What You'll Get
If history has taught humankind anything, it's that meals are usually best when they can be brought fresh to the table, instead of plated inside FedEx boxes and delivered by servers wearing cement block shoes. Dine on fare that retains its temperature with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $50 worth of dinner cuisine Sunday through Thursday, or $20 for $40 worth of fare Friday and Saturday, at Silo Elevated Cuisine & Bar in Alamo Heights.
A stylish interior welcomes guests at Silo, where myriad dinner menu items are infused with fresh ingredients. Edible appetizer arrangements include chicken fried oysters paired with sautéed spinach and applewood smoked bacon, tart apples, and whole grain mustard hollandaise ($11) and a caesar salad with foccacia croutons ($8). A bevy of fresh seafood, meats, and other options round out main courses, with choices such as vegetarian risotto ($17) and seared sea scallops with sautéed spinach and saffron beurre blanc ($28).
Texas Monthly reviewed Silo Elevated Cuisine & Bar, and Zagat reviewers praise it. Frommer's very highly recommends the restaurant; 80% of more than 410 Urbanspooners recommend Silo, and OpenTable reviewers give it an overall average of 4.4 stars.
- After ogling the live-music lounge downstairs, my friends and I stepped into the dining room, a minimalist study in black and white illuminated by crystal chandeliers and silvery globes. Ooh-la-la. The effect was so à la mode that when we finally got around to scanning the menu, we were pleasantly surprised to find many old favorites, including the deservedly famous chicken-fried oysters. – Patricia Sharpe, Texas Monthly
- In contrast with many other chic restaurants that try to get attention by creating fanciful sounding dishes with a "cutting-edge" use of ingredients, Silo quietly goes about its business, focusing on creating dishes that satisfy the palate and deliver something new. The last couple of meals I had here were perfect. – Frommer's
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 30, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per table. Valid for Alamo Heights location only. Reservations required; subject to availability. Valid for dinner only. Dine-in only. Not valid for prix fixe menu. Not valid for alcohol. Not valid on holidays. Must use in 1 visit. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Silo Elevated Cuisine
Considering the farm-inspired name and the refined dining rooms—white tablecloths, towering wooden wine racks holding bottles filled from carefully polished grapes—you could be forgiven for assuming that Silo Elevated Cuisine is a steakhouse. But a look at the dishes emerging from the kitchen reveals a less-predictable beast. On a menu that stars Silo's signature chicken-fried oysters, sources of gastronomic inspiration range from southern (applewood-smoked bacon, shrimp-and-andouille white-cheddar grits) to European (red-wine and cognac sauces), with more than a dash of Asian influence.
This is especially apparent in seafood dishes—crusted with Sichuan peppercorn or sesame seeds—and duck, served with five-spice seasoning or in spring rolls. Accordingly, Frommer's has hailed the restaurant as "one of the best places for fine dining when you want something other than French food." The original Alamo Heights location was joined by a new outpost in 2007, whose space Texas Monthly called a "minimalist study in black and white illuminated by crystal chandeliers and silvery globes."