Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine

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Since 1997, Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine has become well-known for offering much more than traditional "Tex-Mex" fare. Tempting offerings include items as varied as grilled snapper, enchiladas verdes, pozole soup, hand made flautas and tacos al pastor. For margaritas by a cool fountain, a relaxing dinner on the terrace or appetizers in our hacienda-style dining rooms, Paloma Blanca invites you to enjoy our autentico brand of Mexican cuisine and hospitality.
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OT
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and it will not be our last. Excellent food!! We were with a party of 10 and the service was still fantastic.

IM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our waiter was excellent, friendly & provided our group with wonderful customer service!!!

PS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and outstanding service! Comfortable environment and friendly staff.

HA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place overall! The decor and ambience was nice. Went for lunch during restaurant week and thought the portion size was great and a good value. I will definitely come back here soon.

s
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We dined at Paloma Blanca at noon during San Antonio restaurant week just to try a new dining experience. Parking is almost non existent for patrons of the restaurant prior to 5:00 pm. We finally found a parking place in the rear just by luck. I think most people had to park on the street.
We were seated promptly in a room to the rear of the restaurant where the noise level was not too bad. There is a good amount of outdoor dining space where noise would not be an issue.
We were served water and chips and salsa almost immediately. Salsa was OK but the chips were thick and tough. The waiter took our order shortly thereafter. Here is where the experience fell apart. We waited a half hour for the appetizer. The entree was served after a shorter wait than the appetizer. The food was acceptable but nothing exceptional. After finishing our main course, we waited an extremely long time for the dishes to be cleared and our dessert served. We had to ask another server to find our waiter to help us or we would have waited even longer.
We were glad to try Paloma Blanca for a special price, but considering the parking, poor service and just OK food, we would not return for a second time.

D
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Restaurant Week decision for lunch
Beautiful day made for great patio day
If you have not been please do go -
You won’t be disappointed!

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, atmosphere and service! A great place to go!

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. The restaurant, however, sent a message to Open Table saying we did not honor our reservation. A bit backhanded.

H
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was delicious - chilaquiles! Great coffee and friendly, attentive service.

C
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Food was cold.
Large loud groups.

OT
Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service by Ramiro. Also the Food was very delicious. The freshly prepared Guacamole and the carne asada were awesome.
We were sitting in a booth and the a/c was blowing into our necks. That was the only thing that disturbed us.

R
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I grew up in LA and like think I know good Mexican food. This is the real deal. My wife had a chili relleno, which was delicious and big enough to share. My chicken flautas were the best I’ve ever had. Yum!

HJ
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing and extensive gluten-free menu. The quality of the food was phenomenal. Everything was clearly fresh and made from scratch. There were some errors in bringing food that wasn't gluten-free to the table (even though we clearly wanted to keep the meal gluten-free for medical reasons), but we recognized it before anyone got sick and the waiter was quick in fixing it. Tequila-based cocktails were fabulous.

K
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Although highly rated, we were not as impressed. Could have been an off night. Wish I could say better things.

OT
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Place was packed, our server ignored us, drinks sat empty on the table for half hour, even though other servers were walking by with full pitchers. Food came out wrong so I sent it back, only to have the exact same plate brought out to me 20 minutes later but THIS time the food was soggy and the beans were congealed. Thanks for confirming this restaurant is just as bad as we thought. We’ll take our $$ elsewhere from now on.

A
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very noisy

j
San Antonio
35 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always good food and service.

L
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Uncharacteristically for this restaurant, the food was so-so; service was OK, the location is convenient for a luncheon date with friends. I am disappointed because the food had always been, if not extraordinary, at least goo.

DS
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great service!

PM
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This restaurant holds special meaning for us, as it's the site of our first date. This week we returned to celebrate our tenth anniversary. We were looking forward to an evening befitting the special occasion. The hostess, who appeared more focused on a large party that was waiting to be seated ahead of us, simply raised two fingers, to which we nodded. She whisked us to a side table. So far, so good. Our server could not have been nicer or more efficient. He was great. But then everything changed when a large, excessively loud party was seated adjacent to us. The more they drank, the loud--and more obnoxious they became. And the less we enjoyed what was planned to be a special evening. We realize the restaurant has no control over such situations. Perhaps a quiet section? (Oh, neglected to mention that the table next to the big party group had a wailing baby!) All this said, the food was delicious, as usual. And our server was absolutely lovely.

AM
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely decor and delicious enchiladas!

GT
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service by Ruth was superb! We really enjoyed being outside on the beautiful day! Thank you.

RW
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

I would recommend to a friend as long as my friend did not pay in cash. I don't know if it is the restaurant's policy or just our waitress' policy, but I did not receive all my change, only the folding money. Waitress kept coins. Was not expecting this.

j
San Antonio
35 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently good food and service

JJ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Came across as ovet-rsted. Too large of a menu to control quality. Thus an average to slightly below average experience. Think a step above a chain but without a refined set of epicurean offerings

G
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Mexican food place in SA. Food and service are consistently great. Only possible negative was enchiladas traditional were made with flour tortillas, Thought enchiladas had to be corn tortillas , encharitos are flour....Could be I’m just a misinformed gringo ;). Will definitely be going back

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Very noisy. Slow service. Great food.

SE
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luis our waiter was excellent!! He made sure my soup was Hot how I wanted it!! Thank you Luis
We were celebrating my daughter’s birthday and all family Members enjoyed the food n spending time with family!
Thank you Paloma Blanca

EZ
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I never leave reviews however I am for this experience. Though I didn't have a bad time because I chose to not make a big deal of things. I chose this restaurant for my third year anniversary and the day I would propose to the one I love. Upon arriving the man at the front desk was awkward in our interactions and was acting as though my reservation was a strange thing. I knew nothing of what to expect including how busy the restaurant would be at this time. My reservation included the details that it was our anniversary and that I was hoping for a seat somewhere at least to the side or a little private. When the hostess came she took us right to the center of noise and the most non private place in the restaurant and when I asked to possibly be placed another place I was treated as if it was an annoyance and told everything else was closed. No respect, no decency, no consideration for such a once in a moment in my life! We still made the best of things and I will say our waiter was very polite and prompt. We chose to stay and made the best of it however I was disappointed in the overall experience. I did however redeem the day later with the one I love.

F
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Eliana was a great server.

PR
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was hard to have a conversation. The noise level was high.

TS
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very tasty and portions were very good. The verde sauce stood out.

GF
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Absolutely tasty Mexican cuisine, with a good number of vegetarian options. It's a beautiful space! I wish more of the dishes could be modified for vegetarians, but all in all, tasty and relaxing.

FM
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great table side guacamole, wonderful porch. We always make a trip to PB when we are in town!

PS
San Antonio
29 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was the first day of restaurant week so we knew it would be crowded; Iliana did a good job as our server but it took forever and I would have been nice to get our guacamole served table side food eat while we were waiting forever r our food! Cerviche was great and tilapia was good too!!

CR
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paloma Blanca is one of my absolute favorites in San Antonio!!!!

RA
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, good service and food was very tasty. I enjoyed 2 healthy fish tacos with beans, and rice. A favorite place for a nice gathering for lunch.

BH
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at one my favorite San Antonio restaurants!

LL
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove in from Austin to have a lovely dinner!

RG
New Orleans
32 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very noisy during Sunday brunch due to the number of large families and children playing video games with the volume turned on. Good food above average for a Mexican restaurant. Close to the airport if headed out of town.