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About Esquire Tavern

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The Esquire Tavern is the oldest bar on the San Antonio Riverwalk, opened the year, month and day that Prohibition was repealed.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.

155 East Commerce
San Antonio, TX 78205
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
St. Mary's

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(210) 222-2521

Website:
http://www.esquiretavern-sa.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Chef Brooke Smith

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wine

Esquire Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Bar Seating (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Good for a Date (2)
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Pre/post Theatre (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

A true classic hidden away on the river walk!

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food5
ambience4
service4
value3

vip
 (San Antonio)·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.

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food2
ambience5
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on August 19, 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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Spicy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Menu was different. They do not have a kids menu

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food3
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Antonio)·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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Server was inattentive

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food3
ambience4
service1
value2

 
·Dined on August 5, 2017

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

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food2
ambience3
service2

vip
 (San Antonio)·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.

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food4
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 (San Antonio)·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.

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food3
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service3

 
·Dined on July 28, 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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Casual, Happy Hour
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food4
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service2
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 27, 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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
1 person found this review helpful.
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food3
ambience4
service3
value3

 
·Dined on July 26, 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.

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food3
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 25, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

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

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food4
ambience5
service3
value4

 
 (Orlando)·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.

Tags: Fun, Tapas, People Watching, Tasting Menu
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Seattle)·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.

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food5
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value5

 
 (Seattle)·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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Waterfront
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (Austin)·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.

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food4
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 (New Orleans)·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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Live Music, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 11, 2017

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food4
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We received amazing service and the food was great.I am glad that the bean burger has been put back on the menu.Good times as always.

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

This place had a great vibe and the food was great. The service was average but the good food made up for it. Love the history behind this place.

Tags: Comfort Food
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food5
ambience4
service3
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 7, 2017

My husband and I are taking advantage of our daughters neing in NJ with Grandma and Grandpa for the summer. The ambiance in this place waa perfect for who we are. We both ordered the lamb burger with the feta cheese... it was so good and perfectly cooked. My drink from the bar was amazing and our server, Andy was awesome!

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food5
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Visited while on vacation ... Not the best place I've been, but pretty darn good and I would definitely go back. Limited outdoor seating (not really "on" the Riverwalk, more next to the Riverwalk) but good ambiance, service, and food. Live music was nice. All in all good experience.

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great Beer
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food4
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The food was fantastic. Casual atmosphere with very good food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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food5
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Our waiter seemed annoyed when we asked for napkins. (I think he thought we wanted silver ware) before we had food. We just wanted some napkins to place in our laps. We were very appreciative but he seemed cold and took until the end of our meal to warm up to us.

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food5
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service3
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 (New England)·Dined on June 28, 2017

It wasn't all that busy, but our waiter was barely there. We were never asked if we wanted another drink or if we needed anything. We had to get another server to help us. The food was good, but we were frustrated with the service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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food3
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service1
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 (Omaha)·Dined on June 25, 2017

One of our favorite places to always stop at when we visit San Antonio. It's really unique and the food and the drinks hit the spot. We will be back next time we are in town.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food5
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The vibe was laid back and fun. The food was quite good but definitely lacked variety, especially for vegetarians. The drink list was extensive. The French 75 was lemony and refreshing after a long day.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The atmosphere was great! Food was just ok

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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Convenient to Aztec Theater where we had tickets for show @ 8pm that evening.

Lively band was playing when we arrived.

We had Empire Burger that was delicious along with chili-salt fries.

Great service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Indiana)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Amazing cocktails. Food excellent. Highly recommended.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 23, 2017

This was a great spot for a group of 6 with very different tastes. It was so awesome to find a place on the river walk that had good, interesting beers. The good was so good and well priced. We had such an interesting assortment of dishes and every one was happy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 22, 2017

The oldest bar on San Antonio's River walk. We had burgers and they were fantastic. Appetizers of fried pickles, with their own house made pickles, and deviled eggs kicked off the meal. They pour amazing and creative cocktails, sit at the bar for an education in mixology!

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food5
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Nice atmosphere makes for a special date place. Great drinks and food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food4
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great meal with the family at Esquire Tavern. The food was fantastic and waiter was and team was terriffic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We had dinner in the bar area and loved it! Great food and service. Our server was very proud of his job at the Esquire because of the quality of the food and service! We dinned on the second floor overlooking the RiverWalk and it was lots of fun. They also have outdoor seating on the balcony overlooking the river but we ate inside next to the window. Great place!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, People Watching, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Overall great experience but was quite hot in the early evening.

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Friendly service, fast service, good food, music and drinks.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music
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food5
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 (Louisville)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Cool speakeasy atmosphere, great take on chile relleno and nice cocktails. Excellent attentive server. Overall fun experience

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