The Best of San Antonio
Navigating the numerous restaurants along the picturesque, 2 1/2-mile-long River Walk can be challenging--especially if it's your first visit. Not to worry. Check out these top picks. You'll quickly realize that competition among the many eateries definitely benefits the customer. This is one of those rare occasions when service and value are on par with the area's exceptional food.
If you're looking for a romantic or special occasion dinner, try Las Canarias Restaurant located in the La Mansión del Rio Hotel. A meal here falls squarely into the "worth the splurge" category. For one of the best views anywhere, grab a sweater, and dine on the riverside veranda. Chef Scott Cohen's seasonally driven and ever-changing menu blends Southwestern flavors and local ingredients in not-to-be-missed specialties, such as farm-raised venison loin crusted in cracked black pepper, which is served with sweet potato crisps and a rich red-wine sauce. Seafood lovers will relish the crispy, pan-roasted red snapper nestled in a hearty tomato and herb-based stew. The desserts are tempting to be sure, but I went straight for the restaurant's award-winning cheese cart. 112 College Street, San Antonio; (210) 518-1000. Entrées: $19-$32.