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About Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa
Perfectly situated along a tranquil stretch of unspoiled riverfront at the Hotel Contessa, Las Ramblas offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Adjacent to the restaurant is the Cork Bar with a great selection of beers and wines by the glass. Guests can enjoy both indoor and alfresco dining.
San Antonio, TX 78205
Spanish, Steakhouse, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 6:30am - 11:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa Ratings and Reviews
Restaurant claims to be Spanish Dining, it is not. It is American Fare and the only thing that was of real Spanish cuisine was the Paella that just so happened to be that day's special entree. The service was good but overwhelmed as we were there a few times since we stayed at the hotel and it regularly seemed short of staff. Food is just average. Location is what keeps this place hopping, next to Riverwalk and being part of hotel. Keep you expectations reasonable (nice location, average food, stressed wait staff) and you won't be disappointed.
We were very disappointed in Las Rambles. All our research in looking at brochures, etc. indicated this was a Spanish Tapas type of restaurant. We were grossly misled, and were told that changed over a year ago. Very disappointing. We had a glass of wine, looked at the menu, and decided to go elsewhere.
Beautiful location on the river. Best dining outside if Weather permits but inside is nice. Good wine list. Filet was perfectly cooked. Pasta very well flavored. Wait staff not attentive s they were somewhat busy but adequate.
The bar in the lobby is delightful. Been there several times for cocktails.
Overall, this is one of our favorites for a nice dinner, reasonably priced, good ambiance and delicuous food.
This is touted as a Spanish restaurant but nothing on the menu is Spanish cuisine. They've changed chefs and the cuisine to American, apparently awhile back, but haven't changed any of the marketing. There were even promotional posters in the hotel recommending Spanish dishes. It was a let down.
My fiance and I went to Las Ramblas for the first time, and took advantage of the Culinaria San Antonio Restaurant week. The bar at the Contessa Hotel was beautiful. The main restaurant Las Ramblas is also beautiful, however, the noise level is very high. We wanted to eat out in the patio along side of the River Walk. The view, although limited, was very romantic. Adjacent to where we were sitting, two separate couples had become engaged at the foot of a beautiful stoic Cypress tree. My fiance ordered the featured Red Snapper, and I ordered the Enchiladas Verdes. The Red Snapper was very delicious and plump. The Enchiladas was also delicious with big chunks of white meat and tangy sauce. Unfortunately, the Mexican rice was bland. The surprise of the night were the drinks. My Top Shelf Margarita with Jalapeno peppers was outstanding. I would recommend this place for casual dining and cocktails.
Really poor service. Used dishes were not removed. We were generally ignored by the waitstaff who seemed to be directionless. Noise level was off the charts as unsupervised children played between the diners. The food was acceptable but not in line with our expectations. Our last trip to a restaurant that shares characteristics with a Woolworth grill.
Ate at the restaurant after a late hotel check-in and was quite pleased. Food was uniformly good though fairly simple. Quantities quite abundant for higher end dining. Excellent and thoughtful service. Outdoor dining pleasant though a bit dark. Lots of places to eat on the Rivewalk but would go here again under similar circumstances.
I made a reservation online for 9:30 am, I received two confirmations, the day of my reservation the hostess informed me and my husband that something was wrong with the booking system and that they were closed and would open again at 11:00... no apology, nothing. Disappointing.
Special events are always challenging for restaurants. We have attended Easter Brunch 3 times at Las Ramblas. The children enjoy being on the river. The first year was fabulous...second year not as great. Unfortunately this year was a disappointment. We felt that the selection of sides and desserts was weak...for the 55$ price break I can do much better in San Antonio. Service was nonexistent until I complained...then became more attentive.
We were there for the Easter Brunch. It was out of this world!!! The selection was incredible with everything you could ask for...beef, lamb, pork, fish, chicken, shrimp, oysters, salads, veggies and a dessert bar a mile long. Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys. And everything tasted wonderful...fresh and flavorful. It was beautifully presented and really impressive. Our waiter, George, was a gem. A real gentleman and very efficient and professional, but still very friendly. It was a truly memorable meal.
There were only four tables of diners so we were surprised at the slow and inattentive service. Our cosmos were served in high ball glasses which made us nervous for the rest of the evening. The meal however was very good.
I have traveled quite extensively and came into town for a decent meal considering the hotel review and restaurant web site. I infrequently right reviews unless the meals are extremely great or sub par. Needless to say, the bread was about the only thing I found appealing for my dinner. I ordered the filet and my date ordered the pork lion. She mentioned it was quite tuff and mine was of less quality. It was fatty and not the quality I would expect. I can honestly say that I have had better steak at Ihop (Steak tips), than this. Very disappointed in the food. Location was good with a nice view of the river though. The only reason for 2 stars.
The description we read at our hotel said this was a Spanish restaurant. We were disappointed to learn that there was nothing Spanish about it. Hotel guide needs to be updated. We were there to celebrate a birthday. Food was mediocre. I had the roasted chicken that was flavorless and dry. Didn't finish it. My wife had the steak that was fatty and tough. Empty restaurant when we got there, and for some reason we were sat at a table right by a door leading to the patio. Cold air hitting us throughout the meal as people came in and out. And then a large volleyball group was seated right beside us. They were friendly, but very noisy.
I will say that our server was on point and very friendly.
Las Ramblas is located in the Hotel Contessa. We dined there on New Year's night so the service was spotty. Food was OK but we were disappointed that the menu didn't have any Tex-Mex items, which we thought it would at a restaurant of its name. easy access to the Riverwalk which is nice.
We selected Las Ramblas based on location/hotel association and the ambiance we could observe. That was all fine, but the food fell very very short of even moderate expectation. I ordered the bolognese and it was mediocre - this is a traditional Italian dish that should have 2-3 meats and up to 4 cheeses - what I was served was standard spaghetti with meat sauce, and the pasta was overcooked and water-logged. My dinner partner ordered mussels - and asked if they could be prepared not spicy. We were told yes, but the chef's solution was to leave out any broth or seasoning whatsoever. We tried to salvage the evening and meal - and it was almost OK. We spoke with the manager when we left to share the feedback, which he accepted very well. Not that I was looking for it - but he didn't offer to comp any part of the meal. He did offer dessert, but we were already departing, and why would we want to order something else?
Food was mediocre. Service was very slow. Drinks were good but martinis were served in high ball glasses because they were out of glasses. Felt like we had the third string players - server, chef, manager - all evening. Would not recommend this establishment.
We showed up at 8pm for reservation, and were told it would be a 30 minute wait. We actually only waited like 5 minutes. It was busy because it was Christmas, but they had many tables open. Server seemed frazzled. It took 30 minutes to get out appetizers, and main dishes were served 1 hour after sitting down. The table next to us said they waited 1 1/2 hours for their food, and the guy had to talk to the manager. Another table had some type of issue also, and was talking to the manager. The fish was very good, but the pork chops were very dry. I would not recommend Las Ramblas.
Horribly understaffed and disorganized. Hostess appeared to be pulled from somewhere in the hotel and had no hostess experience for a busy event. Seated 45 minutes late for reservations we had made over a month prior. All hot food was room temp and quickly running out. People were walking out left and right. Guests were visibly having to hunt down a server. Repeatedly. Rude bartenders. Beyond embarrassed that this was my recommendation based on last year's holiday reviews. Management was nowhere to be found, but I can't blame them as there was no salvaging the train-wreck that day. Will never be back.
This is my second time eating here, a few years apart. Initially there had been an incredible chef, and a creatively sourced Spanish menu with exciting options. Upon this visit, the menu was riddled with what can only be described described as $5 words for $0.50 food.
My table of three opened with the artisan meat and cheese plate. Probably the highlight of the meal, although a poorly executed version of charcuterie.
I ordered the bolginaise, while my companions had the gnocchi and porkchop.
The dishes were tasteless.
I can now only equate this once specitacular restaurant with standard "hotel food." The food you get at the end of the night when you don't want to move farther than the lobby.
I am disappointed to say the least. I don't know the circumstances surrounding the prior chefs departure, but there is nothing worth returning for for me.
We were looking forward to our visit during a recent stay at the hotel. Unfortunately, our experience was not what we would have hoped. While our welcome was a warm one at the front door, our service was lukewarm and our food was (often literally) cold. For a bill of about $100, including the tip, I would say the meal was with about half that price. We will likely not return, as the overall result of our visit was less than satisfactory.