Whether you are traveling to San Antonio for the Alamo or planning to explore more of what this destination has to offer and need to know where to eat, try out some of our expert’s favorite restaurants.
Inspector Picks: Five Favorite San Antonio Restaurants
Aldo's Ristorante Italiano
8539 Fredericksburg Rd.
AAA Inspector Rating
AAA Inspector 66: Their provincial dishes like antipasto with cured meats, cheeses and marinated vegetables or thick, baked lasagna make this a favorite spot of mine.
Set inside a 100-year-old Italian-style villa, this romantic bistro boasts a relaxing garden surrounded by tall oak trees. Try the trout Aldo, a sautéed fillet with crabmeat, artichoke hearts and white wine basil sauce. The food is complemented by an extensive list of vinos.
AAA Inspector 66: I'm loving this Peruvian-Asian affair of aromatic, tangy and complex small-plate creations. The Huancaina sauce is so off the charts!
Chef Geronimo Lopez melds traditional Peruvian cuisine with flavors from Japan and China. Your taste buds will come alive with his classic ceviche, seasonal miso, corn and cheese empanadas and spicy soba noodle salad. The funky décor fits the Pearl, artsy yet totally laid back, like the servers who are very well versed in the complex yet fun menu. For a refreshing nonalcoholic drink, try the house made ginger-mint beer.
AAA Inspector 66: The wide variety of custom-made sushi selections and unpretenious service, as well as the entertaining show provided in the Hibachi room, is my style.
Guests love the elegant and upscale dining room offering unique presentations of Far Eastern favorites such as chicken or steak teriyaki and barbecue fried rice. You can count on attentive and friendly service in both the hibachi room and the decorative sushi bar.
AAA Inspector 66: I am wowed by the variety of food served here. Duck confit, Nicoise salad, seared tuna, smoked salmon and Vietnamese dumplings are but a beginning.
Quiet and refined, this far-north eatery features a strong wine list and such interesting offerings as duck confit, Manhattan clam chowder and veal piccata. For a dazzling dish try Frederick's Salad with seared ahi or the smoke salmon appetizer masterpiece. I consider this spot among the city's top restaurants. For a dazzling dish, try "Frederick's Salad" with seared ahi or the smoke salmon appetizer masterpiece.
AAA Inspector 66: This restaurant makes my 'picks list' by virtue of fabulous dishes created by a surprise of specialty ingredients and advanced skill to become magic.
The name hints at its second-floor location as well as a higher style of dining. The dining room is refined and the service exceptional. The seasonally changing menu can feature duck, oysters, seafood, 32-day-aged prime rib-eye and foie gras, all prepared in creative and imaginative methods that layer exciting flavors, aromas and textures.