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Explore San Antonio

The Ultimate Guide to San Antonio 

If you have yet to discover San Antonio, let us be the first to introduce you. San Antonio has it all. You’ll stumble upon quaint neighborhoods tucked among bustling big city attractions. You’ll encounter unique architecture influenced as much by the city’s history as it’s proximity to the border. Though San Antonio’s claim to fame is usually the Alamo or the River Walk, we’re here to say that there’s much more to the "Alamo City," than just its namesake. 

Take a page out of Hotel Contessa’s book and browse our Ultimate Guide to San Antonio. Explore some of our favorite things to do, best places to eat, and attractions you won’t want to miss!

WHAT TO SEE

The San Antonio Missions 

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site preserving four of the five Spanish frontier missions in San Antonio.
 

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Tower of the Americas

The view from the top of the Tower of the Americas is a must see when visiting San Antonio. This 750-foot observation tower was built as the theme structure of the 1968 World's Fair, HemisFair '68. 

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The River Walk 

You can't come to San Antonio and not take a walk on the iconic River Walk. Walk along the cobblestone pavement and dine at one of the many restaurant with views of the River Walk.

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WHAT TO DO

MUSEUMS

From the Briscoe Western Art Museum right next door on the River Walk to the interactive, Doseum perfect for kids, San Antonio's vibrant culture shines thourh in its many museums.

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THEME PARKS

Home to famed parks including Sea World and Six Flags along with lesser known, but equally fun parks including Morgan's Wonderland and the vintage, Kiddie Park.

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SHOPPING

Browse local boutiques in San Antonio's oldest neighborhood, La Villita, head to the Shops at Rivercenter for your favorite name brands or venture just out to the Shops at La Cantera to window shop the top designers.

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TOURS

From cruises down the San Antonio River on a river barge and wine tours out to the Texas Hill Country to cultural tours exploring San Antonio's history dating back to the 1600s, there is something for everyone in San Antonio.

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WHAT TO EAT

SO MUCH TO TRY, SO LITTLE TIME 

San Antonio is a foodie's dream destination! Our culinary traditions blend with new and home grown talent from the Culinary Institute of America San Antonio, for a food and drink scene bursting with flavor and fun. Explore our ultimate list of where to eat in San Antonio.

Mexican Food

  • Mi Terra Cafe y Panaderia A staple in San Antonio, Mi Tierra Cafe is a world-famous landmark where hometown regulars and hungry tourists go for authentic Mexican food and a warm Texas welcome.
  • La Panaderia Brothers José and David Cáceres opened bakery-cafe La Panadería in 2014 to share their Mexican heritage and love for baking with the people of their adopted hometown of San Antonio, Texas.
  • Rio Rio Cantina* Specializing in Tex-Mex, Rio Rio cantina serves breakfast, lunch and dinner right on the Riverwalk. 
  • Rosario's Since 1992, Rosario’s has served traditional south-of-the-border dishes with authentic house specialties. Local food critics have consistently voted Rosario’s “Best Mexican Restaurant” in San Antonio, and Critics’ Choice for “Best Restaurant to Take Out-of-Town Guests.”
  • Rita's on the River*  Rita’s is known for our delicious margaritas, handmade tortillas and hot sizzling fajitas. Enjoy river side dining, live mariachis, and the colorful Tex-Mex flavors of San Antonio.
  • Tito's Mexican Restaurant  Tito’s Restaurant is located in the Historic King William District. Fresh handmade flour and corn tortillas are served daily. Tito’s Mexican Restaurant specializes in grilled beef and chicken fajitas and an assortment of amazing enchiladas.
  • La Gloria* In the heart of the Pearl, La Gloria by Chef Johnny Hernandez serves authentic Mexcian dishes influenced by his time spent traveling Mexico. 

* Dining on the Riverwalk 

Italian

  • Paesanos* Upscale dining with traditional & contemporary Italian fare, a long wine list & outdoor dining on the Riverwalk.
  • La Focaccia Italian Grill is a family owned and operated classic Italian restaurant located in the Southtown neighborhood offering seafood, wood-fired pizza, focaccia, wine & more.
  • Nonna Osteria Breezy restaurant offering rustic Northern Italian cuisine & wine. 
  • Dough Pizzeria Napoletana specializes in authentic Neapolitan style Pizza that is baked in a wood-burning oven at 900 degrees in 90 seconds.

*Dining on the Riverwalk

Barbecue

  • B&D Icehouse Smoked meats, sandwiches, sides & craft beer served in a no-frills setup with outdoor picnic tables in the Southtown neighborhood.
  • The County Line*  is a great place to enjoy a plate of Texas bar-b-q, an ice cold beer or a margarita on the Riverwalk. 
  • Augie's Barbwired BBQ Country-style BBQ joint serving slow-smoked meats in a relaxed spot with a beer garden & live music.
  • Smoke Shack Hopping counter-service place with a rustic, retro feel offers BBQ sandwiches, platters & sides.

* Dining on the Riverwalk 

Seafood

Pinch Boil House
  • Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen* Family-friendly Cajun eatery offering seafood, cocktails & happy hour amid murals & rustic decor.
  • Pinch Bright, informal destination for Southeast Asian shellfish boils, plus various sandwiches & bowls.
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp* Family-friendly chain for seafood & American fare served in a fishing-boat-themed setting on the Riverwalk. 
  • Joe's Crab Shack* Informal seafood chain serving crab buckets & stuffed shrimp, plus American comfort dishes on the Riverwalk.
  • Landry's Seafood House* Family-friendly chain eatery offering steaks & Gulf Coast seafood in laid-back surroundings on the Riverwalk.
  • Ostra* Upscale seafood destination with a raw bar plus a long wine list & river views.

*Dining on the Riverwalk 

Fine Dining

  • Bliss Inspired New American fare, charcuterie, wine & beer in a stylishly restored former filling station.
  • Biga on the Banks* Chic River Walk eatery with adventurous New American fare, worldly wines & an ever-changing menu.
  • Boudro's* Hip New American bistro with wood-grilled steaks, seafood, tableside guacamole, cocktails & a patio with river views.
  • Bohanan's Chic eatery serving American fare in an old-world setting with a cocktail lounge, patio & live jazz.
  • Chart House High-end chain eatery serving seafood & steakhouse fare in a classy setting with a view from the top of the Tower of Americas. 
  • Southerleigh serving Texas cuisine in the historic Pearl Brewery and also offers a second-story microbrewery.
  • Cured  Rustic-chic restaurant serving charcuterie-focused New American cuisine & craft cocktails.

*Dining on the Riverwalk 

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