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For 2
7:00 PM
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1708 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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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Call Keith or Kathy or email or for more information
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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
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Happy Hour Available Monday-Thursday 3 to 6 PM. Call for details !!

Live music varies
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 1708 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MeanJean (Dallas)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

I was a little disappointed with Ácenar. It look like it was new modern take on Tex mex on their website but it was just plain food. I got the enchiladas verdes and they tasted like they had been under a hot light for a while and were not that interesting. My husband got the shrimp tacos and thought they were ok. Nothing special about the rice and beans. The website said they have a great happy hour but the problem is it is only in the bar. Don’t think we would go back again. ☹️😒

vipbigtexan (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great salsa. Food was very tasty. We will return.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

I really enjoyed my anniversary so much. From the food to the mariachi band everything was amazing.

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Was not very impressed. The service was fine. We felt like they were reaching to be a higher end restaurant but came up short. The food was not bad it just wasn’t very good. It was surprising because it seemed like it was highly recommend.

ChrisW (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Amazing margaritas and guacamole! Worth a short walk through beautiful downtown San Antonio!

GolferSA (San Antonio)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We've been going to Aceñar for years, used to be an excellent dining experience, now not so much. Still good, no longer awesome. If you're wanting to carry on a conversation over dinner, skip the back room... the noise level is ridiculous, especially with a couple of large groups. Really need to look at the acoustics, Aceñar, need some sound absorbing material in there.

OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We went before heading to the Majestic and it was perfect! Delicious margaritas and the food was excellent!

indy22 (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was delicious, the margarita was perfect, and the tres leches cake was to die for! It was easy to access from the Riverwalk. The salsa with the chips was smoky with the perfect amount of spice. I got the jicama shrimp tacos with a side of beans, and I was satisfied. Even though they were very busy, I had good service. I definitely recommend reservations!

JimboD (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was great, and Decor as well. It was a bit loud, especially by the time we left. We had a 6:30 reservation on a Friday evening.

vipRonnie (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The wait staff was excellent. Efficient and friendly.

vipErikDPhillips (San Antonio)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

This was once was a nice pre-show place to eat and have a drink or two. The atmosphere was almost always upbeat yet respectfully quiet.
The last several visits have been just an audible nightmare. The noise level inside the dining hall and adjacent extra dining room has increased to near unbearable levels...and certainly a decibel too high for a table of two to be able to hear each other!

edweirdo (San Antonio)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We've been here several times. The food is consistently good, but not outstanding. And when it's busy, the downstairs seating area can get very loud, with many tables close together, and the staff coming in and out of the adjoining kitchen often.

DianeB (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Great food! Great service! Great location on the Riverwalk!

OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
3.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

The noise level in the place was so high that the two people on opposite sides of one of their round tables could not hear each other without shouting. It made what would have been an otherwise enjoyable dining experience, unpleasant.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

The entire staff, Patty and everyone involved made our lunch for a birthday very special and unforgettable. The food was delicious, the scenery was great and price was good! Would definitely recommend to anyone in the area. Had the Empanadas which were baked and not fried or greasy as an app. Had the Sizzling Steak fajitas and the Seafood enchiladas stuffed with shrimp and crab. Amazing! Frozen margaritas were also amazing. One of the best we had. Thank you to all the staff and managers for a perfect afternoon lunch and memory!