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  • Aug 24, 2013 - added a new page with maps and navigation information for the convention site.
  • Aug 23, 2013 - expanded the travel and parking pages.
  • Aug 22, 2013 - you can now access program and other convention information from our mobile applications.
  • Aug 21, 2013 - Press Release #32: LoneStarCon 3 Thanks Publishers for Supporting Public Libraries in San Antonio.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - our interactive program guide is now online, with details of all 945 program items!
  • Aug 20, 2013 - the Pocket Program can now be downloaded in PDF format from the publications page.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - Press Release #31: LoneStarCon 3 Partners with Ustream to Broadcast 2013 Hugo Award Ceremony.
  • Aug 19, 2013 - our Restaurant Guide can now be downloaded from the publications page.
  • Aug 13, 2013 - the overall convention schedule is now available including service hours and program highlights.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - Progress Report 5 is now available.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - there will be a ghost walking tour of San Antonio on the evening of Thursday, August 29.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - our animation program will be showing a wide range of anime and cartoons.
  • Aug 8, 2013 - published initial agenda and materials for the WSFS Business Meeting.
  • Aug 7, 2013 - Press Release #29: LoneStarCon 3 to Feature Author Jay Lake with Film Premiere and Special Exhibit.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - every day is special with our Theme Days in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - John Hertz will be leading book discussion groups on The Glass Bead Game, Vintage Season, and The Dying Earth. Read them, and then join in!
Dining on the River Walk

This page contains an introduction to the restaurants available in the River Walk area, organized by cuisine. (Adapted from the site.)


You can't visit San Antonio without enjoying delicious nachos, enchiladas, tacos or fajitas - not to mention the fabulous margaritas. River Walk restaurants with Tex-Mex specialties or variations include:


A blend of Latin flavors with an Asian influence provides a unique, new taste with dishes such as hoisin glazed duck quesadillas, Cuban spring rolls, teriyaki-chipotle chicken sandwiches and many more inventive delights.

Ácenar HotMex CoolBar

"It's hard to declare a top enchilada in San Antonio, but some of the best are found at thoroughly modern Ácenar" says Patricia Sharpe, executive editor/food writer for Texas Monthly.

Café Ole

Café Ole's menu features the Ultimate Fajita and 60 oz. margarita, along with specialties such as the Texas Size Chimichanga and Chicken Acapulco. Enjoy riverboat dining on Friday or Saturday nights.

Casa Rio

Casa Rio opened on the River Walk in 1946, and their best-selling combination plate features a cheese enchilada, tamale, crispy beef taco, chili con carne, guacamole salad, chili con queso, Mexican rice and refried beans.

The Iron Cactus

The Iron Cactus serves up flavorful and innovative Mexican food such as pumpkin-crusted chicken and grilled veggie tacos. Sip a Mexican martini or premium hand-crafted margarita in the Agave Room Bar, with more than 100 types of tequila available.

La Gloria

Chef Johnny Hernandez's menu includes local favorites such as tacos de trompo al pastor and quesadillas, as well as harder-to-find specialties such as tlayudas from Oaxaca, panuchos from the Yucatan and volcanic molcajete dishes served simmering at your table.

La Paloma Riverwalk

La Paloma Riverwalk offers delicious continental Mexican cuisine. La Paloma Riverwalk is owned and operated by the Flores family, whose restaurant expertise spans over 50 years.

The Original Mexican Restaurant

Spicy and fresh homestyle Mexican dishes such as pork tamales and carne guisada star on the menu at The Original. For a sweet ending, order the Kangaroo Court cheesecake.

Rio Rio Cantina

Sizzling fajitas are a signature dish at lively Rio Rio, where generous portions rule. Flautas, enchiladas and quesadillas are among the many other featured items, several with vegetarian options.

Rita's on the River

Texas-sized margaritas are Rita's claim to fame, but be sure to try the tomatillo sour cream chicken enchiladas, chile relleno or freshly made flan.

Sazo's Latin Fusion Grill

Coolly sophisticated and thoroughly modern Sazo's offers guests menu items representative of Latin countries, from Spain to Brazil.

AAA Four Diamond Fine Dining

Each of these sublime, award-winning restaurants offers diners an incomparable setting for a truly spectacular meal.

Citrus (Hotel Valencia Riverwalk)

The imaginative, contemporary menu focuses on the finest fresh ingredients available locally. Entrees include pan-roasted South Texas antelope, grilled Texas quail and mesquite Texas farm chicken. Lunch features a paella bar.

The Fig Tree

In a historic building once occupied by the French consulate, the Fig Tree's traditional steaks and seafood are even more enjoyable on the elegant outdoor terrace overlooking a quiet bend in the River Walk.

Las Canarias (La Mansion del Rio)

Dine in the most romantic of settings, featuring Las Canarias signature items such as heirloom tomato salad, chateaubriand of beef tenderloin, and hand-made margaritas.

Ostra (Mokara)

Executive Chef John Brand oversees a sustainable seafood menu of exotic new dishes as well as classic favorites. Don't miss the oyster bar, filled with a variety of the freshest oysters, clams, crab, shrimp and ceviche.


Venture outside your comfort zone to experience more than the traditional Texas barbecue.

County Line River Walk

The County Line is a great place to enjoy ice cold beers and frosty margaritas at the open-air bar. Inside, the funky Texas roadhouse atmosphere makes you feel like you're in the Texas Hill Country. Enjoy the highest quality smoked barbecue ribs, brisket, sausage and chicken with traditional sides of cole slaw, potato salad and beans.

The Granary Cue & Brew

At lunch, pair sliced brisket, pulled pork and house-made sausage with house, seasonal and craft beers. Bread and pickles are made on site. At dinner, try the grit fritters with red-eye mayonnaise and Szechuan duck leg with poached egg.

"Q" (Hyatt Regency)

From this state's beloved pit-smoked meat to Argentinean churrascaria, sample barbeque from around the globe.


Contemporary and traditional Mediterranean and Italian dishes co-exist in these popular restaurants.

Osteria Il Sogno

Chef Andrew Weissman's Il Sogno offers a casual setting featuring Italian fare found in the trattorias and osterias of Rome and Florence. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase chefs rolling and cutting fresh pasta daily.

Paesanos Riverwalk

Paesanos breaks the boundaries of traditional Italian cuisine to explore modern Mediterranean specialties, including the legendary Shrimp Paesano and pizzas piled high with grilled chicken and artichokes.

Zocca Cuisine d'Italia

Zocca offers a contemporary twist on Italian food and libations in a casual yet refined setting along one of the most scenic sections of the River Walk.

Texas/Southwest Cuisine

Set aside your notion of typical Texas fare when you see what these imaginative chefs offer.

Biga on the Banks

Owned by nationally renowned chef Bruce Auden, Biga offers fine dining founded in the classics but reaching into Texas and Southwest regional cuisine.

Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden

Featuring Texas ranch-style cuisine on a menu of grilled items from local farms and markets, Boiler House invites you to pair your entree with extraordinary wines from around the world.


This "Texas bistro" has great steaks, blackened shrimp and more, but don't miss the guacamole made fresh tableside.

The River's Edge Cafe

Serving American and South Texas inspired cuisine, this approved site for Culinary Institute of America Externs, supports next generation culinary artists.


Satisfy your seafood cravings with the freshest products available.

The Sandbar Fish House and Market

Freshly caught seafood is flown in daily to Andrew Weissman's Sandbar, where you can also enjoy a wide variety of fresh oysters. Artisan breads and seasonal desserts are made in-house.

Old World/New World Inspired Cuisine

Local chefs look to Europe and South America as they prepare signature dishes in their own styles.

Bella on the River

Menu favorites include toasted bruschetta, calamari fritto, eggplant Josephine, Greek salad, paella, shrimp and chicken piccata, fresh seafood, grilled lamb chops, and the incredible Virginia's Pistachio Cake. The wine bar features a well-paired, gently priced wine list, wines-by-the-glass, ice cold sangria, and beer.


Lüke is acclaimed chef John Besh's first restaurant outside of New Orleans, featuring bistro specialties created from farm-fresh ingredients. The authentic Old World cuisine combines classic German and French cooking techniques with a New Orleans touch.

Ocho (Hotel Havana)

Enjoy small plate delicacies in the steel and glass conservatory at the historic Hotel Havana, designed by innovative hotelier Liz Lambert. Menu items offer a new approach to traditional Latin fare, such as sweet plantain griddle cakes with Mexican crema and blueberries, huitlacoche quesadillas or shrimp and crab campechena.


Creatively interpreted Latin American dishes highlight flavors of the New World in this student-staffed restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio. NAO (pronounced Nay-O) provides diners with fresh, seasonal plates in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Restaurant Gwendolyn

In this unique restaurant, enjoy fine dining with local, organic and seasonal ingredients. Everything is handmade using only preparation methods and recipes that were available from 1850 and before.

Lighter Fare

Homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts provide the perfect lunch in these charming cafés.

CIA Bakery Café

Step into this little gem located at the Culinary Institute of America and you're greeted by cases filled with delectable tarts, scones and croissants, plus a menu offering panini sandwiches, soup of the day and a selection of salads.

Copper Kitchen Café (Southwest School of Art)

This popular lunch spot offers daily menu choices of a hot entrée with salad, a Mexican plate, a homemade soup selection, large salads, and a variety of sandwiches. Desserts are homemade daily.