15 of the best Latino restaurants in San Antonio – mySA

Mexican and Tex-Mex flavors are certainly not hard to come by in San Antonio. Though the city has plenty to offer with all its taquerias, molinos, and Mexican restaurants around town, there are other cuisines to appreciate.

In fact, San Antonio is home to a number of Latino restaurants serving delicious Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Argentinian, Peruvian, Colombian, Venezuelan and Honduran plates that you’ll want to try. Keep reading for 15 of our favorite. 

Cocina El Jibarazo knows how to make one heck of a sandwich.

Cocina El Jibarazo knows how to make one heck of a sandwich.

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Cocina El Jibarazo Latin Cuisine

Some of San Antonio’s best bites are from food trucks. Cocina El Jibarazo is no exception, plus there’s even outdoor seating for you to enjoy your meal fresh. Walk up and order from the Puerto Rican or Caribbean comfort food plate of your choice. Pro tip: the mofongo will do you right.

Find it: 1790 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX 78218; 210-204-5908

Azúca serves cuisine, including plenty of appetizers, from Cuba and Latin America.

Azúca serves cuisine, including plenty of appetizers, from Cuba and Latin America.

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Azuca Nuevo Latino

If you’re looking for Latino bites and booze, look no further than the colorful Azuca Nuevo Latino. This Southtown hot spot serves up the drinks you know and love, like mojitos and sangria, for you to slam back from the patio. As far as dinner goes, you can find classics like ropa vieja (don’t judge a plate by its name) and get a taste of everything with the appetizer sampler, which includes tostones, ceviche, and more.

Find it: 709 S.Alamo St., San Antonio, TX 78205; 210-225-5550

Pernil, marinated roasted pork shoulder, is garlicky and herbaceous and is accompanied with tender, fried sweet plantains and comforting, sofrito-laced rice with pigeon peas.

Pernil, marinated roasted pork shoulder, is garlicky and herbaceous and is accompanied with tender, fried sweet plantains and comforting, sofrito-laced rice with pigeon peas.

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Luna Rosa Puerto Rican Grill y Tapas

A Southside gem with live music that has been visited by Guy Fieri, Luna Rosa backs up its entertainment offerings with a stacked menu from both the kitchen and bar. Puerto Rican cuisine is the name of the game here, so do your tastebuds a favor and opt for pernil y arroz con gandules.

Find it: 2603 S.E. Military Drive, #106, San Antonio, TX 78223; 210-314-3111

Chef Waldo Castro puts flavor to the max at his Evers Road outpost.

Chef Waldo Castro puts flavor to the max at his Evers Road outpost.

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El Ceviche De Waldito

It may not look like much on the outside, but that’s how you know the food is top notch at El Ceviche De Waldito. Here you’ll have a selection of Cuban and Puerto Rican dishes, though Chef Waldo Castro no doubt takes the most pride in his Peruvian options. There’s even a lunch buffet on weekdays. Pace yourself, friend.

Find it: 5526 Evers Road, San Antonio, TX 78238; 210-214-7812

Sabor de Sanchez makes its empanadas with pride.

Sabor de Sanchez makes its empanadas with pride.

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Sabor de Sanchez

Yes, there are Mexican options on the menu, but you’ll want to give the Colombian dishes a try. There’s a bounty of arepas to choose from, including Colombian chorizo con queso. While there are plenty of meaty options, be sure to complete your meal with some platanos.

Find it: 7664 Tezel Road, Suite101, San Antonio, TX 78250; 210-776-9862

La Marginal is a local favorite for a reason.

La Marginal is a local favorite for a reason.

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La Marginal

Taking in the flavors of Puerto Rican doesn’t require you to leave the Alamo City. At La Marginal, you can enjoy the daily lunch buffet or stop by for dinner and take your pick from classics like churrasco dishes, jibarito and mofongo plates.

Find it: 2447 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, TX 78217; 210-804-2242

¡Que rico!

¡Que rico!

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El Rincón Criollo Caribbean Food

A small local operation from a husband and wife team, El Rincón Criollo serves Dominican and Puerto Rican plates with just as many appetizer options. Listen, if it’s good enough for Bad Bunny’s backup dancers, it’s good enough for us. Start your meal off right with some yuca frita and complete your meal with your choice of flan. ¡Que rico!

Find it: 218 Rosewood Drive, Universal City, TX 78148; 210-265-1538

La Garita has fresh meals as well as grocery items.

La Garita has fresh meals as well as grocery items.

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La Garita Grocery and Café

While you can stock up on goods to make Latino feasts of your own, stop in at La Garita to partake in a hot meal made fresh. Pack your plate from the buffet-style setup and be sure to try the sides and desserts up for grabs.

Find it: 8333 Culebra Road, Suite 104, San Antonio, TX 78251; 210-375-3187

Fat Tummy Empanadas, which offers Argentinian-style empanadas, has been featured on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."

Fat Tummy Empanadas, which offers Argentinian-style empanadas, has been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

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Fat Tummy Empanadas

Fat Tummy’s transition from food truck to storefront is a blessing given that these Argentinian empanadas are sinfully delicious. Go the savory route with fillings like beef and potatoes or Argintenian chorizo and egg. If you get something sweet, you must try the guava & cream cheese.

Find it: 2922 W. Commerce St., San Antonio, TX 78207; 210-396-7288

Delicious Puerto Rican favorites are dominant at El Coquí.

Delicious Puerto Rican favorites are dominant at El Coquí.

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El Coquí Restaurant

Puerto Rican favorites are dominant here with the weekday lunch buffet, but you’ll enjoy making your way through the menu any time. The chuletas are superb, though you may want to consider one of the sandwiches, like the Cubano or the pernil.

Find it: 5036 Military Drive West, San Antonio, TX 78242; 210-645-6465

Boricua flavors are up for grabs here.

Boricua flavors are up for grabs here.

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El Pilon Sabor Boricua

Taste the rich flavors of Puerto Rico at this homey eatery. There’s plenty of sandwiches and various mofongo dishes to choose from, although the pollo al ajillo is a favorite.

Find it: 1127 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, TX 78209; 210-474-0578

This plate is packed with flavor.

This plate is packed with flavor.

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Lechonera la Borinqueña

Only open on weekends, you’ll want to make plans to enjoy some Lechonera la Borinqueña goodness. With pernil made fresh to order, take your pick of sides to fully appreciate the boricua flavors.

Find it: 900 Farm-to-Market Road 78, Schertz, TX 78154; 210-323-2494

Honduran corn tamal, foreground, and fried plantains from Sabor Latino.

Honduran corn tamal, foreground, and fried plantains from Sabor Latino.

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Sabor Latino Restaurant

Specializing in Honduran flavors, this San Pedro restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, letting you experience the cuisine and culture in full. If you’re unsure of what to order, try the yuca con chicharron.

Find it: 5506 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212; 210-832-8220

Bento box from Botika in San Antonio, TX.

Bento box from Botika in San Antonio, TX.

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Botika 

Arepas and sandwiches at Bilia Eatery. 

Arepas and sandwiches at Bilia Eatery. 

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Peruvian and Japanese food combines at Botika for a taste of Nikkei cuisine. Nikkei, the word used to describe Japanese immigrants across the globe, also applies to the way of eating and cooking that developed through generations. Lomo saltado, a stir-fry of potatoes and beef, is a highlight, but don’t skip on the fresh ceviches or sushi served here by chef Geronimo Lopez and his staff. 

Find it at: 303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 111, San Antonio, TX 78215; 210-530-1333

Bilia Eatery

Named after the bright pink flowers of the beautiful Bougainvillea tree, Bilia brings Colombian arepas filled to the brim with tasty fixings like the breakfast arepa with eggs, monterey jack cheese, choice of ham, chorizo or bacon and a creamy cilantro garlic sauce. Try the Havana bowl with white rice, black beans, sweet plantains and pico de gallo with your choice of marinated pork or shredded beef. And definitely don’t sleep on the Cubano, one of the best renditions in San Antonio. 

Find it at: 2211 N.W. Military Highway, Suite131B, Castle Hills, TX 78213

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