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Fig Tree Restaurant

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$$$$
Downtown
American, French, Contemporary
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515 Villita St, San Antonio, TX 78205
+1 210-224-1976
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6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Whether dining in the cozy interior or on the outdoor villa-style terrace...
Whether dining in the cozy interior or on the outdoor villa-style terrace overlooking the San Antonio River, exquisite food and impeccable service are mainstays of the Fig Tree Restaurant. Crisp linens drape tables set with fine china and sparkling crystal in elegant yet homey surroundings.Delicate, highly composed dishes such as Tournedos Rossini with Perigourdine Sauce, Seared Nori Tempura Yellow Fin Tuna and Cold Water Australian Lobster with Drawn Butter are menu stand-outs. Tableside flamed desserts include Bananas Foster over Vanilla Ice Cream and traditional Baked Alaska.Historically referred to as the Gray-Guilbeau House, the building is named for James Gray and French consul Francois Guilbeau who bought the house from Gray in 1853. The house saw many owners, including the Henshaw family, and was the last of the private dwellings in La Villita.The Phelps family purchased the home in December of 1970 as their personal residence. Visitors to the home were enthralled with its historical significance and ambiance. Prompted by this the family voted to share the house with all, and the Fig Tree Restaurant was born.Mr. and Mrs. Frank Phelps opened the Fig Tree Restaurant on March 17, 1971, and the family has continuously operated the restaurant ever since.We sincerely hope you enjoy this old home and its surroundings as much as those who have lived and dined here in the past.Around the corner from the Hilton Hotel, next to Little Rhein Steak House
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Good for:
Outdoor seating
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 87
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Snobby Hostess

We arrived hungry and around 9:30PM 2-14 and the girl looked at us up and down and said do you have a reservation? The restaurant was freaking empty so I know they were not packed. I am thinking she did not like our comfortable attire shorts and t-shirts. I don't know if I want to try this place... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
alexnelly81
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Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We arrived hungry and around 9:30PM 2-14 and the girl looked at us up and down and said do you have a reservation? The restaurant was freaking empty so I know they were not packed. I am thinking she did not like our comfortable attire shorts and t-shirts. I don't know if I want to try this place out in... More 

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Roxanne H, Event Coordinator at Fig Tree Restaurant, responded to this review

I appreciate your comment. I do apologize for your first experience with our restaurant. Valentine's Day is a tough day to walk in as we were sold out the entire evening and had to turn away many other walk in guests. We had closed our restaurant to reservation dining only that day. As you had walked in 30 minutes to... More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We had a fantastic dinner and evening at the Fig Tree. Although somewhat cozy, the service and the menu were first-rate! Although it was a cold evening and we couldn't sit outside, we were very comfortable in the downstairs dining room.

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Dripping Springs, Texas
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131 reviews 131 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We first ate at the Fig Tree in 1975 (and more than a few times after that date)--it was a great meal then, and little has changed in the 30 some years! That should say a lot! We were here recently for a special function. The food and service made it even more special. The downtown location is almost impossible... More 

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Kansas
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283 reviews 283 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

When visiting San Antonio, we always try to eat here. Last time, it was warmer weather in October, and we had a lovely experience outdoors; but this time, we encountered very cool weather, so we dined inside. We ate early so it was not crowded and we had a nice table by the window. Our server was Mike and he... More 

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Chicago
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We ate at the highest rated restaurants on the Riverwalk and this was the best. It is expensive, but the food is superb, the setting is beautiful, and the service is excellent.

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corpus christi
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We picked the restaurant as a last minute birthday get away. The food and service were amazing. We recommend reservations as we were lucky they had availability.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We searched for romantic dining on the Riverwalk and decided after reading reviews to make a reservation for our anniversary date. We were seated outside on the balcony overlooking the Riverwalk and it was breathtaking. Our waiter Adam was wonderful. From helping us decide on our entrees to refilling our wine glasses, we felt like top priority. The Beef Wellington... More 

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We ate outside over looking the river walk and across from a live performance. Our starters were the soup of the day and escargot basque style. The escargot had a tomato confit, chorizo in a sauce with grilled bread. Having eaten escargot in Paris, this was better. The entres of Beef Wellington and Maple Leaf Duck were wonderful. We had... More 

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Bangor ME
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341 reviews 341 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We dined at Fig Tree on the spur of the moment, and had a nice, if expensive, meal. Even though we arrived just as they opened and most of the tables were vacant, the hostess acted as if we were an imposition. The duck was quite tasty and the lamb was satisfying. Probably the whole experience would have been much... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

They cater to the couple as much add to a party of 12. Attention to detail from beginning to end. The food was impeccable and the staff were attentive. Wine and water glasses were always full. The bananas foster is to die for ;) enjoy your experience.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 515 Villita St, San Antonio, TX 78205
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 210-224-1976

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 70
  • Cuisine: American, French, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

Whether dining in the cozy interior or on the outdoor villa-style terrace overlooking the San Antonio River, exquisite food and impeccable service are mainstays of the Fig Tree Restaurant. Crisp linens drape tables set with fine china and sparkling crystal in elegant yet homey surroundings.Delicate, highly composed dishes such as Tournedos Rossini with Perigourdine Sauce, Seared Nori Tempura Yellow Fin Tuna and Cold Water Australian Lobster with Drawn Butter are menu stand-outs. Tableside flamed desserts include Bananas Foster over Vanilla Ice Cream and traditional Baked Alaska.Historically referred to as the Gray-Guilbeau House, the building is named for James Gray and French consul Francois Guilbeau who bought the house from Gray in 1853. The house saw many owners, including the Henshaw family, and was the last of the private dwellings in La Villita.The Phelps family purchased the home in December of 1970 as their personal residence. Visitors to the home were enthralled with its historical significance and ambiance. Prompted by this the family voted to share the house with all, and the Fig Tree Restaurant was born.Mr. and Mrs. Frank Phelps opened the Fig Tree Restaurant on March 17, 1971, and the family has continuously operated the restaurant ever since.We sincerely hope you enjoy this old home and its surroundings as much as those who have lived and dined here in the past.Around the corner from the Hilton Hotel, next to Little Rhein Steak House
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?