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NAO at The Culinary Institute of America San Antonio

4.4
611 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
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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.



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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin American, South American, Mexican
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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.
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Phone number
(210) 554-6484
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Instructor Vincent Carvalho and Hospitality Instructor Samantha Fletcher
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Isleta / Emma Kohler
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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
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Instructor Samantha Fletcher, Samantha.Fletcher@culinary.edu
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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.

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What 611 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

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

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chas123 (Dallas)
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0
Dined on December 9, 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.

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JimmyR (San Antonio)
4.0
Dined on December 9, 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0
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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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0
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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Maggie (Milwaukee)
5.0
Dined on November 19, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on November 17, 2017

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

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