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Taco-bout Tasty Tacos in San Antonio

San Antonio has a signature Tex-Mex style and rich colonial heritage. Visitors can explore Spanish missions along the famed River Walk or explore The Alamo. Downtown San Antonio has put this city on the map for its authentic Mexican food scene. Neighboring areas like Kerrville serve crispy fish tacos in charming, historic surroundings. Burritos, fajitas, and some of the best tacos in the state appear in eateries all across the Bexar county seat. Food trucks, local taquerias, and even upscale hotel restaurants all offer their own unique variety. So, how does anyone figure out where to find the best tacos in San Antonio? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. The spicy, the mild, the traditional and the wild: We've got all the top tacos in Alamo City right here. Book a table today for some of the best tacos in San Antonio.

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17 Restaurants
Updated January 28, 2020
Restaurants:The Creek Restaurant, Pico de Gallo, Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Continental, Tex-Mex, Mexican
Neighborhoods:Boerne, Downtown, Alamo Heights
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The Creek Restaurant

$$$$
Continental
Boerne
4.9
1296 reviews

It’s well worth taking the trip north out of San Antonio to Boerne, even if just to visit this waterfront restaurant. The nostalgic wooden deck overlooks the Cibolo Creek, or diners can head inside to the quietly elegant dining room. The gentle ambiance complements a menu that has a little something of everything, from Fried Calamari to Fettuccine Alfredo. Look for the fish tacos; pan-seared mahi-mahi with mango, salad, and black beans. A place to relax and unwind by the water.


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Pico de Gallo

$$$$
Tex-Mex
Downtown
4.3
28 reviews

Pico de Gallo makes a big claim: that it serves the best authentic Mexican food in San Antonio. The Mexican vibe is certainly strong at this popular downtown restaurant, particularly the colorful décor and lights. The menu is just as colorful, with exciting platters of Mexican favorites to sirloin steak with Spanish rice. Guests can order tacos by themselves, or as part of a Mexican dinner with enchiladas and refried beans. Either way, those shells filled with flavor keep diners coming back for more.


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Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine

$$$$
Mexican
Alamo Heights
4.5
979 reviews

A regular contender for the best Mexican restaurant in San Antonio, Paloma dishes out some of the city’s favorite tacos. To start, there’s the Tacos al Pastor with the juicy surprise of pineapple, or street tacos combining the sacred trio of beef, onion, and cilantro. For mains, their Tacos de Pescado gently wraps tilapia in corn tortillas, with avocado and a fiery salsa. Ask about their menu of Paleo and Gluten-Free options.


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Liberty Bar

$$$$
American
Downtown
4.6
172 reviews

Southtown’s Liberty Bar in its historic building has been a local favorite since 1984. Classic dishes from all across America get a boost of Texan flair, from the turkey pot pie to salmon with cilantro and the house rice. Keep an eye out for the lunch special of Breakfast Tacos. This is an amazing value dish combining either chorizo or bacon and egg tacos with refried beans and papas rancheras. Some of the best tacos in San Antonio for when diners want something a little different.


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Primero Cantina - La Cantera Resort & Spa

$$$$
Mexican
La Cantera
3.8
14 reviews

Primero Cantina is in the stunning La Cantera resort, north of the University with stunning views of the sweeping Hill Country. Diners can eat outside on a big terrace with a fireplace, or in the smart yet relaxed dining area. The food here is pure Tex-Mex, including some of the best tacos in San Antonio. Choose from at least seven types of taco, from puffy chicken tinga to carnitas with chipotle salsa. San Antonio’s answer to the countryside escape.


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Biga on the Banks

$$$$
Contemporary American
Downtown
4.7
5171 reviews

Biga on the Banks is a River Walk eatery with stunning views and a world-class wine list. Biga showcases New American fare but with strong San Antonio flavors. This makes for dishes like the habanero rubbed scallops, and local greens with Texan apples. The menu changes regularly with the seasons, but current offerings include the indulgent beer-battered avocado and butternut squash flautas, with tender and flavorful Spanish rice. A different spin on the San Antonio taco.


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Eddie V’s – Wildfish – San Antonio

$$$$
Seafood
North San Antonio
4.9
5444 reviews

Head towards the North Loop and pop into the Plaza Las Campana to discover San Antonio’s branch of Eddie V’s. This chain is famous for some of the best steaks and seafood around. A good portion of that juicy seafood ends up in one of the favorite appetizers: the Maine Lobster Tacos. These luxurious treasures are the indulgent way to start any meal, with tender lobster lovingly wrapped in fresh, house-made tortillas with sweetcorn pico. Booking recommended.


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Ácenar

$$$$
Contemporary Mexican
Downtown
4.4
2309 reviews

Since 2005 Acenar has wowed Downtown San Antonio with its combo of cool interiors, smiling service, and a menu filled with contemporary Mexican flavor. This includes some of the absolute best tacos in San Antonio right now. Look out for the seafood selection, which includes crab tinga tacos, Jicama shrimp tacos, even chicken-fried oyster tacos with jalapeno honey. Acenar is successfully taking the classic fish taco to a whole new level.


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Ostra at Mokara Hotel & Spa

$$$$
Seafood
Downtown
4.3
1054 reviews

River Walk is such a pretty spot, and Ostra takes full advantage of that with its big outdoor dining area with beautiful blue parasols. The focus here at this hotel restaurant is seafood, from a half-dozen east coast oysters to blackened redfish. Look out for expertly filled tuna tacos as an appetizer, or head down during brunch and ask for the breakfast tacos. Eggs, chorizo, avocado and the house salsa in soft, flour tortillas: the perfect weekend pick-me-up.


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MASH'D - San Antonio

$$$$
American
Stone Oak
4.5
904 reviews

The Rim off La Cantera Parkway is full of cool places to eat. But taco fans know that the place to go for something really unique is Mash'D. Billed as “Rebellious American”, The Mash’D menu is an eclectic mix of American classics paired with flavors from all across the globe. This includes the awe-inspiring bulgogi tacos. The combination of this Korean classic dish with the more local flavors of cilantro and lemon makes this a taco to remember.


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JW Marriott San Antonio - Cibolo Moon

$$$$
Southwest
North San Antonio
4.1
493 reviews

Cibolo Moon promises the authentic flavors of San Antonio. Judging by guests’ reactions, it seems that they’re getting it right. The classy hotel restaurant manages to have a cozy feel thanks to the real fireplace, plus the huge windows and outdoor dining areas make this a bright and welcoming choice at any time of year. Taco lovers, order the burnt ends off the appetizer menu. They come with tortillas, blue cheese, and cilantro, to custom-build some of the best tacos in San Antonio.


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Zocca

$$$$
Italian
Downtown
3.7
963 reviews

The origins of the breakfast taco are something of a contentious issue. Many Texan states claim to be the first to offer these morning wonders, including San Antonio. All we know for sure is that San Antonio does some of the best breakfast tacos in the state. This River Walk Italian breaks away from their more Mediterranean fare to offer these filling breakfast treats. Potato, egg, bacon, and cheese, with a hit of Pico de Gallo and a side of chorizo potatoes is all anyone needs to set them up for a great day.


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La Margarita

$$$$
Mexican
Downtown
4.2
437 reviews

This Downtown Mexican spot is about a minute’s walk from Milam Park. It’s the ideal place to either wind down after a busy day exploring the city or to get ready for a wild night out. One of the pioneers of sizzling fajitas, La Margarita has been wowing locals and tourists alike since 1981. The tacos? Diners can choose crispy or puffy with beef, chicken, or guac, or for a lighter option there’s the taco salad. Always try the house Margarita.


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Chart House Restaurant - Tower of the Americas

$$$$
Seafood
Downtown
4.2
12484 reviews

People come to Chart House for the views, but they come back again because of the amazing seafood on offer. This upscale La Villita restaurant has a variety of fish and shellfish delights, including the surprise treat of some of the best tacos in San Antonio. These tuna ahi tacos can come as tuna tartare or pepper seared. Chart is also popular thanks to its plant-based and gluten-sensitive menu.


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1011 Bistro

$$$$
Bistro
Kerrville
4.9
1120 reviews

Kerrville might be a bit northwest of San Antonio, but anyone on the hunt for the best tacos around might find themselves up this way. Head to Guadalupe Street and discover this waterfront bistro. Not only does it have stunning views out across the river, but the menu is just as attractive, too. Start any meal with the tuna tacos: the salt and sour combo of soy and lime contrasts perfectly with the creaminess of the avocado. Sublime.


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Rails...a Cafe at the Depot

$$$$
American
Kerrville
4.8
716 reviews

This is a restaurant with real history. The building is a fully restored Kerrville train depot from 1915. With outdoor dining and occasional live music, no one can resist the charms of this beloved restaurant and its flavorful menu. The tilapia in their fish tacos comes crusted with crispy tortilla bits, and matched with cool avocado and a smoky chipotle aioli. There are plenty of fish tacos in San Antonio but these are some of the best.


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La Cosecha

$$$$
Traditional Mexican
New Braunfels
4.6
413 reviews

This family-style restaurant is in New Braunfels, moments from both the river and the market place. The focus here is on sharing, although that’s by no means mandatory. Nachos, quesadillas, and carnitas can all get split between a few diners, or one person can grab a whole plate for themselves- it’s so good here that it might be hard to share. Especially when La Cosecha does some of the best tacos in San Antonio. Go for shrimp, snapper or barbacoa, and don’t’ forget the side of esquites- a house triumph.


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