San Antonio lies in south-central Texas and is home to a number of food chains, from casual family restaurants to luxury fine-dining establishments. When it comes to the construction, renovation, or remodeling of these structures, a business owner will require the services of the best contractors in the Lone Star State.
To help with that search, we have put together the following list of the top tier restaurant contractors. We have also ranked each one according to a number of factors, including industry reputation, client feedback, awards received, accreditations, certifications, and company history.
13) Batchelder Construction
6804 West Ave., San Antonio, TX 78213
The company Batchelder Construction runs on a “work hard and be nice to people” ethos, a mindset that has proven fruitful and paved the way to success for two decades. The company strongly values client relationships. It fortifies such bonds on a level that leads to clients coming back to the firm, a sign that is good for business and reputation. Decades of experience helped hone the firm’s building prowess and allowed it to produce structural output that meets contemporary construction standards.
Restaurants constructed by the firm have an exemplary structure with relaxed layouts. Tius Steppis, a local Italian Osteria, is one of Batchelder’s completed projects with a cool modern set-up. Its welcoming atmosphere mixed with classic structural and aesthetic beauty makes it a great place to dine in.
12) Huband-Mantor Construction, Inc. (HMC)
43000 IH-10 West Boerne, TX 78006
Being a custom home builder and general contractor lets Huband-Mantor Construction (HMC) offer a plethora of services to all their of their clients. The company’s catalog of projects displays a diverse lot of buildings from various sectors, ranging from medical facilities to retail buildouts. The company involves homeowners and business-owners from day one, integrating every little detail into the plan to promote a hassle-free and harmonious building process.
Exceeding expectations and delivering quality construction has always been HMC’s goal for every project and rave reviews from clients prove that it succeeds in that regard. Clients consistently shower praise on the company’s tremendous work and, due to the positive feedback, referrals have become a common part of the firm post-construction.
11) Ward Contracting
| 22211 IH-10 W, STE 1206, San Antonio, TX 78257
For fifteen productive years, Ward Contracting has been a staple of the Texas commercial construction landscape, building top-notch projects all around the state. The firm is committed to finishing build outs on time and within budget as well as prioritizing the safety of everyone involved in each project. The company completes all interior work including electrical and woodwork.
Restaurant projects by the firm evoke a rich, lively ambiance due to crisp construction and design. One such project, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, is a casual diner with colorful retro interiors and a lovely brick facade. Ward’s projects from other markets include office establishments, medical facilities, and financial institutions.
10) Sandoval Contracting
| 5727 Kenwick St., San Antonio, TX 78238
High-quality construction has been the core of the Sandoval Contracting business since its inception in 2007. The San Antonio-based commercial construction firm specializes in both remodeling and ground-up construction, boasting a portfolio of projects both big and small. The company offers construction services around the Metropolitan area, showcasing outstanding work in the hospitality, industrial, and retail sectors.
Client-based community sites have given Sandoval top ratings, and they have logged zero complaints about the firm. It also holds membership in the Hispanic Contractors Association, a group that upholds the expansion and advancement of the minority, women, and veteran-owned contracting community.
9) Leonard Contracting, Inc.
| 16010 University Oak, Suite #100, San Antonio, TX 78249
Award-winning San Antonio firm Leonard Contracting has been a construction stalwart since it was established in 1986. With a team of well-trained and accredited builders on its team, clients can rest assured that the enterprise will take care of business with maximum efficiency. The company implements build and design services around South and Central Texas, working with commercial and private sectors in the area.
With construction as its forte, Leonard has been quite successful in its decades-long run, racking up accolades left and right for its work from groups such as Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)’s national and local chapters. Giving back to the community is also a large part of what makes the firm remarkable: its president Mike Leonard is an active volunteer in nonprofit groups including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Home for Our Troops.
8) O’Haver Contractors
| 12831 O’Connor Road, San Antonio, TX 78233
For more than two decades and counting, O’Haver Contractors has been a prime player in the Texas construction landscape. The commercial general contractor offers its services to both private and public sectors with completed work ranging from small-scale buildings to hundred-million-dollar projects. The company boasts a strong catalog of high profile clients and sponsorships and has a massive, well-decorated resume.
A strong sense of customer service motivates the company’s operation. O’Haver aims to handle everything on behalf of the client from subcontractors to specialist collaborations. A keen eye on project planning and manpower management also allows the firm to pinpoint areas that could hinder a project, thus eliminating issues before they become problems, and the result is a smooth construction process.
7) Stalwart Contracting
| 1927 Sable Lane, San Antonio, TX 78217
Locally-owned and operated Stalwart Contracting is a general contracting firm that operates in commercial markets. On the restaurant front, its work encompasses fast dining and luxury restaurant establishments. As formidable as its name, and as Texas as they come, the company applies a proactive approach to its projects until completion and executes construction with absolute precision.
Stalwart holds membership in numerous associations which include the ABC, The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), and The American Institute of Architects (AIA). Positive feedback fill its reviews folio, feedback that commends the firm’s outstanding work and client service as well as underlining the firm’s integrity and dependability.
6) Urbano Design and Build
| 7744 Broadway #103, San Antonio, TX 78209
Creative designs and top-notch construction serves as the foundation of Urbano Design and Build’s success within the industry. With two decades of experience in the field, Lori Urbano and her team of qualified craftspeople have mastered every facet of construction from commercial renovations to residential remodeling. Repeat clients are abundant in Urbano’s contracts, which can be attributed to the expert handling of each project from the drafting stage up to the finishing touches.
This esteemed company is a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Greater San Antonio Builders Association, and the Texas Association of Builders. Grunge-glam closely defines the interior aesthetic of the featured Battalion Restaurant project, an interesting establishment built from the skeleton structure of a former fire station. The rough, barely painted surfaces are complemented by luxury furniture and fixtures to create a unique ambiance.
5) Guido Construction
| 8526 Vidor Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78216
Tom Guido, the founder of Guido Construction: “to see what is, to see what was, is only half as great a triumph as to see what could be.” The company has been running strong for more than 90 years, a testament to its business savvy and a strict implementation of Guido’s words, one where the vision of a completed project is not just a notion but a guaranteed promise to its clients. Its dedication to building exquisite structures has made it one of the best construction firms in San Antonio.
The company has received a number of accolades during its tenure, including the Associated General Contractors of America’s Project of the Year Awards, Golden Trowel Awards, and Downtown Alliance Best Awards. Guido Construction has also completed several energy efficient projects that have been recognized by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
4) Better Built Enterprises
| 1123 West Blanco, San Antonio, TX 78232
With 41 years of experience as a construction firm, Better Built Enterprise showcases a huge number of restaurant projects in its portfolio. These establishments come from renowned international and local brands such as McDonald’s, Olive Garden, and Tom’s Ribs. The goal of delivering quality construction serves as the framework of the company’s mission statement, as Better Built Enterprises strives to deliver the best possible project to its customers within an established timeframe and budget.
The featured project is a Red Robin branch in the San Antonio area. It is a casual dining restaurant that follows a standard layout set by the food chain. Though uniform in design, its interiors and structures are constructed to perfection by Better Built Enterprises. Aside from restaurants, the firm has also completed financial institutions, church buildings, and convenience stores.
3) Jordan Foster Construction
| 29250 Old Fredericksburg Road, Suite 108, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 78015
Financial prowess, field experience, and a roster of qualified employees serve as the bedrock of Jordan Foster Construction’s foundation. Like its long-lasting industry contemporaries, the synthesis of a streamlined management process and optimal construction quality, as well as strong client relationships, elevated the firm into its current elite status. Its high regard for customer satisfaction and tremendous design-build work has placed it among the top companies in the Texas area.
Several publications have ranked the firm among the best construction firms nationwide. Multifamily Executive Magazine has placed Jordan Foster as the seventh largest multifamily general contractor in the country while Engineering News-Record (ENR) ranked it as the ninth best hotel construction firm and the 140th largest general contractor in the nation.
2) Sabinal Group
| 237 W. Travis, San Antonio, TX 78205
Minority-led firm Sabinal Group offers 50 years of combined field experience that has molded the firm into a construction juggernaut in the state. Aside from commercial construction, the group also handles other aspects of a project firsthand from negotiations to inspections. The firm is a member of the ABC and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program (ABLDP).
The firm has completed projects in a variety of sectors including the retail and medical markets. In the restaurant department, the company has completed fine dining and casual establishments. San Antonio’s Down on Grayson restaurant is an 8,200-square foot ground up construction by Sabinal Group. The restaurant’s interior and design, which have also been completed by the firm, exude a cozy, lavish vibe with just the right amount ornamental elegance.
1) Metropolitan Contracting
| 990 Isom Road, San Antonio, TX 78216
Uncompromised expertise in building structures and client relationships has been the cornerstone of Metropolitan Contracting’s empire for thirty years. The company takes pride in its constantly evolving construction abilities and stays ahead of the curve when it comes to industry innovations. As an ABC member, the firm has worked with clients all over the Texas region, both big and small.
Accolades earned by the company include awards from the Regional Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction and the San Antonio Business Journal’s Building San Antonio Awards. Featured is Texas’ first Eggspectation restaurant, a ground-up construction by Metropolitan that covers a 5,591-square foot area. Its contemporary interiors feature a dazzling design complete with quaint outside patios and a full bar. The sophisticated layout of the establishment bounces off well against the industrial design, offering an atmosphere fit for both casual and professional meetings.