Rise to New Foodie Levels at These Upscale Restaurants in San Antonio

January 28, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

Whether you’re just looking for an excuse to put on a dress again or you really do have a special occasion to celebrate soon, there are all sorts of reasons to want to treat yourself to a night out at an upscale restaurant. While there are no shortage of restaurants people are willing to deem upscale in San Antonio, we thought we’d make it a bit easier on you by simply compiling a list of the best of the best. Below, you’ll find a list of some of the best upscale restaurants in San Antonio.

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Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse

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18318 Sonterra Pl | Stone Oak | chamagaucha.com

When it comes to upscale restaurants, no type of restaurant is touted as being more upscale than your average restaurant than steakhouses...but what about Brazilian steakhouses? They are still steakhouses, yes, but does that mean they should be lumped in with the rest of the steakhouses or placed into a category all their own?

We think you could decide to categorize them whichever way you’d like to, if we’re honest, but when it comes to San Antonio’s Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse, we’re inclined to place it into a category all its own. After all, Chama Gaucha isn’t your average steakhouse - it’s the kind of place where you can make memories.

Not only will you find some of the absolute best cuts of prime meat here at Chama Gaucha, but they also offer up some of the best service you’ll find in all of San Antonio. They like to make you feel like royalty when you eat here - not only with the quality of the food they serve you, but also with the way they treat you.

“Each time we left the table, we returned with our napkins folded, water glasses filled, and table reset. I certainly had no expectation that this was the level of service we would receive, but it made the experience quite memorable.” - Yelp Review

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J-Prime Steakhouse

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1401 N Loop 1604 W | Far North Central | jprimesteakhouse.com

While we’re on the topic of steakhouses, we figured we might as well stick with the theme until we run out. We did point out, after all, that steakhouses are always touted as some of the most upscale restaurants in any city - whether that be because steak is seen as an upscale dish or for some other reason, we’re not entirely sure.

When it comes to steakhouses in San Antonio, though, none of them quite reach the level of fame that J-Prime Steakhouse has. They do steak, of course, but what really sets them apart from the rest of the steakhouse options you might find in the surrounding area is how they take the traditions of your typical steakhouse and add an elevated flair you’ll remember long after.

You might be stopping by for dinner or you might be coming in for a long and leisurely brunch, but either way, the cuisine you’ll find yourself confronted with here is going to blow your mind. Their chef likes to take menu items you’re probably already used to seeing and add their own innovative twists - and the desserts will have you drooling!

“Carlos and the other outstanding managers go the extended mile to take care of us every visit. From Steaks to Salmon or the infamous  desserts there's absolutely a million reasons why we all are faithful customers to JPrime.” - Yelp Review

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Bohanan's Prime Steak & Seafood

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219 E Houston St, Fl 2 | Downtown | bohanans.com

Upscale restaurants are the perfect opportunity for you and your friends or your partner to get all gussied up while you enjoy a night out living the high life. If you’ve been itching for a chance to do that for a while now, there is no better place for you to put on your best clothes for than Bohanan’s Prime Steak & Seafood.

They don’t call themselves a steakhouse here at Bohanan’s, and we think that they’re probably right in staying away from that particular name. While steakhouses are definitely upscale, and while this particular restaurant does actually serve up a lot of the same dishes you’ll often find at steakhouses, Bohanan’s is a much different experience.

Whether you’re at the bar downstairs or upstairs at the restaurant, you’ll feel like you’re in a palace while you’re here. Sip some bubbly out of tall champagne glasses while you enjoy some of the best seafood in the city, or maybe listen to their recommendations for wine pairings and enjoy that while you eat their steak.

“We came here from out of town to meet our sister in law for her bday! The food and service were absolutely amazing. They know their stuff ! The wine that was chosen for us was a perfect pairing with our food.” - Yelp Review

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Silo Elevated Cuisine & Bar

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434 N Loop 1604 W | Uptown Broadway | siloelevatedcuisine.com

When you think of upscale restaurants, you probably think of pristine glassware, precious silverware, and food cooked and presented so nicely that every other restaurant will be ruined for you if it doesn’t meet these new standards. Some upscale restaurants like to take it a step further, though, and Silo Elevated Cuisine & Bar is definitely one of those.

While Silo has several different locations scattered throughout San Antonio, the location in Uptown Broadway is a fan favorite, so we figured we’d focus on that one. Unlike a lot of other upscale restaurants, Silo doesn’t just take traditional dishes you might be used to seeing in upscale restaurants and cook them impeccably.

Instead, they like to elevate your experience, both through their service to you and your companions and through the flavorful twists they’ve added to old classics. Not only will your food look too good to eat when it’s first placed in front of you, but the flavors that explode across your taste buds are something you’ll be raving about for weeks.

“What an amazing experience!! The ambiance, polite and quick service and the fresh well seasoned food. Xia along with her colleagues were the cherry on top to our dining experience...Everything was phenomenal!! Must try in San Antonio!!” - Yelp Review

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Supper

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132 E Grayson St | Tobin Hill | supperatemma.com

Can we really say that we’ve created a comprehensive listicle of upscale restaurants to find in San Antonio if we don’t include at least one restaurant that’s located inside an upscale hotel? Supper, at Hotel Emma, isn’t just the kind of place where you can find some everyday brunch to satisfy your cravings.

Everything here at Supper is elevated to ensure that you have the best possible experience, and you’ll know it from the moment you walk through their main doors. (Many reviewers have even said that they’re tempted to enlist in a staycation at Hotel Emma, simply so that they’ll have an excuse to eat at Supper for every meal.)

The brunch here isn’t simply the kind of fare that you’d be able to find at any old restaurant serving up a brunch menu. Instead, they like to shake things up by pairingpairs together foods that you’d never even consider eating together but that somehow still work - and you’re going to love every last bite of them.

“The menu is a little offbeat but don't let that inhibit or dissuade you. Even the strangest combination imaginable (crispy brussel sprouts with caramel popcorn) was a complete and pleasant surprise - I couldn't stop eating it.” - Yelp Review

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Bliss 

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926 S Presa St | Lavaca | foodisbliss.com

In our very humble opinions, if you’re going to shell out a lot of money to enjoy a top-notch upscale dining experience, then everything had better be darn near perfect - and that’s including the presentation of your food. When you eat at San Antonio’s Bliss, you won’t have to worry about whether you’re gambling your money away when it comes to presentation.

In fact, right behind their service and flavors, they’ve crafted a restaurant that puts a very keen focus on the presentation they lay out in the dishes they prepare. And when the restaurant is both owned and operated by the chefs who work there, you know that there’s going to be a particular interest in the food.

At Bliss, they have one distinct motto, and they like to live by it every single day: food is bliss. Whether you’re just there to snack on some appetizers while you enjoy their happy hour or you’d like to enjoy as much of their food as you can get your hands on, it’s their mission here at Bliss to make sure that every single item on the menu has received the same special attention.

“This is probably our favorite restaurant in San Antonio. The food is simply amazing, dynamic, and just everything you would want in an elevated, eclectic dining experience. We really haven't had anything that disappointed.  Wine list is always a hit as well.” - Yelp Review

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The next time you want to treat yourself, you won’t have to look much further than the next neighborhood over. Let us know which upscale restaurant exceeded your expectations in the comments below!

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