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Which Restaurants at the Riverwalk Do Locals Prefer?

01.26.2017

Posted By: Esquire Team

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Traveling is always an adventure, and if you listen to what the guidebooks say, you’ll no doubt find yourself in some decent restaurants near the most popular tourist attractions. But to really get a feel for any city, you’ve got to go where the locals go. People who live in town always know where to get the best local foodie fare and the most delicious drinks without breaking the bank. If you ask them about the best restaurants at the Riverwalk, they’re surely tell you. Texans are friendly like that.

For example, if you ask MySanAntonio.com, they’ll recommend The Esquire Tavern as one of the best cocktail bars and restaurants at the Riverwalk. It’s the oldest bar on the Riverwalk and has a well-worn wooden bar to accentuate that—measuring more than 100 feet, it’s actually the longest wooden bar in Texas.

The Esquire Tavern also makes The Guardian’s list of best cocktail bars in San Antonio, along with The Brooklynite and Bar 1919. The Esquire Tavern in particular is praised for its welcoming atmosphere, excellent selection of craft beers, and a diverse crowd that ranges from politicians to students to hipsters and their parents. The Esquire Tavern also boasts recognition from culinary master James Beard’s foundation, making it one of the most lauded restaurants at the Riverwalk.

As we’ve established, local foodies will never let you down when you ask them for the best restaurants at the Riverwalk. Those that cater to the carnivores and vegetarians in your crowd are ideal for big groups. A diverse menu is a must—a happy hour is even better!

Once you’ve chosen the restaurants at the Riverwalk you want to experience, there’s one last thing to keep in mind. If locals love the place, it’s likely to be crowded. While it isn’t required to call ahead or reserve a table online, it could save you time. This is especially true if you want to take advantage of outdoor seating, are with a large group, or just want an especially good table. You can book at table at the historical Esquire Tavern by visiting www.esquiretavern-sa.com and clicking on “Book a Table.”