Ácenar

4.2
2427 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 2427 people are saying
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4.3
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SignoU
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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

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

Try the Jalapeno Cucumber margarita and the crab tacos!!

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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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TonyH
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible food and service. Very disappointing since the reviews were so good.

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AndyT
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and the best server in San Antonio! We love Acenar.

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Chicken
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Service was great. Food was fantastic.

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rodneyt
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was exceptional. He made the experience the best. One of our favorite places in San Antonio. Gary was our server.

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KristenS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ernest was amazing! Food was delicious! Will def be back!

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RoseG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We waited a very long time to get our food, but it was delicious. Husband had shrimp tacos and I had chicken tacos, both with rice and beans, yummmmm, margaritas were good too.

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JonG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance at Acenar on the quiet part of the Riverwalk in San Antonio!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience2

Not very pretty but the food is okay.

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TravelnMan
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David and Matthew took great care of us! Raymond makes great Mexican Martinis! Excellent food and service! Thank you

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MercedesL
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Noise level was way too loud. Queso was gritty and cold. Chips were stale and greasy. Salsa tasted like burnt garlic. Service was slow. Terrible experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was amazing, our host was so friendly, helpful and attentive. We’re from out of town and this was our first time in San Antonio. Both our server Daniel and the male host( I wish I would’ve gotten his name) made great recommendations for drinks and food. Our party of 6 all ordered different items to try, the chicken chalupa, short rib tacos, enchiladas and spicy shrimp plates were all incredible!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Friendly service, a little slow but everyone was so kind it didn’t matter!

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JasonB
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and waiter was awesome!!! Next time in the area, we will be back!

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lovetotravel
Grand Rapids
14 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening of outdoor dining! One of the best servers we have had anywhere. Delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was good and the food was delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gary was the best waister! Very knowledgeable on the menu and the city! Will definitely be going back!!

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JessicaS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our Mother’s Day lunch.

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DennisC
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Acenar consistently delivers great tasting food along with an imaginative menu.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Celebrated my moms 91st—only problem no elevator

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StephenH
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service was awesome and the drinks were very good. The food was edible but I felt the meat was over cooked and tough. We won't be going back but I have to say our server was one of the best I have ever had.

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SandraB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were amazing. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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JulieF
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely patio seating on the river walk but away from the congested areas. Fish tacos were recommended and were just okay but the shrimp and crab enchiladas were delicious. The guacamole was great as well. You can make reservations for indoor seating but the patio is first come first serve. We enjoyed our lunch at Acenar.

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vipmistyH
Salt Lake City
19 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We sat outside on the patio overlooking the riverwalk. Overall the food came out quick, but the service was a little slow. Drinks were excellent especially the cocunut margarita..yum.. I had the tres enchiladas and fresh guacamole. They were really good. Enjoyed our lunch! Also the wildlife (birds and squirrels) were fun to feed and play with. The squirrel... the regular... came and took oranges right out of our hands. Super cute!

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vipAndreaC
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok, but being one of the top restaurants in San Antonio, I expected different plates.

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DaveB
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Tacos were innovative and delicious.

Frozen margaritas were also unique and very tasty.

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viptngirl
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Lot of big parties the night we were there. Would have preferred not to be there that night. Very noisy. Service was good considering all that was going on.

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BillDelight
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food and ambience. Would definitely eat there again.

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MaryP
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The restaurant was very noisy inside, could not hear the person next to me. The drinks were very good. I had the mixed enchiladas- they were dry and overall disappointing. The check-in process was annoying as the hostess started to seat us and then took interruptions from 2 other parties. I finally found someone else. I have eaten here before and remember the food and ambiance being a lot better than my experience this past Friday night. The waiter was friendly and the service was timely.

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vipCathy
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gary was awesome as was the food and drinks! We really got a taste of true San Antonian Tex-Mex!

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Libby
Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful! Great location, wonderful service, appealing menu, excellent food, delicious plenty-strong cocktails, and attractive, convivial decor/atmosphere. Very Covid-safety-conscious practices, which we appreciated. Would highly recommend! Would definitely return!

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vipNelsonP
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We enjoyed the dinner (too much food served) and the service

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Did not honor reservation time at first. Originally when walking up told that other people were ahead of us for seating because they walked up at the same time as our reservation. Very unclear why they accept reservations if not going to honor them. Eventually was able to talk to someone else that honored our reservation.

Otherwise good experience—Portions are generous and food was good.

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Krisg
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best food we had on the Riverwalk, we got a reservation for inside but they bumped us to the front of the line for outdoor seating.

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VeronicaJ
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Waiter kept forgetting things we asked for, beverages, butter, flatware, plates, napkins, water. Our food came out lukewarm. The chicken cutlet was tough, had to work to cut through it. The beans (black and boracho) were flavorless. We had asked for corn tortillas and only received flour. Our waiter seemed “amped up” and kept walking around our table when he talked to us. It was our first visit and probably last.

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vipCourtenayM
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

First of all the dress code mentioned is obviously not enforced at all. Lots of hats, shorts etc. if you go, wear whatever you’re comfortable with. No need to be fancy. The service was excellent. Our server was prompt and friendly and made a great suggestion for the special shrimp taco appetizer which was very good. Chips and salsa were good too but they’re an extra $4 fee but the second best thing we had. The Acenar combo of enchiladas and fajitas sounded great but had a weird acidic burnt flavor and the fajita meat was mushy and tasted as if it had been microwaved. The carnitas were decent but not cooked long enough and were a bit rubbery in texture. Didn’t stay for dessert so I’m not sure how that is. The setting was nice but I’m not likely to be back

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vip1945
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John was our waiter and did an outstanding job. Food was terrific. Great to see people enjoying themselves.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations and were greeted and walked to our table right when we arrived. Food was great and so were our margaritas. Would definitely go back and recommend.

FAQs

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 2427 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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