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Permanently Closed - Lüke San Antonio

1754 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. San Antonio is now home to acclaimed Chef John Besh’s restaurant, Lüke, on the city's famed Riverwalk, Besh's first restaurant outside of his home state of Louisiana. The casual chic bistro features a menu of authentic Old World cuisine, combining classic German and French cooking techniques served in a warm and inviting space of stylish vintage interior, situated in San Antonio's popular downtown district.
To complement its cuisine, Lüke offers an extensive wine list and beer selection.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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French, Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation
Daily Lunch: 11:00 am- 2:00 pm
Daily Dinner: 5:00 pm- 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(210) 227-5853
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Lüke San Antonio offers a unique private dining experience with its second-floor reception space that overlooks the restaurant’s kitchen and the River Walk. Your guests will enjoy Old World cuisine with Texas and New Orleans touches, giving them an experience they won’t soon forget.
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Private party contact
Melissa Mahony: (504) 323-7548
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Cross street
Soledad St.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CasinoVisit (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on March 6, 2015

We were there for dinner and stayed at hotel to go to Majestic Theater. Very nice evening and food was really wonderful. Would definately recommend for a nice evening.

Mimi (San Antonio)
4.0  Dined on March 5, 2015

This is a great location to catch dinner before a show. The food is wonderful and the wine selection is pretty good. I suggest going about 2 hrs before a show, as service is sometimes slow.

Fpad (San Antonio)
4.0  Dined on March 5, 2015

My wife and I really enjoyed our experience at Luke. Our server was friendly and the food was delicious. Our drinks and appetizers were discounted due to happy hour which was nice. We will visit again in the future.

viptabbaroo (San Antonio)
2.0  Dined on March 5, 2015

When we arrived for our reservation, no one was at the host/hostess stand. Several (probably 5 or 6) servers walked past witout even acknowledging us. Finally after several minutes, a hostess appeared and giggled that we caught her while she ran back to have some M&Ms. While we were waiting, we noticed two very awkwardly situatued tables literally at the doors of the elevator, and I remarked to my husband that I wouldn't want to sit there. Sure enough, that's excatly where she took us, even though 75% of the tables were free at the moment. I politely declined to sit there and asked to be seated elsewhere. She glanced over her shoulder and told me that these other tables were reserved. Of course, I aslo had a reservation which i reminded her. She told us to wait and left us standing in the middle of the restaurant. A manger notived and walked over to ask if we had been helped. I told her what was happening and befoe she could respond the hostess showed up and seated us at a better table. Our server was pleasant but mostly absent. We watched other tables get bread, yet our table sat empty. It would have been nice since our appetizers took so long. A manger finally brought themto the table, and they were lukewarm (maybe that's what Luke styands for!) You could tell they had been stiting there while being ignored by our actual server and eventually were seen by the manager who brought them to the table. After another long absense the server reappeared and apologized that our food was taking so long. At this point the restaurent was maybe only 50% full. The food was good, but definitely not wothy of another trip. Expensive, and poor service doesn't make for a return trip. The restaurant staff could use some trainig, and someone should consider reconfiguring the table layout.


vipDinerStu (San Antonio)
3.0  Dined on March 4, 2015

We dine out very frequently: 4-5 times a week. Our primary purposes are good food and socializing with our friends. The noise level at Luke is such that it is very difficult to have conversations with each other and friends. We probably will not return to Luke because of that.

Destini (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on March 3, 2015

We've had the pleasure of dining at luke a couple of times and have always received excellent service. The food has always been a great surprise and never leaves us wanting as the menu is alway changing and has a variety of seasonal options. Reservations are must during peak times be cause there is always a wait for a table d
uring dinner time.

vipLuv2eat (Houston)
3.0  Dined on March 1, 2015

If you are big oyster fans, this is likely the best spot in San Antonio to get your fill. As for the other seafood offered here, it is minimal and a bit disappointing. Don't come searching for a simply grilled fresh piece of fish. Its not here. As others have noted in their reviews, the Luke's in New Orleans is the better sibling.

vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
2.0  Dined on February 23, 2015

I had heard about this restaurant and was eager to try it. From the moment we sat down, I was worried. It took quite awhile for us to even be acknowledged by our waiter. And when he did, he acted like he was not happy to be there. Then, it took 12 minutes to get our bar drinks! Only then did he ask us for our food orders. I think he overheard me talking bout the bad service.

I will NOT go back to this place. Ever.

Bell (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on February 23, 2015

Food and service fabulous! It was a special birthday lunch for a friend. Not my first time at the restaurant and have never been disappointed. Made a special effort to drive into the city.

GMont (Miami)
4.0  Dined on February 21, 2015

Having tried the Luke in New Orleans we were hopeful for a comparable experience. Service was outstanding! Shrimp and Grits although good did not hold a candle to the same dish in New Orleans. The shrimp cocktail was the highlight and well worth the visit.

Sundays (San Antonio)
3.0  Dined on February 21, 2015

I've been to this restaurant twice now and it's a shame I don't care to go back. The staff was indifferent, left us waiting for each course, and seemed put off when it was clear we weren't going to run up a large drink tab. From that point we were no longer a priority. The restaurant is in a beautiful spot on the river and convenient to the Majestic Theater. It's a shame I feel indifferent to it now.

peaceseeker58 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 20, 2015

Oysters and Lemon Cake dessert the highlights. Service mediocre.

CMACEN68 (San Antonio)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2015

From the time we sat down until the moment we left, this place could not have been more on point. ( With the exception of an uptight male host ) Even though it was Fat Tuesday and the crowds were crazy our waiter was awesome. He recommended the ribeye with lump crab meat and it was delicious! After the great appetizers and awesome entrees we decided to grab a dessert. Let's just say we weren't disappointed. No matter what your tastes are you can't go wrong with Luke.

Racquetballshark8 (San Antonio)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2015

Tuesday nights are fabulous! Oysters are sooooo good. French 75 is yummy. Atmosphere is energetic!

vipDeaconTom (Houston)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

After visiting Luke for dinner twice in the last year, it continues to disappoint. Service was excessively slow and uneven; we were halfway through our oysters when the main course arrived (although the manager comped the oysters) after waiting forever the food just piled up. I had the "vennison cassoulet", and even on a deconstructed basis, I did not see the correlation between the dish and a cassoulet. The meat was tough and the garlic sausage tasted of freezerburn.