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Jan 8, 2010 01:29 PM

HELP for San Antonio High Quality Dining

We will be visiting San Antonio TX for the first time. We are New Yorkers who normally travel to Europe or the West Coast and we like creative local cuisine using high quality fresh ingredients. We'd like a bit of local flavor but prefer fine dining - NOT ribs or BBQ..

Any suggestions?

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  1. Il Sogno or Sandbar at the Pearl Brewery- Both owned by Andrew Weisman, a Beard nominated chef.

    Bin 555- Small, Spanish influenced small plates. Jason Dady, the owner, has several restaurants, all of which are good including Tre Trattoria and his new tapas rest downtown.

    There's really not much in the way of fine dining since Le Reve closed.

    1. Well ... if SAEyeDoc says so ... you can take it as God's Truth ... he may not be able to keep Lackland AFB separated from Randolph AFB ... but he knows good grunts. And the locals pee in their pants with excitement if they can get a reservation at Il Sogno or Sandbar.

      I'm a plebe ... and I kinda like Grey Moss Inn ... for their wine list & summer patio dining w/ a good aged cow. And aside from my date, their aged beef is darned good as well.

      And now that I've done my best to offend everyone, I'll bow out. :-)

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      1. re: EdLagniappe

        Or, that is, they WOULD pee in their pants, since Il Sogno doesnt take reservations!

      2. you need to try the lodge restaurant of castle hills. by far one of my best experiences here in san antonio as far as fine dining.

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        1. re: Pandabear13

          Good suggestion! I haven't been there in years, but it was always excellent.

          SAEyeDoc ... am sure you are right that no reservations are needed @ Il Sogno ... I'm waiting til the newness wears off & it doesn't have the line at the door (that I've heard about) when it opens. And right now I don't have anyone I'd want to take there for dinner anyway.

          1. re: EdLagniappe

            It would be nice if they did take reservations at Il Sogno/Sandbar. I've only been once for dinner, got lucky with a table right away at 7:30ish on a Sat night, there was a line shortly after. I haven't been back, or tried Sandbar since they moved as I have no patience for waiting.
            Another great place, although not fine dining and also doesn't take reservations is Dough. I know there' s great pizza in NYC (having lived there myself), but Dough is as good as any, if you like authentic certified Napoletana Pizza.

            1. re: saeyedoc

              Thanks re: Dough ... it's in my PDA now. Surprised to see their lunchtime prices are greater than dinner prices for some items. First time I've run into that.

              Can't say I know Neopolitan pizza ... during my time in Italy the pizzas were all thin crust w/ a little marinara decoration ... nothing more ... only antipasti.

              Nice to see they have Pineto Brachetto D' Acqui - Piemonte to have w/ desserts.

              And for folks who like a sweet bubbly, the Rosa Regale would also be good with desserts .... and probably a good contrast w/ speecy spicey foods.

              On another topic ... I'm building an Adobe Oven for my new property ... maybe seeing theirs will help in my design :-) Heck ... 90 sec cooking time is faster & better than a microwave :-)

              Thanks again for the suggestion, I'd forgotten about Dough.

              1. re: saeyedoc

                Not that I have anything bad to say about Il Sogno or Dough, but you're going to send a group of New Yorkers to an Italian place and a pizza restaurant? Really?

                1. re: Bulldozer

                  Where would you send them? There is no place that I know of that serves high end cuisine of the likes of Le Reve. I can't think of one place that does tasting menus with wine selections like they did.
                  SA's best local food happens to be Mexican and BBQ, neither of which qualifies as fine dining.

                  1. re: saeyedoc

                    Those are all good points. Surprised a steakhouse hasn't been suggested yet. Bohanan's looked like a white table cloth-type place when I walked past it, I think they'd qualify.

                    Saw a good review for The Lodge here too:

                    1. re: air

                      Bohanan's is good, but very overpriced. Another type of food that NYC has plenty of.

                  2. re: Bulldozer

                    yeah, I doubt there's a restaurant in town in the same class as Le Reve. No shame in that; probably was the best restaurant in Texas.

                    I've heard great things about the Lodge as well.

                    Is Biga on the Banks any good anymore? It's been years for me.

                    1. re: Bulldozer

                      Biga's was terrific in October....our table ordered venison, quail, lamb chops, steak.......everything was truly delicious.

            2. Haven't had the pleasure of dining at The Lodge, the first of Jason Dady's restaurants. AFAIK, no reservations at Il Sogno or Sandbar.

              1. +1 on Sandbar i love that place!!! to bad i dont travel to SA anymore....