Fine innovative dining
We had a great table for seven on the patio overlooking a quiet and scenic section of the river walk. Restaurant Gwendolyn is a fine dining establishment where the chef pays remarkable attention to the selection of fresh, flavorful ingredients. The taste combinations in my frisee goat cheese salad and my shrimp fettucine were exquisite. Service is skillful but course changes can proceed at a languid pace if the table seems content to converse and not finish their plates. The wine pairings were innovative. Highly recommended.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Consistent Finest Dining in SA
Even after 4 visits we're still amazed at how Gwendolyn's consistently crafts the best fine-dining dishes in San Antonio using local products and minimum gadgetry. Each course and wine pairing were well thought out.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent example of cooking
Excellent example of cooking based on local ingredients with a retro touch in terms of using traditional methods. Tasking menu with wine pairings was a wonderful choice to showcase the range the restaurant has. This is a worthy successor to La Reve in the same space. Staff is very friendly and informative, if a bit informal.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
A small hidden treasure
This was a fabulous dining experience. Will definitely return
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
This chef is unique and very creative...the best of all the top restaurants we tried in San Antonio. They use only quality local produce and meats...the Kitchen does not use any machines at all based upon the operating philosophy of preparing foods as was done in the mid-nineteenth century.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
First class food
One of the best restaurants in the city, if not the state. Fantastic food and flawless service.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh, locally-sourced, delicious!
This was a great find on the Riverwalk! When I arrived in San Antonio for a conference I was concerned about the food options within walking distance from my hotel. Many of the restaurants that line the Riverwalk appeared too touristy with sub-par food. I was delighted to find Restaurant Gwendolyn - serving delicious, upscale, locally-sourced food in a lovely and unpretentious atmosphere. Located on a quite corner of the Riverwalk, it was nice to be able to enjoy the beauty of the Riverwalk without the noisy tourists. I had the 3-course meal plus the charcuterie plate. It was all amazing! I highly recommend it!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
prep of food presentation different, menu very interesting, food excellent
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service
I was really worried about traveling to San Antonio for a convention. My fear was that I would be inundated with Tex-Mex and Steak Houses. Fortunately I found a gem of a restaurant that would be at home in any city that loves great well prepared and plated food. It is a small restaurant with a fantastic staff.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not great - just good
I have been to truly great restaurants, notable chefs preparing amazing local cuisine. My group of 4 had the 3-course tasting menu and 2 bottles of good pinot noir on a Saturday (early evening). I was excited about the tasting menu, because have had many tremendous experiences with them. In this case, there were definitely moments when we were delighted (direct hits) and others were underwhelming (big-time misses). The food was beautifully presented and appreciate that the chef was willing to accommodate several vegetarians in our group. I wanted to leave with no question that it was a great meal. It was a good meal, but honestly, I could replicate most of the dishes at home. Wait staff was outstanding - best part of the evening.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wow - food and wine were amazing.
Wow - food and wine were amazing. Exciting to see part of the slow food movement reaching San Antonio. An excellent meal in a small, charming location right on the river.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not Up To Expectations
We went to Restaurant Gwendolyn on the recommendation of someone in whose taste we have great confidence. Perhaps because of the limited selection (3- and 5-course prix fixe dinners with limited choices within courses) our experience was not quite as wonderful as we had hoped. From a full menu, neither of us would have been likely to choose any of the courses we selected and, although the service was impeccable, it didn't quite make up for our disappointment with the food. Consequently, we thought the price was too high. We might go back on a future visit to San Antonio, but not before determining what the chef has selected for the evening's menu.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't stop by here if you in a hurry. We had dinner here last week, and the food was great. Please do note, food is prepared as you order and it will take time.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
For me, one of the best restaurants in town. The quality of the food is excellent, portion sizes are perfect if you're not seven times a healthy BMI, the price is high, but well worth it.
I was slightly surprised to have papaya on the menu in November given the locally sourced produce, but suffice it to say the kitchen is not terribly limited.
The atmosphere is very comfortable; clean, simple, and elegant without trying to be.
The wait staff is excellent, and extremely knowledgeable but their lack of uniform, posture, and hipster demeanor might upset the high brow white collar crowd (read: Texas oil money looking for a steak). That's fine though as I doubt they'd really "get" the ideology that seems to motivate the restaurant.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM