Chef Alfredo Barrios, a California native moved to San Antonio in 2005 to find a new place called home, and raise his family, while continuing to hone his craft  and fulfill his culinary dream: to establish a destination for fine cuisine in the heart of San Antonio.

Preserving historical value from its 1920’s building and cohesively lending way to its pre-prohibition era speakeasy bar, De Novo is a fresh farm-to-table restaurant for both locals and visiting guests from the hotel.

Chef Alfredo Barrios, CEC, CCA made a career move to helm the food and beverage program at the Riverwalk Plaza Hotel, with the desire to preserve classic French technique in a modern, and relaxed, environment that is reflected in both the dining room, and in the food.

Just steps away of the Bexar County Courthouse, De Novo is Chef Barrios’ flagship restaurant paying homage to his roots of French cuisine, but with a Californian spirit driven by the freshest and best ingredients prepared meticulously for his dinners.

It is the epicenter of cutting edge cool, and hip, where the elegant décor matches the gorgeous food. The dining room is in an extraordinary setting, where modern glamour runs head first into every cleverly situated, and intimate, table.

In keeping with the restoration’s marriage of past and present, the menu is fun and sophisticated, with surprisingly affordable prices.

To create the desired fresh and healthy dishes, De Novo sources ingredients like:

  • Locally sourced certified organic produce
  • Grass-fed certified akaushi beef
  • Free-range chicken
  • Texas hill country free-range quail
  • Wild, line caught Texas Gulf seafood
  • Hand-selected fruits to make fresh squeezed juices
  • Hand-selected, to-order, hydroponic lettuces

De Novo is a fun place to visit , join us for breakfast or lunch; situated just a brisk walk from the main Riverwalk attractions.