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Ácenar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.acenar.com
  • Phone: (210) 222-2362
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

    Bar Hours:

    Fri & Saturday - 2:30pm-1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Richard Sanchez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Call Keith or Kathy or email keith@acenar.com or kathy@acenar.com for more information
  • Entertainment: Happy Hour Available Monday-Thursday 3 to 6 PM. Call for details !!

    Live music varies

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St. Mary's
  • Public Transit: Yes
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Special Valet Pricing at Hotel Valencia next door, Surface Lot, City Garages from $3.00
A word from Ácenar
Welcome to Ácenar Restaurant where tantalizing food, hip design and service with style await you!

Restaurateur Lisa Wong, and her business partner Pete Selig, joined forces in 2005 to launch Ácenar … one of the largest and most innovative contemporary Mexican restaurants and bars on the River Walk. Guests will enjoy a modern take on Texas regional Mexican dishes inspired by the history and heritage of these two cultures.

Her professional team, led by Executive Chef Richard Sánchez - delivers a culinary explosion of bold Latin-infused flavors. Enjoy many fine selections of Gulf fish, crab and shrimp, or piping-hot San Antonio style enchiladas, savory chiles rellenos, sizzling parrilladas, asadas and cabrito —
all made to your satisfaction.

Our multi-level spacious restaurant features floor, balcony and outdoor seating. The interior and exterior reflect colors and designs influenced by Lisa’s Mexican and Asian heritage.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was delicious and our server was wonderful. He was exuberant, excited about the food, and very efficient. We ordered several of his recommendations and enjoyed everything. Although the chips served with the quest are superior to what they serve complimentary with the salsa."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Lovely location on the river which sort of makes up for the average, tourist Mexican food. The little shrimp taco appetizers were delicious, though, and enough for a meal."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Been wanting to try Acenar for quite sometime as I see their lovely patio whenever I am in the area. Went for Culinaria week and enjoyed the meal they presented. The shrimp tacos were some of the best I have ever had and my BF really enjoyed the sopes as well. Jalapeno margarita was delicious. I was disappointed in my entrée combo. The enchiladas were good, rice and beans were bland and the fajitas were just so so. I also did not care for the fact that 20% gratuity was automatically added to our check, I guess this is common practice, but it caught me off guard. Glad I noticed or I might have tipped again. All in all, nice atmosphere, great service, but $114 for Mexican food is a bit much considering all the great choices in San Antonio."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Nothing special, food was just okay. Enchiladas verde rather bland, goat needed to be braised longer."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We made reservations for 10:00 pm, so we were one of the last groups seated before closing. The staff was very nice and accomdating to our group. Food was delicious, and the waiter made out Guacamole right at the table!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We went to San Antonio for the weekend and at the last minute a friend who used to live there recommended this restaurant. We were very glad she did. The service was a tiny bit slow but to the waiters credit he was working several very large tables around us. It was not slow because he was lazy that's for sure, he just had a lot of people to take care of. The food was fantastic and the drinks were great. We would go there again for sure. We had our 12 year old son with us who is a quiet kid. I checked kid friendly because even after 9pm on a Friday night there were tons of small children in there, not all of them quiet. It was kind of a loud atmosphere anyway so it was all bearable."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The food and wait staff were outstanding! Our waiter had excellent suggestions for our dinner. The Chicken Tinga Taco/Chalupa was delicious and light."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "It was our first time visiting the restaurant. Both bar and main dining area were nice. Food was good quality and our waitress was very attentive. We will go again."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We went here with our 3 kids for a late dinner. They had a decent kids menu and we got a free chef appetizer with coupon from their website. I had chicken mole enchiladas and my husband had duck enchiladas. We also got a side of cilantro rice. Everything was very yummy! Drinks were good too, but pricey. Atmosphere was cool and outside seating is right by the river walk. The waiter was friendly and helpful. We would go here again when visiting San Antonio."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We went there with friends and their little daughter, the service was really friendly but not overly attentive. The food was really great - we are from Germany and wanted to give mexican food a try ... and we were not disappointed. The Acenar is located at the famous Riverwalk. Outdoor dining looked really nice, but for us it was simply too hot to sit outside (close to 100°F)."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Fantastic civic he and the oyster appetizer is out of this world!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Great food and service was excellent! If you're looking to have a dinner on the vibrant side of the river, this is not it! If you want great food, this is it! Try the shrimp tacos!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Maybe I ordered the wrong thing on the menu, but the food was nothing special. I can be picky but my husband's not and he wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Stopped in because of a recommendation from a front desk clerk (said it's the only Mexican restaurant she'll eat at on the Riverwalk). Being the first patrons of the day, we didn't have a wait, had our choice of table and the service was quite attentive. Chips were quite tasty as was the salsa. I had the Acenar combo and don't think I'll eat anything else on the menu as it was perfection! Hubby had the chile relleno, which he enjoyed, but he really had his eye on my plate! We'll definitely be back the next time we visit the Riverwalk!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Our out of town guests were so happy that we chose Acenar as our dinner destination.The friendly,helpful,attentive&efficient service from Chris combined with the delicious food made for an enjoyable evening on the Riverwalk.The oysters in my favorite appetizer were quite small but the unique presentation&flavor combination elicited WOWS from our guests.The ladies' palates were equally pleased&impressed with their entress choices of fish tacos&the cochinita en pibil.I branched out from my usual menu choices& tried the recently added jicama shrimp tacos(a bit sweet for me)&the seafood enchiladas(good but would prefer a spicier flavor).Their dessert orders(churritos&tres leches cake)brought smiles,"MMMM's"&VERY happy(& full!)endings!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "First visit. Good food, good setting directly on Riverwalk. Seemed to be a place for any occasion. It was hot outside, 7 pm in July in San Antonio, duh. Sat inside and it was still a little warm. Other than that a delightful evening."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The heated plate was hot... the food wasn't. I mentioned it to our waitress... and just got a "sorry about that"... 3 tries before we got our water glasses refilled. We came for the outdoor dining... but the air conditioning indoors is not up to par. On the good side our mojitos were tasty. But didn't make up for the cold food and mediocre service."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great food with River view outside eating. Loved it"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "we've been here several times and always leave very happy"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I enjoyed my experience at Acenar. Our waiter David was great and offered some really great recommendations for food. He was also very patient with us being that everyone in my party was from out of town and it was our first time at the restaurant. The food came out in a timely manner and was delicious. The only problem I had was that I had to wait 20 min for a table and I had a scheduled a reservation prior."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Fantastic place, the guacamole was so fresh!! Our server was fantastic. We had our two daughters with us and she was so accomidating. She brought out there food first and was sure not to put anything to close our youngest. She had a spoon on hand before I could request it. Made my birthday dinner so memerable."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • " llegue un poco mas tarde de la reserva realizada 8:45"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Thursday night before the July 4th Holiday. We arrived a bit early and were welcomed and immediately seated. Service was excellent as always; however, the food was lacking. Not certain if it is a different kitchen staff or what..... The food was somewhat bland and my fajita meat meat was dry and tasteless. I hope this was an anomaly and that the food will get back to previous levels of excellence."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "After all the positive reviews I had read, I was surprised at the exceedingly poor service and quality of this restaurant. The bar had a strong order of chemical cleaners, as the bartender stood in front of us wringing wet towels out as the dripped on the bar floor. My margarita was terrible, with a strange taste I could not identify. My husband is a very regular drinker of Makers Mark, which he ordered. He knew immediately that the taste was wrong. He identified the mixed flavors as probably Makers and Jim Beam. The waiter was apathetic and sarcastic; the food mediocre. Overall, a sad experience for out first night visiting San Antonio. Do not eat here!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I had the ship tacos and the tuna margarita. The server was charming, the food was delicious and the ambiance was very authentic with a modern twist. Loved it!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Everything was very special. Loved the exotic tacos...I had chicken fried oysters and they were delicious. Would have been even better with a slice of avocado on each one! Very noisy place....had trouble hearing my dinner companions across the table. Location is great...just right for before the Majestic productions."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Have heard many good things about this restaurant but it was my first visit. Being Zagat rated, I was really ready for a great dining experience. My overall opinion was so-so, really nothing special. I found the food under seasoned and selection rather limited. The service was great, but the noise level was overly load and intrusive - I think this was made worse by our location, which was in a corner that amplified the noise. Anyway, the food was ok, but I would not go out of my way to recommend."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "... stay out of the back room if you want to have a conversation during dinner. A couple of large groups downing a couple of raspitas in there and it can get pretty loud... they seriously should look into the acoustics. All in all the food was great (as usual), the location is very convenient if you're headed to the Empire or Majestic, the service is typically very good, as it was on this occasion. Not our first rodeo, we'll go back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This place is a good location for pre-theater dining. Good drinks, good food, good service and close to the Majestic Theater."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We recently had an early dinner at Acenar before a Majestic Theatre performance and had an outstanding experience. I had chosen Acenar based on colleague recommendations and was a little surprised at the negative comments about the service, making me a tad nervous about what we'd encounter. Our waiter - Chris Moore - was really outstanding. He was extremely friendly, attentive but didn't at all hover, had perfect timing for drink refills, and was mindful of our theatre commitment but didn't rush us out, either. The menu offers great twists on and a large variety of Mexican food, including options for vegetarians and the hand shaken margaritas are outstanding. Overall this was superb and we'll definitely return before another downtown event."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The service was fabulous. The guacamole was as good as it gets. The chips are marginal, more like Doritos. I had the roasted pork. The seasonings were very different, but excellent. My buddy had the fried oyster tacos. Smiles from his side of the table."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I've been to Ácenar several times and have always enjoyed our meal and experience dining in this River Walk gem....except this past week. We were seated in the downstairs "back" room...overcrowded with diners and little to no air-conditioning. While the back room was filled to capacity, the main dining gallery was left open, airy, and above all else...cool... An aside note: a nearby quintuplet of women wanted to exit out through the glass doors that lead from the back room to have some photo-taking moments before heading off to see a show....only to be told that the glass doors were locked. That made me quietly nervous as to the lack of exits (one open and one curtained off) into this "back" room."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The atmosphere was alive and vibrant. The menu offered a nice variety of Mexican food and tex-mex style options. Our waiter was very good and kept our drinks full and the food coming, even had delicious homemade and table side made guacamole that had excellent flavor and a kick of lime."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We went to Acenar expecting what a personal recommendation and a review led us to believe: a restaurant on the Riverwalk with reasonably priced exceptional Mexican food with attentive service. I reserved a table and could not wait. Reality: it is ABOVE not on the Riverwalk, a two mile walk on the walk itself, and not in the scenic/romantic part. We expected a reserved table to go with our reservation, we were offered a table behind a column without a view, instead we had to sit indoors next to the exit door with waiters bustling around us. So much for romantic dinner. Food was excellent and menu as promised. Service was not as attentive as I would have expected and slow for beverages, especially from the bar. Mixed experience overall."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Acenar has some of the finest Upscale Mexican dishes in San Antonio. I would rate the filet dish an 8 based on the cut of meat chosen for the filet. It seemed to be a choice cut, rather than prime beef. The flavor was fabulous!! The table-side guacamole is to die for! A word to the wise.....Don't go on a night that coincides with a Majestic Theater production. Although we had reservations for 6:45- we were told it would be a 45minute wait for an outside table.. yuck. Table for 2- 45minute wait- no bueno. All in all, a fine dining experience with a great location- if you choose the right night."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great find! The margaritas are amazing! Right on river walk. And the food was delicious. Went on a Saturday night with a group of 10, and everyone loved it. Also had a Bachelorette party next to us for a lively atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our first dining experience at Acenar was a good one, though the service was a tad lacking. Our food was excellent, as were our margaritas. The service was slow(but it was crowded) and our server forgot several items - our chips and salsa, our tortillas, and one dinner was incorrectly served to our table. The correct plate appeared quickly, however. This being said, I would not hesitate to return because the food was wonderful. Our dinner mates are quite the experts on Tres Leches cake and Acenar's was some of the best they had ever had."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The overall experience has been positive. Food is good but not particularly original. The ambience is very modern and not particularly warm. Average service."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Our waiter was horrible in every way imaginable. We shared our experience with the manager and he comped our two dinners which was generous. He was to address the issue with the waiter so no one else has the experience we did. We've eaten here twice before and service was better. I would not recommend eating outside as the birds are constantly trying to get your food, this time one succeeded!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Nice little restaurant on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Service was excellent, every dish we ordered was well prepared and had a great presentation. Our server made a few recommendatiins which ended up being perfect. Definitely recommend the Crab Tacos, Carnitas, and Beef Tacos. It was so good that we went back two more times this week after the first time. It's all good!!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014