The Boiler House and Texas Grill & Wine Garden
The Boiler House and Texas Grill & Wine Garden

The Boiler House and Texas Grill & Wine Garden

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boilerhousesa.com/
  • Phone: (210) 354-4644
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday 10am-10pm
    Monday - Thursday 11am-10pm
    Friday 11am-Midnight
    Saturday 10am-Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jeff White
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering is also available at the restaurant or at a location of your choice.
  • Entertainment: Live music

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Karnes St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Boiler House and Texas Grill & Wine Garden
Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden is a true Texas original. Situated in the historic Pearl Brewery complex on the San Antonio River Walk, this wine-centric restaurant occupies the former “boiler house” which powered the adjacent brewery. The menu focuses on grilled items from local farms and markets, with a focus on “Texas ranch-style” cuisine. These delicacies are paired with extraordinary wines from around the world (all available by the glass, bottle and “to-go”), live music and a casual yet energetic atmosphere. The unique list of wines features pricing based on a “retail” model, and boasts some of the lowest prices in the area.

The restaurant incorporates various private dining areas suitable for private or corporate functions and an expansive outdoor patio area where guests can enjoy dining alfresco. Catering is also available at the restaurant or at a location of your choice.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Boiler House and Texas Grill & Wine Garden reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)notable wine list (31)good for groups (26)great for outdoor dining (18)special occasion (16)romantic (15)hot spot (14)neighborhood gem (13)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (10)great for lunch (9)great for brunch (8)Show More
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    We had Dinner with our friends and although the restaurant was cold, the appetizer and side were delicious, we were disappointed with our meat! We ordered the largest steak and it was very rare and had a fair amount of gristle! We order an inexpensive skewer that was excellent as an addition! A little disappointed overall
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely Disappointing
    RoyT
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I was excited to eat at the Boiler House for the first time. However, the waitress offered to comp the lamb and steak skewers due to their underwhelming preparation. For that reason, I can not recommend this restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Our server was very nice and polite although she was very slow with no sense of urgency and lacked basic serving skills. The food was amazing but the prices were very steep for the allotted portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid San Antonio eatery
    thebarkingdog
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My wife and I went to Boiler House after a Sunday matinee at the Majestic. We enjoyed a good cross-section of the menu. We ordered the spinach and romaine salads; both were their renditions of standards, and were executed quite well. For main dishes, we ordered four of the smaller plates - bison meatballs, oysters Rockefeller, quail skewer, and beef tenderloin skewer. The meatballs, oysters, and quail were all excellent. The beef was overcooked - not inedible, but disappointing. The popcorn grits we ordered never arrived. We shared the dulce de leche semifreddo, and it was a hit. Nice wine list and beer selection. We appreciated that most items were available gluten-free, since my wife is sensitive to it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, meh service
    AmbreVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We started with cheese and wine, and followed with beets and salmon ceviche. We finished the evening with the candy bar dessert, although the Mayan chocolate dessert was accidentally served at first. I call the service meh, not because of the mistakes with the desserts, but because our plates were not bussed without us asking (new food was served aside empty plates, cluttering up the table), and our waitress was not very attentive. I felt like I must have annoyed her when I moved the empty plates to the edge of the able so they could be removed. Although we were not in a hurry as diners, a little more attention would have been appreciated. The food was good enough to return for, but I'm afraid the service might keep us away. Too bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Expensive: the shrimp skewers and the quail poppers were very good. Spent $68 for 2 glasses of wine and 3 very small plates.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Subpar server dulls great food
    sconnietraveler
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Our server had no interest in being there. She could barely describe dishes or beers and had some inappropriate commentary on how dead it was (early Sunday evening) and other diners. We asked about the size of the dishes since they are meant to be shared and there were 3 of us, but she could not give any idea on how much came with a particular dish. That said, the food was very good to great. Sharable plates allows for a lot of experimentation. Only complaint on food was fatiness of bacon on one dish. Would have been more accurately described as pork belly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We visited for wedding anniversary.
    Reviewd
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Wife and I split the striped bass for two. Very good flavor, cooked well and (mostly) deboned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BruceVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Everything was excellent! We sat at the bar for awhile and the bartenders was very personable. Then we had a friend join us and sat down to a great dinner. We shared salads and entrees and overall the price was not bad. I have find memories of the Pearl Brewery tours as a kid and after this dining experience plan on coming back next time we are in San Antonio. This was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An out-of-the-way find
    Shirlsmor
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner, and the waitstaff was very helpful in suggesting the small plates we shared. Off the main drag, and so less crowded and noisy than other spots. The neighborhood is funky and growing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible
    Tongueofdiscerning
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This was the second time dining there and it was even more amazing than the first. Wine selection was fantastic and the server paired perfectly with the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good tasting food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    very tasty overall -- try the breads as a starter along with the olives -- the skewers were delicious and more plentiful than expected
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night
    Dman49
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My wife and I had a great "date night" at the Boiler House. The salads were incredible and the selection of wines and domestic beers was great. Love the Pearl Brewery area and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • check the quail...
    knowwhatIlike
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    overall, loved the experience! the mixtures of spices really appealed to all 4 of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tac0Queen
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food way overpriced. Service was just oK but slow. Lamb skewers were rubbery. Maybe it's this way because it is part of a chain, Max's Wine Dive? But I do like Max's at the Quarry. From now on I will only go to chef owned restaurants in the Pearl. Will never return here for food. Bar was real pretty though so might return just for drinks.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect spot for our anniv dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We celebrated our 15th anniversary at The Boiler House...what a wonderful evening! Great service, the Tomahawk Ribeye was awesome! Overall a perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well, at least the food was great..
    Donnna
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The Mac and cheese eggs Benedict was great. I had never had a mimosa with grapefruit juice, my new favorite. I was shocked that the service was so bad. My daughter's pancakes were served a few minutes before the butter/syrup came. We had to ask another server for her bacon. Table was not pre bussed at all. I waited tables for 12 years before I became a teacher, it's not rocket science. We will definitely go back for the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peter
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It was our first time eating at here and we really enjoyed it. Our waitress was very helpful and nice. We loved our food and will be back for sure
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great/staff ok
    Liv2eat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I took my husband out for our anniversary. We wanted to check out some of the restaurants in the pearl district. Remodeled building awesome but who wants to sit at picnic tables outside unless you're at a BBQ joint. Not a great patio area. There was no line when we arrived but they took too long to acknowledge us. Then the waitress took way too long to get our table. The bread/sauce and skeweres were delish. The shrimp was ok at best. The dark chocolate cake was to die for. We asked the waitress to bring us another one. She laughed and obviously thought we were joking because she never brought another one. Very disappointing. It's like the dr.'s office. Love the dr hate the staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Annual Restaurant Week Lunch
    ElitistEris
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This is the second year in a row my nursing friends and I have met for lunch for Restaurant Week here. The food is so good. Each of us ordered different entrées and were pleased with it. My friend had the truffled cous cous carbonara and I had the meatloaf sando gluten free. We loved it. For dessert I even got a flour less chocolate brownie with candied pecan over house made cajeta! Yum! Plus the wine pairings were a great accompaniment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simpsons?
    stealthgps
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    nice for casual bar scene but expensive! Not everyone wants to watch TV during dinner. Not sure if there is a dining room area, but we went for a romantic dinner and were directed to the bar area to eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun but noisy
    DMandSG
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was great and very tasty. Presentation was good. However there was a large party sitting right next to us and it was so noisy thay we could not talk without having to raise our voices. The service was just ok. Waiter needed to know the menu and be able to explain the items. When we asked a question he just read the menu to us. I thought the menu was confusing and did not understand some of the items and when the waiter could not explain them, I just had to decide not to try. Worth a second visit for a special occasion or a fun spot to take someone visiting from out of town.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Bettereater
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My wife ordered prime rib. It was so bad, she refused to eat it and gave it to me. Chewy was an understatement. The table next to us ordered the same and sent it back. It was like chicken fried steak covered in gravy, except not as good. My wife ate the pork shank and beans. Their version of pork and beans. It should have been called pork finger, because that is about the amount of pork, you received. Friend got the salmon, she said it was good, but not a great size portion. Pork Belly for an app was good but two were ordered and only one appeared to have pork attached to the fried belly. No liquor menu, only beer and wine. Quite an extensive list. Price was grossly disproportionate to size of food. WILL NOT RETURN!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment
    FoodieCaptain
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Went on the recommendation of a family member who raved about it. The service was interesting. Had a gentleman that came every 2 seconds it seemed to the table and it turned out he was waiting for the waitress. Her service was horrible. Waited over 15 mins between appetizer completion and entree. They were not even busy. The meal? Unfortunately the prime rib was stringy and the knife to cut it was dull. I left half on the plate and she came and said as she took our groups plates, oh, I see you didn't like it and left. For the price it is not even close to the standards it should be.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Spicy
    pebtez
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I love heat but not on everything, and it has to be enjoyable. Even the green beans were spicy. Presentation was poor. The highlight of my lunch was the appetizer bacon popcorn that they neglected to bring to our table until desert. Fun place to eat, but will not be going back. To be fair, I ordered off the restaurant week menu, but If they are not going to use it to showcase their food, they should not participate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch for a group
    Raven
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Perfect for a lunch group (nine)...service was quick and efficient. Very friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was our first time to this restaurant - the waitress was great and the wine selection was great. The food was tremendous! The restaurant itself has a strange layout and it is a "dark" restaurant. We will come back because the food was good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and Beautiful Meal
    SAgal
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Went with my husband for Restaurant Week and was surprised with interesting, delicious choices for our three course dinner. Wonderful service, great wine line & a relaxing atmosphere made it memorable. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Visit
    foodgawker
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Was looking for a new and different dining experience in San Antonio. Found a gem! The Boiler House is unique in both atmosphere and food. Great place. Will visit again for sure!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BigBoldRed
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I selected The Boiler House to entertain a couple of my most important clients who were visiting San Antonio. The appetizers and tastes were bright and fresh, I'm a big fan of the salmon ceviche. The entree selection is very limited, especially if you don't eat red meat. I found the overall experience confusing - the food and wine are high end, the prices even higher... However the atmosphere is more like a bar than a quality dining experience. I entertain clients on a regular basis but do not plan to visit The Boiler House anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food tasted great. I would go back. A little pricey.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boiler House Blues
    Sylvester
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We chose this place for a special occasion-anniversary dinner. Poor choice. Although the food and service were very good, the atmosphere left much to be desired. When I made the reservation, I noted it was a special occasion and requested a nice table-we were seated next to the restroom door. That said, if you're just interested in food and drink, this would be a great choice. Menu choices are somewhat limited, but creative, and the appetizer and entrees were delicious. The recommended dessert- not so much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all good
    ArleneVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Pulled pork over Poblado grits topped with 2 poached eggs. Need I say more? And there was enough for brunch the next day too. Happy tummy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 255 reviews are from the The Boiler House and Texas Grill & Wine Garden reviews archive.
  • A Pleasant Surprise!
    CorkSanAntonioVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My husband & I wanted a date night and we were hungry for steak and good wine. When we arrived we were a little disappointed to see how expensive the steak was for just the steak. We would have added sides. However, we just ordered some of the appetizers (which were large enough for us to split and were so satisfied! We can't wait to go back to have the Bison meatballs, the Bubbling Swiss Cheese dip, the Boiler House salad and the Brusselsprouts!!!! A true winner in our book!!!!!! Not dissapointed at all that we didn't get our steak. However, if you want steak -- I would guess it is one of the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch needs work
    thankyou
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I have been to The Boiler House (TBH) a dozen times for dinner and every time has been exceptional. Had lunch for the first time at TBH recently, and was not impressed with the entrées. The entrées seemed like they were trying to hard to taste good, and instead lacked in the right flavor and edibleness. I noticed my guests using forks and knives for a sandwich and a burger. This should never be the case, it takes away from the purpose of two (2) pieces of bread separating your hands from the core ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quot spot at the end of Riverwalk
    Shirlsmor
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Fun ambience and eclectic menu. Waiter very helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meatballs!
    Reba
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Loved the menu and easy to share plates. Saw the ravioli on-line so was disappointed to hear they are now off the menu. The breads are good, but maybe a little too much cheese (can you have too much cheese?). Service was slow, but the company was good so we were ok with that. Beer choices were fun. Would have loved a flight to try a few more. Desserts were so-so. We tried 3 and none had any wow factor. Bison meatballs rocked!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Lunch scene was fantastic as well as the food!! Will definitely return for dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PearlGem
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The restaurant was upstairs from the bar and open to below which led to a moderate noise level, although for 8pm on a Saturday not to bad. It is not a large seating area but quite comfortable. The double-cut pork chop that I had was the best and cooked just perfect. My wife had the tenderloin skewers which were charred just right. The appetizer, Bubbling Swiss, Roasted Elephant Garlic, Sweet Onion, was hot and gooey with toast! The shared vegetable dish, Zucchini-Quinoa-Golden Raisins, was good and multi-faceted, although could have been a larger portion. The tab with a beer and tip came to ~ $88.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner guest
    Food4thought
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Appetizers were WAAAAAAY better than the entrees. If I go back, Ill pass on the entrees and load up on apps. Good ambience. Hard working manager.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.