Restaurant Gwendolyn

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$50 and over
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Contemporary French / American
The concept of the restaurant is everything old school, using what they had and doing as they did before the break of the industrial revolution: approximately 1850. This was the last time food was more honest.

There are no blenders, mixers, choppers, ice cream machines, deepfryers, burr sticks, nor anything else with a motor--nothing with a plug. Food machines with motors made possible an imbalance of diet that had never occurred before: we could suddenly fry enough food to make ourselves sick, we could preserve food longer than its last dangling vitamin. Refusing food-enabling machines is another way to keep the food honest, and in reasonable balance. There is not even a freezer.No perishable ingredient may travel further than a good, strong horse. The menu will move absolutely in lockstep with the seasons, as okra and eggplant taper off and leafy greens move in, we must change ourselves to suit the product--not the other way around. What is outside is inside.
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OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. As always.

RG
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and dining experience... Will definitely return!

J
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

At $100 per person for the 7 course meal plus $75 per person for wine pairings, I would have expected a higher-quality meal. As courses were served, I noticed that the pricing was significantly elevated for the types of ingredients used, but as the dishes are very well presented, I thought that the end-result in taste would end up being worth it. Unfortunately, the food was very mediocre as were the wine pairings (in both selection and quality). Again, presentation is very good, so if you're looking for just a visual fine dining experience with a high-dollar menu to go with it, this is your place, but taste-wise, my experience was very underwhelming.

DW
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally awesome!!

J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the willingness to alter the courses to vegan-appropriate for one of our meals was absolutely amazing and received glowing praise from that diner.

KY
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent dining experience. We went with the 7 course meal and included the wine pairing. Other than feeling a little rushed, the dinner, wine and service was top notch.

GF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was wonderful. The food was outstanding, and the wine pairings were perfect. One of the best things was the bread, apparently made from a 200-year old recipe. I could have eaten it all night. The servings were well sized, since otherwise a 5-course meal is too heavy to get through. The service was not only attentive but very instructive, which was important since so many of the dishes had to be explained -- they were that different! It was a marvelous evening.

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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SH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being gluten free, they made substitutions when needed from the Prix Fixe menu. There were instances where the sub was better and others that weren't quite there, but almost. But the whole dinner was a wonderful experience that we would do over again and recommend to others. The menu changes but there were also courses that provided options. I would've chosen the grilled peach salad over the root vegetable "Caesar." My husband loved his and I was jealous! Be both loved the two entree choices and the desserts were very good, but not as incredible as expected. The sorbet between courses was better! Great servers and it's a treat to give a thumbs up to the kitchen through the window on our way out. Truly a remarkable restaurant!

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening

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F
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our meal was outstanding! Every course was unique. Our only issue was that our server offered to select a wine to compliment our dinner. Our mistake was not asking how much the wine cost: $124 for the bottle. It was a nice wine, but not in our usual price range. Overall, an excellent dining experience!

GM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, definitely a foodie place, pricey but great for special occasions

TE
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience ! Food was amazing !

CA
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience!! Heath and Chef Andreas made it an unforgettable evening. Food, ambiance and exceptional service mad this one of my top dining experiences all time!

B
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here on a recommendation from a friend in Houston. The food was fabulous and seasoned to perfection with unique flavors. Everything was cooked flawlessly from oysters, shrimp, pork cheek, and rabbit. Being able to valet park was another big plus since the weather was 102 outside. We called on our way to dinner and they had a valet waiting for us out front.This is a very small restaurant downtown and it was obvious that the chef loved Creating food on a superb level using throwback hand created delicacies in the tradition prior to 1850. Make reservations and enjoy the experience, we did!

b
San Antonio
32 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The entire dining experience was just wonderful! The service was friendly, professional, knowledgeable and amazing, the food was delicious and unique. We have been wanting to try this restaurant for years and finally did it! After a wonderful meal, we ordered a German coffee siphon. It was just so fun to see and even better to taste!

AE
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience. Small size made for great service and low noise atmosphere. Food was excellent. Be ready to make an evening of it.

c
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

$28 dollars for 2 ravioli....no sides, ridiculous....wish I had taken a picture The food was very tasty and the service excellent but after dropping $250 on food alone, our party of 4 had to go out afterwards to get something else to eat (two of us ordered the 5-course meal and you'd get more food if you simply ordered the charcuterie appetizer). Bottom line is that if you're looking to make an impression, this is a fine choice. If you're looking to have a normal sized meal, there are many better options on the Riverwalk.

CC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Fantastic! The menu changes often so I am already looking forward to another trip. We had the table that looks into the kitchen and over the riverwalk. The staff was excellent and open to conversation and very knowledgeable on the wine pairings, the food, and restaurant history. This was an amazing food experience with nothing but exciting, high quality and well thought out dishes.

RC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Totally awesome!!! Beautiful place for a special occasion!!

L
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service and Great food! First time and it won’t be the last.

D
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant prepared and served the finest meal we have experienced here in San Antonio. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute and every taste.

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing

LH
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and Presentation were outstanding!

MT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal execution of a very important and eminently interesting philosophy towards cooking. Not just local, not just pre-industrial, not just haute cuisine, but all three done with exacting standards and great respect towards each ingredient which fulfills the desire of Mr. Sohocki to make his food honest.

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and amazing food!!

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully delicious culinary experience. Don't come expecting to leave after an hour. 3 hours of foodie bliss, minimum 😁👍

b
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from the start. An intimate setting in the middle of San Antonio, low lighting, whisper quiet with soft music playing. Tasting menu was wonderful and the petite “cheese cuterie” platter was enough for 4 people. An excellent experience with great food and wine

OT
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I always have trepidation when I choose to dine in a decidedly upscale restaurant alone. Will I feel out of place, will it be weird? Usually I choose to eat somewhere there is a bar I can sit at but, reading reviews of Restaurant Gwendolyn and my love of farm to table

WE
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, staff was friendly and professional. Can’t wait to visit again.

Wayne Echols
Ft Worth, TX

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. The food and service was great!

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two words: mind blowing. Food was amazingly delicious, scrumptious, yum yum yum! Best food I’ve ever eaten. Service was spectacular. The bread is to die for. Presentation was great.

RV
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Staff and seating was great. Several of the dishes were amazing while others missed the mark (meat dishes were either dry or bit chewy but still had solid flavor) but everything else was fantastic.

GR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly wonderful dinner experience. Two sisters enjoyed 5 course menu with courses wine pairings. Waiter was most helpful with menu along with pleasant sense of humor.
Table overlooked beautiful riverwalk.

EF
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUR MEAL WAS DELIGHTFUL AND OUR SERVER HEATH WAS VERY WELL VERSED. ALL IN ALL, I AM PLANNING TO RETURN WITH MY BRIDE OF 30 YEARS. WE BOTH LOVED THE FIVE COURSE MEAL AND HAD A LOVELY DINNER IN A PERFECT SETING. WE NOT ONLY HAD A GREAT MEAL BUT WE HAD TIME BETWEEN COURSES TO TALK AS WELL.

DD
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed out evening. We started with the meat and chees charcuterie board which was fantastic. We followed up with the 5 course tasting menu which was all excellent. My only complaint, I wish they had a full bar. Over all a great experience!

c
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dining at Restaurant Gwendolyn is not just dining out, the unique restaurant provides an exquisite experience in service and food. We chose the Chef's Choice Seven Course Meal with Wine Pairings, and the food and the wine delighted us all. The service staff, led by Jennifer, is beyond belief - we have eaten at Michelin starred restaurants that did not attend to detail like the staff at Restaurant Gwendolyn. We have eaten meals at restaurants owned by chefs with the names Boulud, Bourdain, Batali, Flay, Puck, and Morimoto and this meal was more delicious and more memorable than some of those meals. Jennifer called to verify any allergies or food aversions before our arrival. They know your name and every course is served with excellent explanations of both the food and the wine. We forgot a hat, and they called to let us know what time they would be there the next day so that we could pick it up at our convenience. I have Celiac's, and I know with confidence that nothing I ate had touched wheat - and the almond flour chocolate cake they whipped up for my dessert...oh, my, it was sinful deliciousness. I had a piece of mackerel that although beautifully cooked and seasoned, was a bit too bony, and that was the only hiccup for all of us in the meal. Every wine enhanced and enriched the food. Every course was plated uniquely and with magnificent design of the chosen service piece to the presentation of the food. We will be back the next time we are in San Antonio because this experience was more than worth the money.

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Great food but definitely overpriced. Service was great.

P
San Antonio
28 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out waiter was awesome! And th food was great!

W
San Antonio
135 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Gwendolyn is by far the most pleasurable and surprising meal in the Texas Hill Country. Each curse is photogenic and has a special appeal. The Quail Roulade and the Conejo Colorado were too good to believe both in presentation and in flavor. Restaurant Gwendolyn is always on our mid when we visit San Antonio.