Where to Go for the Perfect Lunch Date in San Antonio 

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Whether you're in a budding romance or you've been with your significant other for several years, the lunch date can be a simple escape from the work day or a way to test your new relationship. In both cases, however, location is key. Choosing a lunch spot is no time for a light decision making, and fortunately for you, we can help.    
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Liberty Bar
1111 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-1187, liberty-bar.com
Although Liberty Bar made the horrendous mistake of abandoning their original location of perfection on Josephine all those years ago, their new home, set in a previously abandoned religious convent in Southtown was a strategic one that paid off. What’s good on the menu? Aside from “everything,” zero in on the following: goat cheese with piloncillo sauce, pot roast sandwich, grilled chicken sandwich, fettuccini with oil, garlic (and add chicken). And finish with an espresso and the Minerva’s pineapple coconut cake.
Photo via Instagram, libertybarsa
Guenther House
205 E. Guenther St., (210) 227-1061, guentherhouse.com
The Guenther House is a landmark San Antonio restaurant. Set on the banks of the river in Southtown, Guenther House is essentially the marketing face of the Pioneer Flour Mill, on which grounds the house sits. Built between 1915 and 1918, before Southtown was Southtown, and painstaking maintained, the restaurant effuses a charm of yesteryear. Guests are invited to walk the beautiful grounds (perfect for a hand-in-hand stroll) and explore the various floors above the restaurant which now exist as museum and gift shop. The champagne chicken enchiladas and chicken salad sandwich are our personal favorites, but don’t miss out on a chance to take that breakfast-lover in your life to enjoy their fill of pancakes.
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¡Viva Vegeria!
1422 Nogalitos St., (210) 465-9233, myvegeria.com
Vegetarians, vegans and the allergy-challenged, fret not. ¡Viva Vegeria! is here to save the day with their delectable vegan menu. The first and only vegan restaurant on the south side, ¡Viva Vegeria!, filled with character your date will love, celebrates its Mexican roots in both their menu and their whimsical veladora-laden décor. Check out their brunch and buffet on Saturdays, and show off your charitable side by giving towards their Un Poco de Amor cause, a “pay what you can” dish that supports the needy.
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Il Forno
122 Nogalitos St., (210) 616-2198, facebook.com/Il-Forno
Il Forno is a casual destination for gourmet pizza on the near west side with a definitive relaxed, hipster vibe (in a good way). And while it doesn’t take itself seriously, it takes pizza seriously, and that’s what counts. The crust and flavors are light and subtle, the menu is simple and the décor, especially if you sit outside, will provide endless opportunities for conversation. And while all are great, we especially enjoyed the Copa, featuring pomodoro, house ricotta, house copa, kalamata olives, delicious roasted onions.
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The Luxury
103 E. Jones Ave., (210) 354-2274, facebook.com/The-Luxury
A perfect San Antonio lunch date destination for one of those perfect sunny fall days. Located right on the Museum Reach portion of the lovely San Antonio River (you can sit side by side overlooking the waterfront, or stroll the steps down to the Riverwalk), this outdoor eatery is casual and laid-back, which is exactly what you want to project. Recently remodeled to add more shade and seating, the new and improved Luxury has a simple but flavorful menu. You can’t go wrong with the crispy chicken sandwich or the burger.
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Ocho
1015 Navarro St., (210) 222-2008, havanasanantonio.com/restaurant-and-bar/ocho/
Ocho is a small restaurant on the grounds of the Havana Riverwalk Hotel. During the evenings and weekends, the bar and restaurant are packed elbow to elbow. Lunch is a different story. Overlooking a quiet Riverwalk with high glass ceilings and windows, Ocho is an ideal lunch date spot. Romantic corners can easily be found and the menu is perfect for sharing. And if an after lunch cocktail is your thing, head down into the lower level of the bar for a more intimate environment.
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B&D’s Ice House
1004 S. Alamo St., (210) 225-9801, banddicehouse.com
Truly great barbeque is elusive, especially in a town where everyone seems to make their own version. But for us, this hit the sweet spot. A converted garage, and little more than a shack, there are cold beers on tap, sodas in glass bottles (Big Red! Mexican Coke!), you order at the walk-up outside window and can choose to sit inside or outside, so no pesky servers will bother you. The location of view of South Alamo from this vantage point is incomparable. And the bathrooms are an experience all their own. Tip: Get there early; they can sell out.
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Barbaro
2720 McCullough Ave., (210) 320-226, barbarosanantonio.com
Barbaro is that dark, tucked-away bar, mellow, sophisticated and candlelit, that you keep in your reserve for intimate moments. It is an excellent date place. The bartenders pour a mean drink. And they serve damn good pizza. Start off with the kale, grape, gorgonzola and pumpkin seed salad and then finish with the smoked mozzarella, country ham, red onion, hot sauce and cilantro pizza. Barbaro also has a newish sandwich menu for those not in the mood for pizza. Be prepared for long waits. Good food takes a while. Apparently.
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Grayze
521 E. Grayson St., (210) 481-8776, grayzeongrayson.com
Located on Grayson (hence the name), Grayze offers American fare with a mod twist. A large patio beckons, but the interior is even better. Serving American fare with a modern twist, you’ll be dining in a refurbished older home that has atmosphere for days. Be sure to get The Mac, with gruyere, white cheddar, caramelized onions and yet more cheese is beyond perfection and sinfully delicious, a perfect date indulgence.
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Burger Boy
2323 N. St Mary's St., (210) 735-1955
When the key to their heart is burgers, taken them to Burger Boy. If you're looking for something casual, something fast or something inexpensive, this St. Mary's staple will always pull through. Get cozy in the restaurant's indoor seating (no really, it's tiny in there) and watch your love blossom over a shared milkshake.
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Sweet Yams
218 N. Cherry St., (210) 229-926, sweetyamsorganic.com
Another win for the veggie lovers. Sweet Yams is situated in what once was a small house located on the east side. Healthy southern-style dishes offer organic, vegan, gluten-sensitive and non-vegan options. The seating is cozy and chances that you’ll be squeezed next to your date are quite high. The raw, organic Veggie Love sandwich and the organic vegan chili are tops. The juice and food programs, designed for creating long lasting healthier lifestyles is truly inspiring and worth a gander.
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The Cookhouse
720 E Mistletoe Ave., (210) 320-8211, cookhouserestaurant.com
The Cookhouse, in an old house immediately off north St. Mary's, is at once cozy and refined. The dinner menu is exquisite, a gourmet-meets-Cajun marriage that is as good as it sounds. The lunch menu is decidedly more casual, with po’boys (that can and will make for a messy lunch, so don’t say we didn’t warn you) and seafood plates, but still every bit as delicious. Try the neater of gumbo or boudin balls as a side or appetizer from their a la carte menu. Reserve the Chef's Table for lunch - a spot for two at the bar immediately overlooking the kitchen.
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El Bucanero
16505 Blanco Road, (210) 408-929, bucanerosanantonio.com
For us, there is only one El Bucanero — the original location on Blanco. This unique mexican seafood restaurant has made its mark on the San Antonio landscape. Its dishes as authentically Mexican — not Tex-Mex — and that's a very good thing. their plates are works of art. El Ceviche Hawaiano, a pineapple filled with ceviche, is just the start. Their plates are works of art that will wow your date. And the mariachis will serenade the two of you with impossibly beautiful love songs.
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Alchemy Kombucha and Culture
1123 N. Flores St., (210) 320-1168, alchemysanantonio.com
Alchemy is trying their hand at lunch again, and we couldn't be more thrilled. Casual gourmet is the name of the game here. Pork shoulder and cured fish sandwiches accompany roasted quail, a grass-fed burger and Russian lamb dumplings on this menu. If you're into fancy, impressive-looking but affordable plates, this is the place for you. Pair with a drink from the bar or one of their Element Kombuchas. Open for lunch Wednesday through Sunday.
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Sabinas Coffee House
2303 W. Commerce St., (512) 407-991, sabinascoffeehouse.com
Sabinas Coffee House is a misnomer. It’s not just a coffee house. Rather, created through a partnership of the Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC) and LUPE Arte, Sabinas is a hidden gem of a farm-to-table restaurant set in an old home at the corner of west Commerce and north Sabinas in Prospect Hill. Once you order (we recommend the burgers and subs), find a table in the music room, where you can take control the record player. “This is Tommy Dorsey” was playing the last time we visited. After lunch, retire to the game room for some chess, or relax on the sofas and peoplewatch.
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Liberty Bar
1111 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-1187, liberty-bar.com
Although Liberty Bar made the horrendous mistake of abandoning their original location of perfection on Josephine all those years ago, their new home, set in a previously abandoned religious convent in Southtown was a strategic one that paid off. What’s good on the menu? Aside from “everything,” zero in on the following: goat cheese with piloncillo sauce, pot roast sandwich, grilled chicken sandwich, fettuccini with oil, garlic (and add chicken). And finish with an espresso and the Minerva’s pineapple coconut cake.
Photo via Instagram, libertybarsa