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The 15 Best American Restaurants Near Universal City

Updated: July 5, 2022

Looking for Universal City’s best buffalo wings or spiciest chili? These are the American spots doing it best. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. From plates of Pacific seafood to bowls of mac and cheese these are the best American venues Universal City has to offer.

Find the perfect American restaurant

Bubba's 33

American, $$, Universal CityAmerican, $$Universal City
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Chester's Hamburgers

American, $$, Universal CityAmerican, $$Universal City
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

Holy Crab

Creole, $$, Universal CityCreole, $$Universal City
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 3.0

If you travel further

Elders Family Restaurant

Creole, ConverseCreoleConverse
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0

Kindling Texas Kitchen

American, $$, CiboloAmerican, $$Cibolo
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

jacked! Potato

New American, $, ConverseNew American, $Converse
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Abel's Diner

American, $, SchertzAmerican, $Schertz
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Biff Buzby's Burgers

American, $$, Live OakAmerican, $$Live Oak
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • SA Current, 2021

    All of the 3rd Annual San Antonio Burger Week's bingeworthy eats

    SA Current, 2021
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

    22 Best Burgers in San Antonio, Texas

    Vacation Idea, 2021

RD's Burgers

American, $, CiboloAmerican, $Cibolo
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Mako's On The Creek

New American, $$, CiboloNew American, $$Cibolo
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Anchor Bar-Schertz

American, $$, SchertzAmerican, $$Schertz
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0

Willie's Grill & Icehouse

American, $$, SchertzAmerican, $$Schertz
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 3.5

54th Street Restaurant & Drafthouse

American, $$, Live OakAmerican, $$Live Oak
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Hat Creek Burgers Live Oak

American, $$, Live OakAmerican, $$Live Oak
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

Moody's BBQ

American, $$, ConverseAmerican, $$Converse
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

How does it work?

Finding the best American restaurant for you shouldn’t feel like a second job. We looked at Yelp and Google’s ratings for 6852 spots across Universal City, analyzed 823905 restaurant reviews, and sifted through 747 lists and articles from the likes of Vacation Idea and SA Current – applying our boam magic to sift through results. These top contenders have appeared in Vacation Idea - 22 Best Burgers in San Antonio, Texas and SA Current - All of the 3rd Annual San Antonio Burger Week's bingeworthy eats. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their updated available services, so you can actually enjoy the food we show. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Most common questions

Arby's is a vegetarian-friendly American restaurant in Universal City.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is the highest-rated American restaurant for dessert in Universal City.

Birotes Restaurant And Bakery, Bubba's 33, and Chester's Hamburgers are some of the highest-rated late-night American spots in Universal City.

Bubba's 33, Chester's Hamburgers, and Mulligans Grill are the highest-rated American restaurants that are good for groups in Universal City.

Bubba's 33, Chester's Hamburgers, and Mulligans Grill are the highest-rated American restaurants for take-out in Universal City.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair Margarita with grilled burger

    A grilled burger can be tricky to find a cocktail pairing for. We would suggest trying Margarita. It will pair nicely with the food and complete the meal thanks to its sweet.

  • Kentucky 75 and fried chicken


    When considering how to best enjoy your fried chicken, we would highlight how well a glass of Kentucky 75 complements the dish as it cuts the fat of the fried skin.


  • Pair heavy meat dish with Vieux Carre

    To elevate your heavy meat dish experience, we recommend some Vieux Carre to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this cocktail cuts through the heaviness of the dish.

Fun facts

  • A killer pairing

    One should always compliment their food with a drink that doesn't take away from the meal. If it’s mac and cheese you’re eating, we recommend pairing it with a Spanish granache. The ripe, fruity sweet flavors of the Spanish granache won’t detract from the flavors of your mac and cheese.

  • A day for hot dog-lovers

    Be ready for July 23. It’s National Hot Dog Day in The United States.

  • The Chicago Hot Dog Festival

    Perhaps you want to try something new out, have you considered a Chicago Hot Dog Festival? Give it some thought. Every year in Chicago, Illinois, thousands of people attend the festival, adding to the appeal of the already charming city.

Parking tips

Getting a good parking spot in Universal City can be tough, and it’s worse if you’re hungry. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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