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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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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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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (8)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Fun (6)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (5)
Romantic (5)
Authentic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Spicy (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 6, 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 3, 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 19, 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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·Dined on November 17, 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 17, 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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·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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·Dined on November 11, 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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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 4, 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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·Dined on November 2, 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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·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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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 15, 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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·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 11, 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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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 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 5, 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 30, 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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·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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 (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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 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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·Dined on August 31, 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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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 25, 2017

the appetizers were unusual for us but so tasty. we had the rribeye steaks as our entrée and unfortunately they were not rested properly, so two of us had blood on our plate but the plate overall were very good. the white chocolate brulee and tequila ice cream were to die for and we wanted more but of course, we had already eaten a full meal. : > ) we went there for the special menu during restaurant week -- first time ever there -- but will return because it was delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We enjoyed our third visit to NAO, this time during restaurant week in San Antonio. Most of us tried the beef skewers which were wonderful and the ribeye which was also excellent. And of course the creme brulee was perfectly prepared. Service was friendly and timely. We'll be back!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Fanflippintastic food @resto week menu, and the vibe is SO cool - open kitchen reminiscent of Gordon Ramsay's F Word. Service: on-point.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Great meal, courteous, efficient service. Thanks for a wonderful meal.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The last thing that you should worry about is that the chefs and servers are all students.
The first thing you should be excited about is the food. With a prix fixee menu of three or four courses that changes with the season and available ingredients, the food is incredibly fresh and innovative. Don't be afraid to ask the server about the dishes, since they are also students at the culinary institute in their final semester, they will happily share their knowledge with you.
The second thing you should be excited about is the expansive wine list and craft drinks. (Wine Wednesdays are awesome)
The third thing that you should be excited about is the fixed 17% tip that does not go to your server... It goes to create scholarships for other students to be able to attend the culinary institute.

Nao is a true gem. A tasty tasty gem.

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on July 19, 2017

I recommend this restaurant. It has a Latin American menu orientation. Menu is limited to two types of prix-fix selections (3 or 4 course). You have 4 options for each course. Quality and taste is very good. price is reasonable. Have a good wine list. Service is attentive. Hours are limited.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Very underwhelming, restaurant is empty, food is below average, would not recommend

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 (Austin)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Superb service by Alexa and superb cuisine by the student chefs.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fun
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 11, 2017

We'll go back soon!!! Outstanding food and extremely friendly service!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Tulsa)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Enjoyed the dinner. Service was a bit forced early on, but relaxed throughout the meal. Still very good especially for the pretty low price.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 29, 2017

I fully understand the concept of this restaurant and was excited to experience it. Unfortunately, it did not live up to its reputation.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 28, 2017

We loved it. All the chefs and servers are students and they do a phenomenal job! You only have a choice of 3 or 4 course meal so come hungry. We couldn't finish everything but it was all very good. And it was fun to support their learning and careers.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Organic, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Service was great and the food good as usual. I had the mango cheesecake for dessert and it was perfectly done.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The food was delicious and the atmosphere is perfect. The service was lacking considering the price.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Menu here has been through more iterations than I care to count, current version being a 3 or 4 course prixe-fixe without any a la carte options. They're good value for the buck but we ended up with carryout from the 4 course. I'd pass on the empanadas, as they're the fried, not baked version of same. Waitstaff now are all CIA students, ours was quite friendly and open to discussing the current culinary scene.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Visiting a culinary institute is usually a special event. This visit was too. We enjoyed a beautiful presentation of a 3 course meal with an accompanying flight of wines. The food was delicious, although the cheesecake seemed to be more of a pudding. We will bring special company we may have visiting back to the NOA for an outstanding meal again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on June 15, 2017

Food was exceptional! Service was great. Chef came out and interacted with patrons. It was a lovely personal touch from all.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 14, 2017

We both did the 3 course- my husband chose the featured one that included ceviche, seafood cazuela and bread pudding . The cazuela was extremely flavorful- his favorite , however ceviche was tasteless and the cranberry chocolate bread pudding was dry.
I picked the garlic Parmesan yucca fries( delicious !), market fish - salmon was perfectly cooked and white chocolate creme brûlée ( it tasted like a regular creme brûlée). Our server was Amanda - very helpful and attentive. A little disappointing was the wine pairing flight - it didn't really paired well with any of the dishes.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic
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