Chicago has the Sears Tower and New York has the Empire State Building, most cities have their iconic tall buildings. San Antonio is no different but theirs is in tower form ... Tower of the Americas to be exact. This 750-foot-tall tower was built as the theme structure of the 1968 World's Fair, HemisFair '68. You can pay to go up to the observation deck for sure but when we found out about the Chart House Restaurant we were all over that. Why pay to just go to the observation deck when you can have lunch and the view too?
The Chart House gives spectacular views as the restaurant rotates one full rotation every hour. Both Kevin and I were surprised at just how fast the rotation was. We were expecting not to be able to tell at all that it was moving but you can definitely see it moving. The food is just as good as the views. We both enjoyed some of the iconic seafood dishes as well as splurging on the totally indulgent must have dessert, Hot Chocolate Lava Cake. While the luscious seafood does come with a steeper price there is a well priced Happy Hour menu that can be enjoyed with the great views on a weeknight.
We really enjoyed the meal and the entire experience! Although near the end Kevin was feeling the rotation a little too much. Our booth was this odd little corner one tucked right against the window, it was one of the best seats in the place! I wish I had gotten a photo.
My crab topped salmon was insane. I wanted to lick the plate it was so good! Kevin really enjoyed his as well, it was an avocado pico topped fish.
Now for the part you've been waiting for ... the view! These were all taken from our table.
The park that the Tower of the Americas sits in is just as lovely as the view from the table. We enjoyed walking around after lunch for a while. We saw a cute duck family and even some crazy characters!