I recently stayed at a week-long getaway at the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch. We soaked up the beauty, enjoyed cooking at home in the kitchen, and went around the lazy river approximately 8,000 times. But while we were there we also wanted to get out and explore San Antonio a bit! While the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch Residence Club isn’t close to downtown San Antonio (that’s the beauty of it - it’s in the stillness and quiet of the western edge of SA!), it is actually near a few fun places to eat. Here are 5 fun restaurants near Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch Residence Club.
5 Restaurants Near Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch
1. ST Donuts
Let’s start with breakfast, shall we? ST Donuts is a counter-service donut shop, but they also offer sit-down options for customers who want to enjoy their food and drinks in-house. The interior design of ST Donuts is your typical mom-and-pop-shop donut store, meaning kind of no-frills and rustic, with wooden tables and chairs. It’s a cozy little spot that’s perfect for those looking to start their day with a cup of coffee and some fresh donuts.
Going to their menu, you can choose from a wide variety of donuts, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and coffee drinks. They also offer gluten-free and vegan options in case you have dietary restrictions.
ST Donuts is a neighborhood favorite and is consistently highly rated on various review platforms like Yelp and Google. Coming from someone who literally just ate at this San Antonio donut shop recently, this cute little donut shop has friendly service and high quality donuts…basically the only two things you need to have to be a good donut shop option. 😉
Be sure to try those glazed blueberry cake cake donuts, a 1/2 dozen of the delicious mini kolaches, and the toasted sandwiches made with jalapeno bread sausage, egg, and cheese.
Also, be sure to check out our epic list of some of the best donuts in San Antonio.
2. Jerk Shack
The Jerk Shack in San Antonio offers a unique and flavorful dining experience that is 100% going to satisfy your taste buds. The restaurant specializes in Caribbean-style cuisine, featuring the famous Jamaican jerk dishes served with rice and beans, plantains, and other flavorful side options. We love their jerk sandwiches and mac and cheese as a side dish. Whether you prefer sit-down service (inside and on the patio) or quick takeout meals, the Jerk Shack has something for you.
The interior of the restaurant is very cute and Instagramable, with colorful murals and paintings depicting scenes from Jamaica. There’s also a mini bar that you could sit at in front of a large open window that adds more natural light inside the restaurant.
The Jerk Shack is a beloved restaurant in San Antonio (even though it’s located on the outskirts of town…lucky for us it's a convenient restaurant near the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch!). It won CultureMap San Antonio Tastemaker Award for the Best New Restaurant of 2019. It was also named the Best New Restaurant by GQ magazine in 2020 and the Best Restaurant by San Antonio Magazine in 2021.
3. Tacos and Chelas Mexican Kitchen
Whether you're looking for a takeout meal or a sit-down meal with friends and family, Tacos and Chelas Mexican Kitchen is the perfect place to satisfy your cravings for delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine. The ambiance of the restaurant is warm and inviting, with brick walls, colorful decor, and traditional Mexican music playing in the background. Oh, and the walls are covered with beautiful murals. The restaurant is located in a basic, no-frills shopping center, but they decorated it really nicely to elevate the dining experience. It’s definitely worth dining in here.
As for the food they provide, Tacos and Chelas specializes in tacos made with authentic Mexican fillings like asador, birria, pastor, carnitas, and homemade salsas. Their menu also includes other classic dishes like Chilaquiles Rojos (smothered with Guajillo sauce, sour cream, two eggs, queso fresco, refried beans, and papas bravas on the side.) In addition to their delicious food, they also offer a wide selection of drinks, including coffee, tea, Agua Frescas, and other Mexican sodas.
Tacos and Chelas Mexican Kitchen has gained a loyal following among locals and tourists alike, thanks to their friendly service and consistently good food.
And if you’re willing to travel a bit from the Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch and discover other parts of San Antonio, here are some of the best tacos restaurants around the city.
4. El Bucanero
El Bucanero is a very fun little seafood restaurant near Hyatt Wild Oak Ranch in San Antonio. This is definitely a restaurant where you’ll want to enjoy a leisurely dine-in meal (because seafood to-go just doesn’t quite hit just right…) El Bucanero is vibrant and lively, with bright colors on the walls and energetic music playing in the background.
The menu at El Bucanero really has an impressive selection of traditional Mexican dishes perfect for lunch and dinner, ranging from traditional fish tacos to Filete de Pescado (tilapia fish filet), or enchiladas with queso fresco with rice, beans, and salad. Looking for some good drinks? Their bar has a full liquor license, so you can get chelas + micheladas, wine, margaritas + cocktails, spirits, and other house favorites.
El Bucanero won the Blue Plate Award in 2019 for serving the best festive and delicious seafood dishes, and it was also named one of the best seafood restaurants in San Antonio by the San Antonio Express-News. They have also been featured on various food blogs and television shows, further solidifying their reputation as a must-visit spot for seafood lovers in San Antonio.
5. Taste Of Thailand Restaurant
Sometimes you just need a good, basic, take-out Thai restaurant nearby for those nights when you want to hang out at home and eat Pad Thai on the couch while you watch amovie. Taste Of Thailand offers both sit-down and take-out service for their delicious and authentic Thai cuisine. If you choose to dine-in, you’ll be greeted with a pleasant and cozy ambiance that sets the tone for an enjoyable dining experience. The interior of the restaurant is decorated with traditional Thai art and furniture.
Going to the menu, they offer a wide variety of dishes, including classic Thai favorites like Green Curry served with coconut milk, carrot, bell pepper, basil, bamboo & eggplant, and steamed rice; and of course, you’ve got to try their Pad Thai with stir-fried rice noodles, egg, bean sprouts, green onion, peanut, and lime on the side. It’s their best seller for a reason!
Taste Of Thailand is a local favorite Thai restaurant for its exceptional service and solid Thai take-out options. Granted, it’s not going to blow you away with a groundbreaking gastronomic experience. But when you’re tired of cooking at home in your vacation rental and you just want a yummy takeout meal, Taste Of Thailand is a must-visit restaurant for anyone who loves Thai food and wants to experience authentic flavors in a very welcoming atmosphere.
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