salty and both our entrees completely made up for that by having no salt at all. My close-to-bouillabase consisted of questionably fresh seafood swimming in a bland liquid. The service on the other hand was quite good--very knowledgeable server despite the fact he pointed us in several wrong directions with his course suggestions. We wouldn't have had a problem with the price of the food if it had tasted good but it was a total waste of money.

        2. The Sandbar is right around the corner at 102 E. Pecan. Sister to Le Reve. The clam chowder, with big lardons, and the key lime pie (they rightly use condensed milk), are great small dishes. You can go for it with a big seafood plate, but if you want to keep on a budget and eat well, you can do it there. Nice, clean, understated seafood place that far outpaces anything else in town.

          1. Thanks everyone for the recommendations!