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About NAO at The Culinary Institute of America San Antonio

Nao is a classroom for students in their last semester at the Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio. Both Culinary and Service is provided by students earning an Associates of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts.



312 Pearl Parkway
Bldg 2 Suite 2102
San Antonio, TX 78215
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Latin American, South American, Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Student Run Dinner
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Outdoor Kitchen at The Pearl Farmers Market
Saturday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Closed for major holidays, due to students being off campus.

Cross Street:
Isleta / Emma Kohler

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(210) 554-6484

Website:
http://www.naorestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Recommended parking in the Koehler parking garage. From there, go to first floor.

If you are being dropped off, please direct your driver to Hotel Emma. We are directly across from the entrance of the hotel

Executive Chef:
Chef Instructor Vincent Carvalho and Hospitality Instructor Samantha Fletcher

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Instructor Samantha Fletcher, Samantha.Fletcher@culinary.edu

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We love sharing food with people. Celebrate benchmark birthdays, recent retirements, or much-deserved promotions. Let our staff help you make a lasting impression on colleagues, association members, family, or friends while you share a great meal.

NAO at The Culinary Institute of America San Antonio Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.2

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4.3

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (16)
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Good for a Date (11)
Casual (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Authentic (7)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Healthy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Romantic (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Great Beer (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Business Meals (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Cozy (1)
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Nao--the student run restaurant in the Culinary Institute of America's San Antonio location. We had a great meal and had a fun time talking with the students as well. Their commitment, their plans and their enthusiasm were part of what made the meal memorable. The seafood stew was top notch--seafood very well prepared. The cheese course was very nice--I would add some honey to options. The Latin flair was evident in the spices. All made for a very nice evening. We will be back.

Tags: Casual, Fun
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Everything was wonderful! Eddie was very accommodating with our questions about our meal.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 4, 2018

This was not my first time to this place. The service is always worse than expected and the food is always better than expected...so it's worth a return trip 100%

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Very disappointed. Server was not helpful and slow, expected him to talk about the food. He never checked to see how anything was or thank us for coming. Food was over flavoured and steak overdone, poor quality of steak. It's a shame that this is how future chef's are being trained.

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 (Corpus Christi)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Server wasn’t overly familiar with items on menu. When asked what was his favorite, he immediately went with the highest priced item; about the seafood stew, he said it was "seafoody." Cake was dry like powdered chalk. We had a great experience there a year earlier at lunchtime, but this dinner was a disappointment. There are several other restaurants in the Pearl area we will try next time instead.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Best margarita ever seafood fabulous

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I had a great experience. I would totally recommend this restaurant. The service was excellent and the food delicious!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We were only able to get a reservation at5:30, a little early for us, but we wanted to try NAO. The service was great, server was well versed on menu and details. We had the lobster Mac & cheese it had great flavor, great amount of lobster, and the sauce was perfect. I wold of preferred it served even hotter than it was , the middle was warm as opposed to the edges where it was toasty. The ribeye was perfect for me, medium rare and my husbands pork tenderloin was perfect as well. My dessert was the chocolate cake with coffee ice cream and my husband’s cheesecake was so light and a touch warm that made it even better. We will be back .

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Our server, Eddie, was such s delight. Each course was more delicious than the previous. We did the cheese board to start and our chef was very knowledgeable and gracious in her presentation.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Everything tasted great. Jakob, our server, was efficient and personable.

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 (Central Texas)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We were a bit disappointed by the quality of the food. Our steak was under cooked and was not seared well.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was exceptional considering it was cooked by students. We happen to go during Restaurant Week and it was a deal! Great food and great service. Nice ambiance.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was great. Students did an excellent job!!!!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Went for restaurant week. Dylan was our server. She was the best!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Took some friends here for a bachelorette dinner and it was perfect. We tried dishes we never would have tried otherwise, service was impeccable, and the food was delicious!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The food was very well elaborated and tasteful. Service was outstanding.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our server was fantastic, food was spot on delicious! We learned about the CIA program which was very interesting. Altogether a wonderful evening!

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great service and food at the Pearl. Students were very friendly and provide a great experience. Would go again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Interesting and fun concept to support the students of the CIA in San Antonio. All that are involved in preparing and serving meals are students. With that though there comes a bit of inexperience which if you expect going in, is not a big deal. Little things like serving soup without a spoon, not clearing empty plates for each course, etc. Then we were reported as no-show for the reservation (which was easily fixed). All in all, the menu is creative and definitely out-of-the-box. Even down to the creative cocktail concoctions. The students are chatty and happy to answer questions. Fun evening overall and worth a repeat visit.

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I have eaten at Nao multiple times and I was not disappointed.... the food was delicious. I had the quail in mole and it was authentic mole, rich with the right spice mixture. Wonderful dining experience!!
The pisco sours are to die for!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Excellent! If the servers had not been wearing their chef’s jackets I would not have know this was a cooking school

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I was hoping for more of a dining experience. We were sat at a bar too and service was lackluster.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fun night and excellent food. The students are happy to explain everything

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food and service was absolutely spectacular. The waitor very knowledgeable and informative.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We had a family gathering here. The staff was very accommodating in arranging a special table outside, where we could enjoy the mild evening and great setting in the Pearl. Wesley was knowledgeable and helpful with menu selections. The shrimp and pork belly tacos were tasty. Interesting options feature fresh, seasonal foods. All staff are CIA students and work hard to please. A very nice experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Service could be more refined. We had to ask for knives and forks To be returnedonce the server took them away.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We were there for a birthday celebration. The food and service were excellent. The chef did a wonderful job with happy birthday dessert samplers accompanied by the waiters all joining to sing happy birthday. We had a great experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Wonderful little restaurant. Enjoyed sitting at bar overlooking kitchen and talking to the Chef Jeff about food being served at NAO and also food in general.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, People Watching, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Vegan
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great food and good service. Neat place. I know it’s set to be an upscale place but they really need a tv somewhere. Had to miss the first half of the World Series game 6...

What’s really cool is supporting the students here while having a great tasting meal. For some reason I always thought this was an Asian restaurant but it’s Latin.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Wife had the sea bass which was exceptional. Perfectly cooked and well seasoned. Both of our salads were excellent (pepita harvest and tamarind) and just the right size for just before supper. My salmon tacos were average at best. Tortilla was too try (almost like it was fried). Service was sub-par. Server was not at all familiar with the menu and could not answer questions.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent evening and night out with family. Great location and will head back again in near future

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Casual, Waterfront, Organic, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Another great meal at Nao. Very interesting flavors and lots of vegetarian options. Staff is very informed about the menu and flavors. Great service

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 10, 2017

NAO was recommended to us when we visited San Antonio as a unique dining experience. We liked the bar seating where you can observe the kitchen activity. They welcomed questions about menu items and I had plenty. The menu items were interesting and diverse.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The service was excellent. The food was just okay. The attempt to mix pickled veggies with main course to create a certain flavor fell short.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Excellent dinner - period! The food was perfectly prepared and seasoned authentically. Service was top notch. Keeping in mind these are students who are cooking and servings the CIA. Well poised and disciplined, but sincere and dedicated. A very enjoyable experience. We were traveling with guests and have experienced other CIA venues (Hyde Park and Greystone). This was equally enjoyable and satisfying. Well done!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Wow, delicious food! Everything is done on some sort of fire, so the restaurant has a smoky scent though not actually smoky. Tried salmon and conchinita pibil. Highly recommended both!

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 (Key West)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Third time there, still amazing food, every staff member is awesome. Anytime I travel to San Antonio I check to see if I can fit this place into my schedule.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

I ordered 7 dishes. All we're good except the half order of charred octopus. The wine list is great, with the Mexican Cab and the Fleur des Graves being the highlights. If they added at least one sherry to the list it would be perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Four of us ate dinner and shared 4 different apps and main courses. Quality and taste inconsistent. Some portions a bit small. Chicken was the best item. Empanadas also good.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful !! Absolutly a perfect evening. the service was impeccable, as was the food. Thank you to everyone there that made my son's birthday so special. If you haven't been, make sure to dine at this gem of a reasturant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch
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