Sweetfire Kitchen - La Cantera Resort and Spa

3.9
178 reviews
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Contemporary American
Sweet Fire Kitchen, located on the lobby level, features an open-air exhibition style kitchen with a wood fired pizza oven. Guests will enjoy a twist on regional, home-style cuisine along with signature dishes from our fire roasted oven. The casual dining venue offers indoor seating with spectacular views of the Texas Hill Country and al fresco dining overlooking Plaza San Saba. Whether you're craving an unexpected take on deviled eggs or a classic wood fired pizza, SweetFire Kitchen guests can have it all. The restaurant also offers a full service bar with unique craft cocktails, an extensive wine list and draught beers.
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AG
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very refreshing atmosphere the staff was simply amazing. They offer a wide range of options and the overall experience was nothing less than amazing!

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RJ
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Way overpriced. $70 and didn’t include mimosas. Not offered juice. $11 to valet was higher than equivalent places. Better brunches in town.

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C
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went again this year for mother's day. At $70 a plate for adults it's not cheap, but not do you get your money's worth. Take your time and enjoy as much as you an. Wait staff is awesome as well. Small suggestion, a brunch buffet without pancakes is just not right. Crepes are no substitute. Lol. That small gripe aside, amazing. We came here last what for the same and it was just as well done.

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DY
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and the service matched. Due to being a resort the noise level was a little high, but would still highly recommend.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The people were really nice and the atmosphere was very calming!!

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g
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I can't believe how overpriced their Easter Brunch was. We were a group of 6 and our bill was almost $600. My fault for not double-checking the price before reserving but I never thought it would be so ridiculous :( When I told the waiter I was vegan and wanted to order off of the regular menu because the price tag wasn't really worth it for what I could probably eat, he said that wasn't possible so I asked what items on the buffet were vegan. He told me there was a vegan cupcake and that he would check about the others. I never heard about it again. So I had to go around to each station and figure it out myself. There were about three things I could enjoy. We had to ask for the mimosas that came with the buffet a couple times before he brought them over. The waiter also added his 18% gratuity for his less than stellar service which I felt was extremely unfair especially for a buffet! UGH, lesson learned... I'll never go back again.

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CS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The selection was awesome, the resort was beautiful and the service was great. The only negative was the tables looked a bit run down. Time for an upgrade!

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c
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Easter brunch was nice but overpriced.

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JB
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice buffet options but a little pricey at $70 per person.

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OT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Server was sweet but forgot our wine and didn’t check on us for at least 30min.

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

Beautiful setting Gourmet dinner prepared with farm fresh ingredients. Friendly, attentive service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great dinner. The service suffered because of staffing issues.

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CF
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We recently had the pleasure to indulge in the Sunday brunch buffet - Indulge being the operative word. It was amazing! So many amazing options- beautiful fresh seafood and fruit - Fantastic omelets and crepes made to order and the blood Mary bar was a special treat. Also Churros- need I say more! Thanks so much Sweetfire Kitchen for an amazing experience!

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DS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

An excellent dinner and superlative location in which to entertain friends. We ate early (6:00 PM) and enjoyed the semi-privacy. By the time we finished dinner and desert, the restaurant was filling. This should be a must-do for Resort guests (and residents of San Antonio).

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LW
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and service was very good. Our drink order took a long time, my martini was half full.

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DM
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We were disappointed in the level / quality of service. Instead of seating us at tables that were already setup for 5, they chose to seat us at a table for 4 and add a chair with incomplete silver settings. Our coffee cups where dirty with lipstick. Our sever was absent most of the visit as we had to go to the bar for our on refills. As a resort hotel with 5stars we expected a higher level of customer service.

The food was great. The prime rib was a little over cooked but then again we sidnt arrive until 1 so that should have expected on our part since it had been sitting until the warming lamp. The seafood was fresh and delicious. The made to order barbacoa station was awesome as well as the crepe station.
We will go back just with a different mental expectation of what they consider 5star service.

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l
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The whole meal was disappointing and not worth the money. Will not go back, there are much better places only 5 min drive away.

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K
New England
27 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Pretty underwhelming overall. Service slow and not enthusiastic at all. Food was fair.

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

It was lovely food and great service, we had breakfast it was very quiet

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NJ
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Liked it. Not too fancy, in fact, very causal. Food was excellent and Karl was one of the best waiters we've ever had for overall attention!

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We absolutely loved La Cantera Resort. The food was wonderful. I feel that Sweetfire could be wonderful as well but the service was just extremely slow. The waitress and hostesses were VERY VERY nice...it just took so much time to receive anything. Our cocktails did not come out for nearly 30 minutes. When we initially sat down we waited over 10 minutes just to be greeted by our server. She was extremely nice but definitely they need more hands on deck. This is not a review based on how we were treated...just a review based on time. At a luxury resort it should not take that long for a cocktail.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Wait staff left quite a bit to be desired

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Awful. The service was ok and the food was subpar. When we asked for tools to break my friends lobster the chef argued with her. Very unprofessional. I also made them aware of an allergy I had at the beginning of the meal. They brought my food out with the one ingredient I said I was allergic to. Thank god I know what to look for in my food because they came back and said oh yeah it has it in there but that’s the only way we make it. So, you were going to let me eat it and just hope it didn’t cause anaphylaxis?!? The manager wasn’t much help and admitted the service wasn’t great but they were getting better. Will not go back.

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t
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and great atmosphere. I recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was great but a little pricey with not many options on Valentines menu. The service from the start was off. Hostess wasn’t very hospitable and our server was hard to find. He took pretty long to bring our wine and being that we could not find him we didn’t get to order another glass. He dropped the food and we didn’t see him until we flagged another waiter for our bill. He dropped the bill without a word and came back to pick up without a word. After finally dropping back off the card after ten minutes he again just dropped the bill without a word. His demeanor was very cold and didn’t say thank you for dining with us. We felt like bodies is this restaurant rather than guests. With the amount this place charges you wills think they would have better service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Four star potential but 1 1/2 Star service

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G
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went to the restaurant on Valentine’s Day. I was not impressed with the food and the service was kind of slow.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Reasonable setting; service sometimes slow.
Menu somewhat uninspiring

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m
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Attended dinners cocktail conference dinners and brunch there. All outstanding. This time was so bad we left. One hour to get cocktail m, French 75 was not drinkable... cognac champagne and a cherry not ingredients in a French75. Only got appetizer which was a pizza that somehow arrived before the drink... how can a pizza cook faster?
Had to leave after 1:30. Nothing to drink. Unimpressive appetizer.
Very disappointing

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We wanted to try Sunday brunch buffet. It’s $45 pep person. While the food was ok it was not great. For what we got it was not worth the price. The buffet included Bloody Mary bar , I don’t think it actually had any alcohol in it. We were disappointed.

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NP
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We were not impressed. We even ordered dessert. Not a fan.

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J
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took both my children 10yrs and 11yrs old to have Breakfast with the Grinch. LOVED everything about the event. The Sweet Fire kitchen along with the Resort was perfect to the T. My children had a blast and so did I. I more than likely enjoyed the event much more than them. Thank you to Sweet Fire kitchen and La Cantera Resort for hosting such a wonderful gathering and for welcoming so many children.

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JB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Sweetfire's food is excellent. Reasonable pricing for the quality and selection. High-energy atmosphere, almost loud.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable experience! Food was amazing!

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EK
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We had a really weird experience at SweetFire Grill. We were staying at the hotel for a girls weekend getaway and we went to dinner at SweetFire Grill. The restaurant was very, very load and the hostess came over to our table and told us that we needed to be quiet. So, we said let’s just pack up our food and take it back to our room. We got up and left and went back to the room. The hostess and wait staff then brought the food to our room bringing along the guest that complained about us being loud. We sort of figured out that the guest was just having fun with us, and joking around, but the hostess and staff were totally clueless and it was handled very awkwardly and we were very upset that the hotel staff brought another hotel guest to our room. Surely, that violates hotel policy. It made us very uncomfortable that another guest that we did not know, now knew where our hotel room was. The food was ok, but MUCH more training is needed. Not sure if we will return to La Cantera Resort. Which is too bad, we’ve had several girls nights here and always have had a good experience.

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cory and team we're super! They made us feel welcome and special!

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Very limited menu and completely different from online.

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San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The manager was extremely accomodating to our desire for a quiet table, as the restaurant really isn't built for a romantic dinner. Our server, Ciera, was phenomenal, and the food was incredible. A great night and experience all around!

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MD
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

There 6 people in our party, and everyone agreed that this was the worst service ever. Items were served sporadically to each member of our party. One entree never arrived. We asked for a wine list, and never got it. We asked for knives, and never got them. Waitress was never available. After requesting the manager- his only response was "sorry". Terrible evening- our first and last visit.

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CW
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had dinner at Sweetfire Kitchen. I had salmon, mashed potatoes and roasted brussel sprouts. The salmon was EXCELLENT... it was cooked to perfection and served hot! The disappointment was with the remainder of the meal. The potatoes were less than even lukewarm... a pat of butter I placed on top never melted. Ditto for the brussel sprouts -- stone cold. My companion ordered pizza which was "tasty" and served appropriately hot.

The next morning we gave Sweetfire another chance with breakfast. I ordered eggs benedict. The English muffin was not properly toasted, the eggs were overcooked to the point that there was no runny yolk at all. The Hollandaise sauce was near tasteless... and all stone cold. My companion ordered an omelet which was deemed "tasty" and appropriately hot. It came with some form of cubed potatoes which were, unfortunately, stone cold.

For the remainder of our 3-day stay, we dined at their Primero Cantina. Both of our meals there were excellent AND the food was served appropriately hot. I CAN recommend La Cantera's Primero Cantina!

I hope La Cantera addresses the issue of food temperature at their Sweetfire Kitchen. I believe it could be a very pleasant dining experience with a little more attention to temperature and cooking time.

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