Ocho at Hotel Havana

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Situated in a glass conservatory overlooking the River Walk, Ocho serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks indoors and on our breezeway. Ocho has created a menu rooted in the hotel’s pan-Latin cultural influences from Mexico, Cuba and Texas. The cocktail menu highlights the tequila of the hotel’s San Antonio roots with the rum of its Cuban namesake, with a love for old school recipes and, when the occasion calls, the simple satisfaction an ice cold Michelada. Ocho offers complimentary wifi and serves Stumptown espresso drinks to stay or take away.
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RD
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, good food and great cocktails. A little off the beaten path, but very accessible from all the downtown hotels.

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DR
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and cocktails.

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OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Well curated menu featuring small to large portions with BIG flavor. Recommendations include:
Apps - empanadas, mushroom tacos
Main - Salmon

Drinks - the Cuban, mojito, margarita

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L
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it! It’s so unique and colorful and beautiful. I am happy we went during a weekday so it wasn’t crowded or loud. Food and atmosphere was great!

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MS
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Peach did an amazing job of taking care of us. From the food recommendations to the service and cocktails, Ocho did not disappoint. You must try the babay bella tacos and the pork chop when you go.

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j
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Mothers Day late lunch. The decor is trendy overlooking the river and the service was attentive but not overpowering. We enjoyed the cocktails; all our mains and we tried 2 of the desserts and both were fab. Will definitely recommend and we will go back. Great San Antonio bar/restaurant.

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CP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Ocho is a beautiful restaurant that provides a pretty decent view of the Riverwalk. I would rate our dinner experience 3 stars. The Tostones was amazing, but the tortas were not authentic. They were barely hot when it was served to us. My wife ordered the Havana Hippie which sounded amazing, but looked like a poorly made sandwich from Subway. Not to take anything away from Subway, but would you pay $12-$14 for a subway sandwich? Furthermore, our waiter did not seem interested at all. He never refilled our drinks, or asked how everything tasted.

I recommend Ocho if you’re looking for drinks and/or appetizers. However, I would not recommend any items from the dinner menu. Tortas are easy to make, but they failed on doing that. If they can’t make a Torta correctly, I am not sure they can execute some of their other dishes.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to experience San Antonio. The food is top notch, the ambiance is amazing, and service was on point. A++

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SY
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the beautiful space and the view. The piccadillo empanadas and mushroom tacos were good. Cocktails were excellent.

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MJ
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Sat outside for Brunch, food and cocktails were great.

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KS
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The service was terrible. We had to wait more than 30 minutes just to get a pre dinner drink. It did not improve. The food was ordinary and my fish was very salty. The only good bit was the decor and view of the riverwalk.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

It was just ok, nothing was “bad” but it just wasn’t tasty or what I thought it would be .

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RU
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Is so sad that this beautiful restaurant has such a terrible service. Some of the waitress where super friendly (but not ours). People would stand to the bar to grab stuff (like sugar, napkins or other stuff) because they take forever when you ask for something.
I ordered a coffee and after more than 10 mins our waitress answer was that they were out of cups(after the long wait at least the coffee was great, hard to beat Cuban coffee). As I said, is a one time experience because its a beautiful place, but other than that I don't know if I go back. I took my friends that where visiting San Antonio with high expectations, and I was personally disappointed. The restaurant was not even half of its capacity and service struggle was real.

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LJ
San Antonio
31 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ocho is a delightful restaurant on the San Antonio River. We really enjoyed the chips and salsa. I had trout and my husband had salmon. Both dishes were delicious! I enjoyed a Havana Margarita while he had vodka on the rocks. It was a great dinner!

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N
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I was looking forward to trying Ocho on my trip to SA. We made last minute reservations on a Friday night, during Fiesta, it was beyond ambiance. Ordered mojitos, which were weak & disappointing. Didn’t even have a sugar cane stick!
Main restaurant was much better ambiance, but no better luck w/mojitos. Waitstaff was friendly. We ordered tostones, black bean quesadillas, papas bravas & spicy mushroom tacos. Food was all yummy. Price was reasonable. I would recommend for food, but not for mojitos.

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OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I like to eat at Ocho before events at the Tobin. The menu is interesting with good sized portions. We’ve tried nearly everything and that makes for a difficult decision, since it’s all yummy! Don’t miss out on trying a specialty cocktail!

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G
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a little upset we had a table reserved that someone one else was seated at earlier in the evening. Even though we had a reservation we were pushed to a less comfortable table as the other group was still lingering long after they thought they would leave

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OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor seating. Pleasant shade, river view, and sparrows.

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LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location for breakfast. Outdoor patio. The Riverwalk.

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PB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Superb service in a most pleasant atmosphere with a relatively inexpensive menu. I wish I'd known about this restaurant a long time ago. The location across the street from the Tobin Center makes for a super convenient pre-concert dinner destination. Sitting on the River makes for an enjoyable getaway with plentiful greenery. The service was outstanding as I mentioned at the beginning, but bears repeating, with attentive waiters hovering nearby, but in no way intrusive. Nice place!

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RS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very patient with us. Perfect last dinner for our anniversary trip! The food was far more than we anticipated for the price. The Avocado Salad with shrimp was delicious.

Thank you Ocho!

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food and fun ambiance. Our waiter wasn't great but otherwise an great experience.

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GW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Don’t go! Waiter sucked. Table was sticky. Bathroom was in the parking lot (no, really!) Food was average and slow. Don’t go!

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MJ
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance, and the food is amazing as well.

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, wonderful food and service! Really enjoyed the experience.

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d
San Antonio
22 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful dinner on the patio at Ocho prior to a performance at the Tobin Center. Even though it was crowded (people who didn’t have reservations were turned away), our waiter, Alex provided excellent service and made sure we received our entrees in time to meet our time constraints for the concert. I had the Pollo Al Sarten and my girlfriend had the Pan Roasted Snapper. Both were excellent and paired with a Malbec. A very good dining experience!

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WD
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

While on vacation in San Antonio, we were looking for a place to eat before going to a show at the Tobin Center. Don’t hesitate to eat here the food is fabulous!

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J
New Mexico
22 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice for dining. Great service and really tasty food.

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GE
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. Non-existent management or proper training. Place was a dirty mess and servers kept spilling things on the floor without bothering to clean it up. Food was mediocre at best.

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TJ
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

It wasn't very long ago that Ocho was a pretty good restaurant. These days the food quality has suffered quite a bit. My wife and I have had dinner here several times before and it was good - not great - but good. Recently we stopped in for dinner before going to the symphony and we're very disappointed

I had a steak which was both overcooked and flavorless. It was hard as rubber and was full of gristle. My wife has salad which was equally tasteless and not very enjoyable at all.

The service has also slipped quite a bit. We waited forever for our food, and the appetizer actually came a few minutes after our main course arrived. The waitress apologized and gave us appetizer for free, but at that point the damage was done.

It's too bad because the location is great for nights at the Tobin center and the decor and view are charming. Unfortunately the food and service are what makes a restaurant for me and they are both subpar.

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DL
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this restaurant! We had some vegetarians in the group so it was hard to find a good brunch spot that satisfies them. We had a large group and they were easy to accommodate. It was such a beautiful restaurant, a beautiful glass patio was the perfect setting. We had a great time and highly recommend this restaurant.

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JA
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed an early dinner at Ocho before the Symphony at the Tobin. We were able to keep our car in the lot at the restaurant during the performance. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great. We had made the reservation through google, but even though the restaurant didn't receive it, we were still seated on time.

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant it’s a small quaint spot located on the side of the Havana Hotel. I highly recommend this restaurant outside seating. The view is phenomenal with a Riverwalk view. Food was good the menu is limited but it has a variety for all picky eaters. I went for my daughters BMT graduation and it was a perfect place.

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l
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great mojitos and the pork is amazing! We also enjoyed the chips and salsa/guacamole dish and the chorizo y queso. The ambiance is also great - with its large windows/glass frames and chandeliers.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

SLOW service. Cold cappuccinos. A/C on when it's 50 degrees outside. Main course came out well before appetizer. Cubano sandwich had a piece of ham that was 1/4 the size of the sandwich. Great location. 2 cappuccinos, 2 sandwiches & 1 coke = $50. Empenada appetizer was comp'ed without asking when it came out at end of meal. It was delicious. Cubano was overtaken by the achiote pork because there wasn't enough pickle and the ham was comically tiny. I'd go again for drinks and ambiance if I'm in the area. But there is no reason to make a trip here for lunch with so many other better options available, not even considering the $$

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F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The service wasn’t great and the brunch wasn’t worth the price. The plate looked sad and empty and the taste wasn’t better than making it at home.

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KM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Boyfriend and I had a very nice first experience - great food, drinks and an atmosphere to match. We will definitely be back!

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OT
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great pork chop and dessert. Wonderful ambience.

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JW
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the service to the food was magnificent! I actually at a loss for words to describe my wife and my experience here.

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v
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ocho is a beautiful, friendly place, more casual than I was expecting, which I liked. It feels somewhat like a greenhouse, and sitting at a table for 2 overlooking a quiet place on the river (not at all like the River Walk area) was quite nice as the light faded from the sky.
I didn't have to look long to find exactly the kind of food I like to eat, which was a sandwich called the Havana Hippie. It hit all the right places, with great flavor, crunchiness, protein and no meat! My Mom had the shrimp and grits, which were good but a little spicy for her taste. I suggested she eat more grits, and this helped balance the dish for her.

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