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Restaurant Gwendolyn

4.8
332 reviews
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$50 and over
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European
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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 that food was 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
European, French American, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(210) 222-1849
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Michael Sohocki
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Private party facilities
We are now offering custom catered events in-house for groups of 20 to 50 people. Services: We are sensitive to the needs of special situations: from office lunches, to mediation and fancy events with servers and carving stations, let us know how best to take care of your guests. Please see our website for pricing and selection details.
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Catering
Catering arrangements are available to host up to 150 people off-premise--we will deliver, and set up. Services: We are sensitive to the needs of special situations: from office lunches, to mediation and fancy events with servers and carving stations, let us know how best to take care of your guests. Please see our website for pricing and selection details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N St Mary
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Parking details
Valet Parking available. Taxi Fare from Hotel Reimbursed. (Maximum $10 per visit)
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 332 People Are Saying
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4.8  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.2
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

First class. Number I in this market for fine dining. We will be back. These folks know what they are doing and we have seen it all.

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OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Always a great experience at Restaurant Gwendolyn. Service, Food, and Quality cannot be surpassed.

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vipfoodnwine (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

One of the best in San Antonio. The rabbit and chickpea pupusa was incredible.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Exquisite Valentine’s Day experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful friendly staff. Fresh, tasty and unique food.

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Gwendolyn (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This restaurant is wonderful! Friends and I have been there twice for the 5 course menu prior to the theatre - there is just enough time if you work at it. The 7 course menu requires too much time. We had three of us this trip, which was great because we were able to try everything on the menu. We also added the wine pairings! The appetizer and soup were set and very tasty; we had a choice of salads - although neither truly was a salad but both were delicious; we had all three of the main courses, pork chop, quail, and fish - the quail was delicious, the pork chop perfectly cooked, and the fish had tremendous flavor. We followed the up with three deserts and coffee. You HAVE to get the coffee...what a fantastic meal! Need to go back for the 7 course!

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent service and attention to detail
Food tastes were distinct and well pronounced

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OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a fantastic experience! Everything was not only delicious but cohesive and felt like an edible art collection. Our server Nick was impeccable and didn't skip a beat. His passion for food and concept of your restaurant really enhancing our dining experience. Thanks again for everything !

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vipSARunnergirl (New Orleans)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent service, excellent bread pudding desert. GIANT cheese and charcuterie- had we known it was that big, we wouldn’t have ordered dinner. Several of the charcuterie items were fantastic (sausage , beef pate, goat cheese, honey,) some were not so much (pickled egg, peach. Dinner was unremarkable in flavor
Though presented beautifully. Biscuits and gravy were good though nothing special. Very expensive for what you get. I probably won’t go back.

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vipDoug (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Gwendolyn does a good job. Micheal s is a creative and imaginative chef coming u with tobacco ice cream, rosemary sorbet. Great foodie

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

What an outstanding restaurant! I travel all over the U.S. and to many other countries and restaurant Gwendolyn is simply one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. From the attentive and personalized service to the outstanding tasting menu to the outstanding wine selection (they had my favorite white wine - Spanish Albarino) to the cozy and quiet atmosphere, Restaurant Gwendolyn is a gem. Please order the charcuterie as an appetizer - it is absolutely amazing and I can honestly say I have never had anything like it at any other fine dining establishment. If you only have time for one upscale restaurant in San Antonio, make it Restaurant Gwendolyn. You will not be sorry.

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viplala (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Superb!! Must try

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nutwpinut (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Restaurant Gwendolyn is my favorite restaurant in San Antonio. I have only ordered the tasting menu, which can be hit and miss in terms of personal taste, but never disappoints in presentation, preparation, and taste tantalization. There will be a few you won't like, a few that are good and interesting, and a few that are flat out amazing.

It is not cheap, but it is well worth it. It is definitely an experience. It is a great place for a special occasion. I can't see myself eating the tasting menu more than twice a year, but that's just me. I've visited Gwendolyn 3 different times and enjoyed it every time.

The 5 course will take about 2 hours and the 7 course will take about 3 hours. I suggest the 7 course which is the only one I've had. It ends up being 8-10 courses because the chef has some experiments shared as extra courses. You can add on wine that goes with the courses. I added it for myself and my wife shared my wine. It is a lot of wine for a 7 course meal.

I'm writing this review on my computer. I'll see if I can edit it and upload some photos from my phone.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Visited San Antonio and really enjoyed starting our trip here. Had a great late meal and great service.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food. Great service. Pricy meal but great for a special occasion. Wine pairings were in some cases unusual but spot on. Great overall experience!!!!

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vipRetiredCEO (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

The 7 course tasting menu with wine pairing was excellent! Attentive service, friendly, not pretentious.

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smdb01us (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Fantastic food and ambiance.

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vipJenfoodie (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

There were things we liked and some things that were lacking. It is a small space and several of the tables are tiny. So be sure to specify if you will be bothered by a small table. My husband is a big guy..... Some of the courses were to die for - the oyster stew, the rabbit rillades. I would have that oyster stew every day! Some were very good - like the venison and grouper entrees. And some were just ok - the salad course, the shrimp, the beef chimichurri and the desserts. We love to do wine pairings and are glad we did one here - but none of the wines or pairings really wowed me. And, the timing of some of the courses needs to be worked on. Overall it was a good experience and our server was quick to respond when we experienced the lengthy delay before dessert. If you are going to be in San Antonio for any time and have a special occasion it might be worth a visit.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Skilled service, excellent and imaginative dishes, perfect wine pairings.

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DoctorZ (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

FANTASTIC in every respect! A true culinary gem in San Antonio.

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