15 of the Best Latin Restaurants in San Antonio

Mexican and Tex-Mex flavors are certainly not hard to find in San Antonio. Although the city has a lot to offer with all its taquerias, molinos and Mexican restaurants around town, there are other cuisines to enjoy.

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

Cocina El Jibarazo knows how to make a hell of a sandwich.

Cocina El Jibarazo knows how to make a hell of a sandwich.

Yelp / Hillary H.

Cocina El Jibarazo Latin cuisine

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

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

Azúca serves cuisine, including many entrees, from Cuba and Latin America.

Azúca serves cuisine, including many entrees, from Cuba and Latin America.

Archive photo from the Express-News

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, so you can come back from the patio. As for dinner, you can find classics like ropa vieja (don’t judge a plate by its name) and sample everything with the appetizer sampler, which includes tostones, ceviche, and more.

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

The pernil, marinated roast pork shoulder, is garlicky and herbaceous and is served with tender fried sweet plantains and comforting sofrito rice with pigeon peas.

The pernil, marinated roast pork shoulder, is garlicky and herbaceous and is served with tender fried sweet plantains and comforting sofrito rice with pigeon peas.

Kin Man Hui /San Antonio Express-News

Luna Rosa Puerto Rican Grills and Tapas

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

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

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

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

Yelp / Kathrine B.

Waldito Ceviche

It might not look like much on the outside, but that’s how you know the food is great at El Ceviche De Waldito. Here you’ll have a selection of Cuban and Puerto Rican dishes, although chef Waldo Castro is undoubtedly most proud of his Peruvian options. There’s even a lunch buffet on weekdays. Take it easy, my friend.

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

Sabor de Sanchez proudly makes its empanadas.

Sabor de Sanchez proudly makes its empanadas.

Courtesy of Sabor de Sanchez

Sabor de Sanchez

Yes, there are Mexican options on the menu, but you’ll want to try the Colombian dishes. There are an abundance of arepas to choose from, including Colombian chorizo ​​con queso. Although there are plenty of meat options, be sure to complement your meal with platanos.

Find it: 7664 Tezel Road, Suite 101, 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.

Yelp / Doretta W.

The Marginal

Enjoying Puerto Rican flavors doesn’t require you to leave the town of Alamo. At La Marginal, you can enjoy the daily lunch buffet or stop in for dinner and choose 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!

Yelp / Ausanka D.

El Rincón Criollo Caribbean cuisine

A small local operation of a husband and wife team, El Rincón Criollo serves Dominican and Puerto Rican dishes with just as many appetizer options. Look, if it’s good enough for the Bad Bunny dancers, it’s good enough for us. Start your meal off right with 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 offers fresh meals as well as groceries.

La Garita offers fresh meals as well as groceries.

Yelp / Stephanie S.

Grocery and Café La Garita

While you can stock up on produce to whip up your own Latino feasts, stop by La Garita for a fresh hot meal. Prepare your plate from the buffet-style setup and be sure to try the side dishes and desserts to be won.

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

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

Courtesy of Fat Tummy Empanadas

Fat Belly Empanadas

Fat Tummy’s transition from food truck to storefront is a blessing considering these Argentinian empanadas are deliciously delicious. Go the savory route with toppings like beef and potatoes or Argentinian chorizo ​​and eggs. If you get something sweet, you have to try guava and cream cheese.

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

Delicious Puerto Rican dishes are dominant in El Coquí.

Delicious Puerto Rican dishes are dominant in El Coquí.

Yelp / Chris M.

Restaurant El Coqui

Puerto Rican favorites dominate here with the weekday lunch buffet, but you’ll enjoy browsing the menu anytime. The chuletas are superb, but you might 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.

Yelp / Alyssa P.

El Pilon Sabor Boricua

Taste the rich flavors of Puerto Rico at this cozy restaurant. There are 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 bursting with flavor.

This plate is bursting with flavor.

Yelp / Wes W.

Lechonera la Borinquena

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

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.

Mike Sutter /San Antonio Express-News

Sabor Latin Restaurant

Specializing in Honduran flavors, this restaurant in San Pedro serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, allowing you to fully experience the cuisine and culture. If you don’t know 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.

Botika via Yelp

Botika

Arepas and sandwiches at Bilia Eatery.

Arepas and sandwiches at Bilia Eatery.

Jess Elizarraras/MySA

Peruvian and Japanese cuisine combine at Botika for a taste of Nikkei cuisine. Nikkei, the word used to describe Japanese immigrants around the world, also applies to the way of eating and cooking that has developed over generations. The lomo saltado, a potato and beef stir-fry, is a highlight, but don’t skip the fresh ceviche or sushi served up here by chef Geronimo Lopez and his team.

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

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