One Local’s 8 Best Places for Breakfast in San Antonio

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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

I have no idea if that’s true, but it sure feels that way whenever I’m lucky enough to eat at some of the amazing spots in San Antonio!

To help you get an awesome start to your day, here are the 8 best places for breakfast in San Antonio. (According to someone who’s eaten waaay too many breakfasts in this town. Present!)

Map of the best breakfast spots in San Antonio

Best Breakfast Tacos In San Antonio: Tacos N’ Salsa

Every San Antonian has their favorite taco place and will try to tell you theirs is the best—and I’m no different. People are going to fight me on Tacos N’ Salsa, but this is a hill I will die on. Tacos N’ Salsa is our go-to for Saturday morning tacos. It’s the only taco joint I’ve been to that consistently has good food, hot coffee, and friendly service. And don’t even get me started on their salsa bar, which has a variety of fresh, house-made salsas to top your taco.

P.S. Tacos N’ Salsa copyrighted the trash can taco, by the way. If you’ve never had one, this is the place to try your first!

  • Address 1: 10222 Huebner Rd Ste 108, San Antonio, TX 78240
  • Address 2: 11860 Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230
  • Address 3: 5123 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78249
  • Website: TNS Mexican Cafe

Best Breakfast in Downtown San Antonio: Schilo’s

Schilo’s is a staple in the San Antonio breakfast scene. It’s been here since 1917, serving up German-inspired breakfast favorites as the oldest operating restaurant in town. It actually started out as a saloon, but the family shrewdly pivoted to food and root beer to stay profitable during Prohibition. Try the Papa Fritz Breakfast, which is named in honor of Fritz Schilo, the restaurant’s namesake (it comes with two eggs, hash browns or grits, toast or biscuits, and ham). But not everything here has a German flair: you can still pick up a plate of darn fine breakfast tacos at Schilo’s, too.

  • Address: 424 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • Website: Schilo’s

Best Breakfast On The River Walk: La Villita Cafe

Want to nosh on some local-approved breakfast before you tour the River Walk? Stop in at La Villita Cafe, which serves Tex-Mex breakfast favorites. Try the Alamo Benedict with Canadian bacon, avocado, poached egg, and salsa (instead of hollandaise). My husband usually goes for the Village Breakfast, though, which comes with two eggs, bacon, and buttermilk pancakes.

By the way, La Villita is closed on Tuesdays, so be sure to check their hours before you make the trip.

Best Pancakes in San Antonio: The Magnolia Pancake Haus

I didn’t like Magnolia the first time I went there, but it’s grown on me the more I’ve eaten here. Magnolia Pancake Haus serves German-inspired breakfast fare and it’s definitely a San Antonio institution. My husband always orders the frittata and makes little “Mm” noises when he’s eating it, so I know he’s a fan! I always order their pfannkuchen, which is basically a Dutch baby with caramelized apples, cinnamon, and cream. It’s perfectly custardy, crispy, and decadent.

Magnolia has plenty of parking and lots of tables, but it’s not unusual to wait for a table if you eat at 8 or 9 am. I recommend getting here right when they open so you don’t have to wait.

  • Address 1: 606 Embassy Oaks #100, San Antonio, TX 78216
  • Address 2: 10333 Huebner Rd, San Antonio, TX 78240
  • Website: The Magnolia Pancake Haus

Most Scenic Breakfast in San Antonio: The Guenther House

Many years ago, my husband and I took the day off from work and grabbed breakfast at Guenther House. Sure, Magnolia is better known for its pancakes than Guenther House, but the charm of Guenther’s is in its location and ambiance. You can eat your pancakes in a gorgeous old mansion while overlooking the San Antonio River—what’s more magical than that?

As far as food goes, the menu is a lot simpler than what you’ll find at Magnolia, but the food is still out of this world. I recommend at least trying a stack of pancakes here, but the Chicken & Sweet Cream Waffle is always my go-to. If you want a little bit of everything, try the Breakfast Platter, which comes with biscuits, sausage, jam, fruit, and your choice of protein (bacon, sausage patty, or chicken links).

Best Breakfast Chain: Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

Any time my family visits from out of town, I take them to Snooze for breakfast. Sure, it has locations around the US, but you can’t beat the retro-funky atmosphere and out-of-the-box breakfast menu. I’m really picky about my coffee, but Snooze serves some of the best diner coffee I’ve ever had. I even ask for refills!

And if you have a vegetarian in your party, don’t worry. Snooze has an entire menu dedicated to plant-based recipes—and they’re actually good.

  • Address 1: 255 E Basse Rd Suite 160, San Antonio, TX 78209
  • Address 2: 11255 Huebner Rd Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78230
  • Address 3: 1305 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78230
  • Website: Snooze Eatery

Best All-Day Breakfast: The Original Blanco Cafe

I love pancakes, but when you’re in San Antonio, most locals eat tacos as their go-to breakfast. Stop by The Original Blanco Cafe to sample some of the best Tex-Mex breakfast menus San Antonio has to offer. Blanco Cafe serves breakfast all day, so if you stayed up late partying on the St. Mary’s strip, you can get greasy, fried goodness here to nurse your hangover. You can’t go wrong with any of Blanco’s breakfast plates, but I always get the Huevos Rancheros, which come with beans, potatoes, and two tortillas.

Freshest Baked Goods in San Antonio: Twin Sisters Bakery & Cafe

Twin Sisters was our favorite meetup back in my college sorority days. Twin Sisters is actually a bakery, so you’ve got to try their baked goods regardless of what you order for breakfast. I always order the French Toast, which comes with Bakery Lorraine’s bread, powdered sugar, butter, and syrup (you can request organic maple syrup, too!). If you want a more savory breakfast, order the chilaquiles, migas, huevos rancheros, or tofu rancheros breakfast plates to satisfy your cravings. It can get crowded if you try to eat breakfast later in the day, so I recommend grabbing a table early if you can!

P.S. Twin Sisters also whips up a mean brunch, too.