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Acenar Interior - Ácenar, San Antonio, TX
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Ácenar, San Antonio, TX
Ácenar, San Antonio, TX
Ácenar, San Antonio, TX

Ácenar

4.5
4.5
2492 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Welcome to Ácenar Restaurant where tantalizing food, hip design and service with style await you!

Restaurateur Lisa Wong (of Rosario's fame), and her business partner Pete Selig (of Biga & Maverick fame), joined forces in 2005 to launch Ácenar … one of the largest and most innovative contemporary Mexican restaurants and bars on the River Walk. Guests will enjoy a modern take on Texas regional Mexican dishes inspired by the history and heritage of these two cultures.

Our professional team, led by Executive Chef Richard Sánchez - delivers a culinary explosion of bold Latin-infused flavors. Enjoy many fine selections of Gulf fish, crab and shrimp, or piping-hot San Antonio style enchiladas, savory chiles rellenos, sizzling parrilladas, asadas and cabrito — all made to your satisfaction.

Our multi-level spacious restaurant features floor, balcony and outdoor seating. Enjoy daily happy hour specials and a weekend brunch.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (210) 222-2362
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Richard Sanchez
  • Catering
    Call Keith Ludwick or email keith@acenar.com for more information
  • Private party facilities
    Ácenar’ offers 4 private dining areas, which can be combined for large events. Our patio overlooking the San Antonio Riverwalk being the highlight of the restaurant, while the Arriba and Abajo Rooms offer a more intimate setting. The Mezzanine converts to dining and lounge style cocktail parties.
  • Private party contact
    Keith Ludwick: (877) 556-3429
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    St. Mary's
  • Parking details
    Special Valet Pricing at Hotel Valencia next door, Surface Lot, Check City Garages for Free Parking
  • Public transit
    Yes
  • Entertainment
    Happy Hour Available Monday-Thursday 3 to 6 PM. Call for details !!Live music varies
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,492 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Antonio

    Great for outdoor dining

2,492 Reviews
  1. RABP

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    They serve “Real” Margaritas - not a sweet & sour mix Chips & Salsa delicious. House made chips. Salsa fresh Food was fabulous. Chicken mole was perfection. And the fish was perfect Our waiter was very helpful with suggestions and very attentive. Definitely would recommend and go back next time we are in San Antonio

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  2. JKHu

    Nashville

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Acenar is our go-to place when going to the Majestic for a show or concert. Always great!

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  3. DEEDEE

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reservation was available at time requested! Margaritas are DELICIOUS as was the meal! Server (Anthony) was stellar too!

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  4. Bec09

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here after the rodeo with a friend. We had the queso and chips along with the "Little Bit of Everything" fajitas for 2. Food was great and the portion size was more than enough. Service was attentive and the ambiance was beautiful.

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  5. CindyN

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Heard great reviews but very unsatisfactory experience. Seated 10 minutes before being greeted or even getting water. Waiters were extremely rushed and almost rude. Had to ASK for silverware and then, was given it by waiter saying ‘Here Mama”. Food was acceptable but nothing special and was delivered barely warm. Not someplace I’ll be returning to.

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  6. LPAK

    San Antonio

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoy coming to Acenar before our Broadway Play at the Majestic Theater. The food is great and the wait staff are attentive.

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  7. DeborahV

    San Antonio

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service. Acenar is a great place for dinner prior to a Broadway show at the Majestic 👍

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  8. JohnH

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this place. Food is awesome, and service is great.

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  9. JVjazz

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Poor service from beginning to end. Food was very good, but average presentation for price Located by the Riverwalk, far from the “glitz”

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was good but food was nothing special. Fire roasted salsa had no heat but tasted fine. Chips and salsa were not complimentary like every other Mexican restaurant but did offer a large portion of chips for the cost. Everyone enjoyed their menu options but again nothing special food wise. We eat a lot of Mexican food and expected a better dining experience based on prior reviews. Would go back but plenty of other dining options to try while being in the Riverwalk area.

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  11. Christine

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and friendly staff. Very nice ambience.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Very responsive and attentive wait staff. Good was delicious. Contemporary Mexican food and decor. Highly recommend.

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  13. Stuart

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant met boulevard expectations for dinner

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  14. richinnb

    San Antonio

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    In short, the food was solid, but the service was just meh. This was my third visit to Acenar, so clearly we're fans of the food. This time we started with the ceviche and it was excellent. HUGE serving for the cost, and super fresh. We also had salsa on the table because...come on, you can't have Mexican food without salsa. :) My wife got the Snapper Adobo Style. She loved it with the spiraled veggies and cilantro rice. I took a bite and found the fish to be a bit overcooked, but it was the tail end to be fair to the chef. Good flavor, otherwise. I had the parrillada with chicken and beef skirt. It was a TON of meat and was very well prepared. The charro beans were just ok, but I didn't care as the meat and veggies on my skillet were so good. We both washed it all down with a couple large margaritas, and boy were they large...and strong. We walked away full and a bit buzzed to our show next door. haha I'd love to see the servers and staff at least pretend to be enjoying their jobs. It's really my one gripe about our visit. The staff just seemed miserable for a Friday night. Yes, the place was pretty packed, but they were well staffed with no real drama going down that we could see, so just put a smile on to make everyone's night better...and wallet's looser.

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  15. MikeP

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food away from crowds on the River Walk at a food price.

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  16. Mlqshadow

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The table side guacamole is 10 out of 10 delicious!! Huge portions and super filling. Great experience.

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  17. RPM59

    San Antonio

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Got drink order wrong. Ordered a short and drink came in a margarita goblet.

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  18. JB57

    Tahoe

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’d love to come here for their cheese enchiladas and they’re being in cheese nachos. They are fabulous as well as the table side guacamole

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  19. Unhappy

    San Antonio

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Acenar came through again. We were on a date night with dinner before the Theatre Show. We got seated in our favorite Waiter's (David) area and everything flowed from there. Our service was awesome and the food very hot and delicious. Everything worked out great and we were at the theatre twenty minutes before curtains. Great job and awesome experience!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a great time at Acenar for a business dinner with colleagues. I got the jalapeño cucumber margarita, which was delicious! Perfectly spicy and fresh. For food, I went with the short rib tacos and we got queso to share. Short rib tacos were a bit greasy but flavor was there. Queso was basic but good with chorizo mixed in. Service wasn’t stellar but the restaurant was busy. Forgot a few things but food/drinks came out fast.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Drinks were not good as stated by waiter. Four of the five drinks weren’t even finished (they took a sip and left them). Do not recommend the slim / skinny margaritas nor the jalapeño cucumber one at that.

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  22. MaureenC

    Dallas

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always good. Recommend the guacamole prepared table side

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  23. RoseM

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic. Daniel was a very informative server who gave amazing recommendations. Best food we’ve had in SA in a long time.

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  24. JeffreyR

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is good. Portion sizes are too small. Ambience is nice but noisy.

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  25. KimR

    San Antonio

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place to go before a show at the Majestic....just make sure you give yourself plenty of time as it won't be fast. Everything was delicious and the service was good, not great but he was busy, but glad I gave us more than an hour for dinner before we needed to be at the show. We will definitely go back.

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  26. TomiB

    Edmonton

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at Ácenar was delicious. There was lots of selection and our sever was very attentive to my dietary restrictions. Would definitely recommend!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Meal Server was pleasant. Food Was great and reasonably priced.

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  28. LauraB

    Anchorage

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The handmade margarita was outstanding!! Food was very good. Service was excellent.

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  29. DarrellJ

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, excellent service, reasonable prices, good location. What's not to like?

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  30. ChristopherF

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been coming to this place for years, but still glad to recommend them to others: Food was great (camarones diablos & short-rib tacos as entrees), the margaritas (hand shaken) superb, and the red wine (tempranillo) very good. We sat on end table overlooking the river, and looking down the river—with Christmas lights hanging from the trees in fully display. What's not to love?

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  31. DaneR

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Great service! Love the smoky salsa and fajitas. All great.

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  32. AliciaO

    Austin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was average, server was rarely seen. Environment was good, we sat outside on the patio.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience, with one very small exception. Fantastic service, great location adjacent to the river walk and the best Mexican food we’ve had in a long time. Highly recommend.

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  34. JKHu

    Nashville

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite go-to place before a show at the Majestic! Great drinks. Great food, Great service, Great patio to see/hear the holiday dressed barges. Great fun!

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  35. LauraL

    Tampa

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good. Service was slow. Liked being outside on the Riverwalk.

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  36. AndreaI

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love this place! Table side guacamole is incredible.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! The three of us ordered two different entrees, both were superb! Two of us had the shrimp and the third, the chili rellano. We had immediate seating and an extremely knowledgeable waiter who made excellent suggestions. Every bite was savory—we’d return in a split second for another bite. (It would not be considered a cozy restaurant inside, but outside provides an intimate setting, if wanted.) Oh, it was so wonderful

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Very scaled down menu, most of the items I saw online were no longer available or only available for private events. The tables felt like they would have been a better fit in a counter service/ fast casual restaurant.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Amarillo

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The fish tacos were delicious. The regular margarita and prickly pear. Margarita were wonderful.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food with attentive wait staff. Excellent hand shaken margaritas

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Ácenar does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Ácenar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (210) 222-2362.

Ácenar is rated 4.5 stars by 2492 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ácenar

146 East Houston, San Antonio, TX 78205

Additional information

  • Cross street
    St. Mary's
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Special Valet Pricing at Hotel Valencia next door, Surface Lot, Check City Garages for Free Parking
  • Public transit
    Yes
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Richard Sanchez
  • Entertainment
    Happy Hour Available Monday-Thursday 3 to 6 PM. Call for details !!Live music varies
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (210) 222-2362
  • Catering
    Call Keith Ludwick or email keith@acenar.com for more information
  • Private party facilities
    Ácenar’ offers 4 private dining areas, which can be combined for large events. Our patio overlooking the San Antonio Riverwalk being the highlight of the restaurant, while the Arriba and Abajo Rooms offer a more intimate setting. The Mezzanine converts to dining and lounge style cocktail parties.
  • Private party contact
    Keith Ludwick: (877) 556-3429
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