Bar food, but well done bar
Bar food, but well done bar food. My spouse claims that the jalepeno & bean burger was the best burger he has eaten. I enjoyed the Neiman Ranch hanger steak sandwich. Beer selection is impressive. Good food, beer and great prices in a "dive bar".
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Would I recommend Esquire
Would I recommend Esquire Tavern? Already have... The food was fantastic, from the Deviled Eggs to the Steak Sandwich. One of the best Bacon Cheeseburgers I have had. Hand crafted cocktails were very good and service very friendly. The only disappointments were they were out of apple pie and that I don't live in San Antonio so that I can eat here more often!
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and service; will
Great food and service; will definitely bring friends back!
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
I am hooked
Staff was great food ROCKED! Happy hour specials were awesome. Left there feeling three pounds heavier i had to try every appetizer. For the most part quiet except for a noisy group behind us, but they were having fun :)
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a find!
I wasn't expecting to find organic bison, grass-fed burgers, and such amazing service on the riverwalk, but there it was. Even though it's "a bar", it's really more of a pub, in the classic european sense. We brought our kids, who loved their food, and the ambience was totally fine for them.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome mixed drink menu, but...
... clearly need to add to the wine list, 4 selections is a little light. Try the Wagu beef, it was awesome.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I went for our anniversary. Making a reservation was the good part. We had Joey as our waiter and he was so fun! I would recommend the bacon cheeseburger. It was delicious! They make their own pickles and ketchup! You could taste the freshness! It was just an overall great experience for us.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our visit to the Esquire Tavern. We loved the chili salt fries as an app. We both had different cocktails and loved the creativity and the strength. For dinner we both had the smoked chicken mole but it was tough to settle on an option when looking at the menu. The decor, including many examples of taxidermy, is unique and gives the place a unique vibe. It's right on the Riverwalk so it's a quick walk to many places. We were really glad we went here.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unsure at first, but was wrong!
Not being from town, I read about the bar on a review and wanted to check it out. We wanted a quick and inexpensive place before a show. It said they had "bar food", which my husband and I assumed was wings and burgers. When we first arrived, we liked the space, but still weren't too sure how we felt about being there. We were more than pleased when we received our food! We were not expecting gourmet! It was delicious! The bar has great food which is well priced and great decor. We definitely would go back!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner before the show
We went to the Esquire for dinner before the symphony. The bar is dark and noisy. I had to use a flashlight on my phone to order. The pride themselves on "Old World" style Cocktails. They are outstanding! if you order anything other than a beer you might have to wait a bit but it will be worth it. The food is clever and delicious. Great place for people watching.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
a whole lotta empanada!
We had great food at the Esquire when we were there! The tastes were complex without being overdone. My husband had the chicken salad- and I had the empanada. He tried mine and tried to eat the whole thing! Our service was a bit off- we both had empty water glasses for more than 15 minutes, and my husband was going to order another beer- but after waiting for another 20 (25?) minutes for the waitress to come back to the table- gave up. The check was the quickest thing to the table.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great find! Was in
What a great find! Was in town on business and stumbled upon this awesome place. Loved the vibe and the food. Highly recommend.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Upscal Dive Bar
Every appetizer is awesome, except for the fried beets (just don't like beets but thought I would give them a try). Drinks definitely deserve their award winning reputation. Burgers are great, especially the buns. Kid friendly- I took my two teens. Has a great classic bar feel.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Riverwalk must go!
Esquire is one of the best restaurants I have been to in a while. They have great food a fantastic drink menu and knowledgeable staff. Try sitting on the upper patio, for a perfect view of the riverwalk
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was an amazing experience and I cannot wait to go again! Fantastic service and the food and drinks were TOP SHELF! Love love loved it! Can't say enough good things about John and his staff! The atmosphere is one you will not soon forget! I highly recommend if you haven't been there to try it out soon!
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We got there before the lunch rush, 11:30 ish, and were seated right away on the outdoor balcony overlooking the balcony. Our waiter was very good until the lunch crowd showed up and then the service was somewhat slow, but this is typical at most the restaurants on the river. He made up for the slow service by being us an extra appetizer on the house. The food was great! We would definitely visit again.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Supremo Cocktail Spot
The place is dark and mysterious. The craft cocktails are phenomenal and the staff are attentive, friendly and fun. Food was very good. Upscale pub fare and more. Loved sitting in the booths. It almost makes it like your own little world.
We went early when it was less crowded but it really heated up when we were leaving.
Will definitely go back again.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty lunch spot!
A group of us enjoyed a yummy lunch here recently. Great burgers & fries and salads. My first visit here - probably much livelier at night but I enjoyed the relative calm at lunch.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great burgers on the Riverwalk
We made reservations, which was probably a good idea. All the restaurants on the Riverwalk are busy on Saturday night and this one is no exception. We were seated promptly and the service was friendly and quick. The food was good and the prices represented a good value.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Cocktails in Texas!
We were looking for a place with good drinks and food before a show. The Esquire Tavern did not disappoint! The staff was nice and our waiter was excellent. He welcomed us with a brief history of the tavern and suggested cocktails for us. The food arrived quickly and both the food and cocktails were delicious. I highly recommend Capone's Revolver. I wish this place was located in Austin!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waiter gave us a brief history of the place, and that completely made the experience. Such a neat place, it takes you back in time to the prohibition era. The beet salad was outstanding, as well as the Maple Leaf drink.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love The Esquire!
I had been to the Esquire for drinks on the weekend and found it to be a great night spot with a very interesting menu, so I took my team from work in there for lunch. It was quiet at lunch, the food was great, the service was excellent and my whole team loved it. We'll definitely be back.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went there with a large group and had an awesome time. VERY slow getting our first round of drinks, but that seemed to be a common theme of our visit to San Antonio. After that, it picked up. EVERYBODY loved their food. The bar was awesome... great beer selection and great mixed drinks, too. The live music was a bonus. Highly recommended!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't Get Enough of the Esquire!
We asked several Austin pals who'd come down for the day to join us at the River Walk establishment. Our Esquire "virgins" were not only amazed by the period interior, but the extensive drink list (yeah! Texicutioner is still on the menu!), spot-on food choices (some are vegetarians) AND AH-mazing service! LOVE the fried pickled beets...and the fried pickles are the best ever - and that's from a true fried pickle snob! Noobies no more, our Austin pals will be back - with more of their pals - to check out the longest - and oldest - tav on the River Walk! Thank you Esquire - we love you!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Do not let the exterior ( looks like a strip club) fool you. Best bartenders around. Burgers are amazing. Yes it is dark and a little creepy but this place rocks and super reasonable prices. Service can be hit or miss at times but never bad.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best drinks on the riverwalk!
Best drinks and great service which can be hard to find
on the riverwalk...
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Personal service extraordinaire
We had a great experience Sat night. The deep fried pickled beets were amazing, as was the pickled beet salad and bison burger. We went to the esquire before attending a show at the majestic Theater. We had excellent service, prompt meal delivery and drinks. Plus the Esquire is right around the corner from the majestic. Food quality was excellent, delivered hot and and with pleasant service. We will go back.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great view of the San Antonio
Great view of the San Antonio Riverwalk if you sit outside. The food was decent but we did only have the late night mention options which were sandwiches so it's hard to say how a real meal would've been. Drinks are interesting and old fashioned.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great ambiance
My husband and I are foodies and we loved this place. They do a gourmet twist on basic bar food. The Texas onion dip was delicious and so were the deviled eggs. We loved our entrees also. The ambiance is very cool and the history is interesting. They should have something written to give people who are interested in reading about the history. However, we did not like our server. He talked too much to us, was kind of pushy/moody and swore. We would have liked someone more "professional". The manager with the mustache seemed very cool and professional, we wanted him to be our server. I think it's important to remember that some people really care about who is serving them and it adds to the overall experience.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
For adults only
I had never been to Esquire Tavern before. I live in Houston & wanted to celebrate my birthday in San Antonio at a cool spot. It was different but maybe a lil too dark for me. I like to be able to see my food, but if you're there just to drink, then it's a great place to go.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Esquire Tavern is one of my favorite restaurants, and really worth a try. I went for the drink menu, but the food was also very good. The decor is a bit quirky with lots of stuffed animals, and the lighting is very dark.
Would go again, for food or drink!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time in awhile
Live out of town and don't make it to SA that often so this was my first time since it has reopened with a kitchen. The empanada and chile Rellenos were both fantastic. Burgers looked great. We will both be back next time we are in SA.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Balcony and Bar
My husband and I visited Esquire Tavern right after they opened at 11:30. I had made reservations, not knowing what to expect crowd-wise on the Riverwalk, on a Saturday.
We didn't receive a very warm greeting (probably because we didn't have our indie flannel and skinny jeans on), but that didn't really bother us. They kinda made fun of me for making reservations...
We asked to sit outside since they have a tiny balcony with a great view over the riverwalk.
Our server was great, as was our food. BUT the kitchen was out of A LOT of things. I think I remember counting a total of 3 things we wanted to order... Remind you this was at opening & on a Saturday...
Other than that, we would definitely be back because the quality of food.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Staff and Atmosphere
The staff at the Esquire are very friendly and full of information about this establishment. They have great recommendations for drinks and meals. The manager is hands on with his staff and very good at his job. I would definitely recommend this place for people visiting the Riverwalk as it isn't your typical establishment in the area.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoy Evening Of Great Food!
Server was excellent. We were 6 in our party and he did an excellent job!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A night out
Good food, great music(Tomcat trio), family and friends. The best.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not our first rodeo...
Esquire Tavern is great for a quick bite and cocktails before hitting the Majestic or Empire theaters... the menu is small, but the food is awesome... try the empanada or chile relleno, and the wagu beef is excellent. The drink menu is lengthy, served from the longest bar in San Antonio.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a dark and stormy night
Well, at least it had been stormy, but it was very dark in the restaurant. Good food, but bring a flashlight!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
interesting place, good food
The Esquire was kind of eclectic in decor, the food is organic or free range with interesting combinations. The portions are smaller than many places but enough.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was excellent!!
Everything was excellent!! We had a great time, great food, drinks, and service!!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Another great experience...
The chile relleno and empanada were delicious, the wine was awesome, Stepanie was fun and helpful, without being overwhelming. Great for dinner before a show at either the Majestic or Empire theatres.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't wait to go back
This was a wonderful find! The atmosphere was enjoyable with the private booths, low lighting, beutiful decor, and quiet. The food was wonderful with local grown food that was down home favorites with a upclass twist. Our waitress was very knowledgeable, friendly, and informative. The drink menue was spectacular with everything from simple specialties to old fashion finds. The entire experience was wonderful. My recomendation... The onion dig for an apitizer, wagu beef for the entre, and fried apple pie for desert; you wont be disapointed!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Old + new
I loved that it was a very old, historical site (first bar to open after prohibition!) and looked like it hadn't been updated BUT the food was completely modern. I felt like I was back home in Brooklyn. Organic, grass fed meats and eclectic menu choices that were delicious. The service was great too. Throw in tons of fun cocktails, a local beer menu and the riverwalk and how can you beat it?
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM