Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa
Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa

Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thehotelcontessa.com/las_ramblas/las_ramblas.asp
  • Phone: 2102988040
  • 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 2102988044

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (16)great for outdoor dining (14)romantic (11)fit for foodies (10)special occasion (9)neighborhood gem (4)vibrant bar scene (2)good for groups (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • True Spanish Flair
    coco
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The restaurant ambiance was lacking. .... tho bright and tables did not look warm and inviting! The service was very slow, but the manager came by to check on us and made every effort to change our experIence for the better!! This good read delicious and overall the experience went from poor to memorable! Gives it a chance. ... you won't regret out! !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic evening
    Happytraveller
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This is a lovely Spanish (not Mexican) spot on the river walk. The service was friendly, the atmosphere lovely, the food, especially the Spanish style tapas for the first course - reminded us of our trip to Spain. Only problem area was the service. For a high class restaurant he was obviously poorly trained. Menus, used plates left on the table til we we're leaving. No offer of dessert or coffee. No explanation that one of the dishes we ordered came with potatoes when we ordered a potatoe side dish when there were plenty of other options. Some training is needed. The maître' d was also new - could be part of the problem. Wouldn't let this stop you from going - a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas
    Tapas01
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We ordered several tapas. Reminiscent of our recent trip to Spain & hard to find in the home of Tex Mex San Antonio. My only critique is I wish there were even more choices. Tortilla Espanola, carricoles, some entree type tapas ...etc
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food outside, wait staff Slow
    Poco
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    While the food and wine was excellent, the wait staff was a bit slow getting back after hors d'ouvres were finished. At least a half hour wait. But the short ribs, pork chops and paella was incredible. Have eaten there twice now and would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Las Ramblas 09/15/2014
    GarallenVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My wife and I made a reservation for our wedding anniversary and Las Ramblas treated us very special. They setup our table with a red table cloth covered with rose petals and 1 red rose in a vase. The food and the service were both outstanding! We had the Spanish Cheese Bread, salads and the Lamb Shank and the Short Ribs and Cauliflower Au-Gratin. All were Excellent and the portion sizes were tremendous! At the end of the meal, when they gave me the check, my waiter advised me that he had taken 20% off the bill in honor of our Anniversary, and we were not even staying at the Hotel Contessa. A truly GREAT Experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for Spanish food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great place for Spanish food , nice environment, friendly staff, beautiful view on the riverwall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gracious staff!
    LpstkbizdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is my second time at Las Ramblas, chosen specifically for Tapas. The service was very attentive. There are some typical tapas choices on the menu with seasonings more Morroccan than Spanish making it all the more interesting. In general we found the food tasty but requiring salt. We would have preferred the tapas come in succession rather than all at once but in the end having the variety on the table was fun. The wine was lovely. All was reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Riverside Dinner
    Rugbydiver
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We enjoyed dining al fresco along the Riverwalk. Even though it was late-August, the shade of the trees and breeze made our outdoor dining very comfortable even at 7 p.m. The cheese and meats appetizer was fantastic and it included some pickled wax beans, asparagus, tomatoes and mild peppers. Lovely location along the quiet part of the Riverwalk. The Moroccan lamb shank with dates and almonds was delicious and tender. My wife loved the Crispy Pan Seared Salmon. We will definitely return on our next visit to San Antonio. The drinks at the bar were superb. One of the best mojitos I have had. I plan to sample some of their tapas during our next trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Philip
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Nothing like the advertisement that had attracted us
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Eric
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It was a great experience. The food was great and service was top notch. Easily one of our top five dining experiences!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food - service, not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outside river view is the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    corner table outside next to river was a great night. Food above average and prices reasonable too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service3.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 229 reviews are from the Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa reviews archive.
  • Go for the Food
    MK0791
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NICE PLACE
    Nanaouk
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    good Spanish food, nice ambiance, even alone, best for two
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • spurs parade
    SheaVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad Night or a Bad Restaurant?
    SharonBVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
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  • Mixed
    Rice
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So near and yet so far.
    Foodie17
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spanish Delight on the Riverwalk
    Macanudo
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    ace75
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Beautiful location, terrible service. Rude waiter, bad drinks, mediocre food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waitstaff found lacking
    TexasFoodie
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    The food was pretty good but our table service was extremely slow.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet and Scenic Riverwalk Spot
    MCinTheWoodlandsVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GOOD
    HELMEMANVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    BAR AND LOUNGE OUTSIDE WERE SUBSTANDARD.THEY WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT IT IN MY OPINION. RESTAURANT WAS NICE. STAFF WAS GREAT. FOOD WAS OK BUT NOT AS GOOD AS EXPECTED.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Before the theater....
    GolferSA
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit & Miss
    NolepalVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best kept secret
    seeingstars
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First good cuisine found in Texas
    giovy2006
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place!!
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great place on the River walk but secluded from the noise tourist area. Tapas are the best with Rioja wine. You must go there!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Las Ramblas tapas
    MandJ
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation Cancelled by Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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....
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful! Meat and cheese
    theatregals
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little bit of Spain in SA
    Lv2eat
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THe staff was nice and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas!
    PacerFanVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely surprise
    Reservata2
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife and I had our Valentines
    Fernando
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I had our Valentines dinner here. Great spot for that special romantic couple.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas and Paella
    drinkbettercoffee
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas generally quite good
    georgeVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Tapas generally quite good -- potato puffs melt in your mouth, and fried okra a treat
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The food was excellent with a unique menu. I would look forward to dining here every time I visit San Antonio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.