Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine

4.5
616 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday: 11:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday - Friday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(210) 822-6151
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Paloma Blanca offers 2 unique private dining rooms which are perfect for most any occasion, from business meetings to rehearsal dinners to birthday parties - we've even hosted several weddings! Salon el Jardin is located adjacent to our cantina and offers the most privacy. It offers high ceilings, a beautiful slate wall treatment and two sets of French doors overlooking the landscaping. It can accomodate approximately 50 people for a seated event, or 75 people reception style. Salon la Fuente boasts a detailed brick and copper fountain wall as well as an adjacent patio area with fountain. It can accomodate approximately 100 people for a seated event, or 200 people in a reption style. For more information on our policies and to see pictures of the rooms please visit www.PalomaBlanca.net, or call us.
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Private party contact
Nelly Mendoza Olsen: (210) 822-6151
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Catering
Paloma Blanca's full-service catering department is eager to help you host your event, whether it's in one of our beautiful private dining rooms, or in your own home. Plated and buffet menu packages as well as beverage, floral/decor, music and rental options are available. For more information visit the Event Planner in the "Catering" section of our website - www.palomablanca.net or simply call Nelly Mendoza Olsen at 210.822-6151.

Whether at our home or yours, we'll make your event special!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Austin Highway
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Parking details
Located in the Cambridge Center, Paloma Blanca provides a private open and free parking lot to patrons.
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Entertainment
Live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, and for Sunday Brunch from 11am - 2pm.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 616 People Are Saying
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San Antonio
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Large party. Great service!

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Except for the noise level, the six of us considered this the best of the restaurants in San Antonio. The special September Chile Nogada was fabulous. Accompanied by margaritas abc followed by flan was perfection.

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MS
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our family visiting from NewMexico to Paloma Blanca because they have the best Mexican food I’ve ever had. The wait staff is incredible, always! Highly recommend the guacamole made table side. Never had a bad meal here. They actually make it hard to choose so get two things to split with someone else.

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MV
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. Food was okay it was cold when I received my plate. A bit disappointed expected more from a mid to high end Mexican restaurant.

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OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a date

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CC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was SPECTACULAR and the service was exceptional!

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C
San Antonio
30 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Miguel provided somewhat tentative, but, ultimately, fine service and the food, as usual, was hot and delicious. I was entertaining a niece from out of the state, and she was properly impressed by the ambiance and food.

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F
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our standby places. Always great for traditional Mexican food with a flair.

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LR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am diabetic and eat no sugar so Mexican restaurants are hard for me with everything wrapped in a tortilla. White flour, rice, corn, pasta....are all sugar. They have a paleo menu which takes that out, so it was quite exciting to be able to order something easily with no substitutions. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if they had whole wheat tortillas which I can eat.

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LF
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our local favorite for Mexican food 😊

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AO
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Very nice ambiance, great food and tasty Margaritas.

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MM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and atomosphere. Server was very kind and answered all of our questions. Loved it! Definitely will come back.

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AM
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant and tasty.
Good service.
Safe for food allergy guests.

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G
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Great ambience and fabulous food with a bonus flamenco guitarist on the weekend. We loved celebrating our birthdays there this weekend! Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We have enjoyed lunch at Paloma Blanca on every visit to San Antonio over the last several years. This time, we opted to join for dinner on Sunday evening instead. Our server was phenomenal; however, the rest of the restaurant was clearly gearing down to close. They were moving chairs and tables, cleaning around us, and workers were marking tiles with blue painter’s tape. Our server apologized more than once for the noise, and she verbally “shushed” workers in our dining room. As for food and drink, sangria was delicious, and guacamole and salsas were flavorful. The chile relleno with shrimp was phenomenal—worth the trip!—but the enchiladas verdes, which we have loved on previous visits, were lackluster: tomatillo sauce was bland and shredded chicken honestly seemed canned.... Won’t keep us from returning because we love the restaurant and believe this was an isolated experience.

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S
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful food. Dry and barely edible. Service was shocking..sat with plates on the table for ages. Shocking experience.

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GM
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They were accommodating in spite of being slightly late for our reservation. The staff was efficient, courteous, clear on what the specials for the day are. Food was served hot, promptly, and refills were covered all the time. Kudos to our waitress.... curse on me, I forgot her name.

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P
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. From drinks (margaritas) to appetizers (table side mad guacamole) to entrees... everything was delicious. The service was great, we enjoyed it all.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

The service was terrible 👎🏻

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AC
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Always great service and the food is delicious.

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CG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat there often, especially when temperature is mild. Outdoor seatibg is great! Our top outside upscale Mex restaurant with many seafood choices, outstanding ceviche, and you have to try the 09 Margarita if you like Patron.

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DJ
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was attentive but not intrusive and provided helpful menu suggestions. We chose 3 different entrees and all were delicious. Pleasant, casual atmosphere. The room was busy but it was not noisy and we were not rushed. Overall, a very nice dining experience.

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TH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was what we have come to expect and appreciate; service was off a little. Server seemed to be new and quite unsure of himself - not familiar with wine by the glass offerings.

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P
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Raul was awesome

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LH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service quite bad--waited forever to get water, probably about 30 minutes, and this is after asking several times. The kitchen was extremely slow and it wasn't that busy. The food is only okay for top prices. It's not better than a random hole in the wall Mexican place that is half the price. The competition for good Mexican food is fierce in this town and this place simply isn't worth the price tag, especially since the service was terrible. The space is pretty, I will give them that. Would not come back.

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Little Rock
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day brunch

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and drinks for a birthday dinner. Main course took a little longer than usual but appetizers came out quickly.

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MB
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place very much and I have been back already 5 times and will continue to come back.
Definitely recommend this place. Food is great, the staff is great and friendly. We had a reservation for seven and they still sat us with an incomplete party which normally any other place they probably would forfeit our reservation. This place also has complimentary valet parking which again is totally awesome! Especially, since parking is limited. Great place overall!

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SH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Recommend.

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N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Too loud and unpleasant. Too crowded and not enough staff, poor service. Food was mediocre and the guacamole in particular was horrible. I used to love this restaurant. I will not go back.

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LS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was out of the ordinary that our service was less than expected, but we asked to move outside after being sat in an inside section because of noise. We were with my 70+ year old parents, so noise control is key.
Once we moved outside and ordered drinks and apps, the drinks came with no app. When my father ordered another beer it never came. Our food came shortly after that, but we never received our apps/additional drinks before our main meal.
Our server compensated by bringing us a monkey bowl of quest, which was appreciated.
We are frequent customers to PB (so much so that my husband’s family hosted our rehearsal dinner there 12 years ago), so we were surprised at the numerous oversights.
I would like to assume it was because of our change or seating.
We had a wonderful time with the atmosphere nonetheless and trust the next visit to PB will be as we normally expect.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The inside tables were very loud but they accommodated her request despite being a large party to move outside where it was quieter. The food was amazing the service was wonderful. Several people mentioned that the fajita steak was the best they had ever had. We are from the north so take that with a grain of salt.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday Celebration and Ana was attentive and extremely pleasent. We will be going back again I'm sure!

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KH
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Although it was not busy the service was way below what is expected of any restaurant. The food is average and was better in past but something change.

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SV
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Our waiter was very knowledgeable and courteous. Table side guacamole was excellent!

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AH
London
25 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

There can be a long wait, but if you make a reservation, you are generally seated on time. The restaurant is very loud. Decide on a designated driver or take a Lyft - the margaritas are too good to pass up.

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CF
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Elegant, delicious, cozy. Food was fantastic, atmosphere was energetic. Service was perfect.

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WD
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was the best even though our waitress had a large table, she was attentive and stoped to visit with our granddaughter. We will be back soon!!

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ML
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Had some issue with seating outside. But overall it was good.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor patio seating, and outstanding service made for a great business dinner!

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