Ácenar

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$30 and under
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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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LA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was absolutely amazing! The spicy shrimp is incredible and we really enjoyed the table side guacamole. Only issue was the noise level. We had to ask to be moved to a different table because the table we were first seated at was in an extremely noisy room that was an echo chamber. But our service was great and the wait staff moved us to a quieter area. Overall, I’d recommend and we would love to come back in the future!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good drinks.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great with great service. Will definitely go back.

FM
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Extremely slow service and very noisy restaurant. Kids were running around and pigeons flying around. Overall foods were ok, but maybe you could find this level of foods around your house.

MS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We were put at a table in the middle of the walkway so servers were bumping into my chair. We moved to a larger table in the back and were told that it was only for larger parties. They then put two other parties of four at two larger back tables right beside us. Our waiter got our ticket wrong and had to redo it twice. The food was really good, but the service was not. The noise was so loud, you couldn’t converse with table mates.

LC
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I think I'd rather go to the low-key sister restaurant, Rosarios. This restaurant was just okay on the Riverwalk. We thought it was going to be a little more sophisticated all around.

SI
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Food was good. Service was good. But was entirely too loud to enjoy a dinner with friends. It seemed like everyone was screaming across the tables to be heard.

D
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the restaurant. The service was fast and efficient. The food was good, we took the server's recommendations.

JT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We encountered heavy traffic on our way downtown so were on a rushed timeline to get to a show at the Majestic. The staff was so accommodating, put our orders in quickly, and got us out of the restaurant on time....all while serving is amazing cocktails and delicious food with a smile! I love this place!

B
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and so was our waiter! We were treated well by all staff and had an appetizers, entrees and dessert. Everything was tasty and they had good portion sizes s

RC
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the unusual options. Like the duck chalupas

s
Richmond
73 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Had a good meal at Acenar. It was a little less...cosy & sophisticated than I expected, but that's on me. It was an energetic vibe, little loud, but we lucked into a corner table. Food was very good, everyone liked what they had. It was too hot to enjoy the patio.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Noise level was high because we ate inside and there are large tiled columns for the sound to bounce off of. There was also a bachelorette party so we couldn’t blame the restaurant for that, but it was unfortunate to have to dine near them. The waiter was very cute and he anticipated our needs.

n
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Overpriced and the food was ok at best
My pork tasted like it was old and re-heated

BM
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Considering all of the TexMex choices on the Riverwalk, it's hard to infer that this restaurant is somehow better and/or above the others. The staff was as courteous as any of the other establishments and the food was just slightly better than the main tourist traps. When we went on a Wednesday evening, it was extremely noisy, and a little messy. The bottom line is basically same-same for the area...not bad, but also not outstanding.

NA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is very good but the food is not great I had more expectations.

SV
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from Angel who made our evening memorable. He was attentive, personable and a great server. Our food was delicious and served quickly. The restaurant is located in a quieter part of the river walk. Nice atmosphere.

MA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was extremely friendly and funny and the food was delicious at an affordable price.

JR
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our Waiter was excellent as he was very attentive and personable. And the manger Patti was extremely helpful in making our reservation for 20 people on the same day as we were celebrating my nephews swearing in to the Air Force. Great time. Thanks

R
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Waitress, Rochelle, was extremely professional, courteous, and attentive.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were celebrating my friends bday, so I made reservations. I order my drink, to only found out that happy hour food and drinks are only served in the bar. We had to move, so please ask before you sit down.
Overall the food was good and drinks were the best

RO
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, excellent price and most excellent service! Beautiful Ambiance, atmosphere. Can't wait to go back!

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We were seated inside. Terrible atmosphere. Waitress seemed to want to rush us. Food came out entirely too fast. We had no silverware, plates or tortillas when fajitas came out. We had the mixed fajitas for 2. The beef was chewy and the chicken was obviously prepared ahead of time and just put on the sizzling hot plate. It was luke warm at best. Onions were far from grilled. Pretty tasteless overall. We can’t understand how this place has such a good overall rating! We won’t be going back.

O
Cincinnati
37 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Cool spot on the patio overlooking the river walk. Our server Ethan was a good guy but seemed to be covering a lot of ground. Service was slow.

Patio had a lot of flies and needs to be sprayed or an insect zapper installed.

Chips and salsa were excellent. Lots of zap to the salsa.

B
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We love coming here before the Majestic shows. Great menu, great margaritas. You will not be disappointed! The vegetarian relleno is my favorite! And try the table side guacamole...yummy!

OT
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food, good prompt service even on a busy Saturday! My only concern was the condition of the Women's Restroom!! Water was all over the floor in one stall because it was leaking from a toilet. Plus several stalls were out of toilet paper. The waste basket was overflowing. Perhaps they need an attendant in the restroom or have someone check it hourly!!! Since so many tourists eat at Acenar, I would think the management would want to keep the restrooms clean. This is not the first time I have found the restrooms in such condition!!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food and drinks were good. Few things though: (1) Guacamole for Two was not made tableside as printed on the menu. Tableside guac should be prepared tableside; won’t be ordering that again. (2) We asked for corn tortillas with our Queso de la Casa; they did not accompany the Queso. We had to remind our server about them, twice. (3) Same thing when we asked for limes for our cocktails; asked three times before receiving them. Lesson learned: be specific when ordering as to how you expect delivery.

j
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time eating here. Both times have been great! The food and the service is awesome. My only suggestion would be to add noise cancellation to the walls. The noise just bounces off, so you can hear everything!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Two of us. Service slow. I would have had two wonderful drinks if I had known it would be 10-15 mins between visit from waiter. I suggest you order food / drink 10 mins before you want a normal wait time for another drink.

Still, it was worth it. I was with someone I love (wife) and enjoy her company in any long wait.

RT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Loved the atmosphere. Could've had a more romantic time had the noise levels been lower but the service and food definitely made up for it.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was looking for a nice quiet spot on the Riverwalk, and this one fit the bill perfectly! We got a shady spot on the patio, enjoyed the river without hoards of people passing by. The food was amazing (mushroom and squash vegan tacos were to die for!), even got guacamole made at our table. :) definitely will go back next time we are in San Antonio!

M
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and safe gluten free options. We would definitely return when we are in San Antonio next time.

DT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They helped make our anniversary dinner celebration a real treat with great service, great food and awesome drinks.

RG
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh ingredients and great authentic corn tortillas.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was super friendly and the goat was delicious.

l
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Acenar has a nice, casual atmosphere. The food is very good, with a wide variety of selections. The service is always attentive and friendly. It is quite noisy during peak hours. Its location at the end of the River Walk is a bonus.

MS
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, lovely view of the river walk. I had the goat and it was very flavorful and tender. I would definitely be back my next visit to San Antonio.

FB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food Good service will definitely good back again

B
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We will return! We both ordered the stuffed vegetarian poblanos, delicious!
Our waiter, Marco, showed just the right amount of attentiveness.
Great place to eat before the theater!

CD
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best food on the River walk! We will go back

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