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Ácenar

4.2
1779 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Authentic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Fusion / Eclectic
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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
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Phone number
(210) 222-2362
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Richard Sanchez
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Catering
Call Keith or Kathy or email keith@acenar.com or kathy@acenar.com for more information
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
St. Mary's
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Parking details
Special Valet Pricing at Hotel Valencia next door, Surface Lot, City Garages from $3.00
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Public transit
Yes
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Entertainment
Happy Hour Available Monday-Thursday 3 to 6 PM. Call for details !!

Live music varies
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.

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What 1779 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
3.9
value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Food was excellent

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

We made a reservation 6 weeks out, which we called to confirm and request outdoor seating day of the dinner. Acenar staff advised that outdoor seating was first come/first served. When we arrived, we advised of our reservation and requested to change to outdoor seating. We were told we had a 45-50 minute wait, to which we agreed. After waiting 80-90 minutes, all the while, 3 tables outside that were set up with reserved signs. This was certainly off-putting and the staff could not give us a clear explanation of that situation. When finally seated (outside) the wait staff was very attentive, but food was mediocre. Margarita was fair, flavorful but little to no tequila in it. We ordered 2 table side guacamoles which were fresh, but very small for the $15 price for each. The “taste of everything” plate was a variety of poor quality beef, sausage, chicken and shrimp, lacking flavor. The proteins seemed old, as if cooked much earlier in the dY and warmed up for service. While the venue and staff are good, I’d recommend finding another place on the river walk for good food

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Good but would have been much better sitting outside

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

I am surprised that this restaurant came up as one of the top ten restaurants in San Antonio. Our meal was ok, nothing to write home about.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We dined with an out of town friend. We wanted to take him to a restaurant that offered great tasting food and was next to the river. We all left impressed.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It’s was awesome! The only thing missing was some music....

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

Well, we had high hopes. Food arrived and it looked and smelled awesome. Only problem—we had no utensils with which to eat it! The young man who brought the food promised to bring us utensils and even told us tortillas were on the way, but we never saw him again. Couldn’t fine our waiter either. Finally got service from a different waiter but by that time my husband had lost his appetite and his food was cold so he never touched his. I ate mine at the food quality was awesome! I mean really good. Ordered another glass of wine when food was delivered. It arrived after I had finished my meal. Too bad— the potential was there but the service crew needs improvement

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Tried to eat on deck but told long wait despite reservations
Inside was annoyingly loud throughout meal even after loud large party left
Food was well done particularly mole sauce
Guacamole was made tableside but lacked flavor and special chips arrived very late after mostly eaten
Would have been different experience if outside on riverfront patio but not worth the trip otherwise unless a large party

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Bit loud outside because there was a large conference group. Great service and food. Beautiful setting on corner of Riverwalk. Unique food and drinks

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Good food. Great service. Too loud for my liking

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Acinar is one of the best Latin restaurants I have experienced. The food was incredibly delicious and the drinks were also carefully crafted. It was apparent that much care was taken to present a meal which was to be savored and remembered. The service was also excellent; the waitress could not have been more kind and pleasant. Great experience!

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We pre booked this 3 weeks in advance for our final night celebration and were told it would be a 50 min wait for an outside table - we reluctantly agreed and were placed away from the rest of the tables near where some brooms and other cleaning products were stored- we complained twice but no one seemed to care - food was ok and then they slapped on a 20% service charge which being English I paid.I can’t see the point in booking if they treat you like a walk up for any acceptable tables - a thoroughly poor and disappointing experience - I would avoid at all costs

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Enjoyed our meal very much. Had the opportunity to dine outside, which coming from Indiana to San Antonio was a great thing to do! Also enjoyed our margarita! Very friendly staff and our meal was served to us in a very timely manner. Kudos to all!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We were in from out of town and got a reservation the day before but ended up
Inside rather than outside on the river walk. The server was very good but the food was lack luster. My husband got skirt steak which he said was good. I had the crab tacos and they didn’t have much flavor.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food was good; service was slower than desired on our particular visit (it was a Friday night).

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We loved the food. The Alambres a la Mexicana was delicious and enough for the two of us to share, especially after some chips and salsa. We also had the Tres Leches Cake, but it was a bit disappointing. Not very authentic. The cocktails / wine were good also, though a bit pricey for the size.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

There was seating inside and also outside overlooking the river. Due to lightning, and a sudden downpour of rain, we chose inside.

The waiter/waitresses ignored us until the manager came by and asked if we had been helped. After that the service was ok. Food was cooked fast and tasted real good.

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1.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Service was terrible. Food was just ok. Nothing special. Patio is first come first service so even if you make a reservation, you won’t get a patio table unless there is one open. Overall the worst place we ate all weekend.

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We specifically chose Acenar to have their guacamole, which is prepared at table side and is one of the things they are known for. They had run out of avocados though! Enough said...

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

OK experience. Food was good, but not exceptional. Service was above par. For the money, a decent value.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was spectacular ! The mole chicken and the table made guacamole were some of the best I have had. Each region of Mexico has a signature mole- this mole had a back bite of peanut- subtle but flavorful

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We made a 10:15 am reservation and were rudely turned away, saying they weren’t open and we will have to come back later. Then, Open Table sends an email admonishing us for not showing up.

Have no idea about the food, but we’ll never be back.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great Tex Mex Food! And it is on the RIVER WALK. Great location. Great service.
We were stuck in an upstair private area away from ALL of the people in the restaurant.

Super service, great TEX MEX food, though.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Final Four

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food is excellent. A little on the loud side but only if you want a quiet time. Overall a great place

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The cocktails were disappointing. Their version of the old fashioned was not enjoyable. The service was poor. It took a long time for the server to come around. We had to ask for spoons when we got coffee. The server didn't come around to see how we were doing. So we had to get the server's attention each time. It was busy but we've been to busier restaurants that are better managed. We ended up getting an extra drink because of a mix up.

It has a nice ambiance but the experience did not live up to expectations.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We arrived at our reserved time and were seated right away. The service was prompt and attentive without being overbearing. The food was fresh and attractive and arrived in a reasonable time. I would highly recommend this restaurant for date night or family dining.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Not mexican food, just american food a la mexicana

Not fresh food. Mediocre restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great experience and place

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Great food and nice casual atmosphere. Waitress went missing a few times but was nice when we got her attention.

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1.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We were seated up against dirty walls outside w/a plastic tablecloth that was literally hanging on by threads, a huge rip running right through the middle. It was a real disappointment considering the location. After that, the waiter sensed we weren’t going to stay long as we only ordered appetizers because we couldn’t sit in that dirty corner through a whole meal but felt obligated to stay for a little bit since chips & salsa were already brought out, he barely came around. I wouldn’t recommend this place if you’re looking for a decent place to dine.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

A bit basic first impression; looks almost like a cafeteria or diner. But the dishes we had were all good. Nothing memorable, but good. Service was good as was the table made guacamole. I would probably go again but there are several Tex Mex places along the Riverwalk and this one doesn’t really stand out from the crowd.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Unique TexMex . My favorite is chicken sweet potato dish.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I ordered beef arrachera plate. I found the beef to be too “sweet”. I had never tasted beef in that form. Overall, the rest of our evening was very good.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Wonderful service and recommendation for pre-theater meal and drinks from Ernest who was working on the patio on that evening.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We met some friends for dinner and had a great meal. I wish we didn't live so far away (Sugar Land, TX) because there were other menu items I wanted to try.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Was recommended by a friend; nothing special except for the guacamole!!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Very good food and reasonably priced. All the food was excellent and the server was friendly and attentive.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Went here for a business dinner. It has a very hip vibe and seems to be very popular. There is an outdoor area which overlooks the riverwalk and the indoor section. We sat indoors and it seemed a little bit loud but we could still hear each other if we talked a bit louder. I had the Alambres a la Mexicana which were three skewers (1 beef, 1 shrimp, 1 chicken) with meat and veggies over roasted corn rice. It was out of this world. All of the meats were perfectly done and very tender and not dry. The rice was soo good too! It was not the typical rice that you get in a mexican dish. This was more on the white side with some roasted corn and it and it had a very rich, almost buttery flavor. It was so good! Then we had the Tres Leches Cake with caramel sauce and melon pico. It was also really heavenly too. If I ever come back to San Antonio again I am bringing my family here to eat.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Wonderful atmosphere and food, and the location provides a nice comfortable dining experience right on the river walk. The Duck Chalupa's were SO GOOD!

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