New restaurant from star chef blooms at San Antonio Botanical Garden
Just a few months after reopening for its 40th anniversary, San Antonio Botanical Garden is blooming again, this time in the world of fine dining. Jardín, a new concept from top Alamo City chef and restaurateur Jason Dady, is set to open in the garden’s historic carriage house on September 10.
Credited with redefining the city’s dining scene, Dady’s acclaimed restaurants explore a wide range of cuisines, such as Texas-style barbecue and Tuscan Italian. With Jardín, Dady dips into the Mediterranean.
A press release cites Greek, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, and “slight Moroccan” fare as influences for Jardín’s menu, which will include sharable mezze plates like fried artichokes, white cheddar dates, and Sicilian cauliflower. Also available will be pizzas made from fluffy focaccia dough, potato gnocchi primavera, and lamb meatballs with blood orange aioli. For heartier entrees, diners can expect such options as whole roasted branzino, smoked beef ribs, and roasted chicken.
Equally as enticing as its garden-focused cuisine is Jardín’s refreshed atmosphere. The 124-year-old Daniel J. Sullivan Carriage House, which most recently housed coffee and cocktail cafe Rosella, has undergone a redesign spearheaded by Crystal Dady, Jason's wife and business partner.
The fresh vision builds upon renovations completed two years prior and includes interior walls made from the carriage house’s original horse stall, a private upstairs dining area, and a full-service garden-influenced cocktail bar. During warmer months, guests will have the option of dining in Gertie’s Garden, a large outdoor patio area surrounded by mature Texas ash trees.
“It’s impossible as a chef not to be inspired to cook when you see the bounty of the trees, plants, herbs that surround the property,” Dady says in the release. “To have the privilege to have that inspiration every day in our own backyard is something I am beyond humbled and look forward to sharing that passion with our patrons and Garden visitors.”
When it opens in September, Jardín will offer a variety of dining experiences, from light grab-and-go snacks to full lunch and dinner options. Guests can also purchase bottles of wine to enjoy alongside meals in the garden.
The restaurant will be open 11 am-9 pm Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-10 pm Friday-Saturday, and 10 am-8 pm Sunday. Garden admission will not be required to dine at the new restaurant, and visitors can park for free onsite. While recommended, reservations aren't required.