Welcome to Helotes

Beautiful natural scenery, modern hilltop homes, and lots of small-town country charm
Tucked away in the Texas Hill Country, Helotes offers a beautiful natural landscape filled with wildlife. It was originally a stagecoach stop between San Antonio and Banderas and was mostly dairy farm country until 1946 when the John T. Floore’s Country Store was constructed. Intended as a grocery store, Floore booked well-known music acts and turned it into a dance hall. It’s widely rumored as the place where Willie Nelson got his start. The dance hall’s popularity attracted other businesses to open in the area, and the town grew.
Helotes was incorporated in 1981, and a lot of housing was added afterward. So you’ll find more modern estates here. They’re usually on large lots surrounded by dense woods and are hidden far back from the streets or within gated communities to offer seclusion and privacy. Some are perched on hilltops and have amazing scenic views. A revitalization project for Old Town Helotes completed in 2011 further spurred development. You’ll find Helotes Creek Winery, Helotes Country Club and Beer Garden, and a couple of antique shops just down the street from the ever-popular John T. Floore’s Country Store, which still hosts famous music acts

What to Love

  • Quiet, secluded neighborhoods
  • Full of small-town charm
  • Newer homes with modern amenities

Local Lifestyle

Helotes definitely has a slower-paced and laid-back vibe. It offers Texas hill country living while only 20-30 minutes from Downtown San Antonio. Residents are friendly and full of small-town hospitality. There are a lot of small, independent businesses supported by the community.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

You’ll find restaurants all along Bandera Road. Saltgrass Steak House is a Texas-themed chain with a meat-centric menu and a full bar. Casa Pasta Italian Restaurant is a local favorite and is highly rated for its delicious food. Osaka Japanese and Sushi serves teppanyaki and sushi. Hoka Hoka Fuku is another Japanese restaurant specializing in ramen and udon noodles. Family-owned El Chaparral Mexican Restaurant is one of the best for Tex-Mex cuisine. For American fare, Jim’s Restaurant offers comfort food and an all-day breakfast.
B-Daddy’s Bbq serves their slow-smoked meats by the pound. They have outdoor seating with picnic tables and a food truck to cater to special events. Bobby J’s serves up creative burgers with lots of toppings and occasionally hosts live music.
For coffee, The Cracked Mug Coffee House is a cozy spot with vegan baked goods. For wine tasting, Helotes Creek Winery offers wines by glass or bottle purchase. Wine 101 is a rustic wine bar and retail shop. They serve tapas-style food and host live music every week. Busted Sandal Beer Garden offers craft beers. For a late night out, Stout House has craft beers and bar games and is open until 2 a.m.
You’ll find national retail chains at Bandera Pointe Shopping Center, including Barnes and Noble, Bath and Body Works, clothing shops, and home goods stores. On weekends, Bandera Market is the local farmers’ market selling fresh produce and artisanal products.

Things to Do

You’ll also find entertainment at Bandera Pointe. Santikos Entertainment Silverado features 16 stadium-style theaters with a complete food and drink menu. Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park have fitness classes, climbing walls, and obstacle courses. To the north of Helotes, Oak Valley Golf Course is a public golf course with a driving range and is the first golf course in South Texas to be fully lit at night. For the adventurer, you can see beautiful views of Helotes from above at Helotes Ziplines. One of the most popular annual festivals in Texas, Helotes Cornyval, has amusement park rides, a rodeo, a pageant, a parade, and live music and attracts 30,000 attendees.


Helotes is served by the Northside Independent School District.

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