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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in San Antonio

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in San Antonio? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Bliss Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4758)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Bliss is consistently among San Antonio’s best restaurants in terms of quality, service and atmosphere. Bliss is located just blocks away from downtown San Antonio in the burgeoning Southtown area. Our mission is to express excellence in the most inclusive, genuine and hospitable way. Bliss serves contemporary American cuisine. Our menu changes frequently with an emphasis on what is seasonal and creative over what is predictable and familiar. Our goal is to create a relaxed yet elegant dining experience in a genuine and comfortable environment.



Top review
MikefromConcan
Dined 2 days ago
Always a terrific evening and Marcie was very attentive.
A photo of Cappy's Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4631)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Alamo Heights
About the restaurant
This casual, upscale restaurant offers innovative American cuisine including the freshest seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific, great steaks from Allen Brothers in Chicago, and regional and seasonal specialties. Daily lunch and dinner specials feature local ingredients whenever possible. The Heights burger can be paired with hand cut French fries, crispy thin onion rings, homemade lemon-pepper potato chips or German potato salad. There is an outdoor patio under a canopy of oak trees that's shady and extremely popular with locals and visitors to San Antonio. The brunch offered on Saturdays and Sundays features a menu of classic egg dishes, Texas pot roast, jumbo lump crab cake, seasonal "out of the blue" seafood entrees, entree salads, and Mustang chicken. Cappy's has an ever-changing, dynamic and well-priced wine list, with great choices by the glass or bottle. Full bar.
Top review
2bazaarvip
Dined 2 days ago
It was delightful to once again sit outdoors at Cappy's and enjoy the excellent food and service.
A photo of Savor The Culinary Institute of America restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1303)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Located on the campus of The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio, and nestled in the Pearl, Savor highlights the talents of our CIA students under the supervision of the college’s world class faculty. Experience a meal inspired by ingredients and techniques from around the world. Our dining room and patio are open and reservations are strongly encouraged. Curbside takeout is also available.

All guests are required to wear a mask while indoors—regardless of their vaccination status—except when seated in a dining environment. Thank you for helping to keep our CIA campus community safe!

Top review
Branieshavip
Dined 6 days ago
Our waiter Benny and Chef Fabien were extremely helpful and informative of the menu and all around hospitable throughout our dining experience! All dishes that were recommended were unique and delicious! Would definitely recommend trying this place and supporting the culinary students!
A photo of Stout's Signature restaurant
4.7
4.7 (571)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Stouts Signature at the Tobin Center is featuring upscale plates from a 22oz Tomahawk pork-chop to Rockefeller Oysters, backed by a full bar of handcrafted cocktails.

The Tobin Center provides a world-class venue that promotes a diverse range of cultural, educational, and artistic experiences that improve the quality of life in San Antonio. Stout’s Signature compliments the arts with our own unique dining experience.

Top review
LauraBvip
Dined 5 days ago
Delicious food, gracious hosts, and wonderful server.
A photo of Whiskey Cake - San Antonio restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3986)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
La Cantera
About the restaurant
Whiskey Cake is an award winning farm-to-table restaurant, offering signature New American comfort food with a farm-to-fork mission. The approachable menu locally sources as much as possible and will feature innovative appetizers, slow-cooked meats and freshly caught fish, along with the infamous whiskey cake for dessert.

The large central bar pays homage to great whiskeys with an expansive list of variations. A menu of cocktails features creative concoctions of local spirits with fresh ingredients, evocative of beverages served at a pre-prohibition bar experience.

The contemporary design of reclaimed architectural elements creates an environment that is comfortable and inviting, an ideal spot for dinner after a long workday or a lazy brunch on the weekends.

Top review
HeidiG
Dined 2 days ago
Thank you for taking such great care of my group. It's always a little nerve-wracking when the planner can't be there but I heard such great things about their experience, the food and the service! I really appreciate you ALL!
A photo of Up Scale restaurant
4.5
4.5 (365)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Up Scale is nestled on the bustling South Alamo street and is Carpenter Carpenter’s fine dining establishment. Our chef de cuisine, Rob Arambula, has worked at notable restaurants in Los Angeles and Spain. His curated menu boasts Italian favorites like wagyu bolognese, caviar al limon pasta, and savory lamb chops. In addition to our varied wine and beer menu, we also offer a line-up of seasonal and signature cocktails all made with the freshest ingredients.

Up Scale has been named Best New Restaurant by both Texas Monthly and San Antonio Magazine and was even nominated for Best Seafood in San Antonio. Come see what all the commotion is about during our dinner service, five nights a week.

Top review
DMB1vip
Dined on 18 Feb 2024
Great time there but very disappointed to hear That the Table side Whole Dover Sole has been discontinued
A photo of Mariposa at Neiman Marcus - San Antonio restaurant
4.5
4.5 (410)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
La Cantera
About the restaurant
THE MARIPOSA® located in Neiman Marcus SAN ANTONIO is open to socially distanced dine in and patio seating, in accordance with local jurisdiction guidelines.

Laid-back luxe. Experience delightful dishes in a casual, contemporary atmosphere at THE MARIPOSA® SAN ANTONIO. Muted lighting and understated, modern decor create the perfect environment for a midday retreat. Whether dining with a group or simply ordering upscale take-out, expect delectable food and exceptional service that is synonymous with Neiman Marcus.

Let THE MARIPOSA® host your next Baby or Bridal Shower. We pride ourselves on creating the perfect menu and ambience for your event in our chic and inviting atmosphere. Pamper the glowing bride- or mother-to-be in your life with the shower of her dreams or a lavish luncheon.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 15 Feb 2024
One of my very favorites for many years! It is always a place I choose to celebrate Birthdays and Christmas:)
A photo of Supper restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2989)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Being welcomed for a good meal is a true hallmark of genial South Texas hospitality. Matched with Hotel Emma’s distinctive historical ambiance and modern allure, Supper offers the promise of American cookery and graceful service at any time of day.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Delicious brunch! Miss the kale salad though. Love the outdoor seating. And that French toast out of this world.
A photo of Bazille – Nordstrom La Cantera restaurant
4.7
4.7 (84)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
La Cantera
About the restaurant
Bold flavors elevate beloved bistro classics in chic and inviting Bazille. Meet up with friends at the bar for internationally sourced wines and handcrafted cocktails. Stay for appetizers, salads, brick-oven pizzas and our tempting housemade desserts.
The Bazille is located on level 2 inside Nordstrom at The Shops at La Cantera.
Join us for Brunch on weekends.

Top review
SuzTlvip
Dined on 7 Jan 2024
Enjoyable and relaxing brunch. Service and food was great.
A photo of Sweetfire Kitchen - La Cantera Resort and Spa restaurant
4.3
4.3 (639)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
La Cantera
About the restaurant
Sweet Fire Kitchen, located on the lobby level of the La Cantera Resort & Spa, features an open-air exhibition style kitchen with a wood fired pizza oven. Guests will enjoy a twist on regional, home-style cuisine along with signature dishes from our fire-roasted oven. The casual dining venue offers indoor seating with spectacular views of the Texas Hill Country and al fresco dining overlooking Plaza San Saba. Whether you're craving an unexpected take on deviled eggs or a classic wood-fired pizza, SweetFire Kitchen guests can have it all. The restaurant also offers a full-service bar with unique craft cocktails, an extensive wine list and draught beers.
Top review
StefW
Dined on 17 Feb 2024
Food was good, bit over priced but our server Christine was amazing. Limited menu so wished there had been more choices since I hate to waste food. But we ate on a gift card so technically it was free. We will be back.
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