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

88% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (35)
Good for a Date (29)
Great for Outdoor Dining (29)
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Scenic View (25)
Casual (25)
Fun (21)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Authentic (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Special Occasion (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Business Meals (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Romantic (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Spicy (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
People Watching (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Tapas (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Cozy (3)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great Mexican restaurant. The Duck Crepes are a must try!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere! The enchiladas verdes and enchiladas de mole were exceptional.

Tags: Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Authentic
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great service! Wonderful food! Would recommmend this restaurant to anyone going to San Antonio riverfront!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Casual, Cozy, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wow very impressive, we ate here New Years Eve and the atmosphere was amazing. Our waitress Marissa was gorgeous and unobtrusive. Food modern and yet authentic, thank you!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great Beer
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was cold and the hostess was very rude on two different occasions

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Been here for drinks and apps many times. Was very disappointed with our dinner. There was absolutely no taste at all.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Visit was fine, but OpenTable would only let me make a reservation on New Year's Eve for 5:30pm or 9pm. So we chose 5:30pm. We were there for almost two hours, and they had a BUNCH of open tables when we left. Would have enjoyed a later seating.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Still great after all these years. I had the red snapper. Perfection. Flavorful. My wife had the skewers. She loved them. Mexican beer was cold. Service was fast. Great side dishes of rice. Not your typical Mexican restaurant. Very good

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good food and great service!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Dined here on a busy Sat night so luckily we had made reservations. Sat outside on the patio and had a great meal. Salsa and guacamole were delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Personnel make you feel welcomed, bar drinks made to order, food excellent, outdoor seating very spacial with good distribution of heaters in extremely cold totally unusual weather.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Authentic, Waterfront, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding service, nice atmosphere, and we were very happy with our appetizers, entrees, and margaritas.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Marco took great care of us and the food is wonderful and fresh! That is how you treat a customer, well done! We love Acenar!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

The food was delicious! Didn’t think regular Mexican food could be elevated so much. Great service.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food & decor was awesome! Waiters were friendly! However, Happy Hour only offered in the bar (a few steps away from us) & we were bummed about that!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was wonderful. Our server Marcos was very attentive to us. We appreciate his hard work and loyalty. Had an amazing time.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Waterfront
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Wonderful food. Great coconut margaritas. Brunch is great.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Romantic
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

All 4 people enjoyed their meals and the experience. The grilled skewers were excellent. Will return on next trip to San Antonio.

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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 on December 5, 2017

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 on December 5, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

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.

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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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