Restaurant Gwendolyn

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448 reviews
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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 tosuit the product--not the other way around. What is outside is inside.
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San Antonio
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

The restaurant was fine, I like the ambiance and the concept. Unfortunately I got violently sick from the food after the first 2 courses and even though I tried to continue couldn’t finish the prix fixe. (I picked at the food a bit since I didn’t want to ruin the evening but couldn’t When I informed my waiter he “boxed up” the last 2 courses and gave us the bill - full price. When I spoke to him about it, he gave me a 10% discount. I’m sure a different time I would’ve been happy to pay, but I’m this case I was pretty upset that I walked out with a bill for food that made me sick. (I visited their bathroom at least 5 times if you know what I mean).

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JK
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Reached high and missed. Often a kitchen will over season meat and have a light hand with vegetables. Not so this night at Gwendolyn - salads were over salted and meats arrived seemingly devoid of any seasoning at all. Keep in mind that this is coming from an avowed salt fan. I've eaten literally all over the world and had good meals from carts and in fine dining. This was a disappointment given the reviews I had read prior to going here for a mid-week dinner. Atmosphere and staff were pleasant, I can only assume that the chef and kitchen staff had a off night. The staff were knowledgeable of their product however; in execution it was a failure. Examples: The muffaletta's bread was gummy; surprising, because the rustic table bread was lovely. The fish broth was great but the garni were annoying, ugly and took away from the dish. The lamb barbocoa was confusing - the taste was satisfactory however the presentation was awkward. The goat entree was perfectly cooked but with a lack of seasoning you were forced to use the gremolata which was bitter and took away from the delicate taste of the goat. The tomahawk pork chops were obscene with all of the previous petite tastings it seemed out of character to then serve a 3+ rib plate. It was literally a roast. We took the 3 rib roast home and discovered it was almost rare and we prefer pork med rare. The tapioca dessert was cloyingly sweet perhaps some additional pecans would have helped to balance the plate. The no-flour chocolate cake was fabulous. I would return solely for that dish. We do not have sweet tooths and rarely indulge in dessert. A dinner for 2 at $300 should have better memories.

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San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Definitely a place to check out in SA, you won’t be disappointed.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An unparalleled experience. We were celebrating an anniversary/engagement and the staff went above and beyond to make the experience unique and memorable. The courses were well-timed and the uniqueness of the preindustrial touch was reflected in the flavors, presentations, and ingredients.

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Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time to Restaurant Gwendolyn and I brought out of town guests. Everyone had a lovely time. The food was delicious and the wine selection solid. They were very accommodating to an upset tummy and provided freshly brewed ginger tea.

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Central Texas
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING! One of the best (and longest) meals of my life. Truly the height of luxury, right in downtown San Antonio. I was staying in the city for my birthday weekend and this was the highlight of my trip. When I arrived, the menus were printed with "Happy Birthday" on them. We were greeted with complimentary champagne flutes. The service was impeccable. The atmosphere is not fussy or super fancy-which I loved-the star of the show was the food and wine. I had the 7 course tasting menu, my family had an a la carte menu and a 5 course menu with pairings. It was just an incredible experience. Not just a good meal-an experience like no other. My favorite things on the menu were the snapper, the TX bbq, and the cauliflower soup. The pairings as well as the bottle recommended by our waiter (Kevin, I believe his name was?) were perfect and so interesting. Thank you Gwendolyn staff, for the best birthday!!!

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DJ
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning technique and brilliant execution. Intimate setting with flawless service. Grand tasting with wine pairing takes the pressure off of some complicated dishes. I'm fairly well travelled and was in fine dining for a decade, they exceeded very high expectations.

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NK
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I love the concept! The fact that we could hear a rooster (dinner) crowing in the basement was fantastic. The staff was wonderful and knowledgeable about the area. Unfortunately the food was not as yummy as we hoped. Truffle fries, onion rings, and sauces were great. Portobello burger, not so much. Although the bun was great! Their take on pulled pork was a miss for my husband, but I found it interesting. Lastly, big leaf kale is too chewy for a salad! Stew it with bacon and onions!

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r
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I cannot recommend this restaurant - an establishment of sublime quality and absurd value that would be right at home in NYC, London, or Paris - more highly. The flavor pairings in each course are highly original, creative, and unfailingly please the palate. This is a true gem, and I return upon each visit to San Antonio. What else can I say but that upon each first bite of every course, a smile appears on my face?

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HD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice when your looking for great food, wine, service, and experience. I highly recommend this restaurant and will be going back.

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b
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was good but timing a bit off. guess not enough staff in the kitchen and too many serving.

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MD
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our first night out in a long time, and Gwendolyn did not disappoint. Excellent time, and an amazing food and wine filled evening.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, incredible ambiance, spectacular service!

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

Our server Adrienne was really bad. She hovered and didn’t know much about the food. She was awkward.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our server was an overbearing machismo freak show. The quiet, possibly amer-Asian or Hispanic woman who was responsible for the wine pairings was incredible. I wish she was our primary server, but I believe she served as captain of the dining room. Overall it was a great experience, despite the missteps from the bravado server.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We loved the many courses and the chef’s inventive menu! The Quail “wings” with sriracha were fun and the peach purée and strawberry sorbet were fantastic! The fried green tomatoes for dessert - not so much -😉 but you could have told us that, right? Enjoyed the excellent service!

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MW
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The experience was okay, but not worth the cost of the meal. The service was pretty good. The dessert we had (some kind of chocolate torte) was not very good and was very bitter. Overall we had a very nice time and enjoyed our visit.

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Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only regret for our visit was not ordering a larger portion of the soup. Lunch was fantastic and the coffee service was unique and delicious. Wonderful experience.

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San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with 7 course Chef's Choice.enjoyed everything from the kitchen.

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

a very special place for special events or celebrations, expensive but worth it for special event. staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. very classy. creative unique menu.

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CC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was between disappointing and intolerable, except the fois gras which was quite good with an interesting citrus twist. Waitress needs a lot of training. Price was okay for lunch, but still not worth the experience.
Left unhappy that I wasted precious vacation time dining here at all.
Far prefer Bella on Houston.

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

We were recommended to eat here because we were told it was all about the “experience” and it sure was.... to be honest the food was disgusting. The only thing we enjoyed was the $70 bottle of wine we got. It’s over priced for the trash food they serve. I understand trying to be “unique” or “diffident” in your cooking style but everything that was served for the 5 course dinner was just 100% nasty. I would not recommend anyone to go waste their money on this place. Maybe it’s for some people but not for us. Waste of $245. Pretty disappointing

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CK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in San Antonio by far but it’s at a price.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was not worth the price tag. I had been previously and it was magical. This time was nothing short of a huge disappointment.

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NO
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love this place and have gone for two years on our anniversary. My wife is Vegan and it’s hard to find a place we both equally enjoy, but I think we found it. The only item that I think could have been better, and I think this was because of preparing a Vegan dish at the same time, some items of mine where cool or little over done. Not to the point that it was not great! I would recommend them to anyone who wants a great mean and great service.

Also nice to see the same front manager for two years, she is great.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Talented chefs and knowledgeable staff make this dining experience extraordinary! The restaurant concept is interesting and the food was mind blowing. The plating was beautiful for each course almost too creative and pretty to eat. It is expensive but worth every penny!

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San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

If you haven’t checked out this restaurant, make sure you do. The food is outstanding and the service is even better. They take care of your every need and make you feel like you’re a VIP.

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B
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary. Personalized menus

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst restaurant experience ever. Service was horrible. We were completely ignored and we had a reservation. Never received our soup, water or wine. The appetizers came at the same time as lunch and was cold. Waitress did not know the menu or the wine. We received wine glasses but never the wine. Three times we asked for water and she said she would be back with wine as she refilled water at the other tables around us. The appetizers were cold and the hamburgers were like hockey pucks on bread that was burnt. I would never go there again even though they gave us free lunch passes for our next lunch. Manager should have come out to explain lack of service or something. It didn’t seem like anyone knew what they were doing.

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JI
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent creative date night with a whole evening of multicourse fine dining.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Overly priced food and wine for the quality. Came in with high expectations and was sadly very disappointed.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'am happy that I chose Gwendolyn because this is an outstanding experience. Excellent service, outstanding food and the "ambiente" was perfect. I and my wife went for the five course menu, wich turns out like a seven course, because of the amuse bouche and the sorbet before the main course. Also to have a full view into the kitchen at any time was nice experience, because I like to cook myself everyday, you always can learn something. We also liked the fact that there was always enough time between each course. We enjoyed over two hours of excellent food in a very pleasant environment. A great "Thank You" to the whole staff.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The experience was very unique and appropriate for celebrating a special occasion. The menu items are pricey though, and our server attempted to up-sell us so many times that it become awkward and uncomfortable at one point. Otherwise we loved the creativeness of the dishes’ flavors and their presentations.

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KT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place for a premium dinner date. Great food, always some new things to experience on the menu. We will be back!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frequent guest and it’s an amazing culinary adventure!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and it did not disappoint. It is easy to see that every dish is made with care. Presentation is amazing and the food is delicious. Portions are perfect and you are full at the end of the seven courses.

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Oklahoma City
130 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really great experience.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EVERYTHING, was wonderful. I enjoyed every dish served! The chef, is amazing. I had a wonderful time with!

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

Amazing food. It’s a dining experience!

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will be highly recommending to any friends & family traveling to San Antonio. Everything was outstanding-service, food, wine-simply wonderful!

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