The 11 Best Seafood Restaurants in San Antonio

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A lot of people sleep on San Antonio’s seafood.

Understandably, the foodie talk for our South Texas town quickly veers towards Tacos and Tex-Mex. But like I mentioned in our article about the best sushi in San Antonio, people forget that we’re just a couple hours from the Gulf of Mexico.

What’s that mean?

It means whether you’re looking for authentic seafood boils, top notch ceviche, or spiced up Mexican seafood, you can find it in San Antonio!

And that’s exactly what we’re doing with this article. Here are the 11 best seafood restaurants in San Antonio, organized by specialty. (So you can get the best of whatever you’re in the mood for!)

Map of the Best Seafood Restaurants in San Antonio

Best Mexican Seafood Restaurant In San Antonio: El Bucanero

El Bucanero is consistently ranked as one of the best seafood restaurants in San Antonio. This place serves the perfect blend of tasty seafood with a San Antonio flair. Try the Fajitas de Camaron (shrimp fajitas) or the Molcajete El Bucanero (a mixed seafood dish served in a mortar). I also really like their tostadas, which always come out perfectly crisp and piled high with seafood delights.

  • Address 1: 16505 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX 78232
  • Address 2: 13802 Embassy Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216
  • Address 3: 8300 Marbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78227
  • Website: El Bucanero

Best Seafood On The River Walk: Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen

Bourbon Street serves everything from fried frog’s legs to oysters to escargot. They’re a popular spot on the River Walk, though, and they have something to please everybody. I’m a big fan of their Diablo Pasta, which comes with crab, shrimp, tomato, serrano, and cilantro with a creamy sauce.

Best Seafood Meal For A Crowd: Texas Crab Boil

This is a tiny hole-in-the-wall place, but it’s worth the trip. Texas Crab Boil does Tex-Mex style seafood boils that make my mouth water. Seriously, I’ve had dreams about their spicy sauce and hushpuppies. If you want to feed a crowd, do the Make Your Own Boil option. I like to get snow crab, sausage, corn, and potatoes and adjust how much I’m ordering by how many mouths there are to feed. It’s pricey because it’s seafood, but Texas Crab Boil is still my go-to for large seafood meals.

Best Asian Inspired Seafood: Pinch Boil House

I love Pinch Boil House because they cook seafood with an Asian flair. They serve non-seafood items like The Healthy One and Kap’s Chicken Curry, but you’ve got to try a boil if it’s your first time here. Pick your seafood, side, sauce, and spice level to customize a seafood boil to your liking. I’m a fan of the Business Boil, which comes with shrimp, sausage, corn, and potato.

P.S. You can double the protein in your boil by getting The Nirenberg, which is a dig at San Antonio’s buff mayor, Ron Nirenberg.

Best New Seafood Restaurant in San Antonio: Cajun Crawler

Cajun Crawler opened during the COVID-19 pandemic, so they deserve a little extra love from the San Antonio community. These fine folks do Cajun-style seafood meals and specialize in live crawfish boils. If you want home-style boudain, shrimp, catfish, and gumbo, you’ve got to give them a try.

  • Address: 5545 NW Loop 410, Ste #112, San Antonio TX 78238
  • Website: Cajun Crawler

Best Date Night Spot: Ostra Restaurant

If you’re downtown near the River Walk and want a high-end seafood experience, Ostra is the place to be. It’s located inside the Mokara Hotel & Spa, but you don’t have to be a hotel guest to eat there. The Fruits De Mer Pasta is a revelation of linguine, scallops, shrimp, and pancetta that will make your taste buds sing. I’m also a huge fan of their Applewood Roasted Salmon, which comes with sweet potato puree, smoked duck succotash, and huckleberry jus. Ostra is definitely better suited for a nice occasion, though, so make sure you dress up!

  • Address: 212 West Crockett Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • Website: Ostra

Best Oysters in San Antonio: SILO Terrace Oyster Bar

Got a hankering for oysters? SILO has an oyster bar that ships in fresh oysters from the East Coast. Go nuts and try the chicken fried oysters or try the tasty Firemans 4 Mussels with bacon and cherry tomatoes. SILO also has a Chilled Seafood Platter with a little bit of everything (shrimp, crab, oysters, king crab) if you’re really in the mood to treat yourself.

Best Crab Legs In San Antonio: Smashin Crab

The first time I had crab legs, I was hooked on their buttery perfection. Smashin Crab hands-down makes my favorite crab legs in the city. I prefer the King Crab boil, which comes with a customizable spice level (I go for #3), corn, potatoes, and even lobster tail for an extra fee. But they specialize in Cajun-inspired seafood, too, so Smashin Crab is a great spot for etouffee, po’boys, and gator.

  • Address 1: 700 E Sonterra Blvd #1117, San Antonio, TX 78258
  • Address 2: 11975 Alamo Ranch Pkwy Suite 110, San Antonio, TX 78253
  • Address 3: 700 E Sonterra Blvd #1117, San Antonio, TX 78258
  • Website: Smashin Crab

Best Ceviche in San Antonio: 210 Ceviche

My husband would eat his weight in ceviche if I let him. He salivates for the entire drive to 210 Ceviche, which is his version of heaven on Earth. You can get a tower of ceviche, like the Torre Mazatlan, which comes with octopus, shrimp, and avocado. But if you’re a ceviche purist, I recommend my husband’s go-to, which is the Toreado, an Ahi tuna ceviche with lemon, onions, jalapenos, and soy.

But if you aren’t into ceviche, don’t worry! Their other dishes are great, too. I order 210 Ceviche’s Baja Taco, which is a beer-battered fish taco that’s perfectly crisp and flaky.

  • Address: 9502 IH-10 Frontage Road, Ste 101, San Antonio TX 78230
  • Website: 210 Ceviche

Best Scallops in San Antonio: Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Eddie V’s is definitely a more primo seafood destination. These folks have their own in-house sommelier and unique cocktails, so it’s definitely worth a trip for date night. Heck, they even serve Petrossian Caviar, so you know they’re fancy. I’m a fan of their Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with spicy remoulade, but my husband swears by the Georges Bank Scallops with citrus, almonds, and brown butter. It’s tough finding cooks who can properly prepare a scallop, but Eddie V’s definitely has it down to a science.

Best Chain Seafood Restaurant: Pappadeaux

My husband is obsessed with Pappadeaux. He always orders the Crispy Alligator, but I’m a little less adventurous, so I stick with the lemony Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. Oh, and the crab and spinach dip is divine with toasted French bread, so that’s a must.

  • Address 1: 76 Northeast Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78216
  • Address 2: 15715 I-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257
  • Website: Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

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