22 essential San Antonio seafood restaurants 

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Many observant San Antonio Catholics abstain from meat during Lent, which is why we're offering up this array of local seafood restaurants where folks can indulge while waiting out the weeks before Easter arrives.

While most of these places offer the quintessential fried fish option, they also serve up a multitude of other delights that you can enjoy without a side of guilt.
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Southerleigh Haute South
5822 Worth Pkwy Unit 112, (210) 236-8556, southerleighhautesouth.com
This new concept from the folks that brought you the aforementioned snapper throats, Southerleigh Haute South’s Southern-style menu includes a seafood and a full oyster bar.
Photo via Instagram / southerleighhautesouth
JDubs Burgers and Grub
1017 N. Flores Street, (210) 267-2652, facebook.com/JDubs-Burgers-Grub-105970024823647
This brand new SA eatery offers a fish sandwich featuring tempura-battered cod and kicked-up Texas Tartar sauce for those looking to take a break from red meat for Lent season.
Photo via Instagram / jdubs_burgers_and_grub
Niki's Tokyo Inn
819 W. Hildebrand Ave., (210) 736-5471, facebook.com/nikis.tokyo.inn
The freshest sashimi for your Lenten needs. Plus, you can grab a variety of seafood to cook at home — and fun Japanese snacks! — at the adjacent grocery store Tokyo Mart.
Photo via Instagram / jetsetter2020
Costa Pacifica
434 N Loop 1604 W, (210) 491-4497, costapacificausa.com
Known for margaritas and seafood, this morth SA joint has a huge menu of bites from the sea for your Lenten dining needs.
Photo via Instagram / costapacificasa
Little Em’s Oyster Bar
1001 S Alamo St, (210) 257-0100, littleemsoysterbar.com
This quaint 50-seat eatery offers six types of fresh oysters sourced from both coasts, as well as shrimp, ceviche, crab and lobster rolls.
Photo via Instagram / littleemsoysterbar
SA Seafood
5222 De Zavala Rd #330, (210) 236-7777, saseafoodtx.com
The newly-opened seafood spot serves up an extensive menu of crawfish, lobster, shrimp and other dishes exclusively in to-go containers, making it easy to take your Lenten eats on-the-go.
Photo via Instagram / saseafoodtx
Mariscos El Marinero
1819 McCullough Ave., (210) 465-9178, facebook.com/1819MariscosElMarinero
There's something particularly awe-inspiring about this tower of seafood from El Marinero. With its blend of ceviches, this Sinaloa-style dish keeps us going back.
Photo via Instagram / yspfitness
Señor Fish Seafood Bar
1915 Broadway Suite # 111, (210) 375-3730, facebook.com/senorfishseafoodbar
Señor Fish specializes in Mexican twists on fresh seafood and boasts a casual dining environment with an intimate bar area.
Photo via Instagram / senorfishseafoodbar
Fish City Grill
Multiple Locations, N/A, fishcitygrill.com
This West SA seafood-focused eatery boasts an impressive menu that includes shrimp, catfish, oysters, fish tacos and a variety of sandwiches.
Photo via Instagram / fishcitygrill
303 Pearl Pkwy., Suite 111, (210) 670-7684, botikapearl.com
With sushi boats and two options of cebiche — a Peruvian spin on the dish featuring raw fish marinated in citrus juice — there are plenty of options for folks abstaining from red meat.
Photo via Instagram / botikapearl
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306 Pearl Pkwy #101, (210) 314-3929, curedatpearl.com
Indulge in a pan seared king salmon filet and butternut squash hash at this Pearl-area eatery for a Lenten-approved meal.
Photo via Instagram / curedatpearl
La Laguna Mariscos
23535 I-10, (726) 444-0750, mariscoslalagunagroup.com
La Laguna Mariscos’s huge menu features tostadas, tacos, various seafood cocktails and over-the-top Micheladas with seafood garnishes.
Photo via Instagram / jazzysauce24
926 S. Presa St., (210) 225-2547, www.foodisbliss.com
Dainty and bold is possible with these classic bites from Bliss. The Japanese hamachi is a staple on the menu, with its roasted jalapeño avocado pico de gallo, ponzu, ginger slaw, aji amarillo yuzu vinaigrette, and we hope it never goes away.
Photo via Instagram / spinoza29
Pinch Boil House & Bia Bar
124 N. Main, (210) 971-7774, pinchboilhouse.com
This house was made for boiling everything from crawfish to snow crab legs. We're partial to the seafood feast which features a little of everything doused in their signature house sauces. Go get messy.
Photo via Instagram / safood.e
El Bucanero
Multiple locations, (210) 314-3929, el-bucanero.com
Three locations in San Antonio all with one similar theme: great ceviche. There are more than 20 raw fish dishes to choose from, as well as seafood cocktails, oysters and all the fried seafood you can muster.
Photo via Instagram / demaximoni
Smashin' Crab
8910 Bandera Road, Suite 305, (210) 509-7702, smashincrab.com
Get down and dirty with crawfish and shrimp boils at any one of the Smashin’ Crab’s three SA locations.
Photo via Instagram / mexa_pina
LA Crawfish
Multiple locations, thelacrawfish.com
A bit of a cheat if you consider all delicious phos are made with a hearty beef broth base, but you'll want to ask for the Cajun variety sans Kiolbassa at this Houston-based joint that's won over plenty of San Antonians.
Photo via Instagram / lacrawfishsanantonio
Laguna Madre Seafood Co.
Multiple locations, lagunamadreseafood.com
If you're physically near one of these locations, you'll want to stop in for their fried or grilled plates. It's the Bill Miller of the Sea and gets the job done.
Photo via Instagram / lagunamadreseafood
Silo Terrace Oyster Bar
22211 I-10, Suite 1210, (210) 698 – 2002, siloelevatedcuisine.com
Yes, the oysters are great and the view can't be beat, but you'll want to trust the cooks at Silo for their takes on everything frolm salmon to pan seared halibut.
Photo via Instagram / siloterrace
Yellowfish Sushi
Multiple locations, yellowfishsushi.com
Chirashi bowls are chef’s choice at Yellowfish and each is its own work of art. Trust your sushiologist.
Photo via Instagram / la_aventurera_
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Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery
136 Grayson St., (210) 455-5701, southerleigh.com
Snapper throats! You read that right. Since Southerleigh's opening in 2015 (time flies!), the restaurant has offered these particularly buttery parts of the fish.
Photo via Dan Payton
Sea Island Shrimp House
Multiple locations, shrimphouse.com
Warm up with some chowder from this San Antonio throwback.
Photo via Instagram / seaislandshrimphouse
Southerleigh Haute South
5822 Worth Pkwy Unit 112, (210) 236-8556, southerleighhautesouth.com
This new concept from the folks that brought you the aforementioned snapper throats, Southerleigh Haute South’s Southern-style menu includes a seafood and a full oyster bar.
Photo via Instagram / southerleighhautesouth

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