About The Boiler House and Texas Grill & Wine Garden
Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden is a true Texas original. Situated in the historic Pearl Brewery complex on the San Antonio River Walk, this wine-centric restaurant occupies the former “boiler house” which powered the adjacent brewery. The menu focuses on grilled items from local farms and markets, with a focus on “Texas ranch-style” cuisine. These delicacies are paired with extraordinary wines from around the world (all available by the glass, bottle and “to-go”), full bar, live music and a casual yet energetic atmosphere. The unique list of wines boasts some of the lowest prices in the area.
The restaurant incorporates various private dining areas suitable for private or corporate functions and an expansive outdoor patio area where guests can enjoy dining alfresco. Catering is also available at the restaurant or at a location of your choice.
San Antonio, TX 78215
American, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11am-10pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Catering is also available at the restaurant or at a location of your choice.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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The restaurant incorporates various private dining areas suitable for private or corporate functions and an expansive outdoor patio area where guests can enjoy dining alfresco.
The Boiler House and Texas Grill & Wine Garden Ratings and Reviews
We go to the boiler house a decent amount (at least once every two weeks). We love the atmosphere, and order only the dishes that have consistency. We are by no means "snobs" when it comes to what we expect, but having had worked in the restaurant industry in my college years, understand this place lacks in certain ways. The steaks will never be cooked correctly; don't waste your money - OR order them one temperature under what you prefer. The hostesses will always have attitude problems, just don't let it ruin your evening because the waiters are fabulous. The one thing that has driven me to write this review was my last experience with "reservations". I walked in, asked for a table for four, was told there would be an hour wait, so we put our names on the list and walked around the Pearl. While walking, I browsed open table to see what other places had any open reservations and low and behold - boiler house had one in ten minutes available! Feeling some pride in looking this up, I booked the open table reservation and went back to the hostess stand to explain what I did. The hostess said "I'm sorry but we don't guarantee reservations from open table, the wait will still be an hour". I wanted to understand this a little more and asked to talk to the manager (not to be sat right away, just to understand how I could make a res on open table and it not be honored). The hostess left, came back 5 min later and snatched menus with an attitude and told us to follow her to our table. I was quite confused. I really just wanted to talk to the manager - but being grateful for the table I said nothing further. I truly STILL want to understand this philosophy so I can make future reservations without doubts. Being regulars, this makes us rethink going back.
I agreed to get the special assuming that when our waiter said it was "big enough for two" he did not mean a steak dinner for two. But instead of it being a large steak for one person it was for two and therefor there was a change in price. I had know idea it would cost $160. I was on a date and didn't really want to make a scene but I believe that if you suggest a special to a couple then you may want to let them know that they are going to be spending more than $100 on it. It was just a nasty surprise for a meal that in my opinion was definitely not worth the total amount paid.
We took my parents to the Boiler House on a night out for their 49th annianniversary. After we were seated, the server surprised us with of champagne for a toast. The food was DELICIOUS!! And a special dessert topped off the evening. The Boiler House is definitely a new favorite!!
Tried the Boiler House about a half dozen time, each time hoping it would be better but always leaving wondering why we gave it another chance. Drinks and ambiance are great, the food however could use some refining. From the numerous courses we've had here, I believe the chef believes richer the food i.e. more butter or cheese people will have to like it. The last few meals, one being the Cracklin' Chicken was drowning in butter and was also served on top of two huge pierogis filled with pimento cheese also swimming in the same butter. I could feel my arteries clogging. This place lack simplicity allowing the ingredients to speak for them selves. It's know. For their steaks and they aren't too bad, but for the cost I would still go somewhere else, it's Texas after all. If you are looking to leave feeling heavy after a meal, then you may like the food, for me I am through giving the Boiler House any more money and chances, would rather spend my meals at any of the more refined restaurants neighboring the Boiler House.
Quail poppers were out of this world, buffalo meatballs could have been better. Date had the scallops and they were amazing. They were out of my first choice, pork shanks, so I ended up getting the short rib gnocchi, and the gnocchi was a massive disappointment. The gnocchi themselves were perfect, airy, with a soft texture and just the right "snap" when you bit through. Disappointment came from the sauce. Not very well seasoned and only a few scraps of meat to be found. Lets just say the pasta to protein ration was way off. This leads to my greatest complaint against Boiler House: no salt and pepper on the table.
I get it, the chef thinks his dishes are perfectly seasoned so they do not place salt and pepper on the table and you have to ask for it. Everyone has a different palate, so the belief that the chef's palate is somehow better than mine starts with a flawed premise. Frustration is further complicated when you can't get the waitress's attention and it takes several minutes to get the necessary seasons to make the dish palatable, creating the choice of just waiting it out or eating poorly seasoned food. This practice is further problematic with dishes like gnocchi that really benefit from proper seasoning during cooking so that the little gnocchi pillows absorb the right amount of seasoning while cooking.
This is my second experience with poorly seasoned food at one of their establishments (other time was at Max's Wine Dive in the Quarry). Great restaurants with creative menus and exquisite bars (great atmosphere with diverse wine, beer, and liquor selections) but either learn to properly season your dishes or place salt and pepper on the table.
First time here. Went to celebrate a birthday. The food was amazing. I will say that if you haven't been here before and don't want to sit by a bathroom which they have on both sides that you need to tell them when making the reservations. They sat us right by the bathroom door. We asked to be moved which seemed like a hassle to start but only took 5 minutes. They moved is to the other side of the restaurant. The music is played pretty loudly on speakers that line the entire restaurant. Maybe it is to cover up the chatter from everyone. Our waiter was superb. Two of the group originally ordered the cod which we were looking forward to since our waiter said that it was brought over from the previous menu because it was so popular. We found out after we ordered that they were sold out. I had the octopus for an appetizer and it was wonderful. It had great flavor and was very tender. Since I couldn't get the cod I ordered the pork shank. This was also very good but not the same when you had something else in mind. Our waiter even brought over a dessert for the birthday girl without any prompting. I would definitely go back again.
Boiler House has really changed into serving delicious food but I have to say that Restaurant week at lunch time, the selection of the 2 entrees and dessert could have been better. I won't give up going due this one time! Keep up being the best, Boiler House! You can do it!
Although the cocktails were good, the food seemed very rushed. The two $47 fillets ordered came to the table cold, the quail plate only had one tiny bird on it, the meatball appetizer was barley warm, the bone marrow and mashed potatoes were the best part...Our server was slow and lacking in checking in on us. I would understand if they were slammed but that was not the case. We had higher hopes, maybe we will try again one day
We loved our experience at The Boiler House! Lucky for us it was Restaurant Week, and the menu reflected it (elevated...but not weird...and at a very reasonable price)! Wine and Texas brews were also on point. Our server was polite, informative and attentive. The atmosphere was a conversation in itself. Thanks for a lovely evening!!!
Overall the food was great, but pricey. We originally ordered the tuna steak but after giving the waitress our order she came back and told us that we couldn't order it because there was a party of 100 or more people were having it for dinner. So we had to change our order. It's also confusing because we ordered a side of lobster Mac and cheese thinking that it came with our entrée. It was an extra $15.00.
The food was excellent.
I was disappointed to see all of the red wine selections just sitting out on open shelving. I wanted a special bottle of wine for my anniversary celebration. I was willing to pay for a nice bottle. I would suggest if they want to be a wine garden they need to properly store and serve their red wines at the proper temperature.
The food was amazing, we started with the seared Oysters and then moved onto the Cod and Duck entrees. Everything was great and the service was wonderful. The place was busy and we were placed in the bar area, so the noise was a little bit of a nuisance. But overall it was a great experience.
I had a business dinner that I scheduled here, they sat us in a corner near a restroom, and also surrounded by their beverage stock which was sitting on shelves, waiting to be used. The atmosphere, was more like a place you would go if you were going out bar hopping for the evening, and the food was mediocre at best. Not really the atmosphere or food I was going for. They did have a nice wine menu however.
Have dined at the Boiler House many times before events or just to have a special meal in one of the restaurants in the old Brewery, so the decor is appropriately "a Boiler House" along with those acoustics. It still provides an enjoyable meal and hands down the best poached eggs at brunch!
Service was lacking on our visit. We ordered cocktails that didn't arrive before our lunch and even then we had to ask. We were seated with no cutlery or napkins and again had to ask for those once our lunch was served. The manager did make things right by picking up our drinks and offering us a dessert on the house. We would give them a second chance. Their burger saved the day, as it was one of the best I've ever had!!
We had brunch at the Boiler House this past Fathers Day. We got to sit on the 2nd floor and had an awesome waitress. She was friendly, attentive and helped us make wonderful choices for brunch, mimosa and dessert. The food was delicious, atmosphere great, they had good options for kids too and that's always a win. Only feedback we had was that my egg Benedict was hard and not runny. But, would def go back, really enjoyed our experience.
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