About Ácenar

Welcome to Ácenar Restaurant where tantalizing food, hip design and service with style await you!

Restaurateur Lisa Wong, and her business partner Pete Selig, 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.

Her 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. The interior and exterior reflect colors and designs influenced by Lisa’s Mexican and Asian heritage.

146 East Houston
San Antonio, TX 78205
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm


Bar Hours:


Fri & Saturday - 2:30pm-1:00am

Cross Street:
St. Mary's

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(210) 222-2362

Website:
http://www.acenar.com/

Entertainment:
Happy Hour Available Monday-Thursday 3 to 6 PM. Call for details !!

Live music varies

Catering:
Call Keith or Kathy or email keith@acenar.com or kathy@acenar.com for more information

Parking Details:
Special Valet Pricing at Hotel Valencia next door, Surface Lot, City Garages from $3.00

Public Transit:
Yes

Executive Chef:
Richard Sanchez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

Ácenar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (26)
Good for a Date (26)
Waterfront (26)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Scenic View (23)
Authentic (20)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Fun (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Special Occasion (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Business Meals (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Spicy (9)
Romantic (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
People Watching (7)
Tapas (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Cozy (4)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 2 days ago

Very overpriced for average food. Drinks were not very good and expensive. Don't recommend their mexican martini or bloody Mary. Martini was $12 for a very small glass. Service was good, very slow at first. It is riverwalk, that is what you are paying for.

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 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

The restaurant was beautiful and served beautifully prepared food. 3 of us had dinner; business so met at the bar. I'm not a big tequila drinker so I ordered an old fashioned as was treated to one of the BEST OLD FASHIONEDS I've ever had. He took the time to sear the peel thereby heating the orange oil/essence. It was incredible. Our meal was spectacular; my snapper was cooked to perfection and I could still be dining on the cilantro rice. Great combination of flavors, colors and vegetables. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Mexican food on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. Chicken and veggie fajitas were excellent. Great service.

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·Dined 7 days ago

The seating along the Riverwalk, the food made for an enjoyable afternoon.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Authentic
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Plenty of room for improvement when it comes to service. Food was super delicious especially the Pescado a la Veracruzana. Great mojitos and margaritas. Table was very small. Had to decorative piece and place our glasses of water on the ground under the table to make room on table.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

With a quaint table on the river's edge, this place was both delightful and the food was fabulous! our waiter was very prompt, personal and a pleasure to interact with. The menu offered a variety of great Mexican dishes and the atmosphere was exciting! I would recommend this establishment to friends and family!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Tapas, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

the food was mediocre at best. Very disappointing.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We were a half an hour late for our reservation (10 of us) due to a bad accident on I35. We were all coming from New Braunfels. The staff was exceptionally understanding and accommodating. They saved our table for us and provided quick service so we could still make our show at The Majestic Theater. Margaritas were excellent and food was very good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was excellent. However, the service was very, very slow. In addition, I had requested a river view table for my kids and I to enjoy an outdoor dinner and when I arrived at my specified reservation time, I was told I needed to wait 30-45 minutes to get seated if I wanted a river view table. The host mentioned that river view seating is first-come-first-served, which is not specified either in their website or Open Table. Bottom line, if you don’t mind not the best service all around as long as the food is excellent, then this is the place for you.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This would have been a perfect evening if I had been informed that we could not make reservations for the patio. Apparently that is first come, first served but when I called to confirm I was not told that. We would have made it a point to get there earlier.

Tags: Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Opentable offers brunch reservations at 10am but the restaurant doesn’t open till 10:30am. They seated us but food and service were subpar I can only assume due to the fact the restaurant wasn’t really open yet.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Awesome cocktails! The crab tacos were great. We asked for a seat by the river, but they said there was a wait. Then we saw a table that was at the balcony and empty the entire rest of our evening, but it was ok.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Was told our reservation did not matter when they are busy.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food fun atmosphere on the river walk

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Server Marco was so nice and attentive. Margaritas, salsa, chips and guacamole we’re outstanding. Next time I would pass on any entrees, they were just not very good. The Mariachis were a nice touch.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Have eaten here before and was happy to return. More interior Mexican dishes would be a good addition as it is a bit Tex-Mexie.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 17, 2017

always love dining at Acenar when in San Antonio! Most authentic of all the Riverwalk restaurants!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Great Beer, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Happy Hour
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wonderful food and cocktails! Great service, friendly and efficient!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We are from denver Co and this has been our second experience here. The food and staff were superb. We will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I always look forward to eating here when visiting San Antonio. The food and service did not disappoint. However, the pigeon population was a major distraction. They were actually aggressive. Spoiled what otherwise was a delightful lunch with friends and a nice Riverwalk setting. Will consider eating inside if I go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Casual, Romantic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food we had at Acenar was delicious! We tried the Queso Flameado appetizer, which was melty, spicy goodness. Our entrees were very generous portions - the Arrachera Skirt Steak was enough to feed 2 people, but sure enough we had also ordered the Carnitas Pork Strips and went way overboard! (There should be an advisory that sharing is encouraged.) Try the Mango Habanero Margarita - just enough heat, just enough sweet. Our waiter was very attentive, the decor was bright and lively. The only drawback to the evening was that the acoustics discouraged quiet conversations, but we were really too busy eating! Will recommend Acenar to anyone wanting a different San Antonio TexMex experience!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fabulous dinner on River walk, with lively Mariachi

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great location. Food was very good but drinks were not impressive at all. Terrible value for that 11 dollar margarita.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Our food was fresh and delicious. We will be back

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

A real gem by the San Antonio River Walk. Offers both conventional familiar Mexican dishes and chef’s specialties that demonstrate high level culinary talent. We had huachinango fish served two ways and steamed Texas goat, both stunning dishes. Began with cactus mushroom (huitlacoche) crepes that began the experience with a bang. Outstanding creative cocktails too. Lovely outdoor indoor or bar service. Can’t wait to go again and hope to get Gilbert as a server.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Spicy, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Good food and drinks. Patio area is nice if the weather is not too hot. You will see the Riverboats and tourists as they go by below. Handshake Margarita made with fresh squeezed lime juice is very good.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food was authentic Mexican. The quesadillas were just like I used to eat as a kid at La Posta in Saltillo. The portions were large and tortillas hand made. If you like Mexican food, don’t pass up Acenar!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, People Watching, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food is terrific and service is great

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food and atmosphere as always. We come here at least once a year for special occasions when we are visiting San Antonio.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

we made reservation and still pent 30 minutes waiting for the table.
Sad that they charged for my birthday cake . could have gone anywhere else where they would offer better food and a free small dessert.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Celebrated my Granddaughter's up coming 14th Birthday with dinner where I surprised her with tickets to the King and I play at the Majestic Theatre. Our waiter, David, was extremely courteous, joyful and was quite knowledgeable/helpful in helping us with the menu.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Wonderful location with great outdoor seating area on the river walk. Food is excellent and not too expensive. Service could be better: had to constantly ask for tea and water refills; restaurant has the practice of having staff who are not your waiter bring the food, so they have to ask each person what they ordered.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Our experience with Acenar was great except the restaurant did not have the reservation I made two weeks prior through OpenTable. It was embarrassing as our friends watched as the host said you do not have a reservation. This, especially, since I received two emails, one from Open Table the morning of the reservation. That said, this is the first time this has occurred to me using Open Table system.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Acenar is a real treat! I discovered it several years ago on a trip to San Antonio, and now I make sure to stop by at least once on every trip that I make there.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I’ve been going to Acenar and have entertained out of town customers throughout the years. Unfortunately, the food quality was very disappointing on my
last visit. I ordered the carnitas. They tasted as if they’d been fried in oil. The additional items on the plate were also very disappointing. A cenar has great outdoor patio on the river, but I felt that the food had gone the way of so many other river walk tourist traps. Very disappointed and i doubt that I will ever recommend or go there again.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 17, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed our second visit to Ácenar very much. The service was excellent, the food was good and our table outside was overlooking the riverwalk. She loves the coconut margarita and I enjoy the ice cold cantarito!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere, great service! Food was delicious and very unique! Very nice decor and loved the outside dining availability! Highly recommend to those celebrating or dating!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Incredible food and menu. Wish their service was a little more timely - friendly staff but we waited repeatedly for ordering, drinks, food and follow up on requests.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This was one of the best Mexican restaurants we experienced in San Antonio and we ate Mexican at least twice a day for five days. The menu is quite varied and the only place I found that had Cabrito and it was very good. The watermelon margaritas were exceptional. Highly recommended.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great ambience on the terrace.
Fish veracruzana was very good. Chicken breast with mole sauce was awful.
Waiter was attentive.

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