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Ácenar

4.5
4.5
2378 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

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

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What 2,378 people are saying

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

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  1. BL

    BrittanyL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. celiac safe and approved. Lots of gluten free options.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Server was not knowledgeable, she showed frustration when someone asked to change their order before she left the table. The person changed their mind. The drink we ordered from the bar was requested with no jalapeño and she brought it that way and did not come check on us so we could send it back.
  3. KD

    KoryD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Price was reasonable.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Chips were stale, food was tasteless and for the price many better options on the Riverwalk.
  5. B

    Buster

    San Antonio

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Our waiter brought our tortillas as our appetizers were delivered. We waited another 20 minutes for our food, tortillas were cold. He never came to our table to check on us, off us drinks or dessert. Very disappointed by the service.
  6. CL

    ChrisL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambiance. The Chile relleno is outstanding and Anthony was a very good waiter. We will be back.
  7. R

    Ronnie

    San Antonio

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fast service as we were headed to the theatre afterwards.
  8. L

    Linda

    San Antonio

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Server wasn’t nice or helpful
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Years Eve dinner. Great good and service
  10. CH

    CHARLESP

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful night sat by the river walk on New Year’s Eve great service and not rushed out after dinner
  11. T

    Teresa

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    I really had high hopes for Acenar. We were in town for NYE and decided to try a restaurant on the Riverwalk. The ambiance and atmosphere was great, seating was okay and menu sounded delicious. We all ordered tacos and our plain shrimp tacos for our teenager ended up with a long piece of hair in them. Had they came plain this could have been avoided. We returned it and was given a new order but still with all the toppings when we asked for them plain. We may come back again when in town but would like to have larger portion sizes as well.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Food was outstanding. Unfortunately our waiter was extremely forgetful. There was only 2 of us we ordered Guacamole. He forgot until we reminded him. We asked for another round of drinks. He forgot until we had to ask. Got my food order completely wrong so I had to wait while they made a new dish. We ordered off the menu, no special requests. If he would’ve come back to our table more than to bring our food we would’ve ordered more drinks. We weren’t in a hurry, but felt completely ignored. Sat outside. Lovely evening. The abandon building across the river is an eyesore, but once it got dark was fine. FOOD was delicious. Drinks were great. However with so many other Mexican food options in San Antonio, I don’t think we’ll be back.
  13. ME

    MgEditor

    Tulsa

    39 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    When we finally got served, after 30 minutes of being ignored, the server was very good and so was the food. But no one with a reservation should have to wait half an hour with no acknowledgment.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was impeccable, food was great & staff was fantastic!! Guacamole made at table was fabulous as always. Patio dining on top San Antonio Riverwalk is fantastic! Highly recommended.
  15. NH

    NoHeat

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Not the best version of carnitas I've ever had, but not bad either. The accompaniments that came with it were tasty. Bartenders were very friendly and attentive. Overall an enjoyable experience.
  16. MP

    MiltonP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Staff was very friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. We really enjoyed sitting outside next to the Riverwalk.
  17. S

    Senior

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside and the atmosphere was quiet and charming. Our waiter was attentive and drinks and food came quickly. Food was delicious and creative.
  18. N

    Nick

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great Foods and Services at affordable price range.
  19. DK

    DebK

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent wait staff .. great food.. reasonable prices
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brother visiting for the holidays
  21. s

    schita76

    San Antonio

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Food and ambiance were excellent; however, our server was extremely inattentive.
  22. DG

    DG1111

    Houston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was fine. Gilbert, our waiter, provided good service. Maybe a little pricy for what you get but I guess that’s to be expected in a tourist area.
  23. V

    Viaggiatore

    Richmond

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really enjoyed our meal here. The guacamole, short-rib tacos, and margaritas were excellent. Very friendly service.
  24. CC

    ChrisC

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service.
  25. WT

    WorldTravelingFoodie

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding! You must order the tortilla soup. We still think about it several weeks later.
  26. PS

    PaulaS

    Minneapolis

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The patio was very nice and the food selections were great. Service was attentive.
  27. JW

    JoeW

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All went well
  28. CR

    CRauch

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food or top-notch
  29. DV

    DeborahV

    San Antonio

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious however chips & salsa should be complimentary. Little mom & pop restaurants in San Antonio restaurants offer this, Acenar could as well
  30. JB

    JimB

    Austin

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Overpriced for just standard Mexican fare. They even charge for chips and salsa!! Requested patio seating well in advance when making this reservation but not available upon arrival. Probably will not be dining here again in the foreseeable future.
  31. NB

    NicolleB

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Made a reservation on Opentable 3 weeks ahead for a patio table. When I arrived was rudely told patio seating was on a first come first serve basis only. Hostess did not care that i made a reservation. Luckily there was a patio table available. Ordered queso that never arrived. Had to keep asking for tortillas as three people ordered fajitas and the waiter kept bringing out only 3 tortillas at a time. Food was good but overall very disappointed with the overall experience.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome waiter recommendations were on point. Fresh guacamole made at the table is always fun!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was good, but the service was really slow and it wasn’t busy at all since it was 3 in the afternoon. Server was friendly, but maybe had to many tables?
  34. TS

    ToniS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place and highly recommend it to everyone! Best margaritas and salsa is absolutely awesome!! Dinner was so wonderful !!
  35. E

    Eliza

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was ok, the queso appetizer was awful, a drippy cheese dip that tasted like it was premade.. The tacos were ok. the bartender made very good prickly pear drinks but the waitstaff could not get the drinks made the same way so we had to request that the bartender remake them for our second round.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Did not matter making a reservation with requests- they did not pay attention to anything. Asked to be on the patio- was taken to indoor seating- then made to wait 20 min for outdoor seating. Had requested a small dessert with a candle for my anniversary- was just given a check after my meal.
  37. EH

    EricH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The meals were excellent ; great app, main dish and desert. Fantastic margarita. Would have been a 5-star overall review if our waiter had not abandoned us midway through our meal. Thankfully another employee recognized our frustration and took care of us.
  38. TH

    TeresaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious; our waiter, Gilbert was excellent!
  39. MP

    MichaelP

    Columbus

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Table side guacamole is really next to you service, stood about 10 ft away making the guacamole table side is part of the experience, disappointing. Everything is spot on
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food!

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 2378 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
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

  • 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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