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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
"Inspired By Latin Live Fire Cooking"
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

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

Closed for major holidays, and when students are 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 Sofia Sada Cervantes

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 Samantha Fletcher, Samantha.Fletcher@culinary.edu

Specials

30% Off All Wines

Wednesdays from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Specials

30% Off All Wines

Wednesdays from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Details

30% Off All Wines. Excludes Tax and Tip. 30% off all bottles of wine on Wednesdays. Special valid Sep 23, 2017 - Jan 23, 2018 on Wednesdays from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM.

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

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4.3

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4.4

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (5)
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Good for Anniversaries (5)
Romantic (4)
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Good for Birthdays (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
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Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Great find during restaurant week. The students cooks were consistent and attentive. The food was wonderful and presentation A+.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 26, 2017

We came here for Restaurant Week and found it to be an amazing value! The food, service, and ambiance were all outstanding. I almost went back the next day, but unfortunately my schedule interfered. I definitely plan to eat there again soon.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2017

This restaurant is great for any occasion! The food is phenomenal and the service is great! They are all students and in their last semester so they are very excited to be there and speak with you.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Amazing Offerings coupled with great service! Keep it coming Connor ... you'll easily make it to GRAD DATE!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Went for restaurant week with my daughter and the food was amazing. Joe came to our table and made the appetizers. He was friendly and told us about the different ingredients being used to make the appetizers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Fantastic and cheap lunch. We loved it and we will be back

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 24, 2017

We went here for lunch during Restaurant Week. The food was delicious: ribeye, cast iron chicken, ceviche, quinoa fritters, mango cheesecake and Mexican brownie with tequila ice cream. All the staff we encountered was nice though our waiter was so-so...I hate when I have to ask for a refill. We definitely will return and highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Casual, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Business Meals, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 24, 2017

I've been to Nao a couple times already and they never fail to impress me with their food. The food is very well prepared - well seasoned, flavorful and of good quality. I love how they change their menu quite often so you can always try something new. The ambience and location is great as well It is such a fun place for everyone!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Service was fair. We had reservations but they seemed surprised when we arrived and had to set a new table in a drafty corner of the restaurant. Food was cold when it was brought to our table. Our party tried the different desserts and none were tasty.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 20, 2017

FANTASTIC. Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to try new places. Now wondering why we waited so long. Steaks perfect - one of the best Steaks we've had. Cast iron chicken was tender juicy, fat rendered and skin crispy. Desserts OMG. Get the plantains foster- done tableside. Flame on!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 20, 2017

We went for Restaurant Week and were pleasantly surprised. I had a crab salad with salmon that was made at the table by chef in training, Jenny. It tasted great and beautiful presentation. My husband had the strip steak and we couldn't believe the size...it was huge! Perfectly cooked. The plantain foster was so good and this was also made at the table by Jenny. We will definitely be back and have recommended it to everyone.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Probably the 10th time we've eaten here, always look forward to something new. We usually struggle to order because we want almost everything on the menu. This time we struggled to find anything that really drew us in. The waiter wasn't bad, but didn't seem to really be In the mood to be working--very perfunctory performance. In the end what we ordered was good, but the overall vibe not so much. I was also struck by how expensive the meal seemed--I usually walk out feeling we got a really good value but this time $110 + tip for two seemed excessive for what we got. I'm sure we'll go back, but definitely not for a while.

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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Brittney had an impressive wine knowledge.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Outstanding food and service! Satisfied the diverse and picky family.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 7, 2017

this is the outlet for the students of Culinary Institute - they serve lunch but dinner is done by graduates of the program. Latin flavors to the fore. Everything was professionally handled. Food was great (lamb shanks with a slight spice to the sauce) and nightly specials exist too. Wine list had plenty of choices - just check the smell in the empty glasses - the dish detergent was leaving a dusty odor.

highly recommend this place

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 31, 2016

The food was excellent on New Year Day Eve. It was full course meal but they didn't list the menu on the website. We also ordered paring wine that goes with each course but it was way below the expectation. We should just ordered the bottle of wine

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Amazing Christmas Eve dinner with the family. We all chose off the prix fixe and the vegan and vegetarian in our party were easily accommodated. Service was good, not intrusive at all and the timing of the courses made for one of the best meals I've had since moving to SATX. Definite gem of the Pearl District and will be visiting frequently in the future.

**Addition to earlier review - came for lunch on a Saturday with my daughter in mid January. Service was the absolute slowest, and when a drink got spilled, the attitude of the staff was "oh well, we didn't do it" and begrudgingly wiped it up. As our food was coming out at the exact same time as spill, they had the audacity to give to "another table that had the same order" and made us wait 15-20 minutes for new dishes to be made. My daughter was appalled, as was I, but it wasn't worth dealing with the horrid attitude of the woman who gave us the explination that "we gave it to another table." When my husband wanted us to go there with a couple from out of town, I was hesitant, but it was better than the previous time, not as good as the latter. Different waiter helped...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Excellent appetizers (we ate "tapas" style). Very attentive wait staff. Good wine selection.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 23, 2016

We ordered the striped bass and the portion was adequate, but the side item was a mixture of cherry tomatoes, onions and bell peppers. The fish was tasty but they could've switched out the side item. Left us wanting more.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 23, 2016

I have eaten lunch at NAO and had a wonderful experience. Unfortunately, dinner was less than stellar. Out of four diners, three of us ordered filet dinners. We all ordered medium rare. Two were over cooked and burnt and although my steak was cooked properly it was room temperature. Not what I expect for a $34 plate.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Salad, quail, and scallops were all prepared to perfection. The side cars could not have been better. The star of the evening was the Vieux Carrie' mixed to perfection by the remarkable Matt Sandavol.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tapas, Healthy, Vegan
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Excelente food and great customer service! I was very please with the service provided . Thank you all!!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 14, 2016

The students at the CIA were absolutely impressive with their service, presentation and quality of the food presented. Such a great value for some amazing dishes. Love the ambiance here too as well!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 13, 2016

I made reservations on Open Table for eight for a birthday party on a Tuesday at 7:00 pm. I received a confirmation email and a reminder, but when we arrived at 7:00 pm, the door was locked. There was a worker inside, but no diners. The sign by the door said that NAO opens at 5:30 pm on Tuesdays, but the worker would not answer our knock. We had to scramble to try to find a new location for our group. I won't book there again.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Great spot for brunch! Loved everything we ordered-- especially the sourdough bread! We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Needed a restaurant for a meal for six before the Billy Joel concert in San Antonio. We had cocktails before ordering, but skipped the appetizer course because we had a schedule to meet. The service was very slow, especially considering we were the first people in the restaurant and it wasn't busy for a while after we arrived. Five of six were served together, but one person had their dinner delayed. We smelled something burned from the kitchen and we suspect that was the delayed dish. The food was very good with reasonable portions. The wine was OK.

If the service matched the ambiance and food quality, I would have rated Nao higher.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Loved it. Will return!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 7, 2016

It took a while for anyone to come over and greet us. When we were done with our meal and asked for a dessert menu the waiter told us the kitchen closes at 9. We were never notified that this was the case nor given a "last call" warning.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 19, 2016

We arrived at 6 and it was still quite slow except for a party of some kind in the bar area, so there was no one near the hostess stand at that point and it took awhile for us to be escorted to a table. Once there, the service and food were good to very good. The food was quite fresh and the portions were very generous. The "latin" flavor was muted in what we ordered, but there's a lot on the menu and it changes often. They have a good list of wines by the glass that are not expensive compared to other venues. The on-site menu was different than the on-line menu, but since they change their menu so much, it's probably hard to keep it synced up. Just go and trust that they'll have something that will make you happy!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 18, 2016

NAO is one of my favorite restaurants! Its attachment to the CIA gives you a high expectation of quality in food and service. It does not disappoint! The servers are all very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. We shared two appetizers, the arugula salad and the pork belly skewers. The salad consisted of arugula, apple and fennel slices, and feta cheese. It was beautifully dressed with a citrus and oil vinaigrette. The stroke of genius was pairing chunks of pork belly with chicharron pieces for a wonderful contrast of textures. The flavor of both was superb. We ordered for dinner the Parilla for two, a meat lover's delight. The meat was perfectly cooked, but the potatoes on the plate really shined! The churros we had for dessert were the perfect cap to the meal! Kudos to all in the kitchen!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Outstanding Value, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 10, 2016

What a great place to have a meal! The food was fantastic and the ambiance was lively and fun. The students were at the top of their game with their meals and service. I would do this again. Yum!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2016

Had a wonderful meal and time at this restaurant run by culinary students. Exceptional food, service, and value! I highly recommend it!

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 8, 2016

Great food. Service was emthusiastic, but inexperienced, since the CIA students are "interning" as front of the house hosts and servers. It all depends on who you get for a server. Our guy was sincere, but seemed nervous. Keep working on it; you'll smooth it out soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Our first visit to NAO and we were impressed. My party of 8 was seated at a large round table with a lazy susan in the center, which made sharing easy in this tapas style restaurant. The service was impeccable and our waiter's suggestions were spot on. Great interaction and attention from the wait staff and management. WEll done!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2016

Incredible food, outstanding service and very good value!!

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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Server forgot about us several times. We were about to walk out

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 29, 2016

I also recommend cooking classes at the Institute!!!!

Tags: Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Always enjoy NAO. Steak was rare, not medium, but they took it back and put it back on the grille. Overall good experience....our waiter was Jackson. He's great!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 28, 2016

the food was excellent and I would be happy to return!

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, People Watching
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 27, 2016

Went there for my birthday with my family. All of the appetizers were great! The chicharrones and the octopus were my favorites. My young daughter was with us, and she ate the empanadas as her meal, and she loved them (Argentine style corn empanadas). I tried two different drinks (Chicana75 and the Wahaka mezcal old fashion) and they were both good. I ordered the filet as my meal and it was cooked perfectly (rare). We were there on a Thursday, so it was pretty empty, but the atmosphere was great. My only complaint would be that it took a long time to order drinks. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I would definitely go there again.

Tags: Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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