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About Restaurant Gwendolyn
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, deep fryers, 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.
San Antonio, TX 78205
European, French American, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
N St Mary
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Valet Parking available. Taxi Fare from Hotel Reimbursed. (Maximum $10 per visit)
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.
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Restaurant Gwendolyn Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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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.
Oh, wow! We haven't been this entertained by a meal in a very long time. Knowledgeable servers, a unique concept that is expertly delivered and explained. By far the most exquisite and tasty meal in the state of Texas, we have experienced so far. Be prepared to be surprised.
I visited with my husband for my birthday. We ordered the 5 courses meal with coffee at the end served with the desert. We had an amazing experience. Food was exquisite! We highly enjoyed the broad variety of flavors and textures throughout the different courses. It was like a party in our mouths at every bite. Coffee was brewed at our table in a fancy coffeemaker. My husband and I really loved the coffee flavor. It makes a true difference when all the ingredients are locally grown. I highly recommend Restaurant Gwendolyn to whoever is looking to have a once in a lifetime experience!
Have dined at RESTAURANT GWENDOLYN since it opened before attending the symphony performance. The welcome from everyone is always very friendly and sincere. My last visit I chose the AFRICAN LAMB CHOP, HARISSA AND COUSCOUS. The flavor was outstanding and expertly paired by Jenn with Copertino Riserva 2008. The biggest surprise was bread pudding with ice cream flambe. The flame added a delicious crust.
ANOTHER MOST REWARDING FOODIE EXPERIENCE AT RESTAURANT GWENDOLYN😀
Food was beautifully presented and helpful suggestions were made regarding wine. They have a fixe prix menu and a la carte, and they ensure you can get out in time to walk to the symphony or other nearby venues. Excellent service and scenic atmosphere, overlooking the river.
Food was great, service outstanding. We were pressed for time because of a show time and had to order ala carte. Not a good value for the price. Tiny portions, as you would expect for the type of cuisine. The 5 or 7 course pre fixe would be a much better deal. We’ll go back when we have more time to enjoy.
An under acknowledged gem in downtown San Antonio. Choose the patio in the right weather conditions. Staff very concerned about customer happiness. When I pointed out that the red wine was too warm they were distraught and found a cooler alternative.
If you stay in a downtown hotel, do try to visit this charming place.
This was my first time going for dinner (we frequent this location for lunch all the time). We didnhe 7 course option and everything was amazing. As we had no control over what came out, my wife and I both had food we probably would not have ordered on our own. The staff was amazing and while it is on the pricey side, it is well worth the cost. Everything used is within 150 miles so it is very fresh and nothing was “off”. Amazing gem in downtown SA.
I had a marvelous time with my wife for our 13th anniversary. We tried the five course meal. Each course was more splendid then the precursor. The chef's handiwork is evident in every detail of the dishes.
I have had the pleasure of eating all over the US and this was an amazing experience. The dishes were far superior to eateries in San Francisco and New York. I encourage all out of town guests to visit and try Gwendolyn and Chef Michael's creations.
Amazing service! Made changes to the tasting menu due to seafood allergy for us and a comp glass of champagne due to our 10 year anniversary. Could not say enough good things about the service. Was not too loud but could see it getting louder if it was busy. Very expensive so a nice treat every few years, and worth it!
This restaurant is an overrated gimmick. I get the idea of the place - preindustrial approach to food - but it's hard to buy in to the idea when there are wine refrigerators visible in the main room and music from mid 20th century piped in. One of our courses was wrapped in foil. And they're Definitely selective about their locally sourced food. Some items on the menu absolutely come from further than "local".
If we eat with our eyes, good luck, the place is pitch dark. I get ambience, but this was dark to the point of dysfunction. Our waiter had to pull out his iPhone flashlight to show us our food. The food is a gimmick as well. Overthought and too much an attempt to be clever. Pay more attention to flavors and less time with the silly themes that supposedly tie the tasting menu together.
Bottom line: We were completely underwhelmed, and borderline angry when we got our $300 bill. Felt like I'd been conned. Definitely NOT WORTH IT.
Gwendolyn has carved a niche for historically prepared food from within an 150 mile radius of San Antonio. It uses no electricity and relies on historical recipes and creativity in its food preparation and presentation. It has a slew of polite service personnel who can become a bit too intrusive when one simply wants to enjoy their dish. Food offerings are limited by freshness and season. The plated portions are small and expensive. Their wine list is extensive but also expensive. It is a restaurant where one dines seldom, so it seems geared for visitors rather than local residents. I wish the good restaurants in the city would be more accommodating to locals who have no expense accounts to pay for their dinners. I would return happily, but only if my bank account was flush.
Gwendolyn is a special place serving very well prepared "elegant" food. Not items you would find in any other restaurant. Supposedly, all preparation is made without electrical kitchen equipment. All is made in house and fresh each day. Atmosphere is old quaint elegant. Not a big restaurant and you can talk to each other at the table.
I would not recommend this restaurant. We went for restaurant week dinner. The theme for the 3 course meal was Christopher Columbus coming to America. They didn't exactly have fine dining on the ship or when they hit land. Portions of 2 courses were ridiculously small. The entree course was larger but tasteless. Boiled fish and garbanzo beans. My friend had to ask for salt so the fish had a little more flavor. One of my friends doesn't eat fish so she was forced to order the $55 tasting menu which consisted of 5 courses. Her meal wasn't much better than our $35 meals. One thing was good about the restaurant - the service. Our waiter and the other servers were excellent. If only the food was as good as the service.
Not our kind of place. Food lacked flavor, too bland for our tastes. We both ordered the 5 course selection and the best part was the lemon sorbet they served us to cleanse our palate between courses.
We were greatly disappointed since we had both heard good things about Restaurant Gwendolyn. We do not plan on returning.
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