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Little Em's Oyster Bar, San Antonio, TX

Little Em's Oyster Bar

4.7
4.7
594 Reviews
$31 to $50
Oyster Bar
Reservations are highly suggested, so give us a call or book on Open Table! We look forward to serving you!✨

Due to the size of our "little" restaurant, we will do our best to accommodate your inside and outside preference, however, your selection is not guaranteed. Thank you for understanding!

Keep on Shuckin'

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Oyster Bar, Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (210) 257-0100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    at Beauregard St

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 594 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Antonio

    Neighborhood Gem

  • San Antonio

    Outdoor Dining

  • San Antonio

    Great for Brunch

  • San Antonio

    Neighborhood Gem

  • San Antonio

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. JB

    JavierB

    Guadalajara

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente comida
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Had a reservation for over a week for a birthday lunch on Sunday & a table inside. We were bumped to 2 barstools & the bar because they booked a large party. Chose to sit outside even though it was very hot with promise to move to a table inside shortly. It never happened. Oysters & they're prices never listed or disclosed. It's an oyster bar???? Service was very slow. Food was okay but WAY overpriced. The best part was the birthday comped lemon tart, it was delicious. Okay meal but had higher expectations and unfortunately disappointed.
  3. m

    maritam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    such a cute atmosphere!! the inside is small (just a few tables) so you can either sit at the bar or eat outside if it’s busy! the server was so sweet and everything on the menu is GREAT.
  4. f

    foodmaniac

    San Antonio

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Went for brunch- again but wanted a cup of coffee at 11:00 a.m. and the waitress told us that "the owner would be coming with the coffee a bit later". If you're spending over 200 dollars for 4 people for brunch, you most definitely should make sure you have coffee for brunch on a saturday morning.
  5. TX

    TXfoodie

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner before concert
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Love this place, great food service needs some work
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We went here last night, what a great place from their outside patio to the pretty bistro feel inside. Since it was 94 degrees, we chose to sit inside, especially with eating oysters although the patio was somewhat cooled. The service was good, but the food is definitely the star. We shared everything from oysters, caviar, mussels, a lobster roll and steak tartare. I highly recommend!!
  8. R

    Rocyo

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best oysters in San Antonio. Must try the hamburger the BEST!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing patio and food.
  10. F

    Fergie73

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this little gem. It is worth the time, money, and experience.
  11. SC

    SarahC

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ahhhhhmazing. Loved it
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed dinner with our grandchildren. KateLynne was a very attentive server.
  13. CP

    CassandraP

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for lunch, had the lobster roll and it was really good!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great knowledge about the menu
  15. SA

    SAFoodie

    San Antonio

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food! The oysters were very fresh. The crudo and pasta were amazing. Definitely recommend.
  16. AS

    AnnS

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, excellent service. Only complaints would be barstools were uncomfortable, and music was played too loud (inside).
  17. AL

    AngelicaL

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and service were amazing. Highly recommend. Nice atmosphere.
  18. UA

    UlisesA

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience
  19. LP

    LisaP

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lobster rolls were amazing and the oysters were fresh. The place was super cute and we had great service. A little pricey but it was worth it.
  20. KR

    KimR

    San Antonio

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful variety of delicious oysters and an amazing lobster roll. Perfect business lunch.
  21. CA

    CarlaA

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the location of this restaurant and the food was delicious. The portions are a tad bit small and the prices are expensive however it’s a great place on special occasions or if you’re craving really good oysters.
  22. PP

    ParkerP

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant with consistently great food and service.
  23. NB

    NoraB

    Austin

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Service was completely lacking. Super disappointing. Food was okay. I feel like they need to go to Clarks or Perlas to see what service should look like. Shrimp linguine was good. But seriously, three small shrimp?
  24. k

    kwbunyap

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great oysters, divine steak tartare, and great wine and beer. Plus, the staff were friendly and knowledgeable. A great experience.
  25. B

    Brittany

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Klarissa was incredible and made our whole evening! The food was fantastic. Ambience lovely. Overall, a great experience.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Didn't have three oysters types. Order from what was remaining. The host came back and said they didn't have my choice as well? Ordered dessert. The host came back and said they didn't have my wife's selection. Please note we made a reservation for 11am, they opened at 11am? My muscles - Super good. Host so so... No apologies for items missing on menu... Nothing. And our anniversary breakfast.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Amazing food and wine. Best oysters ever!
  28. AP

    AshleyP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service with Katlyn was nothing less than amazing. The food was delish, loved the atmosphere. Energy is whatever you want it to be. 100% recommend.
  29. MM

    MattM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time trying oysters and I absolutely loved them! Also our waitress Klarissa was amazing!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant for a special occasion. We were able to book a table under “standard seating” and requested a table because it was our anniversary. The inside is very small and there was a large party taking up most of the tables and one other table already taken. Our only options were to sit at the bar or outside. Not what we were anticipating for our anniversary dinner. We had a drink and an appetizer at the bar and decided to go somewhere else. I would recommend this restaurant for a more casual evening out and during a time of year it’s more comfortable to sit on the patio. The inside is very small and we learned standard seating doesn’t mean you’ll actually get to sit at a table.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Second time at Little Em’s and it was amazing! Service was perfect, food was delicious and ambiance was great. Such a cute and great place! Will definitely be back!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very good birthday celebration
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    My favorite restaurant. Love sitting outside all year round except in 100 plus degree weather that we are experiencing now! Hence we sat inside. I booked a long time in advance. We found it to be a little noisy and had to resort to shouting. Nevertheless it’s still my favorite restaurant in the whole of San Antonio!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience, food is delicious
  35. T

    Talia

    San Antonio

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    No where else in SA compares for oysters--they are truly delicious and worth coming for. However, this is the third time we've been here and had issues with service that I can't overlook. We had a reservation for 2 at 5:15pm to get some wine and oysters before going to dinner for our anniversary. We arrived a couple of minutes early, and at the host stand outside we waited at least 5 minutes for someone to greet us and check us in. Then we were told our table wasn't ready because guests were still finishing...they invited us to wait outside (in 100+ degree heat) for our table--which we had a reservation for--to be ready. Fifteen minutes after our reservation time, we were finally seated...at the bar. This is the second time we've reserved a table to be seated at the bar. I understand it is a tiny restaurant, but online it should indicate bar because when you book a table, you expect a table. Then, we ordered 10 oysters, which took at least 30 minutes to arrive. Again, AMAZING oysters, but there are some elements they really need to work on.
  36. H

    Hungry

    San Antonio

    213 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    213 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Fun trip for lobster rolls after my friend had to cancel her trip to Maine. They did not disappoint. Pretty setting, great lobster roll…we’ll be back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great vibes all around
  38. VH

    VictoriaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve never had an oyster before and these things were amazing. They’re so thorough, they have their location, the batch number, and a very descriptive flavor profile labeled. I can’t even begin to tell you about the lobster roll my husband and I split too. Every bite literally melted in your mouth. My husband is a picky eater and every bite I would look at him to see his eyes widen. We had the best date without kids with some bubbling rose. We will be coming back for sure!
  39. B

    Brittany

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Leaving private feedback :)
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing!!!!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

Little Em's Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 594 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 41 times today
Google Map for Little Em's Oyster Bar

1001 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78210-1109

Additional information

  • Cross street

    at Beauregard St

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Oyster Bar, Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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