Best Restaurants On The Riverwalk

Restaurants are plentiful along the Riverwalk. You’ll find just about any Mexican Food venue you can think of, including Casa Rio , the first since 1946, with the colorful umbrellas lined up along the river. Plus, find the Hard Rock Cafe , Bubba Gump Shrimp Co ., Joe’s Crab Shack , Rainforest Cafe , Landry’s Seafood House , and many others. Let’s explore some smaller, individual culinary bistros that are unforgettable.



You will find three restaurants located in the Hotel Emma ,136 E Grayson, in the Pearl complex. The first is Supper , where Chef John Brand prepares what’s in season, part farm table, and part bistro table. Order breakfast, like a poached egg and smashed avocado with pumpkin seed and relish on grain toast, or cinnamon and ricotta beignets with cranberry sauce, powdered sugar, and dulce de leche. For dinner, share the country pork terrine with pistachio, mustard, gherkins, olives, and ciabatta. I recommend the steelhead trout with braised cannellini beans or roasted chicken breast with spinach crepe for the main course. Save room for chocolate cake with salted ginger caramel and honey vanilla ice cream. Reservations advised.



Larder offers a coffeehouse, fine groceries, flowers, wine, beer, baked goods, house-butchered meats, sandwiches, and prepared foods to eat in or take out.



Sternewirth , the hotel’s tavern and club room named Sternewirth Privilege, allowed 19th-century employees of breweries to free beer during the workday. You’ll find classic cocktails and hardy small plates. Sample a signature cocktail, The Three Emmas, made with Pearl beer, rose cordial, sherry, gin, grapefruit juice, and lemon juice. For small plates, savor the smoked salmon on toast or the local ranch beef burger.

Las Ramblas Restaurant In The Hotel Contessa


In a romantic, riverside setting in the Hotel Contessa, Las Ramblas serves Spanish cuisine and cocktails. For breakfast, I ordered my favorite Migas, a hearty mixture of scrambled eggs, jalapeno sausage, potato, bacon, onions, green peppers, salsa, and queso Fresca with tortillas. For dinner, we start with the short rib empanadas. My husband orders the eight-ounce craft burger with gouda cheese, tomato, crispy onions, arugula, roasted poblano mayo on a brioche bun, with fries or a side salad. After 5:30, you can order signature plates like the 14-ounce mesquite ribeye or the Norwegian salmon, my favorite.

The Cork Bar In The Hotel Contessa


The Cork Bar in the Hotel Contessa offers happy hour daily from 4-7 p.m. We like to get the chicken tortilla soup and the fish tacos. The La Contessa, the signature margarita with Anejo, fresh lime juice, agave, and triple sec is my favorite.

Dorrego’s At The Hotel Valencia


The only Argentinian-inspired eatery with influences from Spain, Italy, and France on the Riverwalk, the restaurant Dorrego’s highlights a Flamenco guitarist Wednesday through Saturday. The empanadas de Carne, flaky pastry fill with braised beef, green olives, carrots, and caramelized onions, is a perfect starter. I like the Pescado del dia, the market fish of the day. Don’t forget to save room for fresh seasonal berries with lemon curd and white chocolate ice cream. I can always find an Argentinian Malbec on the wine list here.

Hotel Emma, 136 E Grayson

Hotel Contessa Luxury Suites On The Riverwalk, 306 W Market Street