Ácenar

4.2
2352 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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TJgg
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I have never been to a Tex-mex restaurant where you pay 4.00$ for chips, so we didn’t order any. The food was good, but my mind kept going back to this.

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BetoC
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

There was a mariachi band going from table to table singing and playing their guitars and trumpet during a PANDEMIC! They obviously had to take their masks off to perform. What the hell is this restaurant thinking? What better way to project particles than through your trumpet and by singing. There was also a party of over 40 people partaking in some event during a PANDEMIC! All these things made us feel very unsafe and we will never go there again as they clearly had no safety concern for their patrons. We have been going here for over 10 years and unfortunately we will never return. With regards to our level of service, it was by far the worst service we have ever received there.

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CC44
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience1

Service and food have deteriorated at this once #1 Mexican restaurant.

JW
vipJasonW
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a good time here, we were there at 11 am on Saturday, after open table suggested it for brunch. We arrived and were given a dinner menu. We asked and they brought a brunch menu, which the hevos rancheros was great.

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MatthewG
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all around! The Coconut Margs are a must!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing. Mariachis were super fun. Guests from out of town stated it was a little loud(patio) for conversation. Overall a great experience

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ShaneU
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was very good. Great location near Riverwalk

JS
JenniferS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants of all time. Get anything on the menu. You won’t have regrets.

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BethM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing service was very attentive and friendly. The outside seating area was beautiful but we ended up behind a pillar which was a bit awkward and dark. Some of the lights were not on right above us.
However we would absolutely return and recommend

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ThomasS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Nice quiet atmosphere.

DM
vipDonMemo
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The four of us enjoyed the food and service. Ácenar is usually much more lively but the Covid virus has really hurt business downtown. This is an excellent restaurant and we hope it survives the downturn.

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vipJenniferS
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Drinks were good, food was just average and service was good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Not exactly the cleanest restaurant, food was good, but over priced, like everything on the river walk.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was on point! Our waiter, Eugene, did an excellent job.

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vipelonwil
San Antonio
31 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They did not explain that Restaurant Week Menus did not start till 5pm when I made our reservation!

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Richard
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Dirty, poor service. Would not go back to this place.

KC
vipKatherynC
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

It had been about 10 years since i had been here. I now remember why.. Had a reservation. When we arrived, the hostess stand was slammed and the hostess was no where to be found. Even after several minutes. We were seated in what was clearly the overflow room. Our server was severely in the weeds and we were definitely an after thought. Went for restaurant week. Appetizers were outstanding! The meal went downhill after. Steak was overcooked. These Leches cake was ok, nothing outstanding. The manager came by at the end of the meal. We have had much better experiences elsewhere.

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YuriA
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. My daughter had the kids chicken nuggets and she loved them.

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EVELYNT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations for 5 to celebrate a birthday. When we arrived they had a notice of hours changed on the door. Why was the reservation accepted if they opened later in the day? They should have updated Their phone message to reflect the time change.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to Acenar before but that was many years ago. I was impressed with how amazing the food was still today. It’s good to have places like that to visit. We enjoyed our dinner throughly and the deserts were delightful. So glad we chose to come back!

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Dallynn
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, great location on Riverwalk close to Majestic Theatre! Our server, John, took great care of us and was extremely conscientious in maintaining proper social distancing while providing us great service (easier said than done in these times).

JM
JenniferM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Acenar. It is convenient and well located on the Riverwalk. The food is excellent and the menu varied. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We would definitely recommend Acenar!

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NoName
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable. Great service. Relaxing atmosphere. Attentive service.

CK
CharisK
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Worst service! When brought to managements attention, I felt my concerns were dismissed. Very disappointed. The food was fantastic but the service bad.

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LindseyW
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great spot tucked away off the Riverwalk. Great view while eating a fantastic meal on their patio.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great. The only challenge was the temperature. It was one of those still and humid evenings and the fan didn’t quite reach us.

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vipWonderful
San Antonio
35 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Carnitas were block chunks that were dry and overcooked which leads me to believe they were not fresh but leftovers.
Specified a Birthday in reservation but it was not acknowledged.

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GregM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this visit was part of our anniversary weekend. The service was impeccable, the food was fantastic and the overall experience was exactly what we were looking for. We will definitely be back again soon.

JJ
JJJ3
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting my son in San Antonio and decided to try them out for an earl dinner at 4:30. The service was great and our waiter was very kind. They were using all precautions during Covid as well. We sat outside and there weren't too many people there so social distancing was no problem. The food was incredible, very good!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner and enjoyed the 4-person fajitas, chips, salsa, and guacamole, and some drinks. Gary, our server, very friendly and personable. He had many recommendations from the menu, which was appreciated. The meal came and there was way too much food! All four of us took home food from the fajitas and it was delicious.

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SSAMC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The mole' is the BEST! When I look at the menu, all I see is the chicken enchilada with mole. Perfection! The mole' is balanced brilliantly with a complex combination of spicy, chocolate goodness Jicama taco app with shrimp also is surprisingly delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an awesome time . Visited from Louisiana and I have to say the fried oyster nachos are absolutely amazing!!! The margaritas are delicious and will sneak up on you 😂😂 our waiter was so cool and made our experience great! We can’t wait to go back .

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nothing wrong. Food was good but kind of average. Was expecting more.

JL
JenniferL
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was recommended and was by far the best place we ate while visiting San Antonio for 3 days. Food was amazing, some of the best fish tacos ever. The sangria margarita was outstanding. Our server was amazing.

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First experience eating out in person post lockdown and it was a great experience. Sat outside and enjoyed the quiet ambiance of the river and the patrons. Wonderful experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Acenar was beautiful. My group was outside right off the river walk. The food was delicious and the mariachi band was great. I also got a complimentary shot for my birthday! I will definitely be back.

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Pstank
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Very tourist. Not great food. Cool ambiance. That’s about it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food and service was great, we choose patio dinning only there where a lot of birds out. Afterwards we came inside to the bar and the bar tender was really great and funny.

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Ropo
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting town for Spring Break and wanted our teenagers to experience a nice patio dinner on the Riverwalk. The restaurant honored our reservation request for a river view patio table. Our server was attentive and super friendly. The food was delicious! Perfect choice for a San Antonio experience.

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Franco
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely table on the patio, even though I was sitting outside when my food was delivered it never got cold . Was a beautiful environment, friendly staff, loved the atmosphere will definitely return back !

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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 2352 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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