The 23 Best Tiny San Antonio Restaurants You Should’ve Tried by Now 

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When it comes to the size of the restaurant, bigger isn't always better. These tiny spots still pack a ton of flavor and are serving up delicious food in San Antonio.
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2M Smokehouse & Catering
2731 S WW White Road, (210) 885-9352
The lines may be long, but the interiors are teensy and hold less than 20 people. Get your barbecue to go. Photo via Instagram, 2msmokehouse
726 Mistletoe Ave., (210) 437-4263,
Tiny joint, big flavors from the ever-changing list of craft beer to its Southern-style snacks of pimento sandwiches and fried wings.
Photo via Instagram, sun_carlos
1012 S Presa St., (210) 532-2551,
The bar serves as the room’s anchor, but this tiny eatery encourages intimate dining more so than large parties. Come prepared to get close. Photo via Instagram, biterestaurantsa
Burger Boy
2323 N St Mary's St, (210) 735-1955
Two short bar counters with just enough seating for 10 souls is all you’ll find at this legendary burger spot.
Photo via Instagram, eric_chillinhard
1000 S St Mary's St., (210) 212-6456
Though the interior at Cascabel isn’t vast, the food makes it feel more like grandma’s kitchen than crowded restaurant.
Photo via Instagram, chrismarcussen
Earth Burger
818 NW Loop 410, (210) 524-1086,
It’s a good thing this burger place has a drive-thru as only a few tables fill the narrow inside. Photo via Instagram, earth_burger
El Nogal
1605 N St Mary's St., (210) 225-8356
This low-key spot packs an easy going vibe, yet delicious food. Stop in before 2:30 p.m. — they close early.
Photo via Instagram, joeypawlik
842 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 735-4525
If you’re lucky, you’ll snag a seat at the counter. Chow down on brisket and guac tacos.
Photo via Instagram, jdgordo
Il Forno
122 Nogalitos St., (210) 616-2198
Il Forno's intimate setting is part of the reason why we love this place so much. Take a date or a friend for a cozy time with some pizza.
Photo via Instagram, ilfornosa
152 E Pecan St., (210) 444-0702
Just what a noodle shop should be: tight and neat with room for a bar to slurp up some ramen and little else. Photo via Instagram, destiiinyymariie_
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Kung Fu Noodle
(210) 451-5586, 6733 Bandera Road, Leon Valley
There are 10 tables that seat four diners pretty tightly at this authentic noodle shop in Leon Valley.
Photo via Instagram, saddestpizza
Maria’s Cafe
105 Nogalitos St., (210) 227-7005
Some of the best tacos in town can be found at this eatery just south of downtown. It’s cluttered and kitschy and warm and fits just about a dozen diners.
Photo via Instagram, fraguada
Ming’s Noodle Bar
5253 McCullough Ave., (210) 570-6318,
Much like neighboring Mixtli, the space at Ming’s Noodle Bar is tight. Order at the counter and enjoy your bowl of noodles on one of the French & Michigan-designed stools along the bar.
Photo via Instagram, rustyponds
5251 McCullough Ave., (210) 338-0746,
Get cozy with 12 seats inside this boxcar-fine-dining restaurant. Reservations are a must.
Photo via Instagram, miss_eater_tx
Nama Ramen
6565 Babcock Road, (210) 641-2888
The small ramen shop also offers sushi and a health offering of appetizers right off Babcock. Keep your eyes out, or else you'll miss it!
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1015 Navarro St., (210) 222-2008
Best for an intimate date, Ocho loses that tiny feel when the glass garage doors come up and you’ve got a prime seat on the Riverwalk.
Photo via Instagram, stkirkpatricksday
3502 N St Mary's St., (210) 467-5062,
In true East Coast fashion, you don’t get a lot of elbow room while eating one of these loaded hot dogs.
Photo via Instagram, n8escobedo87
Ro-Ho Pork & Bread
623 Urban Loop, (210) 800-3487,
Ro-Ho P&B doesn’t have time for tables. Saddle up to one of the 10 bar stools available or take your order to go. Efficiency is key here: the messy tortas should be eaten quickly!
Photo by the Current.
Sweet Yams
218 N Cherry St., (210) 229-9267
Tiny place, delicious Southern flavors without the meat. Visit Sweet Yams when you’re in the mood for home-cooking.
Photo via Instagram, davi_so_savvy
Thai Dee
5307 Blanco Road, (210) 342-3622
This wee, but beloved spot has lightning fast service and it’s BYOB. Get there early or you’ll be SOL.
Photo via Instagram, hmendoza99
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Viva Vegeria
1422 Nogalitos St., (210) 465-9233
This vegan and gluten-free eatery keeps a cool vibe in its small shop and cozy seating.
Photo via Instagram, tiffany.noel.86
Multiple location,
The original location of this Japa-Mex sushi joint was a former State Inspection spot. Get comfortable with your neighbors, the sushi is worth it.
Photo via Instagram, j3vy
La Frite Belgian Bistro
728 S Alamo St., (210) 224-7555,
Southtown's little corner of Belgian fare might keep packed and small, but we hear that's how they do it in Belgium (and we're a big fan).
Photo via Instagram, ygbsm
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2M Smokehouse & Catering
2731 S WW White Road, (210) 885-9352
The lines may be long, but the interiors are teensy and hold less than 20 people. Get your barbecue to go. Photo via Instagram, 2msmokehouse