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, 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.

152 E. Pecan, #100
San Antonio, TX 78205
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
European, French American, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
N St Mary

Dress Code:
Jacket Preferred

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(210) 222-1849

Website:
http://www.restaurantgwendolyn.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Valet Parking available. Taxi Fare from Hotel Reimbursed. (Maximum $10 per visit)

Executive Chef:
Michael Sohocki

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.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7

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4.8

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4.8

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4.3

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95% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful friendly staff. Fresh, tasty and unique food.

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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (San Antonio)·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 !

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Romantic, Seasonal, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Organic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New Orleans)·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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vip
 (San Antonio)·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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Superb!! Must try

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 (Memphis)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Tapas, Romantic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·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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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Fantastic food and ambiance.

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vip
 (Birmingham)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Scenic View, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Organic, Fun, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Restaurant Gwendolyn is by far the best fine dining experience in San Antonio. Highly recommend !

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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😀

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Healthy, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Excellent creative menu, wonderful service, great food. We had a very fine meal and would highly recommend to all who like good food and service.

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

One-of-a-kind, eclectic menu! Everything was delicious. Service was excellent and the atmosphere was incredibly warm and intimate.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The absolute best dining out experience my wife and I have had in all of San Antonio.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on September 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 30, 2017

We were celebrating our 42nd anniversary.
You made it so special. Everything was absolutely
perfect. Thanks for the great memories.
Vicki Krueger

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, People Watching, Happy Hour, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Organic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 23, 2017

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.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Our dining experience was outstanding! Everything was exceptional. Everyone needs to experience this restaurant!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The food was perfect and the service impeccable. One of the most memorable meals in a long time.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Amazing experience here for a date night. Excellent food, service and quaint restaurant. We can't wait to go again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Locally sourced everything. Very creative entrees are perhaps a little over the top but great for a unique experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Charcuterie is the star here. Be sure to order that.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great date night location

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