An Expert’s Guide to the Best Mexican Food in San Antonio

January 26, 2021
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jason wolfe

Want to Know Where You Can Find the Best Mexican Food in San Antonio? Keep Reading!

San Antonio is home to a vibrant, up-and-coming food scene. If you’re ever in the mood for authentic Mexican food or Tex-Mex cuisine, you will have no trouble finding a joint in San Antonio. Not sure where to start? In our latest blog post, we’re reviewing 7 of our favorite Mexican restaurants in San Antonio. Check it out now!

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1. Tito’s Mexican Restaurant

While Tito’s is most known for its enchilada selection, it also offers delicious beef fajitas, tacos, ceviche, and more

Treat yourself to a dish of the Chile Relleno con Camaron en Chile. Image courtesy of Yelp

955 S Alamo St. | King William, Downtown | titosrestaurant.com

Located in Downtown San Antonio, Tito’s Mexican Restaurant is a premier destination for delicious fajitas and savory tacos. Tito’s is run by the Rodriguez Family, who have operated the popular restaurant since 2003. On the menu, you’ll find creative speciality dishes like the Los Tacos Favoritos and Hatch Burrito. Nachos, quesadillas, and enchiladas can also be found at this popular restaurant. Feeling thirsty? Tito’s offers a wide selection of margaritas. 

“I ordered a Jalapeno Cream Enchiladas Plate. Wow, it ranks at the top of all of the enchiladas I've had anywhere. The creamy jalapeno-infused cheese sauce completely smothered the enchiladas and I loved it! The rice and refried beans looked like those from typical Mexican restaurants but upon tasting them, they were even more mouth-watering delicious. Whenever I'm back in S.A, I will be eating here again.” - Yelp Review

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2. Acenar Mexican Restaurant

Stylish restaurant where you can try creative and authentic Mexican cuisine

Acenar offers a relaxing dining space where you can enjoy some of the best Mexican food in San Antonio. Image courtesy of Yelp

146 E Houston St. | Downtown | acenar.com

If you’re looking for a laid back atmosphere where you can relax with friends and enjoy some delicious food, head to Acenar. This popular Mexican spot is known for its spacious outdoor patio and extensive menu. 

For patrons who want to dine at home, they can order curbside pickup. Right now, Acenar is also offering special family-style dinners to go. The Fajita Dinner, Enchilada Dinner, and Taco Dinner are offered all day and are served with chips, salsa, charro beans, and Mexican rice. On the regular dinner menu, you can also find classic dishes such as fish tacos, vegetarian enchiladas, and more. 

“This place was surprisingly amazing. Starting with the Mexican decor and bright colors, awesome Latin music  this place leaves you with a constant good mood. The spicy margs are life and the food along with the presentation was incredible.” - Yelp Review

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3. Rosario’s Mexican Cafe Y Cantina

Popular Tex-Mex bar located in Southtown, San Antonio

If you’re in the mood for some tacos, stop by Rosario’s for lunch! Image courtesy of Yelp

910 S Alamo St. | King William, Southtown | rosariossa.com

Named the Best Mexican Restaurant of 2020, Rosario’s Mexican Cafe Y Cantina also ranks high on our list. Whether you are craving some fish tacos or fajitas, you can find all of this and more at this bustling cafe. 

In addition to its extensive lunch and dinner menus, Rosario’s also offers inventive cocktails and sweet desserts. If you just want to grab a drink with friends, you’ll love Rosarios. Their Happy Hour specials include $5 House frozen and rocks margaritas and a $4 draft beer. Since the start of the pandemic, Rosario’s has also started to offer margaritas to-go! Both single serve and ½ gallon sizes are available.

“My first time here and everything was really great. I had the Enchiladas Suizas and it was unlike anything I have ever had. Shredded chicken enchiladas in a sweet white wine cream sauce along with refried beans and rice. The beans and rice are on point and very flavorful. The staff were all very friendly and attentive and the restaurant was very clean and social distancing as required.” - Yelp Review

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4. Fidelo’s Mexican Restaurant

Laidback spot in San Antonio known for its delicious and authentic Mexican dishes

Treat yourself to some enchiladas for your next dinner! Image courtesy of Yelp

10929 Nacogdoches | San Antonio | facebook.com/pages/Fidelos-Mexican-Restaurant

If you prefer a casual, no frills environment, we recommend stopping by Fidelo’s Mexican Restaurant. This diamond in the rough offers all of the classic Mexican dishes you love. From the huevos rancheros to the chili relleno, Fidelo’s dishes will leave you filled and satisfied. That said, Fidelo’s is only open until 3pm. So you’ll have to keep it in the breakfast/lunch section of your restaurant bucket list. 

“I pretty much live here on weekends (it'd be more often if I worked in SA). The food here is so damn incredible that it's our default breakfast spot (they serve breakfast from open to close) regardless of what time we roll out of bed and head over here. We could come at 130pm and still order breakfast. I have yet to find another place that makes better homemade flour AND corn tortillas.” - Yelp Review

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5. Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine

Lively and vibrant Mexican restaurant offering a fine selection of gluten-free and paleo options

Try a little bit of everything by ordering the Botana Appetizer Platter. Image courtesy of Yelp.

5800 Broadway St. Suite 300 | San Antonio | palomablanca.net 

Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine is known for its upscale interior and welcoming atmosphere. While the pandemic temporarily shuttered restaurants in San Antonio, Paloma Blanca is back open for dining services inside their spacious restaurant or outside on the patio. Curbside and delivery services are also available.

As for the cuisine, Paloma Blanca draws inspiration for its menu from the interior and coastal regions of Mexico. The grilled snapper, ceviche, and tacos al pastor are their most popular dishes. In addition to their lunch and dinner menus, Paloma Blanca also offers an appetizing weekend brunch menu. 

“My wife and I bring my mom to Paloma Blanca when she comes into town, and we always have a blast. Today was our first time for brunch, and we all had the Desayuno Especial. It was my first time trying this dish anywhere, and it was amazing!!! Pork tips in a slightly smoky red sauce, served with chilaquiles, refried beans, and tortillas. So freaking good and really big portions.” - Yelp Review

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6. Garcia’s Mexican Food 

Casual spot perfect for enjoying delicious Tex-Mex dishes with friends and family

If you’re looking for a new breakfast spot, stop by Garcia’s Mexican Food. Image courtesy of Yelp.

842 Fredericksburg Rd. | Beacon Hill | facebook.com/Garcias-Mexican-Food 

For over 58 years, Garcia’s Mexican Food has served some of the best cuisine in San Antonio. This informal eatery offers a wide range of classic Mexican dishes, such as the Carne Guisada, Brisket Plate, and Huevos Rancheros. Garcia’s also serves delicious specialty plates like the Enchiladas Verdes, Chicken Fried Steak, and Brisket Plate. Of course, whatever you order, you are sure to be delighted by your selection. 

“This place is heaven for Tacos. My usual is Brisket/Avocado taco (2) and an Egg, Sausage and Cheese Taco. The brisket is so tender and delicate with a hint of smoke. I also don't know what they put in their tortillas but they are delicious. Oh and everyone that works there is super friendly and am glad they are open during the pandemic.” - Yelp Review

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7. Pete’s Tako House

Fun family-owned bar that offers a wide selection of American and Tex-Mex dishes

Classic Tex-Mex dishes, cocktails, and more await you at this popular family-owned restaurant. Image courtesy of Yelp

502 Brooklyn Ave. | Downtown | petestakohouse.com

At Pete’s Tako House, you can find some of the freshest and most delicious Mexican food in San Antonio. Since 1978, Pete’s Tako House has blessed the bustling city of San Antonio with its special recipes and homemade tortillas. Speaking of the food, Pete’s Tako House offers a wide selection of authentic dishes. From the Fajita Quesadillas to the Mexican Burger, Pete’s dishes are sure to delight your taste buds. 

“You don't come to San Antonio and not get some Tex-Mex, right? I was planning on going to a different spot but couldn't resist stopping at Pete's for lunch. They had a few different lunch specials...I chose the mole enchiladas plate for only $8! Such a good deal with all that was included. I literally couldn't finish it, and I was sad because every bite down to the tortillas were excellent.” - Yelp Review

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San Antonio offers a wide selection of Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants. Which ones are your favorite? Let us know!

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