As a well-seasoned traveler, I enjoy cities that retain a small-town organic feel, and San Antonio, TX, despite its significant population, has that ambiance in spades. History is the backbone of this Spanish Mission city that traces its roots back to 1710 and retains a strong Hispanic influence, which is great because it means tacos and savory food flavor explosions. Why do people come to San Antonio? They come for the history, the affordability, and the mouthwatering food served on street corners and private, fine dining settings.
Because I’ve been places, I can slip from a cowboy-boot-wearing gal into a metropolitan, champagne flute balancing diva, hors d’oeuvre snacking person, instantly. However, when I think of San Antonio, I think big: steak. Fine dining, however, isn’t just about flavor, texture, ambiance, and company. It’s about service in private dining rooms catered for special occasions among friends.
Bohanan’s Prime Steak and Seafood
219 E Houston St #275, San Antonio, TX 78205
San Antonio Bohanan’s delivers on sumptuous steak and seafood prepared and seasoned exactly how I like it. Located downtown across from the gorgeous historic Majestic Theater, Bohanan’s is a perfect pre or post restaurant after enjoying a venue at the Majestic.Bohanan’s offers four private rooms for either intimate affairs or elegant gala events and can accommodate anywhere from 130 diners down to 10 guests who can indulge in exemplary cuisine. The menu selection is highly focused on prime cuts of steak, seafood, and lavish side dishes where the high-quality ingredients do all the talking. Owner and chef Mike Bohanan understands the intricacies of the competitive restaurant scene very well.
Biga on the Banks
203 S St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Chef Auden is a gastronomy artist who trespasses on tradition and blends it with fusion, and invites an international flavor combo to his: Very New American Menu. Whether his guests are in the mood for a Chile burger, or tender Australian lamb, followed by Japanese Fluffy Cheesecake, the restaurant can appease any palate.Situated just north of the Tower Life Building on S. St. Mary’s Street in San Antonio, this award-winning restaurant is a perfect destination at the end of a RiverWalk excursion.With views of the San Antonio River, this New American cuisine restaurant offers five spacious special event spaces capable of hosting up to 300 people. Did I mention their bread? It’s divine.
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
849 E Commerce St #393, San Antonio, TX 78205
Conveniently connected to the RiverCenter Marriott Hotel, Fogo de Chão transports guests to a new dining experience. Famous for their authentic Brazilian Steakhouse churrasco-style grilling, guests can enjoy their signature meat carving specialty. Deeply rooted in authentic Churrasco dining, guests are invited to partake of the Market Table & Feijoada Bar, which includes exotic vegetables, imported cheeses, soups, and sumptuous side dishes.Fogo de Chão’s offers seven event spaces including three private rooms capable of hosting either 65, 36, or 42 guests comfortably. Fogo can also tailor a private service combo for larger groups of up to 150 people.
Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse
18318 Sonterra Pl, San Antonio, TX 78258
Dining is about enjoying food not only with your tongue but also by engaging in cultural exchanges. Chama serves perfectly ripened steaks in a unique skewer style and invites guests to participate. Located on Sonterra Place across from Trader Joe’s, Chama Gaúcha is a beacon on the landscape, Chama is a foray of indulging in tender Brazilian meat. Owner and chef João O. Carlos is well trained in the art of Brazilian churrasco-style cuisine and his resume includes cooking at Fogo de Chão before embarking with his own restaurant empire. Chama Gaúcha offers banquet hall-style space for 20-140 guests and has the facilities to turn group dining and special events into memorable affairs.
Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery
136 E Grayson St #120, San Antonio, TX 78215
Consumers have embraced craft beer and Southerleigh pairs them well with fine food created by Chef Jeff Balfour. Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery offers a seasonally shifting menu rich in seafood origins and prime cuts of meat served in a rustic style with a strong emphasis on flavor. Southerleigh revived the 1894 original Pearl Brewing and transformed the landmark building into an industrial-chic dining & microbrewery venue. The building lends itself very well to intimate parties of ten guests in the Silo Room or functions set in the elegant leather meets rustic wood grain silo room capable of serving larger groups. For larger gatherings rent the Blueprint Room or rent the entire building.
La Fonda On Main
2415 N Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212
San Antonio wouldn’t exist without its Tex-Mex hacienda-style food influences. This quaint inn has a long history dating back to 1932. Inaugurated in authentic Mexican cuisine, and Tex-Mex classics, La Fonda understands the comfort of food and family.La Fonda is a quaint space perfect for hosting private event spaces for families, business groups, or clubs for any occasion. San Antonio is synonymous with Hispanic food choices and I’m so glad La Fonda is its role model.While La Fonda looks small in pictures, their La Casa Alicia can accommodate up to 100 guests for reception functions and 80 diner guests. La Fonda is perfect for a warm, family-friendly function near the college hub.
The Barn Door Restaurant & Meat Market
8400 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209
The Barn Door is about home-cooked meals. Cooking for their clients for over 67 years, their highly trained chefs understand the quality of their ingredients. From wet-aging their steaks to serving sumptuous desserts. The restaurant business is fickle but the Barn Door, located at Crownhill Boulevard and New Braunfels Avenue, near the Robber Baron Cave, is an iconic steakhouse and event host for families, businesses, and seasonal festivities even if you’re just passing through. Clients have a choice of five unique private rooms: the Crownhill Room and History Room, and Wine Room capable of hosting up to 17 guests. The Fireplace Room for 30 people or the North 40 banquet hall-style space can handle up to 130 including a private chef.
Chef Elena D’Agostino
Welcome to Italy. Chef Elena D’Agostino transports her dinner guests into the vineyards of Italy with her culinary skills as she showcases her heritage. Specializing in hand-made pasta and authentically regional cuisine, Chef Elena speaks fluently to your taste buds with her mouthwatering creations. A highly successful chef with a reputation to uphold, Chef Elena caters to your needs in the privacy of your home or a predesignated event space. If someone invites you, say yes. Elena and her mobile team customize your menu and reflect the atmosphere of your style. Capable of supplying her portable equipment and service staff, D’Agostino’s versatility makes for a tailor-made event focusing on one client at a time.
J. Alexander’s Restaurant
255 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209
Find J. Alexander’s in The Quarry off E Basse Road within an easy stroke to Quarry Golf Course. J. Alexander’s rotating menu features American classic cuisine that will satisfy every diner in this contemporary setting. Their setting is top-notch, and their rich menu will appease every diner. And while customers rave about the quality of the food with their generous reviews, I was told that the restaurant couldn’t accommodate private functions at this time.
San Antonio Petroleum Club
8620 N New Braunfels Ave # 700, San Antonio, TX 78217
Wow! The San Antonio Petroleum Club screams posh, elegant, and lavish private functions. Associated with reciprocal clubs on an international level, the club represents a world still deeply entrenched in classic style and manners. For anyone lucky enough to be invited to attend a wedding, a formal business function, or a private fundraiser, the Petroleum Club doesn’t disappoint. Be aware of a strict dress code and subtle suggestions, members are entitled to request private dining or wedding venues. Their menu is sumptuous elegance on the plate. Sinful bone-in ribeye steak or succulent duck breast paired with a sophisticated wine and cocktail list while enjoying a San Antonio skyline view on top of the Energy Plaza Building. Wow!
934 Patterson Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209
The Argyle is deeply rooted in history and is another distinguished club in San Antonio, Texas. Built in 1854, the Argyle had been an integral part of Texas history and has hosted notable historical figures like Robert E. Lee. Originally a horse farm, the building has survived strife and turmoil. Dedicated to the efforts of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, pioneers on the forefront of infectious disease prevention, including COVID-19 vaccines, only members are allowed. The staff caters to every whim. The food is sublime, and anyone who is privileged to host their wedding on the stunning grounds is to be congratulated. Because the Argyle is an exclusive club, only members and their guests can dine at the historic building.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
255 E Basse Rd Bldg E-Suite, San Antonio, TX 78209
Fleming’s is a modern, upscale steakhouse with a focus on pairing the finest USDA Prime Beef with exceptional wines. Hospitality and genuine dining atmosphere is the foundation behind Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse foundation, and their menu reflects that every family member is included in their food thoughts, including three-course meal options for children. Although their legacy is firmly rooted in prime beef, they also cater to plant-based diets and serve delicious sea bass, salmon, or chicken options. They offer full-scale catering and private dining options to celebrate every milestone event from weddings to graduations and personal achievements. Closely located to Quarry Golf Course.
7300 Jones Maltsberger Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209
Nothing says hip, Bohemian flair like Ida Claire in San Antonio, TX. This vibrant restaurant is a perfect dining place for the young and adventuresome. It’s cozy and eclectic, and their food fair is as deeply southern as chicken and yummy. Located close to the Alamo Quarry Market, Ida Claire caters to the young. They offer live music, and during vinyl hour, their crowd and can sample inexpensive drinks and finger foods while listening to record music. Ida Claire offers a number of private dining options, from the quirky Airstream trailer that fits 20 to the Bar Patio, the HighTops, the Patio, the Sunroom, and the Celestial Room that can seat 36 guests.
Texas de Brazil
313 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205
This iconic churrascaria is located downtown close to the #1 San Antonio tourist attraction: The Alamo. Texas de Brazil serves meat selections gaucho style on a skewer. Tender morsels of lamb, pork, beef, or chicken roasted over open flame charcoal. Texas de Brazil can easily accommodate your private dining needs of groups as small as 15 and higher. Their experienced team can cater to your pre-wedding, your corporate affairs, or life events in their modern yet authentic Brazilian-influenced decor. Slow roasted meat, as done in the old tradition, is the highlight of the meal, but as I mentioned earlier, a good meal is as much about the experience as the food itself. And Texas de Brazil delivers.