Where to Find the Best Seafood in San Antonio 

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Whether you're a pescatarian, want to try some new spots during Lent or just have a craving for some undersea flavors, these spots hold it down on the seafood front.
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El Bucanero
Multiple locations, el-bucanero.com
A favorite for Mexican seafood, El Bucanero is a quick fix for when you’re craving these authentic bites. From soups and the stacked molcajetes to El Pachanguero, these dishes will impress your Instagram followers and satisfy your hunger.
Photo via Instagram / driouxsie_drioux
Rudy’s Seafood
4122 S Flores St, (210) 532-1315, rudysseafood.com
A longtime South Side favorite, Rudy’s Seafood embodies puro culture. With numerous Spurs murals throughout the building’s perimeter, this South Flores spot holds it down on the food front as well with fried fish, shrimp and oysters at the ready – and in hefty portions. Just don’t forget to snap a selfie in front of those Spurs murals on your way out.
Photo via Instagram / ryan__moxy
Pinch Boil House & Bia Bar
124 N Main Ave, (210) 971-7774, pinchboilhouse.com
The flavors of Southeast Asia have never tasted so good. Truly, the menu at Pinch is one packed with tradition, yet innovation. Consider this your go-to spot for lunch when you’re in the mood for Asian street food, with items such as the Banh Mi up for grabs. If you wanna have some extra fun, go the seafood boil route – your combination will satisfy you no matter what you get.
Photo via Instagram / pinchboilhouse
Ceviche Ceviche
18360 Blanco Road #120, (210) 538-5016, cevichecevichesatx.com
A still-new concept from Sangria on the Burg owner Caesar Zepeda’s Ceviche Ceviche has been delivering this treat fresh since opening its doors. Obviously, you’ll can order any kind of ceviche that is so about this dish that it’s named after it – twice. For something fun and new, order the ceviche flight or build it the way you like it.
Photo via Instagram / cevichecevichesa
Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery
136 E Grayson St #120, (210) 455-5701, southerleigh.com
Chef Jeff Balfour’s take on coastal classics make for a no-brainer when you want delicious bites, especially when it comes to seafood dishes. With caviar, a fish sandwich and crab cakes on the menu, you have no shortage of options here. But your best bet may be the oysters, which even have its own bar just outside this Pearl restaurant.
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Shuck Shack
520 E Grayson St, (210) 236-7422, shuckshack.com
Chef Jason Dady’s seafood spot delivers when you’re in the mood for under-the-sea goodness. Though oysters are the highlight of the menu here, you’re pretty much set with anything you order. Fried jumbo shrimp, Southern fried catfish or the prized lobster roll – take your pick! Consider the patio, tap brews and cocktails an added bonus for your visit.
Photo via Instagram / shuckshacksa
Smashin' Crab
Multiple locations, smashincrab.com
With crab at the forefront, you can expect delicious bites at Smashin’ Crab. Variations include crab cakes, snow crab, soft shell crab and blue crab, though you can also score lobster tail, crawfish, oysters, clams and mussels. Yum!
Photo via Instagram / karlo.antonio33
Costa Pacifica
434 N Loop 1604 W #2101, (210) 491-1378, costapacificausa.com
Think of this airy patio as the cherry on top to your visit to Costa Pacifica. Mexican seafood is a pretty solid selling point too, with ceviche, tostadas, tacos and soups to choose from. The shrimp ensenada taco is tempting (so is the shrimp tiki-tiki) with beer-battered shrimp.
Photo via Instagram / costapacificasa
The Lost Cajun
226 W Bitters Road #120, (210) 549-0135, thelostcajun.com
This Cajun chain keeps the flavors coming with classics like seafood gumbo, catfish bites, BBQ shrimp, lobster bisque, Cajun stir fry and so much more. You’ll honestly keep on coming back time and time again to just make your way through this menu, and you’ll have a hell of a time doing so.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
Camaron Pelado Seafood Grill
2918 W Commerce St, (210) 434-6700, camaronpeladotogo.com
Hole-in-the-wall restaurants sometimes have the most surprising dishes, and that includes Camaron Pelado. Specializing in Mexican seafood dishes, you can choose from the traditional ceviche option to clunkier plates like the quesadilla de camaron or pulpo enchipotlados.
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Bayseas Catfish House
13954 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 314-5219, bayseascatfishhouse.com
You’re in store for some super seasoned catfish when you drop in at Bayseas. And it’s not just the signature catfish, all of the seafood here is made with the perfect blend of spices that liven up this marine life. Flounder, cod, tilapia, shrimp, trout and oysters all await you here.
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El Siete Mares
3831 W Commerce St, (210) 436-6056
Take the family to this family-run spot during your next downtown adventure. Or maybe you’ll want to head there with friends since the cocktails match the ceviche here. No matter who you choose to dine with here, El Siete Mares serves up scrumptious dishes like the salmon chicharron, lobster and a bunch of various takes on fish fillets.
Photo via Instagram / elsietemaressa
LA Crawfish
Multiple locations, thelacrawfish.com
If you’re up for a party, grab some friends (and beer) and head to LA Crawfish for a boil. Spiced just right, these crawfish is made all the better with sauces you can dip and drizzle. In addition to lots of plates, you can also opt for a bowl of Cajun Curry, Seafood Gumbo or Crawfish Pho. Seriously, these bowls can hold their own.
Photo via Instagram / sacurrent
210 Ceviche
9502 I-10 W, Suite #101, (210) 593-9300, 210ceviche.com
Go the ceviche route and head to 210 Ceviche, specializing in Mexican fare and cocktails. With six varieties to choose from, you can opt to make your meal sweet or spicy. Whether you add some crunch with a tostada or not, this meal will surely hit the spot.
Photo via Instagram / 210ceviche
The Cookhouse
720 E Mistletoe Ave, (210) 320-8211, cookhouserestaurant.com
Though menus are changed seasonally, you can always expect modern takes on Cajun and Creole dishes to be served at the Cookhouse. For a taste of the South, consider the New Orleans BBQ Shrimp, or perhaps the Blackened Louisiana Catfish. We recommend venturing outside of your comfort zone and getting something exciting, like the Alligator Etouffee.
Photo via Instagram / the_cookhouse
Mariscos El Marinero
1819 McCullough Ave, (210) 465-1422, mariscoselmarinerosa.com
A favorite for mariscos, husband-and-wife team Alberto Murrieta and Teresa Gonzalez head the kitchen at Mariscos El Marinero, which operates out of a former Pizza Hut. From shrimp enchiladas to la tostada de pulpo, this McCullough spot has Mexican seafood specialties as well as traditional American options like oysters and fried fish. Oh, and you better take advantage of the happy hour margaritas.
Photo via Instagram / babinkacake
The Lighthouse Seafood
1212 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 785-9333, facebook.com/TheLighthouseseafood
This no-frills restaurant keeps it simple when it comes to its operation. You want seafood? You got seafood. Oyster or shrimp poorboy? Clam chowder or shrimp gumbo? Shrimp cocktail or oysters? You can have it all.
Photo via Instagram / mikaziljanessa
NOLA Brunch & Beignets
111 Kings Ct, (210) 320-1572,
It’s perfect for brunch and it’s perfect for Cajun fare – what can’t NOLA do? Honestly, whether you’re brunching it up or not, NOLA is a prime spot for Cajun bites. Satisfy that Southern inkling with the blue crab omelette, shrimp & grits, cajun crab cakes and of course all the beignets you could ever want.
Photo via Instagram / nola_brunchsa
Ma Harper’s Creole Kitchen
1816 N New Braunfels Ave, (210) 226-2200
Louisiana native Ma Harper makes it a point to greet visitors coming in to feast on her home-style Creole cooking. While chicken is a standout here, there’s also seafood plates like shrimp po’boy, fried fish, fried shrimp. And you must top off your meal with the peach cobbler or another dessert of your choosing, Ma Harper wouldn’t have it any other way.
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Acadiana Cafe
1289 SW Loop 410, (210) 674-0019, acadianacafe.com
Located on the Far West Side, this longtime family-friendly restaurant is all about Cajun culture. Seafood classics like fried catfish, fried popcorn shrimp and seafood gumbo are served in this airy, wood-paneled space complete with rustic decor.
Photo via Instagram / kahlifornio
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Neptune's Seafood House
1922 Goliad Road, (210) 337-7294, neptunesseafoodhouse.com
A local favorite for more 30 years, this South Side joint serves up traditional seafood platters like stuffed crab, fried oysters, shrimp and fried fish. Other treats include seafood gumbo, grilled catfish, shrimp po’boy and grilled tilapia.
Photo via Yelp / Susan S.
Krab Kingz
2301 San Pedro Ave, (254) 338-6116, krabkingzhouston.com
With brick-and-mortar locations in Houston, Krab Kingz has made its SA debut via a food truck. Thanks goodness, because snow crab and shrimp are a match made in heaven at this spot. The menu may be small, but the flavors are big here. It’s just a matter of time before the Alamo City gets its own permanent location – or so we can hope.
Photo via Instagram / krab_kingz_san_antonio
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
1834 TX-1604 Loop, (210) 493-1600, eddiev.com
If your next special occasion outing calls for seafood, Eddie V’s is your best bet, hands down. The contemporary chain has seafood selections, such as the Chilean sea bass, Norwegian salmon and Maine lobster bisque, and even a raw bar. Surely the patio and buzzy happy hour will keep you coming back, even if you don’t have a reason to dine in. (Yummy food is reason enough, after all.)
Photo via Instagram / eddievs_
Niki’s Tokyo Inn
819 W Hildebrand Ave, (210) 736-5471, facebook.com/nikis.tokyo.inn
While the market is a solid option to make Asian dishes on your own, stopping in at Niki’s for fresh sushi is a sure bet. Though you can find a number of Japanese entrees on the menu, stick to sushi for that seafood goodness. For a true feast, order a bunch of appetizers to taste all the flavors that Niki’s has to offer.
Photo via Instagram / _zel_roa_
Bohanan’s Prime Steak and Seafood
219 E Houston St, (210) 472-2600, bohanans.com
Trust Bohanan’s to treat you right and feed you well. This chic downtown eatery has it all with a cocktail lounge, patio and live jazz – oh, and dishes that will have you craving this place on the regular. Believe us when we say that you’ll be happy with whatever you order – whether it’s the blackened snapper, traditional Maine lobster roll, crab BLT, grilled crab cakes or sea bass.
Photo via Instagram / bohanans
Sea Island Shrimp House
Multiple locations, shrimphouse.com
Since opening the first Sea Island in 1965, the shrimp house empire has spread throughout the Alamo City. If you’ve yet to stop in for the classic fried fish, consider that an order. There’s plenty else on the menu too, like broiled chipotle fish tacos, lemon pepper fish, teriyaki honey salmon, rainbow trout and lots of shrimp. Explore the menu and you too will surely love SA’s oldest seafood chain.
Photo via Instagram / bconnectedeats
Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen
Multiple locations, bourbonstreetseafoodkitchens.com
Bourbon Street can be found right here in the Alamo City – three area locations to be exact! You can find the flavors of New Orleans with this menu, which offers seafood fondue, oysters, mussels, escargots, fried frog legs, soft shell crab and more. Seriously, bring your appetite.
Photo via Instagram / jorgeynicole
Las Islas Marias
Multiple locations, lasislasmarias.net
After growing up on the Mexican Pacific coast, owners Don Pablo and Yadira have a pretty good idea of what Mexican seafood should taste like. Just take the menu at Las Islas Marias as proof. Take your pick from selections such as empanadas de camaron, botana playa y mar, ostiones especiales and pescado zarandeado.
Photo via Instagram / hoodratsnacks
L & L Hawaiian Grill
1302 Austin Hwy #1, (210) 474-6699,
Explore the flavors of the island and stop by this Austin Highway spot to make you feel like you’re actually in Hawaii. Fully embedded in the culture, L & L brings you comfort food of Hawaii – musubi, butter mochi and more. For the seafood route, score the garlic shrimp, breaded fried shrimp or the seafood mix.
Photo via Instagram / kendenski
Ernesto’s Mexican Specialties & Seafood
2559 Jackson Keller Road, (210) 344-1248
To experience excellent service that’ll have you feel like you’re being pampered, stop by Ernesto’s. Not only will Ernesto himself personally make recommendations for you, he, along with the rest of the staff, will also cater to your every need. On top of impeccable service, Ernesto’s menu has plenty of seafood options, Mexican varieties included, for you to choose from. The grilled seafood croquette, seafood crepes Veracruz, crabmeat nachos, shrimp enchiladas and red snapper are all solid selections.
Photo via Instagram / dot6767
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El Bucanero
Multiple locations, el-bucanero.com
A favorite for Mexican seafood, El Bucanero is a quick fix for when you’re craving these authentic bites. From soups and the stacked molcajetes to El Pachanguero, these dishes will impress your Instagram followers and satisfy your hunger.
Photo via Instagram / driouxsie_drioux

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