San Antonio is a city full of scenic locales, but if you’re looking for a romantic spot to spend time with your special someone, the River Walk is a perfect destination. Although it’s quite popular with tourist crowds, we’ve got the lowdown on the romantic restaurants and bars on the River Walk that offer a more intimate vibe. Here are some places where you can linger over a meal or drinks with a soothing river view.
Biga on the Banks
You’ll definitely need a reservation for your meal at the consistently top-rated culinary darling Biga. Although Chef Bruce Auden (a seven-time James Beard nominee) maintains an overall theme of South Texas-focused New American cuisine, it’s not easy to choose between the seasonal prix fixe menu or the exciting and eclectic menu of the day. Enjoy sophisticated service on the patio of one of the best restaurants in San Antonio, or for a chart-topping romantic evening, call and ask about table 31.
At Fig Tree, one of the most celebrated of all the San Antonio River Walk restaurants, your refined meal is well-paired with quiet, elegant surroundings on the terrace of this historic villa. Dress up and savor the rich dishes, like roasted and stuffed Hill Country quail or beef wellington, then order the bananas foster and prepare yourselves for a real show.
The Esquire Tavern
The Esquire is San Antonio’s first post-Prohibition bar, so you can steep yourself in its rich history while savoring painstakingly crafted cocktails on the luxurious leather seats. The ambiance is exactly what you need for a romantic rendezvous.
Bella On the River
Candlelight flickering over white tablecloths in a white stone interior, scratch-made Mediterranean dishes – what more could you ask for? Locals know that Bella is one of the most attractive places for an anniversary celebration or a marriage proposal. Just be sure you reserve in advance for the romance.
Choose one of the 12 tables or a seat along the kitchen window, and get ready for an evening of creative, nostalgic dishes. Chef-owner Michael Sohocki has committed to keeping Gwendolyn a 100% local and sustainable dining establishment. That means the menu items and ingredients, kitchen facilities, and cooking methods all hark back to the mid-1800s – only the refrigerator uses electricity.
For a more laidback date night under the wide-open Texas sky, grab an ice-cold brew and head to the swing-for-two that sits right over the river at The Luxury. Located on the north end of the River Walk, this quirky beer garden has an overwhelming but well-curated menu of local and regional craft beers.
Swanky meets modern at Paramour, where this downtown rooftop bar offers the state’s first champagne bottle vending machine. Take your Moet & Chandon or well-crafted cocktail, cuddle up on a colorful couch on the wide terrace, and soak in the cinematic city and river views to the soundtrack of live DJs or bands. You can also nibble from a tantalizing, flavor-packed small bites menu created by Jason Dady, San Antonio’s top chef of 2018 and a James Beard nominee.
If your tastebuds were delighted by the menu at Paramour, there’s more where that came from. Chef Dady’s upscale Tuscan-inspired establishment Tre Trattoria recently relocated to a renovated section of the San Antonio Museum of Art. Indulge in the house-made pasta, cast-iron baked pizza or flavorful antipasti beneath the cozy, shaded terrace, which offers views over the calmest portion of the River Walk.
German cuisine is commonly found in central Texas, so treat yourselves to a traditional German brunch at Schilo’s Delicatessen, open since 1917 and considered to be the city’s oldest eatery. Try to arrive as early as possible – this beloved locale gets crowded fast due to its well-priced and hearty fare.
Come visit San Antonio for a truly romantic riverside experience, and book your stay with Hilton at Travel.Hilton/San-Antonio.