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Restaurant Gwendolyn

4.7
356 reviews
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$50 and over
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European
Perfect For:
  • Local Ingredients
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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 356 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.8
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4.1
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had a 7 course experience. It was a 3 hour marathon of excellent food and service. A bit much for us as we did not realize the time commitment. If you enjoy a wonderful long fine dining experience i recommend highly. Service is beyond compare. Maybe 12 tables - quaint little hidden hem.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Gwendolyn's was phenomenal. The staff was amazing and the food spectacular. Our table had a view of the water and a window into the kitchen which was fantastic to watch. Everyone was in perfect sync and the presentation of the tasting menu was marvelous. Would definitely recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

A great evening, the staff was friendly and attentive, the food was delicious, beautifully presented and interesting. It made for a wonderful birthday celebration for my wife that was enjoyed by our family immensely. Recommend Restaurant Gwendolyn for a great evening of food in a comfortable and friendly place.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Truly a great food experience, we went for the seven course wine pairing meal. The different species would explode in your mouth. A little pricey, but in my opinion well worth the money.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My wife and I decided to celebrate our anniversary with Restaurant Gwendolyn. It was an amazing treat. The menu said happy anniversary (nice touch). The wait staff is knowledgeable, courteous, prompt, and patient, without being pretentious nor arrogant. We felt comfortable asking questions about the food and wine choices, which were excellent. The flavors were unique and surprising, and the portions were great for the 5 course selections we made. Thanks for a great evening.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Unbelievably great!!!
Only challenge was sitting outside. May say stay inside. Guy above cussing ridiculously. Vehicle noise. Food though makes up for it. A huge go!!!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Our second visit. This is a top level restaurant that matches anything in NYC or Paris. A very special place. Transports you to another world. Tops in San Antonio.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Good was outstanding and Lauren, our server, took care of us so well. Truly a culinary delight.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Everything was perfect about the evening except for one minor thing. We didn’t have time to indulge in the tasting menu so we went ala carte (Tobin Center performance). Food, wine and service were amazing. Best restaurant experience in San Antonio, bar none! Lovely ambiance! We will go there again and indulge in the tasting menu.

One minor complaint. We got to the restaurant and there was no one to take our car at valet parking. My date called, we drove around the block and there was someone to take our car. This should not happen.

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2018

So so. 2 meals served undercooked from tasting menu. But only sent back the main course fish. Trainee waiter.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Excelente comida y servicio. El tipo de música seria lo único q cambiaría

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Amazing. Great new tastes and trys for the adventurous diner

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Cosy old fashioned feel with excellent food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

a true dinning experience. The food was delicious, freshly prepared & worth every penny.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We really enjoyed this restaurant and our visit to San Antonio. Wait staff was very attentive. Co-owner helped come up with a menu that was dairy free for both of us. Entire meal was created to work around our restrictions. Very nice strawberry, coconut, granola, sorbet dessert! Highly recommended. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Absolutely fabulous. We had the 5 course tasting menu and were seriously impressed. From the inventiveness of the tomato and strawberry gazpacho to the perfectly cooked beef and pork with excellently paired wines. Leaving with a taste of pink peppercorn sugar brittle. Great service, ambiance and location. A meal to remember.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Amazing food as always with exceptional service and attention to detail.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great food, pretty pricey, but I am the frugal one in the family.

The only gripe is the awkwardness of the wait stafff. The restaurant was super quiet and only one other table was occupied when we first arrived (we were eating early). The wait staff seemed to be coming every few minutes to check on us throughout our 2.5 hour dinner (we did the 5 course meal, $75/person). It was awkward and hard to have a normal conversation.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

First time there – will definitely be back again. A unique restaurant that has certainly earned its good reputation...

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

This was experience I have never had just phenomenal. Our server Andrea was just outstanding

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Restaurant Gwendolyn serves the most unique presentations. And they are delicious as well. Always love the wine selections chosen by Jenn to go with my dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We decided to sit in the window next to the kitchen so we could watch the chefs cook our food. It was very entertaining and interesting watching them create a delicious dinner before our eyes. The food is wonderful and so is the service. Our favorite restaurant in San Antonio!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Restaurant Gwendolyn is very unique in that they use techniques from years ago. No electric gadgets, including coffee maker! We had the 7 course tasting menu with wine. The staff was formal, but friendly. All of our dishes were excellent/ Even though there were 7 courses, the portions were perfectly sized so it was not too much food.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Never a disappointment. I lived here when it opened and come back whenever I am in town. Food is so thoughtfully put together and wine parings are also done very well. Everything is so fresh. So much fun and makes you feel so fancy no matter if you only brought your jeans on the trip.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Exquisite Valentine’s Day experience.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful friendly staff. Fresh, tasty and unique food.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Superb!! Must try

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

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

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