Places to eat and drink
No matter where you live (or park) in the Lavaca and King William neighborhoods, there are dozens of restaurants and bars within walking distance. Here are about fifty of your options.
Azuca Nuevo Latino, Restaurant & Bar
"We are committed to offering fresh ingredients, coupled with the most authentic Latin-American products and wines available. We work closely with local farmers, markets and vendors to bring you the highest quality ingredients." Enjoy Salsa dancing in Azuca's bar on Friday and Saturday nights.
"At Bamboo you will find all our dishes are made to order with the freshest ingredients. We pride ourselves in all of our house made sauces and creative variety of bar specials... Asian cuisine at its finest. We also have delicious cocktails and margaritas. Come in and visit us..."
Bar 1919 San Antonio
"Come experience a time before bootleggers, speakeasies, moonshine, bathtub gin, and rum runners. Christened 1919 for the year in which Prohibition was ratified. Not just your friendly neighborhood watering hole, it's a house of craft cocktails that takes itself seriously and expects you to as well..."
Bar America - established in 1942 - is a Southtown landmark. This family-owned and operated establishment did recent renovations to add patio and rooftop seating, and now offers a full 'comfort food' menu... offering a full bar with over 25 draught beers. Full kitchen with great daily appetizer and entree specials."
"We are a bit of Germany in the heart of Texas! The Beethoven Maennerchor’s purpose is to preserve German song, music, and language..." Serving authentic German food and beer in it's dining room or outdoors in the large German garden.
"Bliss serves contemporary American cuisine. Our menu changes frequently with an emphasis on what is seasonal and creative... We offer a fine selection of charcuterie, artisanal cheeses and breads baked in-house... Our goal is to create a relaxed yet elegant dining experience in a genuine and comfortable environment."
Blue Star Brewing Co.
"This eclectic craft brewery and restaurant is a central watering hole and activity hub for locals and hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The craft beer made on premise, and elevated pub food, are served using fresh and locally raised and grown ingredients."
The Brown Coffee Company
"Since 2005, we've been San Antonio's first and favorite destination for the very best coffee experience anywhere. When you're ready to challenge everything you knew about coffee, you're ready for Brown."
Bruno's Dive Bar
"Transforming the iconic corner of S. Alamo & Cedar back to its original 1960’s roots, experience vintage beer lights with modern games & jukebox tunes. Neighbors will delight in the comfort of Bruno’s Dive Bar right in the heart of Southtown: The Arts District."
Burgerteca, the "first chef-inspired, owned and operated burger restaurant in San Antonio" is located in the vibrant Southtown district (inspired by San Antonio renowned chef Johnny Hernandez).
Camp Outpost Co.
"Camp is a casual American dining experience and it features a custom world class rotisserie, a spacious patio, communal fire pit and a vintage Airstream bar evoking a nostalgic camp-like ambiance..."
"Casa Frida is an authentic Mexican food restaurant where delicious meets affordable". Eat outdoors in the charming front yard, and enjoy Happy Hour on Thursday & Friday from 5 - 7pm.
Cherrity Bar is known for its good food, craft cocktails, and donating profits to charity. "Finally - a way to drink for a good cause. Actually, for many causes. Come out and support charities one drink at a time."
CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery
"At CommonWealth we are dedicated to serving you the finest cup of coffee, offering authentic French pastries made from scratch everyday, and serving up gourmet breakfast and lunch plates."
The Dakota East Side Ice House
Enjoy food and drinks at this popular east side ice house. "Food. Beer. Friends. A neighborhood restaurant with beer and wine serving the historic near east side of San Antonio."
"Smoked meat sandwiches by day. Fried chicken, ribs & more by night... Your place for burnt ends, scratch sides & craft beer, located in the historical Eastside San Antonio neighborhood of Dignowity Hill."
Dorćol Distilling Company - TEMPORARILY CLOSED
"An urban boutique craft distillery committed to meticulously handcrafting beautiful small batch spirits." "We are three guys proud of our uncompromising commitment and dedication to making fine spirits, craft cocktails and artisan ales."
"We make our pizzas with local farm-fresh ingredients and true Neapolitan techniques. At the heart of the pizzeria - "Il Cuore," - the wood-burning oven cooks pizzas to perfection... It's all about balance, simplicity and top-quality ingredients."
The Friendly Spot Ice House
Enjoy some bites and drinks at this favorite King William ice house. "Back when...people went to Ice Houses to gather, buy beer, and be friendly there. Come on in, eat, grab a drink, be friendly... Reimagined Texas Ice House in the heart of Southtown since 2009."
The Fruteria - TEMPORARILY CLOSED
"The Fruteria y Botanero offers Tortas, Tostadas, and Tequilas! By day enjoy fresh juices, fruit cups, tortas and tostadas... By night enjoy botana-syle Mexican tapas and fruit-infused tequilas and cocktails."
The Good Kind
"The Good Kind makes fresh comfort food - meals that are good for your body and good for the environment. Working with responsibly grown ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, we provide the San Antonio community with food that is clean, nourishing, sustainable, and delicious."
The Guenther House
"Serving your favorite All American Breakfast, signature lunches, baked fresh daily pastries and our custom roasted Founder’s Choice Coffee... The restaurant encompasses the original kitchen, tea room, dining room and the outdoor arbor areas of the Guenther House..."
Gus's World Famous Fried Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken
"Over 60 years ago in the small community of Mason, Tennessee, Napoleon 'Na' Vanderbilt created something amazing – fried chicken that could unite a community. In an era of divisive racial attitudes the residents of Mason found that they could all – black and white – agree on how much they loved Na’s fried chicken..."
"Whether it's popping in for a stellar cup of java in the morning or working away from the office, meeting up for a business lunch or coming in for happy hour (available every day 4-8) or swinging by for some craft cocktails with friends, we'll be here for you 7 days a week! "
The Haven Southtown Mexican Restaurant y Cantina
Continue to enjoy your favorite Mexican comfort food! This iconic Southtown restaurant offers Mexican and American food, live music, dinner comedy shows and an open bar.
Chef John Philpot likes intensity. "I love Asian, French cuisine, and I love intense flavors,” he says. "At Hot Joy, the whole experience from the moment you walk in is a sensory overload. From the decor being vibrant, to the music being a little too loud, to dishes packed with lots of spicy, salty, and savory flavors.”
Splurge on 'true Italian-style' pizza! "Scratch made pizza with house made coppa, proscuitto, pepperoni and other meats. All veggies bought from local farmers. Local beer and wine available."
Start your morning with coffee and pastries, and head back later in the day for wine, beer, cocktails and light food... all in the spacious, shady front yard of The Jewel (or in the back courtyard!).
"Established in 2007, this delightful bar located in the Blue Star Arts Complex is a great way to spend the evening! From Happy Hours, Power Hours and Live Entertainment, Joe Blue’s Lounge is the place to be on any night Tuesday-Saturday."
"Brewing with American Boldness and German Heart, paired with Beercentric Food. Love, Gratitude and Thoughtfulness... artisanal craft brewpub with a fusion of German & Texan fare, while re-inventing old beer styles into flavorful and innovative works of craft beer artistry..."
La Focaccia Italian Grill
La Focaccia Italian Grill is a family owned and operated classic Italian restaurant... Authentic family recipes and contemporary culinary expertise blend to produce a unique Italian dining experience. La Focaccia offers an extensive menu featuring an appetizing array of seafood, veal, steak, and pasta including house specialties..."
La Frite Belgian Bistro
"La Frite is San Antonio’s premier and only Belgian Bistro. La Frite Belgian Bistro offers crowd pleasing, masterfully prepared, traditional Belgian/French fare, in a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Zagat rates this bistro with the 'best mussels since Brussels'... La Frite is passionate about delivering an excellent dining experience."
La Tuna Grill
"A local family owned restaurant that has served the South Downtown area for 16 years!... Chef Mark cooks up delicious fusions of Tex-Mex, Seafood, Cajun, and American Classics. Offering weekly soup specials, fresh salads, and savory burgers and sandwiches."
Las Tapatias De Jalisco
Enjoy tacos, burritos, breakfast / lunch / dinner plates, chalupas, tortas, gorditas, quesadillas, nachos and all your Tex-Mex favorites at this iconic Southtown restaurant.
Liberty Bar is your place to get "Serious Food in the Heart of Southtown!" This iconic neighborhood gem is housed in a renovated convent and offers unique, creative and delicious cuisine, including fresh-baked bread and fresh pasta all made on the premises. "It's never to late to enter a convent... get back in the habit."
Little Em's Oyster Bar
This charming new Southtown restaurant offers a lot more than oysters... choose from a variety of seafood dishes, salads, or even a burger. Enjoy wine or beer with your meal and top it all off with a great dessert. Executive chef Benjamin Crumley is looking forward to sharing his masterpieces with you!
This is a funky little craft cocktail place, an old house that's been converted into a bar. Sit in one of the indoor rooms, enjoy live music on the back patio, or relax on the front porch. A laid-back atmosphere with friendly bartenders.
"To classify The Magpie as any one kind of dining experience does an injustice to the eclectic global palate the South Korea-born Kim has cultivated cooking in Japan, New Zealand, Thailand and the U.S... It’s not fusion food. It’s more a harmonious United Nations of dishes celebrating good eats from the around the world."
Maverick Texas Brasserie
"Enjoy our French-inspired brasserie menu prepared over an open flame alongside specialty cocktails and an unparalleled wine selection. This one of a kind restaurant has to be experienced to be understood... As a Texas brasserie, Maverick features a menu that is classically prepared and uses Texas ingredients when possible..."
Oh Yeah Cakes
There’s nothing like comfort food, and the neighborhood has a big dose of that with Oh Yeah Cakes. Owner Lori Hernandez offers both custom and ready-made cakes and cupcakes that are perfect for special occasions or for just satisfying your sweet tooth.
Paleteria San Antonio
"We're Paleteria San Antonio, a husband-and-wife team making beautiful ice pops, ice cream and more... Our Paletas or Popsicles are made with 100% natural fruit, providing you with tasteful and artesianal treats made with lots and lots of love..."
Enjoy healthy, delicious food and drinks at this Southtown eatery! "We are dedicated to re-inventing health food to produce something flavorful, diverse and inspiring... New customers often come back two days in a row because of the balanced health and vitality they feel after discovering Pharm Table."
This food truck, located on S Alamo, dispenses great pizza, stromboli, pannini and desserts. Owned and operated by former staff of Southtown Pizzeria, they've got all the recipes from the original founders of that establishment.
QPV Queso Pan y Vino
QVP, located in the heart of the Lavaca / King William neighborhoods offers charcuterie boards, botanas, sandwiches, pizza, and of course, wine. Enjoy indoor seating or eat outside on the quaint patio.
Re:Rooted 210 Urban Winery
This unique wine bar and shop in Hemisfair has an intriguing concept... it sells a limited number of custom-made Texas wines, and it sells those wines in growlers that you can take home, drink, and then return for a refill. The knowledgable resident sommelier serves up an interesting education on what you are drinking as she serves up your wine.
Rosario's Mexican Cafe y Cantina
"Rosario's Mexican Cafe y Cantina serves up traditional South-of-the Border specialties in a contemporary setting. It has consistently been voted Best Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio by local food critics."
South Alamode Panini & Gelato Company
"Our Gelato and Panini are made from fresh ingredients every day. While we import every ingredient we can directly from Italy, everything else is sourced locally."
"Everyone’s always having a great time at Southtown 101! Whether you stop by for our happy hour specials, want to watch the big game on multiple screens or have great food with friends. Southtown 101 is the place to visit in San Antonio."
"We bake our bread and desserts fresh daily and make our sauces with fresh peppers. We hope you enjoy our food as much as we enjoy making it!" The Station Cafe is a family owned and operated neighborhood restaurant located in King William.
Stella Public House
"Stella Public Houses’s 'farm to pizza' concept is centered on farm to table food practices and the development of strong partnerships with local growers, ranchers and purveyors. The star of Stella's menu is Texas-sourced artisan wood-fired pizza..."
Located in the vibrant Blue Star complex, Sukeban offers an extensive selection of Sashimi and Sushi rolls along with tempting appetizers, small plates, and specials. Enjoy beer, wine, or saki with your meal!
Tito's Mexican Restaurant
This popular Mexican restaurant is a favorite of the locals and draws guests from all over San Antonio. "Fresh handmade flour and corn tortillas are served daily. Tito’s specializes in grilled fajitas and an assortment of enchiladas."
Tony G's Soul Food
"Our daily challenge: highest quality ingredients according to traditional recipes freshly interpreted and served with a lot of passion for the guests!" It offers good 'soul food' eating along with wine, beer, and cocktails.
Toro Kitchen + Bar
"Spain is closer than you think. Join us for an authentic Spanish culinary experience... We bring traditional Spanish flavors in our menu lineup while providing some creativity from our chef with our regular specials. A lively casual yet sophisticated mature atmosphere having live music and flamenco from time to time."
Tutti's a Place for Foodies
"Comfy 100-year-old Southtown bungalow converted to a neighborhood restaurant. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Vegan options included among upscale comfort food items."
"Serving delicious sub sandwiches, nachos, frito pies, freshly brewed hibiscus tea, fresh strawberry lemonade, the softest shaved ice, Italian ice, ice cream, mangonadas, smoothies, cookies, and other snacks."