About Ácenar

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.

146 East Houston
San Antonio, TX 78205
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Fusion / Eclectic

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

Cross Street:
St. Mary's

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(210) 222-2362

Website:
http://www.acenar.com/

Entertainment:
Happy Hour Available Monday-Thursday 3 to 6 PM. Call for details !!

Live music varies

Catering:
Call Keith or Kathy or email keith@acenar.com or kathy@acenar.com for more information

Parking Details:
Special Valet Pricing at Hotel Valencia next door, Surface Lot, City Garages from $3.00

Public Transit:
Yes

Executive Chef:
Richard Sanchez

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.

Ácenar Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (31)
Good for a Date (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
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Fun (21)
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Scenic View (20)
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Good for Groups (17)
Special Occasion (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Business Meals (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Romantic (10)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Happy Hour (8)
People Watching (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Spicy (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tapas (5)
Cozy (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Healthy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 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.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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

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 (San Antonio)·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.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun, Quick Bite, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (San Antonio)·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.

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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The wait staff was excellent. Efficient and friendly.

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vip
 (San Antonio)·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!

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 (San Antonio)·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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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

Tags: Fun, Scenic View
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 (San Antonio)·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.

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 (New York Area)·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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We love Acenar and always bring our friends when they come to San Antonio for a visit. We had a Vegan with us and even when she asked about one of their Vegetarian Dishes and stating that they were Vegan, the server wasn't clear on the accommodations that could be made to adjust the menu choice to Vegan or offer additional options.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was delicious, if you can definitely splurge for the Queso De La Casa!

Service though, was slow and untimely. We sat for an extra twenty minutes making eye contact with every server to get our check despite there only being one other table on the patio at that point.

Still would come back!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Ambiance is not nice. We at outside and although the night was beautiful and the heaters helped with the cold the decorations of the place are kind of cheap. Outside better than inside. For me inside it has the look of a cafeteria. Food was ok, nothing special.
Don’t think I’ll go back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Lovely dinner on the patio overlooking the riverwalk. Chairs a little uncomfortable but the food was fantastic.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

A very nice dinner on a quiet night along the Riverwalk. The menu is "old San Antonio" with many authentic Mexican options beyond the usual Tex-Mex, and all the food we had was excellent. We also appreciated the very good service, including several recommendations regarding appetizers and main courses.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Loved the warm chips and salsa. Chicken mole was delicious.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Energetic atmosphere, good food, reasonable prices, great margaritas, tableside guacamole was delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great food, great service. But the tablecloth was severely damaged and the menu was filthy on the back

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food undercooked and made one of the guests ill. Too loud.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Fantastic meals and great service. Our group of 7 was really happy with our meals!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food...initial service slow to approach for drinks but then did well. Sat in back room area which holds noise from other tables so loud area of restaurant.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We frequent another restaurant owned by the same owner who owns this one. Normally, the doors are opened to the Riverwalk, however, in January they were closed. The food was great but those employees need hazard pay for the level of noise they must endure nightly. It was so loud, I couldn't wait to finish and get out. I'd requested near the restroom but didn't get that. It's not as loud as the very back room.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great Mexican restaurant. The Duck Crepes are a must try!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere! The enchiladas verdes and enchiladas de mole were exceptional.

Tags: Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great service! Wonderful food! Would recommmend this restaurant to anyone going to San Antonio riverfront!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

First time at this restaurant, unusual frigid arctic air dictated finding a spot close to hotel, and wife said “Mexican”. Solid on bloody Maria, their guacamole, tortilla soup and waiter efficient and knowledgeable. We went exotic with crab tacos and seafood enchiladas, would give a 3 out of 5 on both. But, tables and chairs ‘wobbly’, having to remedy with rolled napkins under table legs. Have no problem with modern, just maintain and replace so furniture not a distraction to the staffs hard work.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Celebrated my mom's 50th here, (12/31/17) to be exact. For a New Year's Eve night, the staff was amazing in perfect flow. They seated us PRIORITY and EARLY without knowing it was her birthday in advance. The food is worth every penny you spend here. It's a moderate expense. Only complaint I have is the tip is pre-added to the final tab. I'm just glad we didn't have a crappy waiter.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Casual, Cozy, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wow very impressive, we ate here New Years Eve and the atmosphere was amazing. Our waitress Marissa was gorgeous and unobtrusive. Food modern and yet authentic, thank you!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great Beer
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had the pleasure of having dinner here on New Year’s Eve. Wait time with reservation was minimal and our waiter was phenomenal. Complimentary appetizer (Sope) was amazing. Parrillada for two was incredible with an over abundance of food. Flavors and meat temperatures were excellent. So satisfied with the experience from start to finish on what seemed to be an insanely busy night. Chef Wong has mastered the balance contemporary flare with traditional dishes.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was cold and the hostess was very rude on two different occasions

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Been here for drinks and apps many times. Was very disappointed with our dinner. There was absolutely no taste at all.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Visit was fine, but OpenTable would only let me make a reservation on New Year's Eve for 5:30pm or 9pm. So we chose 5:30pm. We were there for almost two hours, and they had a BUNCH of open tables when we left. Would have enjoyed a later seating.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Still great after all these years. I had the red snapper. Perfection. Flavorful. My wife had the skewers. She loved them. Mexican beer was cold. Service was fast. Great side dishes of rice. Not your typical Mexican restaurant. Very good

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good food and great service!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Dined here on a busy Sat night so luckily we had made reservations. Sat outside on the patio and had a great meal. Salsa and guacamole were delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Mexican food in downtown San Antonio, especially the Riverwalk area, is just ok. I go pretty often and know that you need to get away from that are to find good Mexican. This restaurant fits that Riverwalk standard. Meaning, it was all just ok. The fajita meat was tender, but the seasoning messed it up. The enchiladas were pretty standard, and the beans and rice were pretty low on flavor. If I decide to eat Mexican food close to the riverwalk, I would not come back. I can get just ok Mexican food that costs less elsewhere. Service was not bad.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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