Restaurant Gwendolyn
Restaurant Gwendolyn

Restaurant Gwendolyn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantgwendolyn.com/
  • Phone: 2102221849x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Sohocki
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine
  • Catering: Catering arrangements are available to host up to 150 people off-premise--we will deliver, and set up.

    Services:
    We are sensitive to the needs of special situations: from office lunches, to mediation and fancy events with servers and carving stations, let us know how best to take care of your guests.

    Please see our website for pricing and selection details.
  • Private Party Facilities: We are now offering custom catered events in-house for groups of 20 to 50 people.

    Services:
    We are sensitive to the needs of special situations: from office lunches, to mediation and fancy events with servers and carving stations, let us know how best to take care of your guests.

    Please see our website for pricing and selection details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N St Mary
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking available $10 for dinner only.

A word from Restaurant Gwendolyn
All perishables are from sustainable farms, locally sourced, and organic. Everything is handmade using only preparation methods and recipes that were available from 1850 and before. When you make your reservation please opt-in to our mailing list and we will occasionally let you know about specials or events you may want to know about. e.g Our current promotion is the 3 course tasting menu (normally $55) is only $35 if you dine with us Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday 5:30-6:30.
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Restaurant Gwendolyn reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (14)special occasion (13)romantic (12)scenic view (6)notable wine list (6)neighborhood gem (5)great for outdoor dining (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Pleasant Surprise
    Happiness
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    First time visitors. We Loved it . Every item we tryed on the 2 tasting menus was fantastic! Very Unique Menu .. Very worth the time ! The Dodsons. We will be back! Nice surprise also that Chef is from our home town! Corpus Christi .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Occasion
    Lonestar
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Finally had the opportunity to dine at Restaurant Gwendolyn...celebrating 36th wedding anniversary. It was a Tuesday night and we ordered the 5 course menu along with wine pairings; each taking one of the two options. My favorite of the night was the pate...beautiful and every component delicious. All in all a very nice meal and worth going back to give another try. A little disappointed with wine pairings; but would not have known what to have selected myself. Doesn't compare to some of the tasting menus I have had in NYC that standout "to die for".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sticker shock for what you get
    SangueFrancaisEnTexasVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I'm not the type who believes that quantity equals quality at a restaurant, but we got the three-course meal for $55 and split a bottle of wine. Somehow that translated to $100 each. We liked everything but didn't love anything. For the same payout you can have a more enjoyable meal with a little more to eat than we had here. Small portions of good food but nothing amazing. In short, it's good, but not great. For $100/head I'd look elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, not great service
    SAfood12
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Unfortunately I think my husband and I caught the servers on a bad night. We were looking forward to trying this restaurant but it did not live up to our expectations. We had to stand at the front door for ten minute until we were sat at our table (which was empty the entire time, they just said we had wait until exactly our reservation time). Then we were given water and bread and not spoken to again for 40 minutes. We finally stopped someone and asked if we were going to get any service and she tried to help. Things improved somewhat after that but unfortunately the service was just sub-par for the night. Overall the food was good; the charcuterie plate was fabulous and the fig dessert was wonderful.For the price we prob will not return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday at Restaurant Gwendolyn
    Javi
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    What a great experience! It's a relaxed environment with attentive service and the food is incredible. This was our second visit and everything was perfect just a as we expected it would be. The charcuterie plate is outstanding. Every course is well thought out and well prepared. It's such a joy to be able to share food that's made by people who take their craft so seriously.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A San Antonio Gem
    DutchCouple
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food is about passion, this restaurant has it in bundles. Use of local produce coupled with an idealistic view on preparation makes for an exciting and unique experience, a rarity in today’s market place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Romatic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Highly recommend - the food was amazing and everyone there was great. Very quiet and romantic - perfect for date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food in San Antonio
    Zorro47VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This was our third time in Gwendolyn and the service and food quality was as good as ever. Three visits, three menus and superior service. All dishes were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exquisite Flavors
    GoodEater
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    There's no better charcuterie plate in town, so opt for that to nibble on while you wait. Wait you will (not obnoxiously), as this is delicate plating of each course for each diner individually. After all, it's DINING not EATING here. Allow the wise servers to suggest wines so you can complete the experience. I love it here every time and look forward to the treat again. I've never had the same thing twice - everything is seasonal and local and fresh. Plates are generous too; another way the chef focuses on your happiness. The creativity of the kitchen shines through as each bite bursts with flavor. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.9
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 66 reviews are from the Restaurant Gwendolyn reviews archive.
  • Special night
    Doctormom
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We have been to Gwendolyn several times. It's our "go to" for special dinners. The menu is amazing and always changing, we particularly enjoyed the fried Grouper and the Pork schnitzel this time. The staff is very attentive. The ambiance is perfect with beautiful views of the Riverwalk. This is not somewhere to go if you are looking for a quick dinner. The menu is a 3 or 5 course tasting menu. We always do the 5 course and it usually takes about 2-3 hours. It's a special place with a very talented and dedicated chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible dining experience
    Dave
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Restaurant Gwendolyn gave us one of the best dining experiences we've had in San Antonio. Positioned above the Riverwalk, this romantic spot serves the best charcuterie plate. Whether you order the 3 or 5-course dinner, the knowledgeable staff will pair each course with a delicious wine. The chefs take their time to prepare your food, so approach this meal knowing it's not very casual and enjoy each bite and sip of wine.
    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.
  • Our best choice in San Antonio
    Upstatefoodie
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We had a great meal at Restaurant Gwendolyn. Every course was delicious. We especially enjoyed the beef bourguignon entree and the unique siphon brewed coffee at the end of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was outstanding. Wine
    RemyVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Food was outstanding. Wine pairings very nicely done. Service a bit slow, but then that's how they want it done since they purport to not use electric appliances. Since this was our first time at the restaurant, it was confusing to us not to be greeted at the door and to have to ask where the valet was, so don't hesitate to introduce yourself to whoever is close to the door so you don't wander unknowingly towards the bathroom, looking for the hostess or valet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Birdie
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    My husband and I have dined in Paris, London, Canada, Alaska, Mexico, Bangladesh plus many U.S. restaurants. He and I both agree Restaurant Gwendolyn is top of the list for us! Our hours spent there was more than a dinner: it was a true dining experience. From the moment we were greeted at the door until we left their presence, everything was perfect. Highly recommended, already, to our friends. We are looking forward to going there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at Gwendolyn was quite
    Zorro47VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Dining at Gwendolyn was quite an experience. We truly enjoyed it. It's "slow dining" ' the best! The quality of the ingredients is evident in every bite you take and the Chef dedication and masterful combination of flavors is a treat and a delight to the most demanding palates. The service is professional and attentive and the wine list is in harmony with the food. Don't miss it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Real Food!!!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Wow. A bit pricey, but for the experience and for the fact that they actually serve real food, which is VERY rare these days, it was totally worth it! A truly unique experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner
    Thom
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    This restaurant's "tasting menu from the 1850's" model is certainly not something you'll find many places, and they pull it off magnificently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Handmade and special
    GoodEater
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    There's a solid goodness and homemade appeal here within the haute of it all. It's hearty too; you'll never feel like you need to stop for a snack on the way home. We loved every dish and enjoyed the selection on the coursed dinners (he got 5, I got 3 so we could mix it up). We go back periodically because it's different every time, depending on what the chef has sourced and what's in season. True farm to table restaurant with sincerety and heart. Don't leave without coffee! It's small so make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The entire experience was
    Megk
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    The entire experience was exceptional. I was shocked to have such amazing food in San Antonio. Highly recommended. I am a vegetarian and they had no problem accommodating me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    I am very disappointed to no be able to give a better review of the food. The quality of ingredients used by Restaurant Gwendolyn is high- everything, produce and meat, comes from within 150 miles and they even break down the carcasses in house. That being said, the flavors they put together in many dishes were far from pleasant. The lamb dish was overwhelmed by rosemary and citrus marmalade and the tar tar was also less than palate pleasing. The acorn squash was filled with butter and brown sugar and baked, simple, but not delicious. Also, if you're a party of 2, don't get the optional appetizer plate. With the 5 course menu it's way too much food. We were unable to enjoy my stuffed quail main course or the pecan dessert (best dishes).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gwendolyn
    HhinsaVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Very, very expensive and food wasn't up to the price this time. Wine pours still too small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food from start
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Excellent food from start to finish. Very limited in terms of options but if you're not picky and willing to try almost anything you will not be disappointed. I didn't expect much from the deserts but they were very good as well. Service was very attentive but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Four hours with no reward.
    lhess
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Our party of four all opted for the 3 course prix fixe dinners, no wine paring, ordered a bottle of red. While waiting and waiting for our second course, we drank the first bottle and ordered another. We wanted wine with our entrees. Then waited and waited again for dessert course. The beef was dry and the pasta, tough. We had an order of caviar for two and got a plate with warm caviar and three blinis. We thought two or four would have made more sense (for two). I wish I could be a bit encouraging to this enthusiastic endeavor, but it all seemed like a great idea with no clue about how to execute. So sorry, but we did not enjoy this place!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite...
    Klod1023VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    San Antonio restaurant. Love the concept, the execution, everything. This is the one my husband and I turn to for a great date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Drew
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Concept
    tabletex
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Up To Expectations
    gastronomo
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow - food and wine were amazing.
    Kellyg
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great - just good
    ClevelandRocks
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service
    fwlvr1VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointed and embarrassed
    JEGB
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    I went to Gwendolyn a year ago and had a phenomenal experience. As a result, I recommended Restaurant Gwendolyn for a very important business dinner on my recent trip to San Antonio. We were one of three parties in the restaurant and the wait between courses was an average of half an hour to 45 minutes. The wait staff was intrusive, awkward, neurotic, rude and inappropriate. My clients were very uncomfortable and ultimately angry. I was extremely embarrassed. Gwendolyn has moved from one of the best dining experiences I have had to one of the worst. I will not return and will not recommend.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Quite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Read about this place and their good reviews. Interesting concept of preparing food as in the 1800's, but... the dishes failed to rise above good in flavor and presentation was lacking an expert chef's touch. Service a bit loose. This is a stern evaluation but I was expecting the 5 star food I had read about. Unfortunately a loud outdoor rock band was vibrating the place from directly across the river. This is where Le Reve used to reside and it's not close to its predecessor.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • different expericence
    tonyg
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    prep of food presentation different, menu very interesting, food excellent
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh, locally-sourced, delicious!
    f00die
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First class food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    One of the best restaurants in the city, if not the state. Fantastic food and flawless service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outatanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A small hidden treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    This was a fabulous dining experience. Will definitely return
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in San Antonio,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Best restaurant in San Antonio, sticking to a few things done with amazing skill.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent example of cooking
    mlk01VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent Finest Dining in SA
    KiwiWannaBeVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet