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Downstairs - Downstairs, San Antonio, TX

Downstairs

4.4
4.4
30 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
New bar & lounge under the famed Esquire Tavern, oldest bar on the San Antonio Riverwalk & longest wooden bartop in Texas, located in the heart of Downtown at the corner of E Commerce & St. Mary’s.

Chef Brooke Smith's menu focuses primarily on charcuterie, artisan cheeses, & oysters on the half shell, while also offering an eclectic assortment of light fare such as mixed nuts, marinated olives, and crudités.

Our beverage menu features a robust array of wine, sherry, cider, & grower champagne, along with most-compelling house & classic cocktail menus authored by Beverage Director Houston Eaves & Bar Manager Myles Worrell..

Descend to a new level & join us as we revel in the finer things, and enthusiastically share them with our Guests from near & afar.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, European, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Phone number
    (210) 222-2521
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Brooke Smith

What 30 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

30 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Read good reviews of this hot spot and figured we would check it out before eating upstairs. Was slightly disappointed I wasn't offered the Batman light for my margarita but the drink made up for it. Very intimate atmosphere with attentive staff.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Laid back "speak easy" vibe. Dimly lit with great service. Food choices down stairs kind of limited. Tried the chefs choice Charcuterie tray, it was good. They need to improve the quality of bread they serve with it, it did nothing to highlight the food. Recommend it .....

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  3. Decline

    Des Moines

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Truly enjoyed our visit here. Bison burger was on point.

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  4. Valene

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a for real speak easy. Dark, quiet, and cool (in every sense of the word) with fantastic cocktails.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They were not initially going to accommodate our reservation because they allowed a private party to extend their ending time; however, after we let them know how much we were looking forward to going there, they found a way to make it work. We had a great time and Alexander "the chemist" bartender was awesome! If I'm ever back in San Antonio, I will definitely be back.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2017

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    A disappointment. The website did not make it clear that they do not serve dinner. This is only for drinks. The bar is attempting to be a speak easy. We did not stay to eat.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food options (although some would say limited in variety) are wonderful, filling and beautifully presented. The cider and wine options seemed more than adequate, but we went for cocktails and were a little disappointed. What we got was excellent, but the menu is quite limited and if not sitting at the bar, it is difficult to discuss with the bar tenders what wonderful concoctions they could come up with--the menu includes only the old classics which are great, but I was hoping for more. The wait staff was great, but limited in their knowledge and passion for cocktails so they were not much help. Would certainly go again, but will sit at the bar next time.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Environment, Good Drinks and Food! Definitely Recommend as long as your a meat lover.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Swanky, elite secluded vibe. Quite haute.

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  10. jseelke

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Downstairs really surprised me! I had hoped to go to Equinox for dinner, but there was a super long wait. So I walked around for a little bit and saw an opening for a reservation at Downstairs. At first, I was a bit disappointed as the menu options are small (charcuterie and oysters and some snacks like olives are all that are offered to eat - the alcohol list - beer, wine, cider is amazing). I had gotten their later for dinner and was thinking I may have to end up getting a burger afterwards. BUT I was pleasantly surprised that the board with only three items had TONS of other things on it - so much so that I was completely full after eating it...I would recommend Downstairs as a great pre-meal or post meal place - you can even go there for a main meal, just know that you will not get lots of different options)

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Downstairs is rated 4.4 stars by 30 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Downstairs

155 E Commerce St, Ste B, San Antonio, TX 78205

Additional information

  • Cross street
    St. Mary's
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, European, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Brooke Smith
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
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