10 must-try menus for San Antonio Restaurant Week
With over 100 restaurants participating in San Antonio Restaurant Week this year, the opportunities for a prix fixe lunch or dinner have never been larger. Many of the best chefs in the Alamo City are taking part and offering some truly spectacular deals on fine dining.
You can see the full list of restaurants here, but we picked 10 of our favorite menus to help you narrow down the choices. Note: We suggest making a reservation sooner rather than later, as many restaurants will become fully booked. You have through January 28 to try out as many places as possible.
Alchemy Komucha and Culture
Alchemy is a relatively new addition to Alamo City. However, it has already built a fan base for its vegan- and vegetarian-friendly menu and the posh yet serene atmosphere. For Restaurant Week, it is offering a $35 three-course "soil," "sea," or "land" option. The vegan "soil" option sounds particularly appetizing: a shiitake and onion soup, crispy rice gnocchi, and a citrus rice cake.
Bliss is typically one of those restaurants you save for a truly special occasion, but the $35 prix fixe menu serves up the delectable fare at a reasonable price. Guests will receive a luxe, three-course supper with options ranging from pork shank to Australian rack of lamb to sea scallops.
Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden
With over 130 craft beers and wines from Texas, Boiler House is always a good time — and during Restaurant Week, it will be even better. You can dine at Boiler House for only $15 during lunch with three hearty options: a fried egg and bacon ciabatta sandwich, chicken pot pie, or a gourmet patty melt. Lunch also includes a chocolate bourbon pecan tart.
The General Public
Lest you think the only participating restaurants are on the south side, this excellent gastropub in the Shops at La Cantera will also be serving a lunch and dinner menu during Restaurant Week. Known for its amazing craft beer selection and comfort food, the General Public will offer a $35 three-course dinner with a main entree choice of its famous pork and greens or a center cut rib-eye. Save room for dessert, which is a choice between butterscotch pie or birthday cake.
A sister establishment of Brazilian restaurant Chama Gaucha, J-Prime is an elegant, New American steakhouse. The prix fixe, three-course menu includes its most popular selections like the filet mignon, lobster bisque, and chocolate mousse cake. Guests will marvel at the sumptuous dinner for two for just $70.
Fine dining on the River Walk is a San Antono tradition, and you would be crazy not to try the resident restaurant of Hotel Contessa at such a discounted rate. Every option for the $35 three-course dinner looks delectable, but the desserts are simply irresistible: a laurel-infused creme brulee with grilled pears and apples, a butterscotch s'mores bread pudding, or a red velvet lava cake topped with a mascarpone-chocolate ganache.
Nao Latin Gastro Bar
Nao delights diners with its Latin American cuisine. For the $15 prix fixe lunch menu, Nao has an assortment of great options, including appetizers of ceviche, skirt steak skewers, or quinoa cheese fritters; entrees like market fish or cast iron chicken; and desserts of mango cheesecake and creme de tequila tres leches. Needless to say, you might find yourself at Nao more than once during Restaurant Week.
Nosh is a small, charming restaurant that is perfect for a casual yet romantic date night. Located below its sister restaurant, Silo, it offers fine dining without any pretension. Its three-course Italian dinner is only $25 per person and includes arancini (fried mushroom risotto balls), spaghetti carbonara, and tiramisu.
Smoke the Restaurant
Smoke serves up authentic Texas barbecue. Its locations in Stone Oak and downtown San Antonio are offering the same prix fixe selections. The dinner menu is a fine bargain, indeed, with Texas char-grilled oysters, three selections of meat with mashed potatoes and beans, and a peach cobbler for just $25.
Wildfish Seafood Grille
If you are craving seafood, consider Wildfish for Restaurant Week. Typically a pricier restaurant, the prix fixe menu is the perfect opportunity to try the fresh seafood selections. Most menu options are $35, but guests can also try filet mignon medallions with scampi-style Gulf shrimp or Parmesan lemon sole for $45.