Savor The Culinary Institute of America

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Step into Savor and experience a meal inspired by ingredients and techniques from around the world. Your meal is created and presented by advanced CIA students under the guidance of our professional faculty, making for a truly unique and memorable experience. Build your own three or four-course meal in our intimate dining room or spend time at our bar and choose from our constantly changing dishes, classic cocktails, curated wines, or local craft beers.
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San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orlando was our server—personable and professional.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pretty good. Fish and chicken tended to be a little overcooked, but excellent service and flavors. You can’t beat the price for what you get.

G
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I have been to Savor before and always very impressed with food and service. This experience was the opposite. Service was rushed. food medicore at best, noise level high and the room so cold we were all uncomfortable. The menu entrees were different than noted on the website. In the past, the uniqueness of the menu was exciting and something to look forward to experiencing. So very sorry to see that has changed. I hope to see a return to "greatness" for Savor. In the meantime, I will return to other favorites resturants in San Antonio.

JC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

nice presentation and delivery. the food taste wasn't always excellent. overall good experience.

JK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic evening at Savor. Loved the food, atmosphere and staff. Especially enjoyed the open kitchen concept. It was fabulous to both see and hear the activity in the kitchen. Would absolutely recommend this restaurant for an evening of fine dining in San Antonio.

AC
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful first experience at Savor and can't wait to return. Our server, Ron, explained how the students rotate from serving (front of house) to cooking / back of house and really learn the restaurant inside and out. He was a wonderful server and we enjoyed speaking with him and the additional insights he could provide into each dish. We can't wait to go back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a place that everyone should give a chance. The service was impeccable always had a full glass of water and your next wine pairing came as soon as you finished yours! The wine and food pairing was on point. The food was beautifully plated and absolutely delicious. Great portion sizes. The food is an absolute bargain to the value you are truly getting! Would highly recommend!!

AM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we have had in a long time. Such attention to detail both front & back of house. Great value... if only we had known, we would have had dinner here every night while in San Antonio!

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for a birthday. Reserved it as a birthday, but was never acknowledged as such. Food was good, service was good as I understand they are still learning. I say good bc there were confusions here and there with food that we had ordered in order to get the proper silverware. Also, one of the chiefs had brought his kid there so students would hang around that table which was also distracting bc they would talk loud.

W
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the first time that we dined at Savor. We loved the menu concept and the wine pairing experience. For me, this was the best meal that I have eaten in San Antonio in a long time. We also enjoyed visiting with Ron, our server. We will go back.

RV
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Deliciously seasoned and prepared. Staff very pleasant and attentive. Overall a delightful experience!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Good food. Bad service. The wine pairings are not paired to the food. My wife and I ordered different courses but we received the same wines.

S
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pricey but oh so worth it. Had an amazing time and fell in love with foods I thought I hated. What a great experience.

MP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely dining experience overall.

The wait staff was super friendly, attentive throughout the meal, and quick-thinking when a sudden rain shower hit the outdoor dining area. Kudos to all, especially our server Orlando!

Everything was exceptionally fresh. Presentation and timing were perfect, and the dishes were inventive without being outlandishly experimental. My partner raved about the Irish Pointe Oysters and Mussels Provençal. His hanger steak was done a bit past medium-rare, but delicious. I loved the Heirloom Tomato-Strawberry salad and Lobster-Scallop Risotto. A plum-glazed, double-thick pork chop took the place of Osso Bucco on their regular menu; it was tasty, but the dining room cutlery wasn’t up to cutting the meat without sawing. Between that and the huge (much too big for a 4-course meal) portion size, I ended up giving up on it after only a few bites. The leftovers made a terrific fried rice the next day, so no harm done there! We’re not really desert people, but the Peaches and Cream and Chocolate Soufflé were both well executed and not painfully sweet.

Apart from recommending table umbrellas in the outdoor seating area and sharper knives (or pre-slicing thicker cuts of meat), I can’t think of anything that would’ve improved the experience.

BL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful experience, enjoyed the entire meal. Well worth the price while being able to support these aspiring chefs. Went there while spending a few days visiting - found the CIA while researching things to do in San Antonio.

TP
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

A watermelon/strawberry salad was nicely done, good flavor.

A lobster/scallop risotto was salty to the point of being inedible, and the salt masked the flavor of the rice. The lobster tail was over cooked, the scallop was perfect.

A redfish entree was also way too salty, and over cooked. I could not eat it. There were 3-4 over cooked cocktail shrimp included, didn’t add much.

Dessert was a cantaloupe grenache(?) with panda cotta, and a caramel medallion. Dessert was excellent.

The wine pairings were OK but overpriced, would have expected a bit Brett wines for the pairing.

Our server was overworked and a bit frazzled, with three tables. The staff seemed a bit disorganized for a CIA experience.

However, all in all it was a fun experience we’ll likely try again.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Certainly not Nao. This incarnation is a massive downgrade from the original.

C
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service! Jocelyn helped us have an amazing experience for our date night at Savor. We tried the oysters, zucchini soup, mussels with chorizo, steak tartar, hangar steak, pork, and chocolate souffle and loved every bit of it. The pork dish was our favorite! Very tender, moist, and flavorful. We will definitely be coming back! I wish they had more wine options, but they have a good base with a few tasting pairing options. It's a great spot for dates or special occasions.

BC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a truly wonderful meal and getting to kow the the waitstaff truly added to the ambaince.
Only wish there was a large "party room" that could be rented for special events.
What a great Holiday Party experience this could be.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

What an absolute gem this was. With the exception of a couple of small hiccups in the food , everything was amazing. Service was some of the best I have experienced. The drinks were amazing as well. The food was amazing except for a couple of small item , but we are picky. Do yourself a favor a and try this wonderful spot .

DW
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was poor the night we ate there. If I was not for the host who sat people, who noticed that no waiter had been to our table for 10 minutes we might have decided to walk out, especially since they were not very busy at the time. We had two different appetizers, a tomato salad and a tuna curds. The large slice of tomato in the salad was green, which was not mentioned on the menu, poor quality control on the ingredients. The tuna crudo was a nice presentation, but it would have been nice if the person being the food had instructed me to take a forkful with each if the item and dip it in the sauce, something I didn't discover till trying the tuna by itself in the sauce, which overpowered the tuna.
The entrees and side were not much better. The side of mushrooms was a reasonable portion but over cooked and dry, while the cauliflower portion was very small, two slices about 2.5" across, hardly enough to share and not worth the price.
The deserts on the other hand were excellent, the best part of the meal.
I certainly do not blame the students for this experience, but do blame their instructors and the supervisors that were the that night.
If you are looking for a nice place to have a special dinner, go somewhere else, like Bliss.
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MM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was our second visit to Savor. The entire experience was delightful. The culinary students are gracious and friendly. The food is head and shoulders above anything we find in the typical San Antonio restaurant in terms of originality, taste and presentation. We look forward to the next class and new menu offerings so we can go back.

DD
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Odd atmosphere and energy level, felt like we were in a Far Side card with the patrons and staff in there. The beef tartare was good. Not so with the zucchini soup. The “little “ roasted chicken was okay but it was on top of some nasty mashers ruined with truffle oil. Hey students/instructors, ever watch Tom Collichio on Top Chef? He has an opinion on truffle oil- don’t use it. Finally, the dessert came, it was unusual too. Nap didn’t survive, not sure this place will either.

AB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding. We had an incredibly nice waiter who even helped us with vegetarian and made the entire dining experience extremely enjoyable.

BC
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Jake was exceptional. Food was great. enjoyed our visit, would visit again.

EM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Wine pairings made the meal even more special.

GM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was very nice. We had a table for 6 and we could hear one another talking, which was nice. The food was very good. Two of us had the strawberry lemonade and it was a little more sour than the last time we had it, but very tasty. Our waitress was named Karly, and she was very professional and personable. We had a few more waiters come and refresh our waters, and they were as well. We got to watch the cooks from our table, and they seemed happy doing their jobs and were very efficient. Food was brought out in a timely manner. We told the waiters that the school has done a very good job of training these students for each position they held. We came a few weeks back when this same group had switched their jobs (the cooks this time were our waiters last time and vice versa) and the food tasted a little better this time than last, though not real noticeable but somewhat so (like my drink statement, and the steak and veal were cooked to perfection this time) and our waiter was Michael last time, who also attended to our needs promptly and was very professional and personable. We noticed that Michael was in the kitchen cooking meat this time, and each one of us agreed the meat was delicious. I do thank Culinary Institute of America for allowing these students these experiences in serving the public even as they advance their studies, and I commend CIA for doing such a good job of teaching these students. They were all very good, and the food was delicious. We had a great experience and look forward to returning in the future.

TT
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Loved the salad and the starter; not crazy about the entrees.

RR
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent . Friendly waitress.

JG
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious, very avant garde creations , and combinations, very good wine pairing, and outstanding service !

c
San Antonio
37 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in San Antonio and had never been to Savor. Boy am I glad I did go. The food was outstanding and the prices were reasonable. I will definitely go back.

J
San Antonio
25 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Students are not waiter but try hard and have runners. Very nice. Menu is exciting. Portions a bit small. Excellent quality

JG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and the people , i felt like i was a gordon ramseys restaurant

VM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and service was excellent! Great dining experience! Thanks!

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding! Every coarse was delicious and plated with a beautiful presentation. The service was good. Our waiter was very nice and made good suggestions, but needed a little polishing on skills. But he did a very good job for a student!!

SW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience! Interesting tasty food. Friendly service that was attentive but not obsequious. Watching the kitchen with it’s culinary students was fascinating. We will be back!

NA
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Savor is as good as the former CIA Nao restaurant. I do like the old facility much better than the new one.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good and the servers/students had great insight on each dish as well as the wine pairings. They were even able to explain distinct flavors that we were experiencing but were unable to pinpoint. Overall, the price point was surprisingly affordable for the elegant dishes prepared and the portion sizes were perfect! We will definitely be returning in the future.

JP
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff of students who described their studies and the process, all eager to do a great job. Food was exceptional.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Service was great. Drinks were great. What can I say other than that. Go there and support this enterprise!

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