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Ácenar

4.1
1787 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
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  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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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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Cuisines
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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Catering
Call Keith or Kathy or email keith@acenar.com or kathy@acenar.com for more information
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Neighborhood
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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
Yes
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Entertainment
Happy Hour Available Monday-Thursday 3 to 6 PM. Call for details !!

Live music varies
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.

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What 1787 People Are Saying
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3.9
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Another great meal. The patio over the river is perfect for springtime weather. Food is always good and the salsa is perfect.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Great location, good service and tasty food. Lots of groups celebrating special occasions.
Festive and fun!

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I went here through a recommendation from a colleague for my wife’s birthday. My first impression was that of a cafeteria. Square beat up tables with plastic old chairs. The ambiance was extremely loud. I could barely talk to my wife without raising my voice. The food was ok but the drinks were terrible. My wife ordered a house special margarita and I a mojito. The margarita tasted like sour mixer and bad tequila and the mojito was more a salad with lime juice than a nice refreshIng mojito. I would not recommend this place for a date night with your loved one nor would I recommend it for a place to stop for drinks. Maybe a quick bite if your in a hurry and there’s no place else to go.

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

I had reservations at Acenar for my prom night. It was a table of 4 . Service was good, the meal was good the only problem was my drink/smoothie had a piece of glass that I bit down on while drinking my smoothie .. I did advise management about it and got my drink free , but considering this was a 4 Star reastaurant I would have thought we would have been comped a meal or dessert .. I do feel since we were a table of “ kids” we were blown off with our concern and it was deemed to not be a big deal. My father & mother were sitting a few tables from us to chaperone and did offer to approach management , but I didn’t want to make a scene due to being a special occasion for my date and I. Overall it’s a good place .. the ability to valet park was an awesome amenity especially downtown . Atmosphere was good.. my only complaint was my smoothie and the fact that I felt not enough was done to fix the situation or to make me want to go back .

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Best salsa ever! The ambiance was off the charts by the River Walk.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Of all the places we ate this was the only one that was disappointing. I really don’t have anything good to say about it. Place was packed so seemed the staff was having a hard time keeping up. The craft cocktails were anything but, doubt that the person making them knew what they were doing. The food, well, high point was they served you a lot, low point was it was just not good. I’m sure others have had the opposite experience there but we will not be going there again.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Met friends from San Antonio, service was a bit
Slow, food and drinks terrific

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was excellent

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was great. Salsa is wonderful. The outside deck just above the river is the best.

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2.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We made a reservation 6 weeks out, which we called to confirm and request outdoor seating day of the dinner. Acenar staff advised that outdoor seating was first come/first served. When we arrived, we advised of our reservation and requested to change to outdoor seating. We were told we had a 45-50 minute wait, to which we agreed. After waiting 80-90 minutes, all the while, 3 tables outside that were set up with reserved signs. This was certainly off-putting and the staff could not give us a clear explanation of that situation. When finally seated (outside) the wait staff was very attentive, but food was mediocre. Margarita was fair, flavorful but little to no tequila in it. We ordered 2 table side guacamoles which were fresh, but very small for the $15 price for each. The “taste of everything” plate was a variety of poor quality beef, sausage, chicken and shrimp, lacking flavor. The proteins seemed old, as if cooked much earlier in the dY and warmed up for service. While the venue and staff are good, I’d recommend finding another place on the river walk for good food

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Good but would have been much better sitting outside

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I am surprised that this restaurant came up as one of the top ten restaurants in San Antonio. Our meal was ok, nothing to write home about.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We dined with an out of town friend. We wanted to take him to a restaurant that offered great tasting food and was next to the river. We all left impressed.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

It’s was awesome! The only thing missing was some music....

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Well, we had high hopes. Food arrived and it looked and smelled awesome. Only problem—we had no utensils with which to eat it! The young man who brought the food promised to bring us utensils and even told us tortillas were on the way, but we never saw him again. Couldn’t fine our waiter either. Finally got service from a different waiter but by that time my husband had lost his appetite and his food was cold so he never touched his. I ate mine at the food quality was awesome! I mean really good. Ordered another glass of wine when food was delivered. It arrived after I had finished my meal. Too bad— the potential was there but the service crew needs improvement

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Tried to eat on deck but told long wait despite reservations
Inside was annoyingly loud throughout meal even after loud large party left
Food was well done particularly mole sauce
Guacamole was made tableside but lacked flavor and special chips arrived very late after mostly eaten
Would have been different experience if outside on riverfront patio but not worth the trip otherwise unless a large party

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Bit loud outside because there was a large conference group. Great service and food. Beautiful setting on corner of Riverwalk. Unique food and drinks

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Good food. Great service. Too loud for my liking

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We pre booked this 3 weeks in advance for our final night celebration and were told it would be a 50 min wait for an outside table - we reluctantly agreed and were placed away from the rest of the tables near where some brooms and other cleaning products were stored- we complained twice but no one seemed to care - food was ok and then they slapped on a 20% service charge which being English I paid.I can’t see the point in booking if they treat you like a walk up for any acceptable tables - a thoroughly poor and disappointing experience - I would avoid at all costs

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Acinar is one of the best Latin restaurants I have experienced. The food was incredibly delicious and the drinks were also carefully crafted. It was apparent that much care was taken to present a meal which was to be savored and remembered. The service was also excellent; the waitress could not have been more kind and pleasant. Great experience!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Enjoyed our meal very much. Had the opportunity to dine outside, which coming from Indiana to San Antonio was a great thing to do! Also enjoyed our margarita! Very friendly staff and our meal was served to us in a very timely manner. Kudos to all!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We were in from out of town and got a reservation the day before but ended up
Inside rather than outside on the river walk. The server was very good but the food was lack luster. My husband got skirt steak which he said was good. I had the crab tacos and they didn’t have much flavor.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food was good; service was slower than desired on our particular visit (it was a Friday night).

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We loved the food. The Alambres a la Mexicana was delicious and enough for the two of us to share, especially after some chips and salsa. We also had the Tres Leches Cake, but it was a bit disappointing. Not very authentic. The cocktails / wine were good also, though a bit pricey for the size.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

There was seating inside and also outside overlooking the river. Due to lightning, and a sudden downpour of rain, we chose inside.

The waiter/waitresses ignored us until the manager came by and asked if we had been helped. After that the service was ok. Food was cooked fast and tasted real good.

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1.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Service was terrible. Food was just ok. Nothing special. Patio is first come first service so even if you make a reservation, you won’t get a patio table unless there is one open. Overall the worst place we ate all weekend.

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We specifically chose Acenar to have their guacamole, which is prepared at table side and is one of the things they are known for. They had run out of avocados though! Enough said...

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

OK experience. Food was good, but not exceptional. Service was above par. For the money, a decent value.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was spectacular ! The mole chicken and the table made guacamole were some of the best I have had. Each region of Mexico has a signature mole- this mole had a back bite of peanut- subtle but flavorful

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We made a 10:15 am reservation and were rudely turned away, saying they weren’t open and we will have to come back later. Then, Open Table sends an email admonishing us for not showing up.

Have no idea about the food, but we’ll never be back.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great Tex Mex Food! And it is on the RIVER WALK. Great location. Great service.
We were stuck in an upstair private area away from ALL of the people in the restaurant.

Super service, great TEX MEX food, though.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Final Four

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food is excellent. A little on the loud side but only if you want a quiet time. Overall a great place

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The cocktails were disappointing. Their version of the old fashioned was not enjoyable. The service was poor. It took a long time for the server to come around. We had to ask for spoons when we got coffee. The server didn't come around to see how we were doing. So we had to get the server's attention each time. It was busy but we've been to busier restaurants that are better managed. We ended up getting an extra drink because of a mix up.

It has a nice ambiance but the experience did not live up to expectations.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We arrived at our reserved time and were seated right away. The service was prompt and attentive without being overbearing. The food was fresh and attractive and arrived in a reasonable time. I would highly recommend this restaurant for date night or family dining.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Not mexican food, just american food a la mexicana

Not fresh food. Mediocre restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great experience and place

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Great food and nice casual atmosphere. Waitress went missing a few times but was nice when we got her attention.

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1.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We were seated up against dirty walls outside w/a plastic tablecloth that was literally hanging on by threads, a huge rip running right through the middle. It was a real disappointment considering the location. After that, the waiter sensed we weren’t going to stay long as we only ordered appetizers because we couldn’t sit in that dirty corner through a whole meal but felt obligated to stay for a little bit since chips & salsa were already brought out, he barely came around. I wouldn’t recommend this place if you’re looking for a decent place to dine.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

A bit basic first impression; looks almost like a cafeteria or diner. But the dishes we had were all good. Nothing memorable, but good. Service was good as was the table made guacamole. I would probably go again but there are several Tex Mex places along the Riverwalk and this one doesn’t really stand out from the crowd.

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