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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.
San Antonio, TX 78205
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
Fri & Saturday - 2:30pm-1:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Happy Hour Available Monday-Thursday 3 to 6 PM. Call for details !!
Live music varies
Call Keith or Kathy or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Special Valet Pricing at Hotel Valencia next door, Surface Lot, City Garages from $3.00
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
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
First time at this restaurant, unusual frigid arctic air dictated finding a spot close to hotel, and wife said “Mexican”. Solid on bloody Maria, their guacamole, tortilla soup and waiter efficient and knowledgeable. We went exotic with crab tacos and seafood enchiladas, would give a 3 out of 5 on both. But, tables and chairs ‘wobbly’, having to remedy with rolled napkins under table legs. Have no problem with modern, just maintain and replace so furniture not a distraction to the staffs hard work.
Celebrated my mom's 50th here, (12/31/17) to be exact. For a New Year's Eve night, the staff was amazing in perfect flow. They seated us PRIORITY and EARLY without knowing it was her birthday in advance. The food is worth every penny you spend here. It's a moderate expense. Only complaint I have is the tip is pre-added to the final tab. I'm just glad we didn't have a crappy waiter.
Had the pleasure of having dinner here on New Year’s Eve. Wait time with reservation was minimal and our waiter was phenomenal. Complimentary appetizer (Sope) was amazing. Parrillada for two was incredible with an over abundance of food. Flavors and meat temperatures were excellent. So satisfied with the experience from start to finish on what seemed to be an insanely busy night. Chef Wong has mastered the balance contemporary flare with traditional dishes.
Mexican food in downtown San Antonio, especially the Riverwalk area, is just ok. I go pretty often and know that you need to get away from that are to find good Mexican. This restaurant fits that Riverwalk standard. Meaning, it was all just ok. The fajita meat was tender, but the seasoning messed it up. The enchiladas were pretty standard, and the beans and rice were pretty low on flavor. If I decide to eat Mexican food close to the riverwalk, I would not come back. I can get just ok Mexican food that costs less elsewhere. Service was not bad.
Dined early before football game and were met by friendly staff who promptly seated us. Very lively crowd but wait staff were attentive and took care of our needs efficiently. Ordered grilled shrimp tacos and enchiladas verdes. Started meal with generous portion of chips and their roasted salsa which was tasty. Entrees were brought to us promptly and were very hot, temperature wise. Excellent taste and very enjoyable although a bit spicier than I care for. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience.
Service was great, our food came to our table very fast. We also were dining around 5:30 so that was probably part of the reason. Our waiter, Marco, was very personable and enjoyed the talking with him as he served us. We had the table side guacamole which was fantastic and highly recommend that as an appetizer. Main dish was very good and the desert was incredible.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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