Let’s face it. Summer near the Equator can be a little intimidating when it comes to outdoor dining. But the fall can be a glorious time to have a great dinner outside. And when it comes to beautiful outdoor fall dining, few places in the Southwest offer the views, the bustle, and the culture of San Antonio. So check out these great restaurants with beautiful patios.
Aldaco's Stone Oak
This Mexican restaurant is built on the highest point in San Antonio on, which means its patio offers fantastic views of the city and the woods. In fact, sunset on the patio feels more like a vacation getaway than a fine meal. And if you’re visiting from out of town, Aldaco’s offers a courtesy shuttle to and from the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa guests. Because everyone wants you to see this view.
La Fonda on Main
Just a few minutes from downtown, in the historic Monte Vista neighborhood, La Fonda offers a courtyard patio that should require a passport to visit because it’s a whole other world. Be aware, though, that La Fonda’s reputation for great dining and atmosphere is no secret. This place is frequently booked for private parties and the courtyard is a popular destination for people from all over town.
How can you take a look at patio dining in San Antonio without considering Riverwalk eateries? Well, you can’t, but not all of them need to be in the center of the crowd. Ácenar, on East Houston Street, is on the Riverwalk, but far enough removed from the pack that you get to take in the sights and still have room to breathe. A perfect spot for top-notch Mexican in town.
Outdoor dining isn’t just about dinner and drinks, you know. Breakfast can be just the ticket, and few places in San Antonio make a better case for breakfast outdoors than this little spot on Guenther Street, on south end of the river.. The patio sits is better than the interior, because it not only offers views of the river, but of the historic limestone structure that gives it a home. That’s why the wait to get an outside table here is longer than that for an indoor one. But it’s worth it.
Boudro'sFine. You want to be on the Riverwalk and in the middle of everything while you dine al fresco. Then Boudro’s is your stop. The patio here is smack-dab in the heart of the action and the upscale menu enhances the vibe ‒‒ as does the surprisingly intimate patio, despite its busy location. Or you could just feast on fresh-made (and astounding) guacamole and chips while you people watch.