Azuca

4.5
161 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
"It would be a great pleasure to welcome you to Azuca, the first Nuevo Latino Restaurant in San Antonio. The idea of our Restaurant was inspired by a desire to unite the cuisine, service and atmosphere of the Caribbean, Central and Latin America with all of its glamour and vitality in one place - Azuca. It is our absolute goal to consistently provide our guests with an enjoyable and unique dining experience. We do this by providing exceptional service, a unique Nuevo Latino Cuisine, and a diverse palette of entertainment.

And of course, don't forget to subscribe to our mailing list

Passionately yours. Rene Fernandez"
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TC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and fresh food with incredible flavors and excellent presentation...a real Southtown gem!

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San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food!!! Will Definitely Be Back!

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AB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time and we will definitely go back! The list of mojitos was long! I tried the coconut one and it was delicious! I had the grilled octopus salad, my husband had the salmon with guava and my son had their steak medallion. For dessert we tried the tres leches and the richest chocolate lava cake. The food was amazing!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service.

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and attentive servers. Music was a little too loud

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San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my husband’s birthday for dinner. The food was delicious and the service excellent. The music made us feel like we were dining in the Caribbean instead of in downtown San Antonio. Will definitely be going back.

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Miami
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mofongo was one of the best dishes we tried!

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Houston
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my wife went here for a date night. The atmosphere was great with the awesome art work and exposed brick. The service was amazing as well. You have to try the guacamole it was so fresh and the tortilla chips were on point as well. I had the seafood curry Latino and it was a great fusion of Latin and Indian!! It also had a great spice as well. My wife had a delicious shrimp dish. We also had a corn bread made with cranberry inside it was epic!! To cap off the meal we had the banana cheesecake man was it tasty. We are from Houston but when we come back to San Antonio we will visit again!!

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San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Had been there once before and it was very good. We were disappointed this time. They got the order wrong & brought out the wrong thing.They put it again & brought out 2 tough pork chops. None of the food had much taste. Will not go back.

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Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Great detail to presentation. Definitely would go back.

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GG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent love it AWESOME atmosphere😊👌would recommend to all my family@ friends

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AJ
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We arrived later in the evening so also experienced the salsa dancing. Great DJ and good vibe from the customers.

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Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Last minute decision to dine here on our final night of vacation. So glad we did- it was the best meal we had in San Antonio. My husband has the Rasta chicken and I had the beef steak churrasco - we highly recommend both. The music did get a little loud but we loved our meal and would definitely come again.

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WB
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Off the riverwalk, but not far from Rivercenter mall and hotels. This was recommended by a friend and we enjoyed the outside seating. The food was excellent and the service very attentive to our needs. We had one meal that was gluten free and one pasta dish with chipotle sauce that was spectacular. The sangria was very fruity and the best part was the opener which was a warm cornbread that I honestly could have eaten and given it a 5 star all by itself. Fun place!

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RM
Atlanta
59 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good but OMG get the pitcher of Sangria

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MS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was friendly and accommodating, but was very slow. Food was a real disappointment, but the outside seating area was very pleasant with overhead lighting and salsa music in the background

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DR
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious as always. My 6 year old loved the grilled octopus and the seed encrusted ahi was very tasty. The server was very friendly but they seemed a bit understaffed. 2 bar drinks took a long time to arrive. This is still one of my favorite places and we will definitely be back.

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TJ
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Azuca was formerly one of our preferred spots in Southtown. When they were in the old, larger space the food was outstanding and it was usually busy. To my taste, the food quality has been slipping lately. Where once every dish popped with vibrant flavors and bold spices, now everything just seems "ok."

We started our last visit with a Caesar salad with blackened tuna. The salad was just chopped romaine, a tiny bit of cheese and maybe 6 or 7 croutons. The dressing was good and was well applied (not too much, not too little, and nicely mixed.) Unfortunately, the tuna itself was under-seasoned, especially for something that was supposed to be blackened.

For our main course, my wife had their paella, which is still quite good. It has a good balance of flavor and ample seafood. I had the Chef's Trio, a mix of steak, shrimp and seared tuna. The fillet was ok; when I've had this in the past the fillet was flavorful and meaty - tonight it was just flat. The shrimp were way undercooked and mushy - I sent them back to be grilled a second time and they came back ok, but again without much flavor. The lone standout on my plate was the seared tuna. It was perfectly seasoned, nicely spiced and cooked just right. Nice job.

I'd write off this experience as just a bad night, but it seems like a trend to me. We've eaten here probably 20 times in the past, but the last three or so have been disappointing. Don't get me wrong; an off night at Azuca is still much better than many restaurants. But with all the new competition around Azuca will need to get back to former glory...and soon.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was good. The plating of the food was beautiful.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ropa vieja was fantastic. It’s a great meal, particularly for the price. Service was great. Music selection was great. Can’t recommend it enough.

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Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Our meal was small,for the price. It tasted very good and was fresh. Service was slow. It took almost 30 minutes to get our drinks. I would try it again,but would likely sit inside.

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San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent friendly professional service
Impressive presentation
Food very tasty

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! The soup was delicious.

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Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a nice experience at Azuca for Valentine's Day. My experience was very much impacted by the large crowd that came to Azuca and the use of a Fixed Price Menu with limited selections.

The food was very good, and uniquely presented. The salad with flowers was beautiful, but the Oyster was a bit over cooked. I had the soup dish which was good. The Fish Sampler Plate was beautifully presented and very tasty. The Lamb was excellent. If we had stopped at this point, the food rating would have been 4 stars. Unfortunately, the dessert was a bit of a let down. The plates had been previously prepared, and sitting on the counter for a while, which meant that the items on the plate did not have seemed a bit stale, as well as one note. Nevertheless, I would return in the future.

The service was not what I would expect under normal circumstances, but since they were super busy on Valentines Day, I'll give them a pass. We had to wait too much for food and check.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I went to Azuca for Valentine's Day. The food was great, the service could have been better, but again they were super busy!

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AW
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

Not made aware of the limited Valentines Day menu. Dinner for 4 was $403... we could have spent half that on a WAY BETTER MEAL at many other restaurants in this city. Not happy, not worth it! In town for a convention and out to dinner with coworkers and a contractor... titles of some of the dishes were “Sensual Foreplay” “Pleasure Me” and “Happy Endings”... incredibly uncomfortable for a business meal. No listed prices and no other options.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Incredible food! Azuca offers a variety of unique dishes that all taste amazing. The ambiance and service did not match the quality of the food, but overall was an amazing experience. Definitely recommend the ceviche!

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C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very authentic Latin food and ambiance. Great mojitos and fried plantains. Worth a visit.

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San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went during Restaurant Week for the first time. Loved the ambiance. The food was excellent especially the mixed meat grill. Every sampling of meat was delicious and plentiful. Enough for my friend and I to share. I will definitely go back and soon

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TA
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I had a business dinner here for 5. The reviews on here were all quite positive. I don't know if it was a bad night (Thursday) or the norm, but our server (nice guy) had our table, a large party, and perhaps another table or two. Normally that would be fine, but he was also the bartender. Huge amounts of time between greeting, ordering drinks, ordering food. Not his fault, but the staffing was awful. One person can't do it all.

The food was ok, decent. A couple highlights, the guac was great and the mixed grill was a lot of food. Everything else was just average.

Average food and slow service for $50 a person. There are better choices.

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San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place! Great Latin food! I'm not the biggest tex-mex fan due to it generally being heavy & greasy (for the most part). Azúca has amazing food and I love looking around the restaurant at all the details (blown glass light fixtures, the bar, table designs, etc.) I ordered from the restaurant week menu. I truly wish the Bolivian empanadas were on the regular menu - they are fantastic! The Amazonian chicken breast is a favorite of mine (chicken was moist & cooked perfectly and the flavor of sauce and corn tortilla "breading" is awesome)!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience and will go again. Went with two other couples and all raved about their dinners.

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New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Paella ever. My friends were all happy with their dishes. Small but dedicated staff and chefs.

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San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and amazing service. Add this restaurant to your line up!

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great quiet evening out on the back patio made for an excellent date night where we could actually talk and enjoy amazing food and diverse mojito selections. A little chilly outside, but the heaters made it more than warm enough. The only downside to being removed from the inside was that service was a little less attentive than normal, but not so much so to negatively impact the experience. We had dinner around 8, which was perfect before the band and dance floor opened up and the place became a bit more lively.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The food was on point and salsa music was very lively.

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San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff that treats you as if you are the only one there even if the place is full.
Make sure you try the ropa vieja and a mojito.

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KA
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Paella had little flavor. Rest of items were very good. Service was very slow. Likely the result of short staff on New Year’s Day.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

After walking over Restaurant was closed when we arrived.

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LL
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful dinner!! We started with Ahi Tuna appetizer which was fresh & delicious. I followed with the Goat cheese salad & a side of grilled shrimp & my husband had the Chef's Trio. Everything was prepared with the freshest ingredients and with great care & culinary skills!! DELIGHTFUL!!!

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