Ácenar

4.2
2356 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Welcome to Ácenar Restaurant where tantalizing food, hip design and service with style await you!

Restaurateur Lisa Wong (of Rosario's fame), and her business partner Pete Selig (of Biga & Maverick fame), 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.

Our 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. Enjoy daily happy hour specials and a weekend brunch.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2356 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service. Lively atmosphere on weekends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

What the restaurant lacks in ambience is made up with it's good food. The Tres Enchiladas we're very good (not perfect, but certainly better than other Riverwalk restaurants) and the refried beans were far better than typical. The shaken margarita felt cheap with not enough alcohol.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Family visiting

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Flower43
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The atmosphere is pretty chill, but the food was overpriced.

JM
JMJWAP
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Guac is always delicious, as are their margaritas!

JI
JoeI
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The food was exceptionally average “tourist food,” a far cry from what the restaurant used to serve. Prices were ridiculously high (e.g. $14.50 for guacamole for two). However, service was, by far, the lowest point. First an employee yelled at us because the hostess had put the menus and silverware on the table before it had been wiped down. The waiter appeared infrequently. We had to clear our own table to make room for the meals when they were served after the appetizer (only 3 of the 4 meals came out at the same time, making everyone wait for the last one to arrive while the remainder got cold). I’ve eaten here many times before in the past but it is not a restaurant I would patronize again. And heaven help the poor tourist who goes in there thinking they’ll experience “San Antonio friendly” or even a basic Tex-Mex meal of quality.

JH
JimH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters on yucca chips were scrumptious and the chocolate mousse dessert was to die for- ordered both visits making sure to walk to keep sugar in check. LOL

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vipShannon
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

We sat down and waited 20 mins for our table before any server helped us let alone brought us water. We were about ready to leave when the server appeared. Thankfully he was great and saved the dining or we would have gone elsewhere. Food was ok but then was out of the beer we tried to order. Finally - ambience was average. No music outside or any noise reductions. I felt as if I were dining in the middle of a street. I will not go back there!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very loud. Food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner before our lion king theater show. The food and services was delicious. They did not offer valet, but the parking garage was pretty close by and only charged a $10 flat rate .

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Ren911
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely recommend this restaurant, excellent food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was great

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Wonderful waiter that provided so much local information and history about San Antonio as well as great service with a crowded restaurant.

RB
RichardB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner except NO tableside guacamole! WTH? All that said, the food is excellent and Gilbert is a great, great waiter! Great service, knowledgeable of all menu and drink items, timely refills and check delivery.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!

DD
DDee
San Antonio
23 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our dinner at Acenar.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good service and delicious frozen margaritas.

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Gary
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anniversary. Some items of the food were not hot.

JR
JRHUGH50
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our waiter was very cordial but not overly attentive. Good job. Food was good as was expected. We usually dine her before theater evens.

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SusanS
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ernest was an excellent server. Great suggestions with the menu and food was yummy! Margs we’re good too!
We will be back!

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MLIzR
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We sat at an outside table under a noisy fan. Prompt service by a friendly waiter. Drinks were tasty. Food was very good but mine was lukewarm when I took my first bite. Husbands shrimp were juicy and seasoned nicely. Our table was in a puddle and not as nice as I expected but great ambiance by the River made up for that.

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LPAK
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the go-to place for us prior to our Broadway Play experience. We meet friends for dinner and then proceed to the theater. And, this we have done for several years. The dinner was very good and our service member was excellent.

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vipBernardetteB
San Antonio
23 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have always enjoyed Alcenar on our way to the theater.

OM
OmarM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was delicious and amazing. The service could use some help. We sat 10 minutes to be waited on and had to waive someone down to help us. After that the service experience was better.

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vipBilly525
Dallas
604 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The young man at reception wasn't too friendly or welcoming, but our server was great. In fact, we interacted with other servers, too, and they were ALL great. Food was good and drinks were better.

JW
JamesW
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was OK, couldn’t talk far too echoey, felt bad for my uncle with hearing aides, service was decent but sub par, food 3/5.
Hoped for more after reading about this place online

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LizT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our table was ready promptly and the service was wonderful. Our server was courteous and knowledgeable and our water and chips never ran out. Altogether a very enjoyable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing food was very good enjoyable evening

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I’ve eaten here for the last nine years when I come to town. My experience last night was not the restaurant I use to know!

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vipregular
Naples
51 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service was very good, some of the food was excellent but some was not so good. The guacamole had obviously been made much earlier in the day and was running and tasteless - couldn't finish it. The pork came with a corn 'tamale' which was not edible - it was rock solid and so starchy like a lead weight.
On the other hand the tacos were great.
The server, Christopher, was wonderful and accommodating.
Overall - would get it a second chance but stay away from the Guac unless they make it right in front of you.

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RudyT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and service were excellent. We loved the quiet atmosphere when you barely open in comparison to the later hours when it's busier and louder. Food was just as good as our last visit. Still love that salsa that comes with the salsa and chips.

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JillF
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive wait staff. We will return!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was expensive but that’s to be expected on the RiverWalk. No one in my party got a dish they loved, it was adequate. Nothing special.

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vipScooter1056
New Orleans
135 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I had looked at the menu for Acenar when I booked our restaurants for our trip to San Antonio. I wanted to go to a Mexican restaurant that had some modern dishes on the menu, not just the typical Tex-Mex fare. When we got there, however, the menu was very short on such items and didn't have the fish dishes that I had seen on the menu when I selected the restaurant. The menu was mostly what you would expect to find at any Mexican restaurant on the Riverwalk. It's a pretty restaurant and the service was good, particularly in light of the fact that it was so crowded. We ordered the mixed grill for 2 with beef, chicken, pork and sausage. It was okay, but there was no sauce on the meat whatsoever and none on the side. The meats were a little dry and the pork had no seasoning on it at all. For our taste, I think we could have found better Mexican food elsewhere on the Riverwalk, probably for a cheaper price.

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vipJaxx
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Well prepared cuisine, excellent tacos and drinks. Lovely seating right on the Riverwalk

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DavidH
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We had booked a dinner reservation for 6:00, but we stopped by around 3:00 for cocktails and guacamole because it was hot outside and we were hungry. Everything was great and we had the place mostly to ourselves. We came back later and of course the restaurant was busier. Still, the service was pretty fast. My biggest disappointment was the cochinita pibil. I wanted to try it because I make it myself (the Robert Rodriguez recipe), and I found it to be a little bland, The tres leches cake was excellent, though, as was the coffee that accompanied it.

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Lala
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great ! Our waitress Martha was amazing

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SignoU
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was over cooked, and too salty.
Service was slow.

JF
vipJohnF
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the Jalapeno Cucumber margarita and the crab tacos!!

GB
GeorgeB
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Amazing wait staff. Drinks were, ok. Food was ok. Nothing that really excited me. Would recommend or try again with different food selection.

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You can order delivery directly from Ácenar using the Order Online button. Ácenar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (210) 222-2362.

Ácenar is rated 4.2 stars by 2356 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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