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The Cookhouse

4.7
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196 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 196 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JoseV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Extremely overpriced, very limited menu. The server was absent-minded, forgot my food and other requests. A member of my party was getting drip condensation from the AC unit. I mentioned this to the server and he forgot about it. Overall a very disappointing experience. I will not return

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KelbyB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great! Best gumbo in town. Will definitely be back.

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Oilfield1
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is better than it's ever been.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!!!!

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MGuer
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal!!! Fabulous service!!! Will absolutely return

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vippartyof4
Dallas
73 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary there and it was a dining experience. I had the smoked duck, it was melt in your mouth tender. Our servers, Jose' and DJ were a class act. Jose' suggested we try the spiced cauliflower for an appetizer and for my husband's entree he suggested the Barbecue shrimp and grouper, he was on point with every suggestion. Even the water was good and I NEVER drink restaurant water. We plan to return. Kudos to the chief and staff. Keep up the good work guys!

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KatieK
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. So happy to see this level of quality in San Antonio.

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vipBrandon
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

BBQ shrimp was very good, a little more spicy than usual. Restaurant did a good job with COVID restrictions

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
44 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose is awesome! We really enjoyed our dinner and our experience. Cookhouse is one of our favorite restaurants in SA. We support local and we always look forward to our next visit.

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ShirleyS
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The dining was very good. My problem was trying to include 2 more people and wasn’t able to talk to a human or even someone calling back re: change. I used open table and added the 2 other people but it was never changed. Very frustrating!

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BobF
San Antonio
25 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Eclectic crowd. Friday and Saturday jazz trio is fun, but loud. Don't expect lots of conversation without difficulty talking over the music. Our waiter was very accommodating and knowledgeable, but a little slow on the follow up and and check. The grilled ousters are to die for. The food was all perfect. Outstanding. Parking is tricky since it is a "weird" residential neighborhood. We went early so it wasn't a problem.

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KimberlyR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service and ambiance was really great but the food was overpriced for the amount, specially the ravioli and duck.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful waitress. Very good food. Louder than I expected but not too distracting.

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vipStephanieR
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the service was spot on and the food delicious. We always enjoy taking friends to the Cookhouse. We had the blackened catfish and the barbecued shrimp. Everything was cooked perfectly and tasted even better. Dessert consisted of blueberry bread pudding that was one of the beat I’ve tasted and beignets. Great night.

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felipem
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pieter has always had the best food, best service ever!

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DebB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food did not get 4 stars because at least 3 of 6 entrees were served cold. Server was informed but did not offer any remedies

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vipjana
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection! Don’t miss the bbq shrimp. :)

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vipOrlandoK
San Antonio
48 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, in my opinion the best restaurant in town!
I Always order the same thing ... barbecue shrimp..., and there is a 20% chance that after pre-meal drinks I’m going to get that damm bbq sauce on me trying to de-head the shrimp with a knife and fork ...
totally worth it , especially with a bold red wine ..
I’ll be back ..

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AldoH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Overall the ambiance was very nice and hip. The food was good but for the value it was a overpriced. The dessert was the best part with the Beignets and Fig Tart. The other food Scallop Toast and Boudin Balls were forgettable. My wife and I shared in the Wagyu steak which was good. Service was friendly and prompt. Manager came to speak to us to ask how our food was.

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vipSteveA
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & Service are Super Fly. Best of Fusion Cajun!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was exceptional and very knowledgeable. Food was outstanding, barbecue shrimp, special seafood dip and beignets were phenomenal. Highly recommend!!

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KJSA
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was AMAZING, our waiter was AWESOME!! My only complaint was the male host who was so rude to my family when we asked for a table far away from the door because I had my elderly mom with me and it was really cold outside and she would have been cold the whole time had we been seated in front of the door. The host could not have been more rude and left us standing there for 5 minutes while he seated other families behind us. A very sweet hostess eventually asked us why we hadn’t been seated and she took care of us. He needs to go work at Taco Cabana and not a nice restaurant like Cookhouse.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my boyfriend’s birthday and we came here to celebrate. Everything was amazing. The chargrilled oysters, bbq shrimp, and bycatch fish were the stars of the evening, along with some great bottles of wine. Thank you Cookhouse for the memorable night.

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scottm
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious, but overpriced.
The menu of 18 months ago was more varied and more cajun which was good
The change in the menu was not necessary.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Cajun food, outdoor patio provided quieter ambience

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AngelC
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding. Service very good. Noise level unbearable. Will not return.

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Foodie2014
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had reservations at 5 and arrived promptly at that time. Restaurant filled up real fast. Service was mostly real good except there were a couple of times we had to wait for a bit to get our drink glasses refilled.
When I made reservations I mentioned we were celebrating a birthday and they didn’t even acknowledge it which was a bummer.
Otherwise, highly recommend it for Cajun food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in San Antonio. Great food, great service. Always a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambiance was on point.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit certainly wont be my last

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PhilR
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was nice enough but the good wasn't very flavorful, even the gumbo didn't taste like gumbo. The catfish was one filet with no vegetables or anything accompanying it. Certainly not worth the price charged.

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jacr
San Antonio
19 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

One of my "go to" restaurants in SA. Limited menu but always unique and good. We had a wonderful waiter who made some excellent suggestions. You could tell he had passion for what they serve. Parking is horrible, but otherwise it's a great experience!

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YviandS
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and menu. The warm crab salad should be a dish of its own for how delicious it was! Definitely recommend.

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MikeF
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice cozy place for dinner. Food was great and amazing service. Definitely suggest trying the gumbo and red beans and rice of you like something with a little Cajun kick.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were outstanding. Great date night spot. Perfect to do Restaurant Weeks.

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BobB
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We decided to check out The Cookhouse as part of Culinaria. We had a reservation, and were seated in the center of the dining area. The noise at times made it hard to have a conversation. It took a while to be greeted by a server, and slow service continued throughout the meal. We started with boudin balls, which were excellent. We then ordered from the Culinaria fixed menu. The gumbo was very good, well flavored, and a nicely sized portion. Our entrees were disappointing. The blackened catfish was one small filet, nicely cooked but swimming in sauce. The pork cutlets were nicely breaded, quite thin, and a bit dry. As opposed to the fish, the creole sauce barely peeked out from under the meat, and was much more of a tomato-based reduction than a true creole sauce. No true sides/vegetables were included. One of our group ordered a dinner salad, which was also a disappointment. It was basic, mostly greens, with a little bit of walnut. We all ended with the blueberry bread pudding, which was nice. For drinks, a small but varied selection of wines and beers are available, as well as several wine-based mixed drinks. Having recently been to NOLA, we were hopeful this restaurant would bring back fond memories of good Cajun food. Unfortunately, it did not.

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vipFF821
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited during Restaurant Week. Was our first visit. Felt comfortable and relaxed- will definitely return to experience more dishes and happy hour. All the dishes were excellent. Loved the beautiful presentation of the catfish and the chicken and waffles. Steve was a great guide for the dishes and the entire staff was very friendly and kept our glasses filled. So glad we were able to enjoy this restaurant.

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JoWil
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Cookhouse and will go again. Our waiter, Jose, was outstanding.....friendly, helpful and efficient. The food was really good and reasonably priced. We had the Blackened Catfish and Chicken & Waffles. We would order them again or.........maybe try something new. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable, but it's a little noisy when the restaurant is full.

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Samtara
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a great dining experience with some traditional New Orleans style cuisine. Service was spot on and prompt refills and removals.

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vipSandyB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food at The Cookhouse was quite good and I'd like to recommend it but there were a few things that disappointed. First, our server nearly ruined our meal. He didn't seem to want to wait on us. He was sweaty, seemed rushed, threw our plates on the table and was put off by us asking questions. And then the noise was too much. It's a small space and there was a rather large party of maybe 30 people. They took over the space and make quite a ruckus that rivaled the already loud jazz band. It made it impossible to talk over dinner. I liked the food but I was ready to get out of there and back to some peace and quiet.

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 196 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.