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San Antonio Mexican Restaurants

Mexican Restaurants in San Antonio are easy to find on any side of town. We have numerous types and styles of Mexican dining options whether it's a taco house or an upscale Mexican restaurant with festive nightlife. The flavors range from local Tex-Mex to "south of the border" seafood. Common dishes such as enchiladas and fajitas are commonly found on menus alongside unique items like stuffed poblano peppers, pollo pibil, or anticuchos.

Of course you can find Taco Cabana here in San Antonio. It was founded here but you can find just about any flavor of mexican food north of the border here as well. There is an endless supply of mexican restaurants in the San Antonio area.

Picante Grill

Located across from the Witte Museum, Picante Grill is one of our favorite mexican dining places to dine. Their fajitas are out of this world. The enchiladas have been voted as some of the best in San Antonio and their mole sauce is as tasteful as it gets. On our frequent visits, the family is cooking, serving, and visiting with patrons. All of our experiences at this mexican restaurant have been nothing but excellent. Gonzolo, the owner takes special care ensuring that you will be back for multiple visits to this fine restaurant offering Tex-Mex and beyond.

El Jarro de Arturo

El Jarro is routinely busy for a reason...good mexican food. This restaurant is known for its clientele to be mostly made up of local San Antonians, which speaks volumes. I've been going to this restaurant regularly for almost thirty years. The first date with my wife was at El Jarro.

Anybody visiting San Antonio that eats at El Jarro will probably make it a dining stop on their next visit to this city. El Jarro's menu has mexican food that ranges from local Tex-Mex to Mexican style fish and seafood. Order the Maria's Tortillas before your meal. These home made appetizers are outstanding. Tortillas are made right in the dining area and can't be beat. The food at El Jarro is outstanding and this Mexican restaurant has received many award winning reviews for their unique, full-flavored Mexican dishes. Not to be forgotten, El Jarro has a daily Mexican buffet that is out of this world as the food is freshly prepared and reasonably priced.

Los Barrios Mexican Restaurant

This Mexican food restaurant has two locations, one in town and one on the north side just outside Loop 1604. The Barrios family operates the restaurants and has been featured on national television for their family owned and operated restaurant serving only the best food. Hands down, Los Barrios is one of my favorite places to eat. The chimi-churri sauce is out of this world, as is the salsa. Poblano pepper and white cheese quesadillas are my usual order but I have eaten the tacos Diana and am equally impressed, but I'm just partial to quesadillas. Patrons to Los Barrios Mexican restaurant will more than likely meet a member of the family ownership. Louis Barrios or Diana Barrios-Trevino are constantly working the crowd ensuring that their guests are taken care of. This San Antonio Mexican restaurant offers excellent Mexican food with the charm of the Alamo City. Los Barrios has a cookbook available for sale at their restaurants.

La Fonda Sunset Ridge

Rick Shaw owns La Fonda Sunset Ridge and he runs a first class operation. La Fonda serves up Mexican food to the local Alamo Heights crowd daily. La Fonda's manager, Bill Sheridan delivers the best service be it catering a party or in-restaurant dining. Juan, the bartender, is legendary in San Antonio for his margaritas. The food here is fantastic, be it appetizers or the main course. I'm partial to the quesadillas. They're loaded with cheese. Also unique to this Mexican restaurant is their guacamole salad. The sauce on the guacamole salad is also legendary. You can't go wrong with any of the items on the menu. This restaurant has great food, great service and great management.


This Mexican restaurant is upscale authentic. The atmosphere is great and the food is phenomenal. If you're headed to the Alamo Heights area, try Soluna. I've had a number of their dishes on weekends and the Tacos Al Pastor take the prize. They come on small corn tortillas (3 to an order) with pico and pineapple. Borracho beans on the side are prepared to perfection. The clientele is more of the local crowd that knows their Mexican food and the wait staff is often from Mexico meaning the cooking crew is also from Mexico. Soluna is a bit of Mexico in the Alamo Heights area.

Browns Mexican Restaurant

Brown's Mexican Food is an established Mexican restaurant southeast of downtown San Antonio. Known as a popular lunch spot businessmen and women from the downtown area, Brown's is a favorite for enchiladas. The front of their menu claims "We specialize in enchiladas". Their claim is quite true regarding enchiladas. The enchiladas themselves are great but the gravy covering the beef or cheese enchiladas is really tasty. I'm not sure exactly what it is but it seems to be a chili powder flavoring that makes this popular Mexican dish so much better than the average enchilada plate. Of course, I recommend any of Brown's Mexican food but I wholeheartedly recommend any of the enchilada plates

Pico De Gallo

This restaurant has been packed every time we've been here. The line may seem long but generally moves fast. Pico de Gallo is a very large restaurant with a sprawling dining area on two floors. The food at Pico de Gallo Mexican Restaurant is very authentic as is the atmosphere. When I tell people where to find great Mexican food, I tell them about Pico de Gallo. Actually, out of town visitors will have a better idea of true Mexican food taste at Pico de Gallo than anywhere I recommend. It's the real from old Mexico in San Antonio. Top notch - period.

Beto's Mexican Restaurant

This is not an ordinary Tex-Mex restaurant. In fact it's not really a Tex-Mex restaurant at all. Beto's is more of a unique blend of empenadas, tacos and quesadillas with an emphasis on seafood and coastal dining fare. Although you can find enchiladas at Beto's you'll be pleased to try the fish tacos or empenadas at this awesome Mexican restaurant. Fish tacos are an excellent choice when dining at Beto's Comida Latina as are the Pork Al Pastor Tacos, as written up in Texas Monthly top 63 tacos to eat before you die. Also served at Beto's is the fashionable Cuban cocktail, the Mojito. Beto's is an excellent choice for uncommon San Antonio mexican food.

Ana's Mexican Food

Undoubtedly the best puffy tacos in San Antonio. They're not "overly puffy" like you'll find in other Mexican restaurants. They're good and greasy with just a bit of "puff", if you get my drift. Ana's other Mexican plates are pretty good as well and they have good lunch specials at reasonable prices. Just a little bit out of the way but worth the trip, Ana's Mexican Restaurant is on the south side of San Antonio just across from Calaveras Lake.

Thousand Oaks Cafe

Flat out awesome! We love going to the Thousand Oaks Cafe for breakfast. The breakfast taco menu itself is long enough to rival another Mexican restaurant's entire menu. You can get pretty much anything you want at the Thousand Oaks Cafe. We love the chilequiles and chorizo (made with Kiolbassa Chorizo) and egg tacos. They don't use processed cheese like you'll find at other places. They use real cheese, homemade tortillas and a hot sauce that's out of this world. It doesn't look like a Mexican restaurant from the outside, or inside for that matter. But rest assured, this Mexican food is out of this world. We highly recommend either of the Thousand Oaks Cafe two locations.

Taco Garage

The Taco Garage is a great Mexican restaurant converted to a taco eatery from an old Brake Check location. The food at the Taco Garage is primarily Tex-Mex with tacos being the primary menu item. They serve enchiladas, chalupas, nachos and other similar Tex-Mex items at the Taco Garage in addition to the extensive selection of tacos available on the menu. The prices are very reasonable and the decor consists of classic car and old redone auto pictures. They boast a secret Tecate beer batter for deep fried Taco Garage fajitas and if it's like their other menu items, the fajitas are just as good. Open 7 am to 3 pm daily but live music can be heard after these hours in the evening on weekends. Good food at the Taco Garage...highly recommended Tex-Mex.