Ocho is a Cuban/Mexican restaurant on the riverwalk in San Antonio. They have some of the best food in town for brunch or any other time of day.

Ocho San AntonioOcho is a Cuban Tex-Mex restaurant on the San Antonio river walk inside Hotel Havana. And so far it is the best meal I have ever had in San Antonio and I’ve had lots of meals I love in San Antonio.

Ocho is not located on the main part of the riverwalk, but is within walking distance from the main area. Plus, they have ivy all over the walls, making it a great place to take a photo. We were staying at the Omni La Mansion and it was an easy walk from there. If you are staying further out like the popular Hotel Emma, you will need to catch an Uber. It’s way too far. 

I ask the waiter how they came up with the name. She said that the owner saw two matching signs at a garage sale that said Ocho. The owner bought them and named the restaurant Ocho. (I’m not kidding.)


We kicked off our meal with coffee and cocktails. To be honest, it is the food that is the stand out here, not the cocktails. They weren’t bad, but they were not great either. We tried mimosas, mojitos, and the Santiago Painkiller.

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This restaurant is cool looking and oddly enough they have some goldfish living here. img 7653 2

We kicked off our meal with a couple of appetizers. The Havana papas braves were superb.

TOSTONES: Twice Fried Plantains served with Roasted Tomato Garlic Aioli

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HAVANA PAPAS BRAVAS: Harissa Aioli, Roasted Poblano, Caramelized Onion, Queso Fresco

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For the main course we got one of the sandwiches – the Cubano. img 7655 1

I got dessert for my main course the BANANA BREAD FRENCH TOAST with vanilla ice cream, cajeta, and candied pecans. It was so good I almost started crying. I am not really a crier, but dang this was so good. Sadly, I could not finish it all.

Ocho San Antonio - Banana Bread French Toast

And of course we are in San Antonio so we got the Churros. img 7657They are open 7 days a week. Sunday – Thursday, 7am – 10pm, Friday & Saturday, 7am – 12am and Saturday & Sunday Brunch, 7am – 1pm.

Happy hour is Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 6 pm.

Happy hour snacks:

  • Albondigas Cubanas, $5
  • Huitlacoche Quesadilla, $5
  • Spicy Mushroom Tacos, $5

Happy hour drinks:

  • Shiner, $3
  • Stella Artois, $4
  • Dos XX, $4
  • Mojito, $5
  • Havana Margarita, $6
  • Barone Fini Pinot Grigio, $4
  • Segura Brut Rose, $4
  • Xploaror Cabernet Sauvignon, $4

To see where else we ate while in San Antonio check out my San Antonio Travel Guide; Where to Stay, Where to Eat, and What to Do!

Where is your favorite place to eat in San Antonio?