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Esquire Tavern

638 reviews
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$30 and under
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Located in the heart of downtown, The Esquire Tavern is the oldest bar on the San Antonio Riverwalk, opened the year, month and day that Prohibition was repealed. Tending bar in the early days was a highly prized and much sought after craft. Bar keeps then created many of their own syrups, mixes and concoctions and used the freshest of juices with the intention of serving the best products. We at the Esquire have taken a serious approach to the old world of bartending and spun it with a modern twist. Combining classic techniques and new world flavors and culinary concepts, our goal is to lead and set San Antonio's emerging cocktail culture on the map.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily 11:30am - 4:45pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday 5:00PM - 1:00AM

Bar is open from 11:30AM - 12AM Sunday - Wednesday
11:30AM - 2AM Thursday - Saturday
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Phone number
(210) 222-2521
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Brooke Smith
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Cross street
St. Mary's
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Parking details
** We are OPEN during Commerce Street construction! **

The Esquire Tavern is encircled by four parking garages and various street lots, the closest being one half block east, the Market Street Garage across from the Westin Hotel with entrances on East Commerce and Market streets. One block further East on East Commerce and Presa is the City Garage. To the West, The Rand Parking Garage on Soledad and Houston and to the North, the College Street Garage at College and St.Mary’s St.
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Public transit
Conveniently located in downtown on the San Antonio River, The Esquire Tavern is within walking distance from most major hotels. In addition, The Esquire is serviced by the Yellow Line Downtown Trolley conveniently located at the corner of Commerce and St. Mary’s fifty feet from our front door.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJgoldz (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2017

A true classic hidden away on the river walk!

vipLoveSteak (San Antonio)
3.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Neat place and worth going to once for the ambiance. Food is good but not great. Next time I'd go for drinks and eat elsewhere.

vipIsiscat (Austin)
4.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

The Esquire was a recommendation from a friend of ours while we were on vacation. This place was fantastic, we had an amazing time. The ambiance in the evening was great for a gathering of friends or a romantic dinner. The food was soooo good, we wended up getting only appetizers but it was perfect for us to share and every bite was through the roof. We'll definitely be going back.

OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Menu was different. They do not have a kids menu

vicnbob (San Antonio)
4.0  Dined on August 17, 2017

The atmosphere alone makes this a great downtown stop, but the food is good and the drink selection is outstanding. It's close proximity to the area theaters makes this a good choice for a quick bite before the show.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

Server was inattentive

OpenTable Diner (Savannah)
2.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

not great...not bad... just meh

vipYummyinSA (San Antonio)
4.0  Dined on August 2, 2017

Other than the loudly crying child, which is of course not the restaurant's fault, nor their usual customer base, we had a very good experience. Their burger is outstanding, as is their starter tostada.

OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
3.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

The deviled eggs were excellent, the fried pickles were good but not great. I had the bean burger and again it was not bad, but nothing special either, my wife had the Cheese Burger and felt the same about hers as I felt about mine. The best thing about the place was the atmosphere, it's a cool little place.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on July 27, 2017

Place was super cool - bar tender was not friendly, at all. Drinks were great, though! Fresh ingredients, great unique cocktail menu. We didn't eat there, but the food looked good too.

vipPhall (San Antonio)
3.0  Dined on July 26, 2017

Kind of disappointed. Have t been in a while; but I have always loved this place. Drinks not so great; bathroom very smelly with two toilets out of order. Seemed dirty overall compared to previous visits. Probably won't be returning

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
3.0  Dined on July 25, 2017

The food was pretty good, although three got the crab sandwich and complained that it was too salty. Service was average, drinks were strong. Ambience was cool, but a little dark and loud. I liked the history of the place, but don't see myself going again.

OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on July 25, 2017

Great drinks, service and food Unique decorating with a early 1900 feel. Bartenders have exceptional knowledge of drinks.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

Before or after dining be sure to visit Downstairs. It's a great bar with a fantastic margarita.

OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

Living in Orlando, we only get to Esquire about 2 times a year. It is one of our favorites. Never have been disappointed. Thanks.

parrish1006 (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on July 20, 2017

Absolutely wonderful. This is a "must go to" kind of place. Be sure to make a reservation in advance. This place is always packed.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2017

Historic place to enjoy good food and fun. Looks like a good place to sit at the bar to watch sports too.

vipAndrew (Austin)
4.0  Dined on July 16, 2017

Good food and service. A tad pricey, but consistent with other river walk fare. Probably the best gastropub in the area.

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2017

An amazing find tucked away in a quiet corner of the Riverwalk. Perfect cocktails! Great food and service. There was live jazz on a Thursday night. Upstairs is lively and downstairs is quiet and cozy. Both spaces are romantic with a great vibe. It's my new favorite place in the Riverwalk.

OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2017

We enjoy taking guests to this bar. It's on a less busy part of the river walk.