top 5 waterfront patios in san antonio

The Riverwalk is one of San Antonio’s most popular tourist attractions. In fact, it is among those few local attractions that even first-time visitors know about long before they ever pay that first visit.

Dare we say, its tourist popularity even rivals that of the Alamo.

What many people don’t realize when visiting the Riverwalk, however, is that it is comprised of 15 miles of walkways! Far from the select few blocks most people know about, you have a wide array of choice cantinas, bars, and restaurants where you can grab a drink.

Whether you want to experience the popular tourist stops, or the hidden gems away from the most bustling districts, we’ve provided several popular waterfront patio eating options for you to consider as you explore San Antonio.

The Luxury

This bar and offbeat counter-serve kitchen isn’t located in the main Riverwalk district. If you want to step away from some of the crowds, this waterside bar provides a wide array of craft beer and shaded outdoor seating. Most notably, the restaurant has bench swings by the water.

Enjoy a delicious sandwich and IPA while you watch water taxis glide by. It makes a fun walking destination if you’re coming from the Pearl District.

Ocho at the Hotel Havana

Another quieter waterside restaurant and bar can be found at Hotel Havana. The Ocho bar has two floors. The first is a boutique bar with lots of natural light. This level offers beautiful indoor views of the water.

Downstairs is a cozier, dive-bar atmosphere with limited seating. Whether you’re looking for a craft cocktail upstairs or want to share a beer on an easy-going couch downstairs, Ocho is great stop for all tastes and occasions.


If you enjoy uncommon culinary blends, Burgerteca offers a unique eating experience that combines traditional Mexican flavors with American hamburgers. Owned by San Antonio celebrity chef, Johnny Hernandez, Burgerteca is a unique waterside eating experience that includes cocktails, tacos, and of course, the restaurant's famous Mexican-style hamburgers.

The Texas summer heat can be draining. Fortunately, Burgerteca also offers cold desserts as a cooling refresher. The restaurant’s Mexican-style ice cream is a popular menu item. Enjoy a cold popsicle as you watch the steady San Antonio River flow nearby.


You’re in Texas, so why not stop for some Tex-Mex? To enjoy Tex-Mex with a beautiful riverview, try Acenar. This restaurant is at the heart of tourist-centered portion of the San Antonio Riverwalk. It is among the most popular stops for families looking for hearty Mexican cuisine.

With a modern design and beautiful indoor balcony and outdoor waterfront seating, Acenar satisfies any Tex-Mex craving. The restaurant is complete with typical favorites like tacos and enchiladas. It also boasts a Mexican-style brunch menu for anyone looking for a more leisurely meal to start their day.

Cafe Ole: Take the Patio on the Water!

Everything is bigger in Texas. Why sip your margarita on land when you can charter your own river barge to enjoy Cafe Ole fajitas and 60oz. margaritas on the water? By booking a private barge, you can view all the various patios along the Riverwalk and travel under its iconic bridges while dining in style.

Whether you want to visit the buzziest areas with colorful umbrellas and popular chain restaurants, or you want a quieter dive bar experience, San Antonio has a little something for everyone.

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