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San Antonio Riverwalk, Is there anything good that is not Tex-Mex or Mexican??

fullogirl Apr 13, 2009 12:44 PM

I am visiting San Antonio next week for a conference and will not have a car but would like to try some great places. I really want something different other than Mexican or Tex-Mex. Any suggestions?? I am really interested in anything else especially Asian and seafood.


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  1. kingofkings RE: fullogirl Apr 13, 2009 06:47 PM

    Paesanos for Italian/Mediterranean
    Biga for eclectic cuisine
    Little Rhein for nice steak, chops, and fish.
    The Fig Tree, elegant classic American cuisine.
    Boudros Texas Bistro

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      andrewplen RE: kingofkings Apr 17, 2009 06:51 AM

      I'll second Boudros. It gets a little crowded if you want to eat outside and people watch, but the food is always delicious. Not the cheapest place, but by far not the most expensive on the river-walk. The seafood always tastes fresh and you can't beat the table-side guacamole.

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      fullogirl RE: fullogirl Apr 14, 2009 05:30 AM

      These look great, any chance for sushi??

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        mgb RE: fullogirl Apr 14, 2009 07:32 AM

        No worthwhile sushi "on" the Riverwalk that I am aware of. However, no one has mentioned Pesca for seafood. It's right on the river, or, from street-level, you have to go through the Watermark Hotel. Excellent, very fresh, chef-driven seafood menu. A bit pricy, but worth it.

        Of the others mentioned, I think Kingofkings has supplied the best alternate suggestions. The fish and chips places, while good for what they are, are no different than any other British pub style places and are really more pub than restaurant.

        Good luck, and enjoy San Antonio!

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          fullogirl RE: mgb Apr 14, 2009 09:08 AM

          What about Sushi Zushi - Downtown??

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        saeyedoc RE: fullogirl Apr 14, 2009 07:32 AM

        It may be too late to get in, but Le Reve is excellent (and expensive).

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          saeyedoc RE: saeyedoc Apr 14, 2009 07:33 AM

          Almost forgot, Sandbar, which is part of Le Reve has excellent seafood.

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            Jaymes RE: saeyedoc Apr 14, 2009 08:06 AM

            I'd second La Reve. Great restaurant. http://www.restaurantlereve.com/

          2. amykragan RE: fullogirl Apr 14, 2009 10:13 AM

            Pesca is a bit pricey, but good seafood. However, I think Boudros Texas Bistro is awesome! Great food and interesting presentation.

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              Sam Spade RE: fullogirl Apr 14, 2009 03:14 PM

              Sandbar definately if you love seafood (not on the river-don't let the seedy surroundings distract you, not inexpensive but worth it). If you're not averse to a 3-5 block stroll south on Alamo I'd also highly recomend Oloroso(mediterranean), Azuca(latin fusion), and LaFritte (belgian bistro)

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                amazinc RE: fullogirl Apr 17, 2009 01:10 PM

                I know you will not have a car, but SA has a wonderful downtown trolley system. I use it all the time. ( I don't live there, but go often,) I use the system to go to LeFrite Belgian Bistro for the best mussels and French(Belgian) fries on the planet or to Azuca... Latin cuisine, (NOT Mexican or Tex-Mex). Their seafood stew is heavenly and the desserts are gorgeous. Both these restaurants are on South Alamo and you can hop off the trolley near both. Go to the Guenther House for a hearty Texas breakfast, also via the trolley.
                Your hotel can give you a schedule, showing the lines you need to take for the various places. It's quick; it's cheap; it may be the best deal in San Antonio. Have a great visit

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                  fullogirl RE: amazinc Apr 17, 2009 06:44 PM

                  That sounds great... Thanks

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                  absinthian RE: fullogirl Apr 19, 2009 01:39 PM

                  Well...these aren't realy on the Riverwalk...but they are a must if you are in San Antonio. They are all three Chef Jason Dady's restaurants.

                  1. Tre Trattoria: http://www.tretrattoria.com/
                  2. The Bin 555: http://www.bin555.com/
                  3. Two Bros BBQ Market: http://www.twobrosbbqmarket.com/
                  4. The Lodge: http://www.thelodgerestaurant.com/

                  Again, not on the Riverwalk so they may not work for you...but all really good. Tre'Trattoria is amazing, the best gnocci I've had.

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                    fullogirl RE: fullogirl Apr 19, 2009 05:44 PM

                    I visited both Sushi Zushi and Azuca. Both were very good. I visited Azuca duing Happy Hour. It was a great deal and very good choices. I spent less than $30.00 for food, apps and drinks.

                    Thanks for all your suggestions.

                    1. Michelly RE: fullogirl May 23, 2009 01:43 PM

                      Thanks for bringing up the question! We visit my mother-in-law in SA all the time and, since she's Mexican, at home it's non-stop tamales and tacos at every meal. We'll be going at the end of June '09, so I'll be trying all the suggestions here that I can and will report back.

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