Great Italian restaurants on River Walk in San Antonio

San Antonio is a metropolitan area where you can find any kind of dining or entertainment your heart desires. But when most people think ‘Texas,’ they aren’t thinking ‘Italian.’ That’s a shame because there are some amazing Italian eateries along San Antonio’s famous Riverwalk that have made names for themselves serving authentic Italian dishes in many different atmospheres.

Paesanos Riverwalk

Paesano’s Riverwalk is an upscale dining experience with a causal feel. There is a patio where guests can dine even in colder months, thanks to outdoor heaters, and still enjoy a stunning view of the river. This restaurant is known for being sensitive to people with food allergies, substituting ingredients and preparing special dishes for anyone who requests them. They have a complete gluten free and vegan menu.

Delicious daily lunch specials include parmesan crusted chicken, chicken parmigiana, spaghetti or lasagna – all things you’d expect to see on a traditional Italian menu – plus shrimp paesano, a local favorite.


In addition to indoor and patio dining at the restaurant, Michelino’s also offers a unique dining experience aboard a flat-bottomed river boat. Dining on these boats is by reservation only, and they seat up to 20 people. Enjoy delicious Italian fare as you float gently down the San Antonio River.

The menu at Michelino’s is traditional Italian, from their Calamari Di Napoli appetizer to their handmade pizzas and Minestrone soup. As you’d expect, there are more pastas on the menu that we can name, and the list of restaurant specialties will definitely catch your attention. With all these amazing choices, you just can’t go wrong at Michelino’s!

Luciano Ristorante Italiano

Luciano’s claims the most authentic Italian food on the Riverwalk, and that just may be the case, considering the matriarch of the family grew up in Naples. There, she ran a casual restaurant and taught her children the importance of fresh ingredients and lovingly prepared food.

Guests say that the overwhelming smell of fresh-baked bread and pizza crust hits you as soon as you step inside, assuring you that you made the right choice. Then you open up the menu and see fresh, delicious options such as caprese salad, avocado salad, paninis, and creamy chicken fettuccine alfredo, and you’ll be so glad you chose Luciano’s!

Zocca Cuisine D’Italia

Zocca’s reputation has been made by giving locals and tourists a warm, welcoming atmosphere that is reminiscent of Italy itself, while also serving scrumptious food.  The restaurant takes its name from an old-world village in Italy, and it strives to replicate the laid back atmosphere there.

Zocca’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on San Antonio’s beautiful Riverwalk. For breakfast, the Brioche Cinnamon Swirl French Toast is a must-try, and at lunch, you can choose from paninis, pastas and pizzas of countess flavor combinations. Dinner at Zocca’s is an event. Always-fresh appetizers like warm artichoke fondue will get you started, then entrees like veal, scallops, and salmon will keep your appetite whet for the rest of the evening!