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Esquire Tavern

Esquire Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://esquiretavern-sa.com
  • Phone: (210) 222-2521
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:45pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:45pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:45pm Bar is open from 11AM - 2AM daily
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Chef Brooke Smith & Master Barman Jeret Pena
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St. Mary
  • Public Transit: Conveniently located in downtown on the San Antonio River, The Esquire Tavern is within walking distance from most major hotels. In addition, The Esquire is serviced by the Yellow Line Downtown Trolley conveniently located at the corner of Commerce and St. Mary’s fifty feet from our front door.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The Esquire Tavern is encircled by four parking garages and various street lots, the closest being one half block east, the Market Street Garage across from the Westin Hotel with entrances on East Commerce and Market streets. One block further East on East Commerce and Presa is the City Garage. To the West, The Rand Parking Garage on Soledad and Houston and to the North, the College Street Garage at College and St.Mary’s St.
A word from Esquire Tavern
Located in the heart of downtown, The Esquire Tavern is the oldest bar on the San Antonio Riverwalk, opened the year, month and day that Prohibition was repealed. Tending bar in the early days was a highly prized and much sought after craft. Bar keeps then created many of their own syrups, mixes and concoctions and used the freshest of juices with the intention of serving the best products. We at the Esquire have taken a serious approach to the old world of bartending and spun it with a modern twist. Combining classic techniques and new world flavors and culinary concepts, our goal is to lead and set San Antonio's emerging cocktail culture on the map.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great place for drinks & happy hour. Not really recommended as a family dining locale."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The food & drinks were fantastic (ceviche, deviled egg, bison burger); the service was a little slow and disjointed, granted it was Saturday 7:30pm. We sat on the balcony so the view was incredible view."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great burgers! I was in SA for a conference and found Esquire Tavern on Yelp. Great find. My last meal in SA and it was awesome. Four others I was with all loved their meals. Two had the chile rellenos and said it was the best they had ever had. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This is the Restaurant that wears the Big Silver Star. The others in the surrounding area are merely deputies, each offering a bit of something good (mostly), but they all answer to this Oldest Bar on the Riverwalk that has EVERYTHING in comparison (great food and service, excellent prices even in this touristy town, ambiance and complete unique character). It's accessible without wait by using OpenTable for Reservations. I only wish we had just one more day to have another meal here. We indulged in drinks, a fried pickles appetizer (homemade pickles, yum), and some of the best beef burgers and sandwiches that we have encountered anywhere in a very long time. Don't miss the opportunity to grab a bite here! Incredible to say the least. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Has a quiet and cozy feel to it. The service was good and the food and drinks were amazing. Can't wait to go back and try more off the menu."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We were in San Antonio for an anniversary weekend and the Esquire was another great meal of many. Shrimp cocktail, empanadas, meatloaf sandwich were all to die for. Specialty cocktails galore. Joe was a wonderful server with suggestions. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great bar with pub grub. Service was attentive and friendly. On a beautiful location on a quieter part of The Riverwalk. Recommend getting reservations as it can get very busy"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The shrimp toast was AMAZING! It sounds weird but believe me, as a Foodie, this dish is well worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Recommend anyone wait for balcony seating to be available"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "I guess you can't expect too much from a tavern/pub, but I expected better service. The food was surprisingly good, but the service was indifferent at best, and sometimes even slightly rude. I would not go back for dinner, but I might if all I wanted was a drink and an appetizer."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Nice spot for a casual lunch- service was laid-back - that can be fine when you know that going in to your meal."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We loved our experience! Food was fantastic, and so was the ambiance. I think our particular server could have been more attentive. We are definitely going back for the food!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our meal was exactly what we wanted. The Esquire prides itself on its cocktails. We arrived during happy hour and sampled the old fashioned. It was delicious. We both had a hanger steak salad and shared the shrimp toast. The salad was very good. There was plenty of meat for a lighter dinner. The shrimp toast was a first for us and it was delicious. The magic of the evening was stepping back out onto the riverwalk and strolling along the river in the twinkly lights. Great location and great food and drinks."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Our experience at The Esquire was wonderful. We were seated on their small balcony overlooking a quiet stretch of the Riverwalk and had a couple of their vintage cocktails before dinner. We opted for a "tapas-like" dinner because so many of their apps sounded too good to decide between. The deviled eggs and chips with Texas onion dip were delish! I particularly liked the tacos con papas...yum! We then split a grilled pimento cheese sandwich that was equally tasty. All in, the food and the ambiance were fantastic. I would have given 5 stars except for one detail. The table we were sitting at had a film on it that stained my husband's brand new shirt as he rested his elbows on it. It seems they just need to replace the few outside tables."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We were on large table., 10 people, we mainly had beers and some drinks. The service was good, fast, so I would definitely recomend this place."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We arrived at the Esquire early for our 6:30 reservations. We got our drinks and appetizers after a long wait, but after two hours we still didn't have our dinners. We were never offered an explanation. They kept telling us our meals were almost ready. Finally at 8:30 when they said it would be ten more minutes, we left. The appetizers we received were nothing special. The drinks they offered us as consolation for the long wait tasted like fruit punch. I can't remember ever having as disappointing a restaurant experience."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Went on a Sunday night while in town. To our surprise, we were only offered the "late night" limited menu at 8:30pm. And to top it off, they didn't have a few things on the menu! San Antonia May not be NYC, but we didn't think 8:30 fell into the definition of late night!! That said, burgers were good, fries were excellent, and a very cool space. I'd go back. Try it!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "It was my first time to visit. I was super excited and it didn't let me down one bit. Great staff, amazing drinks, and incredible food! You may not find your classic cocktail here, but the experimenting is half the fun. If you don't like experimenting you can always have beer or wine or whatever. Such fun!!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Walking into the door I felt like we took a step back in time! The staff was dressed in classy tavern style attire, the main light for out table was an oil lamp, and the light bulbs in the few lights they did have looked like Thomas Edison made them himself. It was a perfect look. The manager took time to wait on us and make suggestions since we made a reservation. He even made me a custom cocktail! (It was amazing) My husband tried something called pimm's cup. I have never hear of a drink using ginger, he loved it though!! I doubt he'll find something he likes that much again! The food was not what you would expect! I expected greasy bar food but I was shocked when the manager suggested the best deviled eggs I have ever had!!!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Slow service, dark room (insufficient lighting), good but not great food"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We waited for an hour to get our food, never got it. We ended up paying for our drinks and leaving. The waitress did not deserve the tip, but we did not want to wait any longer to receive our change."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "The menu at the Esquire is not the biggest you will find, so if you're wanting to look over 15 pages of food items you're going to be disappointed. The food here, however, is awesome, the people are friendly, and accommodating. Great place to eat and drink before heading to the theater."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "No problems with the reservation. We were running late and I called to let them know; we actually arrived about 20 minutes past our reservation and they saved our table for us. We went early and I am glad we did because it was standing room only by the time we left. Great cocktails and food. The menu was slightly outdated as some of the cocktails were no longer available--not really an issue since the menu is so extensive and there are plenty of other things to order. Also our server told us that there is a limited quantity of a few of the food items listed and they tend to run out early. Again, not a problem for us since we went early. Overall we had a great time at the Esquire Tavern!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Esquire is not a place to go to for the food. It is a big dark bar with live music. When I say dark it is really dark - I had to use my phone to read the menu. The shrimp toast was a sugar fest. The fried shrimp sandwich was OK. They were "out" of mashed potatoes, so I tried the chili slaw which seemed to be just cole slaw with jarred chili powder stirred in, yuck. Wine by the glass a little pricey. I'm not against live music, but these guys never took a break in approximately two hours, wow. Fortunately they were not at all too loud."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Went for lunch with a group. Staff was very accommodating and friendly. Food was excellent - most of us got the bison burger which was juicy and flavorful. We also gots some appetizers of fried pickles which were also cooked perfectly. Would definitely come back, especially at night to hang out at the bar. Very unique and different."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We really appreciate that all food is made in house. It was fab! We have sent several people over for dinner. Only complaint at night it isjust a little too dark. But will go back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "was an amazing place to bring friends and family. we enjoyed the food and drinks very much!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The food is fantastic! My only critique is that it's slightly too dark and it's hard to see your food to eat it!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The food and ambience were a step up from the other joints along San Antonio's riverwalk. The Esquire had a nice selection of local beers and craft cocktails. The food was better than average bar food, with some Texas spice thrown in, even the mashed potato had a kick. Too bad our server - who had been great - neglected to remove a $25 copper cup charge from our bill. I still don't think the restaurant has reversed that charge. A second bill was run through, almost doubling our total for light dinner and drinks to over $150."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "While the food was competently prepared, it was nothing special. The Chili Salt Fries were overcooked. The Bison Burger was on par with those I've had at Red Robin. The only redeeming feature was the Tres Leches Cake, although mine was absent the strawberries and candied pecans as billed. Don't go out of your way for this venue."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Food interesting and good...server very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the history of the place...atmosphere dark with candles...fun on the Riverwalk!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Upon arriving to the restaurant we noticed immediately that it was very dark. The only light in the place are the small gas lamps on the table which you need to bring towards you to not only read the menu, but also see what you are eating. The fried pickles were amazing, the jalapeño burger was delicious and the pulled pork was savory. The selections of drinks were great too. We just wish we could see everything!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "You can't beat the drink menu and the knowledgable staff. Best bar food in town hands down. Just greasy enough to make the fries taste good but not so much that your burger bun is soggy if it sits for a few minutes. BEST FRIED PICKLES IN SAN ANTONIO."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great find, hidden away on the river walk Esquire's dark earthy ambience gives off an almost prohibition like old school feel. Great cocktails and surprisingly diverse entree menu the food was impressive. A smaller area overall esquire offers booth seating perfect for intimate date nights as well as tables for larger groups. During warmer evenings outdoor dining will also be an option. Only downside was the original wait for our appetizer. Our server was extremely knowledgable as well as attentive he made the experience all the more enjoyable."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "This place felt like a great locals/tourist hybrid. The food was amazing, the cocktails inventive, and the service impeccable! Went twice during a four day trip to Sant Antonio."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "drinks were good. the food we had was not good, and they were out of several things we ordered. The band came out and played for about 10 minutes, and were way too loud. We will not go back"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The food and wine list are limited, but there is something for everyone. Easy walk to the Majestic and Empire theaters."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Overall experience was great. Food was good enough that I would go back. Chicken Mole and corn was so good, perfect mix of sweet and smoke. Steak Burger was nice, but needed more salt and pepper. Sesame seed bun was so soft and flavorful. Chili salt fries, YUM! Cocktails were top shelf and served with nice garnishes. We ordered Old Fashioned with Rye. Normally prefer dim lighting with warm feeling however, thought the restaurant & bar were almost too dark. Would have liked one more level of lighting. Booths need more cushion please! The wait staff was great too."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Food was good; everything had a distinct flavor; ketchup was homemade and recipes were unique. The place is worth seeing with its historic past."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Food seemed overpriced for mediocre quality. They didn't have what I originally ordered. Server was in training. Friendly but unable to answer questions."
    Dined on 2/15/2014