The Cookhouse

4.7
236 Reviews
$31 to $50
Creole / Cajun / Southern

About

The Cookhouse serves up seasonal menus inspired by New Orleans culture. Stop in for dinner, and discover a quaint location that’s ideal for a quick bite or spending time with friends and family while enjoying wine and beer. We are small restaurant with only 60 seats. Providing an intimate and cozy setting, with dim lighting. Owners Peter and Susan focus on the nostalgia of their New Orleans memories, and bring them to San Antonio.
The menu at the Cookhouse changes with the seasons, providing varying tastes that rely on the ingredients from local farmers. Start off with choices from the oyster bar or soup and salad offerings for lighter flavors. Small plates include fried boudin balls, African Spiced Cauliflower, Cajun cracklins and more. The main dishes at the Cookhouse include flavorful options like the New Orleans BBQ shrimp and Smoked Duck Breast. The wine and beer list is diverse and pairs well with all of the creole flavors.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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4.7
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vipVictor
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Opentable confirmed a reservation for me last Saturday 16th Jan. I called many times and kept getting the same voicemail hinting no one generally answers phone calls. When my wife and I got there the place was closed with a chain and lock around the main entrance. I am sorry that they decided to close, but they should have posted the condition on social media for reservations made to that date. To this moment the website and Facebook page show the place as if it continues to be open.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations and even confirmed. When our party arrived we found the restaurant closed. Very disappointed tat we were not notified about the restaurant being closed. Being compensated in some way for our inconvenience, but I won’t hold my breath. I’ve been to this restaurant several times, and recommend it often, time will tell if I ever return.

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Achill
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to miss this excellent restaurant when it closes Dec. 31, 2020

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vip09foodie
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will forever miss this San Antonio institution. The oysters, the shrimp, the gumbo--all amazing. As a girl from New Orleans, this was where I went for my NO fix. Best of luck to Pieter and Susan in their new ventures. We are looking forward to seeing what's coming.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big thank you to Chef P for providing San Antonio with an awesome place to enjoy a night of Shrimp and Oysters. Truly a gem in the robust restaurant scene here in SA.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally DEE best restaurant I have every been to!
Hostess service atmosphere were amazing. The culinary adventure was top notch! Definitely will be a regular there!

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vipJessicaD
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

The Mexican Squash was fantastic but that’s the only positive thing I can say about the food. Our entrees took over 30 minutes to come to the table. When we got them they were cold. They offered to give us a glass of wine for the long wait instead of compensating for things that had been ordered. This restaurant was wonderful when it first opened but honestly I was really disappointed for what I paid for tonight.

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CourtneyMcCance
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so glad we were able to experience the Cookhouse one last time before the transition! Great service and atmosphere and as always, excellent food. So sad to see you go, but looking forward to what is to come ❤️

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MarthaB
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t go!!!!! The Oysters ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ The risotto ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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vip09foodie
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best New Orleans food in SA

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Nice ambiance. Helpful waiter. Nice bottle of red. Felt Covid safe.

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spot in San Antonio. Thank you chef and team.

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AlamoStachE
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cookhouse is Great place with amazing food. Enjoyed the time I had there. Overall, Love it!

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vipScottS
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cookhouse has been a long-time favorite but had not been recently due to COVID. We reserved an outside table and enjoyed a quiet evening on the quaint street-side patio. Service by Ruben was friendly and entertaining as always. We were a little underwhelmed by the escargot Rockefeller starter - not what we expected and a little bland - but loved the complimentary asparagus soup shooter. Meals were delicious as always! Sorry to see Cookhouse closing out in SA - one of its best eateries, but glad some of the favorites will be on the menu at the new Golden Wat. Interested to taste the menu when the new restaurant opens

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4Skulls
San Antonio
30 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Cajun tastes

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vipAnnetteR
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit, but will definitely be back. The service was wonderful and food was delicious. Highly recommend the BBQ Shrimp--the sauce is out of this world.

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StevenD
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the ambiance of the restaurant was wonderful.

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vipAdamP
San Antonio
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints and is outstanding in food and service. They are taking COVID precautions and the spacing and distancing is great. Highly recommended in SA!

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JessicaO
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose was our waiter and he made the evening! Very engaged, attentive and gave great recommendation! Food was delicious as always!

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JillianG
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great flavorful food and wonderful service with great jazz music in the background

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal! The shrimp was so amazing, and I typically don’t eat it very often! It was cooked to perfection!! Loved everything! Lamb chops, oysters, even pea risotto. I don’t like peas! I do now!! Beautiful atmosphere and overall great dining experience! Our waitress was super cute and friendly as well! Short curly hair and circle glasses!! Can’t wait to return!

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DavidF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed with the overall experience. Great restaurant and food. Highly recommend!

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vipjana
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to celebrate my husband's birthday at Cookhouse, mainly because he regularly craves their bbq shrimp, one of their specialties which is always on the menu. I had the blackened catfish with saffron cream sauce--delicious! We also shared the crawfish raviolo which was equally amazing. The service is always fantastic as well-- knowledgeable, attentive and friendly.

The owners have also taken every possible precaution during the Covid-19 situation. The atmosphere felt extremely safe while still maintaining its original charming ambiance. Great jazz combo plays on Friday nights. You must try Cookhouse!

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DebraM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cookhouse is our favorite restaurant in San Antonio!

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JasmineH
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great spot for food and the ambiance was beautiful. Went for my husband's birthday and it was absolutely perfect. Little pricey but the quality was worth it.

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JessU
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came here for our first anniversary this past weekend. We had been two other times before they remodeled. The new look is very fresh and nice! The food, as always, was delicious - one of a kind. Oysters were on point, both the raw and chargrilled. Boudin balls were a must, and we even asked for extra pickles! We both ordered our entree flounder dish DIRTY... which means it includes BBQ shrimp. Hello, best of both worlds! Our server, Jose, was so much fun and very accommodating. Obviously, we will be back but next time we will specifically request Jose. You have to try this place!

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vipAbeille
San Antonio
67 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Seated outside and ordered the appetizer of the day - crawfish and rice boudin balls. Bland and mostly rice. The pork cutlet was nicely prepared and delicious. Gumbo had nice pieces of duck but the roux was thick with too much flour. Gumbo roux is difficult to get right and they need to work on this! Somewhat awkward service and lots of flies!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff! Music was wonderful.

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LucindaC
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere. Very clean. Food was good but the portions won't fill up a good sized guy.

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SusanC
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our go-to favorite. Charbroiled Oysters, BBQ shrimp, & Catfish. Husband was really down about red beans & rice no longer being on the menu to go with his catfish, but the food was yummy.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience!!

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HarryB
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went for dinner and sat outside since the weather was nice. We were seated on the porch and while cozy, lack of air circulation made it stuffy. The food was good but the menu does not have salads or any sides to go with the entrees. The wait staff was very pleasant and the wine list quite affordable. The gumbo was delicious.

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Natalie
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

With a reservation made for 6:30pm, we sat down promptly. We opted for outdoors with the state of the country. However, I forgot about the mosquitos. Most other restaurants I wouldn't have to worry about the bugs, but here, I had to ask for spray, unfortunately. I feel they could've been a little more prepared or just handled the pesky problem with other preventative means. Timing was quite unfortunate - sat down at 6:30 and did not receive our food until after 8pm. The food was delicious and worth the wait (not sure it would've been the same case if I wasn't in a rush), but by 8pm I was getting hot, uncomfortable and mosquito-bitten. Would I take a client there again? Probably not any time soon. But for a good meal, I'll recommend it to others.

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DaniL
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance with classic trio jazz ban. Food was delicious, everything was clean, everyone was friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to celebrate any occasion! Skylar is the sweetest and so attentive. Forever recommend!

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vipDeborahF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service.

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AlfonsoO
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. They never disappoint the escargot is a must!!

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vippartyof4
Dallas
77 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our second visit, again Jose' was our server and once more, he made it a dining experience. They have a marvelous staff there. Our appetizers were very tasty. My daughter and I had the lambs chops...mmmm. My only critique is my granddaughter's smoked duck appeared to be a smaller portion than when I had it. Although The Cookhouse is a little pricey, I highly recommend it for special occasions. It is definitely one of our favorite places to dine.

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vipMackM
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome cuisine and customer service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The service was attentive. We enjoyed our meal.

FAQs

The Cookhouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (210) 320-8211.

The Cookhouse is rated 4.7 stars by 236 OpenTable diners.