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Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa
Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa

Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thehotelcontessa.com/las_ramblas/las_ramblas.asp
  • Phone: (210) 298-8040
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 6:30am - 11:00am; Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jordan Mackey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Richard (210) 298-8044

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Navarro
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa
Perfectly situated along a tranquil stretch of unspoiled riverfront at the Hotel Contessa, Las Ramblas sets a new standard in Modern Spanish Cuisine. The menu features seasonally inspired entrees and tapas includes Strawbegrry Gazpachao, traditional Spanish Paella and tapas such as Scallop Ceviche, and Brussel Spouts with house made pancetta & sage. Las Ramblas & the Cork Bar offers a great selection of beers and wines by the glass. Guests can enjoy both indoor and alfresco dining.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Nothing like the advertisement that had attracted us"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "It was a great experience. The food was great and service was top notch. Easily one of our top five dining experiences!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This was my first time at Las Ramblas. The food was very good and attractively presented. The server was very helpful in answering my questions about the menu. But the service after that was most charitably described as "erratic". The salad I'd ordered didn't arrive until after the hostess asked how everything was and I replied "I'm still waiting for my salad". The skirt steak arrived without the patatas bravas which I'd ordered. The manager stopped by to see how everything was and I replied "I didn't get my potatoes". Then the server returned because there was some confusion about what I'd ordered."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "corner table outside next to river was a great night. Food above average and prices reasonable too."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Staying at the hotel next door on the San Antonio Riverwalk, we found the posted menu interesting. Prawns and Oysters appetizers were delicious, as were the entrees of Paella, double cut pork chops, and braised short ribs. Very respectable wine selection. They close at 11 pm, but we felt rushed out by 10:20. The server didn't offer dessert or after dinner coffee/drinks."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "good Spanish food, nice ambiance, even alone, best for two"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "we were lucky enough to secure a table here for the Spurs Victory parade , the staff did a great job in dealing with crazy timing etc"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We asked for a specific bottle of wine. The person who had the ONLY key wasn't working. We settled for a bottle from the bar. Ordered octopus, a hot garlicky appetizer. It was cold, had no garlic flavor, and the octopus was hard tasted weird. We sent it back. I had the pork chop, passable, something I could make at home. Service was slow because there was one person on duty. A bad night or a bad restaurant? I'm not going back to find out. I cannot recommend it."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The Caldo Gallego was exceptional. In contrast, the Mariscos Paella was a disappointment; Seafood was overcooked and in general off. We were not offered a tapas menu. I think a Spanish restaurant should have the paella nailed. We sat outside which was nice. However, I believe this led to the service being very slow – out of sight out of mind. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "To put this review in context, the hotel was hosting a very large dinner function the night we left. That said, the ambiance was outstanding, the food terrific and the service very unsatisfactory. Our waitress was knowledgeable and pleasant but her kitchen let her down. It took 20 minutes to get an olive appetizer and forever to get our entrees and ultimately our check. Custer had a better chance of success at the Little Big Horn than our waitress had on this particular evening. I hope the service problem was an aberration due to the large group as opposed to a systemic problem. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "When we first encountered Las Ramblas we returned to dine the next day...and on this special visit to San Antonio we ensured that we'd be able to introduce friends to it. The menu has changed, but the quality is the same! We greatly enjoyed the tomato bread and calamari to start, and the paella dishes were practically licked clean. Unfortunately we did not leave room for dessert, but next time we'll correct that! Don't miss this when you are in San Antonio."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Beautiful location, terrible service. Rude waiter, bad drinks, mediocre food. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The food was pretty good but our table service was extremely slow. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Away from the hustle and bustle of the Riverwalk's more rowdy bends, Las Ramblas offered a gorgeous view of two bridges and some park-like settings along at the river's edge. Because of the reduced traffic, we were able to sit outside and enjoy quiet conversations. We started with the platter of cheeses and cured meats for the table which was a terrific way to begin the evening, chatting and sipping wine. For entrees, most dishes were terrific, but those who ordered steaks found them to be underseasoned. Also, in looking for a side dish to accompany my steak, I was very surprised to not find a single simple green veggie. Service, while friendly, was lacking. She seemed frazzled every time we saw her - which was not often, I'm afraid."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Just a short walk from either the Majestic, or the Empire theaters, Las Ramblas was an excellent find for a pre-show dinner. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We had great service but the food was hit and miss. Luckily the food that was not good was removed from our bill. Great table location with river view and near a famous tree that receives many proposals. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We visited the restaurant for dinner and went primarily for the Spanish theme and tapas menu. We had so many great choices. The hardest part was choosing just one. They offer a great selection of wines and tapas for group dinners. Wonderful seafood and delicious sangria. I wish I had left room for dessert because they have a wonderful selection. My kids also enjoyed their meals. I've never seen chicken wings on a kids menu and it really hit the spot for my picky eaters. A nice stroll along the riverwalk ended a wonderful meal. Great location. Park in the garage across the street and it's really convenient. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We are Italian. After living for about one year in Texas we thought that no restaurant could serve acceptable food in this country. We were surprised when we tasted the tapas and the crawfish at Las Ramblas: they were simply delicious and perfectly prepared. Congratulations to the cook, who could really blend together tastes in every element of his courses. The food was prepared in such a way that each taste was enhanced and everything was combined to give an unforgivable dining experience. The restaurant environment was also very pleasant and its location on the Riverwalk was beutiful."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Great place on the River walk but secluded from the noise tourist area. Tapas are the best with Rioja wine. You must go there!! "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I highly recommend you try the tapas menu. Your server can help you choose as they are all very knowledgeable about the dishes. The appetizer board with meats and cheeses was excellent as were the meatballs, potatoes, and the heirloom tomatoes. Kudos to the chef - everything was fresh, had a wonderful blend of spices and was savory and very tasty. The ambiance facing the riverwalk was superb. All in all this was the highlight meal of our trip."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Made the reservation in January for a March client dinner - during a very busy time in San Antonio. Two weeks prior to the dinner, the restaurant canceled my reservation. The restaurant initially blamed OPENTABLE. Subsequently, they called again to ensure I knew of the cancellation and informed me the restaurant was "bought out" for the night. Not an OPENTABLE issue. They never offered any options. Promised a manager would call me - never did. Hey, who needs my party of 6 when you can sell out the place? Well, my annual party of 6 will never be back...."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Had eaten at the restaurant manty times before, and was generally quite good for lunch. This time however, was not. Three of us had the same chicken ceasar salad for lunch and we all agreed afterwards, it was horrible. They substituted in Boston lettuce for romaine and seemmed to forget to put salad dressing on the ceasar. As well, Tortilla soup was ok...nothing to write home about. Will definitely look for other options next time I am in the area for lunch."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Wonderful! Meat and cheese tapas enough for a meal. Paella exceptionally good. Lamb was a nice choice too and cooked perfectly. Complementary valet parking and only minutes walk. from Majestic Theatre made a relaxing and fun experience downtown"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Very good tapas on the Riverwalk. Had a very interesting menu with lots of authentic choices. Unfortunately, they were "out" of a lot of dishes. And it was fairly early on a Saturday night so I would say it may have been poor planning for the signature dishes. Ambiance tried to be authentic, but a bit modern because it was a fairly new hotel. All in in all, worth it, tho."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "THe staff was nice and the food overall was good. Unfortunately, my food was cold (meatballs and spaghetti) so the waiter did take it back to warm and my husband was finished eating by time I got it back. It was still just warm. But the environment is cozy and warm."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We ate at this retaurant while on a business trip. It is in a hotel on a more quiet part of the riverwalk. Service was great and the waiter recommended an excellent Spanish wine. The waiter had a lot of knowledge about the menu and the wines. We discussed our tastes and everything he recommended was perfect. Very reasonably priced also!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We've been coming to San Antonio for many years for professional meetings, but this was our first experience with this restaurant. We knew nothing about it--it was a "let's give it a try" situation. As it turned out, we were very impressed. The atmosphere was fabulous, and we were happy to be able to converse with dinner, as opposed to many loud San Antonio restaurants. Our wine was excellent, the menu had lots of great sounding items we would like to have ordered, our food was beautifully prepared and presented, and our waiter (Joe) was a true professional. It's a little pricey, but after all this is a fine restaurant in a convention city. We consider this a very lucky find, and we definitely will be back the next time we visit the city."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I had our Valentines dinner here. Great spot for that special romantic couple."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was prompt, informative, attentive with out being obtrusive, and courses were timed perfectly. The two hour dinner felt unhurried, and there was no lull in the dining experience. The food was exceedingly good, but the service was so good that you didn't even notice it until a day or two after when you thought about what made the meal so special. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Tapas generally quite good -- potato puffs melt in your mouth, and fried okra a treat"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The food was excellent with a unique menu. I would look forward to dining here every time I visit San Antonio."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "3 people behind the desk when I arrive.They were hesitant and never mentioned follow me...all three left in different directions..wow, who do I follow? Once seated..10 minutes to receive my wine.Table next to me had two different menus and were totally confused.. Waiter totally out of his element..when I asked about the fish of the day he didn't know but would check for me. 10 minutes later I still hadn't seen him. Went back to the front desk for help, waiter returns but still doesn't know the fish special. I give up and order the spare rib. Nothing special....at all. Manager comes to apologize and I'm offered a free glass of wine. The issues rested with the waiter but also management ..poor training, poor attention to detail. Never again!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "A last minute choice for an out of town visitor. A lovely evening with fine tapas and enjoyable wine. Fair to say a Texan read on Spanish food but no worse for that. Excellent, attentive service and nice location on the Riverwalk without being too deep in the action."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We dined there for our 45th anniversary. The sangria, paella, and gazpacho served were excellent - just like being in Spain again. The server was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly, she kept us from ordering 2 pans of paella when there was plenty to share on one plate. The restaurant was aware we were celebrating a 45th Anniversary, and made the evening truly special for us from the two thornless roses on the table when we arrived, to the dessert plate of flan with chocolate strawberries that read Happy Anniversary around the edges. We couldn't have asked for a better mealtime celebration. Thanks Las Ramblas!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Exceptional tapas menu. Wonderful ambience- great for couples or groups."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We went to try the paella and found they change the menu without even advertising it at the web site to warning us. The place was like a hot yoga salon. First I started peeling coats and sweeter like an onion. The appetizers were good, except the meatballs, it is very difficult to make hard meatball and they accomplished. First entree: camarones al ajillo. Poor guys, overcooked on one side and the garlic sauce was obliterated by the chorizo added to the dish Second entree: Lobster… it can fall from the table and bounce back to the plate; so rubbery by overcooking it. Did I mention olives in all dishes, yes in all dishes! Too much of Spain for me. After three hours we decided to ask for the dessert to go."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The evening started with our group being served a room temperature bottle of champagne. We politely pointed this out to our waiter and the manager. The response from both was "Oh". No offer to bring another bottle so into the champagne glass went some ice. Appetizers were good, the salad was very skimpy and the tenderloin we ordered rare came cooked past well to not edible. We reported the overdone meat to the manager and his response was "We never cook tenderloin to well". Upon viewing the meat on our plates, his response was "I'll go talk to the kitchen". He never came back. Tre Leches cake was a tasteless sponge cake with a flavorless sauce w/ a few berries. Am local, won't be going back. Too bad, great setting on river."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Dessert was so the highlight. In fact, My husband has not stopped taking about his dessert as being the highlight of ALL our meals in our San Antonio vacation. It was a pair of chocolate filled donuts on a creme brulee. We dined New Years Eve and all the courses were delicious. The table shared appetizers were fun and delicious. Service was spot on. Only one change I would like would be less olive oil drizzled on the lobster as it was too much and soaked the risotto. Happily the cocktails, apps and pretty room made that insignificant."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We chose to dine at Las Ramblas specifically to have paella, and the restaurant did not disappoint. My husband lived in Valencia, Spain for quite a few years so is well acquainted with this regional specialty and its many variations. I chose the simplest paella, he chose the version with a nice mix of seafood. We both were very pleased with the flavors, presentation, and execution of the dish. We also enjoyed great service from an attentive and friendly server, with added expertise regarding wine choices provided by the bar manager. All in all a successful meal and we will spend our dining dollars there again when we return to San Antonio."
    Dined on 12/30/2013