In just a few weeks, San Antonio’s weather will turn from sunny and mild to blazingly hot. That’s why for this month’s where to eat, we are traveling all over the city in search of the finest patios around.
From a gastropub with a backyard vibe to an elegant upscale eatery, these 11 restaurants are perfect for catching a little spring air. Grab your sunglasses and your pup and prepare to chill.
Aldaco's Mexican Cuisine
Breathtaking doesn’t begin to describe the sweeping views of Stone Oak offered from this patio, which happens to be perched on one of the highest points in the city. If you can close your dropped jaw long enough to order, you can’t go wrong with the tamal de camarón topped with luscious cream piquant sauce (and an avocado margarita, of course).
Nothing is better on a spring day than pairing craft beer with comfort food at this casual hangout. The digs aren’t fancy, just some picnic tables and a few scattered umbrellas, but you’ll have your eyes closed anyway when you first bite into chef Luis Colón’s legendary Folc Burger.
Though popular for brunches and happy hours and other daytime occasions, this St. Mary’s jewel is most beautiful at night when the pendant lamps are glistening. If you need a reason to linger past sunset, just order another famous Chismosa.
Down on Grayson
With its striped umbrellas, bright white benches, and graceful shade trees, the patio at Down feels a bit like a seaside resort. Go with the feeling and nibble on a zingy grouper Veracruz while people watching behind oversized sunglasses.
The Guenther House
The patio at this Art Nouveau showpiece is one of the hottest tickets in town — especially on the weekends. Brave the crowds so you can order crispy chicken and sweet cream waffles, a dish that’s more than worth the wait.
The Hoppy Monk
A huge tap wall and expansive patio with hulking community tables are the main draws for the Hoppy Monk, located on the north side of Loop 1604. But the food menu, with Southwestern favorites like shrimp and grilled avocado agauchile, queso fundido, and rabbit barbacoa tacos, hardly plays second fiddle.
La Tuna Grill
This neighborhood favorite’s cozy outdoor dining area is guaranteed to put you in a good mood. The staff is friendly, the food is approachable, and the clientele is a cross-section of San Antonio. Order a chicken-fried steak with a side of addictive rosemary roasted potatoes.
No San Antonio patio list would be complete without a nod to Andrew Weissman’s funky eatery. The atmosphere is like a luxury junkyard, with planters and fixtures made from upcycled materials. The menu is equally eclectic, melding flavors from all over the world.
Sangria on the Burg
The 2017 San Antonio CultureMap Tastemaker Award winner for Best New Restaurant has something else to brag about: a cozy side outdoor dining area perfect for sipping a signature margarita. But be aware that the drinks do have a kick, so you’ll want to pair them with pork belly tacos and an order of velvety triple mac and cheese.
With a view of the river, adorable cafe chairs, and immaculate landscaping, the patio at Supper feels like something Gwyneth Paltrow would have just outside her back door. It’s especially lovely during the breakfast hours, when you can eat chef John Brand’s lemon curd-topped buttermilk pancakes or a simple grapefruit with burnt honey while updating your lifestyle blog.
Two Bros BBQ Market
If you ask us, barbecue should be enjoyed in the open air, where you can eat with your hands without anyone giving you side-eye. With a huge shaded patio and a playscape for the kids, Jason Dady’s smokehouse has the vibe of a family reunion, but his brisket and baby back ribs trump anything you have ever fired up on your grill.